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Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by psydd, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. psydd

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    I'm getting near the time where I'll be applying to schools, so I was wondering what all of your undergraduate credentials were/are/will be for the application process: i.e. Major, Minor, GPA, GRE, research experience, and clinical experience.

    So even if you haven't done something yet, like an honors thesis, I'd still love to know whether or not you're actually planning on doing one.

    Please state what type of programs you applied to/are applying to/will be applying to. I want to get a feel for how I stack up against my peers.

    My credentials are:

    Applying to Clinical PhD, Counseling Psych PhD and Clinical PsyD programs:
    Major: Psychology (Honors, Magna Cum Laude)
    Minor: Spanish
    GPA (Overall): 3.75
    GPA (Psych): 3.85
    GRE (General): Haven't taken it yet
    GRE (Psych): Haven't taken it yet
    Research Experience: 1. Semester-long independent study, 2. Honors thesis
    Clinical Experience: 1. YMCA Counseling Service internship (substance abuse), 2. Mentoring adolescent females in juvenile detention facility

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. cara susanna

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    Applying to Clinical PhD programs:
    Major: Psychology
    Minors: Neuroscience, History
    GPA (Overall): 3.76
    GPA (Psych): 3.83
    GRE (General): 580Q, 660V
    GRE (Psych): 700

    Research Experience: Will have been two years this summer. I've worked on three separate studies, one of which I am project leader. I'm first and third author on two posters that have been presented at conferences (though please note that the first author one was my experimental class project and was presented at an undergrad poster session) and will most likely be submitting a third this spring, on which I will probably be second author. We may also be submitting something for publication, but I have no idea when that would be, so it may be too late to impact admissions.

    Clinical Experience: Co-facilitator for support groups for sexual abuse victims. So far I've worked with the pre-elementary group, the teenagers' group, and the parents' group.
     
  4. mplsgirl

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    Here are my credentials...

    Applying to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs:

    Undergraduate Work:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Psychology and Law emphasis
    Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance)
    Graduated Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors in Psychology

    GPA Overall: 3.7
    Last 2 Years: 3.85
    GRE: 1190

    Research Experience: Completed an undergraduate honors thesis and project examining eyewitness testimony and police lineups, which resulted in a publication where I'm 3rd author, and one where my work was formally acknowledged. For the last 2 years I have been working as a research assistant at a major university medical school, in the Psychiatry department, doing MRI research on a variety of pediatric populations. I am 2nd author on a paper, as well as an author on 2 posters, as well as an upcoming publications (should be out in the next few months).

    Clinical Experience: In high school, provided direct care services to children and young adults with a variety of mental conditions. In college, completed an undergraduate internship at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, in the Predatory Offenders Unit. Following graduation, I spent one year as a behavioral therapist providing early intervention services to young children with autism. I also had a part-time position working as a mental health practitioner with a young girl who had PDD-NOS, ADHD, and aggression issues.
     
  5. psydd

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    how'd you only get cum laude with a 3.7? at my school, that's the point where you're awarded magna.
     
  6. mplsgirl

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    latin honors at my school are as follows:

    3.6-3.799 cum laude
    3.8-3.899 magna cum laude
    3.9-4.0 summa cum laude

    I would have had magna cum laude if they only took my psych major- my music major was the one that lowered my GPA...darn Music Theory....:laugh:
     
  7. psydd

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    tell me about it. i used to be a music major too. but i got out early, luckily.
     
  8. glasscandie

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    I'm applying to neuroscience/animal behavior Ph.D programs. Not really the same, but I thought I'd post for comparison anyway.

    -3.72 overall GPA, 3.9 if you only count my major/minor (classes like astronomy really brought me down!)

    -Involved in 2 studies at Johns Hopkins, one with primates and psychopharmacology; the other with rats and cognition

    -Did a clinical/research internship at a local psychiatric rehabilitation center, which included research and teaching experience

    -1 published literary review in undergraduate journal; possible publications in the future from my JHU internships

    -editor of undergraduate psych. newsletter at my school

    -member of Psi Chi, Alpha Sigma Lambda, and on the Deans List

    -Working on a senior thesis through JHU; and will be implementing my junior year thesis (a little late!) in fall 2009 at my clinical internship

    -Haven't taken the GRE's yet, probably in April
     
  9. apumic

    apumic Oracle of the Sheet
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    Double-degree: BA, Psychology; BA, Music (ties into research interests)
    Psych GPA: 3.96
    Overall GPA: 3.77
    GRE: 1420/5.5 -- 660V (94%)/760Q (86%)/5.5 AWA (90%)
    Psych GRE: 780 (97%)
    Study Abroad: Mexico, summer 2008, fluent in Spanish (70% reading/writing/speaking)

    Proposed Research Area: community-based interventions with youth using extracurricular activities with a specific focus on the use of music education

    Research Exp.: 2 years in social psychology research lab (involvement in 3 projects w/ 1 as project leader); 1 oral presentation at local UG conference (1st author), 1 poster presentation at Association of Psychological Sciences (1st author, national conference); currently working on foundational pilot study for potential Ph.D. dissertation and/or master's thesis topic (to be implemented this spring)

    Clinical Exp.: 2 months work with autistic children using PRT (Pivotal Response Training), 7 months work with severely disturbed kids in therapeutic school at large residential treatment facility, 2 1/2 years mentoring incoming college students (led to work with high-risk college students as well as some applied research in clinical and I/O areas), 1 year teaching music to low-income and at-risk youth

    Teaching Exp.: 2 semesters TA'ing for courses in General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, and Psychology of Personality; 3 semesters TA'ing for a freshmen-level music course

    Awards/Honors/Grants: university-funded research grant, PsiChi Membership, Dean's List (8 semesters)

    Recommenders: I have close relationships w/ all 5 recommenders and all 5 have expressed my strength as an applicant (I go to a smaller school, so I have had the opportunity to get to know most of my professors) -- 1 social psychologist (was my reseach advisor for 2 years, academic advisor, professor for 2 classes, supervisor as a TA, and has acted as an academic/professional mentor to me; known 2 1/2 yrs); 3 clinical psychologists (#1: took 1 class and TA'd for her for a semester, known 1 1/2 yrs; #2: took 2 clinical courses from him, known 2 1/2 yrs; #3: took 1 course and interacted with a fair amount outside of class, known 1 1/2 yrs, #3's research and practice area is in family systems and community psychology); 1 neuropsychologist (taken 2 neuropsych courses from him, known 2 1/2 yrs)

    Add'l Skills: proficient in SPSS, highly proficient in MS-Office, experience in IT/customer service, many years of teaching experience (incl. with the populations I hope to serve), trained in PRT, trained in vocal pedagogy (how to teach voice)
     
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  10. Olivia101884

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    Undergrad: attended a top university ("Most Selective" rating)
    GPA: 3.9
    Psych GPA: 3.95

    Masters GPA: 4.0

    GRE: 1370
    GRE Psych: 750

    1 first author publication

    Awards: 2 Psychology departmental awards, Best Senior Thesis Scholarship, inducted into Phi Beta Kappa junior year of college

    Research: 2 years as an RA during undergrad; was a Project Assistant for a one-year study where I helped lead a workshop for 50 guidance counselors; research assistant on a study for children with ADHD

    Clinical experience: 1 year as a Group Therapy coordinator for substance abusers at an intensive outpatient clinic; 6 months during college as a residential counselor for severely troubled adolescent girls
     
  11. irish80122

    irish80122 DCT at Miss State U.
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    Current 2nd year, accepted out of undergrad to Clinical Ph.D. program
    Undergrad: Top 20 institution, although I have learned that in some ways the department was weaker than at many state schools.
    Major: Psychology and Computer Applications double major, magna cum laude
    GPA (Overall): 3.90
    GPA (Psych): 3.97 (one A- in stats)
    GRE (General): 1340 (790Q, 550V) I hope that gives people confidence
    GRE (Psych): 690
    Research Experience: 3 years of research during undergrad starting out my freshman year. I also completed an honors thesis which was internally funded.
    Clinical Experience: I volunteered with a local mental health center, no real face-to-face experience because I didn't have my B.A. at the time.

    I applied to 10 schools, received 6 interviews, and withdrew from my other schools once I got into my current institution. At that point I had one acceptance and one high waitlist.

    I hope this gives you confidence in a few areas. First of all, people can get in straight from undergrad, though it is getting rarer by the day. Secondly, look at my verbal GRE. People told me I was doomed because I was under 600, but apparently not.

    It really is all about match. I think what holds people coming straight from undergrad (now that I have seen people interview and voted on who to accept) is they don't know what they want to study or where they are going and the extra time after undergrad can help with that.

    Good luck!
     
  12. futureapppsy2

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    edit.
     
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  13. cara susanna

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    So you did decide School Psych only?

    And, oh man, I am so glad I didn't have to compete against you.
     
  14. McClinas

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    I'm applying to balanced phd programs

    major: psychology
    minor: none
    gpa: 3.71
    psyc gpa: 3.85
    gre: 1300 (600V, 700Q) AW 4

    research experience: 1.5 semesters as a research assistant in a social cognition lab, during my senior year I spearheaded a project that focused on how we differentially attend to fearful and angry faces. No honors thesis, no publications, no posters.

    Clinical experience: worked as a mental health counselor in an inpatient psych ward for 6 months. Lots of interaction with mentally ill patients, including group meetings, psych education, patient care, etc.

    I'm kinda freaking out bc I don't know if I can stack up with the other applicants on this forum, especially in terms of my lack of research experience. I would appreciate any guidance or advice
     
  15. krisrox

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    Great stats, guys!
     
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    Applying to: Counseling PhD programs
    Majors: Psychology, Fine Art
    Minor: None
    GPA: 3.85
    GRE (General): 1210 (590 verbal, 620 quant)
    GRE (Psych): Not taking it
    Research Experience: Been a research assistant for 3 professors over the course of 4 semesters
    Clinical Experience: 1. Volunteered at a homeless shelter. 2. Volunteer at a crisis center hotline

    Everyone on here seems to have better credentials than me. I don't have an honors thesis and my GRE scores are nothing to brag about. The average score of people accepted into counseling programs is roughly 1200 though.. and I know most people on here are going into clinical.
     
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    Applying for Clinical

    Majors: Human Biology and Psychology Specialist
    CGPA: 3.35 - still graduated with distinction or cum laude.
    Last 3 years: 3.58
    Psych: 3.56

    GRE: Q 690, v 590, A.W. 5.0, psych 710.
    Research and volunteer experience... let's just say lots. Or hopefully... enough.

    Basically looking for the match to save my ass... i know my cgpa is low, so I am taking extra courses now to increase my gpa. Also applying for funding.
     
  18. Markp

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    Wow, it's been a while... to think I was applying in 2006 and 2007... Good luck to you all.

    As for my stats: I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express once... seemed to do the trick.
     
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    OMG So scared to be competing with all of you....these stats are amazing!!! :D
     
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    Programs applying to: NO IDEA
    GPA overall: 3.97 Psych GPA: 4.0 Magna Cum Laude
    Major: Psych Minor: None
    GRE: havent even started studying :/

    Research exp: Summer position in IO- data collection and entry
    Lead research assistant for a Ph.D dissertation on humor during interviews (She's an IO Psychologist at NASA)

    Clinical exp: Not sure if this counts... but I'm interning in Spiritual Care at a children's hospital for the semester. It feels very clinical to me, consulting patients and families about their feelings regarding their illnesses.

    Really afraid to apply because I'm unsure of what I want to do. HELP!!! lol
     
  21. eatsleeppsych

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  22. AnnoyedByFreud

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    Due to some life circumstances I won't be able to apply this year. :p

    See you guys next year!
     
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  23. futureapppsy2

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    Okay, guess mine's not that unique, then. ;)

    Everyone here has amazing stats and experience! It's slightly unnerving, actually.
     
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    I agree. Perhaps this was a bad idea :p
     

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