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0926, 2016

Fall 2016 Previous Application Review Notes – Post #4

By Harvard |September 26, 2016

This post is a continuation of the series on my review of applications from the past. When commenting on previous essays, my goal is not to provide a specific template for how to write an effective essay, my hope is that my thoughts will help applicants reflect on ways to highlight their own personal motivations and experiences in unique ways. I will also comment on other parts of the application I am reviewing as I see fit. As stated in the first introductory post, I am not going to adhere to s...
0925, 2016

2016 New Student Post #6: Boris Falatar, MC/MPA Mason

By Harvard |September 25, 2016

I first thought about applying to the Kennedy School eight years ago, while I was serving as political liaison officer at the United Nations in New York. I was in charge of following the Security Council and the General Assembly, analysing debates on peace and security, development and humanitarian affairs, and participating in countless efforts to reform the United Nations. Over three years of following such debates, I realized that certain ambassadors, irrespective of the size and importance o...
0924, 2016

2016 Summer Student Series – Post #19: Faheem Hasan Rathore, MPP 2017

By Harvard |September 24, 2016

Faheem Rathore is an MPP2 student at Harvard Kennedy School and is originally from Jacksonville, FL. At HKS, he is involved with the Harvard Pakistani Student Group and helped organize a trek to Pakistan last year. He received a BA in political science from Davidson College in 2012. Prior to enrolling, he worked in financial risk management, with the Justice Department in the international corruption unit, and on a statewide election in Iowa. He’s a fan of college basketball and Star Wars.It i...
0923, 2016

Politics & Polls #12: All About Debates

By Princeton University |September 23, 2016

Politics & Polls #12: All About DebatesSep 23, 2016The presidential election is at a crossroads as the race is beginning to tighten between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Now, we’re entering a season of debates, with the first one kicking off Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. from Hofstra University in New York. Some predict this first debate could be the most-viewed in our history. But how might these debates influence voters? Podcast Here ...
0923, 2016

MacArthur Foundation Names Quiñonez a 2016 Fellow

By Princeton University |September 23, 2016

MacArthur Foundation Names Quiñonez a 2016 FellowSep 23, 2016The MacArthur Foundation has named José A. Quiñonez a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Quiñonez, who earned a Master of Public Affairs degree in 1998 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, joins 22 additional fellows named to the foundation’s class this year. A financial entrepreneur, Quiñonez helps low-income, immigrant and minority families develop their full economic potential by cr...
0923, 2016

SAIS Admissions in Georgia, South Carolina, & North Carolina

By Johns Hopkins University |September 23, 2016

Next week, the Group of Five Schools will travel to a series of universities across Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to discuss application processes, admissions requirements, financial aid, and career opportunities in the field of public policy and international affairs. Admissions representatives from Columbia, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and Tufts will be present.Monday, September 26Kennesaw State University, Information Session:12:00pm to 1:30pmLeadership Room, Carm...
0923, 2016

A question from the fair

By Tufts University |September 23, 2016

Lucas and I staffed the Fletcher table at yesterday evening’s Idealist grad school fair, so I thought I would write about one of the themes that emerged from the questions I heard.  Naturally, there were all the usual GRE-related queries, as well as conversations about application deadlines and other nitty-gritty topics.  But the one that I’ll comment on today has to do with the link between pre-Fletcher professional experience and post-Fletcher goals. There are two ways to talk ab...
0923, 2016

Seeples Spotlight: Meagan Barrera

By Columbia University |September 23, 2016

I’m pleased to share that the Office of Admissions welcomed a new team of Program Assistants (PAs) this semester. So over the next few days I’ll be introducing you to each of them in the form of self-interviews. Say “hello” to Meagan Barrera, a second-year MIA student. Meagan is concentrating on Human Rights and Gender and Public […]...
0923, 2016

Obama’s UN speech reveals paradox at the heart of global politics

By IE University |September 23, 2016

Near the beginning of President Barack Obama’s final speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, he pointed out something really important about the world today: We are living through the best time in human history, but it feels to a lot of us like anything but. “This is the paradox that defines our world today: A quarter century after the end of the Cold War, the world is by many measures less violent and more prosperous than ever before. And yet our societies are fil...
0923, 2016

Take a Faculty Member to Lunch Program

By Harvard |September 23, 2016

At HKS, our students can take faculty members out to lunch - and bill the school. The Take a Faculty Member to Lunch Program allows students to connect with their professors in a small group setting, outside the classroom. Students can attend two lunches per semester with any willing faculty members to a local restaurant that accepts Crimson Cash. Student Services provides each lunch with a Crimson Cash card, pre-loaded with enough funds to cover up to $10 per person for one faculty member and u...
0922, 2016

Extra skills

By Tufts University |September 22, 2016

Most Fletcher students have multiple academic objectives in mind when they enroll.  At the same time as they’re looking to expand their general understanding of the international affairs world, they also want to build specific skills that will help them in their career.  Beyond the usual in-class opportunities (public speaking, accounting, etc.), there are often out-of-class opportunities to focus on a key area that will support future work.  This morning, Ginn Library sent information ...
0922, 2016

University of Pittsburgh Professor Authors New book on Cyber Security

By University of Pittsburgh |September 22, 2016

GSPIA Professor Phil Williams and co-author, Dr. Dighton Fiddner, explore one of the most significant features of cyberspace in their new book: Cyberspace: Malevolent Actors, Criminal Opportunities, and Strategic Competition.  The authors believe that cyberspace is becoming an increasingly risky place for the entire spectrum of users: nation-states, nongovernmental and transnational organizations, commercial enterprises, and individuals. It is also  a space of opportunities—for benevolent, n...
0922, 2016

Politics & Polls #11: Gender & Politics

By Princeton University |September 22, 2016

Politics & Polls #11: Gender & PoliticsSep 22, 2016Since Hillary Clinton was named nominee of the Democratic Party, commentators have been taking a hard look at the way gender impacts the political process. Yet, when it comes to gender, it is rarely a clear-cut or easy discussion. Working to disentangle the role of gender in politics is award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister, the best-selling author of “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation....
0922, 2016

PPIA Fellowship Program 2017

By Harvard |September 22, 2016

Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to partner with the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA). HKS is committed to providing fellowship funding to PPIA participants admitted to our degree programs and this year 10 PPIA alumni are part of our incoming class. The fellowship consideration process is competitive and awards amounts can differ. The following comes from the PPIA website:The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has ...
0921, 2016

So, What’s a Prospective Student Taster Lecture?

By Johns Hopkins University |September 21, 2016

A Taster Lectures is a special lecture specifically designed to introduce prospective students to academic life at Johns Hopkins SAIS. They are organized and hosted by the Office of Admissions and include a question and answer session. This fall, we are hosting three Taster Lectures, each featuring a different faculty member and topic of discussion. All Johns Hopkins SAIS Taster Lectures are off the record, so you want to be sure to attend these in person.Our first lecturer this fall is none oth...
0921, 2016

SAIS China Studies Club Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

By Johns Hopkins University |September 21, 2016

Last week, over 30 Johns Hopkins SAIS students from varying concentrations met on a cozy rooftop in Adams Morgan to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival. The long tables were filled with contributed dishes, including some interesting attempts by the American students to recreate their favorite Chinese recipes.Organized by the China Studies Club at SAIS, the potluck dinner is a newly founded tradition with the goal of connecting students who may have different concentrations from Energy, Resources a...
0921, 2016

Hernández Rivera Takes Action for Immigrants in NYC

By Princeton University |September 21, 2016

Hernández Rivera Takes Action for Immigrants in NYCSep 21, 2016In 2005, Maribel Hernández Rivera MPA ’10 was a first-year master’s student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and spent much of her time outside the classroom organizing rallies and encouraging her peers to advocate for immigration reform.   Carrying this passion and dedication into her professional career, Hernández Rivera became the first executive director of legal ini...
0921, 2016

When You Call Korbel…

By Josef Korbel School, Office of Graduate Admissions |September 21, 2016

Remember, Coleen?  She’s still here!  Coleen is one of our two lovely second year MA students working in the Admissions Office this academic year. Coleen is still originally from Olympia, WA.  As a refresher – she previously worked as a … Continue reading →...
0921, 2016

Creating the interview schedule

By Tufts University |September 21, 2016

Monday and Tuesday slipped by me this week.  I’ve been working on several different things, but I’ve spent much of my time creating a schedule for the students who have volunteered to conduct interviews for us.  Scheduling went unusually smoothly this year, which isn’t to say that there aren’t abundant eraser shavings on and under my desk.  I needed to do significant fiddling to ensure a match between the interview timeslots and volunteers’ schedules. We’ll...
0921, 2016

Seeples Spotlight: Weiming Shu

By Columbia University |September 21, 2016

I’m pleased to share that the Office of Admissions welcomed a new team of Program Assistants (PAs) this semester. So over the next few days I’ll be introducing you to each of them in the form of self-interviews. First up, Weiming Shu, who’s an MPA student at SIPA, class of 2017. Weiming comes from China and […]...
0920, 2016

2017 Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) Application Now Available

By Harvard |September 20, 2016

We are happy to announce that the 2017 Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) application is now available. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 9 and the conference will take place from February 9-12, 2017. PPLC is designed for first and second year undergraduate students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Applicants to the program must have at least a 3.0 GPA and an interest in public service. The application process is competitive and for those selected, all travel...
0920, 2016

Fall 2016 Class Visit Registration Now Available

By Johns Hopkins University |September 20, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the class visit registration calendar is now available. To sign up, click the following link to access the schedule. Under "Calendar View," please select "Class" and select the class you wish to attend. It’s as simple as that! Do keep in mind that you need to register at least one week in advance. Happy visiting.You may also like:5 Ways to Make the Most of Your SAIS Class VisitPreparing Your Application: Class Visits...
0920, 2016

Obama’s Farewell to a World Awash with Troubles

By IE University |September 20, 2016

This week’s annual United Nations gathering of global leaders will bid farewell to the age of U.S. President Barack Obama, an era that began with high hopes for multilateralism but is ending in frustration over the world’s inability to solve some of the most intractable problems from Syria’s civil war to the most acute refugee crisis since World War II.In a poignant sign of the limits of international cooperation, U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday will jump-start the session wi...
0920, 2016

Fall 2016 News and Notes – Post #2

By Harvard |September 20, 2016

In the first post in this series I noted that applicants often ask questions along the lines of -Is my GPA competitive for admission?Are my test scores competitive for admission?What is the average test score and GPA for admitted applicants to the program I am interested in?I spent the first post addressing GPA and I will use this post to address GRE and GMAT test scores. I recently returned from a recruitment trip to Toronto and a large number of prospects would either recite their test scores...
0919, 2016

Her profiled by Politics in Minnesota

By University of Minnesota |September 19, 2016

Sia Her (MPP ’07), executive director of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, was the subject of this profile in Politics in Minnesota. Her was a recipient of the School’s Public Leadership Award in June 2016.Read the article here.Connect with Sia on LinkedIn.Originally posted on Global Notes....
0919, 2016

Schuettler joins Northspan Group

By University of Minnesota |September 19, 2016

Karl Schuettler (MURP ’16) has joined the Northspan Group as director of marketing, research, and analysis. He will be providing economic, business, and community development support services for public and private clients.Connect with Karl on LinkedIn....
0919, 2016

When You Call Korbel…

By Josef Korbel School, Office of Graduate Admissions |September 19, 2016

Meet Ellen! Ellen is from Oklahoma via Nashville and Washington, D.C.  She is a first year in our International Security program with a concentration in Homeland Security.  Prior to starting at Korbel a couple weeks ago, Ellen was a financial … Continue reading →...
0919, 2016

I Previously Declined My Offer of Admission, Will I Be at a Disadvantage If I Reapply?

By Johns Hopkins University |September 19, 2016

Having previously declined our offer of admission will have no bearing on your chances of admission in the current application cycle. But if you do choose to reapply, know this: the application procedure for reapplicants differs from the traditional application procedure.Because we retain application files for one year after a decision is rendered, candidates who applied for the previous academic year (in this case, 2016) do not have to resubmit all materials. They can instead follow the reappli...
0919, 2016

We’re traveling to a city near you!

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |September 19, 2016

Date City Fair Details September 20 Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia Idealist September 21 Orem, UT Utah Valley University September 22 Provo, UT Brigham Young University September 22 Boston, MA Chicago, IL Boston Idealist APSIA Chicago  September 23 Salt Lake City, UT University of Utah/Westminster September 27 Washington, DC DC Idealist September 28 Charlottesville, VA University of Virginia September 28 Upstate, NY Cornell and Ithaca September 29 Upstate, NY Binghamton and ...
0919, 2016

My dinner with the Maxwell MPA Class of 1962

By Syracuse University |September 19, 2016

After 20 years at Maxwell, there are definitely some stand out memories and I happily added to them Tuesday night. On Tuesday, September 13th I had the privilege of having dinner at the home of Mr. Gordon McKay and his lovely wife, Linda. Gordon helped organize a reunion of his fellow Maxwell MPA Class of […]...