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  1. Gandalf?

    NDSEG 2019

    Anyone hear any updates? Looks like they sent out a batch of emails mid-march last year to update people whether they moved on from the initial stage.
  2. Gandalf?

    NDSEG 2019

    Just clicked submit, good luck everyone hopefully things go a little smoother this time around.
  3. Gandalf?

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    It's definitely tomorrow, I put it in my calendar as "NSF?" a few months ago and calendars don't lie.
  4. Gandalf?

    New NDSEG website not secure?

    Definitely did not expect to hear back from them this week... now I feel more anxious
  5. Gandalf?

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    I would assume you are fine, at worst you are applying as a first year grad student which is completely legal by their rules. Make sure you keep up communication with them to ensure something isn't interpreted wrong, for example maybe they look at your transcript and think you've been in a masters program for 5 years.
  6. Gandalf?

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    Any advice on choosing a primary field? My project is mostly ecology and environmental biology (which look like they are under the same panel for review) but will use genomics for the data analysis. Should I say my field of study is interdisciplinary or just leave it as one primary field ie ecology.
  7. Gandalf?

    undergrad grunt work?

    In my experience the best way to start doing meaningful experiments is to finish the grunt work as quickly as possible. It shouldn't be taking 2 hours to empty biohazard bins. If you want to get an experiment, finish all the housekeeping tasks and then when you have nothing to do start asking other people in the lab if there's anything you can help with. Everyone in a lab usually has too much work to deal with so if you are consistently sitting around because you have finished your work, someone will find you an experiment to do. If you finish all your work and still no one is giving you any experiments or at least training you on more meaningful tasks, then I would start looking for a different lab.
  8. Gandalf?

    2017 EEB Applicant Profiles & Admissions Results

    Cornell (EEB) rejections letters went out yesterday, seems a bit overdue.
  9. Gandalf?

    2017 EEB Applicant Profiles & Admissions Results

    Informed by POI that I am unofficially accepted to Ohio State EEOB and am up for a university fellowship! Feels good to finally hear back from a school
  10. Gandalf?

    2017 EEB Applicant Profiles & Admissions Results

    Yea I talked with a POI at all of the schools I applied to. Haven't heard much from them since applying though.
  11. Gandalf?

    2017 EEB Applicant Profiles & Admissions Results

    Glad to know other people are still waiting to hear back from schools too. EEB programs seem to move a little slower than some of the other ones.
  12. Gandalf?

    2017 EEB Applicant Profiles & Admissions Results

    So I originally posted this in the General Biology Board, didn't realize we had our own thread going. Kinda bored waiting to hear back from schools so I figured I would post here to see if any of you would send me an interview. Let me know what you think! Undergrad Institution: Largest State SchoolMajor(s):BiologyMinor(s):PsychGPA in Major: 3.6Overall GPA: 3.6Position in Class: top ish, I graduated with honorsType of Student: Domestic maleGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 161V: 162W: 4.0Research Experience: 3 years undergrad research in a cancer biology lab (1 paper in peer review right now), 2 years of full time research after graduating in two different clinical labs at a hospital (2nd author on one published paper, 2nd author on another conditionally accepted paper *working on minor revisions*)Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 2 posters (one in an undergrad forum, another at an actual conference after graduating)Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 years student research assistant, 2 years as full time research associateAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I've ran a few marathons?Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: So as you've probably noticed I have a lot of clinical research experience, however, I am applying to programs/labs that focus more on ecology. All of my research has been broadly in the field of molecular biology and my proposed area of study involves a combination of molecular biology and ecology. I am curious to see if this will help/hinder/not matter for my application. I should have pretty strong letters of rec from the 3 different PI's I have worked with.Applying to Where: I have contacted and talked with 4 different potential faculty either via phone/skype/in-person. All seemed interested and encouraged me to apply but I am concerned funding availability or student limits may leave me without any interviews. Washington State-Biology University of Washington- School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Ohio State- Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Cornell- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology I would greatly appreciate if anyone had more information about the timelines of these schools. I realize these are smaller programs off the beaten path and it is hard to come by helpful info about any specific stats. Cheers, hopefully someone else is bored over the holidays
  13. Gandalf?

    2017 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Kinda bored waiting to hear back from schools so I figured I would post here to see if any of you would send me an interview. Let me know what you think! Undergrad Institution: Largest State SchoolMajor(s):BiologyMinor(s):PsychGPA in Major: 3.6Overall GPA: 3.6Position in Class: top ish, I graduated with honorsType of Student: Domestic maleGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 161V: 162W: 4.0Research Experience: 3 years undergrad research in a cancer biology lab (1 paper in peer review right now), 2 years of full time research after graduating in two different clinical labs at a hospital (2nd author on one published paper, 2nd author on another conditionally accepted paper *working on minor revisions*)Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 2 posters (one in an undergrad forum, another at an actual conference after graduating)Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 years student research assistant, 2 years as full time research associateAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I've ran a few marathons?Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: So as you've probably noticed I have a lot of clinical research experience, however, I am applying to programs/labs that focus more on ecology. All of my research has been broadly in the field of molecular biology and my proposed area of study involves a combination of molecular biology and ecology. I am curious to see if this will help/hinder/not matter for my application.Applying to Where: I have contacted and talked with 4 different potential faculty either via phone/skype/in-person. All seemed interested and encouraged me to apply but I am concerned funding availability or student limits may leave me without any interviews. Washington State-Biology University of Washington- School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Ohio State- Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Cornell- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology I would greatly appreciate if anyone had more information about the timelines of these schools. I realize these are smaller programs off the beaten path and it is hard to come by helpful info about any specific stats. Cheers, hopefully someone else is bored over the holidays
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