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  1. It's possible they start reviewing applications (and sending out decisions) before the final deadline. Did you check to see when last year's decisions began to be sent out?
  2. I'm in the same boat. Have seen a lot of interview invites and a few admits in the results page, but I've heard nothing yet from any of the schools I applied to.
  3. If you're still looking, you might want to take a look at some of the work being done by ME professors at Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center. https://nanohub.org/groups/bnc
  4. Without any background in chemistry, engineering, physics, or higher level math (aside from the handful of courses you mentioned), I highly doubt any chemical engineering program would even consider your application. Yes, engineering programs will often admit students from other disciplines if they've taken the requisite coursework, and it's not unusual for such students to take a few remedial courses after being admitted to make up any deficiencies, but we're not talking about a couple deficiencies here. We're talking about an entire 4-year degree's worth of courses that you're missing. I
  5. A switch is certainly possible, but if you have zero STEM coursework, then you'll be wasting your time and money and your chance of being admitted to any engineering program is zero. Remedial coursework at the beginning of a graduate at degree is one thing, but your post makes it sound like you'd need an entire remedial degree. You need to take a whole lot of math, science, and some basic engineering courses before you even consider applying.
  6. I started reading your post, citrus00, and wondered for a second if I was reading something I myself had written. I graduated with a BS in Molecular & Cell Bio in 2010. Worked for a while in a biology lab, decided I wanted to do something different, settled on mechanical engineering. Took Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations, then applied for MS programs. My situation is uncommon in that I was admitted to a number of well-ranked programs without ever taking an engineering course. To anyone in a similar boat, I would highly recommend taking as many undergraduate-level engin
  7. Seconding both of these. As a general rule of thumb: if you have to ask, don't do it. The type of person who can successfully pull off humor in a piece of formal writing is rare, and the ones that can do it already know they can do it, know how they will be received and how they will come off. They don't have to ask. If you are not one of those people, leave it out.
  8. Agree with the above comments. This SOP needs a total rewrite. An SOP for a biology graduate program is not a place to brainstorm or wax philosophic on the job market or your career prospects. It's a piece of writing that should be focused, clear, and concise. State your strengths, briefly address your weaknesses, then sharply and clearly discuss your specific research interests. And don't talk about what other graduate students have or don't have--talk about what you have.
  9. Undergraduate research is more about the experience than the specific content/focus/topic, as far as most graduate programs are concerned. It's more about learning how the research process works, and the transferrable knowledge/skills acquired from participating in it, than anything else.
  10. Liquor and a nice workout at the gym. Not at the same time. A long sit in the park, or a hike in the woods, or writing about it also help.
  11. Hello Alicia, here are some suggestions for your updated draft. I've underlined things I've added or changed, and struckthrough things I believe should be cut. My own comments are in [blue]. Some of the changes are grammatical in nature, and some are just stylistic suggestions, but most are areas where I think you could cut words or tighten up sentences and paragraphs to make them more impactful. Generally speaking, it's best to avoid adverbs as they don't add substance to the writing and instead just fluff it up.
  12. Hello KevAquarius! I received my BS in cell/molecular biology. Worked at a government lab afterward as a glorified lab tech for a while. Decided I didn't want to pursue biology or medicine as a career. Did a lot of soul searching and settled on mechanical engineering. Took multivariable calculus and differential equations, applied to a number of mechanical engineering MS programs, and am currently doing a thesis Masters in ME at a well-ranked program. You can look through my previous posts if you want to read about all the gory details. So it is absolutely possible, and I know many peo
  13. I was in a similar boat. BS in molecular/cell biology, a couple years research experience and publications in the biomedical industry, no exposure to programming or anything related to engineering except two semesters of calculus, two semesters of calc-based physics, general chemistry (which touches on a lot of topics from thermodynamics), and I'm guessing my two semesters of statistics didn't hurt. A couple years after graduating and being lost, I finally decided I wanted to get into mechanical engineering to work in biomechanics/human-inspired robotics/assistive devices/dynamics of locomotio
  14. I was in this same position last year. I did my undergrad degree in molecular biology at a good (but not great) state school, then after several years decided I wanted to go into a totally different field: mechanical engineering. I applied and was accepted to several top Master's programs. Naturally, since I'd had almost no real exposure to engineering coursework, I found a bunch of textbooks at the library, and bought some review books, and used a number of internet resources to try and prepare. It definitely helped, but not as much as I'd thought it would. I suppose that was to be expect
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