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balisticFeanor

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  • Location
    NYC
  • Application Season
    2020 Fall
  • Program
    Genetics/Genomics PHD
  1. Undergrad Institution: Large State school, decent reputation in biology Major(s): Genetics (BA Graduating in May)Minor(s): CSGPA in Major: 3.1Overall GPA: 3.4Type of Student: Domestic Female GRE Scores (revised/old version): (Haven't taken it yet, taking it in a few weeks) Q:V:W:B:Research Experience: 3 years at my school + a senior thesis in the same lab, freshman summer internship at the American Museum of Natural History doing population genetics, Summer internship in Singapore studying cancer genomics this past summer at a pretty well known institution + lab in the field - All my worth was computational genetics projects Awards/Honors/Recognitions: School's honors program (i'm also doing a senior thesis), summer stipend award from my department for a summer of research in my main PI's lab at my school, a few small awards from poster sessions Pertinent Activities or Jobs: spent several years tutoring Chem + Genetics classes for money at my school (I don't have time senior year for this) Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I'll get a strong letter from my current PI and 2 other very good letters from my summer research PIs Special Bonus Points: My background is computational genetics, and I'm proficient in R, python, Java, and unix and I have developed my own programs and applications for genomic data analysis (IDK if this is a special bonus point) My school doesn't offer computational genetics as a major but I've taken the classes on the subject from my department and extra CS classes on top of that Maybe a Paper in december - I'm not 100% sure about this because we're still drafting it Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Applying to Where: Columbia - Coordinated Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences - Genetics and Development Cornell - Weill Cornell Graduate School - BCMB Allied program Harvard - Division of Medical Sciences - Biological and Biomedical Sciences Rockefeller University - The David Rockefeller Graduate Program in Bioscience Sloan Kettering Graduate School - Graduate Program Stanford - PhD Program in Biosciences - Cancer Biology or Genetics (not sure which specialization for the application just yet) Tri-Institution (Sloan Kettering, Cornell Ithaca, Weill Cornell) - PhD Program in Computational Biology U Penn - Biomedical Graduate Studies - Genomics and Computational Biology UC Berkeley - Department of Molecular & Cell Biology - Graduate Program Molecular & Cell Biology UC San Diego - Biomedical Science Graduate Program - Genetics + Genomics UC SF - The Tetrad Graduate Program University of Washington - Graduate program in Genome Sciences Wash U in St Louis - Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program Yale - Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences My primary interests are cancer genomics and structural genomics , and I know i'm applying to a super competitive area. All of the programs I listed have at least 5 labs associated/a part of the program I'm interested in in the subject areas I mentioned Honestly, I'm very worried I'm not going to get in anywhere. I'm not opposed at all to doing a few years of post undergrad work, to both save up some money and off set my weak GPA. In fact, I'm already looking for jobs near me and I think this could help me, and give me some more research experience. I'm just unsure if I should even bother applying to programs this cycle, since I feel like I'm a pretty weak applicant. Also would emailed professors be a bad idea?
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