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Everything posted by Kaede

  1. From what I remember, it was over the span of two or so hours, though I can’t guarantee that will be the case this year.
  2. Current Harvard BBS student. Can confirm that interview invites will be out tomorrow.
  3. I got into Harvard BBS with a Q162. My impression is that the GRE score will not be a make or break if your scores are high enough like yours are.
  4. Have been assigned to a daily supervisor yet? Or have you spoken with the PI about your role in the lab? It could be that there was a misunderstanding somewhere as to what your desired role in lab is. Either way, it is on you to (respectfully) advocate for what you want. If you want a project, a timetable for when you will get started on one is definitely something to discuss with the PI.
  5. A quizlet user, jordygold, has uploaded Manhattan's basic GRE vocabulary set in 50 parts. Avoid the biology tests if you can because doing well may not help too much but doing badly will hurt you. The only times you should seriously consider taking the test are if your grades in your courses aren't strong (there may be doubt that you know the material). There may be other instances as well but if your application doesn't have super weak parts for it, just avoid the subject tests.
  6. In terms of being transparent with your advisor, is it recommended to just speak about the symptoms of your disability or is it better to disclose the disability itself? I'm thinking in particular of cognitive disabilities where there are misunderstandings about the nature of the disorder, such as dyscalculia or ADHD. For example, would one tell their advisor "I have dyscalculia" or "I am prone to careless mistakes in math"?
  7. I understand that and am happy for those people but your original post was patronizing. Let's just support the needs of each individual, whether they feel like they need to prepare for their courses or take time off. Neither is a "waste of itme."
  8. Yeahhhhhhhhhhh no. I've been in school for 17 year straight. Taking a few months off before committing to a job for the rest of your life with few breaks is not a waste of time. In fact, having studied student affairs quite a bit, students who take time off are less likely to be burnt out several years into their program than those who did not. You'll probably be fine without it, but equally as valid is taking a break and enjoying life.
  9. Harvard BBS! (I'm a part of both the BBS/MCO facebook groups though so if you want an invite PM me!)
  10. Honestly... playing lots of video games.
  11. I encourage getting creative as long as your story directly relates to your academic research. I started out with a "cliche" pre-med opening for my statement but many professors remarked that the anecdote was a refreshing start to a statement of purpose. If you have an anecdote, I would make sure it doesn't last more than a paragraph and that it relates directly to the development of your research interests.
  12. That is odd... I was VG/VG, E/VG, E/E in Physiology and won the award... ETA: Which is easily explained by @bioinformaticsGirl's comment
  13. Yes, everyone should have received an email regardless of the outcome.
  14. They look at intellectual merit and broader impacts separately, and each reviewer gives a grade for both IM and BI. I am an undergraduate so they did not ask me for my GRE - not sure if they require it for other applicants. Based on the comments I got, it looks like IM consists of your proposal, your GPA, awards, etc. All of them commented on GPA/awards/fellowships first and then on the proposal, though I'm not sure if this is indicative of importance. Letters of recommendation seemed to be important for both categories - all of my reviewers commented about my LORs for both categories, al
  15. I just used @Epigenetics's words. I haven't heard of rude rejections either - I'm curious as to what programs would treat their applicants disrespectfully.
  16. I don't think NSF wants to hear about the impacts your science will have but rather the impact you will have as a scientist. I wrote about going into communities and leading health sessions in high schools based on my findings and thereby encourage more women of color to start STEM research (and even then one of my reviewers said it was a weak BI compared to my previous BIs). Interesting - my third reviewer is the only one that mentioned whether or not I was a good candidate for the fellowship. VG/VG, E/VG, E/E - Life Sciences, Physiology Congrats!! Another BBS-er with
  17. Ouch. Did you get into any programs you could still see yourself at? I also didn't know schools would send harshly worded rejections. That seems like a terrible way of going about things.
  18. Wom NSF Interestingly enough, my best grades came from my harshest reviewer.
  19. OH MY GOD GOT IT!! Still in undergrad VG/VG, VG/E, E/E!!
  20. Either we are the last lucky year for having a normal amount of awardees before the NSF's budget inevitably gets slashed, or we are the first unlucky year for having fewer awardees due to the new administration's threat of a downsize in funding.
  21. Made a FB group for BBS - pm me if you want a link, anyone. @jeanetics17 @MCF10A
  22. I still haven't submitted my reimbursement receipts for interviews in early February...
  23. It's a general GSAS event, so neither BBS or MCO are coordinating it. The packet with our stipend letter also had reference to an admitted students event, but they specifically emailed me and included an extra sheet about diversity weekend, which overlaps with the admitted students day.
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