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  1. I am. It's a nice touch. In my program they suggest we do. Just thanks for your time and stuff not a whole essay.
  2. Heard from them the Thursday before xmas via email. They only displayed 2 weekends when I took the survey...the 11th and 31st for neuro and about 30 kids each
  3. Cool! I'm UAB. Interviewed for USCarolina and VCU as well as a UCLA program.
  4. Hey, I'm currently a PREP Scholar. I'll hit you up
  5. Ask you about previous research, motivations, career aspirations, why us...see how you articulate
  6. I would just call. Dont have to give a name. "Hello! I'm an applicant to this year's program, and I'd just like to know when we could expect notification of interview invites." If they're done, they'll say they are. Sometimes on schools' sites in the FAQ, they'll say around the dates you are no longer being considered if you haven't heard anything. Dont need a name to get the info, so you won't have to feel like a pest.
  7. Happened to me at Chapel Hill's PhD in Pharm Sci. They called it a pre interview. It is essentially a filtering process. On a Monday we had pre interview via Skype. Friday they called me with interview offer.
  8. When I got to select my weekend, I saw dates well into March. There's still hope!
  9. I apologize. Though she's interested in neuro she actually applied to the pharmacology program. Didn't mean to worry anyone
  10. As far as UNC, I'm not sure of their other dates. I was told my date...which is the weekend of 1/31. Offer was extended via email 12/14
  11. Yes to UTSW. Their weekends for neuro are 1/10 and 1/31. I heard from them via email on 12/20
  12. You can always do research as a clinician and work in academic medicine.
  13. This thread and others like it is a great tool for people at the same stage to help each other and ease the stress of applying and matriculating. I hate to think that the sharing of good news for some brings so much sadness to others. Keep your head up. It's not over until it's over.
  14. Dont give up! A lot of schools are looking for more now. Many great programs are dropping the GRE requirement. Also, I know you may have your ideal schools but applying to more safety schools can be the trick. Placing all your hopes in 7 schools doesnt mean as much if they're Stanford, Harvard. Yale, or UC-whatever. Apply to more within reach or mid tier schools. Reach out to some faculty you're interested in working with. Edit: it's okay if you dont go to a top 10 grad school. What's important is the work you get done and what you learn and the experience. You can always do top 10
  15. I know you're not giving a presentation. But there some that do want impromptu presentations...I've seen a few. It makes for ease when discussing some works. And yes they may know your background, but it still doesn't hurt. Rather have and not need than need and not have. I didnt mean to come off as you need to be a robot and have everything all figured out, but it is important to seem like you have an idea of what's going on in the industry and what attracted you to that professor. Being as prepared as I can be makes me more confident and I can leave knowing that I did all that I c
  16. Get a good nights sleep. Days are looong. Multiple interviews and tours so also dress comfortably! Also keep in mind that it may/will be snowing/very cold wherever you go vs where you're coming from!
  17. Your previous research. I'm bringing a digital copy on my flash drive and printing out my posterboard on a piece of paper. CVs couldn't hurt. Also, prepare questions for faculty and grad students that cant be answered on their website. Prepare yourself for some questions other than research related too. If you want specifics, lemme know. Come business professional. Always the most formal. Address people by the formal before the tell you otherwise. Never break character even around grad students. Everyone is judging you. Everyone is watching! They will report back!
  18. Skip that part. Says it's only for certain entities...not individuals. You are completing the form as an individual. Fill in that you're an individual, your name, address, SSN, signature, and date. Fax, photograph or scan the first page only to BBSP. Easy peasy.
  19. Yes, but more so emailing faculty members whose research you're interested in. It may help you. They may out in a good word for you to admissions. "Dear Dr. (blank), I am applying this season and am interested in your work with (blank). My background fits in as I have done (blank)." Then you could ask for a phone or Skype to talk about what's currently going on in the lab, etc. I would try this with at least 1 faculty member per university you're applying for. Good luck!
  20. Definitely a chance! And there are so many more great ones without GRE! I say this in case things may not go so well this go round. That includes UNC Chapel Hill, Weill Cornell, Dartmouth, UPenn, Harvard, Stanford, WashU in St. Louis, and Vanderbilt IGP. I think you stand a chance (pretty good one depending on how low of GPA you mean by low), but you should have applied to at least 3-4 more safety schools...just so you don't end up empty handed. An even spread of high to mid tier schools...especially you being international...is key. I ended up applying to about 15 schools! Thus f
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