I am currently a research technician in a virology lab and looking to apply to grad schools for virology (this is usually within a cell/molecular bio or microbio program.) Would love to hear if my list of schools are good choices for virology research/ how strong of an applicant I would be!
Undergrad Institution: Big Ten, top research university, strong microbio reputation
Major(s): Biology, French
Minor(s): Global Cultures
GPA in Major: not sure… I had great grades in biology electives but struggled with organic chemistry
Overall GPA: 3.73
Position in Class: Top 20%
Type of Student: Female domestic
GRE Scores (revised/old version): taking later this month
1.5 years genetics research characterizing a drosophila gene family (well known PI, see below). Worked part-time during the school year and full time during the summer. Two poster presentations at my university. There was talk of working on a manuscript but since I (as well as my mentor) left the lab not much has materialized.
1.5 years (by time of app) virology research ( well known PI in virology field). One semester part time, 1 year full time. Two poster presentations; one for the university and one for the private research institute at which we are based.
Graduated with Distinction (top 20% of class)
Dean's list 3/7 semesters
Germaine Mercier scholarship (not relevant, it's from the French department)
Member of the American Society for Virology (attended ASV'17 but didn't present)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
graduated a semester work full time on research
Special Bonus Points:
One of my recommenders is extremely well known in his field (evolution/ genetics) and to the greater science community
My current PI is well known/regarded in the virology field
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Worried about two things, if anyone has input:
I took a semester off of research between labs to study abroad (for my French major)
I got C's in both semester of organic chemistry ( I plan to address in personal statement)
Applying to Where: I have 13 schools on the list right now and would like to narrow down to maximum 10. I tried to have a range of schools in terms of prestige.
Harvard -DMS Virology
U Penn -CAMB
University of Washington
University of Michigan
University of Maryland
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University