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    Molecular Biology, Stem cell biology

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  1. Graduate school supplies- Dropbox cloud storage is totally worth it Photoshop/adobe illustrator Papers-citation and paper reading program is amazing Pear note is an app you can get for about $10 for your phone but the computer program is about $40- the program allows you to record lectures and type in the program notes and import handouts from the lecture. You can even select the exact part in the lecture you want to start listening to by selecting in the text. Make sure you get the appropriate adaptor for your laptop so you can give presentations without having
  2. I got my LOR writers a starbucks gift card, they were obsessed with coffee and a starbucks was right next to where we worked. For the PI who i worked with for years I bought him a nice bottle of scotch as a thank you for the years he mentored me and for the letter, but I knew him very well so it was appropriate. Make sure you hand write the letter. I was also told that if you get into graduate school, to update your LOR writers about your acceptance so they know their letter helped you reach that milestone in your career trajectory.
  3. If you've been rejected you have the right to know. Politely ask what suggestions they have for you to be a more competitive applicant for the next application cycle. I did that 4 years ago when I was rejected from programs I applied to and the adcom was super helpful, i spoke on the phone with some of them, corresponded via email and the programs I applied to at the time were not interested in research experience, but instead they were more interested in GPA and GRE scores which make their program appear to be more competitive. In the end it worked out great, those programs were not a good
  4. @ Elk Heart- Same thing happened to me 4 years ago. I wasn't accepted anywhere. I watched people get into the program I applied to with worse test scores than mine, no research experience, or worse- I watched people with better scores than me be accepted purely because of grades/gre scores then drop out of the program or slack off to an insulting level. I worked for someone for 4 years, got 3 publications, my own project, mentored graduate students, reapplied to new and better programs and I'm now in a field/program I absolutely love and could not have gotten here without what i perceived
  5. @ AnxiousUrbanPlanner- Sorry to hear your freaking out, a lot of people are now, so it's actually quite normal. Let me remind you that a lot of schools are just getting back from break. Adcoms will probably meet this week (if they haven't met before the break) to discuss applicants and their materials, and send out notification this or next week, but this can differ from program to program. If you are worried you are not hearing back because of material not being there you could always politely send an email saying "I am just emailing to confirm all my application materials have been receive
  6. You can use NIH reporter to look up PI's to determine how much funding they have from NIH grants. This is again, only specific to NIH grants and not private funding, departmental funding, etc. I tell students this all the time, always ask future PI's "are you taking students" and when you get into the program and you are considering rotating ask what the current funding situation is, how many RO1's, do they currently have, are they applying for more RO1's, have previous students applied for pre-doctoral fellowships (NRSA's), is this encouraged in their lab, if so- are they willing to help
  7. The Q and V scores are not bad, the writing score isn't great but I do know neuroscience students who got in with lower Q and V scores than you have and higher Writing scores. I think if your writing in your statement appears as intelligent as your verbal scores they may just look at it as a fluke with the writing score. While you are required to write in graduate school, they don't expect you to come in knowing exactly how to write a research paper or a grant, that is what their mentorship and program is for. Those are really good scores and not embarrassing by any means. Good luck!
  8. Your definition of "embarrassing" is very skewed.
  9. Have you tried contacting potential faculty members at the schools you are interested in to ask their opinions? This could provide two benefits 1.) Give you a better understanding of that programs requirements/ what part of the application they view most important, least important, etc. 2.) it will give you some contact with PI's from that school in the program you are interested in and get your name out there. I believe the UG GPA shouldn't be a problem if your masters GPA is good and higher than your UG GPA, it will show you've really improved your study habits/course work while in a ma
  10. @ReallyRiley- Not all schools have sent out invites yet. A lot of schools resume on January 5th and adcoms may meet right after the return from the holidays. Keep checking the results page to see if other people from the schools you applied to got invites, that should give you some insight on the timetable in the application process.
  11. In order to obtain grants you need a PhD. The PhD prepares students for writing manuscripts and grants. An MD can apply for grants but because of a lack in grant writing experience, they will collaborate with or seek advice from a research faculty on grant writing. They are also not trained to write grants in medical school, the focus is not on securing funds in the forms of grants to start a lab, but in med school to be a doctor. New MD's who want to conduct their own research to obtain their own lab do not have grant writing experience, an established tenured faculty member will provide bas
  12. On the polar opposite end of the spectrum- I saw a girl last year who wore the nicest athleta yoga pants and top ever interview at our school. The girl said she was more comfortable in those clothes trekking around the campus and was warm. That girl kicked ass and was accepted into the program and does really good research. Just goes to show you comfort matters and being qualified is not synonymous with "dressing fancy". Additionally I know a faculty member who wears socks and chaco sandals all year round, no joke, and the same break away columbia pants. Clothes aren't something to get
  13. I think glow gene is just saying you may feel out of place- since other female applicants will wear a skirt, or pants of some type. It is cold, you will be walking around all day. You can wear a dress if you want, it doesn't differ from a skirt that much. In my experience, I saw more women wearing pants than dress/skirts because of the weather and not all buildings are heated to what you may be comfortable in. Additionally, women in skirts/dresses screams "I'm an applicant" and thats fine. If you are more comfortable wearing a dress, wear it. I love dresses- I wear them with tights in the wint
  14. One thing that constantly comes up is all of the applicants applying to "top" schools, then freaking out. Are you sure a"top" school is the right fit for you? have you considered other schools not on the ivy league radar??? Some of the "mid level" or middle of the road programs have the most funding per PI and in their departments. Their students end up in top notch labs for their post doc and eventually end up being faculty members them selves. I am so f***ing tired of hearing everyone whine around about "top" programs. Maybe its not the best fit for you, look around, you will be devoting t
  15. The anxiety is the worst part. I was never an anxious person before the waiting. Something productive to do would be to start composing thanks you notes to those who wrote you a LOR and if you planned on purchasing a small gift for them (starbucks gift card or something more personal) you can spend your time doing that. The boomed. programs typically hear back sooner because the applicant pool is relatively large and they have to accommodate for about 3 different interview weekends so they have to plan early. Also because of the push for STEM education recently, a lot of those students are
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