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Getting Into Graduate School


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Section I: What Are Graduate Schools Looking For? Chapter 1: Making The "Grade" in College Chapter 2: The Big Three: Academics, Scholarship, and Activities Section II: What Should You Be Doing From Freshman To Senior Year? Chapter 3: Freshman Year: Find a Direction Chapter 4: Sophomore and Junior Years: Pursue Opportunities Chapter 5: Senior Year: Select Schools and Complete Applications Section III: Completing Parts of the Graduate School Application and More Chapter 6: Writing a "Letter of Intent" Chapter 7: Writing a Resume and Curriculum Vitae Chapter 8: Submitting, Interviewing, and Waiting Section IV: The Decision Letters and Next Steps Chapter 9: Acceptance and Rejection: Realizing Opportunity In Both Cases Chapter 10: Reflecting on the Process and Graduation

About the Author

Gregory J. Privitera is an associate professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure University. Dr. Privitera received his PhD in behavioral neuroscience in the field of psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He went on to complete postdoctoral research at Arizona State University before beginning his tenure at St. Bonaventure University. He is an author of multiple books on statistics, research methods, and the psychology of eating, in addition to authoring over two-dozen peer-reviewed scientific articles aimed at advancing our understanding of health and promoting the intake of healthier diets for children and adults. He oversees a variety of undergraduate student research projects at St. Bonaventure University where over two-dozen students, many of whom are now earning graduate degrees at various institutions, have coauthored research in his laboratories. For his research work, Dr. Privitera was recognized by St. Bonaventure University as Advisor of the Year in 2013, and awarded an Early Career Psychologist award by the American Psychological Association in 2015. For his work with students and fruitful record of teaching, Dr. Privitera was recognized in 2014 with the Award for Professional Excellence in Teaching-the highest teaching award at St. Bonaventure University. The first edition of this text was a recipient of the "Most Promising New Textbook" National Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association. In addition to his teaching, research, and advisement, Dr. Privitera is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and is married with two children: a daughter, Grace, and a son, Aiden. Dr. Privitera is also the author of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition.


"Privitera helps students to keep their eye on a goal and a prize from day one of college, and he helps them to understand that long-term thinking can enhance all areas of life."

-- Ramani Durvasula, California State University, Los Angeles

"The single most impressive aspect...is the concrete plan outlined for how students can plan for applying to graduate school, as early as their freshman year."

-- Stacy Bender, Alfred University

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