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rockyMicrobe

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  1. I think it looks great if you can show that you have participated in outreach. A lot of schools will have diversity statements, so if you don't fall into an underrepresented group yourself, you can talk about how you helped underrepresented groups by being involved with a scientific outreach activity.
  2. Echoing the sentiments above, I have a ~3.3 cumulative GPA (largely influenced by hardships my first few years in school) and slightly above average GRE scores, but I had good research experience, thoughtful statements, and great letters of recommendation. This allowed me to get into PhD programs at schools like Berkeley and UCSF even though some of my stats weren't ideal. Play your strengths and make it clear that you didn't give up on your goal while going through a hard time. Perseverance and resilience are traits that will help you survive in grad school. I think if you can demonstrate that you've continued working toward your PhD, even if that means being a tech for more experience or doing a masters, you have the opportunity to tell your story in a way that makes you a really appealing, dedicated candidate. Also, if you can afford it or qualify for application waivers, go ahead and apply to a couple of PhD programs you'd like to attend. I applied to top tier, medium tier schools, and lower tier schools. I got some rejections from all three tiers, but am genuinely happy with the opportunities I have. However, if I didn't take a chance I wouldn't be in this position. I highly suggest giving it a go, you never know what the admissions committee is looking for.
  3. You're not alone. I'm going from a narrowly focused BS into an umbrella program for my PhD. It's scary that my coursework will be things that I've only seen the surface of, but I also know I'll survive. You don't get to this point in your education without proving that you are able to study, work hard, and perform. It's important to realize that your program also thinks you have what it takes to make it!
  4. I would just like to clarify if you would be the only one taking the train. My relationship was long distance for ~6 months and we took turns visiting each other almost every weekend via train, which was occasionally annoying but also fair.
  5. I think there are some things you have to consider. How stable is your relationship? Is marriage (or a longterm commitment you're into) on the horizon, have you discussed where you would like things to go or are you just trying to see how it works out? I would highly suggest having a serious conversation with your boyfriend about what a long distance relationship would mean (it sounds like you may have) and if you think your relationship could withstand that space. Additionally, you have to ask yourself if you will feel any resentment after pushing back your plans a year while your boyfriend carries on with the plan as expected. There is always the chance that you will not get acceptances to New York schools next cycle, which I'm sure would be a very uncomfortable situation to be in. I would say, of course you could turn down your acceptances and apply again next year. Another year at the FDA could be great experience and could make you an even better candidate. However, almost nothing is guaranteed in this application process so I think you have to make sure you are going to be content with all possible outcomes.
  6. Thanks for giving the TETRAD interviewees a little bit of information about their process! I had looked at the admission page for BMS before, but I know there are two different interview weekend and I did not want to inadvertently raise my hopes of acceptance if I happen to attend a less populated weekend. Thank you! I did not know how many interview invitations were sent out and appreciate the information.
  7. I'm sure that many of us are interested in the post interview acceptance rates of programs we have applied to. If you've asked a program coordinator or otherwise found out the post interview acceptance rate, feel free to post it below. I'm particularly curious about the UCSF BMS program this year. I looked through the forum and found different posts stating it has been 75% and ~33% at different time.
  8. Albert Einstein Biomedical sciences: Jan 25-27 Berkeley Comp Bio: Feb 14-16 Berkeley IB: Jan 27-28 Berkeley Cell Molecular Bio: Feb 12-14, Feb 26-28 CMU-Pitt Comp bio: Feb 23-25, March 2-4 Columbia Biological Sciences: Jan 22-23, Mar 2-4 Columbia Biomedical Informatics: Jan 27-29th Cornell Tri Institutional computational biology: Feb 26-27. University of Chicago Molecular Biosciences: Jan 19-21, Feb 9-11, Feb 23-25 Duke Biochemistry: Feb 9-12 or Feb 23-26 Duke CMB: February 2-4 or February 16-18 Harvard BIG (I asked and then asked a contact I have and all I could get was late January or early February) Havard BBS: Jan 26-29, Feb 9-12 Harvard MCO: Jan 25-28, Feb 1-4 Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai (Neuro only): January 9-10 Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai (non-neuro): January 12-13 or January 19-20 Johns Hopkins CMM: January 19-20 or February 23-24 UMichigan PIBS: Jan 26-28, Feb 2-4, Feb 9-11 MIT Biology: Feb 11-14, Feb 25-28, March 11-14 MIT CSBi: Feb 3 & 10 MIT HST: march 2-4 (strange those two overlap as they are 2 of the top comp bio programs) Northwestern DGP: Jan 12-14, Jan 26-28, Feb 9-11 NIH OxCam: February 15-17 NYU GSAS: Feb 2-3, Feb 16-17 Penn State BMMB: Jan 26-28 Princeton QCB: Feb 9-11 Rockefeller: Feb 23-24, March 2-3 Sanger 4-year program: Jan 23rd Sloan Kettering: Jan 10-12 Stanford BI: march 1-5 Stanford Biosciences: March 1-5 UConn Health Biomedical Sciences: Feb 10-11 U Wash Biology: Jan 26-28 U Wash Genome Sciences: Feb 12-14, Feb 26-28 UC Irvine CMB: Jan 26-27, Feb 9-10 UCSD BMS: Feb 2-5, Feb 23-26 UCSF BMS: Jan 26-28, Feb 9-11 UCSF bioinformatics: Feb 9-10, Feb 16-17 UCSF TETRAD: Feb 2-5, Feb 24-27 UNC Chapel Hill BBSP: Feb 2-4, Feb 16-18, March 2-4 UMass Medical School BBS: January 26-27 or February 2-3 UPenn CAMB: Jan 19-21, Feb 2-4 UT Austin Cell and Molecular Biology: Jan 19-22, Feb 9-12 UWashington MCB: Jan 25-27/28, Feb 8-10/11 Yale BBS Immunology: Feb 16-19 Yale BBS MMPP: Feb 16-19 Yale CBB/MCGD: Feb 3-5
  9. I'd also like to ask, does anyone know the UCSF BMS acceptance rate for interviewees?
  10. Albert Einstein Biomedical sciences: Jan 25-27 Berkeley Comp Bio: Feb 14-16 Berkeley IB: Jan 27-28 Berkeley Cell Molecular Bio: Feb 12-14, Feb 26-28 CMU-Pitt Comp bio: Feb 23-25, March 2-4 Columbia Biological Sciences: Jan 22-23, Mar 2-4 Columbia Biomedical Informatics: Jan 27-29th Cornell Tri Institutional computational biology: Feb 26-27. University of Chicago Molecular Biosciences: Jan 19-21, Feb 9-11, Feb 23-25 Duke Biochemistry: Feb 9-12 or Feb 23-26 Duke CMB: February 2-4 or February 16-18 Harvard BIG (I asked and then asked a contact I have and all I could get was late January or early February) Havard BBS: Jan 26-29, Feb 9-12 Harvard MCO: Jan 25-28, Feb 1-4 Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai (Neuro only): January 9-10 Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai (non-neuro): January 12-13 or January 19-20 Johns Hopkins CMM: January 19-20 or February 23-24 UMichigan PIBS: Jan 26-28, Feb 2-4, Feb 9-11 MIT Biology: Feb 11-14, Feb 25-28, March 11-14 MIT CSBi: Feb 3 & 10 MIT HST: march 2-4 (strange those two overlap as they are 2 of the top comp bio programs) Northwestern DGP: Jan 12-14, Jan 26-28, Feb 9-11 NIH OxCam: February 15-17 NYU GSAS: Feb 2-3, Feb 16-17 Princeton QCB: Feb 9-11 Rockefeller: Feb 23-24, March 2-3 Sanger 4-year program: Jan 23rd Sloan Kettering: Jan 10-12 Stanford BI: march 1-5 Stanford Biosciences: March 1-5 UConn Health Biomedical Sciences: Feb 10-11 U Wash Biology: Jan 26-28 U Wash Genome Sciences: Feb 12-14, Feb 26-28 UC Irvine CMB: Jan 26-27, Feb 9-10 UCSD BMS: Feb 2-5, Feb 23-26 UCSF BMS: Jan 26-28, Feb 9-11 UCSF bioinformatics: Feb 9-10, Feb 16-17 UCSF TETRAD: Feb 2-5, Feb 24-27 UNC Chapel Hill BBSP: Feb 2-4, Feb 16-18, March 2-4 UMass Medical School BBS: January 26-27 or February 2-3 UPenn CAMB: Jan 19-21, Feb 2-4 UT Austin Cell and Molecular Biology: Jan 19-22, Feb 9-12 UWashington MCB: Jan 25-27/28, Feb 8-10/11 Yale BBS Immunology: Feb 16-19 Yale BBS MMPP: Feb 16-19 Yale CBB/MCGD: Feb 3-5
  11. They are Jan 26-28 and Feb 9-11.
  12. Berkeley Comp Bio: Feb 14-16 Berkeley IB: Jan 27-28 Berkeley Cell Molecular Bio: Feb 12-14, Feb 26-28 CMU-Pitt Comp bio: Feb 23-25, March 2-4 Columbia Biological Sciences: Jan 22-23, Mar 2-4 Cornell Tri Institutional computational biology: Feb 26-27. Duke Biochemistry: Feb 9-12 or Feb 23-26 Duke CMB: February 2-4 or February 16-18 Albert Einstein Biomedical sciences: Jan 25-27 Harvard BIG (I asked and then asked a contact I have and all I could get was late January or early february) Havard BBS: Jan 26-29, Feb 9-12 Harvard MCO: Jan 25-28, Feb 1-4 Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai (Neuro only): January 9-10 Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai (non-neuro): January 12-13 or January 19-20 Johns Hopkins CMM: January 19-20 or February 23-24 UMichigan PIBS: Jan 26-28, Feb 2-4, Feb 9-11 MIT Biology: Feb 11-14, Feb 25-28, March 11-14 MIT CSBi: Feb 3 & 10 MIT HST: march 2-4 (strange those two overlap as they are 2 of the top comp bio programs) NIH OxCam: February 15-17 Princeton QCB: Feb 9-11 Rockefeller: Feb 23-24, March 2-3 Sanger 4-year program: Jan 23rd Sloan Kettering: January (Jan 12-15 once appeared on their website but they removed it for some reason) Stanford BI: march 1-5 Stanford Biosciences: March 1-5 UConn Health Biomedical Sciences: Feb 10-11 U Wash Biology: Jan 26-28 U Wash Genome Sciences: Feb 12-14, Feb 26-28 UC Irvine CMB: Jan 26-27, Feb 9-10 UCSF bioinformatics: Feb 9-10, Feb 16-17 UCSF TETRAD: Feb 2-5, Feb 24-27 UNC Chapel Hill BBSP: Feb 2-4, Feb 16-18 UMass Medical School BBS: January 26-27 or February 2-3 UT Austin Cell and Molecular Biology: Jan 19-22, Feb 9-12 Yale BBS Immunology: Feb 16-19 Yale BBS MMPP: Feb 24-26 Yale CBB: Feb 3-5