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1 Finishing the Undergraduate Marathon Preparation for Graduate Studies in Psychology Presented by: Renée El-Gabalawy

2 What it takes to win a marathon Training Training Devotion Devotion Stamina Stamina Commitment Commitment

3 Training and Preparation GPA GPA Extracurricular activities (e.g., research, teaching, and volunteering) Extracurricular activities (e.g., research, teaching, and volunteering) GRE GRE Developing professional relationships Developing professional relationships Funding and graduate school applications Funding and graduate school applications

4 Ideal Timeline Year 1: University 1 Year 2: Register in honours psychology program (B.A. or B.Sc.) Register in honours psychology program (B.A. or B.Sc.) Volunteer as a research assistant (or other psychology related endeavours) Volunteer as a research assistant (or other psychology related endeavours)

5 Ideal Timeline Year 3: Paid or volunteer research assistant Paid or volunteer research assistant January-February: Set up several interviews with potential undergraduate advisors January-February: Set up several interviews with potential undergraduate advisors January-August: Study and register for your GRE January-August: Study and register for your GRE Summer: Write your GRE Summer: Write your GRE Apply for TA positions Apply for TA positions CUPE Student: Human Resources CUPE Student: Human Resources

6 Ideal Timeline Year 4: Write honours thesis Write honours thesis TA 1 or 2 classes or RA TA 1 or 2 classes or RA September: Prepare national funding applications (SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC) September: Prepare national funding applications (SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC) November: Prepare grad school applications November: Prepare grad school applications Note: Deadlines range from December 1 st to January 15 th

7 Why volunteer as a research assistant? Opportunity for paid work Opportunity for paid work Addition to curriculum vitae Addition to curriculum vitae Possibility for publications Possibility for publications Building a relationship with a professor (letters of reference, honours and MA advisors) Building a relationship with a professor (letters of reference, honours and MA advisors) Some people see being an RA as essential for grad school applications

8 Other unique volunteering/work opportunities in the community WISH Clinic WISH Clinic Klinic Klinic Women’s Health Clinic Women’s Health Clinic St. Amant’s St. Amant’s Canadian Mental Health Association Canadian Mental Health Association Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Addictions Foundation of Manitoba Addictions Foundation of Manitoba Macdonald Youth Services Macdonald Youth Services Artbeat Studio Artbeat Studio …to name a few

9 Why set up interviews in January for honours advisors? First pick First pick Options for research Options for research Starting off on the right foot Starting off on the right foot Possibility of early research assistantships Possibility of early research assistantships Do your homework! Check out potential advisors at: ments/psychology/people/faculty_bios. html

10 The GRE

11 Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Purpose: Purpose: To make your life miserable True Purpose: True Purpose: To use as an evaluative tool in your application for graduate school Is it important? Yes, but it depends Is it important? Yes, but it depends

12 It depends? On prospective schools The strength of other aspects of your application Should you prepare? Absolutely!

13 GRE Prep Tools

14 GRE Forerunners

15 GRE Prep: Advice from Grad Students “Princeton Review SUCKED for the General. I would recommend Kaplens instead “ “I had a book from Princeton Review that I found extremely helpful. It came with a CD-Rom with practice tests formatted like the GRE and the book had old paper and pencil versions to practice with as well”

16 Components to the GRE 1) Quantitative Reasoning (math) Problem solving, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis 2) Verbal Reasoning (english) Reading comprehension, verbal and analogical reasoning, evaluating written material

17 Components to the GRE 3) Analytic Writing (essays) Critical thinking and analytic writing skills

18 Logistics Score range: Verbal and Quant: (10 pt increments) Analytic: 0-6 (0.5 pt increments) Cost: $180 (US) You can write the GRE 1 per month but no more than 5 times within a 12 no more than 5 times within a 12 month period

19 Section No. of questions Time (min) Analytic Writing 1 “issue” and “argument” tasks Issue: 45 Arg.: 30 Verbal Reasoning 3030 Quantitative Reasoning 2845 UnscoredVariesVaries ResearchVariesVaries

20 Sample Questions Analytic Issue: "The study of an academic discipline alters the way we perceive the world. After studying the discipline, we see the same world as before, but with different eyes."

21 Argument: The following appeared as a letter to the editor of a farming publication. "With continuing publicity about the need for healthful diets, and with new research about the harmful effects of eating too much sugar, nationwide demand for sugar will no doubt decline. Therefore, farmers in our state should use the land on which they currently grow sugar cane to grow peanuts, a food that is rich in protein and low in sugar. Farmers in the neighboring country of Palin greatly increased their production of peanuts last year, and their total revenues from that crop were quite high."

22 VerbalAnalogies: COLOR: SPECTRUM A) Tone: Scale B) Sound: Waves C) Verse: Poem D) Dimension: Space E) Cell: Organism

23 Quantitative Quantitative Comparisons: Column A Column B (-6) ^4 (-6)^5 (-6) ^4 (-6)^5 A) if the quantity in Column A is greater B) if the quantity in Column B is greater C) if the two quantities are equal D) if the relationship cannot be determined from the information given

24 Adaptive Testing A form of computer-based test that adapts to the examinee's ability level A form of computer-based test that adapts to the examinee's ability level

25 Test Day Arrive early Do not do anything out of the ordinary (e.g., decide to be a coffee drinker) Bring identification Bring snack and change Have an idea of what grad schools you will be applying to so you can directly send your scores (for free!)

26 GRE Prep: Things that work for everyone Verbal: Flashcards Flashcards Word roots Word roots Memorizing words from ‘target lists’ in workbook Memorizing words from ‘target lists’ in workbook Be curious Be curiousQuantitative: Practice makes perfect Practice makes perfect

27 Analytic: Use examples from GRE website Use examples from GRE website Practice on simple word processor Practice on simple word processor Look over high scoring and low scoring essays Look over high scoring and low scoring essays Familiarize yourself with components required to succeed Familiarize yourself with components required to succeed

28 General Practice: Practice tests (get as many as you can!) Practice tests (get as many as you can!) ETS practice* ETS practice* Practice timing Practice timing Work on your weaknesses Work on your weaknesses Conservation of scrap paper Conservation of scrap paper

29 Answering Questions: Spend time on question 1 Spend time on question 1 Complete all questions. If your running out of time – guess Complete all questions. If your running out of time – guess Don’t randomly guess, use LOGIC Don’t randomly guess, use LOGIC

30 Things you SHOULDN’T do…. Not study Not study Cram Cram Try to memorize the entire dictionary Try to memorize the entire dictionary Write during a high stress time (e.g., November) Write during a high stress time (e.g., November) Read random intro math and verbal reviews Read random intro math and verbal reviews

31 Final Point Always accept your score at the end of the GRE and don’t beat yourself up about it

32 Psychology GRE Required at some schools Required at some schools Intro psych knowledge Intro psych knowledge (experimental/natural science, social/social science, general) Preparation: Specialty prep or intro psych books Preparation: Specialty prep or intro psych books

33 Psychology GRE: Logistics Paper and pencil Paper and pencil 205 multiple choice questions 205 multiple choice questions Fee: $150 (US) Fee: $150 (US) Offered in October, November, and April Offered in October, November, and April

34 Graduate Funding

35 Funding Applications When in doubt…apply! Deadlines (national funding): Internal: End of November External: Mid December Value and Duration: $17,500 (12 months)

36 Tri-Council Funding Bodies 1) SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) 2) CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) 3) NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)

37 Other Funding Opportunities UMGF/MGS ($12,000-$15,000/year) UMGF/MGS ($12,000-$15,000/year) Deadline: February (automatic) Deadline: February (automatic) MHRC (Manitoba Health Research Council; $17,850) MHRC (Manitoba Health Research Council; $17,850) Deadline: January Deadline: January Other (check out the award database) Other (check out the award database) rds/

38 How to Apply Prepare application (online) Prepare application (online) 2-3 letters of reference 2-3 letters of reference 1-2 page research proposal 1-2 page research proposal Common CV Common CV

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40 What schools and how many? Check out CPA accredited schools at: Check out CPA accredited schools at: (under: accreditation) How many? 2: don’t have a shot 4: think you have a shot 2: know you’ll get in

41 Preparing Grad School Applications Contact prospective advisors in September Contact prospective advisors in September Give 1 month notice for referees (i.e., letters of reference) Give 1 month notice for referees (i.e., letters of reference) Prepare personal statement Prepare personal statement Order transcripts and GRE scores (costs money) Order transcripts and GRE scores (costs money) Prepare CV Prepare CV

42 Choosing an Advisor Important questions: Does this advisor have a developed research program? Does this advisor have a website? Has this advisor recently published? Is this advisor currently funded? Does this advisor have other students? Is this advisors research interests similar to mine?

43 Contacting Prospective Advisors Notes: Clear and concise Non-exhaustiveKnowledgeableNon-binding Introduction Research Interests Goals Inquiry of Acceptance

44 Making a Final Decision Talk to advisor’s current students Talk to advisor’s current students Be familiar with funding (don’t be afraid to ask) Be familiar with funding (don’t be afraid to ask) Be familiar with external costs (e.g., cost of living) Be familiar with external costs (e.g., cost of living)

45 Programs at the U of M Psychology: Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Brain and Cognitive Science Brain and Cognitive Science Clinical Clinical Developmental Developmental Social and Personality Social and Personality Methodology Methodology School School Community Health Sciences

46 Acknowledgements Special thanks to: Dr. Corey Mackenzie Adam Rossi Kristin Reynolds Lisa Dredger & Clinical MA 1 and 2 Students

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48 Questions Contact me:


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