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masha18

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    Chicago
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    theoretical neuroscience
  • Application Season
    2020 Fall
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    Neuroscience PhD

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  1. Does anyone know if all interview invites for CNBC program in neural computation have gone out?
  2. Did Brown and Pitt send you a rejection? Or is it just that they didn't send you an interview invite? I haven't heard anything from either (or from any other schools I applied to at all yikes).
  3. Thank you, I'll make sure to elaborate on my research experience!
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    CNBC PNC funding

    Does anybody know what funding is like for the program in neural computation at CNBC (Pitt/CMU)? I can't find any mention of funding on their website or elsewhere, and I don't wanna directly ask them about it yet.
  5. Hi everyone! I'm applying to neuroscience PhD programs, and I was wondering if someone could take a look at my statement of purpose and give me any tips. This is an early draft, and it's too long for what some of the schools require so any advice on how to best shorten it would be great. I tailored this copy for the NYU program, and I'm planning to just swap the last paragraph for each program I'm applying to. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l2P4yHx67Q8gazh8LxFh9xJ4QE2dUTXsrVLV0fV3CJA/edit?usp=sharing
  6. This is super helpful, thank you! I'm seriously considering Brown for sure, it looks like a very good program. Re: Pittsburgh, what does the affiliation with CNBC entail? Can I in principle work with any faculty there for my thesis research?
  7. Undergrad Institution: University of Chicago (graduated this spring)Major(s): Neuroscience; Computer ScienceGPA in Major: 3.7 and 3.5, respectivelyOverall GPA: 3.5Type of Student: International, non-binary (afab), whiteGRE Scores (revised):Q: 169 (95%)V: 164 (94%)W: 4.5 (81%)Research Experience: 2.5 years of part-time research in undergrad (somatosensory systems lab; human psychophysics) + full-time since graduation (a few months now) working on an independent project at the same place; 1 co-author publication in Scientific Reports, 1 co-author poster at SfN; working on a first author pub but it probably won't be ready for submission by the deadlinesAwards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List every year throughout undergradSpecial Bonus Points: systems neuro grad class; lgbtq so minority I guess + female-ish;Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: GPA during my first two years in undergrad was kind of low because I took very hard classes (the language barrier didn't help); had to miss out on a lot of full-time summer research experience due to family issues; also had to balance unpaid research with a paid job (and obviously classes) for some time; had to handle a bunch of health issues throughout undergrad while keeping up with my academic workApplying to Where: interested in theoretical/computational labs in all programs below Boston University : GPN Duke University: Neurobiology Columbia University: Neurobiology and Behavior New York University: Neural Science University of California - Berkeley: Neuroscience Brown University: Neuroscience Cold Spring Harbor: Watson School So my questions are: 1. do I have a fair shot at these programs? 2. should I talk about the issues I had to deal with throughout undergrad in my SOP? it feels a bit weird to focus on that, but they did impact my undergrad career a lot and I feel like I may come across as a more competitive applicant for it
  8. Hi! I'm applying to programs in computational/theoretical neuroscience this fall and could use some advice on my school list given my background. Undergrad: University of Chicago, BA in neuro and computer science; Spring 2019 GRE: 169 quant, 164 verbal, 4.5 AW GPA: 3.5 overall; 3.7 in neuro and 3.5 in CS Research: 2.5 years part-time during undergrad in a somatosensory systems lab + currently working there full-time on an independent project (human psychophysics); 1 second-author published paper in Scientific Reports; working on a first-author paper right now but it might not be ready for submission by the application deadlines LOR: I should have two very good letters of recommendation (one from my PI and one from an undergrad professor I took a non-STEM class with) and a mediocre one (from an undergrad neuro professor that doesn't know me very well) Also I'm an international student *sigh* Right now I'm preparing applications to BU (GPN), Duke (neurobiology), Columbia, Berkeley, and NYU. I'm still planning to add one or two schools to the list, which I'm realizing should probably be lower-ranked since my research background is not very competitive. Any advice on what schools I could apply to that have some good theoretical neuro labs? And do I stand a chance of getting in any of the schools I've already decided on? I know they're all super competitive but they have really exciting computational labs so I thought I'd give it a shot.
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