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BabyScientist last won the day on August 15

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  1. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Your application looks like it's pretty solid - just depends on LORs and SOP. Make sure you write a strong SOP that really says why you want to pursue this degree, why that school/program in particular, and which faculty there you'd want to work with (name ~3-5). That looks like a solid range of schools to me. I'd guess the "reach" schools for you would probably just be UPenn, Cornell, and maybe UWashington (would be reach for neuroscience, but idk about MCB). If you aren't super excited about some of the" lower tier" schools, I'd even recommend adding one or two more "reach" schools (UCSD/UCLA/UCSF? Not sure where there are good cancer bio programs).
  2. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    It definitely looks like you'll have better odds now than when you applied in undergrad. Unfortunately, your GPA could still be a drawback, and I think you have too many reach schools on your list. It isn't too early to contact people, especially if you're going to SfN. When I applied I emailed people beforehand and mentioned I'd be going to SfN so we could meet if they were too. If they weren't, we could do a phone call. If your 2 people suck or talk to, or aren't taking students, you want to know that before you apply. I'm in one of the programs on your list and would be happy to answer any questions if you want to PM me!
  3. BabyScientist

    SfN 2018

    I'll be there as well! And at the grad school fair for at least part of it.
  4. BabyScientist

    Sending GRE scores when not required

    Agreed with above. They can't make assumptions when you don't submit scores. For all they know, you couldn't afford to take it or send them. Or you thought 80th percentiles were low and didn't send them. Only submit if you think your scores can help you.
  5. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Look into UC Davis!
  6. BabyScientist

    Please help, freaking out :(

    The GRE really isn't that critical. They'll look at it, sure, but it won't discount your 4.0 or your experience. They say GRE scores can only help, not hurt you. That being said, if you can take it again, no reason why not. A month is plenty to study and take it again. If you're going to retake it, make sure you take a bunch of timed, online practice tests, and practice your vocab. Just remember that it isn't the most important thing on your application.
  7. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I'm a little biased because I worked at Cedars for years, but I'd say your stats definitely qualify you there. But also don't limit yourself just because of your GPA. My GPA was a 3.4 and I'm at an Ivy... I did have a lot of experience and publications to balance that, though. Other UCs (Davis, Irvine, SB) would be good, hospital PhD programs (like the ones I mentioned, plus I think Mayo Clinic and City of Hope). It's really a matter of knowing there are at least 3 faculty members you want to work with. Look for faculty, not just schools. I recommend looking up grants you're interested in on the NIH project reporter website and looking for similar grants and seeing what schools they're at.
  8. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I think your list has too many reach schools (half..). If you're interested specifically in translational bio, have you considered grad programs at hospitals? Mt Sinai in NYC, Cleveland Clinic, Cedars Sinai in LA (highly recommend this one I'd you want to keep doing tissue engineering - big Regenerative Medicine dept). They all have PhD programs with a heavy emphasis in translational bio.
  9. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Your application looks pretty solid. I wouldn't worry about non research LORs. The research ones, if strong, will speak to your research abilities and the others will speak to you as a person. I had more than one C in college and didn't bring it up; I just had a sentence in my SOP that said something about my grades improving as I got more excited about my research/the content of my classes. Your list isn't unrealistic - it depends on the strength of your LORs and SOP. If your research LOR emphasizes your contribution to the research, it will definitely help you. There are people in my class with less research experience than that. You seem to be looking at Chicago area schools. Have you considered Northwestern and UWisconsin Madison?
  10. BabyScientist

    Call with Potential Advisor

    Agreed with above. I had quite a few phone and Skype calls when I was applying. They all went about the same. They asked what they could do for me, I told them I was interested in applying and their work in particular appealed to me. I gave a quick rundown of my primary research interests unless they asked for more background, then they proceeded to monologue about their work, with me inserting comments or questions wherever I could. Then I asked generic questions about the program or their lab. They're really not going to quiz you on anything. Bonus points if you have something valuable to say about their papers, but they really don't expect that and you'd actually probably lose points if you said or asked something about a publication just for the sake of doing so and clearly seemed like you didn't get it.
  11. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    You might also want to look into the University of Virginia if you're interested in neuron-glia interactions. They have a center called the BIG center (brain immunity and glia, I think) and some of the biggest names in neuroimmunology. I almost went there for that myself. You should go to the grad school fair at SfN and try to ask at some of the tables how they handle interviews for people who are abroad. I'll probably be at one of those booths!
  12. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Your application looks good, nothing to worry about with your GRE, it's a great score and many schools aren't even requiring it anymore. As far as being abroad... I met someone during an interview who was living in Italy at the time. Not sure how it affects your application, but she obviously got invited to interviews. I don't think they'd really look at that, as whether or not someone is in the country during interviews isn't something that makes them a good candidate or not. Lastly, you have 5 schools on your list that would all be a reach for anyone. Nothing wrong with just applying to those, but you'd have to be okay with the chance that you won't get in. Make sure there are at least 3 people at each school who you really want to work with, and try broadening your list to include more realistic schools, if there are people at those who you're interested in working with.
  13. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    My suggestion is the NIH project reporter tool. Look up people's NIH funded grants. You can also look for similar grants to one's you're interested in in to give you an idea of where/which people are doing what you're interested in doing.
  14. BabyScientist

    GRE retake?

    GRE really isn't a big part of the application. It can't really hurt you. I wouldn't spend the time/money on it
  15. BabyScientist

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    1. Your application seems strong on the experience/CV side. Make sure to complement that with strong LORs and SOP. 2. Your experience/interests sound super cool... Jealous 3. Have you considered UC Davis?

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