Neuro15

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  1. Got Kicked out

    Bizarre. Is there more to this story? A "B" usually is a fine grade....one that is certainly not a dismissible offense. Regardless, I'm sorry this happened to you OP. You definitely face an uphill battle, getting dismissed from a program will be a large red flag on your applications to future programs, but with time perhaps one that will be overcome. I wish you the best of luck.
  2. One Professor actively at two different schools? What?

    It's that, a quick google search yielded a presser from UA announcing it. http://www.massspectrometryconsortium.arizona.edu/welcome-cbc-professors-rebecca-page-and-wolfgang-peti Rising Star is dead on though, his most recent pubs say Brown because that's where the research was done and where the grant was awarded.
  3. One Professor actively at two different schools? What?

    He moved to UA from Brown in January '17 to set up his new lab.
  4. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I agree. Your GPA won't be irrelevant, but it can be overcome. I do think some people on here are...a bit too nice in chancing people's odds, but a 3.2 GPA with solid experience and good GRE scores can make for a successful applicant even for top schools.
  5. My chances at a Biochemistry PhD program

    No, unless the program has rolling admissions (I'm really not aware of any bio PhD programs that do) there's no real admissions benefit to submitting early. The only real benefit is that you have time to correct your app and ensure everything is submitted and received by the program before the deadline. I can can only speak for my program (so that's my caveat, but I think many programs are similar), but the adcom here meets two weeks after the deadline and they start going through all the apps. The order that the apps were submitted in does not play into an interview decision nor influences the order that they are reviewed in. Most programs do have a set number of slots to fill each year, and the amount of acceptances they give out is a calculated "risk" based on historical data on how many they think will accept. Unless it's rolling I wouldn't worry about the timing. Just make sure you're complete by the deadline.
  6. Rotation dilemma

    I've heard of it happening before. Usually it's to pick up a particular technique, so that even if the PI can't take you it's a valuable rotation. I think the PI will certainly understand if you choose to rotate with a different PI though.
  7. Ask questions about the PhD application process!

    Agreed. Besides the personal peace of mind and the ability to ensure all your materials are in in time, no. The adcom will not meet before the deadline, and the review process does not account for when an app was submitted (provided it was submitted before the deadline).
  8. Advice for high schooler working in research lab?

    Welcome to the forums! Unsurprisingly, the PI's advice was exactly what I was going to suggest. I can't stress communication enough. The PI, as well as everyone else in the lab, will understand that your daughter is a HS student and thus will need a bit of hand holding in the lab. Ask questions early and often if there is something that isn't clear. Most likely there will be a simple answer, and the 30 seconds used for asking the question is much better than potentially wasting reagents. I would suggest to your daughter that she keeps detailed notes of exactly what she does in the lab regarding experiments. Keeping a thorough lab notebook is a great habit to get into, and will help troubleshoot when things don't go as planned.
  9. 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I think you should be ok, your numeric stats aren't the greatest but your research experience and LOR should compensate. A strong and targeted SOP/PS will also help you and will help alleviate any worries about the lower stats. As bioenchilada said, neurobio programs tend to be pretty competitive so I would try to keep the prestige diversity you currently have. If you trim schools off the list keep that in mind.
  10. Couple thoughts: 1.) While publishing is always helpful to an application, the lack thereof hardly breaks one. 2.) Try to bump that Q GRE score up. A score in the 75th percentile up would help a lot. Your GPA isn't bad, so academically if you raise the GRE you should be ok on that front. 3.) Increase the number of programs you apply to, both in numbers and in diversity of prestige. Applying to four programs is on the lower side. If they were of all high prestige, that's why you were not successful.
  11. Research Technician positions

    Ah okay. Did not realize you have a MS already, I can understand not wanting to wait then. It's hard to give you advice about what to do without knowing your app. Give us a breakdown of your app so that we can help you better.
  12. Research Technician positions

    I'm a tech now as well and starting school in August. I did a two year commitment and honestly I'm happy I did. The second year is when I really started to understand the field of our research and guide my own project. That second year prepared me for a PhD more than anything I did in undergrad. Grad school isn't going anywhere, you might want to think about signing on for the full two years.
  13. Choosing a fall rotation

    Good advice in here. Emailing potential PIs of interest is a good way to start. This way you express interest and also see if the PI's lab is taking students. Some programs have a poster session at the beginning of orientation for new students. I know my program does this, and it's a great way to meet the PIs and see what is going on in each lab. If something like that doesn't happen, then email is probably your best option. Just include a brief blurp on why you're interested in the lab and include a couple of brief questions. Also attach a copy of your CV or resume for their perusal. Best of luck!
  14. 2017 Biology Final Decision Threads!

    Penn CAMB is UPenn.
  15. Ask questions about the PhD application process!

    This is all IMO, of course. 1.) I think fit is more important than prestige in most situations. I think your list is well-developed and if those programs tick all your boxes then I wouldn't worry too much about it. 2.) I think people are divided on this issue on whether to tell the truth or play your future a bit closer to your chest. Personally I wouldn't say for sure one way or the other on my app, because things do change, and that way you'll avoid offending any professors who may look down on you for not pursuing academia. 3.) Can the PI co-sign the LoR? 4.) I wouldn't. Subject tests are generally pretty worthless to most programs. The only times I have seen them help applicants are A.) to overcome a low uGPA (not you), or B.) if their undergrad degree is in a different field as their intended graduate degree (not you).