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Victorious Secret

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  1. If they drug tested grad students it would really reduce the workload for professors. There wouldn't be anymore pesky grad students to mentor. I have never heard of drug testing in grad school and would be stunned if it existed at any significant level, even outside the US.
  2. I'm planning to accept my offer from Stanford. Thank you for sharing this journey with me and good luck with all of your interviews and decisions. You're all amazing!
  3. Has anyone who interviewed with Stanford heard back yet? On my application portal, there is a request to do a CertiFile transcript for my home institution, but I don't know if they have done that for everyone.
  4. Yes, the government shutdown has led to budget constraints at a number of schools because of uncertainty about NSF grants. I discussed something about this a couple weeks back. I am hoping that those stresses may be diminishing now.
  5. Master's programs are quite expensive, especially since you won't be receiving Pell grants, etc. You might want to go with a BS-level analyst position in consulting and then try to get one of them to finance the MS. But those positions are still challenging to find, especially for top firms. Keep in mind that technical consulting often looks for different credentials than management consulting (also, many MBA students from top-10 programs end up interning with, or working for McKinsey straight after graduation).
  6. I'm doing an internship at Genentech. I want to work for them after PhD so it is a good way to squirrel away some money, survey the lay of the land and network for the future. I think that academic research makes people well qualified for certain industry internships, especially in biotech. But feel yourself out now. If you are burned out already you may need a couple months to decompress before school. Also, be mindful of internship deadlines, many of them have passed (Novartis NIBR, Genentech, DOE SULI, and Illumina, for example). Good luck!
  7. I got my Stanford invite email last night. The deadline to make flight arrangements is February 5.
  8. To be very honest I had a hard time hearing the call. It may have been. I thought it was a call from Genentech because of the 650 area code. So so happy!!!! Shaking. But anyways, yeah, they're definitely still making interview calls.
  9. Seems to early to assume that now. Also the invites were not on the same day.
  10. I have now heard from two professors at separate schools that budgets are tight now due to grants being held up with the government shutdown. I know of one UC chemE program that has slashed admissions by 50% this year because of funding issues (and the UC system has particular funding issues due to the budget impasse https://diverseeducation.com/article/135304/). Has anyone else heard words to the effect of graduate admissions being reduced due to funding?
  11. No that is fine, mine did that too. If you email them about it you will get back an FAQ indicating that it is meaningless and if they need anything from you they will ask.
  12. There is a lone Stanford interview invite in the results section. Usually they send them all at the same time.
  13. I imagine that fewer people would be able to attend interviews given prior visits, spring break plans, etc.
  14. I think they put that up so we would stop emailing them and asking about it. Most likely they will come out in a few weeks and they are just backed up with everything. That's my guess anyway.
  15. Hey! I went back and reread your profile. While you did apply to a lot of top schools, you have applied to three programs that I believe you should be very competitive for. Your submitted publication is a significant asset, provided that your PI discussed it in their LOR. But your best reason to relax is this: It is actually much earlier than it seems. I know that a lot of interviews have been sent out already, but Davis doesn't appear to have sent them at all yet, and Riverside trickles them out for months. Sitting and staring at a phone or inbox (like I have all winter break long) makes it seem like something is wrong because of the silence. In my experience, acceptances came when I was distracted and least expecting it. I wish you those kinds of surprises. ?
  16. Wow. It really does say that. How bizarre. What are they going to hold interviews in late March/early April or something? I wonder why they need so much time.
  17. Chin up, in 2018 Duke BME had rounds of interview invites in early Jan, early Feb, and mid-March.
  18. MIT is not Stanford in that they do not typically send out all of their interview invites on the same day. They trickle in a little bit. In 2016 they invited over a span of 3 weeks. Also, when you search for MIT's bioE program, use "biological engineering" since that is the actual name of the program and will yield actual results. You also need to spell out MIT's name since "MIT" is too short.
  19. I'm an applicant now (for Fall 2019), so I will be making my enrollment decision later this year.
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