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  1. I've been struggling in my SOP with figuring out what to focus on when talking about the research I have done. I'm trying to find a balance between talking about the techniques I know, what the research is actually about, and what I learned that helped me think like a scientist. I'm leaning towards not really talking about the techniques at all since I have a section about that in my CV. But I'm struggling with how in depth to discuss the details of the research. Right now I'm talking about the conclusions we found in the project (including molecule names and all that) and I focus more specifically on the work I did and the conclusions it helped us reach. Does anyone have suggestions about how much we should get into the nitty gritty details about our research in our SOP? I have also been reading around that we should try to show the adcomms in our SOP that we have certain qualities instead of telling them. I've found this difficult because I have wanted to include sentences like "this experience helped me develop my ability to think critically about problems," or something along those lines. If anyone has suggestions about how to successfully show that you have certain qualities without explicitly stating it I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much for any feedback!
  2. Thank you for your reply! I was able to find a few labs that fit my interest very well at UT Austin so I've added the school to my list as well
  3. Hello! I would love some feedback on my current list of schools. It feels pretty top heavy right now since I'm not too confident about my GRE scores and I'm not sure if my PI will be able to get the papers with my name on them out in time. I am interested in cellular and molecular biology so if anyone has suggestions for programs that will make my list more well rounded that would be awesome. Thanks! Undergrad Institution: UC San DiegoMajor(s): General BiologyGPA in Major: 3.87Overall GPA: 3.87Position in Class: Near topType of Student: Domestic femaleGRE Scores:Q: 161V: 156W: 4.5Research Experience: 2 years as undergraduate researcher in stem cell biology/signal transduction pathways (2 publications will hopefully be under review if all goes well, one first or second author and one middle author)Awards/Honors/Recognitions: College honors program for 8/9 quarters Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for lower division biology lab for 4 quartersAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Special Bonus Points: Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: 1 great LOR from PI 1 LOR from professor I have TA'ed for and taken classes with multiple times 1 LOR from biology lab professorApplying to Where: UCSF - TETRAD Johns Hopkins - BCMB Duke U Washington U Penn - CAMB BU - PiBS OHSU - BCMB NYU Sackler Tufts Sackler - CMDB
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