I am an international student with lots of research potential but poor grades. Would like some input on my competitiveness before taking the GRE. Trying to decide is I should apply to US schools or focus on Canadian.
Undergrad Institution: University of Western Ontario (Pretty good Canadian research University)Major(s): Biology with a specialization in Genetics Minor(s): Immunology and Microbiology GPA in Major: 3.3/4.0Overall GPA: 2.8/4.0Position in Class: We don't do position, but on deans donor list in 4th yearType of Student: International, Female GRE Scores (revised/old version): Haven't taken yet Q:V:W:B:Research Experience:
Current Masters student in Biology, co-supervised in Medical Biophysics.
- Medical Biophysics Lab Assistant (September 2015 – August 2016)
- Honours Thesis Project in biology (September 2015 – May 2016) - NSERC – USRA (paid research grant in Biology) (May 2015 – August 2015)
- Animal Physiology Lab Assistant (June 2014 – April 2015) - Immunology Lab Assistant (May 2013 – April 2014) Publications:
- 1 first author published, 1 first author in review, 1 first author in progress Conferences:
- 3 International (poster), 3 National (1 poster with award, 2 oral), 1 Provincia (oral) l and 2 local (oral, both with awards)Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- None Pertinent Activities or Jobs: - TA in 2 courses (both Biology) - Lots of volunteer work in mental health and crisis intervention - On undergraduate education committee for our society of Graduate students
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...) - Grad courses: Introduction to Medical Biophysics (3.9/4.0) and Developmental Biology
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:Applying to Where:
Hoping to continue a joint biology/medical biophysics type program. I am interested in using imaging to detect fetal fat development, but flexible with research interests.
Harvard - BBS
Columbia - Joint Biology and biophysics
Johns Hopkins - BCMB and CMDP
Any input would be great!