siliconchins

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  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Cancer Biology
  1. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I believe UChicago Cancer Bio invites have already gone out as I ran into people who were invited before the holidays on some interviews.
  2. Interview Prep

    I wrote down notes after each interview so I could remember what we talked about - some profs asked me to forward them some papers about my research that we discussed or additional info later. I definitely think that this is a good idea. The interviewers that I selected were conducting research relevant to my interests, so they would ask how their own observations fit into my understanding of the material, and how I might move forwards from there (such as what questions I would ask and how I would go about answering them). It wasn't like they were quizzing my knowledge - rather, it seemed to be a natural progression from our discussion. It was more reminiscent of a lab meeting with my PI more than anything.
  3. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Someone on this thread mentioned that UChicago cancer bio hadn't sent out invites yet, but I ran into someone this past weekend at an interview event that already received an interview invite before the holidays. I'm not sure whether they are completely done or still reviewing applications.
  4. MIT Biology interviews and acceptance rates

    These numbers were given to me by someone I know who attends the program, but they were estimating. I would think that their numbers are pretty accurate. There are currently 220 students in the program - spreading that out over 5-6 different cohorts puts the number per year between 36-44 students.
  5. Interview Prep

    Thanks! I just had my first set of interviews this past weekend and I found that they were more interested in learning more about my interests and understanding how I would respond to certain observations relating to their research. Overall it was pretty laid back and not stressful at all.
  6. MIT Biology interviews and acceptance rates

    Also very interested in this. I've heard anecdotally in the past that they interview ~100 applicants and matriculate ~40-50 people per year, which puts it around the same range of @BiomedicalPHD's estimate. I would guess that they accept a bit more than their matriculation target, but since MIT is a top program I'm sure that they don't accept much more than their target number.
  7. conflicting interviews, what to do?

    I asked for alternate dates for a few schools, it was no issue.
  8. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Just heard from BU CMB today!
  9. Interview Prep

    How much are you meant to know about your interviewers research? I've looked over their research summaries and a couple abstracts but since the field is so broad, my interviewers' research interests are also very diverse.
  10. No interview = No chance?

    Most bio programs will only accept applicants post-interview. That being said, I know that some programs look at international applicants after selecting through their domestic pool. I wouldn't treat anything as a rejection until you get official notice.
  11. morale

    I wouldn't treat anything as a rejection until you get official notice. Plus many programs will extend interview invites from now through Feb, as it is still early.
  12. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Congrats on the interview! I don't think it's necessary to email back, just fill out the form so they can schedule you.
  13. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Yeah, I'm currently working at UChicago but for medical faculty who are unaware of the admissions timeline. Since it seems like some BSD committees have already met, wasn't sure if they had all sent out interview invites already. Please keep us updated, I really appreciate it!
  14. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Thanks! Wasn't sure if any notices had gone out as the program is relatively small and pretty separate from the rest of the BSD.
  15. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Anyone know if UChicago biomedical sciences (specifically Cancer Biology) is still sending out invites? They sent out invites in Dec in previous years but haven't heard anything about it this year yet...