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socialinsects4eva

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    Omaha, NE
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    2019 Fall
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    Biology

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  1. socialinsects4eva

    Missing transcripts (or other docs)...

    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!!!
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    NSF GRFP - Weight of Prospective PI as LOR?

    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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    Mol/Cell Bio program competitiveness

    The individuals I'm very interested in working with for PhD research all accept new students under a variety of programs. I'm torn between a few general categories, primarily because I'm concerned about differences in competitiveness and qualifications for these programs. The options are something like ecology/evolutionary biology, and more biomedical science programs like molecular/cellular biology. My background is more molecular intensive, but I haven't taken as many chemistry courses as I'm sure others applying to those programs will. Do you think this would be an issue, or am I overthinking it?
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