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About shikkui

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  • Location
    San Francisco
  • Interests
    Chemistry. Microbiology (although I have very little experience).
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    Marine Biology

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  1. I'll be joining the MEB department at USC starting this fall! I'm not sure about where I'll live, and I'm looking for roommates.
  2. I'm irritated that I still haven't heard back from most of the schools that I applied to this year... Not that it really matters at this point, but considering the amount of money I've paid to each school for the application fee, I think it's unacceptable how late they are past the decision date.
  3. What's the funding look like for both programs (as in are you fully funded for both)? I think financials are important to think about when you're making your decision.
  4. Hopping on this thread here... I'm just wondering what the typical workload of a PhD program is like. I heard that I'm expected to work ~20 hours a week in the lab and take classes. My question to older students would be: did you find this to be a realistic estimate? Were you all able to find time during the weekends to relax and go places? EDIT: FYI, I'm coming directly from an Undergraduate institution and I'm in my early 20's - so I wanted some insight especially from someone who went from undergraduate --> PhD at a young age.
  5. I'd say go with NYU. I think the vibe of the city is important to think about. Also, as you mentioned, the connections that you will be getting are world class. You'd be getting research opportunities either way - the post masters research opportunity doesn't seem guaranteed.
  6. I think they were just trying to tell you that the applicant pool was competitive and nothing personal.
  7. What do you all mean by harshly worded rejections? For the most part, the schools that have rejected me basically just told me that they have a small program and can't accept everyone. I guess I just can't see a grad program sending something like "YOU'RE NOT WORTHY!" XD
  8. Thanks for replying! I'll look into applying for it next year depending on how much funding pans out this year. It seems like the deadline has already passed for it this year
  9. Probably quite clear from the title: Where should I be looking for additional fellowships for funding to attend graduate school in the United States as an international student? I've already been accepted, and I have been awarded some stipends by the school. However, if I can, I would like to be able to apply for a few others in order to better my quality of life as a student who cannot work outside of the institution.
  10. Ah... I see. I don't think I'm going to have that. I think my program specifically recruits through interested PIs.
  11. How do you know if your school does the rotation system? I just can't seem to find any info about it...
  12. Thank you for the encouragement! Good luck with your program as well!
  13. Awww man, the OG thread was one of my favorites on this site. Sad to see it gone...
  14. Congrats! I'm excited for graduate school. I wanted to do oceanography to get into the field work! Are there any other oceanographers on this board? I'm sure there are more of you on here.
  15. My undergraduate major. It's the only thing that made me stand out. I applied for a graduate program that has a different focus than my undergrad major/research. The PI that I was interested in was specifically interested in what I was. Most of the other applicants fit the program description well, and so I stood out as an applicant. I'm convinced that's the only reason I got accepted. So don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone/previous research fields! But other than that, a strong SOP as most have stated before me! And experience such as research/internships!