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    applying to neuro programs at: stanford, ucsd, yale, u penn, northwestern, wash u, wisconsin--madison, michigan--ann arbor, u iowa

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  1. Of you've never done molecular or behavioral neuro don't go into a neuro program where you would be stuck doing that. That just sounds too risky (in terms of dropping out or worse...) IF However there is a strong human/clinical research component (have you looked into that at all), I would go for the better reputation PhD over the less paid, less renowned clinical PhD. Then again, I'm not squeamish of animal work, I think research is THE SHIT, and I'm getting a PhD, not an MD or clinical degree, because I don't want to work with people all day. Also, what is this notion about individual
  2. I often feel the same way, but then I remind myself to trust the wise and all-knowing admissions committees. After all, they've looked through hundreds of apps and picked YOU. Chances are they even met you and liked you. Considering the fairly low attrition rates of top 10 schools (at least in my field) there is a high probability that they know you will succeed. It's going to be hard, it's going to suck, but you can do it! ...and then I eat some Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia to drown the fear
  3. I'm going for neuroscience. Housing apps open April 14 through mid-May. Anyone thinking off-campus? I've turned-down my other schools. It feels good to be settled in my choice!
  4. @Immajean: I mostly agree w/ColorlessGreen. Avoid Lucas, Dodge, Governer, College, Market, Gilbert (basically everything a few streets north and south of burlington from the river to the edge of town). A little North of town on the East side tends to be more residential house-like (Brown St. historic district). West of the river is the medical/dental campus...it is quieter but you'll tend to find more massive apartment complexes than affordable houses. If you REALLY want an affordable house, or 2 bedroom apartment try Coralville (CHEAP! BIG!). There's a decent Coralville bus system that
  5. I loved my visit to Yale...didn't apply to the other two. I think living in East Rock could be decent. The apartment tour was shitty, but I've since met people who live in New Haven and say you can find sweet deals. Plus, if you want a cheaper cost-of-living but access to the city it's only a 2hr train ride to NYC. I've frankly heard not great things about Columbia, and I'm unsure about Rockefeller.
  6. I think it depends on which subfield of cell/molec neuro you're most interested in. That, and preference for Boston vs. San Francisco (culture, weather, landscape)...another easy way is to think about which student body you felt more "at home" with.
  7. happily married--er--decided!

  8. You already did your part. It sounds like it's your school's fault for falling through. It doesn't seem like you should be penalized for this, and I doubt if your offer would be rescinded. I would just leave it for now, and plan to attend! Then again, I have no experience with this and could be completely wrong.
  9. you already know my opinion on the matter! (school B, obviously) I'm sure you'll be happier either place, but come on, who wants to slosh through a foot of snow/ice/rain when they can ride their bikes to/from class and hang out with a bunch of really awesome people?
  10. starting the 2010 Stanford thread!
  11. I think you've already made the decision... #2!
  12. Which department is offering that? I interviewed with neuroscience and word on the street was $29,500. Students said this was manageable, some even citing saving money. One thing I was looking in to was the "cheap" shared on-campus housing. The other great thing is that there's no transportation costs if you live on campus, and the gym is free (as well as lots of outdoor activities). Not having a car would help (I think there's a parking fee for on-campus, and gas/insurance are more expensive than other parts of the country). You should also find out if your stipend covers health insuran
  13. to clarify, this fellowship does NOT increase stipend at this fully-funded PhD program, because it only covers 2/3 of the program costs for 3 years. It does cover 2/3 of 2 years when your PI would be paying for you. Which FYI for people considering this or similar fellowships, is a benefit if you want to work in a smaller/less-funded lab (you cost less than someone without external funding) I agree that it's not such a big benefit that one should take this offer over a school that is a better match.
  14. NsciApp, I'm going to be nosy and speculate that your fellowship offer was from U MICh:) Congrats in any case!

  15. Thanks everyone, for the advice! My intuition was also to disregard the money, but I felt foolish doing that and wanted to hear what others thought.
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