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  1. Hey everyone, I saw a 2019 post for computational biology/bioinformatics/systems biology, but nothing posted yet for the 2020 cycle. I thought I'd get it started for this year because it was nice to read through a thread from last year that was separate from the biology postings. I'm curious to hear where everyone is applying to, and any news/tips anyone has as well. And of course staying updated once results start rolling in after the application deadlines. Good luck to everyone!
  2. Hi all! Is there anyone else that has applied for Biomedical Science/Biology/anything similar PhD courses for 2020 entry? I've applied to the following: NYU Sackler Institute (US) Johns Hopkins (US) ICR (UK) Imperial (UK) Where has everyone else applied??
  3. My girlfriend and I will be applying to French PHD programs in the NY area (Rutgers, Colombia, Princeton, NYU, UPenn) as well as in the southeast (University of Virginia, Duke) and several universities in Canada (Université de Montréal and McGill). I’m also interested, but have not yet check out, universities in California such as UCLA, Stanford, or Yale. (For the latter, I read that PHD applicants must have a year of teaching experience and this is not my case.) We are both currently in masters of comparative at Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle). For my part, l have been a resident in France for 4 yrs, having passed the “concours d’enseignement” or the CAPES and taught as a full time English language teacher for 2 years. My companion also had a stint as a highschool teacher here, but she is a native French speaker. My research interests are mainly in francophone literature and literature and economy. Hers are primarily in trauma studies. Would anybody have any information about the universities I mentioned, any helpful advice on the application process or other universities ? Thank you all advance - I signed up b/c I found a similar thread for the 2019 session and everybody seemed supportive and knowledgeable!
  4. Hi everyone ! I'm a Master's student applying this cycle. I'm really confused about the program system at UPenn. I'm primarily interested in working with faculty at the Penn Epigenetics Institute at the Perelman School of Medicine. I'm not quite sure which program to apply to, can you rotate in any lab in UPenn regardless of which program you get through? Does that mean that the BGS and BGG are different only at an administrative level and not at a faculty affiliation level .ie. no faculty is uniquely associated with one program? I had written to a PI and he just said "Student of any program can rotate or get their PhD in any lab.". This is really confusing because both these programs appear to have very different applicant numbers, acceptance rates and international student intake. Whats really different between these programs then? I hope a current UPenn student or someone who had applied to UPenn clarify this. Thanks
  5. Hi folks! My name is Brendon and I used this site a lot back in 2016 when I was applying to MSW programs. Since the site was so helpful then, I wanted to create a thread for those looking into PhD programs in Social Work to be admitted in 2020. I started looking into programs in late 2018 and began making faculty connections then. Over the past month or so, I've officially decided to apply. I haven't 100% decided on where I'm applying but I have a few programs in mind. Those include: (1) University of Michigan, (2) Wash. University in St. Louis, (3) Michigan State University, (4) University of Denver, (5) Hunter College, and lastly, (6) University of Washington. I'd like to only apply to 3-4 schools, so I'm currently trying to eliminate 2-3 from my list. My main priority is having a program that feels supportive of me, my interests, and my professional goals. I specifically want to work with LGBTQ+ people (even more specifically, trans and nonbinary folks), so finding an affirming school is also a priority. How are other folks feeling? Do you have a few schools in mind? What are your main areas of interest? I really wanted to create this thread as a way for us to support one another and possibly get answers! It's nice to know you aren't alone when going through this process and that there's an entire community of people going through something similar.
  6. Anyone applying for a PhD in social work? What is your story?
  7. Hi guys, new here and didn't see many posts about imaging informatics/radiomics (like applying Machine Learning and Deep Learning to biomedical images for automatic disease detection and uncovering biomarkers for elucidating pathologies).. So I wanna start this thread and seek some advice about my choice of programs (I know it's kind of late but I just know there is this gradcafe forum 😭). Thanks guys!!! Undergrad Institution: Top5 in China Major: Chemistry (B.S.) Overall GPA: 3.32 / 4.00 Grad Institution: Columbia Univ. Major: Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) Overall GPA: 4.0 / 4.0 Demographics/Background: International Student GRE Scores: 321 (V152+Q169+3) TOEFL Scores: 116 (But can be waived for most schools as having a MS in the US) Research Experience: 1. Undergrad Summer (2017): 2mo. Microscopic image deconvolution. 2. Undergrad internship at a start-up (2018): 5mo. Developed computer-aided system. Machine Learning in classification of low-grade glioma and prognosis prediction. structural MRI images. 3. Grad Summer (2019, starting from May): 2.5mo in the summer and still working on it. Deep Learning in age prediction. structural MRIs, functional MRIs. 4. Grad (now): Starting from Sep (around 2mo). Deep Learning in classification of schizophrenic patients. PI says I could have a first-author pub (but it by no means could be submitted before Jan or Feb 2020) 5*: Course Project: 2mo. This is not like a real research but a project for "deep learning" course. Electronic Microscopic image segmentation. LOR: 1 instructor from Machine Learning course (I am the TA this semester and did a project for this course at that time) at grad school, received A. 1 from 3 above and 1from 4 above (should be both strong... not sure if very strong, but at least strong). Publications/Abstracts/Presentations: Basically no (I don't think 4 above counts). Have presented 1 above in a technology forum at undergrad school. During the this forum, have done poster and oral pre (got "excellent oral presentation" award) and my reports was collected in the proceedings of this forum (but this forum is a very very small one run by the Chemistry department... 😭) No pub. But I have written journal-style reports for almost every project that I have completed. I got a website and these reports and other info can be viewd on it. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Like some outstanding student scholarship etc. in undergrad. Grad no. But in Grad School (May 2019), participated in a Health Challenge and was in the 3rd place (very very very small competition... I think no one will have any idea about it). Fellowships/Funding: NO (International students cannot apply for like NSF....etc) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA as described in LOR section. Anything else in your application that might matter (faculty connections, etc.): I think I have illustrated my passion and drive etc. well in my SoP (basically a good SoP). Also emailed profs to ask if they have positions for PhD. 1 interview from UPenn/Bioeng. 2 "encourage to apply" from Stanford/EE, Yale/BME. 1 casual talk from Vanderbilt/CS (not very academic) Research Interests: Biomedical imaging, image analysis, machine learning, deep learning, biomarker, radiomics, imaging informatics. Institutions/Programs: Columbia / BME Yale / BME UPenn / BE Emory-GaTech / BME Uwashington / BE WUSTL / Imaging Science JHU / BME Vanderbilt / CS Stanford / EE Comments: These schools are like all top schools and I am therefore very concerned I would be rejected for all. I guess I could phrase my questions like 3 points Are these schools too high for me? Should I change or add some safe schools? My interest is not related to biology, like cell culture, tissue engineering etc.. It's more like about coding and image analysis. I heard Stanford EE is like highly highly highly competitive. But there is a EE professor just answered my email and he looked like highly encouraged me to apply (but he is not in the committee so he doesn't have a say in admission). I was so like not sure if I should apply... Any other suggestions considering this is extremely late (some schools are due on Dec 1st). Many thanks guys!! 😭 Shane
  8. Hi just wondering if anyone wants to give a generalized honest opinion, am I wasting my money applying to PhD programs in Media Studies when I only have my BA? I know you need to know a lot more about me and to read my writing to actually answer that with full confidence but I'm wondering if there is sort of a general rule that almost all PhD admits already have their Masters or have spent significant time working in the field. I'm sure a masters helps one's chances but is someone getting into media studies (rtf/cultural studies type) PhD programs without it an exception or just a slight minority? My professors have made it clear that it would be better were I accepted into PhD programs for money reasons, but even the ones who most intimately know my work haven't given a clear indication of if that's possible. Reading the websites of programs I'm interested many current students seem to have acquired their Masters from other schools or in other disciplines so I feel my chances dwindling. I have good numbers and some good writing but I've never published or officially presented.
  9. Hi all! I wanted to start a thread for those applying to MSW/PhD programs. I am currently considering applying to a ton of programs to increase my chances of acceptance. I already have an MPP. It looks like most programs want you to already have a masters prior to applying. I have also worked in healthcare and health policy for about 8 years. Stats, if interested: - BS from Cornell. GPA: 3.4, but I was pre-med and took a ton of life science courses. Excellent grades in social science courses. - MPP from Brown. They do not do GPA and only give whole letter grades (no +/-). - GRE: V 162/ Q 157/ W 5.5 (V+Q 319)
  10. Those of you that have already gone through them, what is the general etiquette? My last orientation I did was for my undergrad, which was obviously full of teenagers in ripped jeans and the occasional sweats. My MA was online. I have my main Graduate Studies orientation tomorrow, and I'm not sure if I should go business casual? Professional? Normal street clothes? (I'll be doing an hour long campus tour in Florida heat...) Also, what did you all bring? Note pads? Laptops? Just yourself?
  11. [PROFILE EVALUATION POST] [TL:DR: Need suggestion on graduate school selection] Hello good people, Hope you are doing well. I have found the resources available in this site really helpful and am on the verge of applying to graduate schools for PhD in CS. I may have a below than the average profile due to a lack of publications or a slightly concerning GPA. I have prepared a VERY LONG list of programs that are aligned with my interest. However, most of the programs I found are from the top 50 universities and it seems their acceptance rates are very low. I will try to apply to some of those ambitious schools. But what I am stressing about is actually finding at least 2 or 3 safe or moderate programs. The deadlines are closing in and I would really appreciate it if anyone can give me any suggestion. My profile: CGPA: 3.48/4.00, (institution is in top 10 of my country) GRE: 324 (Q165, V159, A4.0), Toefl: 104 ( R30, L: 25, S20, W:29), Research experience: Undergrad thesis on phylogenetic trees( relevant to computational biology) Publication: NONE, Job: 2 years in the software industry, Research Interest: Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Advanced Algorithms, Theory of Computation. LoR: 2 from university professors, 1 from former employer Some universities I found aligned to my interest: (with their usnews ranking) 1. Rice University [20] 2. Johns Hopkins University [25] 3. Pennsylvania State University [30] 4. New York University [30] 5. University of California--Irvine [30] 6. University of Virginia [30] 7. Virginia Tech [40] 8. University of California--Davis [37] 9. University of Colorado--Boulder [40] 10. Stony Brook University--SUNY [40] 11. Michigan State University [55] 12. Indiana University--Bloomington [55] 13. Iowa State University [61] 14. University of California--Riverside [61] 15. Case Western Reserve University [68] 16. George Mason University [68] 17. Florida State University [82] 18. University of Central Florida [82] 19. CUNY Graduate School and University Center [82] 20. University of Connecticut [83] 21. University of Texas-San Antonio [119] I have got only a few generic replies from some professors of these schools. But could not decide any. Some programs ask for a Master's degree for PhD admission and I only have BSc. Also, TOEFL speaking score is making me omit some programs from this list too. My Queries: [1] What usnews ranking ranges could be considered as ambitious, moderate and safe based on this profile? [2] Could you suggest any safe schools for this profile?
  12. Hi all, I'll be graduating in May with an MSSW and I plan to return to school but I'm struggling deciding which degree to pursue. While I enjoy the clinical aspect of social work and the ability to give therapy, I realized that I'm really interested in advocating for disadvantaged populations on a macro/systematic level. I want to study social systems and policies and create interventions and solutions to problems in the real world, internationally and domestically. I'm really passionate about social justice and I'm looking into Master's of Public Policy programs and considering applying. But I don't know the likelihood of me being accepted as I have no formal training in policy and my bachelor's is in psychology. Which brings me to the next part of my question... Having studied it in undergrad, I'm really passionate about psychology and I can't shake the idea of wanting to further my studies in the field and receive the highest degree in psychology. I've been looking into Phd Psychology programs that have a developmental focus. I'm specifically interested in studying human behavior and childhood/adolescent development and using this understanding to inform interventions. I know Georgetown has a dual MPP/PhD Psychology program which sounds ideal for me. While Georgetown's is renowned for the policy program, I don't know about the quality of their PhD Psychology program. But I cannot find many other dual degree programs like this. (I have been looking into NYU's Psychology and Social Intervention program). Also I don't have much research experience, and I know this is a priority in PhD Psychology programs, so if I decide to apply to Phd Psych programs, I would first have to get research experience under my belt first. So that's my dilemma. Do I get a Master's Public Policy/MPP? Or a PhD in Psychology? Or try to do both? Any advice, direction, or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  13. Hi everyone! I'm curious to know if any Americans on here have decided to pursue doctoral studies in clinical psychology in the UK. If so, I'd love to hear more about your story (Were you able to practice in the UK afterward? Did you decide to go back to the US to practice instead? Did you have issues with either of those two routes work eligibility-wise? Etc.). Since this tends to be more of a unique case, "Americans hoping to study/practice clinical psychology in the UK" turns up some pretty murky Internet search results, so I'd love some insight. ?
  14. Hello everyone, Here is my SOP for Physics PhD. programs. Please take a look and give me some feedback. Also, recommendations and suggestions for my target grad schools would be really helpful. Some details about me: GRE general: 153 V, 157 Q, AWA: 4; TOEFL: 98/120; GPA : 3.7/4; GRE physics: results yet to be declared. I plan to specialize in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, particularly in Topological Insulators. I would like to appreciate for your help, in advance. Thank you very much !! I had an influencing fascination towards science right from my school days. Honestly put, those are the days, when I was not able to distinguish between scientific accomplishments and technological inventions, yet the curiosity I had all along, had driven me to constantly search for the scientific inquiries and to inculcate scientific temperament from the sources that were available in and out of classrooms. My Bachelor’s Program (B.Sc 2014-17): I got admitted in a Bachelors course (B.Sc) with a triple major in Physics, Electronics, and Mathematics in the prestigious [University___X]. Apart from the curriculum done in the classrooms, I had a great enthusiasm for taking part in various science fests and competitions both at inter and intra-college level. It was during one such fest, I along with two of my batch-mates devised a “Voice - commanded wheelchair for disabled people”. In this project, I wrote a JAVA code to accept voice commands using audio sensors which were then processed by Arduino UNO microprocessor. This was the first time I was able to realize the immensity of computation in everyday life. By staying in [location] which is a hub of basic sciences with research institutes like [institute names] around, I had an excellent opportunity to participate in and attend many inspiring lectures and seminars by luminary physicists from all over the world. The lecture in a state-level seminar on “Science from Space-new Findings and Challenges Ahead” sponsored by [institute name], has drawn me towards the beautiful world viz., the field of plasma physics. I was particularly captivated by this unique state of matter because of its wide-ranging applications in various fields like solar physics, nuclear fusion and so on. This led me to do a term paper entitled [title] under [Dr.A]. In this term paper, I studied the basic equations (M.H.D equations) of plasma physics in the context of astrophysical plasmas using the fluid description of plasmas. To widen my understanding of plasma, I did a research project at the [Institute name] under the guidance of Prof. [Dr.B] and Prof.[Dr.C]' during the summer of 2016. In this project, we studied the acoustic waves in a classic fluid model. By taking a linear perturbation, we solved the fluid equations analytically to get the dispersion relation. Further, by using LCPFCT (Flux corrected transport) code, - an algorithm to simulate generalized continuity type equations - we solved the equations computationally and plotted the velocity and density profiles at different time steps. Secondly, We modified fluid equations to simulate plasma oscillations and followed the same steps as above to understand how plasma oscillations propagate. During this tenure of two months, I was able to acquire some knowledge on the different computational techniques which are being used in physics. This exposure helped me to get motivated towards having an in-depth understanding of the field of condensed matter physics. My Master’s Program (M.Sc 2017-19): After having completed my B.Sc, I proceeded to do my Masters majoring in physics at [University___Y]. I have undergone many important courses both basic(core) and advanced courses(electives) - to name a few - like advanced condensed matter physics and soft condensed matter physics to explore different sub-fields of Condensed Matter Physics on one hand and Quantum Field theory on the other hand. It was during this time that I came across a more exotic phase of materials in solid-state systems called Topological Insulators by Prof. [D]. This prompted me to do my Master’s thesis, under him entitled “Study of Topological Insulators in 1-D and 2-D”. We studied the basic models for topological insulators in 1-D, the SSH(Su-Schrieffer–Heeger) model and 2-D, the Haldane model. We considered tight-binding Hamiltonian of these models and solved them both analytically and numerically by applying periodic boundary conditions to get the band structure. Also, we computed the Berry phase and the Chern number analytically to specify the distinction between a topological insulator and a normal insulator. Another unique characteristic property of topological insulators is the Bulk-edge correspondence (i.e insulating in the bulk and conducting at the edges). To see this edge peculiarity, we applied Open boundary conditions and analyzed the characteristics of these edge states by plotting their wave functions. This thesis turned out to be a major factor in shaping my current interests towards Topological Insulators. After my masters, I have been reading about the 3-D Kane-Mele model and also attempting to understand a new situation wherein we keep the complex (arbitrary phase instead of the spin-orbit coupling term where the phase can only be either maximum or minimum) second nearest hopping Haldane's term and the Rashba coupling term in the Kane-Mele Hamiltonian and compare their competing effects upon the topological phase. The way forward: Having gone through these varied experiences of computational and theoretical studies, I want to pursue my P.h.D in Theoretical Condensed matter physics. It is true that Topological Insulators are quite captivating due to their intimate association with the concepts of topology, solid-state physics, and symmetry. But I am equally fascinated to explore new vistas in physics if opportunities are available. With topology having wide applications ranging from topological insulators to quantum computation, I believe that there are many unexplored areas for me to pursue my career in this emerging field. Therefore, I consider P.h.D as a platform for fulfilling my immediate goal of extending my understanding of Topology in Physics and also a necessary condition for a good research career in the future. To sum up, with the aforementioned knowledge I hitherto acquired and with my realistic understanding of the challenges of contemporary research I am fairly confident that if I am qualified to get an opportunity to pursue research in the Department of Physics of this highly esteemed institute, it will certainly shape my career in my quest to understand nature through physics. My love for listening, learning, conceptualizing and discussing science and its pursuits with my teachers and classmates and the experience I gathered in giving informal lectures to my juniors, impacted to a greater extent to develop a strong penchant for teaching. I am equally confident that I will create a niche for myself in the world of teaching. Thanks for reading !!
  15. I am an International student completing Master's in an US institute. I am applying for Ph.D. programs in Biostatistics for Fall 2020. I have a good GPA, industrial and research experience and strong LORs. My main concern is my low GRE score and that I don't have any publications. I will be publishing my Master's thesis but not before I complete the applications. Undergrad Institution: International, one of the top universities, good reputation Major: Statistics GPA: 72% (converted using WES - 3.58 GPA) Grad Institution: Top 100 in USA Degree: MS. Applied Statistics 50% scholarship GPA: 3.89/4.0 Student: International, female Courses: Courses (Sem I, II, III and IV): Fundamentals of Statistical Theory (A), Regression Analysis (A), Statistical Software – R and SAS (A), Design of Experiments (A), Predictive Analytics (B+), Design & Analysis of Clinical Trials (A), Categorical Data Analysis (A), Non-parametric Statistics and Bootstrapping (A -). GRE: 160 Q, 150 V, 3.5 AW, scores are 3 years old TOEFL: 104 Research/Work Experience: 3 years as a Data Analyst in a global Fortune 500 Market research company (native country), during Masters in USA - 2 and half years as a Teaching Assistant with 6 professors, 1 year as Research Assistant with 2 professors, 6 months with a startup as a Statistical Analyst Intern. Currently working as a Clinical Research Assistant within an Analysis unit at a Medical Center of a reputed University. Judge and Mentor for a Datathon arranged for Undergrad students. Have attended a conference in 2019. Both events were associated with American Statistical Association. Two Awards of Excellence when I worked as Data Analyst before Master's. Won Best Teaching Assistant Award as well. Expecting strong Letters of Recommendation. Applying to: University of Rochester Ph.D. in Statistics - concentration in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology University of Maryland - Ph.D. in Statistics - Biostatistics and Bioinformatics concentration University of Buffalo - Ph.D. in Biostatistics University of California, Riverside - Ph.D. in Applied Statistics University of California, Davis - Ph.D. in Biostatistics Penn State - Ph.D. in Biostatistics University of Texas, Dallas Is my choice of Universities appropriate with my profile? Am I aiming too low considering my work experience, research experience and GPA. Which of the above Universities conduct an interview before giving an admit? Please suggest some top universities which might be a good fit with my profile.
  16. Hi guys, here is my personal statement for a Chemistry PhD. program. Please take a look and give me some feedback. I appreciate any help! I can also look at yours and give feedback if you wish. Thanks!!!! A little bit about my application: GPA: 3.70, major GPA: 3.75. GRE general: 150 V, 165 Q. Although my GRE is not that high, my research professor told me to aim to top inorganic chemistry programs because of my strong research experience and the fact that English is not my first language + I take >17hrs every semester since I transferred to my current university in junior year. Hao Nguyen – statement of purpose – Northwestern University My nomadic life began at the age of 16 when I left my hometown to move to the biggest city in my home country, [name of the country]. Since that day, I have lived in 5 cities and traveled to 4 countries and 12 states in America. Change is my lifestyle. However, 3 things that never change in me are passion, curiosity, and a strong work ethic. With these values, I have not only overcome all obstacles from integrating into new communities but also set myself up to be ready for any challenge I will encounter in the future. My passion for chemistry is ignited by my father who is a veterinarian. I grew up helping him capping scintillation vials and watching him working with animal drugs and I was genuinely fascinated about how science impacts life and wished to be a veterinarian when I grow up. That preliminary dream motivated me to study science early in my life, which led to my first two academic achievements at the [Name of the competition] Provincial Chemistry Competition for Middle School Students and the [Name of the competition] Math Competition when I was 15. I was one of the two contestants who got the highest score on the chemistry competition and was selected for a scholarship to study at the provincial high school for talented students. However, I declined the offer. It is not fortuitous that I chose to dig more deeply into chemistry instead of sticking with my childhood plan of becoming a veterinarian. The more I learned about chemistry, the more I wanted to create. I wanted to create new chemicals that could change the world. Not so long after I won the chemistry competition, I realized this childish dream would not be practical if I kept staying in my hometown. I declined the high school for talented students offer to seek better opportunities in a bigger city. I attended a private high school and had a chance to do hands-on chemistry experiments twice a week participate in city science fairs and meet people from top universities in my country. I was also introduced to overseas education which excited my curiosity about the academic environment and life in the other hemisphere. To satisfy my curiosity, I went to the U.S. after graduating from high school. Spending my first 2 years of college at a community college where research opportunities are not available, I tried to get into some short-term chemistry research programs and industrial internships, but it is hard because of my citizenship status. At the same time, I found a huge interest in sharing my knowledge and helping people. I joined the science and writing tutor teams and developed professionalism in tutoring chemistry and math, editing students’ academic papers, and communication with my colleagues. To me, the purpose of gaining new knowledge is to share knowledge. That is my motivation for dedicating most of my college time to teaching and tutoring. I ended my first period of college with the honor of being selected as the outstanding student at [H] College for my contributions to the community. I transferred to [University___X] with intentions of looking for research opportunities and experiencing the south of the U.S., but the passion for teaching is still in me. Throughout the semesters, I operated Peer-leading team learning sessions to help students in the Inorganic Chemistry course and I became a mentor to support first-year chemistry students. These teaching and mentoring opportunities not only improve my skills but also put me in a position where I always have to update my knowledge. Also, here at [University___X] , I discovered another passion of mine. I joined Dr. [Dr. A]'s research group and was surprised by how immature I was. Little did I know that the way chemistry changes the world is not as loud as a speech from a political figure nor as emotional as a song from a singer. Chemistry changes the world on a molecular scale that most people do not even recognize. Here, I found my passion and curiosity of synthesizing molecules that can contribute to the growth of chemistry and society. In [Dr. A]’s lab, [Dr. B] and I studied the syntheses and characterizations of a class of sandwich-type mononuclear lanthanide single-molecule magnets which possesses high degrees of axial symmetry and exhibits novel magnetic properties. In this project, I learned air-sensitive manipulations, glovebox and Schlenk line techniques along with the uses of NMR, IR, UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). As this is my first research experience, I was also taught how to plan and organize reactions before running them. My most appreciation for this project goes to the lanthanide elements. Because I did not learn a lot about lanthanides in undergraduate courses, this project made me curious about these interesting metals. This research experience also expanded my knowledge of magnetism and methods to design single-molecule magnets. Furthermore, the most important thing I got from this project is that I can finally identify my chemistry forte, which is synthetic inorganic chemistry. I continued my research journey by joining [Dr. C]’s lab. Here, I jumped into a new and fascinating project which focuses on syntheses of bio-inspired compounds that display catalytic activities for CO2 reduction and hydrogen production. Specifically, I investigated the synthesis of an unprecedented manganese compound with an [name of the ligand] ligand which, for the first time, shows a switching in the binding mode of the [name of the ligand] ligand from a tetradentate [x] ligand to a binucleating tridentate [y] ligand. The unexpected result inspired me and my mentor, Mr. [Name], to figure out how it happened. I consider this project as an exploration because over the summer, I performed more than 50 reactions, set up numerous diffusion tubes for growing crystals, and waited weeks to see the formation of the crystals. Eventually, we figured out that the role of an extraneous metal is vital to facilitate or to template the formation of the novel manganese compound. The exploration gave results that not only answer our questions about the phenomenon and motivated us to produce an academic paper, but also teach me how valuable and important patience, hard work, and critical thinking are in scientific research. The more I am excited about the results, the more I want to share them. I gave oral and poster presentations at three undergraduate research symposiums at the three biggest universities in Texas: Capital of Texas Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Texas at Austin, Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice University, and Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at Texas A&M University. In addition, further study of this project is also my undergraduate thesis that I am working on. This project has prepared me for graduate school in two major ways. First, I have gained strong skills and knowledge in synthetic inorganic chemistry which also reflects my interests in this subject. Second, I have learned how to effectively describe and interpret my research to audiences with different academic backgrounds and in different forms of presentations. Now I know that I can create and synthesize molecules and I want to create and synthesize more. My research experience has shown me how beautiful, important, and versatile compounds of transition metals (including lanthanides and actinides) can be. I want to keep synthesizing more coordination complexes and discover their applications from their structural, electrochemical, and magnetic properties. This, in addition to my passion for teaching, fosters my interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, and [University___Y] is where I want to be to achieve this goal. Choosing inorganic chemistry as the concentration, I understand it is an interdisciplinary subject that requires knowledge in biology, physics, and materials science. I also understand that the synthesis skill that I have is not enough to solve recondite problems in real life. To do that, I need to understand problems at an interdisciplinary level. At [University___Y] , I believe I will have a chance to work toward that goal because every research group in inorganic chemistry here has a diverse research profile. My first attention is brought to Dr. [D] because her group has worked with single-molecule magnets. Moreover, I also want to be a part of her journey in quantum information science by approaching via coordination chemistry. Besides, I am also interested in Dr. [E]’s group where I can both be exposed to a variety of innovative chemical fields such as nanomaterials and nanolithography, and improve my synthesis root in coordination chemistry. Dr. [F]’s research group is also appealing to me due to their works in transition metals complexes. The [F] group can be a good place for me to utilize my passion for synthetic inorganic chemistry to apply to biological and medical fields. Committing several years for chemistry is not an easy decision but I am confident that I have enough passion, curiosity, and a strong work ethic for this challenge. Although my life has involved a lot of moving, since the day I realized the beauty and the importance of inorganic chemistry I always have a consistent goal of becoming an influential and dedicated chemist. Pursuing a Ph.D. degree from [University___Y] is a significant step toward my future. BEST!!!
  17. I am planning to apply for PhD in 2020. I have got 167 in Quant, 155 in verbal and just 3.0 in AW. I know that a complete profile is a combination of SOP, LOR, etc. I just want to hear your valuable opinions. I am targeting universities between ranking 20-50. And my field is computer science. Is this a competitive one ? or should I give GRE again ?
  18. Hello, I’m an applicant from the UK who’s applying to Philosophy PhD programs in the US starting September 2020. I recently took the GRE and got a verbal score of 166 (97th percentile) and a quant score of 156 (60th percentile). There seems to be so much conflicting information about how important GRE scores are and, as an international applicant, it can all be very confusing. Do you think that my mediocre quant score will be a hindrance to getting into any (or certain top) PhD programs in the states? Other relevant background info to do with my application: I have a BA and an MPhil in Philosophy. I got my BA from a Russell Group University (top 25 or so in the UK) and my MPhil from an ancient University (top 2 in the UK). I have what I think is equivalent to a 4.0 GPA for my BA and a 3.8 GPA for my MPhil (although the conversion for the MPhil is quite difficult and a rough approximation). I’m expecting very promising letters of recommendation. Any clarificatory information and/or advice would be appreciated!
  19. I am applying this year for Bioinformatics this year... Can someone give me a fair evaluation. Do I have chance getting into a good program. Worst international Asian male Undergrad school: Big state (I stupidly chose wait for 3 waitlists, I thought at least 1 out of 3, and ended up like this...) GPA:3.81 major GPA:3.95 Majors: Cell biology, biochem Minor: Math GRE: not taken yet, but will take soon, quant easy full score, verbal IDK, 145-150 prob Exp: 2 years research at UCSF couple summer research publications: Nth author on Nature comm 3rd author on median clinic journal 4th author on a field top journal 2nd on a paper under review for nature, quit big project Working on a (I think) very cool novel deep learning pipeline independently (code is done, result seems promising to my PI, need to finalize) Lof: big name in the field ordinary senior researcher somewhat big name prof in the biomedical filed honors: very competitive national honors for math, biology and physics in high school Putnam experience skills: python (very good, huge amount of projects on git), c/c++ (one project), R(fine, couple projects) , shell(fine, couple projects), cython (one project) and matlab (studied). What is my chance ? is it possible for a Big state international Asian male be accepted in good programs ?
  20. I am an international female student from Palestine. I am interested in pursuing biostatistics PhD for Fall 2020 in USA. I have a high GPA and I'm the top of my class in both bachelor and master studies, but my research/work experience is not very impressive. I am confident that my LORs are very strong. I would really appreciate your thoughts about my chances in acceptance to graduate schools in the US this coming year. Undergrad Institution: TOP 5 Local University Major: Math GPA: 97% Grad Institution: TOP 2 University in Jordan Degree: MS in Math, (Thesis in statistics, using Monte Carlo simulations in SAS), with Scholarship from DAAD GPA: 4.26 (out of 4.3) Student: International, female Courses: BS/ Calculus (I, II, III), Principles of Mathematics, Linear Algebra (I, II), Principles of Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Ordinary Differential Equations (I, II), Numerical Analysis, Abstract Algebra (I, II), Vector Analysis, Probability, Special Functions, Real Analysis (I, II), Mathematical Statistics, Functional Analysis, Number Theory, Topology, Complex Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Selected Topics in Mathematics (Fuzzy Set Theory). [ALL Straight A+] MS/ Advanced Methods of Applied Math, Abstract Algebra, Real Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Probability Theory, Linear Programming, Special Topics in Math (Fractional Calculus). [ALL Straight A+, too] GRE: 167 Q, 156 V, 3.0 AW TOEFL: test date Dec 7 Research/Work Experience: Two research projects with my adviser, but the papers are still to be published soon. I've just started my first job as a lecturer. I am teaching three undergraduate math courses at a local university (Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis + Matlab Application, Complex Analysis). Applying to: University of Florida Boston University Emory University University of Pittsburgh University of Kentucky Virginia Commonwealth University University of Illinois at Chicago Do you have any suggestions for better school matches ? Thank you in advance!
  21. Hello everyone! New user here. I find myself in a bit of an abnormal situation and would love to hear your thoughts. I'm interested in pursuing a quant-heavy PhD in a China-facing subfield (Comparative, IR, possibly Methodology). I have a 169V 167Q 5.5AWA GRE score and finished with a 3.9 undergrad GPA (magna cum laude, w/ highest departmental honors, Master's level courses etc) from a top 10 PoliSci department in the US. My honors thesis was China-focused and used text mining. While I'm confident in my undergrad background, my uncertainty lies with how my MA experience will be perceived. I'm doing my MA at a program called "Yenching Academy" at Beijing University, studying Politics/IR and Chinese Studies. The program is prestigious (very low acceptance rate) among China watchers, but many on admissions committees would understandably not be familiar with it. Thus, I'm entirely unsure how it will be interpreted. Do you think admissions committees will place much weight on my MA GPA, or instead focus on the undergrad one? Any ideas about how a MA in China, regardless of the circumstance, may be viewed? If I focus less closely on GPA, I can spend more time here working on Chinese fluency and garnering research experience, both of which would prepare me better for academia than my courses are currently. It's not clear to me which of these aspects will prove more important in a PhD application. I'm possibly overly paranoid that an inconsistency with my previous GPA (and because I know most MA programs inflate their grades) would raise eyebrows, making me unsure how to best allocate my time. What do you all think? Would also appreciate any evaluations regarding where the strength of my application may place me. Thanks for your time!
  22. Hi prospective Political Science Ph.D. students! We thought we’d create a post to share some information our (somewhat little-known) Ph.D. program. Feel free to ask questions and we’ll reply, or please feel free to email Dan de Kadt (Assistant Professor) or Courtenay Conrad (Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies). We’d love to talk to you more about our program. The mission of the Ph.D. program in Political Science at UC Merced is to push forward the boundaries of the discipline and train graduate students to produce sophisticated modern empirical and theoretical research. The rigorous methodological graduate training that students receive at UC Merced places them at the leading edge of the social sciences. We use a unique approach to graduate training, focused on Political Institutions & Political Economy (PIPE) and Political Cognition & Behavior (CAB), guaranteeing that students will have a comprehensive and creative understanding of politics. A recent study of political science in the University of California system found that UC Merced's political science faculty have the highest average rate of research productivity in the entire UC system. Our faculty regularly publish their cutting-edge research in the very best journals and book presses in the discipline. You’ll also note that our faculty collaborate with graduate students, meaning that many of our graduate students are already well published when they enter the market. As a relatively new Ph.D. program we have had eight students complete our program to date. We have had great success in placing our students in jobs both inside and outside academia. Over just the last three market cycles (17/18 – 19/20), our graduates have been invited to interview by phone or on campus for 33 tenure-track academic positions at R1 and R2 research universities (19 interviews), at teaching universities (12), and at community colleges (2). Of our eight graduates, four accepted tenure-track academic jobs, two of them are working as social science analysts in private industry, and two are currently on the academic job market, both with tenure-track interviews lined up this fall. UC Merced is a campus committed to the success and support of our graduate students. Ninety-seven percent of Ph.D. students at UC Merced receive full financial support, which includes five years of tuition, a generous stipend, and health insurance. We also offer competitive graduate student grants to support research during the winter and summer breaks. Our city, which is 90 minutes from Yosemite, two hours from San Francisco, three hours from Lake Tahoe, and five hours from Los Angeles, has the lowest cost of living across the UC system. That means funding stretches further at UC Merced, allowing our students to focus on research and a timely completion of degree. More details about our program, faculty, and requirements can be found on our website: http://polisci.ucmerced.edu/. You can also learn more about our program by viewing this flier and informational video. Reply here or email us if you’d like to learn more.
  23. Hello, I am finishing up my master's degree in experimental psychology with a 3.07 GPA. I was juggling managing a neuroscience lab, taking courses, working on my thesis, working for the VA, and was also an RA in a psych lab at Stanford running experiments with fMRI. My undergraduate GPA is 3.5. Experince: 6 labs as an RA (ranging from 3 months to a year) 1 lab managing position 1 1st author publication 2 2nd author publications 5 coauthor posters 2 1st author posters Without studying my baseline GRE scores are 150 verbal and 147 quantitative. I am scheduled to take it near the end of the month. I am wondering if all these experiences can compensate for my low master's GPA? I am applying to clinical psychology doctoral programs this cycle.
  24. So I applied to Columbia Teacher's College School Psychology PhD program in November, and I was wondering if competitive applicants are contacted for interviews? I applied in November and have not heard a word yet. I think that the interview process varies per department (not all programs require an interview at TC), so I was wondering if anyone had any experience specifically with the school psychology program. Also, there's a chance that I may have seriously fucked up... I remember submitting a Resume but not a CV (I don't think that Teachers College required a CV, which I found surprising, but I could have possibly overlooked or misunderstood that in the application). Did other people applying to TC submit a CV? anyone remember if it was required? I may have f*cked up, but there's always next year (I only applied to two programs lol) although a gap year or two between grad and undergrad wouldn't be the worst.
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