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  1. Ugh, HM (E/VG, E/E. E/E) and on my last year eligible All three of my reviewers seemed to love my app though, which is even more frustrating.
  2. My experience at Yale so far hasn't been anything like that! I really think it comes down to the individual lab you end up joining (and this is probably at least somewhat true wherever you end up going), but in terms of overall inter- and intra-departmental things, I've found the environment here to be very collaborative and supportive! Most everyone has been really easy-going and friendly, and I'd say students are largely happy to be here. I (obviously, haha) didn't end up going to Penn, but I remember getting a similar vibe there too and definitely thought it was also one of their strong poi
  3. Another thing to consider is that public schools often have less spots/funding for international students (If OP is one??) than private universities. Weill Cornell was one school that was pretty explicit in stating that nationality plays a very small role in admission decisions due to having a large amount of non-federal funding for graduate students. This probably varies from school to school, but it does appear to be a general trend I've noticed. You can always look to see if a program you're interested in publishes its percentage of incoming international students. You'll notice those numbe
  4. I think that your stats are "good enough" to at least try for top programs (especially if your GREs pan out as your predicted scores indicate). I use quotes because, to be honest, only adcoms really know what this means; all we have to work with is anecdotal evidence, and in my experience, the whole graduate admissions process is A LOT more opaque compared to undergrad admissions to these "top" schools. Stats are def important for both, but grad school adcoms are WAY more interested in you as an individual. That means less easily quantified things like your letters of rec, personal statement,
  5. Johns Hopkins is a fantastic school with fantastic research and has the reputation as such in many fields, including biomedical research. Baltimore, on the other hand, might not be for everyone... At your stage, I would recommend following the research and applying if it leads you in that direction. I would also recommend visiting before applying, if at all possible, because like @adiJ above, I personally would not want to live in that area and did not apply mostly for said reason. BUT on the other hand, I knew several people that loved their undergrad experiences at JHU and a good friend that
  6. I didn't set up my first rotation until about 2 weeks after arriving (and about 2 weeks before the rotation itself started) and definitely didn't set up all of my rotations at once. I really think it's program-specific though. One reason I'm really glad I waited was that my program (which is relatively large) also did a series of "mini-talks" where faculty present their current research and mingle with the incoming first years which was super helpful. Granted, there are A LOT of faculty in the program so it was a little overwhelming (though certainly not all of them gave talks) and did drag on
  7. I agree with @biochemgirl67's advice that seminar based bio classes are probably going to be more helpful for a molec/cell bio graduate program than p-chem. I mean, for what anecdotal evidence is worth, I know several people in my cohort that haven't even taken orgo or biochem and are doing just fine, not to mention obviously got into the program despite those classes being highly recommended undergrad courses. I wouldn't dwell on p-chem unless you truly feel that learning it will be useful for your intended field of research (say, if you were interested in biophysics). I would focus more on s
  8. For what it's worth, all the programs I applied to last year had Dec 1st/2nd deadlines, and the last place I heard back from about interviewing got back to me by Dec 22nd-ish. I was also surprised by how short the overall turn-around time was, but I think schools really want to solidify interviews ASAP to avoid the unavoidable conflicts that will inevitably happen. There are only so many weekends Jan-March! However, that's not to say people didn't get interview invites in Jan (or even Feb or later) either, so I think it's also somewhat program specific. Also, huge congrats to those gettin
  9. i don't think any school will expect applicants to have 5 publications, especially if you're applying right out of undergrad. i had really similar stats to yours and got interviews/acceptances to several top tier places, and i think that my experience was pretty standard compared to other applicants i met interviewing. honestly, one thing i learned from the whole process is that your SoP/ability to talk about your research experience and interests really goes a long way. as for rockefeller, i can't speak much on their graduate program specifically, but the school definitely has a reputati
  10. stygldbby

    NYU Sackler

    I agree. I definitely think stats-wise, you're in a good range, so I'd focus on keeping up your grades and polishing up the rest of your application!
  11. Hi! Very few people coming straight out of undergrad have publications when applying. A publication certainly can only help, but I definitely don't think it's required and/or even expected, especially since the rest of your profile looks good! In terms of choosing schools to apply to, I think whether or not your research interests align well with the school (i.e. can you find at least 3-5 faculty you'd be interested in working with?) should probably be your foremost consideration, but I've heard that applying to public schools in general is often more competitive for international students
  12. You've just inspired me to start that unpleasant process haha. I'm 99% sure my decision will be between two schools so might as well start, right?
  13. stygldbby

    NYU Sackler

    I don't remember if you get extra compensation for doing so, but Sackler students do have the opportunity to TA if they're interested. That was one of my concerns interviewing as well:)
  14. For people who have already pretty much decided (congratulations!!!) or are already attending, did you revisit the schools you were deciding between? I'm currently torn between two amazing programs that I really felt clicked with me, and though making another trip would be a hassle, it would technically be possible. Do you recommend doing so? Or I guess any advice on how to decide when your "gut feeling" is pointing you in two different directions!
  15. For what another anecdotal contribution is worth, I was also pretty nervous about not having enough relavent research experience (2 summer REUs and a semester on campus by application submission) to apply straight out of undergrad but decided to just go for it anyways. Even though my experiences were short and my future research goals are pretty different from anything I've previously done, things seem to be working out so far! I've learned from the interview process that (most) grad schools are really looking more for potential than anything else at this point (I say most because there are d
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