Hi Dr. ClinPsyAdvice, Again thanks for being so kind as to answer our questions. It's much appreciated. I have 5 (yes 5) questions. My first question follows along the lines of ducle7's question. #1 I'm very much interested in becoming a professor as well as a clinician. So, I was wondering: how does one's grad school placement affect where one gets a Post-Doc placement? Because I want to do both, is it better for me to apply to equal emphasis grad schools or ...? My second question(s) have to do with a more "appearance of CV" aspect: #2 Is it 'normal' to put one's GPA on one's CV? Is it recommened/not recommended - does it even matter? #2b When listing one's awards and scholarships - should one put the amount of the scholarship along with the title or does the title suffice? I've heard two conflicting things: that the title is enough and that I need to put the dollar amount so that they know that the award had a cash element to it My third question concerns Personal Statement do/don'ts advice: #3 I have been told that it's a bad bad idea to propose a research project in one's PS. But then I've been told if I can find some new and creative ways to link two concepts together - that it's a fine idea to propose a research project. Which is right? My fourth question has to do with the contacting of faculty members #4 I plan to apply in 08 to start in 09. How soon can I contact faculty to ask if they'll be accepting new students? Can I contact the professor in the summer? I actually really really feel like my research interests match precisely a particular professor -- I'm actually even tailoring the current research work I do, so that it's even more reflective of a good match btwn myself and this professor. HOWEVER, I theoretically have the option of doing other research work that I'm also interested in but matches with a different professor -- I want to do the research work that best suits the professor I'll be applying work with, but it would be pointless (somewhat) to do that if they aren't even accepting students. What do you suggest? When's an ok time to contact them? My fifth question has to do with your answer to my last question re: the particular Psych courses taken in one's schooling # 5 Would it look bad to take a lower year course (say 2nd year course) in one's last few courses that will be looked at by grad schools? If I were to take a course in this upcoming summer (July 08) that's a 2nd year course (I'll be applying starting Sept '08), would they wonder why I did that ? Or would they not care? Thanks so so very much!