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    2019 Fall
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    Immunology

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  1. Have you emailed/called? Checked spam folders etc.? My specific interview schedules were all sent to me 2-7 days in advance.
  2. DRMF

    moving and housing

    Of course you can refuse a roommate proposal for any reason; you just have to phrase it nicely and respectfully. Like others said, you might want to reflect on your own thinking/why you feel more comfortable living with females only, and decide for yourself if it is a healthy mindset for your own sake. Maybe you don't want to share a bathroom with a guy because you don't want to deal with the toilet seat being up - pretty small thing in general but if it's a significant factor for you, then it sure is a valid reason. There are also plenty of cultures in the world in which living with someone of the opposite gender (who's not your family) is completely unimaginable. I lived with 2 girls and 1 guy for 2 years during college and throughout the entire time the guy told his parents he was living with 3 male roommates. If you're culturally accustomed to a certain kind of living conditions, I'd say it's a personal decision whether you want to break the habit/embrace a new possibility.
  3. DRMF

    moving and housing

    I am an international student and I will be out of the US for the summer. My program starts in late Aug and, being my super prepared self, I've already signed a lease and will be booking a moving/box -shipping service soon. I know plenty of international students who are still looking for places though (my school's student housing lottery app was due 5/1, so they results are being released now).
  4. You should look into the graduate courses first and see who they're designed for. For example, an umbrella biosciences program usually require the same "intro"/"fundamentals" courses for first years that are meant to bring everyone (with different undergrad majors) up to the same level in terms of genetics, mol/cell bio, dev bio etc. These usually will not require extensive knowledge in each subject. But if your program is just for a specific subfield, then it's likely you'll have to review somewhat in order not to fall behind.
  5. I don't know enough about mechanical engineering or German schools to offer specific suggestions, I just hope you can get someone or a grammar-check software to fix the grammar issues. Your essay for the most part is understandable (for me), but there are a lot of phrases that made me stop and think for a second. Since it's not a master's in English, your writing doesn't have to be perfect, but having too many noticeable mistakes/awkward wording will make it harder for the reader to get the message you're trying to get across.
  6. Seeing some different opinions above, I would just like to reiterate my belief that it's unethical not to disclose any potential conflict of interest, including significant personal connections, in the letter. The letter itself, obviously, will be recommending you in a strictly professional capacity. (It's like stating "I received this product for free in exchange of my honest opinion" at the end of an Amazon product review; the review itself shouldn't talk about how nice it is that the seller sent it to the reviewer for free, but the conflict of interest must be declared.)
  7. Have you contacted any of the schools? A phone call to inquire would definitely be appropriate at this point. Also check the Results sections of the grade cafe website to see if anyone else has heard back from those programs you haven't heard from.
  8. I have never heard of this and would assume that it's not respectful behavior on that department's part. Can you reach out to ask for a refund for your application fee, on the grounds that your application was never properly reviewed? Would anyone in your current department be happy to side with you on this exchange, since they (presumably) unknowingly helped distribute misleading information? (I know of someone who asked for a refund from a program that essentially did not consider international applications.)
  9. DRMF

    2019 Waitlist Thread

    Does this mean you did NOT get an interview? Or did you get waitlisted AFTER an interview? If you didn't get an interview I'd assume you've lost your chance.
  10. DRMF

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I have a lab mate (current grad student) who finished college in 3 years and when she was applying, she was told that it was controversial whether that would be a positive, negative or irrelevant factor. Did you get specific comments on that from those who helped you? Otherwise, your stats and experience are really great ("second author on 1 pub" definitely did not hurt). You may want to have a few others read over your SOP, preferably people who don't know you well to offer an uninfluenced opinion (I'd be happy to do so if you want to share). Especially since your stats look great, I'd particularly look for parts that could be interpreted as arrogant or presumptuous (I have another lab mate who sat on the adcom of his program, and he said there was one person whose application looked perfect except the SOP just read like "you'd be so lucky to have me" - everyone voted a straight nope on that one). Not at all saying you held that attitude, it's just that sometimes one's tone doesn't come off as intended when read by a stranger. Although I agree in general research fit is important, I'd assume for the schools you applied to there should have been enough breadth to fit your interests (unless you had a very specific subfield in mind and indicated that in the application). And yes, apply to less selective schools. Also, could there have been an unhelpful LOR? Anyway, sorry and best of luck!
  11. I applied for the PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine this cycle, and received this email an hour ago: "As you may know, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is transitioning from its prior relationship with Yeshiva University to an independent degree-granting institution. As part of this transition, Einstein has applied to the U.S. government for permission to sponsor student visas. Unfortunately, at this time, the application is still pending and we are not yet able to sponsor student visas. Therefore, we will be unable to admit international students this year. We are sorry for this news and will soon be sending you an electronic Amazon gift card to defray part of your expenses." I already have offers from schools higher on my list and have committed to a program, so the situation doesn't affect me in the least (in fact, I'm happy I'll be getting some money back). I just want to leave it here and warn future international applicants to keep an eye on the progress of their visa sponsor application, which I was not made aware of until now.
  12. What kind of offer is this and how did you "accept" the offer? Verbally? Or formally submitting an electronic form with your signature? If it's a funded program and the school is in that national agreement with 4/15 deadline etc. there are specific instructions on how to do this. Generally it's definitely frowned up and may damage future relationships with people in your field, the extent of which depends on your field, the program, your reason for changing your mind, and how you handle it. There are numerous existing posts on on this forum - just use the search tool.
  13. DRMF

    Columbia University vs Weill Cornell

    Specifying the actual programs may help elicit more useful replies.
  14. I don't know if you should ask her for this letter; however, if you do, make sure she fully discloses her personal connections with you in her letter. That will make it ethical and fair, but also very likely make her letter less helpful. Whether the damage is significant enough for you to not use the letter at all, it's for you to evaluate. See somewhat related discussion here: https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/127124/is-using-the-parents-friend-s-recommendation-inappropriate
  15. I believe you need to actually enroll in that program to request access to those letters (search "FERPA letter of recommendation").
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