[FUN_Mail] Question on grad school applications

Robert J Polewan polewanrj at sfasu.edu
Wed Oct 18 16:01:44 EDT 2017

While I think that it is too personal as well, my feeling is that the graduate school may look up the person anyways. I would be concerned if the school looked at a profile from a different person with the same name (with unbecoming posts).  My advice would be to include links to their researchgate and/or LinkedIn profiles.


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From: FUN_Mail [mailto:fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org] On Behalf Of Meg Upchurch
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:43 PM
To: Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Mailing List <fun_mail at lists.funfaculty.org>
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
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