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#1 InquilineKea

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 10:38 PM

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Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school, such as big state, lib arts, ivy, technical, foreign (what country?)... Overall Reputation in Biology?)
Major(s):
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:
Overall GPA:
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?)
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?)

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q:
V:
W:
B:


TOEFL Total: (if applicable, otherwise delete this)

Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

School - Department - Research Interest
School - Department - Research Interest
School - Department - Research Interest
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#2 fmrp

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 03:52 PM

Undergrad Institution: BS + Masters from Ivy
Major(s): Math, Biology
Overall GPA: 3.7
Type of Student: Domestic

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 780
V: 680
W: 5.5

Research Experience: 5 years of research at Ivy and large research university in systems biology / bioinformatics and molecular biology. 5 papers, 1 first author, 2 second author (Nature/Cell/Science level), 2 middle author. 1 conference talk + a few posters.

Special Bonus Points: Very good recs, 1 from an all around famous PI, 1 from a famous systems bio. / bioinformatics PI.

Applying to Where:

Harvard (BBS), MIT (Biology, CSB), Stanford (Genetics), Caltech (Biology), UCSF (iPQB), Berkeley (MCB), Yale (MCB)
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#3 fosgfp

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 09:04 AM

Undergrad Institution: top technical university in the US
Major(s): biology
Minor(s): biomedical engineering
GPA in Major: 3.85
Overall GPA: 3.78
Position in Class: we don't get class rank but I'm guessing near the top
Type of Student: female

GRE Scores (revised):
Q: 168/96%
V: 163/93%
W: 6/99%
B:

Research Experience: 3 years of research at my university + 3 summers of research including 2 REU programs. one small publication on a paper with many authors

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I'm on a half tuition merit scholarship at undergrad

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: studied abroad for a semester? don't know if that helps

Special Bonus Points: some grad classes this year, but those won't show up on my transcripts.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
Neuroscience at Columbia, Rockefeller, Harvard, MIT, UPenn, UChicago, Northwestern, WashU, NIH
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#4 Business2Biology

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:03 PM

Holy wow. These first posts make me want to slowly step away from the PhD applications.... and run like hell!

Kudos to you both!
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#5 Angie854

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:47 AM

Undergrad Institution: University of California San Diego,
Major(s): Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.2
Overall GPA: 3.1
Type of Student: Domestic, minority female

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 155 (69%)
V: 162 (90%)
W: 4.5 (72%)

Research Experience: 2 years working in lab off campus, 3 independent research projects one of which was an REU, Masters thesis. Poster presentation at a national conference + 2 on campus, one publication in prep.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: provost honors (x2), REU fellowship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA x 3, Review commitee for on campus publication, scholarship review comittee for AWIS san diego

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Mother of 2

Special Bonus Points: 3 strong letters of rec from leaders in their field (though at different times!), plenty of grad classes, female+minority+mother,

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Applied for NSF predoc, FORD fellowship and plan to apply for DOE predoc (and possibly USDA predoc)

Applying to Where: UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, UH manoa, University of Colorado...maybe others, haven't decided yet.
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Attending UC Santa Cruz. Cota Robles Fellow and NSF Graduate research fellow

#6 AutumnLover

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:33 AM

Undergrad Institution: Ivy
Major(s): Biology and chemistry (double)
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.62
Overall GPA: 3.54
Position in Class: Middle
Type of Student: Domestic Female

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 790
V: 620
W: 5
Biochem: 660

Research Experience: 2 years part time in school, 3 summer internships, 3 years post-bac (1 at big pharma, 2 in academia) 1 publication in PNAS as middle author

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Chem TA for 7 quarters, Bio for 1

Special Bonus Points: Took Continuing Ed Grad classes in Biology

Applying to Where:
MIT-biology
Harvard- BBS
Tufts-Genetics
BU-Genetics
UCSD-Biosciences
Scripps-Biology
UCSF-Tetrad
UC Berkeley- MCB
Stanford-Genetics
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Applied: (9) MIT, Harvard-BBS, Stanford-Genetics, UCSF-tetrad, UC Berkeley-MCB, Scripps, UCSD, Tufts, BU
Interviews: (7/9) MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Scripps, UCSD, Tufts, BU (declined)
Rejections:(2/9) UCSF, Stanford
Admitted: (5) Harvard, UCSD, UC Berkeley, Tufts, MIT

Attending: Berkeley!

#7 mbgradapp

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 04:05 AM

Undergrad Institution: mid-tier state school
Major(s):Biochemistry
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:3.97
Overall GPA:3.95
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: domestic

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q:166 94%
V:157 77%
W:4.5 72%
B:

Research Experience: 1 year undergrad, 2 year full time research tech

Applying to Where:
NYU
Tufts
Yale
Mount Sinai
Boston University
UPenn
Northwestern

You guys are scaring me. :(
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#8 solorenegade

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 05:03 AM

Undergrad Institution: mid-tier state school
Major(s):Biochemistry
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:3.97
Overall GPA:3.95
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: domestic

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q:166 94%
V:157 77%
W:4.5 72%
B:

Research Experience: 1 year undergrad, 2 year full time research tech

Applying to Where:
NYU
Tufts
Yale
Mount Sinai
Boston University
UPenn
Northwestern

You guys are scaring me. :(


Tell me about it...How do I compete with these people?
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#9 Faraday

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 11:27 PM

I think you will find that the types of profiles posted on websites like this are not necessarily an even distribution of the overall application pool...

Edited by Faraday, 02 December 2011 - 11:28 PM.

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Applied to chemistry PhD programs in fall 2012

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#10 Jimbo2

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 09:37 PM

haha that's definitely the case. just look at the NSF GRFP pages. Roughly 1/2 of the people that applied and posted on this website received the fellowship, yet the actual amount of people getting the fellowship is 1/10.
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#11 virion

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 12:27 AM

Either the people who visit these sites are among the more qualified applicants, or they're compulsive liars. :)
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#12 solorenegade

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 03:36 AM

Either the people who visit these sites are among the more qualified applicants, or they're compulsive liars. :)


I'ld like the think that the more qualified applicants posts their stats here. Call me naive, but why would anyone lie on here? Everything posted on here is somewhat anonymous so I dont think anyone has anything to gain from lying about stats here.
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 04:24 AM

I'ld like the think that the more qualified applicants posts their stats here. Call me naive, but why would anyone lie on here? Everything posted on here is somewhat anonymous so I dont think anyone has anything to gain from lying about stats here.

Just a joke. :) No reason to think anyone is telling anything but the truth.
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#14 fmrp

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 04:29 PM

i also wanted to see how i would fare given that i've been out of college for a couple of years now. i've heard that people like me are held to more stringent standards, so i thought it would be a useful data point to post my stats here.
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#15 fosgfp

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:18 PM

Anyone hear anything yet? Last year the first people heard on the 8th (from UCSD I think?)
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#16 sarofino

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:46 PM

Undergrad Institution: Catholic liberal arts college
Major(s): Biology (BS)
Minor(s): N/A
Overall GPA: 2.995
Type of Student: Domestic

Graduate Institution: Mid-tier state school
Major(s): Biology (MS)
Minor(s): N/A
Overall GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: Domestic

GRE Scores:
2010
Q: 680 (96%)
V: 660 (61%)
W: 3.5 (29%)

2011
Q: 164 (94%)
V: 159 (82%)
W: 4.0 (48%)

Research Experience:
3 years in academia (thesis defense Masters)
4+ years in industry (bioassay and vaccine potency test development)
Posters and presentations at regional, national and internal company conferences

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Undergrad scholarship
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society
Various graduate travel grants
Masters research & creative scholar award
2nd place poster at a local conference

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
TA for undergraduate molecular biology lab (5 semesters)
Graduate student advisor (1 year)
R&D scientist at biopharmaceutical company (4+ years)

Special Bonus Points: Primary author for bioassay sections of our FDA submissions.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Probably a lot older than most applicants. No publications.

Applying to Where:
University of North Carolina (BBSP)
University of Washington (MCB)
Tufts (Sackler)
Emory (GDBBS)
Washington University (St. Louis) (DBBS)
UCLA (ACCESS)
University of Texas (Microbiology)
Indiana University (Microbiology)
Stanford (Biosciences)
Duke (MGM)
Dartmouth (MCB)
University of Washington (Genome Sciences)
Northwestern (IBiS)
UCSF (TETRAD)
University of Wisconsin (CMB)

I applied to four programs last year, was rejected by three and waitlisted with no prospect of funding by the fourth.

Edited by sarofino, 09 December 2011 - 01:52 PM.

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Applying to: Duke, Emory, Northwestern, Stanford, Tufts, UCLA, UCSF, University of North Carolina, University of Texas, University of Washington (MCB & Genome Sciences), University of Wisconsin, Dartmouth, Indiana University, Washington University (St. Louis)

Rejected (12/15): Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Northwestern, Stanford, Tufts, University of North Carolina, UCLA, UCSF, University of Washington (MCB & Genome Sciences), University of Wisconsin, Washington University (St. Louis)
Interview (3/15): Tufts, University of Texas, Indiana University
Accepted: (2/15): University of Texas, Indiana University
Attending: Indiana University

#17 jroac001

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:49 PM

Undergrad Institution: (medium size state school; Good reputation in ecology and marine biology?)
Major(s): Biology and Chemistry
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.72
Overall GPA: 3.68
Position in Class: Near top of my department.
Type of Student: male, nontraditional.

GRE Scores (revised):
Q: 159 (82%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 3.5 (29%)
B: 560 (62% on biochem, cell and molecular bio but didn't report this)


Research Experience: 4 years in a neurobiology of communication lab at my school, 1 REU in a Neuroendocrinology lab, ~ 1 year in computational chemistry lab at my school. 2nd of 3 authors on 1 publication, 6 conference talks and posters
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: NIH MARC U*STAR Fellowship, + 2 small merit based scholarships.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA in physics, recitation instructor for gen. bio

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: best undergraduate talk.

Special Bonus Points:

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

MIT - BCS - Computation
Yale - BBS - Neuroscience
Cornell - Computational Biology - Computational Neuroscience
Michigan - PIBS - Neuroscience
UCSF - Neuroscience - Neurophysiology and computation
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#18 OldGrad2012

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:32 PM

Undergrad institution: Good school
Majors: Microbiology
Overall GPA: 2.927


Graduate Institution: State school in Cali
Major: Biomedical
Grad GPA:3.46

GRE scores:
V: 590 (82%)
Q: 680 (65%)
A: 3.5 (29%)
Subject:
B: 640 (46%)

Applying: Stanford (Bioscience)
USC
UCSF
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Riverside
University of Arizona
Scripps
UCLA
Vanderbilt
Baylor
I am a nontraditional applicant , and have been out of schools for ten years. I have three coauthor publication.
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Applied (22): Stanford Bios, USC Pibbs, UCSC, UCLA access, Vanderbilt IGP, UMich Pibs, Scripp UCSF tetrad, OHSU, UTexas-Houston, UCI CMB, Baylor , UW GS, WSU SMB, UC Davis BMCD, UC Riverside GGB, UArizona, ASU MCB, University Nevada, City of Hope, UNLV, and UAB.

Rejected (17): Stanford Bios, UMich PIBS, UCSF tetrad, UW GS, UC Davis BMDC, City of Hope, UC Irvine CMB, Baylor, UCSC, UTexas-Houston, University of Arizona, University of Alabama-Birmingham, USC, Scripp Research Institute, UCLA Access, Vanderbilt, UNR


Interview (6): OHSU, UC Riverside, UNLV, ASU, WSU, UNR (via phone only)


Rejected after interview: OHSU (bummer!), UNLV(surprise), ASU (yikes)


Accepted: UC Riverside GGB (fully funded fellowship), Washington State SMB (fully funded assistantship)
Decline: WSU
Plan to attend: UCR

#19 fosgfp

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 11:50 PM

Got a call from northwestern neuro!!! They invited me to their first round of interviews in January!!! So excited!!
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#20 hunterbear

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 05:32 PM

Wow such impressive stats from everyone. A little nervous.

^^@fosgfp: Congratulations and good luck! You must be very excited

Undergrad Institution: Big State Undergrad, Masters from Ivy
Major(s): Bioinformatics, Biotechnology
Minor(s): Biochemistry, Math
GPA in Major: 3.9
Overall GPA: 3.7
Position in Class: No clue. Towards Top?
Type of Student: International female with US degrees
GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 740
V:710
W:4.5
B:



Research Experience: Two years at translational medicine lab, and two years at a genomics/mol bio lab. First author paper under review.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Student of the year award, Scholarships through undergrad, and masters

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for calculus, and biology for 5 semesters

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Lots of volunteering experience, particularly in other countries.

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc..

Applying to Where:
Harvard (BPH Infectious Diseases)
Weill Cornell: Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis
Columbia: Same as above
Johns Hopkins: Infectious disease epidemiology
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