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    Omaha, NE
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    Social insect behavior, neurogenomics, evolution of sociality, computational and systems biology
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Integrative Biosciences

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  1. fauxmystic

    Go where it's pretty, or go where it's cheap?

    I found the environment in B very comfortable (and familiar, being from the midwest). Saving money/paying off debts and possibly having a house to make rental income would be really nice. The folks at A and I *really* got along and continue to speak regularly; right now I think I'll feel obligated/guilty for turning them down if I do.
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    NSF GRFP 2018-2019

    Anybody have an update on the GRFP panels post-shutdown? (That wouldn't be gleaned from reading the website?)
  3. Two acceptances so far at my top 2! Really tied in terms of research interests/funding/facilities/academic atmosphere/etc. (PI at one actually studied under PI at the other!) Main differences that I'm having trouble sorting out: Tech at A specific to my project ideas would need to be set up initially (by me), whereas is already set up and being piloted at B. Cost of living is high at A (almost making a studio apartment unaffordable), and (VERY) low at B (to the point of making a mortgage a no-brainer). A is prettier, topographically much more diverse than where I've lived all my life (I could actually hike and camp without driving 8 hours!). B is still in the midwest (hurray, flatland.) A has offered special sign-on bonuses and training-grant funding in addition to tuition and stipend. B is a lower stipend concomitant with the lower cost of living. PI at A is around to teach/discuss ideas with regularly. PI at B is also around to discuss ideas with, but is a bit difficult to meet with as they direct an institute (and thus have a lab manager run the show while still advising on projects.) Thoughts?
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    Does SAP reset as a graduate student?

    As an undergraduate, I became ineligible for federal aid due to maxing out my cumulative attempted credit hours (who knew starting college as a directionless 18 year old might be messy?) I'm thankful that my first graduate program acceptance letter came today, and that the program has offered full funding and stipend for the duration of my studies...but I will need to find a bit of extra aid to cover/refinance/push into deferment some higher interest debts that, while I can manage, will make my budget ultra-tight otherwise. My question is, does satisfactory academic progress (SAP - what the Fed uses to determine aid eligibility) reset as a graduate student/not carry over from undergrad?
  5. I just had my first day of (informal, off the books) interviews with some faculty during a recruitment weekend - one question I was asked by all of them in different ways toward the end of our discussion was “what questions are you *specifically* interested in asking?” Is it possible that I’m not coming across as focused in my research ideas/interests? Or is this a general question to expect?
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    There didn’t really seem to be a thread to discuss interviews, so if I should move this lmk. For interview/recruitment weekends, is there anything that you wish you could go back and do different? There’s loads of advice out there regarding what to wear/questions to ask/how to put your best foot forward/etc., but maybe something happened during your visit that you didn’t expect? Any advice is helpful.
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Ayo. I see two have heard back from Princeton QCB. Might anyone be willing to share additional details?
  8. Egads! I've forgotten to submit a transcript with an application. I notified the graduate admissions office at the university that I had my university express mail an official transcript two days after the deadline (12/1) when I realized my mistake. I'm not freaked out or anything, but has anyone had experience dealing with a related mishap/what was the outcome?
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Well, it's December! Best of luck to everyone, hope we all start hearing back about interviews SOON!!!
  10. I just submitted my application for the NSF GRFP. I was wondering if anyone had insight into LORs, and whether having one from my prospective PI (Ivy, R1) will have any weight?
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    ISO: Rejected NSF GRFP Proposals

    Hello fellow applicants, I'm looking for examples of rejected NSF GRFP proposals from previous years. I submitted my application yesterday, and am winding down, looking for things to read to keep my mind at ease (ha!). If you have or have found an example of a rejected NSF GRFP proposal, and would be willing to link to it or PM me, I'd appreciate it. (Mulling over all the things I could have done better or may not realize I did poorly.)
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Posted earlier in the year; updating as I submit my applications. Undergraduate Institution: University of Nebraska at OmahaMajor(s): Biology, NeuroscienceMinor(s): PhilosophyGPA in Major: 3.56/4.0Overall GPA: 3.35/4.0 Position in class: ?Supplementary education: bioinformatics courses through UCSD-ExtensionType of Student: domestic white maleGRE Scores (revised)Q: 160 (74%)V: 160 (86%)W: 5.5 (98%)B: N/AResearch Experience: - Summer REU (via NSF) - 2&1/2 years molecular neuro/genetics research (assisting in NIH projects; conducting my own, below) (6 months of the above experience have been a paid tech position) - 1 grant for project started 1/1/2018, manuscript in progress (primary author) - 1 year computational biology research, paid position, project manager, manuscript in progress (senior? author) - 3 months (ongoing) molecular ecology research, PI, directing team of 3 undergraduatesAwards/Honors/Recognitions: - University philosophy honors scholarship - Deans list - Nu Rho Psi honors society - Professional memberships (AAAS, ASBMB, SfN)Pertinent Activities or Jobs: - Started undergraduate late (2015), began paid research positions mid 2017. - Prior to 2017, held several unrelated jobs, worked full time while enrolled. - Founder of science communication campus organization (active 1&1/2 year, ongoing) - Founder and director of 501(c)(3) scientific research organization (active 3 months, ongoing) Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: - Organized/hosted several public outreach events through founded organizationsSpecial Bonus Points: - Graduate course in ecology/genetics - NSF GRF applicant (2019) - Three very solid LORs (plus LOR from prospective PI for NSF) - Additional tertiary author on two publications (projects in progress for next year or so)Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: - Enrolled/Dropped classes at different University after high school. Transcript and GPA is a train-wreck leading up to enrollment at current institution (8/2016), but show upward trend. Applying to: 2019 NSF GRFP (target: Princeton) Princeton - QCB ASU - Animal Behavior Penn State - MCIBS UCLA - EcoEvoBio UIUC - Neuroscience UVM - Biology (QUeST Program) Iowa State - IGG
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    NSF GRFP 2018-2019

    Question related to the personal statement: How much historical monologue is too much monologue? I'm approaching my application with that "NSF funds the person, not the project" mantra, in that about 3/4 of the first page is written more as a reflection on my intellectual development leading up to my first research experience. Intellectual Merit then takes up the next 1&1/2 pages, and the final sections are covering Broader Impacts (generally speaking). I've read dozens of winning essays from previous years, and I'm seeing a variety of approaches. Recognizing that no line should be wasted, and so even the reflective sections ought to be building momentum to the project proposal itself, does anyone have any advice to give?
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Retook the GRE today. Quant: 155 (59%), Verbal: 159 (82%). I'll assume my writing scores will be the same (=>5/6). Is my low quant score going to be a major rejection factor, or with my CV should I take the score and save $300 on a third attempt?
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I assume I have somewhat of an average applicant profile. Applying primarily to molecular/cellular biology programs. Any advice/criticisms are greatly appreciated. Undergraduate Institution: University of Nebraska at Omaha (for a public, midwestern U, has surprisingly solid reputation for bio research.)Major(s): Biology, NeuroscienceMinor(s): PhilosophyGPA in Major: 3.6Overall GPA: 3.4 Position in class: unsure Supplementary education: applied bioinformatics certificate program through USCD-Extension School (GPA: 3.8)Type of Student: domestic white maleGRE Scores (revised)Q: 150V: 162W: 5.5B: N/A - I'm retaking in two weeks. Practice tests have my Q between 156-160. Research Experience: - Summer REU (via NSF) [designed, carried out experiment, implemented new tech/protocols in home lab (below) - presented at UNMC (medical school affiliated with campus) research conference - 2 years molecular neuro/genetics research (assisting in NIH projects and conducting my own, below) regular presentations at lab meetings - 6 months of the above experience have been a paid tech position - 1 grant proposal and award for project started 1/1/2018, manuscript in progress (primary author) - 1 year computational biology research, paid position, project manager, manuscript in process (tertiary author) - 6 months molecular ecology research, assisting in ongoing project as volunteerAwards/Honors/Recognitions: - University philosophy honors scholarship (1 semester) - Deans list (3 semesters) - Nu Rho Psi honors societyPertinent Activities or Jobs: primarily listed in research experience, but - Started undergraduate late (2015), began paid research positions mid 2017. Prior to this, held several unrelated jobs, worked full time (see penultimate section)Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: - Started/direct campus-organization-turned-501(c)3 nonprofit organization for science communication and public engagement. Two faculty on board of directors, hosted several public events 2017/2018 academic year. This year, plan to host micro-conference.Special Bonus Points: - Graduate course in ecological genetics - Three very solid LORs (and additional good LOR if needed) - Projects I've assisted in are including me as tertiary author, though these won't be published for a couple of yearsAny Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: - Not sure if I'll need to mention it, but I have one C+ in a major course (biochemistry) - Also, I've dealt with financial strain the majority of my education due to going through divorce (finalized late 2017), so I've had to spend more time working unrelated jobs (not many positions in Omaha for lab tech work without a BS degree) and less time studying than I would have enjoyed.Applying to Where: Ignore the EEB programs. I'll be applying to cell/molecular biology oriented programs only.
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