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    Texas
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Virology

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  1. strugglebus2k17

    Undergrad research dissimilar to PhD program

    Hey, I was in exactly your situation and I also had the same concerns. In undergrad, I did around 3 years of research in a neurobiology lab that investigates neuronal recovery after ischemia to the caudal forelimb area of the motor cortex. My career interests are in pursuing a totally different direction - mainly molecular virology and antiviral immunity. I've interviewed at four schools and was accepted at all four in their respective phd programs for my topic of interest. I did have a few interviewers ask why I did undergraduate research in neurobiology instead of virology to which I just explained that I joined a lab where there were ample opportunities for undergraduates. My PI was known to be a great mentor for undergrads and would offer a lot of independent research opportunities. Professors that you interview with will mainly want to see your interest/passion in science, if you have had a significant research experience, and if you are able to communicate to others what you did and why it was important. You will also have to defend the work you did from probing questions. All in all, I think what's most important is if you are able to get a publication out of your work (which would be great! but also not an absolute), present at conferences, or make some significant contribution to the lab you joined to demonstrate that you did some science rather than wash lab dishes for all that time.
  2. strugglebus2k17

    Texas Medical Center 2018

    There's a facebook group for other BCM matriculating students on FB if anyone wants to join! Just search in the FB tab: Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School 2018
  3. strugglebus2k17

    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    If all else are equal you can use location/city to help make your decision. In science, both programs are top notch and well respected in academia. Though, I feel like upenn being an Ivy name will give you more 'prestige' back home. But that's just 'laymans' prestige. As far as other scientists are concerned, both are excellent schools! The reputation of the program/department will hold much more weight to your peers.
  4. strugglebus2k17

    Think the GRE is useless? Think again.

    The point of a GRE, like the MCAT or SAT, is to be used as a standardized admissions criteria with the goal of selecting the most productive and successful students for a program. In both of these studies, the GRE fails to do that or is minimal at best. I encourage all of you to read these two published articles. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5226333/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5226343/
  5. strugglebus2k17

    Johns Hopkins or UCSD PhD Biology???

    I'd say a name like Hopkins will carry you far in academia or industry. People know it's a fantastic school with great name recognition in both realms. Of course, there are a lot of other factors to consider. The location at Hopkins will be significantly different in weather compared to UCSD. But weather aside, I feel like the pro's of going to a school like hopikins will hopefully outweigh the cons of it's weather. I've had many friends from Texas that go to school in Baltimore and love it over there!
  6. strugglebus2k17

    NYU School of Medicine Sackler vs Baylor College of Medicine

    Thanks for the insight! Im not sure if I want to do academia or industry at this point yet. I’ll go where the opportunities are and I want to keep my options open if possible.
  7. strugglebus2k17

    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Yeah I was accepted! The revisit is two weeks from now on March 21st.
  8. strugglebus2k17

    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Yeah, I interviewed last weekend and heard back on Wednesday
  9. If you're interested in going into industry after academia, then what you'll be looking for will be different than other graduate students. You'll have to find PI's that are open and supportive of the idea knowing that you'll be going into industry after graduate school. Some PI's I've met with through my interviews were clearly more open about it than others. Some even have direct connections and will help you get a job in big pharmaceuticals after you graduate while others may be more biased about industry and try to keep you in academia. I feel like all three schools have excellent research strengths in the biomedical sciences - all with great reputations. I don't know about other states but in Texas, UMich and Northwestern are highly regarded, more so than University of Washington. That's just 'laymans' prestige. But of course, in academia, all three medical schools have excellent research programs. I'm in the same situation as you and trying to decide between NYU Sackler or Baylor College of Medicine for virology/immunology. so if any of you have insight into those schools it would be greatly appreciated! Some schools will publish where their students go after they graduate. At NYU, 70% go into industry while 30% continue onto postdoc. At Baylor, 70% go into postdoc's while 30% go into industry. So the culture at the two places are already different in what they will be best preparing you for. Also, in my opinion, it looks better to go to graduate school at a different institution than where you did your undergrad. I think the same would also considered to be true for post-doc. You generally want a greater breadth of educational experiences from different schools than staying at the same place for all the stages of your education.
  10. Any insight into either Ph.D. program in virology/microbiology/immunology? I have several of the faculty at both schools that are interested in recruiting me to their lab and I see both as equals in term of research fit for myself. Beyond that, any insight into the strengths/weaknesses of either program?
  11. strugglebus2k17

    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Any insight into how Baylor College of Medicine vs NYU Sackler institute hold up in terms of biomedical research/tier? virology/immunology programs.
  12. strugglebus2k17

    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.
  13. strugglebus2k17

    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?
  14. strugglebus2k17

    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.
  15. strugglebus2k17

    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.
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