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    brains, fear, proteins
  • Application Season
    Spring 2020
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    Neuroscience - Molecular Biology

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  1. Neuromantic

    Mental Health & Readiness

    What does it mean to be "ready" for grad school? I'm currently being advised by my peers to reconsider my graduate school readiness because of my mental health and previous experiences of trauma. What's odd is that I've made leaps and bounds to recenter myself & prioritize my well-being while maintaining productivity in the lab. Not sure why they're so concerned, it's making me wary. Let's discuss this?
  2. Neuromantic

    2019 Neuroscience PhD Applicants and Admission Results

    Any McGill acceptances? (Didn't go through the thread.)
  3. Neuromantic

    Neuroscience MS vs. PhD?

    My postbacc is in Epigenetics & Chromatin Biology, haha. I don't have much bench experience in Neuroscience. May apply for an MS abroad (cheaper, accelerated.)
  4. For the Fall 2020 applicants who are already panicking. Where are you applying, what's your academic background, etc..?
  5. Neuromantic

    2019 Neuroscience PhD Applicants and Admission Results

    The earlier, the better? I'm going to make the thread.
  6. Neuromantic


    Has there been a definitive list of schools / programs no longer accepting / requiring the GRE? So far, I know that ISMMS (Sinai) and UW-Madison don't require it for Fall 2020... Let's try to get a list going?
  7. Neuromantic

    2019 Neuroscience PhD Applicants and Admission Results

    Shouldn't this be bumped to a Fall 2020 thread? I'm also applying this cycle...
  8. Neuromantic

    Neuroscience MS vs. PhD?

    Hey, everyone. I'm entering my second year as a Post-Baccalaureate CRTA Fellow at the NCI, and I will be applying to Neuroscience Ph.D programs for Fall 2020. My concern is my lack of Neuroscience background. I graduated from NYU CAS with a Biology B.A. (conc. Molecular and Cellular Biology) in 2016. I am strongly interested in the study of neuropsychiatric illnesses, namely PTSD; I have kept abreast with the relevant literature for the last three years. I have also briefly been in a Behavioral Neuroscience lab at Sinai prior to being selected for a Post-Bacc in May, 2018. Should I consider applying to a Neuroscience MS to develop stronger intellectual and experimental background in the field, or should I just apply to Ph.D programs straight? Any thoughts, concerns, grievances, etc. would be appreciated! 😅
  9. Neuromantic

    Post-Bacc Programs (NIH PREP, informal, etc)

    I’m currently a PostBacc at the NIH! I’m a CRTA at the National Cancer Institute. Please feel free to message me if you’d like to know more about the program! I had two years of research experience prior and am applying for my Ph.D this cycle.
  10. Neuromantic

    Grad school and mental illness--how do you cope?

    That is absolutely amazing- I'm so proud of you! I deterred from a career in medicine primarily because of my traumatic experiences, so my narrative structure may be slightly different than your SOP. But all in all, your story gives me a lot of heart. (Everyone- my apologies for the incorrect grammar in my original post! I was at work and didn't have a chance to review before I submitted.)
  11. Neuromantic

    Grad school and mental illness--how do you cope?

    To everyone who responded in this thread so far, I commend you for your courage, resiliency, and strength. I was diagnosed with acute PTSD, depression, & anxiety during my transition from junior to senior year at NYU; I am a trauma survivor. I took two years off to rehabilitate and learn about myself again... I will be applying to MS/Ph.D programs in Neuroscience within the upcoming year and anticipate disclosing my disability (-ies) in both my application and interviews. I'm terrified. To cope in my current day-to-day as a researcher, I try to be as honest as possible with my lab mates- i.e. after a month, I disclosed to them and my PI. Everything has been steady so far. But my anxiety, imposter syndrome, and general fear is so overwhelming to the point of paralysis. I often spend time writing, making tea, and exploring the city (I'm from NYC) for self-care. Does it always help? No, but I have to keep trying if I want to be functioning enough if I want to work in high-stress conditions for the next 10 years.

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