PhD Admissions: Emailing Potential Advisors

A great way to initiate contact with a potential advisor is by introducing yourself through email! If you are applying to programs where you don't need an advisor lined up, then you don't necessarily have to do this step. However, if you are applying to programs where you are expected to have an advisor before … Continue reading PhD Admissions: Emailing Potential Advisors

PhD Admissions: Statement of Purpose vs. Personal Statement

The statement of purpose (SOP) is probably the most important part of your application. It is where you get the chance to discuss how your past research experience has influenced what you want to study in grad school and why the specific program you are writing about can help you reach your personal and professional … Continue reading PhD Admissions: Statement of Purpose vs. Personal Statement

PhD Admissions: Research Experience

A great way to gain research experience for PhD admissions is through REU programs. Research Experiences for Undergraduates are 8-10 week summer programs funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) for students interested in science, engineering, and mathematics. Although these programs are mainly for underrepresented students in the aforementioned fields as well as those who … Continue reading PhD Admissions: Research Experience

PhD Admissions: What Carries the Most Weight?

When it comes to applying for PhD programs, I would say that your research experience, CV, statement of purpose/personal statement, and letters of recommendation carry the most weight in the eyes of the admissions committee. What carries less weight is your GPA and GRE scores. The GPA and GRE are normally used to initially "weed … Continue reading PhD Admissions: What Carries the Most Weight?

PhD Admissions: How to Find Programs and Potential Advisors

How do I Find PhD Programs? There are a few ways that you can find PhD programs. First, you should think about your research interests. Because my research interests are focused on how the media influences the identity development of young people, I applied to a mix of PhD programs in Developmental Psychology, Human Development, … Continue reading PhD Admissions: How to Find Programs and Potential Advisors