strugglebus2k17

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    Texas
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Virology
  1. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Do you know what the acceptance rate is post interview? like how many applied, how many are interviewed, how many are offered interviews and how many ultimately matriculate? I know some schools post this information but I couldn't find one for NYU.
  2. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I'm also curious to know how the Sackler interview went. What was the atmosphere? Do people wear suits or is sports jacket/slacks ok?
  3. Rice vs USC

    There are no taxes in texas but I think the federal income tax still applies. It will be slightly lower because it's taxed differently for graduate students (I think but not totally sure). I have friends that are at UThealth and their stipend is 29k in Houston. They also live super comfortable life styles. I wouldn't be worried about the stipend. Food and lodging in Houston are quite low and affordable. Graduate students seem to be living quite cushy lifestyles. I have a younger brother that will be a freshman undergraduate at Rice University next year. The science department is strong. A lot of them do collaborative research with Baylor College of Medicine and other schools in the Texas Medical Center. I think officially, Rice is part of the TMC. There are some professors at BCM that also have appointments at Rice.
  4. Rice vs USC

    Hey! I had this exact question. I messaged a grad student at Baylor College of Medicine to figure out what their after tax stipend ends up being. For BCM, they get $32k per year. After tax, they get about $1,100 every two weeks, in a year, that amounts to around $28,600 that you would take home after taxes. I'm from the Houston area and was able to tour some of the graduate student apartments. They live VERY comfortable lives. the average one bed room around the West University/medical center area will be around 900-$1100. The $1100 ones are quite nice, washer dryer connections AND units included. They all seemed to have higher standards of living than other schools I've visited. Plus many of them were able to have savings accounts. I'm not sure what program you're applying to but Rice University is an excellent institution.
  5. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    StemCellFan is absolutely right. But also in general, fields of study that have direct implications for human health like cancer biology, immunology, microbiology and the likes, will have a large majority of them housed under a school of medicine. Some of the researchers will be focusing on translational research, but some will also be investigating basic sciences related to the field. Many of the top programs in these fields will be at a school of medicine. A lot of students that want a strong focus on research will also be drawn to these medical school based programs. The lack of undergraduates will free up both the faculty and graduate students to focus more on the research... and good research means more $$$ from the NIH! For me, my interests are specifically in molecular virology so all the Ph.D. programs I've applied to are connected to medical schools. It was very hard for me to find a traditional university that had a large faculty base interested in virology research. You can also TA at graduate programs located in medical schools but you'll most likely be TAing graduate classes, medical students, or other graduate level courses, depending on what classes the professors in your department are responsible for. There was one program I interviewed at where the graduate students and the faculty with primary appointments in the neurobiology department were responsible for teaching the medical students about neurology. Another school had a lot of the microbiology professors (Ph.D.) with primary appointments in the department of internal medicine, infectious disease. There are pro's and con's in regards to both. You just have to find which fit is best for you and an environment you'll be happiest in.
  6. I've been through two interviews now with two more to go. So that's 8 people that I've had a one on one interview with me (4 at each program). This question has come up several times from faculty interviews and interactions with graduate students. I usually just let them know the other schools that I'm interviewing at - you should be proud about whose trying to recruit you! It'll also give them an idea of how in demand you are. I'd also think they want to see who they're competing against. If you're at a 'low' tier school and you have a bunch of interviews at a really top school, say Harvard, they'll think that you are using them as a safety school and not seriously considering them. But then at each school I'll reinforce that XYZ school (the school that's currently interviewing me) is my top choice because of one reason or another. I usually say it's because of a specific set of faculty members, similar research interests, facilities they have, or anything that the school is proud about and makes them unique. You want to reinforce that they are the star of the show and demonstrate that you really want to go their and you WILL go there if given an admission.
  7. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Do you know how long it usually takes for BCM MVM to send out decisions after an interview? thanks!
  8. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I'm also curious to know!
  9. PhD vs. PharmD vs. MPH vs. ???

    How did it end up going? Baylor College of Medicine has a Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine program. I've looked into it and it seems like a great opportunity to do clinical trial studies. A PharmD would also be a great career path if you choose to follow the hospital residency track. Once you graduate with a PharmD you would do residency at a hospital and round with the physicians. I did a clinical observership at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the PharmD's would meet with patients regularly and explain the relationship between the different chemotherapies they were going through. They would also work as a team with the physicians on hand and recommend drugs and explain interactions and best course of action. Pharmacy school is also relatively competitive, many of my friends who are now completing their PharmD had to do a lot of work and gain experience as a Pharm Tech before applying.
  10. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    UTSW is a well respected research institution for medicine and basic sciences in the US, especially in Texas region. It would be on par with other top 20 schools. If you're interested in cancer research, Memorial Sloan Kettering/ Weill Cornell in NYC is a great option. MD Anderson UTHealth in Houston is another strong player in cancer research. I know that Baylor College of Medicine does a lot of collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center as well. Generally, anyone in the Houston Texas Medical Center doing cancer research will be wanting to collaborate with MD Anderson for the expertise in cancer for both basic research and translational clinical trials. Obviously this is all anecdotal and take it with a grain of salt. My opinion will be slightly biased given that I did a clinical observership with the dept. of leukemia and stem cell research at MD Anderson and Baylor is one of my top choices. My bf interviewed at UTSW last month for their school of medicine and said he really enjoyed it. The faculty were welcoming and the facilities are top notch, right in downtown Dallas.
  11. Gap Year Jobs to Bolster Resume/CV

    It looks like you're interested in nyc area schools, which are generally pretty competitive programs with Rockefeller, NYU, and Weill especially so. I would look into joining an academic microbiology lab full time with the goal of publishing/co-authoring a paper, some significant oral or poster presentations, or traveling to a national conference. In general graduate programs will be looking mainly into significant research experience and really strong recommendation letters. By joining a lab you'll get additional research experience and hopefully a solid letter out of the PI. You could also consider joining a public health laboratory. The New York Department of Health Wadsworth Center would be a great place to look for full time jobs. I know this center has a lot of academic opportunities as well so you could potentially publish while working their. During your gap year if you 1) enhance your research experience in microbiology 2) get a solid recommendation letter from a PI 3)refine your personal/research statements. I'm also in my gap year and I'm currently working at the Department of Health in an Arbovirus-entomology lab. It's been a great experience so far. I got a strong rec letter out of it, some solid technical skills with molecular virology assays, and with the potential to publish. Good luck!! rooting for you!
  12. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    How does UTSW compare to BCM in Houston?
  13. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Thanks for the input!
  14. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    For interviews, what was the attire of the male applicants? I figured that khakis/chinos and a button down with some leather shoes are the standard but did some wear blazers/sports jackets or go without?
  15. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Does anyone know if Weill Cornell (immunology and microbial pathogenesis) and Columbia IPCMB (microbiology immunology and infection) are done sending out interviews? I'm assuming those that havn't heard back by now it's a no go.