DS22 made it into grad school

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DS22 made it into grad school
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Thu, 08-21-2014 - 10:44am

He starts next week, going for the MA in Studio Art - now he just has to meet with the head of the dept, get an advisor, and get into classes. Their full load is 5-6 hours so he'll take 2 classes, and continue working - I just hope he can fit it all in as he's loving his job but it's also just PT, and he's also very eager to start the MA.  Mostly I see him trying to get the teachers to work around his work schedule, vs. vice versa - I hope they can work through it all!

Anyone else?

Sue

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Thu, 08-21-2014 - 3:39pm
Congratulations to him!!!
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Thu, 08-21-2014 - 7:30pm

Good for him!  I thought tho, that he was going for a masters in Ed.  Obviously, he changed his mind.  Where does the want to go with this?

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Fri, 08-22-2014 - 9:54am

Congratulations to him!  I like how his work and studies are related.  All kids don't have that  outcome.  That's truly a blessing.  Thumbs up to Craigslist!

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Fri, 08-22-2014 - 9:55am

There was a 'famous' local antique store that dissolved a couple of years ago - he's working for the past director, doing everything under the sun - helping arrange the shop, go to clients' houses for interior design work, web design, photography.  It was a Craigslist ad for a 'person Friday' and it's turned into something that could become very lucrative over time.  The guy told him he could bring in his Raku pieces to sell at his antique shop. 

DS wants to do both clay and photography for the MA to enhance the skills, then maybe go for the MFA (at his U, it's more an MBA for art related things).  He knows those instructors well (and they were eager to hear he's staying for the MA) so hopefully they'll come up with a program that'll cater to his needs.  He'll be traveling for work in a couple of weeks, and plans to do a lot of photography as part of it.  (So good thing Mom found that posting on Craigslist!)

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Fri, 08-22-2014 - 4:51pm

Congratulations to him. I hope he can arrange his schedule to his liking. You might have already answered this, but how long is it supposed to take to earn the Masters?

My ds is a grad student also, starting his 4th and final year towards a PhD in Toxicology. It was originally 5 years but he has already published 3 times so the prof said that's enough, finish up and give somebody else your space. He still has to develop and write the dissertation but won't have to defend it orally----his department uses a different process, he had to orally defend his work at the end of the 2nd year in order to stay in the program. Recently he told me he plans to seek a post-doc fellowship, I haven't asked him yet what exactly that will entail. Sounds like a busy year for him. 

Keep us posted on how its going for your GSds Sue!

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Fri, 08-22-2014 - 8:51pm

Great for your ds!  And glad he doesn't have to defend things late in the game - dh was working on his PhD locally here way back when (applied math) and his prof died when he was about 2/3 done with his thesis.  The 'committee' decided they didn't like the project any more and told dh to start over.  He said no, left with nothing (didn't have the money to pay for the MS during the process - was putting himself thru - expensive local U).  Sad.

DS - program is 36 hours, each class is 3 hours, so if he takes 2/semester and if possible one in the summer, then Dec '16; if no summer, then possibly May '17.  He finally caught up with the dept head today who said he was booked all day, come see him at 10:30 Monday -  geesh, classes start Monday! Guess those art folks are low key!

Sue

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Sat, 08-23-2014 - 6:07pm

Paid for a Master's?

DS starts his Master's in Applied Science (Eng.) this September. He has 4 graduate level courses to take; those he will take his first year. He will be a Teaching and Research Assistant; all grad students are. Other than his TA duties and his courses, he will spend his first few months researching topics and deciding on his research topic, with the guidance of his supervisor.

He will then have to pass a oral exam on his chosen research topic and research plan before he starts the work, infront of a committee of professors (at least one from outside the department). His supervisor is not on the committee. If all goes well, he will start working on his research in the late winter/ spring and spend the summer and most of next school year on his research. Write his thesis and defend it infront of a committe of professors (one external professor and excluding his supervisor) and be finished by September of 2016.

He may be offered, if the research is going extremely well, to not write his Master's Thesis and just continue on with the Phd. He will have to pass the oral comphrensive exams and a few more courses. But, the trouble with that, if his research fails or he fails the oral comphrensive exams, he is left with nothing. Most students get their Master's and then continue on with their phds.

Grad students here, especially those in the pure sciences and engineering, are too busy to hold down PT jobs. They are employed by the university anyways, so there is money coming in.

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Sat, 08-23-2014 - 8:19pm

 DH went to a local private U (very expensive) and you had to pay fees for the master's, which at the time he didn't have the money for. So he just kept going.

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Mon, 08-25-2014 - 12:55pm

DS finally registered; will be in 3 classes/9 hours plus work - hope he can get all the studio time in he wants/needs (3rd class is a directed study art history class with the head of the grad dept)

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Thu, 09-11-2014 - 6:47pm
Sorry I didn't see this earlier, Sue! Congrats to your ds! Also thanks to the Craigslist link you sent to forward on to Justin. He didn't get that job but Craigslist is where he found the full time job (with benefits) he had for the last year. He's still looking for part time work and checks that regularly.
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