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  1. I've lived in Boston for 2 years. It's true that 9/1 is a HUGE moving day, since, well, all of the students (it's also called "Allston Christmas" because so many people moving out leave their furniture out on the sidewalk for taking). Apartments.com, zillow, and trulia can all be good sources to find apartments that are completely turning over tenants if you're looking to live by yourself or with a roommate you already picked. If you are looking to move into a place with existing roommate(s), there are many Facebook groups for Boston/Camberville housing where people looking to replace roommate
  2. Anybody still waiting on a post-interview decision from UPenn CAMB? The wait is killing me...
  3. I received my official Yale BBS rejection on the 18th. (Email to check app portal for decision) nothing from Harvard yet..probably soon
  4. Exactly what the title says, for those considering multiple programs in different geographical locations. I'm curious what are the main factors everyone is taking into consideration? With virtual interviews, honestly I am finding it hard to differentiate between programs. I feel like faculty and grad students from different programs say pretty much the same things about their program/school. Plus without being there in person we can't get "that feeling" most current students cite as one of their reasons for picking that school.
  5. I got invited back around the week of Christmas. I know they sent out invites in batches but I’m not sure if they’re done yet or still sending them
  6. Has anyone on here interviewed with Vanderbilt IGP yet, and if so how was it? Mine is upcoming and they haven't sent along any further info on the interview structure (beside the general/vague schedule that was included in the invitation email).
  7. This varies by program, but I think that most adcoms will meet in the week following the interview. There would be three options for decisions about the applicants they interviewed - accept, reject, or wait to make a decision until they have done more interviews. In my experience, I had one interview on a Thursday and received an admissions offer the following Wednesday, and with another interview on a Thursday/Friday I received the offer the following Friday. Also, during each of these interviews someone in the program admin said something along the lines of “we expect to make decisions
  8. Hey, I heard from them this morning! Got an email to check my application portal for a decision.
  9. I think a lot of umbrella programs actually have smaller committees for different specific programs or research interests. This makes it easier for the program and also better for you to have your application reviewed by people familiar with your specific interests! However, most programs will say that these choices are not binding and you can absolutely choose to join a different program at the end of the first year (and they probably actually expect this will happen in many cases). My understanding is it’s all about making their application review process smoother, since umbrella programs wi
  10. I will also chime in to say that it’s better to be over prepared than underprepared! I had a couple interviewers ask me about my strengths and weaknesses and one who asked me if when I first started in research there was anything about lab/research that surprised me. so I would definitely recommend thinking about the common “behavioral” type interview questions and potential answers. Not all interviewers will ask these but it’s definitely a possibility (and like I said better to be over prepared!) additionally, 30 mins might sound like a long time but actually it goes by very quick
  11. I was also wondering, I interviewed with them during their session last week (Jan 14/15), but haven’t heard anything.
  12. Agreed, and try to stay away from screens (like your phone or tv) during those breaks/downtime!
  13. Are you referring to the programs on the Anschutz medical campus? I heard from the biomedical umbrella program mid-December. For reference, there were three interview dates I could choose from, from this weekend to mid-February. I'm not sure if the immunology program has its own interviews for applicants who applied directly.
  14. Prepare for those classic questions - why do you want a PhD/what are your career goals, why are you interested in this program, and what research questions are you most interested in exploring. Also know your own research experience front and back, know the “why” of it and prepare to be asked questions about it. The actual interviews will definitely vary in style/structure.. for instance, I’ve had a faculty member ask me very specific questions about a particular technology I’ve used in lab. On the other hand, I had one interviewer start out the interview with essentially telling me that
  15. I'm surprised about PIBS too if they really only invited 100 applicants to interview. I mean, I think that's good for us interviewing to know they probably expect to extend admissions to most, if not all, interviewees. But according to their FAQ their average cohort size is ~90 -- I wonder if they are planning on a smaller cohort size this year (I mean they can't seriously expect more than 50% admitted to matriculate right?)
  16. I think mine will be delivered this week - at least I'm assuming the package on my USPS dashboard that shipped from Ann Arbor is the PIBS package
  17. After seeing those numbers in @sirtuingirl's post I was just going to say -- seems like maybe people consider UNC more of a "safety". Which of course then turns into a large application pool that inevitably makes it more competitive!
  18. Hmm, that’s an interesting take on the marketing/advertising. Just curious, how do you know they are getting twice the applicants than UCs and Michigan? At least the UC part is surprising
  19. UNC is actually a very good school. It consistently ranks among the top public US universities and is considered by many a "public ivy" (along with some UCs, UMich, UVA). UNC is also in the top ~20 institutions in terms of NIH funding. I am not surprised by how competitive BBSP admissions is. I applied to BBSP and it is one of my top choices. some of my reasons (in addition to the high rankings): broad umbrella program, affiliated with an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center (important to me since I am interested in translational cancer research), wide T32 training program opportuni
  20. Technically, a blazer would make it “business professional”. A nice blouse with a sweater is “business casual”. in the end (especially since we are virtual) I don’t imagine what you wear will really make a big impact, unless of course you show up to the zoom looking disheveled and wearing only a tshirt! Wear what is most comfortable. you might even get “instructions” from the program on what to wear.. for my interview last week, I was advised to wear business casual for the more informal sections (eg student panels) but business professional on the day I was interviewing with faculty
  21. You could also check out the program website- some will actually list stats from the previous cycle like how many applications they got, how many were invited to interview, and how many were offered admission (at least Penn CAMB does)
  22. Most of what I've heard advises against doing this. It could come off implying that you don't know your research well enough to talk about it without relying on something to guide you. Also, the actual interviews go by really quickly!! 20-30 minutes is really not a lot of time..and in the interviews I've had so far I would say that really only 5-10 minutes was spent talking about my own research. Good luck!!
  23. "See" you at the UMich interview weekend! I also applied to Yale MMPP and haven't heard anything; assuming rejection since a few people have reported invitations on the results page. Same with Harvard BBS- I believe their invites went out before Christmas
  24. From the tips I have seen for interviews I would say business casual is the safest bet. No need to go totally formal but you also want to make a good impression and not show up wearing sweats!
  25. Hi all. I'm feeling a bit nervous for my interviews but mostly excited! I found this great videocast from the NIH all about grad school interviews:https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=35325 Some of it will be less relevant with interviews being virtual this year (eg tips on traveling or how to act when out to dinner or at the bars with current students), but the advice relating to faculty one-on-one interviews should still hold true. There's good examples of what kinds of questions faculty (or even students) might ask us, and examples of what kind of questions might be good for us to ask
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