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    Spring 2020
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    Biomedical Sciences

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  1. I'll be happy to read it. Shoot me a PM!
  2. i have not submitted but my SoP has become my baby for the past month or two. I think what helped me most is taking the time to write it over a month or so rather than try to write it in a week. My process was that I spent the beginning of summer drafting it. This is back in May or so of this year. I drafted it re-read it and thought it was good. I let it sit for a month before returning to it. Then mid-summer I spent more time on it, every morning at work I would read and tweak things. I looked at helpful tips on this forum and on the internet which helped me add things and remove things. I spent a deal of time re-reading and tackling one paragraph at a time. Afterwards when I had my draft finalized by myself, I then sent it to 4 friends who were in PhD programs and they helped tweak the flow. I then sent to my master's program director (already graduated from that school) to have him look it over and by that time it was tweaked to what I thought best possible. He then added a few minor changes and said it was really good. I created a final draft and sent it to a final person I thought would be most helpful and they read it over and said it was pretty solid with only 2 comments. I think its best if you have people read over your SoP, but choose and time it wisely! you don't want your previous professor to read your very first draft! I had my PhD friends do that to untangle most of the mess. Choose 2 or 3 people to read your final draft. When I say final I'm talking this is the draft you are ready to send to admissions. Spending time on your SoP I think for me was most important because in the short time frame (summer) I had, there was little I could do to further strengthen my profile. Now I have a final draft, and I only need to tweak minor things as I send to different schools. Oh and i left out all personal information, no story telling, none of that. just cut right into the experience. I had a paragraph on my first draft with some storytelling but then cut it down to 2 sentences then just cut it out altogether.
  3. I'm guessing it gets hot right when applications start opening in September. Does it pick up? coming here to find useful information and help but seems kinda dead right now?
  4. 2 questions. 1: for letters of recommendations. I know who I have in mind. Applications for most of the schools I'm applying to open in early/mid September. Its currently mid august. When should I let my LoT know that I chose them as LoT? Should I let them know now through email or then follow up in 4 weeks to let them know right before i send out the requests? Or should I wait closer to when the application opens? 2: in the statement of purpose. For programs that use acronyms. Like Schools name, BCMB (biochemistry molecular biology). Should I spell out the entire name or can I use acronyms? 3: do you guys have any specific helpful tools for CV and resume formatting? I have both formats but they were used years ago to apply into industry and the format and sections were organized differently to appeal to industry. Thanks and good luck to all those ready to apply! -T
  5. I have a list of schools that do not require GRE exams for Biomedical/Biological Science PhD. Now some of the schools I have an idea of how competitive they are but other schools not so much. I wanted to break them down to see which schools can be my safety schools and which ones are a bit more competitive. After so I can go back and look at the faculty in each of these schools to see what interests me and narrow down my choices. Again this is Biomedical/Biological Sciences PhD program Boston University Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) Brandeis (Waltham, Massachusetts) Albert Einstein UMass (university of Massachusetts school of medicine) NYU Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Cold Spring Harbor Rutgers Weill Cornell
  6. I was ending my statement of purpose by listing 2 professors I would like to work with. However does this hurt or help by listing only 2? I feel that it helps by recognizing faculty members and somewhat shows who you are interested in working with, BUT I also see it as..that I am limited to only these 2 professors and if they aren't accepting students then I wouldn't be a fit. There are lots of other professors whom I would love to work with but the 2 really stood out to me. what is the best route to take here
  7. don't mind to look over. send my way!
  8. Looking to see how I can help improve my application profile before applications open in Sept other than studying/improving GRE scores currently working in the field i want to do phD in and wanted to see what else I can add onto resume/CV/SOP? seminars?confernces? (none really coming up in the next 2 months), talks? certifications?
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