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  1. Can you suggest me lower tier schools with good cancer biology programs? Can not really retake the Gre, no time, no money and my scores will not rise significantly in such short period.
  2. Undergrad Institution: (Medical school in Egypt) Major(s): medicine, biomedical sciences Minor(s): GPA in Major: Overall GPA: 90.76% converted online --> 4.00 Position in Class: 2nd on class Type of Student: International male GRE Scores (revised/old version): Terrible! Q: 151 (43%) V: 152 (56%) W: 3 (18%) B: TOEFL Total: 101 Research Experience: 2 years research experience in 2 IVF labs and local University. 3 publications, 2 of them in a magazine with impact factor 4.50. A number of oral, poster, case presentations at international conferences in Egypt, Germany and USA. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (1 abstract award. Honored at national and University levels for graduating among top medical students) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Licensed physician. Assistant lecturer at School of medicine. Embryologist in 2 IVF labs.) Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: currently finishing my Master's Degree Special Bonus Points: ( very supportive LOR, good SOP) Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Applying to Where: Biological and biomedical sciences - cancer cell biology in the following schools: Harvard Stanford Johns Hopkins MIT Pennsylvania Baylor ------------- I really need a little help here guys. I do not think I have a chance at top tier schools sense my Gre scores really sucks! Should I add 2 or more lower tier schools? (lacking money actually!) Also when I converted my GPA into US scale it turned 4.00, is that even possible? It seems very weird, but some schools require this online conversation process. Help!
  3. Hello everyone ! " I am writing my SOP for joining a PhD program in biomedical science, the problem is am currently working as a clinical Embryologist ( and a dermatologist, actually) and all my research experience and publications is focused on this field. But I want to make a career shift and study cancer biology not Embryology. So what field of interest should I mention and focus on in my SOP as a future intention to pursue? A) Embryology: Good: Having experience in the field. So it will look like I am taking a well planned steady steps. Bad: almost all PhD programs in USA does not focus primary on clinical embryology and assisted reproduction, SO, the adcom may think I am not actually fitting. B. Cancer biology: Good: I really want it. Especially my mother died recently from cancer. I can also make some use of my previous research projects and convey it into cancer research Bad: No previous experience. Also it will look like I change my field of interest every 3 years ( Dermatology >> Andrology and Embryology >> Cancer biology) C. Mention both interests Good: Solve the problem?? Bad: Will appear confused, indeterminate Little help please!
  4. Hi GreenEyedTrombonist Thaaaaaaaaanks a lot Your post is so valuable for me
  5. Hello everyone ! I am an international student, applying to PhD program in Biological and biomedical sciences in USA. I would like to ask about " Writing samples", what are they? I have a master degree thesis, is it suitable to post? Should I post" the introduction, aim of the work, materials and methods, results and discussion" parts? Should i include references or not? Also, can anyone provide me with "samples" of relevant "writing samples" ? Thanks a lot
  6. Thanks GreenEyedTrombonist I am planning to apply for PhD program in biological and biomedical sciences in the following Universities: Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Yale. Do you now any specific information about LOR in any of these Universities?
  7. First, I would like to thank you for creating such topic. Also, I would like to thank everyone contributed to this topic . I am an international student, applying for PhD program in BSS. I would like to ask about " Writing samples", what are they? I have a master degree thesis, is it suitable to post? Should I post" the introduction, aim of the work, materials and methods, results and discussion" parts? Also should i include references or not? Thanks a lot
  8. Thanks very much for your help. I am applying to PhD program in BSS. I think they follow the procedure you mentioned first. So, what is meant by a professional email? Do you mean like institutional email?
  9. Hello everyone I am applying to Harvard BSS and I have a question regarding LOR: How my professors/ mentors should send LOR for me? Should they send them to a specific email address or through another submission process? Thanks in advance
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