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rockyMicrobe

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    2017 Fall
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    Microbiology

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  1. I think it looks great if you can show that you have participated in outreach. A lot of schools will have diversity statements, so if you don't fall into an underrepresented group yourself, you can talk about how you helped underrepresented groups by being involved with a scientific outreach activity.
  2. Echoing the sentiments above, I have a ~3.3 cumulative GPA (largely influenced by hardships my first few years in school) and slightly above average GRE scores, but I had good research experience, thoughtful statements, and great letters of recommendation. This allowed me to get into PhD programs at schools like Berkeley and UCSF even though some of my stats weren't ideal. Play your strengths and make it clear that you didn't give up on your goal while going through a hard time. Perseverance and resilience are traits that will help you survive in grad school. I think if you can demonstrate tha
  3. You're not alone. I'm going from a narrowly focused BS into an umbrella program for my PhD. It's scary that my coursework will be things that I've only seen the surface of, but I also know I'll survive. You don't get to this point in your education without proving that you are able to study, work hard, and perform. It's important to realize that your program also thinks you have what it takes to make it!
  4. I would just like to clarify if you would be the only one taking the train. My relationship was long distance for ~6 months and we took turns visiting each other almost every weekend via train, which was occasionally annoying but also fair.
  5. I think there are some things you have to consider. How stable is your relationship? Is marriage (or a longterm commitment you're into) on the horizon, have you discussed where you would like things to go or are you just trying to see how it works out? I would highly suggest having a serious conversation with your boyfriend about what a long distance relationship would mean (it sounds like you may have) and if you think your relationship could withstand that space. Additionally, you have to ask yourself if you will feel any resentment after pushing back your plans a year while your boyfr
  6. Thanks for giving the TETRAD interviewees a little bit of information about their process! I had looked at the admission page for BMS before, but I know there are two different interview weekend and I did not want to inadvertently raise my hopes of acceptance if I happen to attend a less populated weekend. Thank you! I did not know how many interview invitations were sent out and appreciate the information.
  7. I'm sure that many of us are interested in the post interview acceptance rates of programs we have applied to. If you've asked a program coordinator or otherwise found out the post interview acceptance rate, feel free to post it below. I'm particularly curious about the UCSF BMS program this year. I looked through the forum and found different posts stating it has been 75% and ~33% at different time.
  8. Albert Einstein Biomedical sciences: Jan 25-27 Berkeley Comp Bio: Feb 14-16 Berkeley IB: Jan 27-28 Berkeley Cell Molecular Bio: Feb 12-14, Feb 26-28 CMU-Pitt Comp bio: Feb 23-25, March 2-4 Columbia Biological Sciences: Jan 22-23, Mar 2-4 Columbia Biomedical Informatics: Jan 27-29th Cornell Tri Institutional computational biology: Feb 26-27. University of Chicago Molecular Biosciences: Jan 19-21, Feb 9-11, Feb 23-25 Duke Biochemistry: Feb 9-12 or Feb 23-26 Duke CMB: February 2-4 or February 16-18 Harvard BIG (I asked and then ask
  9. I'd also like to ask, does anyone know the UCSF BMS acceptance rate for interviewees?
  10. Albert Einstein Biomedical sciences: Jan 25-27 Berkeley Comp Bio: Feb 14-16 Berkeley IB: Jan 27-28 Berkeley Cell Molecular Bio: Feb 12-14, Feb 26-28 CMU-Pitt Comp bio: Feb 23-25, March 2-4 Columbia Biological Sciences: Jan 22-23, Mar 2-4 Columbia Biomedical Informatics: Jan 27-29th Cornell Tri Institutional computational biology: Feb 26-27. University of Chicago Molecular Biosciences: Jan 19-21, Feb 9-11, Feb 23-25 Duke Biochemistry: Feb 9-12 or Feb 23-26 Duke CMB: February 2-4 or February 16-18 Harvard BIG (I asked and then ask
  11. Berkeley Comp Bio: Feb 14-16 Berkeley IB: Jan 27-28 Berkeley Cell Molecular Bio: Feb 12-14, Feb 26-28 CMU-Pitt Comp bio: Feb 23-25, March 2-4 Columbia Biological Sciences: Jan 22-23, Mar 2-4 Cornell Tri Institutional computational biology: Feb 26-27. Duke Biochemistry: Feb 9-12 or Feb 23-26 Duke CMB: February 2-4 or February 16-18 Albert Einstein Biomedical sciences: Jan 25-27 Harvard BIG (I asked and then asked a contact I have and all I could get was late January or early february) Havard BBS: Jan 26-29, Feb 9-12 Harvard MCO:
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