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    Ask questions about the PhD application process!

    Spend most of your time on research and writing your statements. If there's faculty you're interested in working with, shooting them an e-mail to see if you'd be a good fit at the lab or institution would be a good idea too. Places like UCSF TETRAD don't even require the GRE anymore, so the emphasis on it is steadily decreasing, especially among top-tier programs.
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    Personal Statement Read

    I got very helpful feedback on my personal statements when I sent it to my parents, friends, girlfriend, mentors in science and PI. They will know you better than a stranger on GradCafe and might know enough about graduate admissions (eg. your PI, Grad student/Post-doc) to help you tailor your statement to a graduate admissions panel and the school you are applying to.
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    You are an incredibly strong applicant and I would be shocked if you did not get interviews at most of the places you are applying, barring a weak essay or letter of recommendation. However, your international status may pose some funding issues at some state universities. For example, I know that UCSF funds far fewer international students than some other private institutions, but YMMV. Lastly, I would recommend against taking the subject test and instead focus on pushing your project to publication. That'll be far more advantageous for grad apps. and grad school itself.
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    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    @pm3220 I was admitted to UC Berkeley with similar stats, you should have a chance. In my opinion, it's best to only apply to programs that you'd be excited to attend!
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    NSF GRFP 2018-2019

    Anyone know when or how we can access our reviewer feedback?
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Just got a call from Berkeley MCB for an interview.
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Got it as an e-mail. I haven't heard back from UW MCDB either
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Just received a UCLA Biosci. Cell & Developmental Bio interview invite.
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Just got an interview offer from UCSF TETRAD and UCSD Division of Biological sciences!
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I've applied to TETRAD and have not yet heard anything, if that helps.
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    GRE retake?

    I recently took the GRE, scored 167 verbal, 152 quant, awaiting AWA scores (but felt good considering the scored examples I've seen). I need to send these scores to UCSD and UCLA (Cell biology PhD), and have a cum. GPA of 3.7, 2 years of research experience and a publication. My combined GRE score is about 80th percentile, but obviously my quant. is far weaker than my verbal score. Should I retake the GRE, or hope that the rest of my application and LORs are enough? Secondly, for schools listing "optional" GRE submission, should I submit these scores? The other schools I'm planning on applying to are in the top 15 cell bio programs. Thanks!

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