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  1. Sure I just wanted to make sure you didn't only apply to top schools having heard the advice that "GPA doesn't matter if you have strong research" which I made the mistake of. If you're in NIH PREP/IRTA that's a big plus. Just make sure to appeal to at least 3 professors at each school you really want: I had a few PI's want me (and tell me as much) but because they were only 1 or 2 per school, I never ended up getting in (*cough* Carnegie Mellon *cough*); mea culpa. I have some specific recommendations regarding Columbia if you want to PM me and I can help you through which PI's to talk to or
  2. It depends on your department and I'm not sure about Pitt CNUP. In CMU Biological Sciences, you have to rotate twice first within their department and then can look to ones outside possibly even at Pitt. I've heard rumored that it can be harder to join a CMU lab from Pitt but I've also heard to opposite. You can become affiliated with the CNBC after your first year I think after filling out a non-competitive application. All the CNBC professors you can work with even if you're not CNBC but that again goes back to how your department works. Of course, they only regulate your primary advis
  3. I think you are competitive for a place like BU international student status aside. It really comes down to who is writing your letters: if they're big names, you'll get interviewed; and there are some very big names at Chicago. I'm here and we also had some interview at several other of those schools as well but your stats don't see out-of-line with the G1's I know. BU has a very bimodal (?) set of faculty that they are trying to remedy in that, around the 2000's they were real hard-hitters and top in the theoretical field with people like Eric Swartz, Howard Eichenbaum, and Stephen Grossberg
  4. Trying not to be that guy but I'm here to tell you it's "not fine" if you have that GPA and anyone who tells you otherwise has no clue what they are talking about. That length of time will not counter your GPA and your GRE scores are not quite strong enough to offset it either especially considering that many schools are no longer using it. Neuroscience is insanely competitive right now with many/most R1's having admit rates below 5% with many being below 2%. I know people at the schools you listed and got into comparable ones but I had to do a ton to compensate for my similarly low GPA and st
  5. You're aiming too high and I think would need a few years off working as a research associate if those are the schools you want to go to. Typically, those schools will see students with above a 3.5 GPA, 3 years of research, and a 160 quant score. Especially aiming for psych programs you're gonna see the average student with a 3.75. I interviewed at CMU nad have friends at UVA, Pitt, and JHU for neuro and have around a 3.8 with several years of research experience with good scores. The one (at UVA) that doesn't have a high GPA (a 3.2) has a masters. I think you should do the same. A first-auth
  6. So I actually go to BU and the vibe I got/have is not so much that the departments are competitive but that they just have different philosophies regarding training. Maybe that results in disagreements but I've only been here a week so I probably am not privy to them yet. Again, PM if you want more specific details but broadly, GPN: This is the main neuro program available and is very heavy into systems neuroscience but seems to be the best funded and supported among the three. It is housed on the main campus with most faculty in either CILSE (the brand new beautiful tower for neuro and s
  7. It's because you're a trained physician which I have no idea what to make of especially with you being from India. Also, the cognition of music is a very odd (not bad just uncommon) thing to be interested in and might restrict your options.
  8. I'm in BU BBC and I know a fair bit about all three programs (my lab is in A&N and I interviewed with GPN [but didn't get in') but you'll have to PM me if you want info and I'll give you my personal email.
  9. So your profile is a bit odd to me and is very atypical for a neuroscience applicant in the U.S. If I was a committee member, I'd like to see specific research experience in a traditional neuroscience lab; was this your experience? What journals are you authored in and are they regional ones from India? I know of someone with a very similar and profile as you (might even be you) and they are getting a master's in Europe to allay such concerns. I also don't know if an MBBS from India is of any value and committee's are a conservative bunch when it comes to addressing degrees they don't know abo
  10. Well what are you trying to do long-term? An MS in neuroscience is largely unhelpful especially given that you already have an MS in psych which is a neighboring field. If you have to pay for the MS in neuro, I'd say don't bother. Even if you didn't have to pay, I'd probably also say don't bother. Really the only thing you should be going into now is either working in industry or a PhD program; to that end, I'd advise you just to try to enter a neuroscience lab through your psych PhD.
  11. Your GRE doesn't generally matter although tour quant is pretty low; it won't get you disqualified if your other stats are strong but it will be a reason to deny you if they're deciding between you and another candidate. Going for top-tier places like Princeton or Duke, it will really depend on your other stats.
  12. Nothing related to neuroscience probably unless you're a scientist at one of the few companies that do it (someplace like Inscopix or NeuroPhotometrics or a pharma) or a staff scientist at one of the places like the Allen Institute. Most everyone just leaves is what I hear.
  13. Good luck to you all! So many memories, so many tears; I miss it in some sick way.
  14. Straight to PhD. MS's cost money usually and you're getting equivalent experience in your neuro postbacc. Really the MS is only for those who have zero science experience and are looking to switch into neuro.
  15. A few of those programs are harder than you think to get into and I would probably move them into Reach programs namely NYU and Chicago possibly also BU (I might be biased but my interview cohort there were also interviewing at places like NYU, Northwestern, MIT, etc.). I think it doesn't have as prestigious of a reputation but it draws some of the same caliber of applicants as those applying to the two big name Boston schools (MIT and Harvard) who use it as their "back-up"; a lot of the people I met decided to go to places like UCSD, UCSF, Yale, Karolinska, etc but nevertheless you'd have to
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