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    2018 Fall
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    Developmental Biology
  1. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I've officially committed to Cincinnati's MDB program! I feel like a huge burden has been lifted off my chest! @BiomedicalPHD123 You have a very hard decision ahead of you! Make sure that you take into account your gut feeling about a place. If you're really interested and committed to cancer cell bio for your graduate training, then I'd go ahead with GSK. If you think that you may want to venture out into other fields, then I'd say go to Harvard because they are pretty good, if not excellent, at many things bio-related. I'm a little bit leery about the rotation/class thing at GSK personally, but if that works for you and seems to be well-liked by the current students, then go ahead and do it!
  2. 2018 Ford Predoctoral Fellowship

    On the website homepage, it says "late March." I think we've officially hit the mid-way part of the month. At least the longest we'll have to wait is 16 more days! We've waited almost 2 months already so we can do it!
  3. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Personally, I know that if I did not like a location of a university, then I kinda ruled it out. I'm thinking about my happiness outside of the lab because you will be in a city/town for 5-6 years and will need to find things to do and like the place that you live. Additionally, if you didn't click with faculty or current students, then that environment may not be for you because you'd probably be dragging yourself out of bed and into lab everyday (which would not be ideal for me). If you didn't like New Haven and didn't click with faculty and students, then I'd personally rule it out. But that's just me...
  4. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Just got an acceptance from the Molecular and Dev Bio program at UCincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital! It's been my top-choice throughout the process, but I have a lot to think about before committing. Good luck to everyone who is still waiting to hear back or getting ready to decide!
  5. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Have you ever seen the tractor trailers/big rigs that carry vehicles on them on the highway? That's what my roommate used to ship her car from NC to TX (sorry I mixed that up in my original posting.) I can PM you the company that she used once I find out. Also, you can go to the POD site here and find out how much it'll cost to ship from Texas to Indiana. I am not sure how much they'd cost (because there are probably so many factors that go into it.) I think that there's a way for you look up PODS locations/facilities near where you'll be moving to and your current location.
  6. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Accepted to Duke DSCB!
  7. Raleigh, NC

    Some other good on-campus workspaces that I've encountered over the years include Hunt Library (on the weekends) and the Natural Resources Library in Jordan Hall. In the nearby Cameron Village, there's a branch of the Wake County Public Library that I know people also use. In downtown Raleigh, some people frequent Morning Times (hip coffee shop) to do work on the weekends. Also, I totally agree with Cup a Joe, Global Village, and Liquid State being amazing places to get coffee and get work done near campus!
  8. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I met a grad student who moved cross country at one of my grad interview weekends and he packed all of his stuff in a POD and shipped it cross country. When he arrived at his grad program, he made multiple trips to the nearest POD facility to get all of his stuff and moved it in all himself. I know that you can also get your car shipped cross country if you need/want it. My current roommate is from Texas and shipped her car to NC when she was coming for undergrad.
  9. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I got a call from the director first, then I got a letter in my email the next day. It seems like they'll be taking the whole week to alert everyone of their status. Thanks! SF seems like a nice place to visit and not necessarily to live (especially being from the Southeast US, where housing prices are pretty reasonable).
  10. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Got a mixed bag of results today. Got official acceptance in Harvard BBS today! But also got a rejection from UCSF DSCB. I did not really enjoy the prospect of living in SF while there, so I guess it worked out...
  11. Raleigh, NC

    Hi @Kimia , based on my personal experiences, I think that 2200/month is enough to live. You'll have to save some money aside for taxes every month to pay at the end of the year whenever you file (I'd suggest somewhere around 200-250 just to be safe). Rent around NC State is generally very reasonable (I've seen unfurnished, one bedroom, apartments for around 700-800/mo, you can go even cheaper than that if you get roommates which a lot of international grad students do). Groceries are pretty cheap (I personally spend around 100/month) and eating out every week or so isn't too much of an additional expense. If you live near campus on or around Gorman St or Avent Ferry Rd, you can use the Wolfline, which are free to ride.
  12. Raleigh, NC

    I personally like the area around Western Manor! It seems safe (but it's pretty dark at night over there at night, but seems way safer than ES King). The apartments in Western Manor are nicer than the ones in ES King from what I've heard. It's right across the street from Centennial Campus and is right on Avent Ferry, so you'll have easy access to most of the Wolflines. I'd go with those over ES King's any day. In terms of beds, you can look into Fred's Beds which deliver all over the Raleigh area, or Craigslist.
  13. Raleigh, NC

    @BayesianLove Overall, I think that the neighborhood that ES King isn't the safest. I think that the side facing Jackson St (a side road of Gorman) is a little bit sketchier than the side facing Ligon St. I think that it may be because there's a few apartment complexes right off of Jackson St where people tend to loiter around during the day and Jackson St isn't very well lit at night. The side on Ligon St is way better lit and is near a mosque, a church, and a school, so it's a lot safer. I'm not sure if there's a way that you can ask to be put in a specific building in the complex if you do decide to live there, but I don't think that it'd hurt to ask if you were seriously considering living there. You should also look at Wolf Ridge if you're interested in 2 bedroom, furnished apartments. They're on Centennial Campus (where Engineering and Textiles are housed) and are super nice. While they may be a bit pricey, you're definitely paying for it in convenience and furnishings. Also, they're super close to Hunt Library and are a few minutes away (walking) from Wolfline stops.
  14. Raleigh, NC

    I'm currently an undergrad NC State. They were making some renovations to ES King a few months ago, so some units look a bit nicer than what pictures may show (albeit, maintenance is moving pretty slow with that and I don't know if they are updating all buildings and units). While it will be hard to find an affordable, furnished two bedroom place near campus and/or Wolfline (that isn't one of the student-centered complexes that are generally a bit more expensive), I've listed a few suggestions of some apartment complexes that will fit your criteria and that I know some grad students live at: Rhynes Gate (I think they're unfurnished, but utilities included in rent with a Wolfline stop right across the street. super close to grocery stores and food places on Western Blvd) Bristol Creek (pretty close to Gorman St Wolfline stop, recently built) Kensington Park (close to Avent Ferry and Gorman St Wolfline stops, close to shopping complex with fast food and grocery store) Parkwood Village and Gorman Parkwood (both super close to Wolfline stops to Main and Centennial Campuses, relatively nice from pics online) If these don't necessarily fit what you're looking for, I'd look on this site in the areas around Avent Ferry Road, Gorman Street, and Hillsborough Street.
  15. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I got an informal call maybe a week after I interviewed then an official letter package in the mail two weeks after that. Good luck!