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  1. I'm applying for a summer research program in bioengineering (BE) to see if I want a PhD in BE. For the program, one lab asks for a CV. I do not have any prior research experience in BE, however I have been attending weekly talks to learn topics in BE. The summer research program will provide us fundamentals of BE research so no prior research experience is needed. I will get my master's in cell biology and entrepreneurship in 2021. What does a BE lab look for in our CV?
  2. Hi all, I know it's early but I am starting this thread so that anyone who is applying to the 2021 application season can their credentials or news of offers once they are sent out! Feel free to share anything related to your grad school goals!
  3. I am going to save the whole backstory and just get into my question. I am a first-year PhD student, and I came to this university because my PI's research is a perfect fit. I came out over the summer to begin research early and get into the swing of things, but this is undoubtedly NOT the lab for me. I'm miserable and it is a horribly toxic environment. I have contacted both of my previous PI's and they agree that I need to change labs. My question is, how do I go about doing so? As soon as word gets back that I'm looking into funding available in other labs, my PI will fire
  4. Hi, I am received an offer for PhD in Bioengineering from UMD College Park. Can anyone give me some insight about the program? I know the basic things from website. I wanted to know if someone has attended the program. I would like to know about how the classes are, how difficult the exams are etc. Also, it would be great to know about life at College Park, specially for an international student. Thanks!
  5. Hi all, I'm applying to PhD programs for entrance Fall 2020. I'm in the process of narrowing down which programs best suit my research interests, but even after viewing faculty research profiles and general descriptions, I'm having trouble parsing the finer details of each choice from this readily available info, such as, what's it like to be a student there? How strong is their research in the areas I'm interested in? Etc. My research goal has been the same for the past 20 years: to find a cure for HIV infection... or a vaccine... eventually, both. I had the idea as an undergr
  6. Hey guys! Like I mentioned in the "Masters Applicants for Fall 2018" thread in Waiting It Out Forum, I have created a thread for BME/Bioengineering people! Even though I have not received all the results back from schools, I probably should start researching into the schools I got accepted to make a wise decision! This thread is to share and exchange information about BME/Bioengineering programs of different schools. I will try my best to gather information about schools, using all my resources (internet, friends, visiting campus) and update this thread. And... I would greatl
  7. I am currently deciding between UCSD Nanoengineering PhD and Northeastern Bioengineering PhD and am having some difficulty deciding. Has anyone not liked anything about northeastern, or what turned you away. P.S. If you've got info on Nanoengineering and UCSD too please don't hold back. Everything helps
  8. I've been given interviews for the Bioengineering Program at UC Berkeley-UCSF and the Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology program at Rice University. Does anybody know anything about these two programs? I'm specifically thinking about the quality and relevance of their synbio research output, as well as any comparisons of the programs themselves. I'm also worried about the housing situation for grad students at berkeley, as well as grad students being way overworked. Does anybody know what its like to work for Jay Keasling or Adam Arkin in particular? I know they are big n
  9. I am an international student invited for the interview at Stanford university for the 3 day interview for the admission to the PhD in bioengineering program. I am curious to know what usually happens in a US school interview. Can someone share their interview experience on the above program so I can get myself ready with confidence. Much thanks in advance !
  10. I've been looking around different phd programs that have a focus area in synthetic biology research, and have really like two programs in particular, namely the Bioengineering Program at UC Berkeley-UCSF and the Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology program at Rice University. Does anybody know anything about these two programs? I'm specifically thinking about the quality and relevance of their synbio research output, as well as any comparisons of the programs themselves.
  11. Hi all! I just got my Bachelor's in May, and am in the process of applying to PhD porgrams starting in the Fall 2019. I decided to take a gap year so I could focus on applying and hopefully obtain some additional research experience. I am having a rough time finding research opportunities, however. I have been searching since February, and one of the reasons I didn't find anything because most programs started during the summer and I was traveling then. Do any of you know of short-term research opportunities lasting 6 months or so? My background is in materials science and engineering, bu
  12. TL;DR: How do I write a NSF GRFP application in 3 weeks? How detailed are the research proposals supposed to be? Background - just your average bay area engineer: Graduated in 2016 from joint BS/MS program in Bioengineering Worked at a start up as an R&D engineer from 2016 to March of 2018 So I've been out of academic research for 2 years (no pubs, posters, PIs, etc since 2016). I always intended to do a PhD, and recent events have shown me that now is my time! But then I got more info: I thought that I only had one more chance to apply and th
  13. Want to further my studies in computation neuroscience or neuro engineering with a focus on Data analysis/Brain Computer Interface. My academics so far can be summarised on data processing, statistics and software development. I m confused regarding which colleges in US provide this course with emphasis on computer science and not on biology. Till now I have charted out some colleges in Germany and University of Waterloo in Canada. Though I m not able to find connection between the school of computer science with masters in computational neuroscience. Can someone suggest some colle
  14. I was admitted to both with no funding and as a non-resident. It looks like UW would be the better financial decision if I can find a TA-ship (full tuition waiver vs. half-waiver at UCSD with a TA-ship), but I'm also getting the sense that UCSD tends to make the MS-to-PhD transition easier and that it might be easier to find a TA position at UCSD. Does anyone have any information about whether it's really difficult to find a TA position at UW (the admissions site suggests so) and if I'm correct in thinking a UCSD MS may give me a better shot at getting into the UCSD PhD program down the line?
  15. Hi guys, a prospect who wants to purse a BE/BME PhD degree here. I would like to ask if anyone knows in great details on the pros and cons of the Bioengineering program at the University of Washington (Seattle) and Georgia Tech. Which bioengineering disciplines are the two schools strong at? Which of the two would you rather choose to purse your PhD, and why? (history?, strong fields/faculty member, funding, weather, etc.) I really appreciate your help!!! Thank you in advance
  16. I applied to Columbia’s PhD program for biomedical engineering and got an interview invite. It’s my top choice and I didn’t think it was going to work out, so I was ecstatic to hear from them. Since I got the email though, my stress levels have steadily gone up as I realized that this interview was a step in the right direction but no guarantee of admission. I want to be as well-prepared as possible, and I was wondering if anyone had advice/information on how Columbia’s interview process goes? Should I expect to talk about my own research experience or POI’s? Is it more casual or w
  17. 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 NY
  18. Has anyone heard back from Johns Hopkins CBID (Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design) MSE program yet? Online says first round interviews would be mid-late January yet I've heard nothing back yet (its Jan 31), and haven't seen reports of anyone else hearing back yet either.
  19. Hello. I need some advice and help from you guys. I will greatly appreciate them! 1. I have heard from someone that many graduate programs admit students on rolling basis. Is this true? I have been researching schools for some time and I have not seen any mention of "rolling admission" on their websites. I was a bit panicking when I heard this because I just started narrowing down my school list and filling out the applications and I think I will be able to submit it right before the deadlines.... 2. I have B.S. degree in molecular biology. I have read some posts that it is doable b
  20. Hey guys, i know we have a profile thread already. But since interviews are coming out, let's post the interview dates here so that we can try to avoid potential conflicts. Best of luck with everyone's applications and interviews!
  21. Hi All, I'm just submitting my PhD applications to bioengineering programs, and have only selected those that fall in the top-10 or so (ideally trying to land at Stanford, UCSF/UC Berkeley, MIT, Johns Hopkins, UMich or Duke). My concern is that I may have overestimated my chances at these schools. I'd like to consider applying to a more medium ranged program or two if it seems my chances are relatively weak. Would love any feedback, thanks! _________________________________________ Undergrad Institution: Middle-teir private school Major(s): Bioengineering (B.S.) & Electrical
  22. Has anyone heard back from Stanford's MS Bioengineering program? Almost to the end of march and haven't seen anything about the masters acceptances.
  23. Looking for inputs on my profile and whether it matches with the school list; I'm really lost as to how ambitious I should be... So basically, what are my chances at the schools I'm applying to? Specifically Northeastern. Undergrad Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham (Good Med School, below average engineering)Major(s): Mechanical EngineeringMinor(s): NAGPA in Major: Not sure but slightly above overall GPAOverall GPA: 3.52Position in Class: I'd estimate top 20% of classType of Student: Hispanic/Middle Eastern Male, CitizenGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 162 (81%)V:
  24. Hi there! I applied to graduate school in the 2015-2016 application cycle and am finishing up my first year. A lot of my BME/BE friends have asked me for tips, so I wrote a (relatively) short document, attached. It mostly focuses on the thinking process of where to start when applying to grad school, such as: - Where should I apply? How do I decide where to apply?! - What parts of the application should I focus on? - What should I look for in a school? - How do I decide? I hope these tips are helpful! Feel free to ask any additional questions! Tips for A
  25. Hello! I recently decided to go to a graduate school in bioengineering/biomedical engineering field. I've been doing some research past couple weeks on schools and programs but I'm still pretty lost. Not sure how much of things (stats and experiences) are required for PhD or MS in engineering especially someone like me, who only has biology background... Here are some info about me so that you can provide me better advice: Undergrad: top 5 public school in the U.S. Major: Molecular Biology GPA: 3.74 (do not remember but my science gpa is higher) GRE: started studying just
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