Undergrad Institution: State flagship school, R1 researchMajor(s): Biology, cell/molecularMinor(s): Chemistry, musicGPA in Major: 3.99Overall GPA: 3.993Position in Class: Top 5% Magna Cum LaudeType of Student: Domestic white femaleGRE Scores:Q: 161V: 164W: 4.5B: Not takingResearch Experience: 2 years in current cell biology lab, including 1 gap year full time as lab manager. 1 summer NIH internship program in immunology lab, 1 previous semester in undergraduate intro-to-research program in a biochem lab. 1 3rd author publication in submission process. Upcoming poster at ASCB meeting.Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 8 semesters on the Dean's list, 4 yrs full ride scholarship from university, Biology department scholarship, private undergraduate research fellowshipPertinent Activities or Jobs: 4 semesters cell biology TA, 1 semester biological diversity TA, organized undergrad journal club course for evolutionary health interest groupAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Lots of extracurricular music activities, but not very relevantSpecial Bonus Points: female from extremely religious/conservative area; not much exposure to science before collegeAny Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Was premed until third bout of cancer this year and I realized all I want to do is bench science. Debating if/how this needs to show up in my personal statement. Applying to Where:
UW MCB and biology
Oregon IMB (maybe)
University of Rochester MCDB
What do you think? Probably need more safety schools and fewer top tier schools, I know. Looking for mid-tier schools with strong research in RNA and/or membrane trafficking. Suggestions?