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Why Location Matters

by The Ebony Tower Contributors
“Location, location, location”, they say in Real Estate. So it goes in PhD programs as well. Your experience in academia will be shaped by many things—the institution you choose, your cohort, the relationships you build with faculty and the location in which you wish to study.

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“I am one of those people who believe that if something is important, even if you get off the path, you have to find your way back.”

-Dr. Matthew P. Shaw

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The Ebony Tower’s Six Tips for GRE Success

by The Ebony Tower Contributors The GRE, or Graduate Record Exam, is the first of many hurdles to successfully obtaining a graduate degree. Generally, standardized tests strike fear into the hearts of potential takers, and that fear sometimes results in poor performance and/or delaying graduate school.  At The Ebony Tower, we know that failure and deferred dreams […]

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The Ebony Tower’s Guide to Securing Great Recommendations

by Daphne M. Penn  One of the most stressful aspects of the graduate school application process, heck any application process, is asking for letters of recommendation.  If fact, I know quite a few people who postponed applying for grad school and/or fellowships because they felt uncertain about securing recommendations.   I remember having a conversation with […]

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Five Strategies for Choosing the Right Advisor

by The Ebony Tower Contributors I’m sure you’ve heard that the journey through a PhD program is a lonely and isolating experience, and while the lie detector test has determined that isn’t a lie, successfully making it through your program will, in fact, require a good support system. The foundation for a strong doctoral support […]

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The Interview

by The Ebony Tower Contributors Congratulations! You made it to the interview round of your graduate school application process. Let that sink in for a second or a week or 2 days (in my case!) and be proud of your accomplishment. After the stresses of applying- crafting essays, securing transcripts and letters of recommendation, taking […]

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Writing Samples

by The Ebony Tower Contributors As part of the standard graduate school application package, most research-driven institutions will require a writing sample. Even if you swore off writing following your Composition 101 class freshman year of undergrad, you will be hard pressed to find a graduate program that does not want to make sure you […]

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Choosing A School

by The Ebony Tower Contributors As you begin your journey to graduate school, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is where you want to apply. After talking yourself into and out of and finally back into applying to school, and digging down deep to determine if a PhD is right for you, […]

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