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  1. Hey, I wasn't able to access the pdf. Could you repost? Thanks for your help!
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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 each program based off of those factors (subjective, but still helpful), add weights to each factor based on those factors' priority levels, multiply each program's factor scores with their respective weights, and then sum these numbers to create a final "score" for each institution based off of that, which you can arrange in numerical order to see what schools are best for your interests. If you want to rely on published rankings, I would suggest looking at programs ranked highly in both computer science and biology. Cheers
  7. 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 score and average AW score than prospective biology PhD students (https://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_guide_table4.pdf). That being said, I did see your previous post about what schools you are considering. Most are GRE-optional or not reviewed, so wouldn't worry too much about your GRE score. I think for most schools that require GRE, having a 160+ in each category in combination with a 4.5+ AW score would be fine. GRE is really only used by biology programs to do three things: 1. Collect data on students to see if the GRE is impactful in determining graduate success (despite decades of data collection, some institutions are still unsure) 2. Weed out those with suboptimal scores (doing below 65-70% percentile is likely to worry reviewers at top schools). But this is by no means a definitive thing, as I know plenty of people who got into top programs in biology with suboptimal scores when programs required their submission. 3. A slight positive for admissions committees because they can see that you will be eligible to apply to certain fellowships if you choose to attend (some require GRE) Hope this helps!
  8. 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 be misleading at first glance and by reading their papers, you can learn exactly what they are currently investigating instead of what they have done in the past.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Hi virusologii, How is the NYU program across departments when the neuroscience department seems to have different requirements (i.e. GRE) in comparison to the rest of Sackler? I've been really confused for some time now on the flexibility component of the NYU Biology program and would love some insider advice/info. Thanks for your help
  12. Also, I think I wouldn't pay attention to the rankings above that people voted. I know mine was committed in error before reading your situation and I find myself unable to change my answer with your choices in scope. I corroborate a lot of the information that others have said on this topic, so I think focus more on the comments
  13. Honestly, if UNC is unfunded, I definitely would choose one of the other programs, as the difference between UNC and the other programs is likely negligible. I would pick the place that is best for your research goals (aka in line with what project you want to work on) and I know that McGill and UBC are both pretty great for worldwide reputation (I'm from SoCal and I really like those two schools). As per rankings, It does appear that Waterloo is the second best of your choices, which is something to consider (though, who will really care about rankings when you're in year 4 of your PhD). Hope this helps
  14. I know that this topic is super old, but I figured that my question didn't require an entirely new topic. If I did volunteer work in a hospital/helped found a non profit, do you think that would be a positive or negative thing to include for a biology PhD program application? I don't want to give the impression that I'm pre-med, but I am super interested in the capacity of my future research for drug development (my hospital experience showed me that I like translational research, especially since I'm into stem cell modeling in neurological conditions). Also, while the nonprofit I held a leadership role in wasn't actively involved in research, it was a public health initiative to limit the spread of preventable diseases, thereby kind of playing to the same tune as both share the common goal of reducing disease symptomology. I hope that my CV shows that I like research (I will have worked in the same lab for 3 years when applying; 3 current WIP/soon to be submitted publications), but am interested in human applications
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