[FUN_Mail] Question on grad school applications

Hale, Robert (Bob) RLHale at ship.edu
Wed Oct 18 15:52:49 EDT 2017

I would recommend that a student ignore such an option, and just leave it blank.  I agree with you Meg that such information is too personal (and not clearly relevant).


From: FUN_Mail [mailto:fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org] On Behalf Of Meg Upchurch
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:43 PM
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Subject: [FUN_Mail] Question on grad school applications

Dear fellow FUN members:

A student in our program is applying to neuroscience graduate programs and has found that some of the applications provide spaces where he can paste links to his social media accounts. I and my fellow faculty members are surprised to see this and we wonder about the optics -- will he look as if he is trying to hide something if he doesn't post links? On the balance, we feel that asking for the links is getting a little too personal for an academic application, but we're curious about how other mentors of undergraduates feel and what kinds of advice you might give.

Thank you for your responses,
Meg Upchurch

Margaret Upchurch, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Program Director for Neuroscience
Transylvania University
300 N. Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797
(859) 233-8252
mupchurch at transy.edu<mailto:mupchurch at transy.edu>
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