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  1. How is everyone going about their decision making process? What factors are you looking for? Criteria? How are you prioritizing? I understand that having the right mentors is really important so I wonder how people are evaluating their advisors/mentors as well...
  2. I got a followup email with information on my academic advisor and some information on the training grant applications that are due tomorrow. Other than that, no concrete funding offer.
  3. I was rejected last year from three schools that I applied to (Harvard post-interview, Hopkins, and Columbia). I asked my interviewer at Harvard what I could do to make myself a more competitive applicant for the next round and I think the insight he gave me is really applicable to every research oriented PhD applicant. 1. Publish. First author publications in fairly decent impact journals are a huge boost. The PhD is all about training to be a researcher and to produce publications, so showing to the admissions committee that you have successfully published and can do research is a big
  4. That wasn't me, but I was just contacted by my POI at UNC Epi today to interview this week over the phone. She said that she had just finished reviewing my application. I get the sense they're wading through everything right now and will probably release decisions over the next couple weeks...
  5. I think it's too late to reach out to POIs especially since most admissions committees have already met and reviewed applications. The idea is to talk with POIs before the admissions committees meet. This is something that the different professors that I spoke with at each of the universities I applied to had confirmed as well when I asked them for strategies in applying to their respective programs. It's something I heard last year when I got feedback from Harvard after interviewing, and it's something I've heard repeatedly throughout the process this year.
  6. I agree with this advice 100%. Last year I wasn't accepted to any of the programs I applied to but this year I've been accepted to two great programs so far with full-funding and waiting to hear back from four more schools. I genuinely believe my success has been largely because i reached out to POIs at each school beforehand. The sense I've gotten from conversations with admissions committees, faculty members, and students is that most schools look for one major thing "goodness of fit". Grades and GPA typically have minimum cut offs (top 10 schools seem to generally want their applicants in t
  7. Thank you both! Fingers crossed that all turns out well for everyone. Also, i had two friends who were accepted and are currently attending the UCSF PhD program in Epidemiology & Translational Science in Fall 2015 and they are loving it. Really exciting new program that is quickly launching and will no doubt produce some great work and doctorates.
  8. Oh. Well then I guess there's no point in speculating or worrying about it until decisions come out in late February then!
  9. I had assumed that the FAQ was worded that way to be more applicable towards their masters students. I'm not sure, but I spoke with my friend who applied for the Fall 2015 cycle and was accepted into Harvard's SD in Epidemiology and he said that he got an interview. I honestly have no idea though, it could be candidate specific.
  10. Yeah looking at previous years results and posts I wasn't sure if Harvard even conducted interviews, but I shockingly got an email about interviewing and was proven wrong. It's entirely possible that different departments operate differently though! The whole process is just awful and a crapshoot once you get some core things in place in your application profile. Congratulations on UNC. What a great program! I've heard from my friends who were accepted for Fall 2015 matriculation that UNC offers fairly generous funding too. And Chapel Hill is such a good place to be.
  11. I applied to the PhD program in Population Health Sciences along the environmental health track and had an interview last week. From my understanding (and I'm uncertain how this may differ by department within the Population Health Sciences category so others may still be interviewing) interviews have been done/extended and faculty recommendations have been submitted to the chairs/deans for final applicant evaluation and selection based on fit, funding, availability of spots. That process of selection takes several weeks so decisions will probably come out later February. I hope that helps...
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