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  1. I would say that this depends. I went to a relatively unknown undergrad (no one I meet from outside my state has heard of it) and got mediocre scores on my general GRE. I got a high score on my subject GRE (97th percentile), and I think that helped my chances. It showed that my low general GRE scores weren't necessarily indicative of a subpar undergrad education, and I got 6/7 interview invites. The only program that didn't invite me to interview was the highest ranked, and it's also the only application in which I didn't mention specific labs of interest. I of course had labs of interest, but was having trouble with the word limit and removed that section, which was probably a bad idea. Luckily, I will be attending a great program anyway, so I'm not beating myself up about it (much). It may have been my general GRE scores that did me in, anyway. I don't know if neglecting to mention specific labs of interest put me in the reject pile, but it's possible. So I would recommend doing so. Looking back, I also would have gone to more interviews. After the first two, I was so happy with what I saw that I declined all but one interview offer after that. While I think there's a strong chance I would pick the same grad program that I did, no matter what, it might have been nice to see other departments- who knows?
  2. I'm waiting on my final letter writer to accept, but can't see the rest of the application until I've entered contact info. I'd like to start writing ASAP, but can't view the documents needed.
  3. I feel like I've turned my age into a strength in my SOPs, or at least, tried to spin it in a positive way . I've had the time to really think about whether or not I want to earn a PhD, and understanding the importance of research experience early on led me to get into a lab as soon as possible. I didn't take an especially long time to earn my undergrad degree, I just started late. The juries still out on microbio PI, I only emailed him yesterday morning so a letter from him is very possible. I think it would be positive, I only stopped working in his lab because he moved form the branch to the main campus, and prior to that he expressed interest in writing another paper with me. I probably should have done an summer REU for an additional PI letter, but have been invested in the work I've been doing in my current lab and didn't want to leave/slow down progress. It's been mostly just me in the lab for the majority of the time I've been here.
  4. I am still attending, will graduate in the spring.
  5. Thanks for your input! Broadly speaking, I'm interested in both gene regulation, and how cellular components localize in response to stimuli. I'm not specifically uninterested in these topics in microbes, so a microbiology program could potentially be a good fit for me as well. My current PI will write a letter, and I know it will be very positive. I'm waiting to hear back from the microbio PI I mentioned. It's been awhile since I worked in his lab so I may need to ask someone else. For other letter(s), I'm considering my Quantitative Analysis professor, as she could speak to my ability to do laboratory calculations and that may help mitigate my (expected, but almost certain) low GRE quant score, and a former professor who is the chair of the bio program at the community college I attended prior to earning my bachelors, who I know fairly well.
  6. Reposting due to updates: Undergrad Institution: Small private liberal arts college Major(s): Biology Minor(s): Chemistry GPA in Major: 4.0 Overall GPA: 4.0 Type of Student: Female, first generation college student GRE Scores (revised/old version): I have not yet taken the test (scheduled Nov 5) Practice scores: Q: ~50th percentile V: ~85th percentile B: 880/97th percentile Research Experience: At the time of my application submission, 3 years in my current lab (mol bio). Gave a talk at our undergrad research symposium, poster at national conference (but did not go, my PI presented), paper in preparation (second author). Have my own research project in which I design and carry out research myself, will likely have a first author paper for it but will not be submitted at time of grad application. Prior to my current lab, 2 semesters in a microbio lab, resulted in a coauthored review article. Was employed by the university (R1 branch campus, was not a student there) for prepping teaching labs, and volunteered time for research. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Travel award to a national conference, deans list all semesters, 2 institutional research grants, 1 endowed cholarship Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked as a tutor at a community college for 3.5 years, and at my current university for 1 year Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am older than most applicants (early 30s) and think that will help to show that I've given a lot of thought into my decision to apply. Applying to Where: Ohio State University Michigan- Ann Arbor Yale Cornell Washington University- St. Louis University of Oregon (maybe) Lerner Institute New York Medical College (maybe) University of Colorado- Boulder (maybe) I may trim this list down. I’m interested in molecular/cellular programs, I feel like I’m aiming too high, but am having trouble finding programs that aren’t as competitive, that also have several labs I’m interested in. The ‘maybes’ are programs I just started looking at and need to research further before I make a definite decision about applying.
  7. Undergrad Institution: Small private liberal arts college, not very well known for biologyMajor(s): BiologyMinor(s): ChemistryGPA in Major: 4.0Overall GPA: 4.0Position in Class: Type of Student: Female, first generation college studentGRE Scores (revised/old version): I have not yet taken the test (scheduled Aug 12) Practice scores:Q: ~50th percentileV: ~85th percentileW:B: I am very concerned about my quant score, and have been studying with Magoosh and the Manhattan 5 pound book for about 20-30 hrs/week for the past 2 weeks, but so far am not seeing much improvement.Research Experience: At the time of my application submission, 3 years in my current lab (mol bio). Gave a talk at our undergrad research symposium, poster at national conference (but did not go, my PI presented), paper to be submitted this fall (second author). Have my own research project in which I design and carry out research myself, will likely have a first author paper for it but will not be submitted at time of grad application. Prior to my current lab, 2 semesters in a microbio lab, resulted in a coauthored review article. Was employed by the university (R1 branch campus, was not a student there) for prepping teaching labs, and volunteered time for research.Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Travel award to a national conference, deans list all semesters, 2 institutional research grantsPertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked as a tutor at a community college for 3.5 years, and at my current university for 1 yearAny Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am older than most applicants (early 30s) and think that will help to show that I've given a lot of thought into my decision to apply.Applying to Where:I'm not sure, especially in light of my GRE practice scores. Interested in molecular and cellular bio programs, and am specifically interested in regulation of gene expression and/or protein localization and modification in response to environmental conditions.
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