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    2018 Fall
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    Cancer Immunology

    Check out UC Denver and Emory cancer bio!
  2. Early: during interview weekend.
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    Campus Visit -- Please Help Me Understand This....

    Definitely contact the department administrator to let them know your situation. You don't necessarily have to say that you can't afford to visit on your own dime, but let them know where you'd be coming from and ask what other information they need from you. They should make it evident in their reply what "arrangements" they're able to make (read: pay for). This could range from scheduling meetings to setting up a graduate student host to paying for a flight, hotel, and meals. If they don't make it clear in their reply, then I'd reinforce that a visit is very important in making your decision, and then ask directly what financial assistance is available.
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    Nashville, TN

    Haha wow the video wasn't too far off, especially for the bars and touristy areas. So for the low down...I live walking distance to Vandy's med center (not sure where your English classes would be, but also walking distance from my apartment, I'm willing to bet), and I pay $1000/mo for my 1BR apartment (no pets allowed and no space for the doggos anyway, sorry). If you're looking for a house for $1400/mo, you might be able to find a 2BR/1Ba in Sylvan Park, East Nashville , possibly even Germantown for that price. If you're willing to get a roommate or two, you could easily find a 3BR house in any of those areas or closer to campus and pay more like $1000 apiece, perhaps less. You're right, the argument over East Nashville is settled, and it can be summed up by one interaction I've had: some guys came up to me one night to ask, "what's the seediest part of Nashville?" I said, "you're pretty much in it, sorry," and their reply was "Seriously? This is the whitest, most gentified piece of shit." (if anyone's wondering, they were looking for cocaine). It's gentrifying (FAST) for better or for worse. Still not nearly as kitschy as Broadway, the Gulch, etc; it's more akin to 12th Ave with the hipster restaurants, speakeasies, tourists seeking out hot chicken. There are a few sketchy areas, but if you walk around your neighborhood beforehand, you'll know pretty immediately whether you'll feel safe there or not. Or you could probably do a google maps search and base it on how many coffee shops are within a 1 mile radius. From what I can tell, there are definitely still places you'll only find if you drive around and look for signs out front. They don't have to advertise all that much in Nashville with tons of people moving here and renting temporary apartments til they find homes. I did find my (individually owned) apartment via internet, though, for what that's worth. Hope that was helpful! Also, if anyone without pets wants my apartment, PM me (my lease is up the end of June).
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    Gender Discrimination

    Maybe she wrote her SOP about gender discrimination she's experienced or how she was discouraged from pursuing the field from a young age. That would've made her essay stand out for sure. With that said, graduate admissions is a bit of a crapshoot to begin with--with many outstanding candidates having applications of equal quality, but a program having only a few spots to fill. As far as positively selecting for diversity in gender (and other factors), why is that surprising or egregious...? If dozens of qualified applicants are up for a limited number of spots and a school's first choice stand-outs (who likely have had the most opportunities/best education/most help with applications) are almost entirely men, why not give the last spot to a woman (and/or an ethnic/racial minority, a first gen college student, an LGBTQ+ person) who is equally qualified as other applicants from traditionally advantaged socioeconomic groups, but who will add to the diversity and the breadth of life experience in a cohort? I'm not trying to comment on your individual privilege, because I know absolutely nothing about you except that you seem to be a male applying to math programs. I'm just trying to bring up points as to why underrepresented points of view (which you may also have in your own way) are valuable to a university. Given how few women pursue advanced math degrees, however, it makes sense as to why their perspective is easier to sell to admissions committees.
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    Texas Medical Center 2018

    Here's a space for anyone planning on going to the Texas Medical Center to meet! I'll be at Baylor in the biochem and molecular biology department.
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    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Just sent in my letter for Baylor's biochem and molecular biology program!! What a RELIEF that this is over.
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    meet cute
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    Houston, TX

    Looking for advice on living close to the medical center! I've been told "it's a buyer's market," so it's common to see some very negative reviews, but where should I actually avoid? Also, how functional is the bus system/the light rail? I'll have a car, but I'm wondering how easy it'd be to take public transit for my daily commute. Thanks!
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    show off
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    I haven't officially decided, but I've narrowed my list down to two, including Northwestern's biological sciences program! PM if you wanna chat
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    honey bunches
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    It would concern me, personally, not to have rotations at school B. I'd just be cautious as to how you know the mentor would be a great fit without actually working in their lab. But, in general, it seems like school B is a place you'd thrive--both in productivity and in learning new skills! And that will be just as important as the name of the school when it's time to find a stellar post doc/job.
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    vote down
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    Dilemma on choice for science phd

    @Happy1996 I'm very conflicted at the moment, too. One general thing I'm trying to consider is how much I think I'd thrive during and after each environment. Some factors that I think will contribute to that include: Are there a lot of people doing research I like? Do they have opportunities to prepare me for finding a job after I graduate? What kind of jobs? Am I likely to publish good, cutting edge papers with the POIs I like? Did I like the students and the atmosphere they've developed? Does the program have a mentality of mentoring/investing in their students? Do they emphasize students learning a lot of techniques to make them more marketable/prepared? What's the work/life balance expected to be, generally? (Side note: I think prestige and the connections that come along with it play a role future opportunities, but it's not a huge pro in and of itself) Along with some more indirect factors: Would I enjoy this city? What do 20-somethings (or whatever your age group may be) do here? Will I be stressed out about paying my bills considering stipend vs. cost of living? Could I afford to live alone on the stipend if I wanted to? How necessary or possibly inconvenient would it be to take my car? How convenient is public transportation? How long would I have to commute? Could I deal with the traffic and afford parking here if I drive? How easy will it be to visit my family? Of course, all of us will have different priorities when it comes to these things. I've been told to go with my gut, but I really don't think I have strong feelings about one particular program (although I have one interview to go). Good luck, and hopefully I've given you some things to think about!

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