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2017 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

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1 hour ago, strugglebus2k17 said:

Thanks! I know about Rockefeller and Sloan Kettering but those are some really competitive programs. I just applied to some virology labs at my school so hopefully I can land one of those for my gap year. 

Was there a quizlet in particular that you used to study for the GRE vocab? There's an abundance of quizlets posted but I don't know which one is good or not. I'll look into the magoosh one for sure, I just didn't want to pay for it, if it's at all avoidable. 

Does anyone recommend taking the GRE subject tests or do programs not really care about that? I know many of the programs "recommend" it but would you strongly advise to take it or not really?

 

thanks again for all the advice!

 

 

https://gre.magoosh.com/flashcards/vocabulary/decks Magoosh GRE vocabulary flashcard is free, and it also has a mobile app which is really handy. 

About GRE subject test, I totally agree with @Kaede. Don't take it unless you've screwed up your upper level biology courses. I believe most of the programs don't care about subject test that much. I didn't take it, and most of my friends/interview buddies didn't take it either.

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2 hours ago, Kaede said:
  1. A quizlet user, jordygold, has uploaded Manhattan's basic GRE vocabulary set in 50 parts.
  2. Avoid the biology tests if you can because doing well may not help too much but doing badly will hurt you. The only times you should seriously consider taking the test are if your grades in your courses aren't strong (there may be doubt that you know the material). There may be other instances as well but if your application doesn't have super weak parts for it, just avoid the subject tests.

Awesome thanks, I bookmarked the quizlet to study. And I probabbly won't be taking the subject test then, my bio class grades are pretty strong so there wouldn't be a point. 

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1 hour ago, MCF10A said:

https://gre.magoosh.com/flashcards/vocabulary/decks Magoosh GRE vocabulary flashcard is free, and it also has a mobile app which is really handy. 

About GRE subject test, I totally agree with @Kaede. Don't take it unless you've screwed up your upper level biology courses. I believe most of the programs don't care about subject test that much. I didn't take it, and most of my friends/interview buddies didn't take it either.

ok thanks! I'll checkout the mobile app

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It is going down to the wire for me. My first choice university is neither accepting not rejecting me which I presume means a wait list. Anyone else still waiting?

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14 hours ago, abcd1 said:

It is going down to the wire for me. My first choice university is neither accepting not rejecting me which I presume means a wait list. Anyone else still waiting?

Same boat

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21 hours ago, abcd1 said:

It is going down to the wire for me. My first choice university is neither accepting not rejecting me which I presume means a wait list. Anyone else still waiting?

Same for me as well. Theoretically since the accepted student deadline is the 15th, we should find out soon after, right?

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Finally got accepted to my top choice school today! Either I was not on a waitlist or someone declined an offer.

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15 hours ago, abcd1 said:

Finally got accepted to my top choice school today! Either I was not on a waitlist or someone declined an offer.

Congrats!!!! 

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On 4/12/2017 at 9:56 PM, abcd1 said:

Finally got accepted to my top choice school today! Either I was not on a waitlist or someone declined an offer.

That is fantastic

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11 hours ago, book2readme said:

Ok, so I chose Johns Hopkins. 

I got into CMM. 

Congratulations!!

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Has anyone been emailed by a professor wanting to recruit them into their lab even though the school rejected your application months ago? I really wanted to go to this school but I'm a little skeptical since it's also past the April 15th deadline so I'm not sure if I'll run into finding issues.

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31 minutes ago, immunobae said:

Has anyone been emailed by a professor wanting to recruit them into their lab even though the school rejected your application months ago? I really wanted to go to this school but I'm a little skeptical since it's also past the April 15th deadline so I'm not sure if I'll run into finding issues.

Wouldn't happen to be UMD Vet program, would it?

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1 hour ago, alpraz said:

Wouldn't happen to be UMD Vet program, would it?

Yes! I don't know what to make of it

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4 hours ago, immunobae said:

Yes! I don't know what to make of it

So eagerly recruiting new people is very often a red light about that PI...

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1 hour ago, SysEvo said:

So eagerly recruiting new people is very often a red light about that PI...

I did feel that way as well but assumed it was a new program...Thanks for your input!

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On 4/21/2017 at 7:16 PM, SysEvo said:

So eagerly recruiting new people is very often a red light about that PI...

Could also mean they've got some grant money but nobody to do the actual work. Happens a lot in my dept because the # of PIs >>> # of Grad. Students 

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Hey yall,

I graduated spring 2016 and currently work in a lab at wustl medical school. I plan to work for 2 years then return for grad school. I'm planning on applying the next cycle - fall 2018. I've been doing some small research on different programs. Targeting schools with great virology research opportunities, b/c 2 of my 3 research experience worked on virus and i LOVE it.  Any feedback or suggestion are welcomed and appreciated!

thanks!

Undergrad Institution: top 10 US school known for biomedical research, public university
Major(s): microbiology (top 3 in US, according to US news)
Minor(s): applied mathematics
GPA in Major: slightly below 3 but upper level course is 3.2 (took as many math/computational courses as microbiology course)
Overall GPA: 3.15
Position in Class:  N/A
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 166
V: 153
W: 4.0
B: 

gonna retake GRE and subject test due to my low GPA... (thoughts on subject test?)


Research Experience:

1.5 school year + summer of HIV-1 research in my undergraduate institute. No publications or presentation. Although lab is well known, LOR is likely not a good one due to PI's lack of attention to undergrads.

1.5 school year + full-time summer of bioengineering research in my undergraduate institute. No publication, 1 undergraduate research symposium. paper in submission..

Currently work as a research tech (almost 8 months) at a immunology lab at wustl school of medicine. 2 major papers (JVI or even nature/science, probably third or fourth author out of 8-10) will be submitted by the time I apply this fall/winter.

So a total of 3 years undergrad research, 2 summer research, and 1.5 years full time research tech (by the time of application submission).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Dean's List (1 quarter only)

Special Bonus Points: 

My current PI is pretty well known and LOR from him would be a major plus.

Great at programming/ modeling, would be looking for labs that does a bit of both wet and dry lab. (viral evolution, deep sequencing analysis, etc.)

Applying to Where:

Wustl

weill cornell

vandy

rockefeller

NYU- microbiology

Pitts

CMU (i would love to apply my computational background to biomedical research)

OHSU

Irvine

 

Honestly, I just started building up the list weeks ago so any recommendation is welcomed. I'm also trying to figure out if there's any relatively less well known school with great microbiology/virology research labs, i think stony brook, ASU maybe? 

cheers!

 

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6 hours ago, HUSKYLEO said:

Hey yall,

I graduated spring 2016 and currently work in a lab at wustl medical school. I plan to work for 2 years then return for grad school. I'm planning on applying the next cycle - fall 2018. I've been doing some small research on different programs. Targeting schools with great virology research opportunities, b/c 2 of my 3 research experience worked on virus and i LOVE it.  Any feedback or suggestion are welcomed and appreciated!

thanks!

Undergrad Institution: top 10 US school known for biomedical research, public university
Major(s): microbiology (top 3 in US, according to US news)
Minor(s): applied mathematics
GPA in Major: slightly below 3 but upper level course is 3.2 (took as many math/computational courses as microbiology course)
Overall GPA: 3.15
Position in Class:  N/A
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 166
V: 153
W: 4.0
B: 

gonna retake GRE and subject test due to my low GPA... (thoughts on subject test?)


Research Experience:

1.5 school year + summer of HIV-1 research in my undergraduate institute. No publications or presentation. Although lab is well known, LOR is likely not a good one due to PI's lack of attention to undergrads.

1.5 school year + full-time summer of bioengineering research in my undergraduate institute. No publication, 1 undergraduate research symposium. paper in submission..

Currently work as a research tech (almost 8 months) at a immunology lab at wustl school of medicine. 2 major papers (JVI or even nature/science, probably third or fourth author out of 8-10) will be submitted by the time I apply this fall/winter.

So a total of 3 years undergrad research, 2 summer research, and 1.5 years full time research tech (by the time of application submission).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Dean's List (1 quarter only)

Special Bonus Points: 

My current PI is pretty well known and LOR from him would be a major plus.

Great at programming/ modeling, would be looking for labs that does a bit of both wet and dry lab. (viral evolution, deep sequencing analysis, etc.)

Applying to Where:

Wustl

weill cornell

vandy

rockefeller

NYU- microbiology

Pitts

CMU (i would love to apply my computational background to biomedical research)

OHSU

Irvine

 

Honestly, I just started building up the list weeks ago so any recommendation is welcomed. I'm also trying to figure out if there's any relatively less well known school with great microbiology/virology research labs, i think stony brook, ASU maybe? 

cheers!

 

I don't know much about microbio/virology but honestly, you gpa is low and being international doesn't help you either. I come from an ivy school and my gpa is around 3.2. I am also working as a tech now (June 2017 is 2 year for me). As you can see, I have limited success for my applications. Luckily I had one acceptance in the end. My advice to you is to utilize your PI's connection as much as you can, email some POIs when you start your applications. I did so after I received my interview and that actually made a lot of difference. 

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1 hour ago, cmykrgb said:

I don't know much about microbio/virology but honestly, you gpa is low and being international doesn't help you either. I come from an ivy school and my gpa is around 3.2. I am also working as a tech now (June 2017 is 2 year for me). As you can see, I have limited success for my applications. Luckily I had one acceptance in the end. My advice to you is to utilize your PI's connection as much as you can, email some POIs when you start your applications. I did so after I received my interview and that actually made a lot of difference. 

I see what you're saying, more than half of the in my list have labs that either collaborated with our lab in the past or currently collaborating. Would you recommend emailing POIs this early in the year in order to get them to know you or at least figure out specifically what their research is about (so I can express my interest in the PIs in SOP)?

Also, just curious, since you also have a sub-par GPA, did you take subject test? or what additional efforts did you make to balance that?

cheers

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1 hour ago, HUSKYLEO said:

I see what you're saying, more than half of the in my list have labs that either collaborated with our lab in the past or currently collaborating. Would you recommend emailing POIs this early in the year in order to get them to know you or at least figure out specifically what their research is about (so I can express my interest in the PIs in SOP)?

Also, just curious, since you also have a sub-par GPA, did you take subject test? or what additional efforts did you make to balance that?

cheers

I think emailing now would be a bit early. I am not very familiar the etiquette of this since I only emailed after I got my only interview. My feeling is to mention that you are applying to programs verbally if you ever going to see these PIs at a conference soon or something. Then maybe email around late September October. Definitely figure out what they do before you email anyone. I would also suggest you talk to your PI and maybe he is willing to pull some strings. (But don't specifically ask him to, I think that might be rude??)

i did not take the subject test. maybe I should've. But with the molecular bio not being offered anymore I find the general bio test not useful and not indicative of ones knowledge of a specific field such as microbiology. 

My thought was my two years of experience by fall 2017 and 2 publications plus various conference presentations could overcome my gpa. That didn't seem like the case tho.I did only apply to mostly top programs tho (Harvard, UCSF etc, you can find my full list in the neuro thread) My reasoning for not being so successful is because I currently work in a field that is not related to the programs I applied to, so it might cast some doubts to the adcomm. This won't be the case for you and since you said your PI is well known, I think it would make a difference.  

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26 minutes ago, cmykrgb said:

I think emailing now would be a bit early. I am not very familiar the etiquette of this since I only emailed after I got my only interview. My feeling is to mention that you are applying to programs verbally if you ever going to see these PIs at a conference soon or something. Then maybe email around late September October. Definitely figure out what they do before you email anyone. I would also suggest you talk to your PI and maybe he is willing to pull some strings. (But don't specifically ask him to, I think that might be rude??)

i did not take the subject test. maybe I should've. But with the molecular bio not being offered anymore I find the general bio test not useful and not indicative of ones knowledge of a specific field such as microbiology. 

My thought was my two years of experience by fall 2017 and 2 publications plus various conference presentations could overcome my gpa. That didn't seem like the case tho. My reasoning for that is because I currently work in a field that is not related to the programs I applied, so it might cast some doubts to the adcomm. This won't be the case for you and since you said your PI is well known, I think it would make a difference.  

What kind of conferences did you attend/present as a postbac research tech?

My only presentation was an undergrad research symposium and I feel like attending a few in the next few months would benefit me.

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2 hours ago, HUSKYLEO said:

What kind of conferences did you attend/present as a postbac research tech?

My only presentation was an undergrad research symposium and I feel like attending a few in the next few months would benefit me.

My PI was kind enough for helping me to submit to the biggest conference in our field and some bioengineering conferences. Mostly are poster presentations but I have a podium presentation coming up.

Presentations, even at undergrad symposium is definitely helpful since this is the career we signed up for doing research. It only helps in the long run.

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On 4/25/2017 at 3:06 AM, HUSKYLEO said:

Hey yall,

I graduated spring 2016 and currently work in a lab at wustl medical school. I plan to work for 2 years then return for grad school. I'm planning on applying the next cycle - fall 2018. I've been doing some small research on different programs. Targeting schools with great virology research opportunities, b/c 2 of my 3 research experience worked on virus and i LOVE it.  Any feedback or suggestion are welcomed and appreciated!

thanks!

Undergrad Institution: top 10 US school known for biomedical research, public university
Major(s): microbiology (top 3 in US, according to US news)
Minor(s): applied mathematics
GPA in Major: slightly below 3 but upper level course is 3.2 (took as many math/computational courses as microbiology course)
Overall GPA: 3.15
Position in Class:  N/A
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 166
V: 153
W: 4.0
B: 

gonna retake GRE and subject test due to my low GPA... (thoughts on subject test?)


Research Experience:

1.5 school year + summer of HIV-1 research in my undergraduate institute. No publications or presentation. Although lab is well known, LOR is likely not a good one due to PI's lack of attention to undergrads.

1.5 school year + full-time summer of bioengineering research in my undergraduate institute. No publication, 1 undergraduate research symposium. paper in submission..

Currently work as a research tech (almost 8 months) at a immunology lab at wustl school of medicine. 2 major papers (JVI or even nature/science, probably third or fourth author out of 8-10) will be submitted by the time I apply this fall/winter.

So a total of 3 years undergrad research, 2 summer research, and 1.5 years full time research tech (by the time of application submission).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Dean's List (1 quarter only)

Special Bonus Points: 

My current PI is pretty well known and LOR from him would be a major plus.

Great at programming/ modeling, would be looking for labs that does a bit of both wet and dry lab. (viral evolution, deep sequencing analysis, etc.)

Applying to Where:

Wustl

weill cornell

vandy

rockefeller

NYU- microbiology

Pitts

CMU (i would love to apply my computational background to biomedical research)

OHSU

Irvine

 

Honestly, I just started building up the list weeks ago so any recommendation is welcomed. I'm also trying to figure out if there's any relatively less well known school with great microbiology/virology research labs, i think stony brook, ASU maybe? 

cheers!

 

As someone who actually studies virology, I feel like I can actually provide advice to you on this matter. First, I would scratch Vandy off your list. If virology is your thing, Vanderbilt will leave a lot to be desired - ever since Terry Dermody left their virology faculty has been lacking. There are four institutions that some consider to be the "top tier" for virology: WashU, Emory, Harvard, and Mt. Sinai. I don't know how much I believe that particular statement as there are plenty of other strong virology programs out there. University of Wisconsin - Madison has a strong virology faculty and I think University of Alabama - Birmingham and one of Tulane or LSU have relatively strong virology research (if you're looking for less well known schools). UCSF and UW are probably have the two strongest virology faculties on the West Coast. Duke MGM doesn't have the most virology faculty, but the people that they do have are pretty good. UNC also has a good group of researchers. If viral immunology and less well known schools are your thing, I think a fair amount could be said for the University of Vermont, which has a solid vaccine testing research group and a few virologists on faculty. The University of Rochester also has some good virology as well.

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On 4/27/2017 at 2:27 PM, immuno91 said:

As someone who actually studies virology, I feel like I can actually provide advice to you on this matter. First, I would scratch Vandy off your list. If virology is your thing, Vanderbilt will leave a lot to be desired - ever since Terry Dermody left their virology faculty has been lacking. There are four institutions that some consider to be the "top tier" for virology: WashU, Emory, Harvard, and Mt. Sinai. I don't know how much I believe that particular statement as there are plenty of other strong virology programs out there. University of Wisconsin - Madison has a strong virology faculty and I think University of Alabama - Birmingham and one of Tulane or LSU have relatively strong virology research (if you're looking for less well known schools). UCSF and UW are probably have the two strongest virology faculties on the West Coast. Duke MGM doesn't have the most virology faculty, but the people that they do have are pretty good. UNC also has a good group of researchers. If viral immunology and less well known schools are your thing, I think a fair amount could be said for the University of Vermont, which has a solid vaccine testing research group and a few virologists on faculty. The University of Rochester also has some good virology as well.

Thanks for the detailed response! Yea, I know Terry Dermody left for Pitts so I know pitts is now a strong institute for virology research. The top tier schools are kind of a reach for me... been thinking about duke and UNC too. What do you think about the others on my list, in terms of strength in virology research? and my chances of getting in? 

I haven't really looked at vermount or tulane, but a postdoc in the lab just mentioned rochester last week so I might add that to the list!

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