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  1. The Neuro program is through Perelman school of medicine and appears to still be fine for this application season!
  2. Anyone applying to Harvard BBS or PiN this round? Currently trying to debate which is more right for me since I'm kind of a mix between stem cell biology and neuroscience. Anyone heard first-hand what the cultures are for these two programs?
  3. This is actually super helpful! Thanks for the clarification!! I found that 7/10 of the programs I'm applying to needed SOP, but the other 3 required the Personal Statement and/or Diversity statement + Research Statement. Good to know that I can just split it up and maybe go into a tad more detail, but I think I now understand the distinction between the two essays. As a side note, I hope you are enjoying Stanford Biosciences! It's one of the places I am applying and would love to hear your thought on the BioSciences program if you ever have time
  4. Hi all, I know this question has already been addressed in another post, but I can't seem to wrap my head around the distinction between a Statement of Purpose and a Research Statement in the context of a biology PhD application. My SOP currently outlines what led me to the field of interest, my research history, and my aspirations. It overall avoids super technical details and talks about projects in a more limited way. Would a Research Statement bring up these ideas in a more detailed way (talking about specific experiments conducted and what I did exactly? How much stress is de
  5. Hey, I wasn't able to access the pdf. Could you repost? Thanks for your help!
  6. I definitely need to get my act together! I took the GRE in April and secured my LORs, but I really need to start my essays so that I have time to apply for grants in October! What about you?
  7. I'm not actually sure! I know all of my programs that previously required GRE have permanently waived it as a requirement, but Biology programs were on track to get rid of GRE requirements anyways. I haven't been reading too much into Art History PhD programs but I would monitor them closely, as it is definitely a possibility. I ended up taking the GRE just to be safe though and if you are for sure applying this cycle, I recommend you do the same just to ensure that you have it as a back-up if programs you apply to end up requiring it.
  8. Hey, I would love that! I'm still trying to figure out specific places to apply to and am having some trouble with finding schools/programs that specialize in stem cell biology
  9. Wow thank-you for really breaking it down! It's super helpful to see what factors one has to consider when making such a big decision, as some things you mentioned I never even thought of (ie happiness and student housing costs). I'll reach out in the future if I have any more questions. I wish you all the best at Einstein!
  10. Hey Lalapa, It depends on what subjects you are most interested in studying in those fields. I would suggest looking through departments/reading recent papers relevant to your field of interest and identifying faculty at different schools that you would want to do research under. From this point, you can start to deduce what your top programs will be. I personally don't find published rankings super helpful, because they don't show what your priorities are in a graduate school. Something I did which was super helpful was to identify factors that I want in a graduate program, score eac
  11. It really depends on the school and program. I disagree with gentvenus in that I think while engineering programs generally require the GRE, most biology programs do not anymore. This makes it rather difficult to see average GRE scores for biology students, as I am unsure what you mean: average accepted that sent their scores, average of accepted students (did or did not send scores), or average of all students applying to biology (accepted and not accepted). ETS has data showing that prospective engineering PhD students have a higher average quantitative score, but a lower average verbal s
  12. I agree with CozyD, I think that there are a few ways that you could go about performing your search. We actually have very similar research interests, though mine are less focused on distorted cognitive function and more so on the genetic profile that leads to psychiatric disorders. While checking through the faculty at each school's web site has proven to be somewhat helpful, I have actually found that googling papers you are interested in and tracing authors/PIs back to specific institutions has been much more efficient and rewarding. Professor profiles on college websites can sometimes
  13. Hey Neuroticneuro6, Only a few programs that I know of require GRE, such as MIT BGS, NYU Neuro, and Boston University GPN. While I am not sure, I'd assume not requiring a GRE largely signifies that the admissions committee does not place too much emphasis on those scores. GRE is mostly used as a prediction of one's ability to take graduate level classes; thus, as you already have a stellar GPA, I wouldn't worry about adding standardized testing to strengthen this portion of your academic profile.
  14. That's what I was hoping people would say, because I feel like working in the hospital helped me narrow down what kind of career I wanted. Plus, I feel like it would be a waste to just discard so many of my extracurriculars when they did help bring me to the point I am at today in terms of my research goals. Thanks everyone
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