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    stem_ness reacted to sirtuingirl in Biomedical Science PhD Applicants (Fall 2021)   
    It depends on who you are talking to. You will most likely be interviewed by faculty who are conducting research  in your area of interest as well as faculty whose research is in a completely different area. Both will want to know a bit about your research but usually the latter won’t spend much time talking about their research. They will mostly tell you things about the town (public transportation, bike friendliness, restaurants, festivals etc) or ask you some of the standard questions like why PhD, why that program/school, what is your career goal etc. You will also get to talk individually with a grad student which again won’t be much about science.
    I think majority of the students will answer questions like why PhD well and they probably have heard the same thing again and again, just in different words. But they still ask you these questions because they want to see at least a basic level of preparedness on your part, which is somewhat indicative of your success in a graduate program.
     
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    stem_ness reacted to StemCells4Lyfe in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    The two places I interviewed with so far say they meet the week after. So my interviews were on a Friday, and the team meets the following Tuesday to make a decision.
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    stem_ness reacted to StemCells4Lyfe in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    It really varies from school to school rather than it being similar in a certain field/program. I originally thought unless you're super arrogant/rude/clearly don't know your science, then you're essentially in. But apparently some schools only accept 30-40% post interview. 
    Like @helpert said, some programs disclose that info, but I've found that to be super rare. For the others, I'd take a look at past years results on here for people posting rejections after being interviewed. If it's a bloodbath, I'd say it's safe to assume they are very selective when they interview. 
     
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    stem_ness reacted to mh25 in Biomedical Science PhD Applicants (Fall 2021)   
    I emailed to get an update so I will let you know!
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    stem_ness reacted to virushunter in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    I ~think~ it is pretty high for most programs. As my PI told me "As long as they don't have to bail you out over your interview weekend, you're in." 😂
    I definitely wouldn't go in too over confident though and it also probably depends on if you have a good research fit with the program. If the people there see that your interests don't mesh, or if you're being too arrogant then you may get rejected. 
    That's an educated guess though, I don't know the exact numbers.
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    stem_ness reacted to prospective_molbio in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    That's a terrible way to apply to graduate school.
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    stem_ness reacted to icsyr in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    Hey all, 
    Throwing another update in the thread.
    I've heard back from 5 of my 9 programs thus far:
    UW - Immunology, UW - MCB, UCSF - BMS, Boston U - PiBS, Harvard - BBS, Brown - MCBGP, UPenn - CAMB, UNC - BBSP, Duke - BSP Immunology
    I haven't heard back from Harvard, but I'm sure I did not receive an invite based off the responses from others in these threads.
    Has anybody heard from UW Immunology or Duke BSP?
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    stem_ness reacted to Crucial BBQ in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    You can get a general vibe by reading the student handbook associated with program[s].  Another thing you might do is email students in the program/lab and ask them directly.   I did this in the past and got good results; sent out about 90 emails and had received about 70 responses.  No joke.  Yeah, it's tedious but you are looking at potentially spending 5 - 7 years in a new location, doing your research on the program is imperative. 
    Professors/PIs are also pretty honest.  What I didn't realize until I was in my MS program is that graduate school puts emphasis on extending invites (interviews) and admits to those deemed most likely to say yes.  Resources are going to be invested to bring, and keep you, in the program for half a decade or longer.  No one wants to waste their time, or yours. Because of this it is also worth your time to get in touch with professors, PIs, program directors, etc. before you get an interview.  Ask them if they are willing to chat about the program and their lab/research.  Like with students, you might be surprised at how many faculty are willing (and excited) to talk about the program and/or their own research with you. 
    Not all interviews are on-campus.  Even before Covid-19, some interviews were over the phone or Skype.  Some programs do not interview at all and of those that do you could still be admitted without an interview.  Other programs may also invite students to the campus after they are admitted, whether they had an interview or not.  
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    stem_ness reacted to helpert in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    just checked results, and it looks like a few people did get interviews for this track yesterday/today. 
    based on F20 results, Yale seemed pretty good at sending invites before christmas!
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    stem_ness got a reaction from immunolover in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    MCBDG
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    stem_ness got a reaction from helpert in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    A little birdie told me Yale BBS is starting to send out interview invites
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    stem_ness got a reaction from lnrnlds in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    Is there another similar thread on here? I feel like it's pretty quiet compared to years past...
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    stem_ness reacted to sadGenes in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    I spoke with Penn at a conference yesterday. I can assure everyone that their biomedical graduate studies (BGS) program is accepting PhD students for the fall of 2021. The only program in A&S that ~may~ be affected is their Biology PhD. 
     
    BGS is through their Perelman medical school which is why it's not being affected. 
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    stem_ness got a reaction from umkamemay in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    Wasn't planning on applying to Penn, but they just announced all their Arts and Sciences PhD programs are not accepting applications this cycle
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    stem_ness got a reaction from Neuromantic in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    https://www.reddit.com/r/gradadmissions/comments/itibo0/upenn_arts_sciences_has_just_announced_no_new_phd/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
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    stem_ness got a reaction from Neuromantic in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    Wasn't planning on applying to Penn, but they just announced all their Arts and Sciences PhD programs are not accepting applications this cycle
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    stem_ness got a reaction from Molec157 in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    Wasn't planning on applying to Penn, but they just announced all their Arts and Sciences PhD programs are not accepting applications this cycle
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    stem_ness got a reaction from DRMF in 2021 Biology PhD Admissions Results   
    Wasn't planning on applying to Penn, but they just announced all their Arts and Sciences PhD programs are not accepting applications this cycle
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