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  1. There was no thread for Yale Jackson Institute applicants, so here it is. Who else has applied?
  2. Hi everyone. I am a Chinese student. I failed in this year's Ph.D. application. However, I found there are several postgraduate associate positions in Yale. But I have very limitted information about those positions. So I wonder if someone applied for those positions before or is preparing for them now?
  3. I am going to start a PhD program in the fall at Yale's biochemistry, biophysics & structural biology program... but I'm having cold feet after committing to this program! Is anyone else out there already feeling worried about making the wrong decision? I chose Yale because I felt like I fit in with the student body, I was excited by how their basic science could be supplemented by more clinical/cancer biology exposure, the collaborations available for science students within the law school, and of course, I have a (fairly "serious") relationship where I currently live in Boston-- Yale wasn't too far away (about 2 hours) and location was extremely important to me. Now I'm feeling like I should have accepted at similar programs such as UW Madison's IPiB, UC San Diego, University of Washington, UNC... *sigh* How are you guys dealing with second guessing yourself now that it's all over??
  4. Hey, I have struggled on this for around one month - which Ph.D. program I should attend. I am admitted to both EE at Columbia and BME at Yale. Both of the program focusing on the neural signal processing. The Columbia one is more "circuit heavy" which focusing on the circuit design for neural stimulation and acquisition. The Yale one is more traditional - brain mapping and neuroimaging, which would more focus on signal processing and actual understanding of the neural pathway. Both projects have parts that I love and parts I don't love - most likely half and half: I love the idea of neural stimulation and acquisition through circuit but I would like to spend my Ph.D. in understanding the neural pathway behind it. I know Yale's engineering program is not that good but I do not know what is the situation actually (how bad/good) looks like compared to Columbia. I would appreciate any advice/suggestion/comment. Any of those would be really helpful for me :-)
  5. I recently finished the application season (Masters) and have the following acceptances: UCSD, Duke, Columbia, Boston University, Northwesterm These are amongst others (Yale, Berkeley, Cornell, Michigan, UCLA, etc.) however they were either one year or non-thesis programs, or the university's main focus was not BME so I have decided to throw those out. Again if you think that isn't a wise decision please let me know. I have also been waitlisted at Hopkins, and am looking to accept that should I get in. Anyone familiar with these schools that can help me out? I am looking very closely at UCSD, Duke, Columbia and Boston for the moment. Duke and UCSD due to their reputation for biomedical engineering and Columbia because of it's ivy-league ties (and its entrepreneurship bent). Boston is also attractive because Boston is quickly becoming a major hub of biomedical engineering, and is next to some very good schools (MIT, Harvard). My future goals are either to become an entrepreneur or join industry, however it is still important for me to complete a thesis during this masters degree. Thank you for your help!
  6. I am deciding between Yale's BBS (Biological and Biomedical Sciences) Program and Penn's PhD in Bioengineering. I know one of them is basic science vs engineering, but I am wondering if there is a school that is better than the other for entrepreneurial opportunities, particularly in the life sciences / medicine. Additionally, is there significant difference in post career trajectories with a Biology PhD vs a Bioengineerign PhD? I appreciate any insights.
  7. So I'm really struggling to make this decision and both are great options. I'm interested in pursuing some kind of cancer research and also have an interest in RNA biology. Penn is well connected in terms of cancer research, but Yale is extremely well-known for RNA biology, making this a difficult choice. I'm also struggling with factoring in student happiness level and work/life balance. When I interviewed at Penn the students seemed genuinely happy and like they had time to do things outside of lab. When I interviewed at Yale, the students seemed relatively happy but I've heard some discomforting things about PIs working their students really hard and students not having time for a social life. I'm drawn to the prestige of Yale to some degree as well and don't know how much this should factor into my decision. I'm really conflicted! Which school is better for my research interests? And should I pay more attention to prestige or student happiness level when making my decision? Help!
  8. Hi everyone, Hope you can help me on this! Thanks in advance. I've been accepted into the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (MCGD track) program at Yale University and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth at Houston. I want to receive training in the cancer biology field: MD Anderson offers a Cancer Biology PhD program after a year of general courses, and also does Yale (2nd year students can apply to the Cancer Biology Training program as an add-on to BBS). Which one would you choose and why? Also is important for me the city, considering that I will live there at least for five years!
  9. I've gotten an acceptance for what I'm pretty sure is my top choice school, among a few others, but I still haven't heard anything from Brown (MCB) or Yale (BBS MCGD). I didn't get invited to interview at either, but I also haven't gotten a rejection notification. I'm 99% sure a rejection is coming from both, which I am OK with, because I admittedly didn't put the same level of effort into their application processes (contacting PIs, etc.) as I did for others. But a few people are telling me this means I might be waitlisted or something, though I'm not sure why considering I didn't even interview. Multiple faculty I interviewed with/had significant contact with at the program I am interested in at my 'top' school have reached out to me both before and after the official acceptance email, saying they hope I attend. I don't know if this is normal but it seems that it didn't happen for the graduate students in my current lab. I'm feeling a ton of pressure to accept immediately although I don't think that is their intention -- I'm just anxious as hell with this whole process. I can't decide if accepting the offer now would reduce my anxiety levels, or if making the "permanent" decision would raise them exponentially. Super conflicted between just getting it over with and accepting in an attempt to calm myself down, or waiting it out. It feels irresponsible/premature to take an offer without having all of the official decisions in hand. I emailed the main graduate admissions offices at Brown and Yale this week, and got an automated form response from Yale directing me to FAQ, etc. The office at Brown responded directly and I will hopefully hear from the departmental administrator soon as well. Has anyone managed to get a decision out of either Brown or Yale before they posted it to the online application portal/sent the official email? Did you call or email them? And did you contact the main grad admissions or the individual department/program? Or, do you guys think it's a waste of time to chase it considering I wasn't invited to interview?
  10. For my PhD, I am considering between Penn for Bioengineering and Yale for Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS). I have found professors at both schools with whom I would love to do research in and I got along well with the current graduate students at both schools. I feel very fortunate to have had such great experiences. I am very interested in taking my career after my PhD in the entrepreneurial or venture capital in the life sciences space. I am very interested in the life sciences because I would like to work on discovering molecules or developing diagnostics and drug delivery systems to improve the human condition. I would like to get opportunities throughout my PhD to get quite involved in the entrepreneurial/venture space. Is there a bias towards bioengineers or biologists in this space? Which school would have the better resources for what I am looking for? Are there specific resources that make either of these schools unique? I have been having a lot of difficulty in making a decision about where to go. Aside from stipend, location and fit, what other factors do people think about? At this point I feel that I am looking at very small factors to try and decide. I appreciate hearing your perspective
  11. I'm looking to start a PhD program with a concentration towards microbial geobiology and astrobiology this upcoming fall. I'm super split between attending Yale and USC (southern california). For earth sciences in general, Yale is much better ranked and has that "ivy status" to begin with. It's a wonderful department with wonderful people and very progressive research. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have an exact concentration I am interested in. They seem to be heading in that general direction with some of their recent hires and I could probably still make a cool project/thesis happen there. My main POI does work in that field but they aren't very well known for often having students (last I think graduated 2010) and I'm not sure if this is good or not. USC, on the other hand, is not nearly as well ranked but has a concrete geobiology/astrobiology team and solid connections with CalTech and JPL labs. My POI there has a research concentration almost perfectly in line with what I want to do and there are a couple of other professors who's research I'm very interested in. It really does seem like a wonderful "fit". Yet, it seems a little crazy to go for USC when I could obtain my PhD at Yale. Has anyone been in a fit vs rank position like this before? Particularly when the rankings are so different (#14 vs #25) and the name recognition difference quite significant?
  12. Hi All! I've been accepted by Yale for their MS CS program, but all the articles I've read online are a little discouraging. Does anyone know how good it is? Comments from former/current students will be immensely appreciated!:)
  13. Hi everyone, I've been accepted to both Columbia University and Yale University's PhD program in Political Science. My subfield at Columbia would be Comparative Politics with a minor in either American Politics, Law, or Economics, and I'd be concentrating in Political Economy at Yale. I like the faculty from both, was an econ major in undergrad and am very interested in studying voting behavior and electoral politics. It appears both departments have professors I'd be thrilled to do research with in this area. I love New York City, but also don't mind New Haven and don't want to make my choice based on location. Money is about the same for each program. How would you choose between them? A few questions I have with respect to both programs: 1) Does either program have a political leaning (more liberal faculty, more conservative faculty, etc)? 2) Which program has the better reputation in-field (not just the US News ranking), and which will be more respected by the everyday public? 3) How rigorous is the empirical research requirement in each program? 4) Which is better if you DON'T want to go into academia (I'd prefer to work for a think tank, research org, or the government/UN)
  14. Hi all, I have been accepted to both Yale as well as Cornell for the MArch 1 program. Got rejected from the GSD, very bummed out about it. I have got some funding from Cornell but am waiting to hear about funding from Yale to ask for more funding (any information on additional funding opportunities for International students would be very helpful) . Unfortunately as an international student I wont be able to attend the open House at either and am really relying on you guys's past and present experiences to help me decide. I am going to tell you a little bit about what I want to get from my degree and then my current perceptions of the two colleges. Your insights would be really appreciated! I already have a non professional Architectural undergraduate degree. Post starting my MArch 1 program I want to take classes in Urban planning as well as Landscape Architecture to eventually do a Dual degree with whichever one I resonate with more along with my MArch1. SO all in all I am looking at a program that would be interdisciplinary with an environmental, urban and social outlook or agenda. My current perceptions about the two colleges: CORNELL: 20-24 kids per batch so more individual attention. Offers a Masters in Regional Planning as well as a Masters in Landscape Architecture and are willing to do a customized program in order to help me achieve whichever Dual Degree I would like to do. But just the fact that they offer these to masters makes me think the opportunity of a interdisciplinary education is higher. I am not fully aware about how good the facilities at Cornell are compared to Yale as I have heard Yale as the best facilities. Extremely secluded location which maybe makes getting certain types of faculty more difficult than Yale. YALE: 55 or so kids per batch. Although it doesnt have an Urban Planning program or department it has an amazingly well renowned Forestry department which offers a dual degree with MArch 1 and Environmental management. Lack of an Urban planning department makes me wonder how much of the bigger picture or urban context and interdisciplinary study is given importance at the program. They have extremely well renowned faculty coming and the school has a stellar reputation (Even though Cornell is ranked #2 After the GSD) They have state of the art facilities (I read somewhere even better than the GSD?) I have heard the school is very theoretically oriented, a little old school (even about design) and not very Diverse. Any inputs or thought or experiences would be very very helpful in trying to help me figure out which of these schools is more right for me. I look forward to hearing from you all and have a great day!
  15. I am interested in pursuing a PhD in the field of stem cell and developmental biology and am deciding between the Yale MCGD program and the Weill Cornell graduate program (Weill also offers the option to work for PIs at Memorial Sloan Kettering). I have 5 years of post college research experience in industry working with human iPS cell lines. The iPSC model system is a tool that I know very well and hope to continue using in graduate school for modeling development and disease. A secondary interest is in immunology. My thoughts through the interview process - I feel that Weill Cornell/Sloan Kettering program simply has more exciting projects going on using human iPSCs. Neural and pancreatic development were strongly represented topics. Yale did not have as many faculty members interested in human stem cells as they did in other model systems. I also felt that the publication record of many of the Yale Stem Cell center faculty members was some what lacking given the Yale MCGD program reputation, though this is not a huge determining factor, it did surprise me. The immunology work from Yale that I have seen through publications and poster sessions has always been outstanding, leading me to consider going towards that focus. I would prefer to live in NYC over New Haven, CT although I am more interested in trying to objectively compare the stem cell research at both institutes at this time. I was wondering if any current students, applicants, or others have any insights into what the strengths of these programs are for these aims. Also I am considering Boston University, NYU Sackler, and Mt Sinai, but am pretty sure I have narrowed down my choice to Yale and Weill Cornell. Happy to discuss any and all things stem cells. Any information and advice is appreciated!!
  16. Curiously, I want to know if anyone applied, stats, or heard from the Jackson Institute from Yale for Fall 2017. I thought someone would put a thread about it, but I haven't heard anything about it for this cycle, so that makes me cautious . Anyone else have a clue?
  17. I'm surprised there wasn't a thread already for Yale's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Fall 2016 Admits. i'll be joining the Ph.D. program in the Yale BBS program, MCGD track. Would love to which departments and programs others decided on Yale are joining, and more importantly, where are you'll deciding to stayy?!
  18. Hello Everyone, Not sure if this will get out there to anyone, but I am posting in hopes to gain some information or advice for the Yale School of Art MFA Photography department interview. I have an interview for their Photography Graduate program next week and I am just looking for any helpful suggestions or advice anyone is willing to give, as this is my first grad school interview and I am not quite sure what to expect or how the dynamic of the interview is orchestrated. If anyone can help or can recommend someone to talk to, I will be forever grateful. Thank you guys!
  19. Hey Guys, I remember being in undergrad and sometimes feeling so distant from my peers because I was an international student. Well, here I am again on this voyage about to feel even weirder, this time as a grad student. I thought that we should have a space where we could be able to share experiences, answer questions, give advice, or just a space where you say what makes you feel ok about yourself. Good luck everyone! Disclaimer: I worked with International Services during my undergrad but this does not make me an immigration official. Although I can give my opinion on certain situations based on past experience, I recommend contacting your school directly about these questions.
  20. It is Jan 17, and I still did not receive an email for an interview. Is it possible that I get admission without interview, or should I just forget about my chances in admission with the end of January?
  21. Hello! I'm really cutting it to the wire here with this question ... and with my application to Yale. I'm applying for the MFA (graphic design) program and have a question about the portfolio component. It asks for 20 images to be submitted. I'm planning to include 10 projects as part of my portfolio (ie: 3 photographs of a book project, 1 of a typeface I designed ... etc). Is this what they're expecting? Can anyone who has been through this process advise me on the portfolio submission? Thanks in advance - any advice is greatly appreciated!
  22. I am curious as to why people choose the programs they chose. What are the strengths and offerings of each program that makes them so attractive to you? One thing in my research I have a tuff time finding out is why people are applying to the programs they are applying to. For instance, I want to apply to Columbia because of their faculty mentorship to students. Each student are teamed up with 2 mentors who regularly visit your studio, and go onto outings together with. A friend of mine who attended the program even curated a show with one of her mentors. For RISD, I have read that they focus on the commercial aspects of working as an artist within the market context. Business education for artists was seriously lacking in my undergraduate program, and something I regularly am reminded of as I continue with my practice. For places like Yale I can't find anything specific, just reputation, and alumni history. Grad school wasn't an option for me until unexpectedly the middle of this year, so now I'm just rushing to meet the deadline with you guys. So I would appreciate any information that would help my understanding of this question. Specifically am curious about Hunter and MICA
  23. Dear All, I recently got accepted to the following universities which I am heavily considering: Yale's IDE Program- International and Development Economics (No Funding) UCSD GPS (Full Tuition waive off for one year)- MIA with concentration in International Development (Might choose a dual track option of ID with either Public policy or International Economics) UCLA MPP (Concentration International Development) (No Funding) Some other programs which I cant afford SAIS IDEV (No funding) , GWU Elliot IDS (no funding yet, might receive but no clue), American University SIS - MID ($$ but still expensive) , Korbel School-MID ($$ but still expensive), Boston University MAGDE (No funding) and IHEID -MDEV (On waitlist) I am interested in the field of Development Economics and thus want to do a quantitative program which will not only give me strong quant skills but also more professional and applied skills. Hence I wanted to target universities which have some great Econ schools and not only good in International Affairs. I aspire to work in the field of Development with either multi-lateral organizations such as World Bank or UN and Development Think tanks such as Brookings. I have come to realize that Quant skills are something which many employers value a lot (Particularly World Bank and Brookings) hence I feel I should do a curriculum which will give me those skills. I have a solid background in Economics and am also doing a diploma in Economics, but still would want to focus on a quantitative curriculum. Would anyone have any suggestions to offer? Iam an international Student from India and cant spend too much on my education based on personal funding. And from the past discussions on Grad Cafe, I have realized that taking debt in a field like Development doesn't make sense since one doesn't end up earning that much (Compared to Business graduates). The universities which I can afford are- Yale IDE and UCSD . (UCLA I can take loans but is it worth it??) Yale and UCSD(After scholarship) would end up costing the same. However UCSD is a two year program while Yale is a one year program. The department I applied to at Yale is part of the Econ department (Which is amazing) while UCSD is part of the IR school (GPS). Please tell me what do you guys think? Which university should I target? Does having a brand name like Yale help you get entry in these organizations despite it being a one year program. Or does a two year degree have more impact? Iam sorry this post turned out to be rather long Thanks a lot for your inputs in advance! Meghna
  24. Hi all!! It's kind of flattered to be in such dilemma but it's REALLY hard to make a decision upon these admits. I am an international student major in bioengineering, will graduate in June, got no working experience, and heading to the US for my graduate degree. I'm not really sure what job that I exactly want after graduation, but I think it would be in a healthcare setting. Maybe something like healthcare consulting, management consulting, or managerial work in NGOs. And I really fancy of working in foundations, like Gate foundations, to do some work that can help the improvement of health around the globe (and that's why I choose public health). I know that it would really hard to be in a management level, so I want to get some experiences in consulting firms, or other NGOs, NPOs, then move to a foundation to work with other social sectors. The following are my admission results. Actually I also got UCLA and Umich, but I guess the private universities would be more likely match my career interests. Columbia - Epidemiology with Global Health Certificate, MPH pros: flexible curriculum, a 6-month practicum in global health related settings, and it's NEW YORK!!! cons: expensive cost in manhattan, quite large size of class, and the course may not be so technical, just general introduction Johns Hopkins - Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, MSPH pros: course is skill-orientated, a lot of epi and biostat, Top1 Public Health School, might get half discount on the second year tuition fee cons: tight curriculum schedule, the school is more like an med institution rather than a uni, and it's Baltimore (kind of afraid abt the place) Yale - Chronic Disease Epidemiology, MPH pros: flexible curriculum, yale alumni (quite same as Columbia) cons: don't know much about New Haven, live in a cold small town for two years btw, all three uni, No fundings