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  1. Dipping in GPA anytime in the past year would probably be looked at with a lot more leniency than at any time, to an extent, so you have that going for you at least. Talking to people from top 5-10 BioE programs, a 3.59 is roughly around the "minimum" GPA that they'd still consider acceptable for a traditional student. The fact that you have first authored paper, extensive research experience, and even a biotech internship makes you extremely competitive, so I would definitely not not consider applying to the top programs. That being said, it's still worth noting that some of the tippy to
  2. Applied last year with a far worse profile and still got into a few top 10 programs, so I think you can bank on getting into the majority of your top choices. ChemE PhD admissions is highly competitive but your profile would be above average for admits even at places like MIT and the majority of admits are also direct from undergrad. I also didn't take the GRE.
  3. For PhD programs, departmental reputation > general university reputation in terms of research/industry/academia prospects and student body quality. US News Rankings are generally more reflective of academic perceptions of departmental quality than most other rankings, but they still fluctuate from year to year so I wouldn't worry too much about the actual ranking. In terms of research quality & industrial prospects, there is likely minimal difference between Delaware v.s. Purdue, but if you're planning on academia the program at Delaware is definitely more prestigious and the facu
  4. I'm not sure what the chances are of getting off a wait-list from a BME PhD Program in normal times, and how that might change at current times. Hopefully things will work out soon enough - one of my friends that was wait-list at a top 20 bioengineering program was told that he would be notified about final wait-list decisions by early April.
  5. According to results page it's been more than a couple weeks since their last PhD offers went out, and it looks like the number of acceptance posts are comparable/if not exceeding previous years. There were people who heard back today from the PhD program and they were wait-listed. However, it looks like they're still releasing Masters offers. Sorry not to have better news 😕
  6. Someone mentioned you could do a post-bacc and that's a worthwhile situation. I'd also start applying for jobs, especially engineering/technician/research associate/quality control roles, ideally in biotech companies, as any full-time work experience greatly strengthens an app. You can even poke around in your department/home institution labs to see if anyone would be willing to hire you as a lab technician for full-time. The next time you apply, I'd also apply to more schools, including more lower-ranked programs. BME looked extremely competitive this year so and it's hard to say you didn't g
  7. Based on Gradcafe history, looks like UMichigan ChemE has a habit of admitting a few people every week from mid-Dec until mid-late March.
  8. You're right I'm not sure if this is their regular timeline, and I did resort to Gradcafe for that one post. That being said I have heard of people receiving interviews/admits even within ~5 days of the final application deadline and some programs do this to varying degrees e.g. UC Berkeley.
  9. Congrats! How is this possible though - don't SEAS PhD applications just closed 5PM yesterday?
  10. Both GPA and the quality of research experience fall under a continuum - there aren't strict cutoffs for GPA in most top programs. That being said while most students in top 20 programs will have GPAs above 3.5, it's still likely the case a 3.7 is more competitive and would help more than a 3.5 for example. But admission committees are unlikely to be concerned about a 3.7 versus a 3.65.
  11. This is great! I do want to note though, that for a lot of schools outside the top 5, accepted GPA doesn't necessarily mean enrolled GPA (which is usually lower). Understandably, the strongest candidates (usually with very high GPAs) will be admitted at a lot of programs, but are less likely to commit if it's not a UC Berkeley/Caltech/MIT etc. Thus, even schools in the lower top 10 e.g. UT Austin may see a drop between accepted GPA and enrolled GPA, as candidates who are not as strong and without as much offers are more likely to commit. In their 2017-2018 data, UT Austin's average accept
  12. I can't help but think places like Columbia/UPenn would be great in terms of tissue engineering research. They both have strong BME programs and their proximity to medical campuses only help (from my understanding a lot of faculty are funded by NIH grants).
  13. I'll start: Undergrad Institution (approx. rank/reputation in STEM): R1 Public, US News Top 100 for National Universities (top 50 for ChemE grad schools) Major(s): Chemical Engineering Minor(s): Biological Engineering GPA in Major: 3.84/4.00 Overall GPA: 3.79/4.00 Demographics/Background: International Male, Asian GRE Scores: haven't taken; practice tests consistently 165Q Q: xxx (xx%) V: xxx (xx%) W: x.x (xx%) LOR: 1x strong (from main PI), 1x good (from summer REU), haven't decided 3rd (probably from instructor I TA'd for) Research Experience: 2.5 years materials scien
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