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  1. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Though I'm with you on feeling a bit pressured and anxious that people are hearing back, it is early and everyday more and more schools are sending out invites. Though it's next to impossible, relax and trust in yourself and your application. Good things will come soon enough. (It's helping me that I haven't really seen any of my schools on the results page yet.)
  2. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Undergrad Institution: Central Michigan University Major(s): Neuroscience Minor(s): n/a GPA in Major: 3.5 Overall GPA: 3.3 Position in Class: n/a Type of Student: Male, white, traditional GRE Scores (revised/old version): Q: 153 (51%) V: 155 (69%) W: 4.0 (60%) Research Experience: Undergraduate Research Assistant (1 year) – at CMU, worked on several projects alongside a PhD candidate and MD candidate NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Fellow (2 years) - National Institute on Aging worked on several projects under lab chief and a staff scientist involving AD and novel mouse model 3 Posters Presented at NIH poster sessions 1 Abstract accepted and presented at Society for Neuroscience 1 second author paper accepted (very high impact journal) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: NIH Intramural Training Award (2016 - Present) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Fellow (2016 - Present) Special Bonus Points: Strong recommendation letters from both NIH mentors and undergraduate mentor (1 NIH mentor is lab chief and is extremely well known within field of neuroscience, undergrad mentor founded Neuroscience program at my undergrad and is very well known in the regenerative neuroscience field) Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Did varsity athletics (D1) while in undergrad and prioritized my time poorly my first 3 years, (gpa wavered between 3.0 and 3.4 during those times) Applying to Where (all PhD): Oregon Health and Sciences - Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology University of Washington - M3D Pathology University of California - Berkeley - Metabolic Biology Vanderbilt University - Neuroscience Graduate Program University of Michigan - Program in Biological Sciences Dartmouth - Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine
  3. Baltimore, MD

    Hi Varun, I grew up in Michigan before moving out to Baltimore, so I'm a bit skewed when it comes to the weather here, but I'll give my least biased response. The weather is fairly mild during the winter, but still bites at night. Right now, we are in the mid 50s in the day and mid 30s at night, and it's pretty immediate once the sun goes down, the temp rapidly drops. We got like 2 inches of snow total last winter, but the temps in Jan and Feb were a little on the nippy side (like 30s in the day not counting the wind). Spring and Fall are pleasant but humid, the summer is scorching and humid and nasty. Like 90s everyday with the feels like above 100. I hate the heat though so there's my bias showing. As for tips, Charles Village is a nice spot to live, all the JHU undergrads can be found there. Fells Point and Canton are nice (where I live) and have some great eating spots. If you're bringing a car, expect to be frustrated with parking and please please PLEASE know how to parallel park. Always be vigilant walking around, groups are better to be in, especially at night. Expect between $600 and $900 for an apartment not counting utilities, and most meals out to eat are $15- 25, though you can easily go higher or lower depending on specials and where you are.