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Minimizing Technical Jargon in Your SOP

By - Apr 24, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

Frequently, applicants in STEM fields are working on projects that are quite technical in nature. Field-specific jargon might show that you know the language of your field—which is important– but using too much of it can also make your SOP very hard to read. Aim...

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Choosing the Right PhD Program

By - Apr 16, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

Choosing the right PhD program is key to your success—not just in getting admitted, but in having a successful grad school experience. What makes a program the right one? First, it needs to fit your needs: you need to have access to a mentor who can oversee...

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What to do About a Low GPA

By - Apr 13, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

Many of you are planning ahead for your first application this summer and fall. Others are concerned that you may need to reapply because the news you’ve received so far isn’t what you wanted. In either case, if your grades are a concern, this podcast...

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PhD Applicants: Strengthening Your Candidacy

By - Apr 10, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

The previous post in this series addressed some of the issues an informed PhD applicant should be aware of and consider prior to applying (such as the state of the academic job market). Once you’ve made the decision to apply for a PhD field, how can...

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How to Choose X Essay Questions to Answer from Y Choices

By - Apr 7, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

If you face multiple essay questions on an application, how are you going to choose which one(s) you should answer and which one(s) you should skip? What factors should you consider when choosing the best essays for you? Appreciate Your Options! First, options are good! But they...

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Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF!

By - Apr 3, 09:30 AM   Comments [0]

One of things admissions committee members tell us again and again is that they wish – really, truly wish – that applicants would not try to write what they imagine the adcom wants to hear, and instead would just be themselves. Admissions committee members time...

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Understanding the Job Market for PhDs

By - Apr 3, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

The job market for PhDs – across all disciplines – is continuing to tighten. That’s one finding of the most recent NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates. According to Inside Higher Ed, the survey found that US universities awarded over 54,000 research doctorates in 2014 – the...

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Approaching The Diversity Essay Question

By - Mar 27, 09:30 AM   Comments [0]

Many applications now have a question, sometimes optional, geared to encouraging people with minority backgrounds or unusual educational or family histories to write about their background. How Are YOU Diverse? First the easy answer: If you are an immigrant to the US, the child of immigrants or...

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How Can You Show Passion in Admissions?

By - Mar 24, 09:30 AM   Comments [0]

When one thinks of passion, one doesn’t generally think of investment bankers. But the admissions committees are looking for passion in their applicants; so how are you – a computer guy, an engineer, a biology major, or yes, an investment banker – going to craft...

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Affordable Online Test Prep

By - Mar 22, 09:30 AM   Comments [0]

We are now getting calls from applicants who plan to plan to apply in the summer, fall, and winter to matriculate in 2018. A few have all their ducks lined up – test score in place, school visits planned, a GPA they’re proud of,...

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