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  1. Just found out USC PIBBS has sent a rejection two days ago; it ended up in my spam box.

    Not bothered by it as I have much better choice now:) I am but a bit surprised as I deemed it as a safe option.

    Curious if any international students residing outside US have received interview invitation from them? Maybe that piece of information would be helpful for later international applicants.

  2. 23 minutes ago, Cancer said:

    Congrats to those accepted in their favorite program so far! Has anyone applied to MD Anderson here? I am an international and have applied there, but I haven't heard from them so far? Should I be worried??!

    They are sending interviews in batches(at least 4 batches as I know), not sure if they are done sending interviews. Good luck!

  3. Just now, biomednyc said:

    I wouldn't get anxious just yet, it was an informal email from one of the faculty members I interviewed with who also happens to be on the admission committee wanting to congratulate me and let me know that I will be receiving the official acceptance soon. So they're definitely still working through things. I applied to cell biology, physiology and metabolism (CPM). Good luck, keeping my fingers crossed for ya :)

    Thanks for your info, and congrats!

    I will try to calm down and prepare for my next interview. Finger crossed!

  4. 28 minutes ago, cuteDr22 said:

    Good luck to you!  Curious - if an international student is willing to attend a school with the understanding that he/she will not get a grant, is it possible to convince that institution to accept you?:  I'm not saying this is what you or anyone else would want, but i'm just curious if this is possible?

    Chinese student here..

    As far as I know, many European schools hope Chinese students to take fundings themselves. Otherwise, it would be difficult to find a suitable lab there.

    In US, some top schools are requesting Chinese students to take funding from Chinese government now. 3 or 4 years ago Harvard BBS required students to take funding themselves (from the government), maybe HMS has stopped doing so these two years. Yale BBS is very very welcome to students taking fundings themselves (take 20 students per year). But these fundings have also put Chinese applicants who want to apply for full scholarships into a more difficult situation...

    PS: I hope graduate schools will not be reviewing this forum, as there are too many restrictions for applying for funding from the government, some of which might hamper further postdoc training opportunities.

  5. On 1/30/2017 at 12:06 PM, KR Marksmen said:

    First Interview this weekend at WashU. Any tips or advice you guys have learned from the interview season?

    I think the most important thing is to be prepared for your own research experience. So far, I think most faculty will not ask much about the details, but be prepared! I asked about the program, their opportunities, asked about potential areas I want to learn about but haven't got experience thus far... It is really like you are also interview them when they are interviewing you... That was a skype interview, I think onsite interview would make interaction more possible, and that's the good thing.

    BTW, when are you interviewing WUSTL exactly? I will also have my onsite interview(first onsite!) at WashU. Very looking forward to it.

  6. Hi, are there some international students residing outside US who got GSK interview here? Have you heard about their skype interview arrangement so far? Not hearing anything makes me anxious, and I am afraid this coming arrangement would have time conflict with another skype interview(which will conduct in four different times). And both programs are my top choices now…lol


    Another thing is, does anyone know if baylor college of medicine-MCB program has sent interview invitation or not?In the result, someone has posted rej through email. I guess they should have sent their interviews by now, but I haven't heard anything. Am I waitlisted?I uploaded a two-page research description as the research statement in the application(but BCM required a one-page RS), not sure if this is the thing that's gonna hurt me.

  7. Congrats to your interview invitations!

    I just got my first official rej from OHSU... not so sad about it actually.

    I am more concerned about not hearing from Weill Cornell, though... Feels like another silent rej, not sure if I could still have some hope……

  8. 1 hour ago, pitchfork said:

    Hey, fellow international student here. I've done a bit of digging when I was finalizing my program list to figure out which schools have more spots open for international students. I looked at mostly immunology programs but the situation might be similar for cancer bio programs, especially if both are tracks under an umbrella program. Here's what I found. Keep in mind that usually about 30% of all applicants are international.


    Harvard BBS says they have about 30% international students in their program, so they might review internationals and Americans at the same time.

    Yale BBS says they admit 5-7% of international students who apply, which probably sounds worse than it actually is if you think about the number of students who apply there.

    UPenn CAMB has about 12% of international students in the program. I was told that they review international students separately, but again, 12% is better than most places.

    I didn't look at MSK, but based on what I know about Rockefeller, Weill Cornell, NYU and New York schools in general, they're very international student friendly.

    WUSTL DBBS has about 30% international in their program, if I remember correctly. Might be wrong about this one.

    Emory immunology does not have a whole lot of international students, if I remember correctly. It might be different for cancer bio if their programs are offered through the department.


    Hope this is helpful and good luck!

    Thanks very much for your info!These programs are indeed hard to reach… just hope some, or even just oe of them, would accept me… good luck to you too!

  9. Hi all, I've been lurking for a while before wanting to post my status... I am not sure if I would get an offer from one of the programs I applied.


    Undergrad Institution: a top 9 Chinese university(definitely not top 2; I think it's safe to say top 5 actually)
    Major(s): Pharmacy(mainly focusing on pharmacology)
    GPA in Major: 3.97/4.0
    Overall GPA:3.91/4.0
    Position in Class: top 5%
    Type of Student: Female, International; also belong to honor college in our school (but maybe not helps...)

    GRE Scores (revised/old version):
    Q: 170
    V: 160
    W: 4.5

    TOEFL Total: 107 (S 23)

    Research Experience: 

    Mostly involved in cancer research

    a 14-month experience in home institution (part time, mainly focused on 1 project)

    an 8-month experience in a well-know cancer institute in US (full time, 2 projects)

    one 5th author paper (a project I participated in home institution, but not my major focus)

    one poster & oral presentation almostly totally unrelated to my research experience lol

    Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several Scholarships; in the honors program in our school

    Pertinent Activities or Jobs: non

    Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: non

    Special Bonus Points: Maybe one of the RLs would help a lot

    Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

    Applying to Where:


    UPenn-CAMB-cancer biology


    Weill Cornell-BCMB

    Sloan Kettering- Biomedical Sciences (really love, but I don't count on it really)

    Washington University in St. Louis- DBBS-MCB

    Emory-Cancer Biology

    Baylor College of Medicine-MCB

    UT Southwestern- DBS

    UT health science center-biomedical sciences(haven't submitted yet...)

    University of Southern California- PIBBS

    Oregon health science university- cancer biology


    The competition between international students would be even more fierce, and I have no idea whether these programs would be friendly to international students... I would appreciate it if someone could give some information regarding these programs. And, is there some other safer programs, whose deadline is in January? Thanks very much!

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