I’m looking at graduate school right now; I’m tentatively planning on an MS/PhD program in either Science and Technology Studies or a History of Science/Medicine. My GPA is a 4.0 (in-major) and a 3.3 (cumulative … i did poorly in Calc 2 and upperlevel science).
My question is:
- Is anyone else here working towards their PhD?
- What subject?
- What institution?
University of Florida
- How’s your funding?
Good, varies greatly depending on how many undergrad courses I teach or assist in.
- Any wisedom you’d like to impart on me?
This is the most important one, continue getting good grades, score high, and go to the absolutely best school that accepts you. I find that while education varies little, school name recognition and other variables mean a lot. I got a masters at Florida Atlantic University, not a bad school,just not as well ranked as UF. I speak from experience, and there is no questions higher ranked schools generally mean more jobs, research opps., etc.
Lastly, any recommendations for a GRE study guide? I’m planning on enrolling in a KAPLAN prep course, but would also like to begin studying on my own.
Having prepared for both the GRE, and LSAT, I can tell you what worked for me. I took a class, not Kaplan, but one that was offered by UF. It was about half the price, and after speaking with numerous students, we did about the same thing in our prep courses.
Further, if you learn good on your own (are you the type that doesn’t like studying in groups) than you might find that buying a bunch of study guides, and working through them on your own will be best. If you need someone to tell you what to do everyday, what to study, etc, then a course would probably be best for you.
Do not make the mistake of assuming that prep courses are some magic bullet. For the LSAT, I took one, for the GRE I did not. I would recommend you download the free sample test on the GRE’s website and take it. If your score is acceptable based on what you need to get in where you want to go, set up a study schedule, and stick to it. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any school specific questions, etc.