2012年6月18日

[轉錄] Environmental and Resource Econ PhD: Kiwilo (2012)

@ Penn State University w/ JoePa。2008

[前言] 這是2012年在ptt留學版環境經濟博士班的申請心得,徵得作者同意轉錄於此。

作者: kiwilo 看板: studyabroad
標題: [錄取] Environmental and Resource Econ PhD

Admissions: (依時間順序, all PhD programs)


1/26 Oklahoma State, Agricultural Economics, assistantship, declined

2/10 Virginia Tech, Economics (joint offered by Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Department of Economics), tuition waived + 87.5% health insurance, 0.5 FTE RA/TA with a stipend of $1,700 per month for 12 months, declined

2/13 Purdue, Agricultural Economics, unfunded

2/17 Oregon State, Applied Economics, funding unknown

2/20 North Carolina State (NCSU), Economics (joint offered by Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Department of Economics), tuition waived + health insurance+ 0.25 FTE TA with a stipend of $8,000 for 9 months, declined

2/27 Florida, Food and Resource Economics, tuition waived + health insurance, 4 years Graduate Alumni Award $22,000 per year + 0.48 FTE TA for 12 months, declined 2/27 Penn State, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics (Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology), tuition waived + 80% health insurance, 0.5 FTE RA/TA with a stipend of $17,190 for fall and spring semesters

2/27 Penn State, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics (Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology), tuition waived + 80% health insurance, 0.5 FTE RA/TA with a stipend of
$17,190 for fall and spring semesters

4/04 Texas A&M, Agricultural Economics, non-resident tuition waived (resident tuition: pending availability of funds) + ≒75% health insurance (I pay first 90 days), 0.5 FTE TA/RA with a stipend of $1,425 per month for 12 months, declined 4/04 Minnesota-Twin Cities, Applied Economics, unfunded

4/04 Minnesota-Twin Cities, Applied Economics, unfunded

Rejections: (依時間順序, all PhD programs)

2/22 Wisconsin-Madison, Agricultural and Applied Economics
3/01 Cornell, Applied Economics and Management
3/02 Maryland, Agricultural and Resource Economics
3/19 Iowa State, Economics
3/20 UC-Berkeley, Agricultural and Resource Economics
3/21 Arizona, Economics
3/26 Michigan State, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
(問我是否可自費,若是則幫我尋找合適的指導教授,最後還是收到拒絕信…)
4/12 UC-Davis, Agricultural and Resource Economics
(Wait-listed → Rejected because scholarship below that of admitted applicants.)

Decision:

Attending Penn State University.

Background:

University of Michigan, MA in Applied Economics
(Major: Natural Resources and Environmental Economics;
Minor: Health Economics and International Trade)
GPA 7.0/9.0 (3.67/4.0)
Sep. 2008 – Dec. 2009

National Taiwan University, BA in Economics and Sociology (double major)
GPA 3.53/4.0 (last 63 GPA: 3.65; last 25 GPA: 4.00)
Sep. 2001 – Jun. 2006

Stanford University, Undergraduate Summer Visitor
Summer 2004

Professional Training And Certificates:

Dynamic General Equilibrium Modelling @ Washington D.C., USA
Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS), Monash University, Australia
Nov. 2011 – Dec. 2011

Practical General Equilibrium Modelling @ Beijing, China
Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS), Monash University, Australia
Apr. 2011

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Verification @ Taipei City, Taiwan
Lead Verifier Training Course (ISO 14064: 2006)
British Standards Institution (BSI)
Mar. 2011

TOEFL: (Only reported to Cornell, Purdue, MSU, Arizona)

96 (R25, L24, S22, W25), 板橋地球村, Sep. 18, 2011

GRE:

V530, Q800, AW 3.0, Oct. 31, 2007

Research/Work Experiences:
Assistant Research Fellow @ Taiwan Institute of Economics Research
May. 2010 – Present

Administrative Cadre, Substitute (Alternative) Services
@ Bureau of Social Affairs, Pingtung County Government
Jul. 2006 – Oct. 2007

Publications:
6 * local journal articles (4 first author)
3 * book chapters (1 first author)
5 * international conference papers (3 first author, 1 EI)
Several reports

Awards/Honors:
台灣經濟研究院第26屆金筆獎, 個人組, 助理研究員組 第一名 Feb. 2012
台灣經濟研究院第25屆金筆獎, 個人組, 助理研究員組 第一名 Feb. 2011
書卷獎 * 1, 台大經濟系 Oct. 2006
黃錫和教授紀念獎學金, 台大經濟系 Nov. 2005

References:
1 from TIER, Director (my boss)
(PhD in Econ @ Texas A&M)

1 Professor of Economics from Department of Economics,
University of Michigan, former Director of MAE Program
(PhD in Econ @ Harvard)

1 Professor of Environmental Economics from School of Natural Resources
and Environment (SNRE), University of Michigan
(PhD in Natural Resource Econ @ Michigan)

1 Director and Professor from the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) and
the Impact Project, Monash University, Australia
(co-worker and one of the project advisor)
(PhD in Econ @ University of Melbourne)

心得:
從開始準備申請到今天一切定案,隨意分享一些心得,希望能給未來申請這個領域的人一些參考。

在Michigan念碩士時就決定要走應用經濟領域,當初在自然資源與環境經濟以及健康政策中抉擇,畢業時的工作也想找電力公司或能源產業的研究工作,後來放棄中歐國際工商學院研究員的位子,選擇進入台灣經濟研究院,研究新能源產業、能源政策、可計算一般均衡(CGE)模型,很幸運所內長官賞識而有一些發表與出國研習等機會,後來覺得要走研究工作,不論待在智庫或是進學校,學習更專業的方法與博士學位是必須的,也得到主管們的支持。

選擇學校方面,我將有資源與環境經濟博士學位的學校一字排開,就系上老師及研究領域、近年發表文章做一些簡單搜尋,剔除了真的覺得不太合的之外就一路丟了17間學校(後來發現如UCSD、UCSB、Duke等學校還有一些在純經濟系或其他整合性的program下,但我沒有申請,不過看我的結果丟了應該也很難被錄取)。

SOP寫的比較general一點,主要提到我的工作及發表過的文章(包括我們曾利用CGE模型分析中鋼、中龍擴廠、國光石化、碳捕獲與封存、碳交易等議題),未來希望以所學幫助政府及民眾決定環境及資源政策,不排斥回到現在的工作崗位,或是留在美國教書或是進智庫、研究機構。

很幸運的1/26在澳洲看澳網的時候收到第一間的通知,而且是被錄取,雖然是我傾向拿來保底的學校,但還是覺得至少有地方去了。更幸運的是2/10收到Virginia Tech的offer,也和director通過電話,不過VT指定我第一年跟一位中國籍的助理教授做RA(她去年發了大概將近10篇文章),但她的研究領域主要是健康經濟,在director的要求下3月中我就先接受了合約(過程中我有爭取多延了一個禮拜),不過後來因為拿到更適合我的offer,在不違反415條款之下,寫信過去辭去這個職位。

中間等待其他學校的結果與是不是有funding的過程依然很煎熬,Florida給的很大方,本來是第一年 TA 12,225 + 4,000 fellowship,第二年起 TA 16,225,後來加碼變成一年22,000的Graduate Alumni Award,可惜的是他們家在這領域表現並不突出,不然第三、第四年給我開課這種經驗對於喜歡教學的我是很具有吸引力的。3/15 NCSU獎學金評估開獎,我是前五名的TA候補,這時候覺得有一點開心,可以被環境經濟top的學校排獎學金前5候補對我來說已經是種肯定了,他們家一向是AD狂,這幾年財政好像出了問題,第一年給獎很少,沒拿到的要考過資格考後才有機會,而且一樣非常競爭,甚至聽說連研究需要的data也要自己出錢購買,這期間我一直有跟director聯絡說我還對他們學校很有興趣,拿到獎的情形容待後述。

一直到4/11收到一封平信,信中日期是3/12 =_= 竟然是Penn State的offer,之前我寫信去問都沒下文,本來想說大概沒了,也一度很煎熬是不是要自費去念Minnesota,Texas A&M也很晚才通知錄取,再問之下有給funding,不過in-state tuition還不確定來源,讓我還是猶豫了,他們的program很好,雖比較偏向agribusiness方面,但有氣候變遷研究做得很好的Bruce McCarl。在美國東岸4/15的中午左右,決定接受Penn State的offer,沒想到台灣4/16早上10點(美東4/15晚上10點)收到NCSU的director的email,問我接受別的學校了沒,他能提供我免學費、保險 + 0.25的TA,雖然畢業可以拿經濟博士而不是農經博士,地點位於不錯的Duke、UNC、NCSU三角地區,但考量到NCSU的財政問題,往後幾年的funding都還是未知數,而且就算我有碩士學位了可能還是要4年多才能畢業,忍痛放棄我手中這個環境經濟領域最好的offer...放棄了後還是有點失落就是..不過不管如何,決定了就好好的念,Penn State也提供dual-title in Demography或是Operations Research的選項,課程規劃3年半可以畢業,對我來說都是很大的優點。

最後謝謝親朋好友的協助,公司同事的體諒與關心,不管我如何決定都支持我的父母與女友,ptt留學版廣大的前輩留下來的寶貴資訊,接下來幾年要在Go Blue與Go Nittany Lions之間糾結了XD

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