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  1. Absolutely not a neuro only school. There is an extensive neurobiology/neuroscience program, but by no means is that the majority. We have departments in Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Cancer, etc. The program is an open program as well, so if you start in cancer biology, you can switch to neuroscience, or systems biology, or immunology. It's very open and integrative.
  2. Hi everyone, so I just started graduate school, started my first rotation (going pretty well). I start thinking about my next rotations, and start emailing some of the people who I really loved their research topics. First replies that they are moving to a new university next month. Second replies that they are moving to a new university next summer. Third replies that they just took a fellowship and will not be taking new students for the next two years. I've been doing exhaustive searches to try and find other people who I might be interested in working with, but these three, plus my current
  3. I completely agree. As long as you are polite and respectful, he really can't fault you. Even if funding was certain, your decision is still your decision and there could be a multitude of other factors that are contributing to your desire to be at a particular program. As long as you thank him, you really should be fine.
  4. I'm also a first-generation college student. My mom is a bookkeeper and my dad is a bike mechanic, but both were born in the United States. I'm so proud that I got into graduate school, and they're super proud and supportive of me too. They definitely don't really understand what grad school is, or what I do, but then again... neither do I! My hope is that once I finish graduate school, or maybe even in graduate school, since I am attending a fully funded program, I can send them money so they can go to college. My dad always wanted to go to school to become a teacher, but there was never the
  5. I was literally at another interview (a very late one, the beginning of March) and was freaking out because everyone I knew had already heard from all or most of their programs, and I hadn't heard anything. I was just checking my email to see if I had anything from lab, and the acceptance popped up! I called my boyfriend and just burst into tears on the phone I was so relieved. He was a bit thrown off, but once I could talk he was super excited for me. I was just so happy, I think the energy translated to my last interview, which I also got an acceptance from a week later!
  6. I live in Rahway, which is definitely a very Latin area. It's an easy commute by train to New Brunswick (~20 minutes). I love living here, but its definitely not as busy as a place like New York or LA. However, Rahway for me is excellent because I have a small community here, but I'm also only 30 minutes from NYC, so I can go into the city whenever I want for a night out or a day or whatever it is I need. I love the area, and I am so happy that I moved here, I've really enjoyed living in New Jersey, even though I had it on reputation that it was going to be awful. It's very easy to live
  7. Hi! I'm also heading to NYU, but I'll be going to Sackler for Biomedical Science!
  8. I had a really difficult choice between two excellent institutions. I really enjoyed interactions with one PI in particular from the institution I didn't join. I think that this person's research is fascinating, but in the end, the other program seemed a better training environment. However, I would like to stay in contact with this person as they are in the top of the field I would like to go into. How should I best approach this? I was thinking about sending an email saying that ....I enjoyed talking with them, I appreciated the discussion of their work, but unfortunately, I felt another pro
  9. I was beyond excited when I got into Yale's Microbiology department, but the next day I heard back from NYU that I had gotten into their's as well. These two programs were my favorite to interview at, and both had multiple people that I would be interested in rotating with. When accounting for living costs, it seems that the stipends are about equal. I love NYC, and would love to be in a city, but I also have lived in small cities/small towns my whole life and New Haven doesn't seem too bad at all. NYC does sound better to me, but Yale has a few more people I would be interested in working wit
  10. I got waitlisted to my #2 program, haven't hear back after interviews for my #1. I was wondering how to indicate to them that I'm really very interested in their program, and keep in contact with them, without giving false assurances that they are my number 1? Is inquiring about the waitlist process okay? We have a paper submitted where I am the second author, if it gets accepted, do I let them know? There were people who I would like to work with, who I didn't get to meet during the interview, is it still okay to contact them? I'm not really sure what kind of contact I should have, what's
  11. I have some programs that have already had their interview weekends (and I was not invited) but haven't told me I've been rejected yet and it makes me so anxious. Like, we both know that I didn't get in, but if you tell me specifically that I didn't get in, then I can stop thinking about you.
  12. I have a 3.7 from my second undergrad institution, but a 3.2 from my first (I am a transfer student), and I had interviews at Yale and Columbia as well as NYU. I was very worried about my GPA, but once I got to interviews, there were a lot of people in a similar range (3.5-3.7). I think programs tend to care more about your experience, personal statement, and letters of recommendation, though of course they look at GPA too. I would not worry if you have a 3.7 GPA. As long as you have a good application overall, you should be okay. And if you have a low GPA, then go and explain that in your per
  13. I just heard back after the interview, a rejection for me. I am pretty upset about it because Mt. Sinai was hands down my first choice school, but also I am applying straight out of undergrad, and it seemed like most applicants at my interview were more advanced (had 2-3 years post-bacc research or a masters), so I don't feel all bitter and cheated, just a bit sad. Good luck to the rest of you all!
  14. Worries: I just received an email from my top choice, which I interviewed with a few weeks ago, saying that I was not accepted. I thought the interview went amazing, and I loved the program and all the people in it. I've had two interviews since, neither of which went as well as the first one, so now I'm scared that I won't get in anywhere. I'm also really really heartbroken, because I've been dreaming about this program since my previous lab collaborated with a PI there a few years ago. I don't really know what I'm going to do if I don't get in anywhere. I don't really have a backup plan.
  15. virusologii

    FAFSA?

    Does that apply to funded PhD students as well? If so, what is the application deadline?
  16. Does anyone know when we will hear if we have made it through the first round and on to the interviews?
  17. I love yoga, and also writing poetry. I'm hoping to do more of both of those when I'm in grad school. I also recently discovered a passion for line dancing, so I'm definitely going to try and find a good line dancing community once I get to wherever I'm headed.
  18. virusologii

    New York, NY

    Kind of a random question: are there any good bars for line (country) dancing in NYC? Anything that locals would recommend?
  19. I'm having this same issue with Georgia State. I got accepted (they did send me an email), but there was no details on financial packages or the deadline to accept.
  20. One of the places I just interviewed at said that students living in on-campus apartments start coming mid-July, and the orientation is either the last week of July or the 1st of August. That's a lot earlier than I had expected, I was thinking that graduate school would run on a similar timeline to undergrad. I don't know if that's a general trend or just this specific school, though
  21. I applied to the Harvard Virology PhD, and I was wondering if anyone in DMS has heard anything back yet? I've been told that notifications usually go out this week or next, so I guess freak out time? I've heard back from almost all of my other schools on whether or not I've been granted an interview, so this is the last one left! I got several rejections (from Rockefeller and UPenn), but also got interviews at Columbia and Yale, so I have no idea what's going to happen with Harvard. Stats make me stressed, so I won't post mine unless you ask for them.
  22. I am low-income and I am very worried that my appearance, even in my best clothes, will look sloppy. I don't have anything that is new, and plenty of my shirts and pants have patches. My only pair of slacks have snags. However, I have sweaters that I can wear over summer dresses, that is probably the best I can do. Would something like that be too casual? I don't know where I can find cheaper more "business" clothes.
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