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Cophysneurec

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    2021 Fall
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    Applied Math PhD or Neuroscience PhD

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  1. Title. It might be helpful to me and others if people with insider info shared a rough ratio of this years applicants to previous years. Personally I am trying to decide how much energy to put into planning profile-enhancing activities in 2022 should I get rejected everywhere. My field is math/applied math (PhD), but I think hearing about biostatistics or other quantitative programs would still be helpful.
  2. Economics PhD? Admissions committees care much more about mathematical preparation than the economics, though you would probably need to take intermediate micro and macro if you haven't already. Theory is competitive but highly mathematical and draws on areas such as analysis, topology, graph theory, algebraic topology and even gauge theory.
  3. Hello, I am coming from a math background with experience in clinical neuroscience research (human EEG) and behavioral psychology. From what I understand, many PhD students specializing in mathematical methods for neuroscience are not required to actually work with animals directly, perform transections, etc... I imagine this depends on the supervisor and their lab. Is there any way of identifying programs where students on the math side are usually not expected to do lab work? Is this wishful thinking on my part, and should I expect to have to get my hands dirty at some point if I aim for a P
  4. What I've discovered is that if you want good application advice you need to get really specific. Nobody has the time to vomit all their knowledge at you, so you have to ask specific questions about specific programs or particular aspects of your profile. Do your own research and then ask for input on the details you couldn't work out yourself. -fellow applicant
  5. About how competitive is the Caltech Computation and Neural Systems PhD program? It ranks with UC Davis in the US News rankings, is it similarly competitive, or is it more elite than the ranking suggests?
  6. This will help me get past my block. Thank you.
  7. I will follow your advice, this is really reassuring. Thank you. Fortunately I do have good research experience and close relationships with a few of my letter writers.
  8. I will be applying to comp neuro PhD programs this fall. My academic performance in undergrad was strongly affected by untreated and undiagnosed ADHD and resulting anxiety. It was so bad that I earned a 2.96 gpa in my first two years, and after seeking treatment I earned a 3.64 gpa in my last two years of undergrad. I have gone on to do the equivalent of a postbacc, with much more rigorous courses than I took in undergrad, and I've earned 3.9+ gpa. Unfortunately I took the entire calculus sequence and ochem during those first two years (C's and B's), and was told by a professor at a prog
  9. I will be applying to mathematics PhD programs this fall. My academic performance in undergrad was strongly affected by untreated and undiagnosed ADHD and resulting anxiety. It was so bad that I earned a 2.96 gpa in my first two years, and after seeking treatment I earned a 3.64 gpa in my last two years of undergrad. I have gone on to do the equivalent of a postbacc, with much more rigorous courses than I took in undergrad, and I've earned 3.9+ gpa. As I continue to catch up developmentally with my peers who had a lifetime to build study habits, rather than a measly few years, the ease with wh
  10. Wow, you weren't kidding! I really appreciate your input, so thank you. How did you go about contacting/networking with PI's when you were applying?
  11. Hello, I am interested in Neuroscience programs, particularly computational ones such as UCSB DYNS. Please let me know what schools would be in a reasonable range for me! My undergrad started off very poorly but I have been turning things around. Type of Student: White Male Undergrad Institution: Top 3 UC. Major: Economics GPA: 3.4 Overall, 3.77 after Sophomore year (including Post-bacc) Key Courses by Year: 1st-- Calc 1 (B-), Calc 2 (B), Calc 3 (C), PChem1/2 (C+/B), Cells&Tissues (C-) 2nd-- Calc 4 (C-), OChem1 (C) 3rd-- OChem2 (B) 4th-- Linear Algebra (B+), Diff
  12. I wasn’t describing equity programs as a burden, I was referring to the effects that these institutionalized changes have on those who must enact them on a daily basis. Just as there is no free lunch, every policy has its downsides, whether in opportunity cost or in direct consequences of the policy. I don’t appreciate the implication in your last point that I somehow don’t feel everyone should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. I think this is the single most important facet of society. My thought is that homogeneity of any kind is not inherently valuable. Seeking homog
  13. This sounds like a great idea. Economics programs hold a ‘math camp’ during the summer before the first year, and I have heard it can be invaluable. I have another thought on this issue, and I want to preface it by saying that creating opportunities for disadvantaged individuals to pursue higher education, elite careers, or what have you, is extremely important and valuable for everybody over the long term. My thought is basically just this: how much of this burden should fall on universities and their faculty? It seems like preferential admission of disadvantaged people can be a s
  14. So you're proposing "a college entrance exam (kind of how its done in some foreign countries)" (point 1). And then you said "Nowhere did I suggest people should be evaluated on such exams," referring to timed, closed problems, on strict standards. So logically, your entrance exams would be untimed, or consist of open problems, or not be standardized. And these exams would be like those in some foreign countries, so supposedly there are countries that operate like this (not just at one program, but some country's programs operate like this). What countries do this? Then presumably s
  15. So you believe that test-taking ability is the only important indicator of research potential? Did you know that many people with learning disabilities, adhd, or anxiety disorders tend to systematically underperform on tests, regardless of their intelligence, creativity (actually more creative individuals may very well perform worse in a testing environment, all else equal) or research potential? It seems you’ve only thought about yourself in writing this, which is uncharacteristic of a good researcher.
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