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  1. Hi good people, I am Shams from Bangladesh. I completed my bachelor of pharmacy in 2011 and master of pharmacy in 2013. I admit that I was not a good student and scored around 60% marks in bachelor and masters. Later, I took GRE and TOEFL and scored 305(v-148, Q-157, AWA-3.0) and 92. Since TOEFL expired after 2 years, I took IELTS and scored 7(L-8, R-7, W-7, and S-6.5). I have a very small research experience in Phytochemistry(a thesis during master's) and was able to publish a few articles on a few typical Indian journals (not significant to be honest). In total, I have applied for 2 Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. program in the fall of 2015, 4 Biochemistry Ph.D. program in the fall of 2016 and 1 Biochemistry Ph.D. program in the fall of 2017. All the programs & universities I applied were down of the list on US News graduate school ranking list. Yet, I got rejected on all of them! I have 3 years of experience as a Quality Assurance Officer in a pharmaceutical. To be honest, I don’t love spending my life doing what I do now. So, even after all those rejections, I am kind of desperate now to get back to academic life. But repetitive rejections in last 3 years, have kind of made me think that I am not good enough for a Ph.D. program though out of those 7 programs 3 professors in 3 different terms assured me to provide funding. Yes, I don’t have good grades and that might be a cause of rejections. At this point, I am thinking whether I should lower my expectations or try for a Master's or would it still be a good approach to try again for a Ph.D.? It is always a hassle to get recommendations from previous professors and I am tired of getting rejected! Can anybody please give me some kind advice on what I should try for? Master's or Ph.D.? If master's, then can you please name some easy to get into master's program in biological sciences, biochemistry or pharmaceutical sciences? Your precious words can save my academic life. So, help appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Hey y'all. As you can see from the title, I'm interested to see what you all think about my chances are for getting into top PhD programs around the country. This is my first post, and may very well be in the wrong category so please redirect me if so... Below is a LONG list of my credentials, please let me know your thoughts! (Top schools interested in include Stanford, UCSF, UC Berkeley, JHU, Harvard, UPenn) BIOGRAPHY-Junior at a small private university in Iowa-Earning BS in Biochemistry and BA in Biology-Would like to get into translational research eventually (intrigued by stem cells, gene editing, cancer)STATS- 4.00 cumulative GPA- Haven't taken GRE yetRESEARCH- Participated in a NSF-funded REU at the University of Oklahoma during the summer of 2017, where I conducted research on CRISPR- Participating in another summer research opportunity this upcoming summer at either Johns Hopkins (Project is focused on stem cell based applications for translational research- By the time I graduate I will have had two full years conducting research at my home university in the biochemistry department-One project working on enzyme engineering (junior year)-Other project involves analyzing nuclear hormone receptors (senior year, upcoming)-In the fall of 2018 (senior year) I will also conduct a semester worth of research in the biology department (project is TBD)- I have analyzed and published two genes to the NCBI-Work in the chemistry department where I supervise NMR use, as well as care take the instrument-Present 3 posters at home university (2 before hopeful application)-Present 2 posters at national conferences by the time of graduation (1 before hopeful application)-Presented poster at University of Oklahoma symposium and another at either JHU this upcoming summerEXTRACURRICULARS-3 years of serving on the university’s student government-Helped start two clubs on campus related to science, one received national accreditation by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-Volunteer as assistant football coach for my high school team- Tutor students for 3 years on campus by the time of graduation-Serve as an unpaid TA for 3 semesters (hold a class once a week and go over problems answer questions), for both organic chemistry I and II as well as geneticsSCHOLARSHIPS AND HONORS SOCIETIES-Many scholarships (although probably doesn’t matter too much at this point)-National honor society for the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyVOLUNTEER-Assistant football coach-Judge many science fairs for elementary and middle schools-Looking for more opportunities currently
  3. ML_93

    Required Courses

    I'm an Ontario student going into my 3rd year in hopes of getting in a masters program in molecular biology or food science. This semester I am taking a biochemistry course. With this course there is also a complementary lab course offered that is not required in my program, however, most other programs in my department need to take it. I am unsure if I should take this course as it may be looked for during admissions, although if I didn't need to take it I could use this additional time to volunteer in one of my professor's lab to gain experience. I have looked into the admissions of these programs in my area and the minimum requirement is having a BSc along with the required average and letters of recommendation so It seems like not taking this course wouldn't affect me. Although, even if this course is not required for my Bsc, I feel as if not taking this course will heavily hurt my chances. Should I take this Biochemistry lab or use the time to build my research experience?
  4. So I am going into my second year in a microbio PhD program, I never took biochem as an undergrad or in my masters program, my research project won't be biochem heavy. Turns out biochem is a prereq for the program, my advisor and I agree that I shouldn't take a biochemistry class (the undergrad class would take up too much time, and a grad level class would be out of my depth). A few potential solutions I've come up with are to do an independent reading and take an assessment at the end, enroll in an online class through coursera or edx and pay for the certificate, or have a biochemist on my candidacy exam committee. Does anyone have any experience with this situation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  5. Hey there, I'm a chemistry major (biochem concentration) at a top 5 public school (in the US) about to enter my last year in Fall 2017. I am on track to finish my degree in 3 years, however my GPA due to heavy course loads is about 3.5 (3.58 if all goes well next fall semester). Practice GRE tests put me in the 95 percentile range, but I haven't taken a chem GRE test yet. I have over a year and a half of research experience in two different labs, both relating to pharmacology and bio-organic chemistry, but unfortunately no publications. I am looking at programs in medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and biochemistry. I want to get some opinions on my competitiveness as a candidate for PhD programs and narrow down my list of graduate schools (because it costs a small fortune to apply to just one). Brutal honesty will be much appreciated. Examples of some schools I'm looking at: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Duke University, U-Illinois Urbana Champaign, U-Illinois Chicago, UPenn, UChicago, Rutgers, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and University of Toronto.
  6. CrowZzzz

    Stay or transfer?

    So... right now I am in a tier 2 UC and have a well off GPA (3.9) but I got accepted to a top UC which was my dream school. However I have super hard time deciding. I am second year right now but I am pretty sure I can graduate next year, meaning that I should apply this December, if I stay. I aim to do biochemistry and molecular focus program. Right now I am working in an immunology lab. My PI is not very famous but I am very close with him and I am pretty sure I can get a letter from him later. I also get a fellowship in my home institution and I will be doing some molecular bio/genetic engineering research over the summer and present at a undergraduate conference (hard to say if there will be any paper). For some personal reasons, I have to stick at bay area for my graduate studies so I basically only have UCB, UCSF and Stanford. All of them sound like a far reach tho. If I transfer, I should have around 1.5 years at UCB. And I also heard that graduate schools don't tend to admit their own undergrads. If so, it sounds like I have a smaller chance getting into UCB if I transfer? But is it transferring will look better to other schools?
  7. whybanana

    UK Universities for Biology Research

    I'm stuck deciding between UCL, KCL and Imperial for a research program (Masters of Research) in Biology (specifically biochemistry/biophysics). I've looked at the current projects/faculty research at each university and find all of them interesting. I can't really decide which program I should go with. Can anyone with a biology background offer insight on any of these universities? I'd really appreciate it!
  8. realclearfuture

    Already questioning decision...

    I am going to start a PhD program in the fall at Yale's biochemistry, biophysics & structural biology program... but I'm having cold feet after committing to this program! Is anyone else out there already feeling worried about making the wrong decision? I chose Yale because I felt like I fit in with the student body, I was excited by how their basic science could be supplemented by more clinical/cancer biology exposure, the collaborations available for science students within the law school, and of course, I have a (fairly "serious") relationship where I currently live in Boston-- Yale wasn't too far away (about 2 hours) and location was extremely important to me. Now I'm feeling like I should have accepted at similar programs such as UW Madison's IPiB, UC San Diego, University of Washington, UNC... *sigh* How are you guys dealing with second guessing yourself now that it's all over??
  9. Hello all. I am graduating from University of Florida in 20 days with a 3.83 in biochemistry. I landed a job in industry working with viral vectors and proteins. I have 2.5 years of cancer research. 2 years of clinical pain research. A semester of random unrelated research and volunteering! I am very interested in turning cells into life saving machines and money making machines! that is pretty much what I want to do. my interests lie in cancer and in diseases. they also lie in industrial applications of genetic and cell engineering. Any advice on schools that have good programs? I have a lot I've researched but I value all your opinions. I listed my stats so you would be more fit to tell me certain schools. EXCUSE my grammar.
  10. Current junior chemical biology major here. I want to do a PhD program in Computational Biology/Chemistry. However, my undergraduate research experience is standard wet lab biochemistry work. I got a biotech internship this summer and it's also very wet lab molecular biology heavy. I could try to hustle and take a lot of CS/Math my last year (maybe get a minor in CS or Applied Math) to build myself as an applicant for more computationally driven research and write an SOP about how I want to switch fields but I built general research skills from my experience, etc. Or should I basically just apply to the same bio/chem/biochem departments but bill myself as wanting to build upon the biochemistry research I've already done, making me likely a stronger applicant. Then if I got in I would make the switch to computational classes and research in grad school.
  11. Shero

    Michigan VS Wisconsin

    I have been accepted to both University of Wisconsin (Biochemistry), Madison and University of Michigan (Chemical Biology) I have visited both campuses, the madison campus left me a better impression than Michigan. I like their capital and frozen lake during the winter. In Michigan, I did not really tour around the city because of my busy interview schedule. I was mostly inside buildings and my hotel. So I did not really know what the town is like. I hear the college town is ranked the top 3 among the nation. and the students in Wisconsin seem to be more friendly and chill while the students in Michigan seems to be more serious and competitive. I think I actually can fit into both environments... so I don't know what school should I choose... any advice?
  12. neuronanerviosa

    Gap Years and Contacting Professors

    I'm a third year undergrad, and I just started exploring graduate programs. I was toying with the idea of taking a year to work in industry, but I can't find anything on how that works (if you apply and defer, or if you just apply a year later), and I've heard conflicting opinions on gap years (some people in career advising say that the longer you're out of school, the worse your chances in STEM fields). I'm also at the point where I want to ask professors I'm interested in working with if they have vacancies, but I don't know if it's too soon, and if it's recommended or at all helpful, especially for wet lab work. I was hoping I could find some wisdom from people who've been through this already!
  13. I am a senior at a big 10 research university and this november I will be applying for PhD programs. Mostly umbrella/interdisciplinary programs in realm of biochemistry/molecular biology/biophysics. For the past 3 years I have been doing research in biology/entomology, specifically studying bumblebee pigment chemistry/development and various environmental factors that impact pigmentation. While I really enjoy my work I am looking to pursue graduate studies in biochemistry (I am also majoring in biochemistry) but there is not much overlap between my research now and traditional biochemical research. I do expect I will have 1 publication by the time I apply (and another 2 in prep) but will my lack of relevant research experience hurt my application? Will admission committees care that my research was in a different field even though I have shown I can do publishable research? P.S. here are my other stats GPA: 3.5 GRE: 166Q (91%) 161V (92%) 5.0W (93%)
  14. I'll be starting a PhD program in biochemistry in a few weeks and I have to meet with the program advisor soon to set up my rotations. I pretty much have my top 6-7 labs picked out, but I'm wondering what's best: do I rotate with my favorite (top choice) lab first or last? Is there an advantage to either? We get to rotate through three labs before deciding, so obviously I will keep my options open out of the three. So, should I rotate with my top choice lab first or last? Thanks in advance!
  15. Biology_94

    Reapplication?

    Hello, everyone ! I graduated from university with my Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology. My GPA was a 3.91, and my GRE score was 308 with 3.0 in awa section;IELTS:6.5. I have great recommendations and have completed 3 research internships Here is the thing, I applied to 10 PhD programs last year, only interviewed at one, and was not given a spot at any of them. Which leads me to the next question, what did I do wrong? should I just stop applying and apply for my masters first? I don't want to disappoint anyone again with another round of rejections. Please tell me what to do nexttttt !!!! Thanks !
  16. I started my undergrad as a mechanical engineering major, but growing up I had always wanted to go to medical school. As I've gone through the process, I've decided that it isn't for me. Looking back I wish I had never transferred out of mechanical engineering which I had liked very much. I'm really hoping to not have to spend more years as an undergrad before being able to apply to masters programs, considering I'm one semester away from graduation. My hope is that there are programs that I might be eligible for that I would just be able to take prerequisites for once enrolled. With my biochemistry degree I've taken biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, physics, and physical chemistry.
  17. tardigrade

    Boston University MCBB 2016 invites?

    Has anyone heard anything from BU's PhD program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry?
  18. Has anyone heard anything back from Georgetown regarding admission into their Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Ph.D. program for fall 2016? The application deadline was December 1, and I have heard nothing back and my application status still says "submitted" on their webpage. I have a friend who said she was rejected without an interview last year right at the beginning of February with the same application deadline of December 1, and it is well past early February. No one on the results forum seems to have heard anything back either. Any interviews, rejections, or acceptances? Let me know! Thanks!
  19. bcellbiology

    PhD potential for Cell biology

    Hey all, Basically I am trying to gauge my potential for PhD studies in Cell and/or Molecular biology. I'm still narrowing down research topics. I would like to attend grad school in or right around NYC. This would include such schools as Columbia, NYU, Weill-Cornell, Rockefeller, SUNY Downstate, CUNY Graduate Center, Stony Brook University and several others. While I know my (weak) stats arn't likely to land me in the top schools in NYC, please give me some feedback and what my options may be and what I can do to improve my chances for any program. A buddy of mine recommended applying for technician positions in one of my labs of interest as a possible in as well. My stats: Overall GPA: ~3.5 (Cum Laude, 2010) Biology GPA: ~3.7 GRE: Quantitative: 150 (53rd percentile) Verbal: 158 (79th percentile) Writing: 3.5 (29th percentile) Two years of laboratory technician experience in a genetics/cell biology laboratory. Unfortunately no papers to speak of as our lab is more industry than research. I look forward to any input that you all may have for me and thank you in advance!
  20. Hello all, let me get right to it! I changed my major from Biology to Sociology/Anthropology for my Bacherlor's Degree but I would like my Master's in Plant Biology/ Cancer Biology/ Botany and I have those listed depending on which university I accept. Since I did not get the Life Science background with my change of major I'm currently looking into the GRE Biology. My Question: What is good GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology score? In case you're wondering the schools of choice so far: University of FL, Florida State, University of GA Thank you in advance! - SillSil
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