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  1. eevee

    Imposter Syndrome...esc?

    The nice thing though is that the only realm in which that's going to matter is for a class environment. The speed with which someone absorbs information doesn't have any bearing on designing experiments or writing/publishing! And you're definitely right that everyone brings a unique perspective
  2. eevee

    SfN 2018

    If anyone who's applying to neuroscience grad programs and is attending the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego in November wants to talk in person about grad school applications in general or UCLA specifically, please feel free to DM me!! I'm happy to share whatever advice I can!
  3. Your hunch is right: on the resume you submit to grad schools you really don't need any mention of lab skills at all. You should focus on succinctly and coherently summarizing your research and any broader 'soft' skills (i.e. grant or manuscript writing) that you did as part of your research, since that'll be more applicable. Basically, grad schools don't care if you can do a western blot or whatever, because they know you can and will learn the lab skills you'll need for your research. They care that you've learned how to think deeply about the research you're doing, to ask intelligent questions, and to manage your own project.
  4. eevee

    Anybody else applying to a PhD straight out of undergrad?

    I applied to and am starting a neuroscience PhD program this fall after graduating this spring!! I don't regret going straight in from undergrad ... yet
  5. eevee

    Realistic Grad Schools

    I was so surprised that you included Brown in your list -- I don't think I've ever heard of them having a particular reputation for neuroscience -- but didn't include Columbia, which definitely does. Would recommend taking the chance and applying only to schools you would be super excited to attend in your first round of applications (as long as you have the resources to do so). It might be worth retaking the GRE to get your quant score up a little higher if you want to be really competitive though. As for recommendations: I don't know if you have any personal reason for listing schools mostly in the northeast, but there are some stellar neuroscience programs out west -- UCSD, University of Washington, UCSF, UCLA (I may be biased...lol) -- as well as UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, Weill Cornell, maybe WUStL? One more word of advice: I tend to caution against the idea of having "safety schools" (the two state schools you mentioned) -- if those were the only places you got in, would you still happily go? If the answer is anything other than a wholehearted YES, then save them for next year, again assuming you have the resources to do so. Best of luck!
  6. eevee

    Sending GRE Scores

    Ditto above; also, make sure you use those 4 free score reports that they give you!
  7. eevee

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    I'm in Weyburn too and accepted for the same reasons as Dviouz. At least for the first year I just wanted everything to be as taken care of as possible since I don't live in the area... then after I've been there for a bit I can do apartment-hunting in person
  8. Your stats overall look awesome, though you might not want to include the biology subject test (58th percentile probably won't help your application, and most schools don't require a subject test). I might also recommend that you try to narrow down your school list a bit -- 16 programs is a LOT, especially given that 1) you're going to be tailoring your SoP and potentially also Personal History Statement (some schools I applied to asked for both) to each program, and 2) the application fees + cost of sending GRE scores can easily add up to over $120 per program, and you probably don't want to be out $2000 just for applications. If you can, see if you can bring the list down to 8-10 programs; it'll be more realistic and manageable.
  9. I don't think it would help your application, and in fact might hurt it. Talking about your SO, even briefly, probably doesn't belong in your application and may stand out in a red-flag kind of way.
  10. eevee

    The Positivity Thread

    I successfully defended my undergrad thesis today!!!
  11. Seems like there's not really a bad choice to make here -- both are extremely highly ranked and will have super exciting research going on! If you can, you might want to talk more to the advisor at School L/T and possibly also students in their lab, to feel more confident in whether you really want to join that lab. Could you also elaborate more on the 'overall vibe' at S? I feel like egos might be an issue anywhere, so if you're able to get past that aspect S might be a less risky choice with lots of possible research options.
  12. Just a note, I would warn against having at least NYU and UChicago on your 'probably not reach' list -- both are pretty competitive; just from personal experience this year I got into UCLA, Washington, and Cornell but was post-interview rejected from NYU. Overall, I agree with brainlass -- Most neuroscience programs won't have a separate computational thing; it'll depend on the lab you're in. You should look into cognitive programs, as they tend to use more computational methods than, for example, mol/cell or systems-focused programs. I noticed Duke isn't on your list, but it should be! I'm finishing up undergrad there and their Cognitive Neuroscience program has a lot of labs doing computational stuff. You may also want to look into UC Irvine. (Unfortunately both of my suggestions are pretty competitive sorry about that!!)
  13. eevee

    The Positivity Thread

    I just submitted my undergrad thesis to my committee! Defending it a week from today (Y I K E S)!!!
  14. eevee

    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    Do you know when UCLA will let us know about our housing assignments? @mccp77 @lordtiandao
  15. Have you gotten the chance to visit School B? If not, is it feasible to do so? It might help you decide whether it's a place you could see yourself living for an extended period.

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