Just found out that my application to this year's Santa Fe CSSS has been rejected. Not sure what to say...attending the Santa Fe Institute's complex systems summer school has been a dream of mind ever since I was made aware of its existence. I thought I had a really strong package. I wrote a strong, and topical research proposal on computational approaches to studying financial networks with an eye towards systemic risk analysis, and I had excellent references (including a reference from a Santa Fe external faculty member). The only thing that my application next year might have that is different is some publications (although given the time lags in publishing in economics journals even this is doubtful).

I think what frustrates me the most is that I started my PhD with a strong desire to do exactly the type of interdisciplinary research that has made the Santa Fe Institute so famous, and I feel like I am not off to a good start in this regard. I was really hoping that Santa Fe would provide some much needed interaction with other researchers who thought and talked about the economy in the same way that I do. For the most part I can't even get anyone at Edinburgh to acknowledge that networks can be a useful modelling tool to study complex economic interdependencies, much less that networks themselves might play an important role in economic activity. I don't even attempt to mention complex systems...accept when I am in the School of Informatics...

OK, I am done ranting...now I need to decide whether or not I should bother applying (really gathering the additional references) for the Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Sciences...deadline is March 18th...only 10 spots are available...

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For what it's worth, you should apply both to the Comp. Soc. Sci. workshop this year and again to the CSSS next year. My understanding is that the competition for slots has only gotten more intense in recent years, and, like all admissions processes, getting in is a highly stochastic result and lots of mistakes are made. Persistence is a virtue, especially in academia. Having publications is not necessary to get in, but I think it does help demonstrate that you're ready to benefit from the experience. If you can visit SFI for some other reason, I would highly recommend it.

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