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Crucial BBQ last won the day on October 9 2014

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About Crucial BBQ

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    Biological oceanography, ecology, reading non-fiction, homebrewing (beer), hiking, cycling, cooking, and drinking way too much coffee.
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  1. Yeah, got the rejection this past Monday. Although most likely a form letter, I have to say that I am impressed by what the letter had to say. I mean, it didn't read as generic as I had thought it would.
  2. Yes, I am hoping everyone gets in. As for me, six applications and still no word either way.
  3. Just a heads up, not sure about UMich, but for EEB and related fields with a Bioinf aspect in general, it all costs money. The cooler the 'toy', likely the more it costs to use.
  4. California dedicates a large portion of the State's budget towards higher education and most California residents do not pay tuition (they pay fees instead). Because the costs are heavily subsidized by (Californian) tax-payer dollars, California tends to favor California residents above everyone else, including Americans from other States. It's simply cheaper for the UCs (and PIs) to do so.
  5. You can focus on gene regulation at any program. Any program can lead to a career in cancer genomics. Out of your list I would select UC Santa Cruz, but I am from NorCal and have bias towards redwoods, hiking, Monetary Bay, and their mascot is the slug. UCSC was a major player in the human genome project, too.
  6. I am still using my 2013 MacBook Pro. A little slow by today's standards but still faster than the 2018 MacBook Air. You likely got something by now but if you (or anyone) is still considering an Air, the M1 Air is a better deal but not sure if ChemDraw will run on it.
  7. Crucial BBQ

    Newark, DE

    I also applied to UDel and currently live in Maryland... where if I get in and go, I would likely still live in Maryland if possible.
  8. Not to be cheeky, but why did you apply to your list of programs in the first place? I mean, don’t you have reasons for each program? For myself, I looked at location and selected programs in areas that I was already familiar with, or did extensive research into the area. I also dug deep into programs looking for anything I could find over what I might expect if I were in attendance. I read student handbooks, blog posts, personal websites, social media, newsletters, and so on. I too have found that most students and faculty will stick to saying good things about the program, so
  9. I lived on Emerson Ave. S. between 35th St. and 36th St, paid $900/month for a two bedroom at 850 sq ft. Granted, this was over a decade ago. Uptown has changed a lot since then even though it was still hipster back in the day, it was a lot rougher around the edges. Uptown used to be a pretty tough neighborhood, it has come a long way since its glory days of drugs and crime. Northeast MPLS was always the place to be for the cool kids who fled South MPLS.
  10. It's only the schools that are members of the Graduate School Consortium, which is most of them. Some programs will still try to push you to make a decision before 4/15, though. Prior to 2020, offers that came with funding were difficult to withdraw from (just lengthy, not impossible). Because of Covid-19, the GSC had made it easier to withdraw an acceptance before and after the 4/15 deadline. Hard to know if this change will continue into 2022 and beyond, but it is still an option for 2021. Yes, informing the program of your decision ASAP is the best policy. *edit*
  11. A good number of people in marine biology come zoology, biology, ecology, a few from statistics, and others here and there. One of my professors during undergrad has his Ph.D. in ecology, is all about animal behavior and studies deer and migratory birds. He also studies jellyfish and considers himself to be a marine biologist.
  12. You post a lot of info here, so I might be able to touch on it all. Off the bat, you already have a solid background so no need for the NIH postbacc unless you specifically want to do biomedical or chem-med. Doing it simply for the LOR is a waste of your time, the potential PIs time, and you may take a spot from someone who legitimately needs the postbacc. You already have 'plenty to talk about in your SOP' and it is perfectly acceptable for a third letter to be from a professor. Ph.D. programs are internships. They are on-the-job training with the goal of training you to do th
  13. You can always try if you like. A better idea would be to contact the programs directly and ask them. For those programs you have already been rejected, it is likely too late. You say that for those you were rejected from you '...think you can fit well.' Maybe, maybe not, but it may be worth reapplying to these programs again next year. You took a chance on applying like everyone else and unfortunately you cannot contest a decision unless you can prove that a gross error was made that you had no part in. Unless you learn that the bad letter was really bad, perhaps inflammatory, the
  14. This is an odd predicament seeing as you do not know which of your LORs was the dud. It's even odder that it would be only one out of four considering only three are needed. And then what is really odd about this is one "bad" letter out of three (or four) shouldn't be that big of a deal yet suggests to me that the bad letter came from a known professor at the prestigious university. I have never heard of anyone willing to write a bad letter. Boiler plate, sure, but not intentionally bad. To answer your questions: 1. You'd have to ask your writers to retract the letter. This creates
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