Books et al.Graduate Education

Getting into grad school

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Science  11 Mar 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6278, pp. 1159
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf2200

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Over the course of 2 years, Julie Posselt sat through admissions processes in 10 top Ph.D. programs, gaining a firsthand look into admissions decisions in disciplines from astrophysics to classics to economics. In Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping, Posselt shows how the process of offering admission at selective Ph.D. programs is chock-full of assumptions that are seldom made explicit or challenged.