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  1. I got off a waitlist today. They told me I literally had a day to decide. I've already made my decision (going to another program), so it's kind of a moot point.
  2. Whelp, it's over. The predoctoral fellowship is done notifying.
  3. It sounds like you want to do A, but I'd do B. (And this is regardless of wanting to stay/leave academia.) What sells me on it is that the lab is well run. This means that there's a highly functional lab manager in place that can get stuff done, so you won't ever be stuck like that again. It also sounds like there might be older staff scientists in lab B who have institutional knowledge of how a lot of things work and could be very valuable resources. My PI sounds very similar to the PI in lab B (although we're not pumping out nature papers...), and I really like that highly independant ty
  4. I saw a red flag student during interviews. It was awkward.
  5. Reddit has a group for almost any city. The moving to city guide there was a great jumping off point.
  6. Anyone get an honorable mention thing yet?
  7. You sound like you REALLY don't like this place. That kind of attitude is going to show around the other grad students and PIs. That's not a good thing and could end up hurting your career in the long run. It might be best to just try again verses going somewhere that you hate or where you act like you're entitled.
  8. Everything needs to be over 50%. If you have strong LORs and a good (3.8+) GPA, you can get into good programs with 70%+ in both sections. If you have a lower GPA, even good GRE scores won't get you into top programs.
  9. Lots of schools are on spring break and interviews went later this year because of bad weather out East (there's bad weather out West, too, but drought isn't delaying interviews). I'm waiting until April then shooting emails to any program I haven't heard back from, which is 2.
  10. Honestly, anyone getting a PhD with the dream of tenure track in the life sciences needs to do some reading. Could it happen? Yeah, but science careers had an article about a student who got their PhD at Harvard, did their post-doc at Princeton, published a bunch, won prestigeous fellowships...and was not able to land a tenure track position. The fact is, those jobs are going away. If you want a career in research, and potentially academic research, either of those institutions will be perfectly fine, but neither can garentee you the elusive tenure track prof job.
  11. To add a story, I emailed a grad student I'd met from the program I attended interviews at (and was then subsequently waitlisted at) to thank her and get clarification on how the school does admits. She said that there are usually two rounds of admissions: the first candidates (contacted directly after interviews) and the second round (after they see who has accepted/rejected them). She said that she got off the waitlist late March the year she applied, so it does happen.
  12. At least in biomedicine/biosciences, programs have X number of spots to fill and X amount of funding for said spots. They want to fill those up with their top applicants first. However, top applicants typically have a lot of choice in where to go to grad school and have equally good offers from other schools. This is why biosciences send out programs in waves. Maybe most years they need to make 50 offers to fill 20 spots. Maybe some years they need to make 40...or 60. But they can't make them all at once because they're not sure how many of the initial round of invites (say, 30 top candidates)
  13. I think you know which school you've got to go with. (Aka WUSTL)
  14. Honestly, I don't think it is. There are very few people that get offered those special fellowships, and funding is funding. You can ask your top choices about fellowships and funding, but going to a lower choice just because they threw in some extra $$ seems a bit silly. Now, if you have a tie--you like multiple programs equally well--the one that gives you a special fellowship and shows more interest in you could be a valid way to break your decision.
  15. Things have gone a bit quiet around here. It feels like it's at the point where most of the first round acceptences have been sent, and everyone is either waiting on a school or is in the process of making/finalizing their decision.
  16. I've done LDR for the past ~2 years while working as a tech, but that ends next year when grad school starts. I honestly couldn't imagine doing LDR for a significant portion of grad school, mostly because maintaining the relationship costs time AND money, both of which are going to be in short supply during grad school. Just some thoughts: Having an SO with a job who works in a specialized industry helped me narrow down my list of schools. There are some areas of the country where he would have a tougher time getting a job, so I didn't look at schools in those areas. You'll need to have bi
  17. This is a comment by someone who works in admissions. Full thing here, but here's pertinent quote:
  18. 102 Million reads! This cold sucks, but that seq run was the holy grail. Only took 200 samples to make it happen...

  19. This is also the stage where 1) the final 'first round' of offers are just being offered for some schools 2) additional funding packages may be offered around this time 3) people are contacting profs to make their final decisions. Believe me, I'm on a wait list and want off it ASAP, too, but either it'll happen later this month or it won't.
  20. No one should be pressured to make a decision hastily, but this is a good point. If you have multiple offers and know that there is a school or schools you don't want to attend, let them know sooner rather than later. Funding can often be on the line, too. Hanging onto multiple offers until the last, bitter hour of April 15th isn't fair to anyone. It actually can screw lower ranked schools out of taking full-sized recruitment classes, too. If you're waiting on your #1 program, hold onto #2, but maybe let the others go?
  21. PhD programs definitely DO have wait lists. If you don't want to go to a program and you have an official offer (espeically one attached to funding) from 1 or 2 choice schools, withdraw your applications from your back up schools. This lets them know that they need to make additional offers; they want to do that before candidates on their wait list accept somewhere else, too, or else they can't fill up all the spots for the upcoming class. Interviewed at a place where they had this problem last year, btw. Students didn't decline soon enough, and their wait list ended up not being deep enough t
  22. Be honest about your research interests. Saying you'd love to join her lab might get you in the program, but then, if no one else wants to fund you, you'll have to stay and work in her lab. If you know there's no way you'd do that, don't lie to her to get into the program.
  23. You're probably wait listed first. A prof confirmed this for me at a recent school. That said, being waitlisted at my preferred program and having to take an acceptance at my back-up still means I'm going to grad school.
  24. Worst: UCLA by far. The other 6 were all roughly equal in responsiveness, but UCLA sent me all of these generic emails about my status, and when I inquired as to whether they were missing something in my application--nothing. Yet they kept sending me emails that indicated something wasn't done with my application. I checked everything I sent them and determined everything should've been in on my end, but I have no idea what has happened with that application.
  25. For what it's worth, I did email. Several profs responded, too. Maybe this is just because I like technology/have bad hand writing, but I prefer email. I might send a hand written note to a letter writer that lives out of state, though...or just type up a thank you and put it in the card.
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