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    2018 Fall
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    Neuroscience

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  1. Also seriously don't worry about being less comfortable than undergrads in the lab! I felt that way during my rotations as well, but then realized that it makes sense to feel that way because in some cases, an undergrad may have been in the lab for like 3 years already and it's your first day. Don't feel embarrassed to ask an undergrad (or anyone!) to help you out / show you the ropes.
  2. I'm not sure about specific programs, but there are definitely certain PIs who collaborate more with companies. I'm in a similar boat and was looking for this within my neuroscience program, and ended up with a PI who has consulted for a few pharma companies and runs clinical trials as part of her research! I'm sure you'll be able to find something similar in almost any program you end up in. Maybe look for some that are more interdisciplinary and would allow you to work with PIs in pharmacology departments? I know this wasn't part of your question, but I recommend mentioning that you're interested in transitioning to industry as early as possible: certainly before you decide on your lab, maybe as early as rotations. If you're set on an industry career, you don't want to wind up with a PI who is unfamiliar with -- or worse, discourages students from -- 'alternative' careers.
  3. Honestly this is a big mood and is part of the reason why I switched to human/clinical (fMRI) research for my PhD after getting super frustrated about not having good enough motor skills to do excellent histology. I know this is probably not the answer you're looking for, but I'm so so so much happier now that all my data is digital -- while *technically* I guess I still have the risk of accidentally deleting files, they're on a server that gets backed up automatically so it's never anywhere near as catastrophic as that heartbreaking moment when you drop a sample. I don't know if transitioning into more of a digital or theoretical version of your research is an option for you; if not, just go slow, double-check everything, and literally cross off every step in your protocol. That won't help the issues that come from just being a klutz (no offense, I totally am one too), but it can at least minimize the other 'careless errors.'
  4. eevee

    Los Angeles, CA

    I live in a studio in Weyburn (Paseo, the new building) and it's smallish but very nice. It comes pre-furnished which is a great thing especially if you're moving from out of state. That being said, it's fairly expensive. I've lived there for a year and will be continuing to live in the same apartment for my second year, and then plan to find another place probably in brentwood or santa monica or culver city for the rest of my program.
  5. 1) Communicating your research. Is there a possibility for you to work on a paper? Not necessarily first authorship or anything, but is there anyone in the lab working on something related to your work for which you could help develop a figure or two, do some analysis, or help write up a lit review and maybe get a second or third author position? Alternatively, even though you said there are no relevant conferences coming up in the next 2 months, look at ones that are coming up later and submit an abstract / work on a poster for those. While larger conferences are better for networking, you could also look for a smaller, local, or even just university-specific one. For example, my college had undergrad research symposium just for undergrads to present their work. 2) As you're compiling your list of programs, start reaching out to faculty you might be interested in working with and/or students in the programs, and see if you can set up short skype/phone informational interviews. It's low stress but a good way to both learn more about the program and also show that you're a committed applicant. Best of luck!!
  6. I think apply directly to PhD programs! You could also apply to a mix of PhD programs and "back-up" masters programs. Speaking from semi-personal experience, one of the people in my cohort in a neuro PhD program did his bachelor's in biology, and he's been completely fine. Personally, in my program I wish I had more of a molecular/cellular background, because a lot of my first-year classes have been skewed that way. Most programs will have at least a year of general neuro background classes to get everyone "up to speed" including basics of neuroscience, so as long as you're generally good at science and learning I'm sure you'll do great
  7. Hey there! I'm a current UCLA biosciences (neuroscience) student! Happy to answer any questions you might have
  8. Sort of in contradiction to mcfc, I think you should go for the one that has 8-10 faculty you're interested in. Funding is always a question, and if by chance none of the 3-4 faculty members at GSK happen to have funds to take on a new grad student you'll be really sad. Having a higher number of potential mentors is never a bad thing. Also, I am of the mind that longer rotations are better -- in too short of a rotation it's hard to get a really good feel for how the lab operates day-to-day and it's hard to accomplish any kind of meaningful project. Just my 2 cents.
  9. That sounds like a significant enough update to warrant sending it in to the adcom, but do be warned that most programs are probably coming to the end of or have already made most of their decisions. If you're going to send it, send it SOON!
  10. Hi @PCCP I'm a current first-year in UCLA's neuroscience program! What questions do you have?
  11. Hi folks -- I'm a current first year student at UCLA NSIDP and am happy to answer questions about my program or interview protocol / grad school / the decision process in general. Feel free to slide into my dms or reply here if there's anything I can help with; I remember how freakin' stressful this period especially can be!!
  12. My first acceptance came while I was at the interview weekend for another school ... definitely lifted a weight off my shoulders! As for the acceptance to the program I ended up at -- it came pretty late in the process at a point where I was pretty sure I wasn't getting in, and I had just about decided to go to my second-choice program (as in I had talked to my parents and advisor about it, was starting to get in touch with current students and PIs, etc). So I was just having a normal day in lab when I got an automated portal decision from UCLA. I assumed it was a rejection so I just clicked into it on my phone while I was doing some image processing stuff and then literally SCREAMED when it was good news!!
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
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