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  1. I heard back today from UNC (rejection) and City of Hope (interview). Good luck everyone!
  2. I heard back from Baylor Immunology (interview) and also received a rejection from GSK, which I fully expected. I haven't heard from anywhere else. I applied to 7 immunology/umbrella programs and 3 bioengineering programs. I'm thinking of throwing in one last application to Cedars Sinai (due 1/31) if I don't hear back from anyone else this month. Profile: BS in Biology (3.25) and MS in Bioengineering (3.85) from Northeastern. I did three co-ops/full time internships for a total of 22 months, one in microbio and biochem in military research, two in protein engineering and characterization in immuno-oncology companies. I worked for three years post-grad at an immuno-oncology company, focusing on protein biochemistry and biophysics. I pivoted last year to work in a CAR-T company, focusing on biochemical characterization of binders for CARs, then screening for function in T cells. I have one mid-author publication in a clinical journal and four posters at various immunology and protein engineering conferences. My LOR vary based on the program, but I have two direct managers that are biochemists (one alum of a program that I'm applying to), one co-worker that lead a project team I was on who is a former immunology professor, the VP of my previous company who is an alum of a program I'm applying to, my thesis advisor, a biology professor/chair I had a class with, and the bioengineering chair who taught three classes I took. Programs: Immunology: UPenn, GSK, Baylor, UNC, Vanderbilt, UWashington, City of Hope Bioengineering: MIT, GA Tech, Northeastern
  3. I got an interview by email today for Baylor's Immunology program!
  4. The AAI (American Association of Immunology) has a list of all the accredited Immunology graduate programs by state on their website. I used it yesterday to find a few more. I'm also having a mid-December freak out. There are a couple due on Dec 15 and Jan 1. Good luck!
  5. Looking at the stats from previous years, it looks like they send out invitations at the end of every week in December after the deadline. Some may send them out in early January. I think it is dependent on the program within the umbrella that you selected as your top/second/third, etc choice, but that's just a hunch.
  6. I'm applying to immunology programs as well, including some of those! I'm so incredibly nervous and have been checking my email incessantly. I'm also applying to a couple bioengineering programs that have research in immune engineering. GSK UW Baylor UNC UPenn Vanderbilt MIT (bioengineering) GA Tech (bioengineering) Good luck! I hope the admissions gods are kind to you!
  7. Undergrad Institution: NortheasternMajor(s): Biology (BS), Bioengineering (MS)Minor(s): Environmental ScienceGPA in Major: 3.22 (BS)Overall GPA: 3.25 (BS), 3.85 (MS)Type of Student: domesticGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 160V: 161W: 4.5Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...) I went to Northeastern, so I have 22 months of full time research experience from undergrad at three different biotech companies. After graduation, I started working full time at another small immuno-oncology company, working mostly in protein analytics and biochemistry for antibodies. I am on one publication (7th or 8th author) and 5 posters. I now work in a different biotech company, working on CAR-T and engineered TCRs in high throughput functional screening. Total research experience: 22 months full-time undergrad, 4 years full time post-grad.Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?) Mostly related to extracurriculars in college, but I won two school-wide leadership honors and one national leadership honor.Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...) I have some pretty strong LORs, one from the VP of my old company (alum of a school I'm applying to), a director (alum), an old coworker who used to be a professor and has good academic connections, and two chairs in bioengineering and biology (alum) from NU.Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have a pretty terrible GPA from undergrad, but managed a much better GPA from full-time grad school while also working full-time. I'm hoping that will set off the undergrad ans show that I am capable of graduate level coursework. I've been given a lot of opportunity to experiment and ask questions in my career, so I think I am articulating well the questions that I want to answer in grad school. I've also seen what drug development looks like and the gaps that still exist, which is motivating me to go back to grad school.Applying to Where: Mostly schools with well-established tumor immunology research. I am particularly interested in T cell dysfunction, innate-adaptive cross talk, and adoptive cell therapy. MIT - Bioengineering Gerstner Sloan Kettering - Immunology University of Washington - Immunology Baylor - Immunology UNC - Immunology Penn - Immunology Vanderbilt - Immunology Georgia Tech - Bioengineering Do I stand a chance at any of these places? I tried to pick a good range of comfortable to reach schools, but it is harder to gauge attainability with grad schools than with undergrad. Thanks!
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