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  1. 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!
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. 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~
  5. 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?
  6. Has anyone heard anything about interviews for the OxCam NIH Partnership program?
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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!!
  18. Greetings, fellow TheGradCafe-dwellers! I will be applying to doctoral programs as an international student this year, for Fall'18. I have a Bachelors in Biotechnology from India and a Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering. While at Penn, I gathered a semester's worth of lab experience in an epigenetics lab and an organ-on-a-chip lab each. I also went through a summer internship at the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) during which I worked with CRISPR and TALEN gene editing in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and I later joined NYSCF after Penn as a Research Associate II to work with iPSCs to study demyelination in multiple sclerosis. I will have had two years' worth of research experience at NYSCF when I start a program in Fall'18. Through my education and lab experience, I have become interested in the use of stem cells to study human disease, specifically those involving the brain, and also possibly using tissue engineering in the whole scenario. More recently, I have thought about taking a crash course in Python so I can consider studying neural networks as well. Even though the use of stem cells + tissue engineering to study the brain is a very narrow niche, it makes it difficult to choose a suitable doctoral program- BMS/ Neurobiology/ Tissue Engineering ? I am currently eyeing schools on both coasts, over California, New York, Boston, DC, Philly and Chicago. It would be great if current students/ veterans in any of the fields could help me out by pointing me towards some good programs with relevant coursework and a collaborative research environment. Thank you!! Tanya
  19. Hello everyone! I am about 8 months in to my MPhil program and I am applying for Fall 2018 admission into U.S. Neuroscience Ph.D. programs. I completed my B.S. in the U.S., and I have quite a bit of research experience (~3.5 years), a poster presentation at a international conference and other conferences at my institution, a 2nd author paper and some grants/awards that I was fortunate enough to receive. As for now, I feel like I took on a fairly "big" Master's research project: in terms of work to do and unfamiliarity (for both my PI and myself). It's a little out there, and maybe not considered a "standard" research direction in my field (if that is even a thing). My worry is this: what if I don't have any success from my Master's thesis? My thesis has to be approved etc etc in order for me to graduate, but I was hoping to work towards (at least) a poster presentation. Since I am applying this cycle, I have to talk about my project - which I feel hasn't made much progress! Agh! How much is this a factor in applying to programs? Am I expecting too much from a 2-year research project? Is getting an approved thesis fine or will they expect more (especially considering my undergraduate experience)?? Any comments would be appreciated! Thank you all!
  20. Dear all I have received offers from three different PhD programmes in neurobiology but neither of them is fully-funded (I am an oversea applicant). "A" university has the lab that I want to work in the most (because of the laboratory environment and the research topic), but the programme (A programme) neither provides me with financial support and nor allows me to defer the offer based on financial reasons. The other two programmes are from "B" university. One of them (B programme) provides me with scholarship that only covers tuition fees and the student may choose to exit the programme with a MPhil after one year (instead of upgrading). The last programme (C programme) has no funds but allows me to defer the offer based on financial reasons. I want to get at least a MPhil degree first because I only have a Bachelor degree from somewhere else. In my opinion, having a MPhil degree may gain my chances to secure a scholarship in the subsequent years (even though it seems that I need to afford my own living expense this year). My intention is to take the offer (B programme) that has the scholarship to cover the first-year tuition fees, defer the offer of C programme and turn down the offer of A programme. Then I will reapply for A programme and scholarships for the next term to see if I can be fully-funded from the next year while receiving the first-year training in B programme. There are four outcomes I would expect. 1. If my project and funding situation goes well in B programme, then I will stay in B and get the DPhil. 2. If my project in B and funding situation in C programme goes well (My potential supervisor in this university can take students from both programme), then I leave B with a MPhil and join C. 3. If my application for A goes well, then I leave B with a MPhil and join A. 4. If none of the above goes well, I leave B with a MPhil and go somewhere else Is there anyone can give me an opinion on my thought, share me with your experiences or something I need to be careful of? (For example, I am afraid if my supervisor from "B" university would not let me go to "A" university with the MPhil or something like If going "A" is my priority then I should not go to B for the MPhil. Instead, I should just find any kind of position in "A") I need to make this decision within two weeks so any idea is fully appreciated. Best Regards CY
  21. I am currently attending my masters in neuroscience and when looking at other schools for a PhD I am seeing that almost none of them have a post masters PhD, meaning I would have to start over with another 4-5 years for a PhD. Does anyone know of schools that have a post masters neuroscience PhD program? Thank you
  22. I've got undergraduate GPA 3.8/4.0 GRE 318(V150 Q 168) AWA 3 316 (V153 Q 163) AWA 3 TOEFL 102(R29 L30 S18 W25) ~2 years of research experience (but no paper publication) 2 abroad study experiences had taken two graduate level courses (neuroscience research design) and earned A on both What are my chances regarding UCLA /UMichigan /BostonU/ UT Dallas/Georgetown U? Looking for physiology/neuroscience MS program. Especially cognitive neuroscience. Any other recommendations for choosing schools?
  23. Hi all, I got two interview invitations - one for the UCL neuroscience program (interview next week) and the second for MIT brain and cognition (mid-March). UCL made it clear that in case they offer me a place they want an answer within 10 days. Independently, my MIT PoI contacted me to ask if I had any ideas following a talk that he recently gave and I attended. I asked him if it was possible to arrange a Skype meeting before my interview in London and he gave a diplomatic answer along the lines of "I don't want to stand in the way of your best offer". We continued to email a little about research before he asked who were my PoI-s at UCL, and suggested to arrange a skype interview with "MIT folks" prior to my interview. I answered both questions, saying that skype interviews sound like a good idea. This happened 5 days ago, and he never answered back. Our communication before this email was very short and fast. I emailed him a short reminder two days ago, but still no answer. I'm freaking out a little, and wanted to share and ask if there's something I might be missing here. Thanks, TanZor
  24. UCI sent me a dean's packet thanking me for my application and saying I might enjoy the brochure while my application is "under review". What does this mean? The interview is in ten days and I have not actually been invited to one... Why are they sending me this?
  25. Hi, I graduated back in June with a BS in neuroscience. Even though I loved the science, I hated the research (it's extremely repetitive and prone to random errors; plus I want to work with humans). In recent months I discovered psychology as a possible grad school option. It combines the scientific thinking that I like with the human interaction that I crave. I plan to apply to masters programs in psychology and/or I/O psychology. However, I have several concerns: 1) I only took one psych course (Intro) in undergrad with no psych lab/stats courses (though I took many other lab/stats courses for my major). 2) My work experience profile is probably not a fit for I/O program (in a medical volunteer club for 2 years, tutored mol bio for 2 years, did research at a biochem lab for 3 years, now working as a TA in a research class). I have a strong research background which might give the false impression that I'm more into research than applied psych... 3) Having recently decided to enter psych, my knowledge in the field is limited compared to my peers who spent years researching it. I would really like to enter an I/O program because my eventual goal is to become a consultant. An I/O program can provide me with the business education background/internship/networking that's crucially important for any career in business (something I neglected as a science undergrad). Sure, I can go for a PhD in I/O after getting my MA in general psych, but I'd rather not commit to a research program that takes up 5 years of my life... Other backgrounds: 1) Graduated Magna Cum Laude from a top UC school 2) Highest departmental honors with research thesis 3) GRE- 157VR/167QR/4.5W Should I even try to apply to I/O psych or just focus on general psych? How should I tailor my research background so that I seem fit for psychology? Has anybody been in the same situation and would like to share your opinion? Any input is highly appreciated! Thanks guys!
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