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  1. Penn CAMB is UPenn.
  2. This is all IMO, of course. 1.) I think fit is more important than prestige in most situations. I think your list is well-developed and if those programs tick all your boxes then I wouldn't worry too much about it. 2.) I think people are divided on this issue on whether to tell the truth or play your future a bit closer to your chest. Personally I wouldn't say for sure one way or the other on my app, because things do change, and that way you'll avoid offending any professors who may look down on you for not pursuing academia. 3.) Can the PI co-sign the LoR? 4.) I wouldn't. Subject tests are generally pretty worthless to most programs. The only times I have seen them help applicants are A.) to overcome a low uGPA (not you), or B.) if their undergrad degree is in a different field as their intended graduate degree (not you).
  3. Yeah I'm sorry but it's a rejection at this point. I think if you haven't gotten one at this point then the software the program uses probably waits until the last day (April 15th, I think?) until they send them out.
  4. Going to backpack in Europe for a couple weeks. Schools going to be stressful, might as well relax a bit before it starts
  5. This is a much more reasoned post than your initial one, but it does reflect a deep misunderstanding on your part. A PhD is much more than just learning techniques and gathering data. It's an entire way of thinking, critical analysis and skepticism, and personal dedication that can be applied to pretty much every aspect of your professional career. Being formally trained as a scientist is much more than knowing how to pipette well, and is often necessary for upwards movement in places like industry. I never said getting a PhD is a good idea from a salary standpoint; that's not what I meant by soft money. What I meant is that often times academia positions only cover a portion of one's salary. At top institutions it's not uncommon to have zero salary support. That means you pay your entire salary through your grants. If your grants go, your salary is effectively zero. That is a constant threat that many people do not want to deal with. Most people go into a doctoral program for the same reasons you said, they love science and love asking and answering questions that are currently unknown. But people have different end goals, and that's something you should learn to respect or you will end up as that guy who no one likes in the program.
  6. Well thanks for the honesty I suppose. I'm going to be blunt with you, so try to not take offense, but you seem awfully arrogant. Some of your points are valid and I agree with; there are currently too many PhDs being trained. At this rate it's not sustainable, it's simply not. But to say a PhD is not worthwhile unless you stay in academia is silly and myopic, and should someone choose industry over academia that does not make them any less of a scientist. Many PhDs are choosing industry and alternative careers simply because they find academia is not an attractive option. Being on an entirely soft money salary fighting tooth and nail for grants in order to feed your family isn't exactly everyone's idea of a stable career, and if you can't see that then perhaps you should reflect on the current climate of academia a bit more. You know what percentage of PhD graduates end up in tenure track positions? It's low. While academia was once the default path, it's quickly becoming just the opposite and schools are changing to reflect that. You are exactly the the type of person I am looking to avoid for rotations. I hope during the course of your training you take off your blinders, because your narrow mindedness is something that is not a great character trait.
  7. I think you have the science issues well thought out on both sides of the issue, but also think about where you want to live (not just CoL). ~5 years is a long time to spend in one place and as you said these places are polar opposites. NJ vs CA, small town vs huge city (think things to do), etc. The Bay Area has a ton of industry-specific opportunities, but the NJ area is no slouch either. Many pharma and biotech companies call North NJ/Philadelphia area home. Both are amazing institutions, and whichever you choose certainly won't hold you back in the long term.
  8. Larger amount of people. For a class size of 12 I wouldn't be surprised to see them accept ~18-20 people. Slightly depends on the program and historically what their acceptance:matriculation ratio is.
  9. Not sure I'd ever wear jeans to an interview, regardless of the formality, to be honest.
  10. Merry Christmas, and Happy continual Hanukkah everyone! Hopefully this coming week brings you all good news!!
  11. I concur. I was talking to my PI about this the other week. He said internationals are tough sells to departments because of how expensive they are. At his last institution, PIs were on the hook for an international's stipend and part of their tuition (which was higher than a US citizens).
  12. Most likely just due to staff being away.
  13. Hey, firstly welcome and congratulations! I can't speak to the culture, but I have just a quick question. Is the bahavioral neuro program separate from the "regular" neuroscience program that goes through the Vollum Institute?
  14. Wayyy too much negativity in here for a Saturday people
  15. No worries man, I think we all understand lol. What was your final school list?