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Fata Morgana
2004-04-15 11:39
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I've decided to stay at Berkeley for graduate school. After talking with Marti and Marc on Tuesday, and especially after talking with Peter Lyman - who described several projects that sounded interesting to me, and finished up by saying he'd love to work with me - yesterday, the choice was obvious. In my talks with faculty at other universities, I never got a response that positive. Between that and the variety of opportunities across Berkeley, I'm excited about staying.

The only problem with Berkeley is that I'll be in the SIMS Master's program for a year, and then I'll re-apply to the Ph.D. program. I'm pretty confident that I'll get in, especially if I find a faculty member to work with (and it looks like I will). The biggest issue is that I'd like to save my NSF fellowship for when I'm actually in the Ph.D. program, so I'll probably be TAing next year to make ends meet.
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Becca
rebbyribs
2004-04-15 19:04 (UTC)
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Yay! I'm glad you're going to stay here.

Have you tried negotiating with the Berkeley SIMS program? It seems like they might be willing to accept you as a PhD student now that you have the NSF and will be fully funded for the next 3 years. Ask! You have nothing to lose (and they have nothing to lose either...)

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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-04-16 05:18 (UTC)
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I did mention it to the admissions guy and one of the profs, and the latter candidly said that they were concerned about my grades and want to get to know me for a year before committing to me. It also sounds like many potential Ph.D. students who are coming in without a master's degree take this route through the master's program. But it sounds like one professor is trying to get me accepted into the Ph.D. program right off, so at least I have someone on my side.
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Beatrice M: Chat noir
paisleychick
2004-04-15 19:18 (UTC)
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yay! Glad to have you around and good luck with your education. This will be great!
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David Molnar
ephermata
2004-04-15 19:41 (UTC)
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Congratulations on making the decision! Positive faculty response is definitely a good reason to stay. Also, what she said about asking about the PhD program, especially now that you're free. :)

TAing isn't so bad. (It's amazing how many people I know now because of TAing 170!) Also, I don't know about SIMS, but EECS requires at least one semester of TAing, so you can get any such requirement out of the way.
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jillB
jilflirt
2004-04-15 19:43 (UTC)
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Yay!!!! :) :)
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Kris
anemone
2004-04-15 19:46 (UTC)
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Sounds like a good decision to me!
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nikita
hukuma
2004-04-15 19:50 (UTC)
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Yay! I'm happy that the best choice from our perspective (i.e. having you stay in the Bay Area) turned out to also be the best choice from your perspective. :)
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Ping
zestyping
2004-04-15 20:16 (UTC)
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Hooray! I'm glad you feel good about your decision, and i'm thrilled that you're staying nearby.
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Paul, Evil Administrator
eviladmin
2004-04-15 22:57 (UTC)
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Yea!!!! Ditto above comments, esp. rebbyribs and hukuma. Glad it worked out and see if you can negotiate a better deal. The negotiation store is often still open, especially if you have the extra cool NSF trading stamps!
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Olego
olego
2004-04-16 04:21 (UTC)
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Yay!
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Brigit
channel6
2004-04-16 20:21 (UTC)
Congrats!
Congrats on choosing !UCI and !The South.

=)

It would have been sad to see a good person leave the Bay Area. Glad to see you're sticking around!
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shallwedance_
shallwedance_
2004-04-21 23:28 (UTC)
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I decided not to reply to your grad school poll because it was a rather important choice and I don't know you well enough to make an informed decision, but I thoroughly approve of your choice of school.

And if all you want out of TAing is money, I would advise against it. From the GSIs I know in EECS, about half have horror stories or complaints (particularly the time it takes up) and the other half just don't talk about it. About the only good thing I have heard is that you get to know the material backward and forward. So unless you really want to get a grip on some fundamental concepts or you want to get in good with a certain professor, I would think you're better off using one year's worth of NSF and using the time you would otherwise be teaching (and preparing for teaching) to do research or take more classes.

Of course, if you really want to take those sabbaticals and do some of your Ph.D. work in other schools, saving your NSF for those is not a bad idea.
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-04-22 17:39 (UTC)
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True dat. I was a reader for 170 (Efficient Algorithms) and 184 (Graphics) last semester, which I really enjoyed, but at the end of the semester EECS paid me only about 2/3 of what they had said they were going to pay me - they based the figure on the final enrollment figures, despite the fact that I had been grading more assignments for most of the semester. Not only that, but that they did NOT tell me that they were going to do this. Thus, I'm rather bitter about working for EECS.

I definitely would only TA a class that I like and that I feel super-competent in (160 is an obvious choice; 170 would be fun but the "math types" would tear me apart), but I think I would rather just use NSF for a year, as you said. SIMS guarantees their Ph.D. students four years of funding from the department, anyway, so then I can save NSF for summers or visits.
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