Particularly if you are a top student, you may be able to negotiate with the department if you feel the amount of offered aid is too little. If you've previously made contact with one or more committee members, or with a potential advisor, it can help to discuss with them tactfully any offers you've had from other schools -- the department may offer you more money to prevent you from going elsewhere. Jeri Rypkema, director of George Washington University's Office of Fellowships and Graduate Student Support, says, "When one department offers half tuition and the other offers full tuition, it absolutely makes sense to call and explain the situation. Maybe more students than expected will have declined, so some money is freed up." In trying to negotiate, just remember that you're not playing corporate hardball -- if you come across as a hard-nosed jerk, you're likely to hurt yourself. One victim of graduate student abuse says, "This year a student made himself so obnoxious by repeatedly calling me and the dean to hold us up for more money that he ended up losing the fellowship we'd already offered him."
I imagine publishers would like the reference and quote you gave The only time I have ever heard complaints from publishers is with students trying to swap teacher's solutions manuals. BTW, I believe that book you referenced is a very worthwhile read. It is also the type of easy reading one can do on a plane. Note: I did recently add back in the ISBN feature so you can link to books knowing the 10 digit ISBN and title. You can type it like this:dlenmn wrote:fair use?
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[isbn=0374524777]Getting What You Came For[/isbn]
If I was in this position and wisc would be my top choice with a more competitive offer then I would try and find a polite way to inform the wisc people of this.VT wrote:I'd love to do that esp with wisc. I hate wisc for such a low TA offer compared to schools of similar rankings.
VT wrote:Grant, thanks for the tip. Do you have any idea who do we need to contact for such a negotiation? Would it be Dept head or a Prof who I contacted after I had the offer of admission? I am not expecting anything from wisc, but I just wanted to let them know that I am not very excited with their low TA offer.
I'd rather go to Brown or Minnesota than Wisc. I do not care the ranking because Brown has interesting research and Nobel laureature cooper is there doing something similar to what I would be interested in.
I wanted to email wisc and tell them but at the same time I do not want to come off like a jerk and compare my other offers with wisc. I have no clue how one should approach this problem.
Any thoughts will be appreciated.( Or I think I should not worry too much, coz cost of living is low in wisc and they will increase TA salary in the second year or if i get an RA on my second yr, that would be good too. I just do not know what to do. I think I should stop being too greedy )
doom wrote:For some reason, the website grae used doesn't have an entry for the Twin Cities. Seems weird that they wouldn't have an entry for the biggest metro area in the state. And it makes it hard to compare my top options.
VT wrote:I'd rather go to Brown or Minnesota than Wisc. I do not care the ranking because Brown has interesting research and Nobel laureature cooper is there doing something similar to what I would be interested in.
Professor Cooper is Director of Brown University's Center for Neural Science. This Center was founded in 1973 to study animal nervous systems and the human brain. Professor Cooper served as the first director with an interdisciplinary staff drawn from the Departments of Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Sciences, Linguistics and Physics. Today, Cooper, with members of the Brown Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students with interests in the neural and cognitive sciences, is working towards an understanding of memory and other brain functions, and thus formulating a scientific model of how the human mind works.
VT wrote:Jeeez, what is he doing there at such an old age. He is like 78 now. WOW, I do not want to work with such an old fellow. I cannot get along with old people.
VT wrote:Although I am not from Russia, I think I am very Russian (u need to ask Will to know what this actually means). So Prof. Vavilov from Wisc is a good pick for me, I guess.
VT wrote:I am thinking of CM experiment a lot lately. I should have mentioned this on my SOP when I applied to grad schools. I do not know when UIUC is going to send their decision. I heard that I have been waitlisted. crazy.
VT wrote:dlenmn, I did not get your last part.
VT wrote:Anyways, I saw your name ( I pretty much guessed that that must be you, from your last and first name) on the roster that they sent us from Wisc.
VT wrote:EDIT : when are you visiting Brown, by the way? Did you email Jodie about your plan? I have not done that yet.
Spring Break is March 22-30. I believe that many of the faculty go away during this time. It would probably be better to schedule you around this time. Also, we usually like to have visitors have lunch with a few graduate students to get a feel of the program from their perspective, and many will not be available that week.