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  1. Hi, I'm applying to PhD programs this fall 2020, both Biology and Neuroscience programs. After reading through the forums, I realize now that I may not be a very competitive applicant, so am thinking maybe a MS in Bio or Neuro may be the better option for me and then afterwards applying for a PhD. I didn't end up with a very good GPA, I could write about what happened but also don't want to sound like one of "those kids". Once I graduated, I really, really tried to not let my GPA bring me down, so I took some time off and went straight into research. My stats: School: UC Irvine Major: Cognitive Psychology (mix of biology and psychology) GPA: 2.94 (last year of college managed to improve greatly with a 3.6) Major GPA: 3.6 Research experience: 3 years (1 year in a Public Health lab at UCI, 1 year behavioral neuroscience at UC Berkeley, and 1 year at UCSF neurodegenerative diseases) Publishing: 3rd authorship, but it's Public Health related. LOR: 2 from UCSF, 1 from UCI Other: over 100 hours of hospital volunteering, was a medical scribe for neurology at UCSF as well. I originally intended to go to medical school, but really fell in love with being in a lab setting within neuro, so changed my future plans. I guess my questions are - Do you guys think I have a chance with my above experience and GPA to get into a PhD program? Or am I better off just applying to MS programs? Do I even have a chance to get into a MS program? I keep hearing that Neuroscience PhD programs are super impacted with everyone applying to them and requirements being so difficult. With that said, is it best to apply to Biology PhD programs then? Within most Biology programs, it seems as though I still would be able to study under the professors I want. Should I dedicate a paragraph explaining my low GPA dip? Thinking of applying abroad to schools like University of London and University of Edinburgh (both Masters) to help boost my chances of getting in. I heard they are easier to get into if you are coming from the US. If anyone has experience with either - is that true?
  2. Hi everybody! I am trying to figure out which of these options is better, and I was wondering if you had any opinions on this as I am really unsure. 1) Masters in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden 2) Masters in Neuroscience at GSN-LMU Munich in Germany Ultimately, the goal is to do a PhD in neuroscience, maybe at one of these institutions or maybe in the US/UK. Both programs would allow me to complete research projects with their faculty, and in both places, there seems to be fascinating neuro research being done. I am particularly interested in translational neuroscience, would any of these programs be better suited for this? And would you say one is more known than the other? Thank you!
  3. Howdy! I'm currently looking into graduate schools to apply to. My career goal is to become an academic neuroscience researcher, but my specific interests are rather niche and I am having difficulty finding professors who match my interests well. I am interested in the evolution of distinctly human behaviors such as theory of mind, consciousness, and ability to comprehend reality. However, I am particularly interested in studying why mental illnesses occur that distort these uniquely human cognitive processes. I would like to study the genetic basis of psychological disorders such as anorexia nervosa and schizophrenia that impair one's ability to exercise these uniquely human mental capabilities. I want to study what genetic/neurochemical processes lead to the these mental disorders to better understand what selective pressures led to the development of these capabilities in the first place. Does anyone know any schools with professors who study this??? I don't even know what to label it, but I was thinking that maybe researchers looking into primate models may be my best bet?
  4. Hi all, I wanted to ask for your opinions on what type of programs I should choose. I am interested in stem cell models for neuropsychiatric disorders; thus, the research is somewhat interdisciplinary depending on the school. I have a pretty strong background in this field with approximately 3 years and a few pending publications. Upon researching graduate schools, I have found that I am interested in faculty in multiple departments. For example, I was looking at two programs at NYU (Sackler): 'Neuroscience & Physiology' and 'Stem Cell Biology.' While looking at both programs, I saw that many faculty were available as mentors in both departments. However, I actually found that the stem cell department had more researchers whose work I was interested in conducting. Another complicating variable in this situation is that NYU 'Neuroscience & Physiology' requires the GRE, unlike the 'Stem Cell Biology' program. I have yet to take the GRE and was planning on taking it solely for my NYU application, as none of my other programs require it. Would having a 'Stem Cell Biology' PhD be detrimental to my ability to score a Neuroscience postdoctoral position after my PhD, or is the work I publish in my PhD more important? Additionally, if my background and SOP are heavily neuroscience-based, which is my general college background, will this negatively impact my application to the 'Stem Cell Biology' program at NYU? If you were in/are in a similar predicament, what would you do and why? Thanks for your help
  5. Hello everyone, I hope corona do not find you :) . I want to know the funding program for international student accepted into neuroscience PhD at Harvard. Based on the website, the PhD student receive scholarship but still I donot understand the plan for this. I sent an e-mail to the funding officer but no response. As I understand from the website, it is a tiered tuition structure that reduces tuition over time as students progress through their degree programs. Another plan is the fully funded option. Which plan is available for international students? Best regards
  6. I applied for the MSc at the MiNDS Program from McMaster University, but didn't hear anything from them. Did anyone hear anything from those guys? Wondering if its just a delay or if I should just accept the failure
  7. Hi, all! I'm new here and I hope my confusion about the choices of program can get valuable suggestions from you guys! I'll give a brief intro to my background: My undergraduate major is CS with about 3.7 GPA and my previous research experiences are all in computer system, but I'm starting doing some projects in comp-neuroscience last fall. I chose to apply for MS degrees just for some enhancement in my neuroscience background so that I can get somehow stronger background in the field of neuroscience when applying next year. Here are my current choices: I've got admitted to MRes in Biosciences with neuroscience sub-stream at UCL, MS CS at ETH. And there will be an interview of MRes of Neurotechnology at ICL next week. Since the MRes is a one-year program, and I just do not know how much the program will give me, and that's why I have no idea how to choose the programs. Possibly, if I took the offer of CS at ETH, I could also do some comp-neuroscience research in those labs. Hope you more specialized guys can provide me with more valuable suggestions! Many thanks in advance.
  8. Hello everyone! This is my first time using this site so I hope I am going about this question correctly - I'm currently an international applicant looking to apply for a PhD in Neuroscience in the United States for Fall 2021 entry. I know this is early but I would like advise early if possible from other applicants, since most colleges state they are unable to let me know of my competitiveness for their program. My background: I am currently about to graduate from a university in the UK you will not have heard of with a 4.0 GPA in Medical Science I've just been accepted into a 1-year MSc Translational Neuroscience at Imperial College London for Fall 2020 entry. I know my GPA is competitive and I will not be required to sit the TOEFL as I'm British. But I'm worried about my experience, in the UK we do not often publish as undergraduates and I have no publications. I've worked on one independent research project for 8 months as part of my course and I'll be conducting one for my masters, however I doubt either will publish. The rest of my experience is clinical - I have worked in the Emergency Department doing patient triaging and worked in palliative care for 4 years each. I'm looking to apply to John Hopkins, UPenn, Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. If you have any recommended programmes that may be less competitive but respectable please let me know. Will I be a likely contender for the spaces on those programs? I know my experience is lacking and I cannot take time to get more before that's suggested. Please be honest as an application would cost time and money. Thankyou all!
  9. Hi All, I am interested in pursuing a career as a neuroscience researcher. I'm really interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of mental diseases and recovery. This interest is rather new and comes after working three years in industry as a material science research & development engineer. My educational background is in chemical engineering with a good GPA and research experience. I feel comfortable with my chemistry base but I lack biological education that I'm afraid will hurt me in the application process. I plan to take two courses in introductory biology and two courses in advanced biology online before applying. Other than that, does anyone have any advice or recommendation for applying to a neuroscience program without a traditional background?
  10. I have been wondering about other assessments available to grad students to determine best option for a masters. I went for several neurological tests but no real specific career assessment test. Can anyone recommend one?
  11. Hi, When I submitted my application materials to graduate schools in late November I didn't have any publications. However, before the New Year my colleagues and I are going to submit a paper. Should I email/call the admission departments of the schools I haven't heard back yet to ask if they will accept an updated CV? The first CV I sent did not mention the paper at all. Obviously, a paper submission will make my application stronger, but I worry that asking admissions to accept an update will be frowned upon. Plus, half of them already sent out their interview invites. Thank you in advance for your input! p.s. Happy Holidays!
  12. I'm about to start the second year of my neuroscience PhD, and as I work on my NSF GRFP application I'm trying to decide what primary field best fits my research. My proposed project will relate to human EEG/fMRI activity during working memory tasks, which sounds like it would fit best in the Psychology - Cognitive Neuroscience category. However, my neuroscience PhD is under the biomedical sciences umbrella at my university, so my program would likely match Life Sciences - Neuroscience better. Prior forums have mentioned that some fields have more funding or are more competitive than others, so I was wondering if there was any advantage/disadvantage to applying under either category. I looked for lists of approved project proposals online in each category to try to get a better feel for which field matches my experience/research better, but was unable to find anything besides the list of awardee names and institutions on the GRFP website. I've spoken with people in my lab, and they were also unsure, so I would appreciate any insight you may have.
  13. Hi all! I have a few questions that are all sort of related to the application process, and then one that'll be more based on my personal experience. To introduce myself and give you all a bit of background, I'm a current undergraduate student at a small liberal arts college who will be graduating in Spring 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. My areas of interest are animal behavior, cognition, welfare, social behavior, evolution, ecology, etc. I want to start applying to graduate school for a PhD in a related field this fall to enter the Fall 2020 cohort, and ultimately go into academia. I have a LOT of presentation experience, internal and external, and a lot of lab experience both participating in studies led by a P.I. as a lab assistant and creating my own small-scale study for a class/capstone. I also have animal handling/husbandry experience working with mice, non-human primates, various invertebrates, as well as experience doing research with (but not handling) a few bird species. Last but not least, I'm working on two manuscripts, one on developmental/behavioral neuroscience, and one on industrial/organizational psychology that I hope to at least have submitted by the time grad school applications start. I've identified a lot of possible PhD mentors, all in psychology/neuroscience programs (Emory NAB, IU CISAB, etc), but many of them are at the same school/in the same program. My first question is, what is the most polite way to "cold call" a possible mentor, and what should I request? A tour of the lab, or an interview, or an informal meeting? Also, if I have mutual connections with the mentor, should I drop the connection's name, or have the connection contact the mentor themselves and namedrop/CC me? In regards to having multiple possible mentors in a single program, is it polite/appropriate to apply to more than one mentor in the same program? Or should I meet with them and choose just one to apply to? My last question is, based on my background, would it be possible for me to apply to mentors in programs that are more aligned/directly affiliated with biology departments (like GSU's Neurobiology and Behavior program)? There's a lot of intersection between biology and psychology in my desired field, but would they not accept someone who only minored in biology? (Let me know if you need more information about me to answer this question). Thank you for letting me ask you all a billion questions, and thank you in advance for your help!
  14. Ok I'm applying this cycle and panicking. So I'm really interested in neuroscience and research in biomedical science, MEANWHILE, psychopathology has always been fascinating to me but clinical psy is super competitive (more than biomed I think). Only thing I don't like about biomed is that most graduates go to academia/industrial and doesn't really work with patients. They are very different routes and I really can't get both. My gpa is not good (3.4/4.0) and I kinda don't think I stand a chance to get in a good clinical psy programs (Maybe master→phd?). Summarize: More interested: Clinical neuropsychology. Higher chance to get in: Biomedical Science
  15. Hello! It is my first time posting... I was just wondering something about the Neuroscience Ph.D. admissions. I am currently earning a B.S. in Biology from a researched based university and I am also volunteering in some labs within my university. Is it possible to enter a Neuroscience Ph.D. program without publications or posters? Supposing that your GPA and GRE are about average. Any help is appreciated! ☺️
  16. Hi! I'm wondering if anyone has experience in either McGill or University of Toronto’s graduate programme in Neuroscience? Specifically im trying to determine the following: 1) how does the coursework compare? 2) how does the funding differ (grants/TA-ships, etc)? 3) who designs the research project—is this something I design as the student or does the supervisor/department have more say over the matter? 4) what is the graduate student housing situation like? I have looked at these questions online, but it would be great to get the perspective of someone who’s been there. Thanks!
  17. I'm lucky enough to have to make a choice between both programs (BU vs. Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine for Neuroscience). I would appreciate any help in making this decision. Both programs have great advisors I could work with, the money is about the same, and both are amazing cities (for different reasons). I'm having a lot of trouble deciding. If anyone can offer any advice, anecdotes, or opinions, it would be greatly appreciated. Which school is better for neuroscience? Which school have you heard has a better graduate environment? I'll just choose whatever y'all tell me.
  18. I applied to two different programs at UCSD (Biomedical Science and Neuroscience) and was fortunate to be admitted to both. I've definitely decided to attend UCSD but I'm having trouble choosing which program. They're the same in terms of stipend/benefits and most of my labs of interest are available with either program. The core courses are slightly different but my options for electives will be pretty much the same. I also got a great vibe from both program's students and faculty. For a bit of background on me, I'm interested in studying neurodegerative diseases (including molecular mechanisms and translational strategies) and most likely will work in pharma or biotech after graduating. Pros of BMS: Seems a bit more closely-linked to industry, including an internship program. Core courses are more interesting to me (neuro requires some cognitive/behavioral courses that I'm less interested in). Cohort has a broader array of interests. Generally a broader education that includes biology outside of just the brain. Pros of Neuroscience: Seen as more "prestigious"/more competitive admission. Smaller, more tightly-knit cohort who all seem to be great friends and have lots of social events. Both programs seemed well-funded, but neuro is particularly so (I think they're #1 in the nation for NIH grants). More rotation flexibility (lab doesn't have to be affiliated with the program--this is a requirement for BMS but there seem to be mechanisms to get around this such as co-advisors). Any insight from others would be very helpful!
  19. Hello everyone! I reached out to some professors before I submitted my apps but nowhere near the amount I wanted to. I want to email some faculty now in a "hey I applied and I want you to know because I mentioned you in my application... would love to chat about xxx" kind of way. My question is whether this is appropriate? Or will they view it as a nuisance because it's after the app deadline?
  20. Hi all-- first time posting here so if something is off please be patient with me :) I'm currently in the process of applying to neuroscience Ph.D. programs (hopefully with a computational neuroscience focus). I'm applying straight out of my undergrad and am absolutely terrified... I was convinced by my parents (mistake no 1) to apply to all the top tier schools in my field. Ie: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Princeton, NYU, Cornell, MIT. I'm also applying to Boston U, Mt Sinai (aka Icahn School of Medicine) as kind-of backup schools. (Realistically I think they're the only ones I have any shot at MAYBE getting an interview.) I know everyone asks this here, but: do I actually have a realistic chance of getting in? GRE: first attempt, 169V/162Q/5.0AW. second attempt, 164V/164Q/5.0AW. GPA: 3.69 cum, 3.6 (biochem) and 3.7 (math) major GPAs at my current school, but they don't count my (two years of) transferred credits from community college. With transfer credits, 3.84 cum GPA, 3.73 (biochem) and 3.84 (math) major GPAs. Math, biochem double major. I've been doing math research for ~1.5years, in a field that has neuro applications, but haven't actually done any neuroscience research. (1 publication as 2nd author; lots of poster/conference presentations.) My college is a mid-level public university, with no neuroscience program or coursework. However, I've tried to choose my electives so that they would help a grad degree/career in neuroscience. I'm active in academic clubs on campus and have some leadership experience. I also have quite a lot of community service, if that helps. Without revealing personal details I am very "well-rounded" both on paper and irl. I have 4 solid letters of rec, and am fairly confident with my statement of purpose. I interview well, but of course I have to get invited back for an interview first... I've been in contact with some faculty from most schools. At the very least, an email back from them saying "you look like a great fit, email me again if you get an interview". I'm sorry if this is a stupid thing to ask, but I'm nervous that I'll send out 11 apps and get 11 rejections. Please let me know what you guys think! Do I need more low-level schools? Are these all too much "reach"? Or would I be better off taking some time off to work as a lab tech or RA, and then applying in a few years from now? Thanks in advance~ ~coffeeveins
  21. Hi! I would greatly appreciate any advice on my competitiveness as an applicant to Neuroscience PhD programs. Here's a bit about me: Graduated from top 20 college with a 3.0 GPA, majored in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. I did horribly my freshman & sophomore years-- came from a bad public school system in FL and wasn't prepared for the rigors of pre-med. But after I began my neuroscience courses, my GPA rose exponentially, with a 3.5 GPA in my major. I mentioned this briefly in my statement of purpose, but have had varying advice as to how much explaining I should do in my apps. I had two research assistant positions in college and a year-long independent research study. After graduation, I worked as a lab manager for two years in a spinal cord injury lab at a top 20 public school, where I basically ran the entire lab, supervised the techs & students, and designed and executed of the experiments (the PI was in his 70s and didn't have graduate students or post-docs, but is well known in his field). We were close and I'll get a positive LOR from him. I have 1 publication, 1 first-author poster presentation, and 2 co-author abstracts. I am currently a lab technician at an Ivy League university in a neuroscience lab (been in current position for 1.5 yrs). My GRE scores are very very mediocre-- V=157, Q=147. AWA 4.5 but I'm retaking next week. I'm wondering--do I have a shot AT ALL with my low gpa and likely lowish GRE scores? If not, would it be advisable to try to do a masters in neuroscience instead of taking a 5th year off as a technician? At this point, I've accumulated such a vast set of lab skills as a technician that I'm not sure how much of a difference another year will make. Here is my application list (all Neuroscience PhD programs). Do I have too many "reach" schools given my stats? I'm feeling pretty hopeless right now about my chances to ANY of these schools and it's so hard to gauge their competitiveness, so any insight as well as suggestions of places in my range would be greatly appreciated! 1) NYU, 2) Albert Einstein, 3) CUNY, 4) Emory University, 5) Mount Sinai, 6) Weill Cornell, 7) Georgetown, 8) Georgia State. 9) SUNY Downstate Medical Center. 10) Rutgers (Newark), 11) University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, 12) Vanderbilt, 13) Wesleyan, 14) University of Miami (maybe), 15) American (maybe), 16) Dartmouth (maybe)
  22. Calling all neuro applicants for Fall 2019 matriculation! I figured it was time to make a post specifically for us to comment, ask for feedback, and post interview dates and results!
  23. Undergrad Institution: Best in Kazakhstan (US type of system, taught in English)Major(s): BiologyMinor(s): Computer ScienceGPA in Major: ~3.7Overall GPA: 3.33 (will be higher hopefully, by Nov)Position in Class: averageType of Student: International, female, minority (Asian)GRE Scores (revised): not taken yet, but practice ~160 Q:V:W:B:IELTS: ~ 8 (take soon)Research Experience: Molecular Biology Lab Technical work for 1 year > no publications (ongoing big project) Going to start BCI research this semester, review paper in the makingAwards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list several timesPertinent Activities or Jobs: private tutoring for SATsAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points: I'm auditing Master's level robotics class? (can be mentioned on transcript)Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: took Computer Science classes, participated in Mobile Application Development Incubator, interested in neuroengineering or research related to technology within neuroscience (any Lab suggestions are welcome) Applying to Where: Neuroscience (where there's also engineering involved in research)University of PittsburgUCSD (how many international students they accept?)Rochester, Emory Not Sure: University of Washington, Northwestern, MIT, John Hopkins, UPenn, Boston University Brandeis, Mount Sinai, Baylor, UMich What are my chances? I feel like compared to other candidates my application is flat, no glowing LORs (I will be lucky if they will be ok), average GPA, no research. Should I take a gap year and not even try? Is it better to go to Master's somewhere in Europe or apply for RA job in US, or do I maybe have chances to get into MSc in US? If you send GRE scores 1 time, would they still have them next year?
  24. Hi all, This is my first post on here as I am just getting acclimated to the application process. I was wondering for those who have applied and gotten accepted to either neuroscience or molecular biology PhD programs, what was your gpa, gre scores, and other stats when accepted? I feel I am more behind then other recent applicants when I talk to them so I wanted to know my admission chances based off of my stats. I have an associates in engineering science from SUNY Broome with a 2.7 gpa, I will be graduating this coming year with with a bachelors of science in biological sciences with a minor in statistics from the University at Buffalo. Currently my GPA at UB is a 3.15 but I have another semester before I submit my apps so there is room to improve. I have almost 3 years of combined research experience in the two molecular biology labs I've worked in, a conference presentation based off of research, and I have been a TA for the advanced molecular biology class at UB for almost a year. The PhD programs I plan on applying to so far are: UB - Biological Scences, UB - PPBS Stony Brook - Genetics Washington U - Neuroscience UMich - Neuroscience And a few other similar programs... would anyone be able to help me with what my admission chances would be? Thank you!
  25. So I'm in the process of picking graduate schools to apply to and Im having a hard time of getting past the mentality of applying for the best schools in my field and seeing what happens? (Yale BBS, NYU, Northwestern, Princeton, Brown-basically all the reaches). I can stay a second year in my current postbacc fellowship and have been advised to do so if i want a shot at these schools, but as i have fee waivers and the worst they can say is no, my head is stuck on aiming high and just taking feedback this round. Wondering what some match schools would be though! Also, unsure if id have a somewhat better shot applying to biology umbrella programs for neuroscience or straight into neuroscience? Undergrad Institution: Big stateMajor(s): NeuroscienceOverall GPA: 3.3, in major probably around 3.05 (pretty average student except for chem/ochem-mostly B's, pretty much few equal in science A's-C's cancelled out)Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?): Domestic, female, Puerto Rican & African AmericanGRE Scores:Q: 156/61%V: 159/83%W: 4.5/82% Other: Several extensive research experiences, (3 academic years, 2 summer fellowships, presented posters at 2 university conferences and won awards, ABRCMS national conference poster award, 2 travel awards, 1 middle author publication in submission, writing a review paper with a well known PI now), 3 pretty good LORs, and the typical grad cv full of extracurriculars I held 2 jobs most of my 3 years of undergrad, and graduated in 3 years rather than taking the 4th to improve my gpa due to financial considerations. Im currently in an NIH funded postbacc at Mayo Clinic. Bless you for reading this far, any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
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