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episome1996

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    2020 Fall
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    Neuroscience

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  1. I see exactly what you mean and have been prepared for rejections and looked for safety schools should my GPA greatly hinder my application but lately I've been emailing PIs at columbia, UC boulder and UCLA and almost all of them have quickly gotten back to me and said I look like a great candidate and want to interview/ meet with me despite seeing my GPA on my CV. I'm assuming that my current position at the NIH and my experience has made up for my GPA but I'm also not sure how much weight these emails should hold. Edit: I also would like to mention that the research I've done is very closely related to the POI's current research
  2. I don't think it's too late to reach out now, most deadlines are December 1st and reaching out is not a requirement. I usually do it just to make sure the PI's will have space in their lab if I get into the program. I know someone that waited to email POIs after he received interview invites so that he could ask to meet with them during the interview and it worked out pretty well.
  3. Hi, How are you going about addressing your GPA in applications? You have a pretty high tier school list and I do as well with some mid tiers thrown in and a 3.1 GPA but lots of research experience + awards and a post-bac at the NIH so I'm hoping those will greatly counter my GPA.
  4. I've had trouble getting fee waivers from schools. Has anyone else had any luck / tips?
  5. To weigh in on this I personally know someone that had a 4.0 GPA, multiple pubs and experience and research awards that got accepted to every school he applied to (harvard, hopkins, stanford, berkeley, WashU etc.) - I think it's pretty reasonable and if you only have limited funds for application fees and know you wouldn't accept a lower tier school's offer why not? maybe add one "safety" that they'd still be comfortable going to
  6. Hi all, good luck to everyone! Does anyone have any input on applying for clinical psych programs this cycle when all 5 years of research (1.5 in current lab and 3.5 in undergrad, two different labs) have been in genetics and not psychology? I have a lot of conferences and awards to show for my strength in research and I want to apply genetic factors in psych research but I'm worried programs will skip over me since my experience is not psych-related.
  7. eh, from what I've been told by PIs and other PhDs and my adviser is that you can take other courses and that the program you're in doesn't matter as much. I'm not sure if you understood my answer but what I mean by faculty for each program is that that specific program be it genetics or neurobiology has faculty working on the projects I want to work on and that was my determining factor. What matters for me is working in a lab under my area of interest where I can gain the skills and publications needed to pursue a career in that field. thank you for your input, though. As for clinical psych I have a passion for working with people which I've seen in my job as a crisis counselor and with research so my mentor told me to apply for both and he's sure I'd be happy in either position since I still get to research my topics of interest in either.
  8. yes I am very well aware. I'm applying to programs where faculty under each program studies behavioral genetics and for clinical psychology I'd still be happy conducting research as a clinical psychologist as well as practice, I've gone over these options with my adviser at the NIH.
  9. Undergrad Institution: University of Maryland, College Park Major(s): Public Health Science Minor(s): GPA in Major: 3.7 Overall GPA: 3.1 Position in Class: no idea Type of Student: Domestic white female GRE Scores (revised): Q: 156 V: 157 W: 5.0 Research Experience: 1 year research fellowship program/ class that was created for first year undergraduate students. Was also one of the few students to win the summer fellowship and get paid to work in the lab over the summer. Research based in microbiology and genetics. 2.5 years in Molecular biology and genetics lab under the Head of the department. 6 presentations from this lab 2 and best poster presentation awards. Tons of hours in this lab, worked there every single summer and winter in college as well as for credit over the semester. Expect to be published as a co-author on a paper from this lab before I start applications. 2 year postbacc program at the NIH/NCI: working in the RNA biology section Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list for 6 semesters, Student Commencement Speaker for my school's commencement, 2 best poster presentation awards at separate regional research conferences Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for summer research class, Free tutor for children on the weekends, President of a school non-profit that donated unused medical supplies to clinics abroad for 2 years, Worked at wawa for 7 years, Crisis counselor Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Special Bonus Points: Have truly excellent LORs, My current PI knows a lot of people in the field and will help introduce me / email them. Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: GPA dip in sophomore year. Lots of science classes with C's and two F'. This is explained by my recommender and I have a doctor's letter detailing why I could not go to class and almost failed out (due to undiagnosed mental disorder, bipolar and depression). After I got on medicine I made dean's list every semester without faltering and my GPA has an upward trend from 3.6->3.94. I took credit overloads every semester and max credits every winter and summer. I've taken classes since I've graduated in both chemistry and psychology and I've gotten A+'s in both. Applying to where: UCLA - Genetics & genomics Berkeley - Cognitive Neuroscience University of Colorado Boulder - Psychology and Neuroscience behavioral genetics University of Denver - clinical psychology USC - clinical psychology Harvard - BPH NYU - Developmental genetics Duke - neurobiology OHSU - behavioral neuroscience Caltech - neurobiology Anyone have any other recommendations for behavioral genetics programs - particularly in california or florida?
  10. Hi all, I've finally made the decision on whether I want to pursue a PhD in molecular biology or clinical psychology. The decision is without a doubt clinical psychology. The problem is that my major is very science heavy, I'm taking my first psychology course this summer and all of my research is in cell biology. I'm currently volunteering as a friendly visitor for elders in my area and as a crisis text line responder. some other things about me include that I went to UMD, was commencement speaker, president of a local nonprofit, multiple research posters and awards, currently a post-bac at the NIH and have a current cumGPA of 3.1. Struggled with some mental health issues early on in college but after going on meds I made dean's list every semester with a GPA above 3.6 and have gotten A's in every course I've taken since I've graduated so I show a strong upward trend. My GRE is Q: 156 V: 157 W: 5.0. I have incredibly strong letters of rec from PIs that are known in the field of molecular biology. Am I still going to make it in clinical psychology PhD programs this cycle if I apply this fall with my current credentials and take a psychopathology course this fall? Thanks.
  11. Undergrad Institution: University of Maryland, College Park Major(s): Public Health ScienceMinor(s):GPA in Major: 3.7Overall GPA: 3.1Position in Class: no ideaType of Student: Domestic white femaleGRE Scores (revised):Q: 156V: 157W: 5.0Research Experience: 1 year research fellowship program/ class that was created for first year undergraduate students. Was also one of the few students to win the summer fellowship and get paid to work in the lab over the summer. Research based in microbiology and genetics. 2.5 years in Molecular biology and genetics lab under the Head of the department. 6 presentations from this lab 2 and best poster presentation awards. Tons of hours in this lab, worked there every single summer and winter in college as well as for credit over the semester. Expect to be published as a co-author on a paper from this lab before I start applications. 2 year postbacc program at the NIH/NCI: working in the RNA biology section Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list for 6 semesters Student Commencement Speaker for my school's commencement.Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for summer research class Free tutor for children on the weekends. President of a school non-profit that donated unused medical supplies to clinics abroad for 2 years Worked at wawa for 7 years.Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points: Have truly excellent LORs, I've had multiple people tell me that one of my recommenders recommends me as one of the "brightest female millennial minds". My current PI knows a lot of people in the field and will help introduce me / email them. Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: GPA dip in sophomore year. Lots of science classes with C's and two F'. This is explained by my recommender and I have a doctor's letter detailing why I could not go to class and almost failed out (due to undiagnosed mental disorder, bipolar and depression). After I got on medicine I made dean's list every semester without faltering and my GPA has an upward trend from 3.6->3.94. I took credit overloads every semester and max credits every winter and summer.Applying to Where: A really far reach...: BPH program at harvard (Biological sciences in public health) PhD BostonU: Behavioral neuroscience PhD UCLA: Behavioral neuroscience PhD Stanford: Behavioral neuroscience PhD Several universities in sweden for an MPH or MS in biomedical sciences since I can attend schools there for free Emory: (I know a professor here) Genetics and molecular biology PhD NYU: Neural science PhD Berkely: Molecular and cell biology PhD UMD: Epidemiology (I'm very close with several faculty and the dean here) Columbia: Neurobiology and behavior PhD UCSD: Biomedical sciences PhD USC: Cancer biology and genomics PhD UCI: Cellular and molecular sciences PhD University of miami: Neuroscience PhD Suggestions for some other schools I should apply to? I know my GPA is low and my GRE is okay but I'm hoping the other things will make my application shine enough.
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