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  1. Hello All! New to the forums but have been browsing and saw some good information that answered a good amount of my questions. With that being said, I do have a question still.. As someone that has a degree in business, with minimal science background, what is the best route for gaining admissions into a PhD program? I didn’t see a thread for neuroscience but that is my interest. Building my credentials with an MS program seems out of question as most seem to require prerequisites. Would it be best to really hit the books and try to perform extremely well on a GRE subject test OR do some type of post-bacc? I mean, both can be an answer as well. I want to hear your thoughts! Also, if this helps, I live in New Jersey and would love to stay on the East Coast for a PhD program. I appreciate your time and help! Thanks!
  2. Hello! I'm an M.S. student looking to apply for Ph.D. programs in neuroscience. A lot of the schools I'm looking into asks for 3 academic recs and I'm having a bit of a struggle trying to figure out who to ask for the letters. I heard that for rec letters I should get them from PIs or lab supervisors in the research you're involved in, but I was wondering if I can also ask professors that you've had as well. Also, I recently became a co-author for a research paper for a lab I was involved in college. Would the schools mind if I ask someone from undergrad for rec letters?
  3. Hey guys, So I received an acceptance from University of Bonn in masters in neuroscience.. and I am rather confused about the program in general... Like how good of a programme is it and what the expenses and all would be of living in Bonn? Plus how is the student life of University of Bonn.. if any one has studied from there kindly help a confused soul... :)
  4. Hello everyone! I'm in the process of applying for a Graduate program which requests I submit a Statement of Purpose. This is my first time doing one so I would really appreciate any advice on how to make mine better before I submit it. If you are up for reading what I have so far please send me a PM and I'll send you a PDF of it (unless you want a .word or .Page file instead). The program I'm applying for is Aging and Neuroscience so if you happen to have any advanced education in either topic then I would especially appreciate your advice! I look forward to your help, and I appreciated you taking the time to look it over.
  5. Hi all, I'm a recent graduate from a top liberal arts school who is interested in pursuing graduate study for neuroscience/pharmacology in Canada, and I am also looking to eventually relocate here permanently. I found a few programs and professors whose research areas fit my interests, skills, and experience extremely well. Although the websites claim that international students are guaranteed a certain stipend, considering that most grant agencies place restrictions on use of funds for non-citizens or non-permanent residents, it makes me skeptical that I would be able to get in on the basis of not having available funding. I know that there are limited scholarship opportunities available for non-Canadian students, but my GPA is nowhere near high enough to be considered for them (I'm in 3.5-land, GPA wise). If anyone could answer these, I would really appreciate it: Am I competitive enough for my programs of interest even without the ability to bring in additional funding? Even if I somehow manage to get in, how am I going to fund graduate study without going into a significant amount of debt? Thanks!
  6. The more I think about this decision the more I can't decide!!! I made a spreadsheet with weighted points hoping it would help and they're BASICALLY TIED!!!! For what it's worth: I'm interested in translational neuroscience, specifically considering either addiction or neurodegenerative diseases. I'm hoping to go into industry after getting my PhD. Both programs are interdisciplinary and draw professors from multiple departments. At both schools I met PIs that I really 'clicked' with and could see myself doing research with. How do I make this decision?!
  7. Hi! I am in MAJOR need of advice! Here's the sitch: I live in California. I work for an educational non-profit that I LOVE and care for deeply. I was given an unofficial job offer last week to take over our region as a Regional Manager (making a salary, full-time hours, management experience) for minimum of a one year commitment. DAYS later, I receive awesome news! I have been accepted into the Masters of Arts for Psychology with a focus in Cognition and Neuroscience at NYU!!! NEW YORK OMG! I have dreamt of New York for nearly ten years now and even applied to NYU for my BA out of high school (which I got rejected to). This has been my dream of dreams and it is REAL now. However, I would be a transplant student moving miles and miles away, not knowing anyone, with not nearly enough saved up to steadily live. I am not afraid to work hard to get to where I want, because I've already worked hard to get to where I am. I am really battling with myself if I should attempt to defer my admission for a year and possibly take the unofficial job offer (it's not promised yet) or risk it for my dream of studying what I want where I've always wanted. WHAT DO YOU THINK?!
  8. Hi, everyone! I am currently a third year undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience who plans on going to graduate school and getting my PhD when I finish my undergraduate education. I have been looking at schools and different programs, but am having trouble picking which ones would be best for me. I know that I like research, but part of my problem is that my research interests are very broad. I believe that I am most interested in differences in behavior and the biological reasons/mechanisms behind these behaviors. I have mostly considered getting my PhD in either neuroscience or in psychology, but have more recently been considering that this may fit a biology PhD, too. What type of program do you think I would find the most relevant labs focused on this? Or does anyone have any advice that would help me to make the distinction between what type of program would be a good fit for me? Thank you!
  9. Any advice for choosing between a better fit, but 5-10 hours from home and a school that is a good fit, but very close to home and close to where you went to undergrad (people in the area you know)? Looking to gauge the value of being close if anyone has experience with that one way or the other. Thanks!
  10. Would it be better to go to a PhD program with ideal reasearch topics but a severely out-dated lab space (though the research IS getting done so it's functional) or to one with research I'm not stoked about but that has brand new facilities with all the bells and whistles?
  11. Hello! I couldn't find a thread for postbacc options, so here we go! Im graduating early, so decided a postbacc would be a great way to spend the year before applying to PhD programs. Ive applied to the NIH PREP program at Yale, Northwestern, Harvard, Mayo Clinic, Brown, and possibly one more!
  12. Hello all! I have applied to several (9/12) schools for my PhD in Neuroscience and related fields and am anxiously awaiting the admissions information. Texas A&M U sent an email for the PhD in Neuro program saying I'd hear back in early to mid January, so I'm freaking out even more right now. Has anyone heard back from TAMU yet?? Thanks, Morgan~
  13. Same as title... Got an interview at a school where I have worked with a professor already, should I request an interview with them? Will they expect me to do so? @Neuro15 you usually have answers. Any thoughts?
  14. Has anyone heard anything about interviews for the OxCam NIH Partnership program?
  15. Hello! Is anyone else waiting on their phd applications for neuroscience programs to be reviewed? Let's talk about it! I've received interview invites to Mount Sinai and NYU, is anyone else going? It'd be awesome to know another applicant ahead of time!! I'm also waiting to hear from Weill Cornell, Rockefeller, CUNY, Columbia, Penn, and Tulane i'm new here, so if this isn't the appropriate place for this thread please let me know! xoxo
  16. Someone made a similar thread last year just to have a separate thread for neuroscience PhD applications for the 2018 cohort. Hopefully it'll help reduce a little bit of the interview/decisions anxiety if we're all in the same boat!
  17. Heyy ! I thought it would be a good idea to start a separate forum for neuroscience PhD applications for 2018 cohort. I know that people have started getting invites from a few places like the Brandeis universities. What about other schools, any ideas?
  18. Hello everybody. I want to transfer from a school to CUNY neuroscience. Can you share your thoughts with me? What are my chances for getting accepted? Please see below. Just give you an idea on my background, I did my bachelors in Sports Sciences with the GPA of 3.54. I had one peer review publication 3 poster presentation in international conferences. For non-academic activities, I was involved in Special Olympics Organization for 4 years. Then, I came to the US and studied a year of Medical Assisting and then got accepted to Nutrition and Exercise Science master's degree at CUNY. I took 26 credit worth of prerequisite courses including biochem, organic chem, anatomy 1 and 2 physiology 1 and 2 etc. I collected the data for my thesis at Columbia University. We investigated the influence of task constraints on upper and lower body modifications in children with Cerebral Palsy. Also, I did my internship at Columbia at applied physiology lab. We investigated whether exercise can attenuate the side effects of antiretroviral therapy in people with HIV. I turned the study into an abstract presentation and presented at a conference. In addition, I was involved in another study at Columbia where we studied on people HIV again. Then I got accepted to PhD in Exercise Physiology and co-wrote a paper on exercise genomics and wrote another one as a first author. I have been involved in a major project where I do extensive heart rate variability analysis in firefighters. Further, I was involved in a meta-analysis on hypertension. EDUCATION BA: Sports Sciences (BA): 3.54 GPA MS: Nutrition and Exercise Sciences 3.77 GPA (research assistant) PhD Exercise Physiology: 3.83 GPA (research assistant) -- I want to transfer to Neuroscience CERTIFICATIONS Exercise Physiologist of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-EP-C) Healthcare Provider of American Heart Association PUBLICATIONS 3 peer review publications + 5 poster presentations + involved in 3 other studies but not had my name on the papers. GRE: 149/154, AW:3.5 SOCIAL EXPERIENCE Special Olympics Played professional soccer for 7 years.
  19. Hello All, I need help with deciding what specialty of psychology I should pursue, and by getting others' experiences and perspectives on these specialties, I hope to be better equipped to make that decision. I need to have all my graduate school applications turned in by Dec 1, 2018 (next December). I am hoping to find a fully funded program preferably, but I know I can't put all my eggs in one basket. The specialties I am interested in are neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, experimental, clinical, social, and cognitive. I came into this thinking I wanted to be a clinical psychologist, but now after having gone through some of my Psych classes, I ultimately would like to get myself to a place where I can do clinical, as well as research and/or teaching. Being completely unfamiliar with this process, I am very unaware of what the best way to proceed would be, in order to achieve my ultimate goal. This is why I am reaching out to you all, and I thank you in advance for any and all help! I will graduate with my Bachelor's in Psychology in April 2019, and plan on continuing on to Graduate school afterwards. My prior background I was a Respiratory Therapist, where I worked mostly in the ER, ICU, NICU, and PICU. I was also an active member in my husband's unit FRG (Family Readiness Group), where I mainly gave whatever kind of support was needed to those spouses who lost their soldier while deployed. I plan on applying for a few available internships this summer, so I can have more experience, and get my graduate school applications looking more favorable. I am 33, a mother of 3, a wife of a disabled veteran, and a strong woman just trying to make her difference in the world. With that being said, here are some questions I have, and again, any help or insight you might have on any or all of this, is more than welcome! 1. PhD or PsyD? 2. What are the realities (what can I expect) of working in the different specialties I mentioned above? 3. Are there any programs you would suggest that I highly check into? 4. How many applications did you submit for grad school? (Just curious, because my list is way too long so far) 5. What is the best way I can achieve my ULTIMATE GOAL, mentioned above? 6. Any suggestions on how to look more favorable to grad schools? 7. What other things about this whole process, am I forgetting to think about? Any other information you need from me, please just ask! Feel free to give any additional information not mentioned. Thankful Always, Christine M.
  20. Hi! I would love to get some feedback and critique on my statement of purpose. I'm on my 5th draft but I am still not entirely happy with it/I am not entirely sure what the admissions committee wants. I can read your SoP as well if you'd like. Thanks!
  21. I'm having a bit of a dilemma in who to ask for a letter of recommendation. I'm currently 1+ years of research in a lab with a PI, Research Associate, and Post-Doc. I did 2 years of research in undergrad with a professor (who I had not taken any classes from). I had been planning on asking for LoRs from 1) my undergrad research prof, 2) the PI of my current lab, and 3) the Research Associate of my current lab. I work a bit more closely with the Research Associate than I do the PI, just due to the fact that the PI is busy doing PI things like writing grants. However, it occurs to me it might seem sketchy to have two LoR from the same lab. Is this the case? I have the sinking feeling it is, especially in a lab as small as this one. My other options are getting a LoR from a professor I had in UG who really liked me and I did well in their course, but that was a year and a half ago (I'm post-grad now). I'm applying for Neuro programs, with a focus on behavioral neuro research. My current lab is not behavioral really, the undergrad researcher was in the psych program but we did biopsych/behavioral neuro research, and the undergrad professor was in the psych program and one of the classes I took from her had to do with animal behavior.
  22. Hello. My name is Madhuvanthi. I am from India. I really need some help/advice regarding my Graduate applications. I am looking forward to apply for PhD in behavioural neuroscience for the fall 2018 batch. I have a BA in JPE ( journalism, psychology and English) where I scored 69.43%, and have pursued masters in psychology( MSc Psychology) with a CGPA of 7.14, both from India. I have a master's dissertation which i wrote during my final semester. I worked for a year for an IB school. I am taking the GRE in September mid. I am really confused about several things. I don't really know how strong my profile is. I did find a few universities which aligned with my interests but i want to know whether i have a chance to get into those universities. Some of those universities are Stony brook university, Northeastern university, Arizona state university and Boston university. it would be helpful if you could rate my profile and suggest me a few universities in the US.
  23. Hi! I'm going to be a senior undergrad and was wondering how competitive of an applicant I am to get into a (behavioral) Neuroscience PhD program. I was also wondering what I should do to improve my application. Some stats: Major: Dual- Psychology (honors) and Neuroscience Minor: Fine Arts Overall GPA: 3.6 (will rise to about 3.65 by graduation) In-Majors GPA: 3.75 Research: 3.5 years Grants: URA (undergraduate research award) GRE (not taken yet...assuming I score average) Extra Curricular Activities: Biology Tutor (1 semester), Resident Assistant (RA) (1 year) Presented at a URC (undergraduate research conference) Will also have a Senior Honors Thesis in which I will have conducted my own experiment I would really appreciate constructive criticism; anything to improve my application will help!
  24. Hello Gradcafe, I decided around a couple months ago that I'm going to continue my education through a PhD but have some questions that I haven't found specific answers that I need to settle in order to find focus in the PhD application and my current job. For context I have a B.S in Physics from Clarkson University and a M.S in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University where in my graduate studies I specialized in neuroengineering. I have been in contact with my former University about my interests but was told there wouldn't be funding in my area for awhile so some Professors there have suggested to continue my education at another University where I now have my recommendations in order. I graduated with my Biomedical engineering degree in 2016 and got a local job as a support role of analyzing scientific data for quality of the raw data and won't be starting the PhD until 2018. My first question is that I'm interested in specific research in the fields of neural engineering and computational neuroscience where the Professors/principal investigators that conduct this research tend be concentrated in different Departments based on the University. I'm specifically interested in a research lab that is focused on applying principles and gaining deeper understanding in the field of computational neuroscience in order to gain a better understanding of neural dysfunction in order to better treat neurological disorders, preferably using advanced techniques in signal processing, neuroimaging, and potentially data science. I noticed looking at schools other people are applying to in my field have both Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience applications so is this normal? I couldn't find any specific information to this questions so I'm uncertain of the pros and cons considering I already have a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of my research interest both types of Departments could lead to the same type of research career so I need to answer this question. Also would it be wise to contact Professors on research if I have no specific research experience in their specific subject? I have two REU experiences and the specialization in neuroengineering from my graduate studies which was focused on getting people prepared for becoming apart of an University research group for further graduate studies. Because of this I do have research experience and coursework that was dedicated to reviewing scientific publications, making grant proposals, and creating innovative experiment designs but haven't actually conducted research in the specific area I'm interested in as a specialization. Once I narrow down my application pool I can start reviewing research of the Professors from the Universities but do have time constraints because of a full time job and other responsibilities. Would it also be advisable to be contacting different Departments to ask about funding in specific subfields such as neural engineering and computational neuroscience as that was a problem with my former University? Thank you for your time and look forward to the discussion!
  25. Hey everybody! so i'm starting to get nervous about applications.... I'm an international student so I don't really know who i'm competing against (experience-wise). currently finishing my B.Sc. in biology+psychology+emphasis in neuroscience (so I have a lot of neuro courses in my resume). GPA around 3.7-3.8. but I'm not sure if my lab experience is good enough - one biology and one psychobiology projects. my degree is only 3 years (not 4 like american undergrads), so i won't have time for another lab experience before applications' deadlines. took the GRE a couple of days ago, so i don't have the AW score yet, but the quant and verbal were 161 and 160. I could definitely score higher on the quant so i'm considering retaking the exam (though it will be only in October.... cutting it close to deadlines). My aim is to get accepted to a PhD in the biology-oriented neuroscience (molecular etc.), and of course the dream is in NYC. applying to Columbia, NYU, Weill Cornell and CUNY (as a safe choice). Are my chances good? should I consider more schools? and if so- any recommendations? Thank you!!
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