NsciApp

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  • Interests applying to neuro programs at: stanford, ucsd, yale, u penn, northwestern, wash u, wisconsin--madison, michigan--ann arbor, u iowa

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  1. NsciApp added a post in a topic Somebody help me please!! especially neuroscience and psychology majors, clinical psychology in the B school or neuroscience in the prestigious school   

    Of you've never done molecular or behavioral neuro don't go into a neuro program where you would be stuck doing that. That just sounds too risky (in terms of dropping out or worse...) IF However there is a strong human/clinical research component (have you looked into that at all), I would go for the better reputation PhD over the less paid, less renowned clinical PhD. Then again, I'm not squeamish of animal work, I think research is THE SHIT, and I'm getting a PhD, not an MD or clinical degree, because I don't want to work with people all day.

    Also, what is this notion about individual attention? Every PI is different, regardless of the school.
  2. NsciApp added a post in a topic Post-admission stress disorder (PASD)   

    I often feel the same way, but then I remind myself to trust the wise and all-knowing admissions committees. After all, they've looked through hundreds of apps and picked YOU. Chances are they even met you and liked you. Considering the fairly low attrition rates of top 10 schools (at least in my field) there is a high probability that they know you will succeed. It's going to be hard, it's going to suck, but you can do it!

    ...and then I eat some Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia to drown the fear
  3. NsciApp added a post in a topic Stanford 2010   

    I'm going for neuroscience. Housing apps open April 14 through mid-May. Anyone thinking off-campus?

    I've turned-down my other schools. It feels good to be settled in my choice!
  4. NsciApp added a post in a topic Iowa City, IA   

    @Immajean: I mostly agree w/ColorlessGreen. Avoid Lucas, Dodge, Governer, College, Market, Gilbert (basically everything a few streets north and south of burlington from the river to the edge of town). A little North of town on the East side tends to be more residential house-like (Brown St. historic district). West of the river is the medical/dental campus...it is quieter but you'll tend to find more massive apartment complexes than affordable houses.

    If you REALLY want an affordable house, or 2 bedroom apartment try Coralville (CHEAP! BIG!). There's a decent Coralville bus system that gets to campus (I know at least 2 grad students who do this daily). There are also a few commuter lots where you can park and bus (the cambus is free, and it's a discounted rate for parking). It's absolutely ridiculous to park on campus. So if you want to be in biking/walking distance stick with the West side and the Northeast parts. Otherwise, driving from Coralville will be no longer than 15 min.

    @lo22 START LOOKING NOW. For whatever reason, it's an incredibly tight rental market. If you want to be at all close to campus in a decent place, check craigslist ASAP.
  5. NsciApp added a post in a topic Yale, Rockefeller, or columbia for molecular/cellular neuro   

    I loved my visit to Yale...didn't apply to the other two. I think living in East Rock could be decent. The apartment tour was shitty, but I've since met people who live in New Haven and say you can find sweet deals. Plus, if you want a cheaper cost-of-living but access to the city it's only a 2hr train ride to NYC. I've frankly heard not great things about Columbia, and I'm unsure about Rockefeller.
  6. NsciApp added a post in a topic Harvard or Stanford for molecular/cellular neuro   

    I think it depends on which subfield of cell/molec neuro you're most interested in. That, and preference for Boston vs. San Francisco (culture, weather, landscape)...another easy way is to think about which student body you felt more "at home" with.
  7. NsciApp added a post in a topic Nightmare   

    You already did your part. It sounds like it's your school's fault for falling through. It doesn't seem like you should be penalized for this, and I doubt if your offer would be rescinded. I would just leave it for now, and plan to attend!

    Then again, I have no experience with this and could be completely wrong.
  8. NsciApp added a post in a topic Big Midwestern state school or elite, jaw-dropping private?   

    you already know my opinion on the matter!

    (school B, obviously)

    I'm sure you'll be happier either place, but come on, who wants to slosh through a foot of snow/ice/rain when they can ride their bikes to/from class and hang out with a bunch of really awesome people?
  9. NsciApp added a topic in 2010 Archive   

    Stanford 2010
    starting the 2010 Stanford thread!
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  10. NsciApp added a post in a topic Location   

    I think you've already made the decision... #2!
  11. NsciApp added a post in a topic Stanford Stipend and Cost of Living   

    Which department is offering that? I interviewed with neuroscience and word on the street was $29,500. Students said this was manageable, some even citing saving money. One thing I was looking in to was the "cheap" shared on-campus housing. The other great thing is that there's no transportation costs if you live on campus, and the gym is free (as well as lots of outdoor activities). Not having a car would help (I think there's a parking fee for on-campus, and gas/insurance are more expensive than other parts of the country). You should also find out if your stipend covers health insurance and other fees.
  12. NsciApp added a post in a topic Fellowship at a fully-funded PhD program   

    to clarify, this fellowship does NOT increase stipend at this fully-funded PhD program, because it only covers 2/3 of the program costs for 3 years. It does cover 2/3 of 2 years when your PI would be paying for you. Which FYI for people considering this or similar fellowships, is a benefit if you want to work in a smaller/less-funded lab (you cost less than someone without external funding)

    I agree that it's not such a big benefit that one should take this offer over a school that is a better match.
  13. NsciApp added a post in a topic Fellowship at a fully-funded PhD program   

    Thanks everyone, for the advice! My intuition was also to disregard the money, but I felt foolish doing that and wanted to hear what others thought.
  14. NsciApp added a topic in Decisions, Decisions   

    Fellowship at a fully-funded PhD program
    I just got a fellowship at one of the schools that wasn't at the top of my current-4-acceptances-2-pending-interviews list. All of these programs are fully funded by the department for the first couple years and then by the PI for the remaining time of the dissertation. This fellowship would cover me almost completely for 3 years, and offers a decent summer stipend. So, it would give me considerable leeway in who I work for, because the PI would be off the hook for funding me for ~2/3 years I would be in his/her lab.

    Question: How much do you think this extra money/prestige (I guess it's a competitive award?) should factor in to my decision? There are good faculty at the school who I could work with. I could be happy at this school. But like I said, it wasn't my top choice, and will probably move down with my next two visits.
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  15. NsciApp added a post in a topic Myth Busters: Top 10 Sci Prog Horror Stories   

    @cogneuroforfun & aceflyer for your replies! They're especially valuable to me as I'll be interviewing for Yale Neuroscience (I was intrigued by INP) next week. Oh, and working weekends isn't a big deal if your experiment demands your attention, I just wasn't sure how many hours were expected as a routine or "face time" thing. As far as fit (suggested by acefyler) I'm having a hard time--I've enjoyed all my interviews so far!

    @LadyL: thank you for your insights. To clarify, no, I am truly not a paranoid person. What I am is an outsider (I live in the midwest, I went to a small liberal arts college) who is looking to many sources for information. A LOT of people outside of the internet forums, including my current boss/PI and profs I've interviewed with at other institutions, have nasty things to say about "the ivies" or "people on the coasts" (since I've only been at midwest schools so far). I wanted insider perspectives from people beyond interview weekend schmooz.


    I hope more people respond to this thread, since n = 3 can't be very representative of N