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    Emailing PIs of interest before admission

    Hi everyone, I've submitted my applications (finally) and a few of my colleagues have recommended emailing PIs of interest while I wait for my admissions results, but I'm not sure how to approach this... Is it best to talk to them just to gauge their interest in taking a student? Or do people start coming up with ideas for rotation projects? It all seems a bit forward to me. Thanks
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    Sending GRE scores when not required

    Hey y'all, So now lots of programs are dropping the GRE requirement, but are there implications to leaving your scores off your application? Does anyone know if programs will look down on you or assume your scores are bad if you don't send? I have scores that are alright, but I am very curious about this. GRE Scores:Q: 157 (65th) V: 165 (96th)W: 4.5 (82nd) Thanks!!
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Hi everybody! I am very slowly narrowing down my list of places to apply to and I am worried that my list is too top heavy. Does anyone have any suggestions for programs that are less competitive to round out my choices? Stats below Undergrad Institution: R1 Institution in the northeast USMajor(s): Biology GPA in Major: 4.00Overall GPA: 3.91Position in Class: Top 5% Type of Student: Domestic minority female GRE Scores:Q: 157 (65th)V: 165 (96th)W: 4.5 (82nd) Research Experience: 2 years at big pharma lab (1 year full time while in undergrad) (Concurrently with pharma) 1 year at Harvard Medical School lab 2 year postbac at the NIH in microbiology (1) middle author pub in Nature (1) middle author pub in Nature Microbiology 2 posters at institutional poster sessions Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's Scholarship Dean's list (every semester) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Biochemistry tutor for 1 year Student Peer Advisor (advising students with critically low GPA within department) for 1 year Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Kappa Kappa Psi, band for 4 years Special Bonus Points: 2 grad courses (Immunology, Electron Microscopy) 1 famous PI, 1 relatively famous PI Applying to Where: I am interested in immunology programs with an emphasis on infectious disease/inflammation. I like departments that offer immunology/microbiology-heavy courses. Geographically speaking, I'm pretty open but mostly interested in east coast/large cities. Rockefeller UPenn IGG Harvard BBS NYU Sackler UCSF BMS BU PiBS UChicago COI Northwestern DGP Georgetown-NIH GPP Cornell Please advise, thanks
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Undergrad Institution: R1 Institution Major(s): Biology GPA in Major: 4.00Overall GPA: 3.91Position in Class: Top 5% Type of Student: Domestic minority female GRE Scores:Q: 157 (65th, boo)V: 165 (96th)W: 4.5 (82nd) Research Experience: 2 years at big pharma lab (1 year full time while in undergrad), concurrently 1 year at Harvard Medical School lab 2 year postbac at the NIH in microbiology (1) middle author pub in Nature (1) third-author pub in Nature Microbiology 2 posters at institutional research assistant presentations Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's ScholarshipPertinent Activities or Jobs: Biochemistry tutor for 1 year Student Peer Advisor (advising students with critically low GPA within department) for 1 year Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Kappa Kappa Psi, band for 4 years Special Bonus Points: 2 grad courses (Immunology, Electron Microscopy) 2 famous PIs Applying to Where: I am applying for immunology programs but I have no idea what subfield yet... So far, infectious disease/inflammation tickles my fancy. I would love some suggestions please!! My list is primarily Ivy Leagues, but I am really hoping to broaden my choices before applying. I am specifically concerned about my GRE scores for getting into these places. Rockefeller UPenn Harvard BBS NYU Sackler BostonU PiBS Brown Columbia UWashington
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