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siliconchins

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    2018 Fall
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    Cancer Biology

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  1. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    Fastlane just went down. Only a few hours now folks.
  2. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    Holy sheet y'all good luck to everyone
  3. siliconchins

    Undergrad GPA from top university

    I was accepted to MIT grad with a GPA of ~3.5, although I will probably say it was one of the less important parts of my application.
  4. siliconchins

    BS Biomedical Science or Biology?

    I don't think she'll have to justify that degree choice. Have her go for whichever one interests her more in terms of coursework and research. I started off as a premed student, and decided to pursue a PhD in the beginning of my senior year. I was very open about that fact, brought it up in both my personal statement/statement of purpose and during some interviews. There was no negative perception, or any sort of assumption that I had "failed" in any way.
  5. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    Right, I'm asking if the email from previous years contained the decision. Sorry for the confusion!
  6. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    Did they send an email containing the result or do you have to access fastlane to see whether you received it?
  7. siliconchins

    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Congrats man! The nice thing about choosing between Harvard and MIT is that there are so many things in common between them (location, prestige, and quality of training). I applied to the Biology PhD, not to Microbiology, so there may be some differences in our experiences. Personally, I only applied to rotation based programs as I'm not entirely sure what specific research topic I'd like to pursue. When I was deciding between programs, MIT stood out to me in a big way due to the fact that they front load the coursework in the first semester. From what students have told me, it really helps to build a strong knowledge foundation, foster cohort camaraderie, and let you focus more on choosing the right lab in the spring. Personally, I think that this will let me have an easier transition into grad school as I haven't taken any classes in the past 2 years. The shorter rotation times (4wks vs 8-10wks at other programs) also appealed to me as I think that this system really emphasizes the fact that you should spend the time focusing on fit rather than trying to complete a small project. If I don't mesh well with a lab, I definitely would not want to be stuck there for longer than necessary, and I think that fit can be well-determined during the course of a month. While there are a lot of opportunities for industry work, I definitely didn't get the sense that the program was biased in any way. I think that the program provides a lot of support and training whether you decide to pursue industry or academic work after the PhD. Are you worried that the lab at Harvard will not work out? Is it relatively easy to find a new adviser if things go south? In the end, it's the mentor that matters, but I personally wouldn't feel comfortable without having at least 2-3 potential advisers in a program. Either way I don't think there is a wrong choice here. See you in Cambridge/Boston!
  8. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    So if it's a release on Friday, we would expect maintenance notice(s) by tomorrow right?
  9. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    You guys make the waiting a bit easier lol
  10. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    Wouldn't that mean they would wait until this coming Tuesday? Seems kinda strange that they would buck the trend of releasing on Tues/Fri.
  11. siliconchins

    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Congrats all!
  12. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    In previous alerts, people were notified during the early morning which is why I'm hesitant that today is the day.
  13. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    Friday mornings come and gone, looks like another few days at least of waiting.
  14. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    No second maintenance at 10pm EST. Looks like tomorrow may be a bust
  15. siliconchins

    NSF GRFP 2017-18

    If gandalf says so you know it's gotta be true
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