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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    It appeared to have nothing to do with my track (I applied with immuno as primary and neuro as secondary), but said that the director of my primary may be contacting me. So I'm assuming that I'm interviewing for the immunology track.
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Does which interview weekend you're invited to have anything to do with the rank of your app, and if you ask to come to a later interview weekend (although they only offered the first weekend) will that hurt your chance of getting in? I saw someone in the results was invited to the Mayo interview Feb. weekend. I was offered the Jan. interview weekend at Mayo without even knowing there were two interview weekends. I was offered a concurrent interview at the University where I work; they also only offered the Jan. weekend (same as Mayo), but I know there's a second weekend from faculty here and asked the program director to come the 2nd weekend so I could go to both interviews. Why are schools only offering one? Is it okay that I asked for the second weekend?
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Undergrad Institution: Boston University Major(s): BA Neuroscience & Philosophy Minor(s): N/A GPA in Major: 3.91 Overall GPA: 3.75 Position in Class: Top 15%, but probably closer to top 8-10% Type of Student: domestic white female GRE Scores (revised/old version): Q: 164 (86th) V: 160 (86th) W: 6 (99th) Research Experience: 2 years of research (would have been 3, but I graduated a year early) in an addiction genetics at BU in the pharmacology department (a neuroscience/pharm lab); will receive middle authorship on a paper planning to be submitted to Cell Systems. However, this paper is being submitted around August/September, and will likely still be under review throughout application season. 1 summer as a science intern at a pharmaceutical production plant. 1 year and ongoing (2 years by the time I leave for grad school) as a research technician/lab manager in an autoimmunity lab at a state institution from my home state. The lab is a startup lab, so I was the only employee at first and helped the PI put together the lab from the ground up. I will likely have publications from this stint (first author review, first author coauthor—unfortunately listed 2nd since I’m a tech and the other lab member is a postdoc), but these publications will not be submitted before application season. Will likely present a poster at AIC. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans list every semester, magna cum laude graduate, Peter Bertocci Award for Philosophical excellence (this is a BU award given to 1 student a year and chosen by philosophy faculty), and Nu Rho Psi member Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for Introduction to Immunology class, writer/layout designer for a campus neuroscience magazine, coordinator for a BU annual event geared toward teaching the general public, children, and other college students about the brain. Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Lots of extra volunteer work teaching young children about science and socializing and raising funding for high school aged special needs kids. I’m considering getting a certificate in business analytics throughout the year before grad school, but that’s a big maybe. Special Bonus Points: I took graduate level neuroscience classes at BU and got all A’s. One of these classes was a 700-level class with all 3rd year neuro grad students. My PI there was also pretty well known in genetics, but I’m not going into genetics so it’s likely a wash anyway. All 3 letters will likely be very strong, and I know all my recommenders quite well. Applying to Where: all immunology programs with a focus of neuroimmunology Mayo Graduate School – immunology or neurobiology of disease track WUSTL – immunology Baylor College of Medicine – immunology Northwestern University – life sciences/immunology track University of Chicago – immunology University of Iowa – immunology University of Minnesota – immunology I may consider other schools after going to AIC and talking to faculty. They have a great lineup of speakers. I’m also still asking around and getting advice, so we’ll see come September.

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