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    2017 Fall
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    Molecular Biology

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  1. Stanford biosciences, Berkeley mcb, UCSF tetrad

    Probably just a little bit. I don't like talking about prestige but I believe the ranking of prestige is: Stanford > UCSF > Berkeley. Again, I would go where ever you are happiest but, all else equal, Stanford will give you a slight lead in terms of marketability. Will this slight lead make the difference between landing an industry job and not? I don't know because I'm not in industry but it could.
  2. Stanford biosciences, Berkeley mcb, UCSF tetrad

    Okay, if you are equally as happy at all 3 schools, then I think Stanford will give you an advantage in terms of marketability.
  3. Stanford biosciences, Berkeley mcb, UCSF tetrad

    Which school has more PIs you are interested in rotating with?
  4. San Francisco, Philadelphia, or Baltimore?

    If you're very certain that all 3 schools are a great scientific fit for you, then I would personally recommend Baltimore. I think the experience of moving out is invaluable, which eliminates SF. I think your interactions with other graduate students and how you fit in the cohort is important, so if the community at UPenn is not the right fit for you, I would eliminate UPenn. Baltimore is probably not as dangerous as people think it is; I also interviewed at Hopkins and all the students over there were very happy and seemed to not think that safety is a huge concern.
  5. UCSF vs. Rockefeller (for systems neuroscience)

    Both are really good schools. I would let the science guide your decision, and by the looks of it, UCSF seems to have more PIs you are interested in so I would go with UCSF.
  6. 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Once you get an interview invite, you've defeated 70% of the battle, and I think interviews fill in the remaining 30%. Your interview experience is highly dependent on your interviewer. I think the few people who don't get accepted post-interview are the ones who got unlucky and got interviewers who would continuously grill them. I think interviewers are looking for 3 things from you: knowledge of your own research project (based on your ability to answer the questions they ask you about your research), ability to communicate your research project, and enthusiasm/ability to ask good questions about their research. I've attended 5 interviews so far, and I think all my interviewers try their best to gauge these 3 variables.
  7. 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Has anyone heard back from Stanford Biosciences (Developmental Biology)? I just heard that this program does not take a lot of students each year...
  8. Question about external funding

    Would a grant ever cover my tuition?
  9. Question about external funding

    Cool! Thanks for the speedy response.
  10. Question about external funding

    Hey all, Hope everybody's application cycle is going well so far! I wanted to step aside from the interview frenzy and bring up some questions about external funding in the US/funding in general in the US. I'm Canadian so I'm not particularly knowledgeable about how this stuff works. i) As far as I know, my stipend will be paid by my PI; my tuition is paid by the department. True? ii) If I secure external funding some time during graduate studies (from NIH or other funding agencies), will this money go towards covering the stipend paid by my PI? Will it go towards covering my tuition? Will it increase my stipend, if it's a big grant?
  11. 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Stanford Biosciences sent out their invites already?
  12. Asking for more lodging nights

    Thanks guys! I will draft a nice email and send it out today :)
  13. Asking for more lodging nights

    Hi all, In what situations would it be appropriate to ask for an extra lodging night? In my case, a recruitment weekend ends at 6PM on Tuesday but going on a return flight after 6PM would mean that I arrive at home past midnight, which I ideally do not want because I have another interview the day after. Would it be appropriate to ask to stay in the hotel for an extra night, just so I can catch a flight early in the morning the next day?
  14. Any tips for preparing for interviews?

    Does anybody have any thoughts on using powerpoint slides, hard-copy figures etc. to explain their research?