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Everything posted by dejosco

  1. Harvard University and UChicago do send out final admissions decisions, they’re just not until much later in the summer. If you don’t hear anything by March or April from either of these schools, I’d say it would not be unsafe to assume that you need to consider elsewhere. For reference, I got an interview from Harvard and UChicago in the second week of March.
  2. I'm so sorry that you didn't get any acceptances. Just try to figure out where your application was lacking, then spend time building that area. Fortunately, there are many paths to graduate school.
  3. Yes, a lot of this information was poster earlier in the thread.
  4. I highly agree with neurooooo. I would also highly advise taking more than a few months to do research before applying to PhD programs considering your outcome with PREP programs.
  5. I got an interview from UChicago and Harvard (declined both though).
  6. Just as a heads up: Brown has sent/is sending out interview invitations. I received one, but declined as I already committed elsewhere.
  7. Oh, absolutely! Fortunately there are career opportunities for those that want to not only train as scientists, but also become involved as advocates.
  8. It sounds like you could greatly benefit from taking some time to gain a greater understanding of what exactly it is you want out of a career and what exactly it is you could see yourself doing with an advanced degree, whether that be a PhD, MD-PhD, or MD. You make "this information" more understandable to the public by publishing. Doing research isn't about just fiddling about in a lab doing experiments--it's about expanding the frontier of human knowledge. If you play your cards right, you will also be able to share this information outside of the context of scientific journals (e.g., review articles, Popular Science articles, TED Talks, etc.) that will allow for this information to be shared in a way that is more understandable to people that lack the technical knowledge we as life scientists have. All research, even basic science, is done with hope it will someday have an impact. If you are interested in research that is more translationally focused, it would probably be advantageous for you to look into public health graduate programs or translational research programs. Additionally, bear in mind that having an MD does not preclude you from doing research. Luckily, there is a place in research for people with a vast array of interests!
  9. Yeah, JHU did interviews! Unless you already have a substantial amount of research experience already, it would probably be more advantageous to utilize your gap year to gain research experience in some way.
  10. I was offered an interview from Harvard earlier last week, so I'm assuming that they've got the ball rolling. I'm not sure about the other places you mentioned though.
  11. I will tell you-- and this is confirmed information-- that UChicago begins making offers before the due date. If they do not fill up their spots before the due dates, then they will consider later applications. Unfortunately, this information isn't made clear on their website.
  12. I declined an interview offer from UChicago and UC Davis, in addition to withdrawing my applications from Harvard, Brown, and Tufts to accept an admissions offer for Johns Hopkins PREP! My fingers are crossed for you all!
  13. I'm a Leadership Alliance alumnus as well! I haven't accepted the offer from Case, but I am going to request if I can have an additional week to consider. I'll message you back! I'm actually highly interested in infectious disease research! It's not as big of a thing at the Cleveland Clinic as cancer biology, but they still have excellent research going on in the area. I'm highly considering their Molecular Medicine PhD program.
  14. For those that are still interested in applying to PREP, University of California - Santa Cruz has just renewed their grant. Applications are due April 1st. http://stemdiv.ucsc.edu/prep/
  15. Unless you have some extenuating circumstance, I would just let the more personal part of your statement explain why exactly a PREP program would benefit you. I didn't have enough research experience, so I just made sure to explain that in the first paragraph of my essay.
  16. They weren't accepting last cycle, but they are/were accepting this cycle (I'm not sure if the deadline has passed).
  17. I am in the same predicament as you. Case has extended an invitation to me and I have until March 5th to give an answer, but I've only heard back from UC Davis so far. They've offered me an interview, but it's on the same day as the deadline for Case. I'm just going to ask Case for an additional week to decide, though. Hopkins should be getting back with us in the next week or two. Case's program is a great program. Case's medical program is certainly stronger than their biology program and it benefits from being affiliated with the highly prestigious Cleveland Clinic, but it's still a solid program and a solid school. I think that if the research fit is strong, you should definitely consider it. Cleveland is a wonderful city, it is very affordable, and the transportation is great. I think that Case's PREP is probably one of the "best" PREPs, as it has a stellar placement rate and a very low attrition rate.
  18. Me too! How exciting. Do you know how many other individuals they are interviewing?
  19. Check out PREP at Northwestern University. It’s solely neuroscience.
  20. I think the key thing is just ensuring that you give a full, fleshed out explanation of your research experience.
  21. Thanks man! I have until Marrch 5th to give an answer.
  22. So far I've been accepted into Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine PREP and I just accepted an interview offer from UC Davis PREP. Hoping to hear back from others in the coming weeks.
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