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  1. Is anyone familiar with any fellowships for PhD students in Biology who want to teach more? One of my postdoc mentors was funded by an NSF grant (around 2011) where he was paired with a high school teacher to teach some high school biology classes as outreach. But I think they discontinued that program. I'm more interested in university-level teaching, but high school outreach sounds fun, too. Quick google searches don't seem to get me anywhere. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. ^ +1 to Orims, but also OP should be aware that most of these things can be said about any of these programs. People with NCS papers get rejected from these PhD programs every cycle. The fact that Stanford Biosciences cares a lot about diversity is good info, though, I didn't know about that. I also don't know of actual acceptance rates for any of these programs. They may have them on their website somewhere, but most places don't disclose. Some of my friends who got into MIT Bio, HILS, UCSF, etc., also got into Stanford Biosciences. Conversely, some of my friends who got into Stanf
  3. Hi, welcome! 1. Is computational virology even a thing? Like building computational models of viruses to better understand them and help figure out vaccine development/treatment strategies? Sure. You can apply computational methods to basically any sub-field in biology. For example, see: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0042682217300053 2. If so, do you guys have any suggestions of PhD programs which have a strength in this area? I'm not sure. You may benefit from reading the literature some (just search things in Google Scholar!). When you find p
  4. You absolutely stand a chance! I think the important thing is not whether you can get in, but whether you’re willing to commit to 4-7 years of full-time research right now. If you feel ready/willing to do that (and confident that you enjoyed your prior research experiences enough that you’ll enjoy a PhD), then go ahead and apply. ^ This was basically the advice that I got when I was in a similar situation last year. I was planning on taking a few years off after my MS, but one of my advisors convinced me to go ahead and apply to just a few programs in the city where I live—and, if
  5. That was me! I'm also not sure if all invites were sent, but I got an email yesterday at 6:59 PM for interviews on either February 7th or February 28th. My friend's PI was on the committee and was complaining about how they had ~400 applications for ~6 spots. I'm really shocked and grateful that they sent me an interview--but I feel like, with that many applications, there has to be even more stochasticity than in most.
  6. Lol thanks. More like recklessness than confidence? Tbh I was going to take a year or two off--I'm in Boston and there're lots of job opportunities in Bioinformatics here--but one of my undergrad advisors (who I trust a lot, in part because she's blunt/honest to the point that it sometimes comes off as rude) told me to apply to a few places year, at least to get practice. I took it seriously and hey--so far, so good. And I'll get to meet you at the BIG interviews! 😄 I'm so excited, it's going to be a blast.
  7. Jean Fan (a recently-graduated hotshot PhD Bioinformatician) gave some really fantastic tips here: https://jef.works/blog/2018/02/26/phd-program-interview-and-application-tips-and-advice/ I asked a similar question to two senior postdocs in my lab yesterday, and they were more succinct. They said (1) have a 1-minute summary of your current and past research projects. It's hard to do, and doesn't actually reflect your potential to do well in grad school, but it makes you look well put-together, (2) have a quick summary of why you like that program, and (3) remember to relax and let your in
  8. I think most MIT Biology were released today. But CSB is separate from Biology--they're a small department with a metric shit-ton of applications to go through, so they're on a slightly slower schedule 😄
  9. Nothing from SSQB yet, I don’t think! I’ve worked in a couple labs in SysBio, and they definitely have a wait-until-after-christmas vibe. (though looking at previous results, it looks like they released earlier in previous years? so maybe my impressions are off) edit: looks like someone just posted an interview invitation to the results page!
  10. Just got an interview email from Harvard BBS! I haven't gotten any other notifications yet. Generic format, e.g.: > It is my great pleasure to invite you to visit the Harvard University Division of Medical Sciences Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS). > Our Admissions Committee has selected you as an excellent candidate for entry into the BBS program. The next step in our admissions process is an interview where you will meet individually with multiple BBS faculty members and receive a broad introduction to our program, our students and the Harvard Medi
  11. Me! I've just applied to Harvard (BBS, SSQB, BIG) and MIT (Biology, CSB, BE). My list is beyond top-heavy lol--this feels a lot less stressful than undergrad, though, since I/we can always work for a year or two and re-apply more broadly.
  12. Three days after submitting and I've already checked GradCafe a good bit 😕. Oh well, here's my post! Undergrad Institution: Northeastern University, Boston, MAMajor(s): Biology (BS) Bioinformatics (MS)GPA in Major: 4.0Overall GPA: 3.95 UG / 4.0 GType of Student: Domestic, white hispanic male. GRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 169V: 167W: 5B: N/AResearch Experience: Research around Boston over the last 5 years or so. No real papers: I listed an 2nd author on chemxriv, a nth author in peer review, and a first author "in preparation to submit December 2019". Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A
  13. I'll swap with you! I'm applying Biology/Systems Biology/Biological Engineering.
  14. I also really liked Magoosh. I only took two practice tests: Magoosh: 158Q, 164V Princeton: 161Q, 164V, AW: 5 and 5.5 Actual: 169Q, 165V, AW: 5 I guess I got lucky? Or didn’t take the practice exams as seriously as the actual test? Either way—just studied with Magoosh. 100% recommend.
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