Undergrad Institution: Top 20 small liberal arts college Major(s): chemistry Minor(s): -GPA in Major: 3.98Overall GPA: 3.91Position in Class: -Type of Student: domestic, female, Asian American GRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 157V: 163W: 5S: didn't take it Research Experience: spent 1st year in college doing course-based research in environmental toxicology, one summer and semester in a biomedical engineering lab and 2 years in an organic lab on a project that is my senior thesis. Attended a summer REU program at UNC Chapel Hill.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list all 3 years of college, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, NSF REU Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Tutored since my sophomore year, intro bio, intro chem, orgo I and orgo II. This was a 10 hr weekly commitment.
Tutor for underrepresented science scholars - 2 years
Mentor to 5 first year science students- 2 years. I met with each student for an hour every week.
Orientation leader and mentor to 10 first year students
Mentored 2 first years in my organic lab and taught them everything they know about organic research (until they take orgo next semester, so exciting!)
Special Bonus Points: I am dedicated to increasing representation of minorities in STEM.
I am also certain my letters of rec from research advisors were really strong. Yay for small colleges!
Schools I applied to: showed interest in chemical biology
UC Berkeley (accepted)
U Wisconsin (accepted)
UNC Chapel Hill
Final thoughts: I didn't have any publications or many awards. My GRE score isn't amazing and I didn't even take the chemistry GRE. My dedication to tutoring and mentoring coupled with strong letters, GPA, and research experiences are what I believe made me a strong applicant. Oh, and being domestic doesn't hurt.