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  1. CU Boulder MCD Biology

    Has anyone heard back from the MCD Biology PhD program at CU Boulder yet? I've checked out the results page but there doesn't seem to be any info. Thanks!
  2. Not sure if this is the right place to post my question, but if there are any biomath/math/bio people hanging around your help would be very appreciated. I am a second-year undergrad at the University of Washinton trying to plan out a course of study that will get me into graduate school for biomathematics. This coming fall I will declare microbiology and also apply to my school's math BA program (yes, I know a BS would be better, but my school has weird rules about how many credits you're allowed to take if you have 2 BS degrees). I am also involved in a bioengineering lab, and planning on doing some TA-ing for credit. I'm trying to make sure I take all the classes I need, and also that I graduate in a timely manner. I have heard that five years is ok as long as they don't think you're doing it to reduce your courseload (I'm not, but there's only so many STEM courses you can take in one quarter... ) What are some class recommendations that you have? How few credits is too few? Am I taking things in a bad order? I have to take 225 credits to graduate but will likely hit the 255 limit. So far, my course plan (excluding gen eds) is this: 2nd year (46 cr year, 11 cr summer) - differential equations (1 quarter) - intro biology series (3 quarters) - third quarter intro calc - epidemiology of outbreaks (1 quarter) - Ochem - first quarter only - advanced multivariable calc (1 quarter) - matrix algebra with applications (1 quarter) 3rd year (45 cr year, 4 cr summer) - fundamentals of general microbiology, with lab (1 quarter) - introduction to mathematical reasoning (1 quarter intro to proofs class) - bacterial genetics (1 quarter) - probability I and II (2 quarters) - introductory real analysis I and II (2 quarters) - molecular bio of viruses (1 quarter) - prokaryotic diversity (1 quarter) - medical virology (1 quarter) - computer programming I (summer quarter) 4th year (47 cr year, 3 crc summer) - biochem three quarter sequence - Fundamental concepts of analysis (3 quarters) - introduction to modern algebra (3 quarters) - medical bacteriology lab (1 quarter) - genome 361 (1 quarter, summer) 5th year (42 cr year) - linear analysis (1 quarter) - calc-based physics (3 quarters) - topology I and II (2 quarters) - honors microbiology research (2 quarters) - undergraduate research paper (1 quarter) - medical mycology and parasitology, with lab (1 quarter)
  3. Hi All - My spouse wants to attend the interview weekends/recruitment events with me. I am in total support of that because they will also be moving to our new home whenever I choose a school! Should I ask the administrator about providing us a single room in hotels, or should I even tell the schools that my partner will be coming? Obviously they won't be coming to the interviews or the social events with me, but they would like to see the city that we might be moving to and meet locals. It seems silly for me to even ask the administrators these types of questions because we are full-blown adults, but I just don't know the etiquette! Any input would be extremely helpful.
  4. Student Interview?

    Hey, so I was recently offered an interview for a biomedical PhD Program and they sent me an itinerary for my visit. They first have scheduled an hour long 'Student Interview', then 3 consecutive 30 minute interviews with my potential PI's of interest. I know what to talk about for the PI interviews (my research, have them talk about theirs, let me ask questions about theirs, etc) but I'm not sure what a 'Student Interview' is? I assumed I was going to have an interview with the general admissions committee, but the name doesn't sound like that's what it would be. Are they referring to me as a 'student'? Or will it be actual grad students doing a casual interview with me?
  5. Has anyone heard from NIH- OxCam Fellowship program about interviews?
  6. Has anyone heard anything about interviews for the OxCam NIH Partnership program?
  7. CUNY Neuroscience

    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.
  8. I submitted my application to the University of Washington - Department of Biology PhD program a week ago. About halfway through when the application was open, they swapped their application format and required those with an application open to start a new application that had the correct questions. I already had all of my LOR requests sent out from the old application, but only one had been submitted at that point. I was told that it would be easiest if I just left my old application open, and the admissions team would transfer the letters over to my new application once they had all been submitted. All of them were submitted before the deadline and I let the graduate office know, they said that they would transfer the letters to my new app (and let me know when they did), even if the app had already been submitted. I submitted my new application, but it's been over a week and the letters still haven't been transferred yet. I am getting a bit worried as I have two very strong letters and one good letter and do not want to be left behind by the application reviewers due to not having all of my LORs in the correct application. Should I be worried or will they not even be looking at applications yet? At what point should I ask for an update?
  9. GRE/admissions question

    I don't have the best gre score (Q: 154, V 155) from a couple of years ago but I have worked in a couple of research labs post-undergrad and my financial situation is making it hard for me to take the gre again before the December deadlines. I know I can do better though because I have studied more and my practice exams have been 158-162 for both. I currently work within the department I am wanting to get into and therefore I know someone within the program too (my PI). He really wants me to get in and possibly join the lab as a student. Is it possible I can still get in with these scores? Just worried about how they will affect my application even though I have experience. Thanks!
  10. GRE/admissions question

    I don't have the best gre score (Q: 154, V 155) from a couple of years ago but I have worked in a couple of research labs post-undergrad and my financial situation is making it hard for me to take the gre again before the December deadlines. I know I can do better though because I have studied more and my practice exams have been 158-162 for both. I currently work within the department I am wanting to get into and therefore I know someone within the program too (my PI). He really wants me to get in and possibly join the lab as a student. Is it possible I can still get in with these scores? Just worried about how they will affect my application even though I have experience. Thanks!
  11. Hey! I'm looking for some critiques on my SOP. Anyone willing to help me out? I'll gladly return the favor!
  12. MS --> PhD

    Hello Everyone! This is my first post on GradCafe. Still not totally familiar with the platform but it seems very resourceful. I am currently working on a MS in Biology at a state school in CA. My thesis is focused on coronary artery disease. I intend to advance to the PhD level upon completion of my program. Not entirely certain what areas as of yet. I am leaning towards biomedical sciences or cell biology programs. I would like advice from those that have made the transition from the masters world to the PhD world. I suppose any person from any discipline can weigh in on this question. Do top-tier programs tend to not select students that already have a grad degree? Is it possible to finish sooner? Was there a significant lifestyle change? Anything else that you would like to add would be greatly appreciated!
  13. 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!
  14. researching a disease you have

    Hi, I was wondering what people thought about someone picking a research topic (biomedical research field) on a disease that they themselves have or someone close to them has. Is it an additional source of motivation, or is it too much stress/pressure? Are there any ethical issues? Thanks!
  15. Got Kicked out

    At least a year back from now everything was going great in my Biology PhD program. Apart from the occasional feeling that I was not being able to work to my full potential, the quarterly reviews with my PhD committee members were “excellent”. My advisor was comparatively satisfied with my progress in research than with other members of the lab and that brought additional responsibilities. However, little did I know that a ‘B’ in a stats class was all that was required to send me back to my miseries, two years into my program. My advisor was relatively new and to my knowledge did all he could to save my ass, which wasn’t enough at the end. The only thing that he assured was a letter of recommendation if I ever reapplied. I was a graduate assistant and with the assistantship cancelled I didn’t stand a chance to continue. I tried talking to the stats instructor but it did not yield favorable results. Fast forward a couple months after getting kicked out. I am back in my country. Sitting on the same chair, in front of the same computer that I used while sending out applications about 2 years ago. All I can think of is I don’t want to die a failure and if I really have to fail I would prefer failing in something that I am at least happy doing. I do have a job a present but I know that I don’t want to do that. I want to get back to my PhD (of course a fresh start somewhere else) or at least try. I know it might be difficult (as per some blogs) and even if I get in I might face an analogous situation during the coursework. For the time being though I am trying to tackle one problem at a time. Just wanted to know if any of you guys have had similar experiences. Both optimistic and pessimistic views are welcome in addition to suggestions related to increase my chances (if any).
  16. Hello, I did a bachelor's in biology and environmental science, with only one 400 level statistics course. I'm taking further math classes at a community college right now, before applying for an MS in Biostatistics. I know my limited math background already puts me in a bad spot, but I'm unsure about my picks for recommendation letters as well. I was wondering if it matters that my writers dont all have PhDs, esp since only 1 is in math. Right now, I have one biology professor (PHD bio), one environmental science professor (MS env sci) and the stats lecturer (he wasnt a professor. MS applied math) They all know me well, but is that good enough?
  17. Laptops for Biomedical Science

    Hi Guys, I know there are already a few threads on this but I couldn't find anything that is particularly current/relevant for my situation. I am looking into buying a new laptop soon after my coursework year at gradschool (in around 6 months time). Would mainly need it for office, running bioinformatics software, possibly for some data heavy work (genomics/proteomics work). I've been leaning towards an macbook air hopefully with an i7 and 512gb ssd or an asus model with similar specs. I've never owned a mac but have used some. My main reason for leaning that way is durability. I've gotten tired of my pcs slowing down after a year or so of use and I hear that macs work better for longer, with the sacrifice of better specs for the price point. I plan on waiting and discussing it with people in the lab I eventually join as well to make sure I don't have any compatibility issues. Would love to get some feedback from the older and wiser. Thanks!
  18. Hey, guys! As a foreign student, I've never had the need to write anything like a statement of purpose. Well, now that I'm applying to Grad School, I just finished mine. I would like to know if there's anyone here willing to take a look at it and give a few comments on how it is. Thanks!
  19. Hi Everyone, I'm interested in applying to grad school for Molecular Biology for Fall 2018. I finished my B.S. in Biology this year. I had applied to 5 of the top PhD programs in neuroscience last year for this upcoming Fall but I was rejected from everyone. I want to try again this year, but instead apply to Molecular Biology programs. My GPA is a 3.95, my GRE score was 83rd percentile on Quantitative, 97th percentile on Verbal, and 93rd percentile on Analytical Writing. However, I only have one full academic year of research experience and participation in a summer research program. I attended a CSU. I will be taking the GRE Biology subject test next month. I was hoping during my year off I could work in the biotech industry to gain experience but I was not qualified for most of the positions I found so I am working in more of a clinical position. Given this, what schools would you recommend that I could realistically get into? I would prefer to stay in California but I am open to other options. Also, I've heard that it's good to contact professors that you might be interested in having as your advisor. What would you suggest saying to these people when I contact them? Thanks!
  20. I'm currently doing my Bachelor's (BTech. - Final year) in Biotechnology in Manipal Institute of Technology, India. I'm quite keen on applying for graduate programs later this year, colleges like UCB, UPenn, Columbia, UCSD, Cornell and also considering Yale, MIT, Stanford and the works. I will be giving my GRE exam shortly and also have completed a 2 month internships in a pharmaceutical company and a premier university (Indian Institute of Tech) in India. I will also be interning from January 2017 at the Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB, Hyderabad), another renowned lab. I had previously briefly worked on a project in college to devise a diagnostic kit and am currently working on another (in collaboration with the Department of Virus Research, Manipal). I am hopeful of publishing a paper on the latter, sometime later this year. Being from India, I'm severely lost with regards to the requirements expected from top universities as mentioned above in terms of GRE scores, GPA requirements and lab experience & LoRs in general. Given my lab experience and a 8.5 CGPA (Indian standard) without publications, am I being realistic in considering these colleges for my master's? Would working in few more well-established labs and applying next year improve my chances?
  21. So, Last year I applied to graduate schools. I didn't get into any of my schools but I did get feedback from almost all of them. The only thing they could all say was that I had no publications. Unfortunately, this is rather hard to fix. Since then I have been working as a field technician in my field (ecology) and I have talked to my PI about authorship. She said that I can take an active role in the papers that come from the research I'm doing, but that these papers likely won't be even closed to published when I apply to graduate school. Since this was my only feedback last time I applied, does anyone have any additional advice on improving my application, since these papers won't be on there? Some general stats: Graduated in 2016 with a BS in Biology: Ecology and a BA in History from the University of Texas: Austin GPA: 3.5 GRE Verbal: 85th percentile GRE Quant: 51st percentile GRE Writing: 90th percentile Research Experience: Worked in labs since my freshman year, internship at the EPA, senior project and poster presented at my university's poster fair, field technician position, a poster at the end of this summer and most likely a paper eventually. I'm planning on retaking the GRE in September to hopefully improve the quantitative score. Not much I can do about my GPA at this point.
  22. I'm planning on applying for fall 2018, that being said I've started to research programs over the past months. I am interested in how humans have used the land in the past, and how we can use that information to inform the way we conserve ecosystems. Initially I was just looking at ecology programs, however I keep finding anthropology programs that seem to fit very closely with what I'm interested in. However, I'm nervous to apply to these programs since I don't have a lot of direct experience with Anthropology (besides an introductory cultural anthropology class I took as an undergrad). As an undergrad I double majored in Biology(with a focus in Ecology) and History. This year I have been working as a field technician on a project looking at how the warming climate will impact grass communities in the upper midwest. While this isn't directly related to anthropology, it has given me experience on proposing research questions, making a plans, and carrying out that research in the field (and also trouble shooting because nothing goes right when you're doing field work). So, questions: 1. Is there anything I could do to specifically make my application seem more appealing to Anthropology programs? 2. What should I keep in mind when applying to an Anthropology program? 3. Should I contact professors directly that I am interested in working with, or should I contact the departments? In ecology you contact the professors, but I've gotten mixed signals from social sciences and liberal arts. 4. If a school asks for a writing sample, what should I provide? I have some fairly long papers from my history degree. I did do a senior project in ecology, but that was presented in poster form so there is not written component to submit.
  23. I'm about to publish my undergraduate thesis in Nature as first author (so grateful and happy!). I'll likely get another first author publication out of my project by the end of the year, likely lower IF. I know it doesn't make me a shoo-in for PhD programs, but how far could this take me if I apply to competitive programs in my field (Rockefeller, GSK, UCLA, MIT)?
  24. Hello, guys! I'm going to apply for MA in Canada (University of British Columbia) and I've got a few questions about it, so maybe smb had similar experience. I've got Russian diploma in Medicine (M.D.) and also it is veryfied in Israel. But I'd like to change my speciality and apply for MA in Science (kinesiology in priority, biology, genetics are also possible). I looked through application requirments and it's said there that I'm able to apply for these programs because I've got a diploma in related field.The problem is that all these programs are connected with researches and I don't have any background in research, just a few weeks of work in clinic. However, I have to find a supervisor before application. The main question is: is it possible to find supervisor without any background? I'm going to join volunteer programs in lab, visit conferences and so on, but I actually don't have appropriate credits, experience and documents. I thought about applying for PhD in Russia and spend there a year or smth for experience and credits, and then apply for MA in Canada, But it would be such a waste of time... So please tell me about your experience in situations like mine, I'd really appreciate that!
  25. Hi, I am a chemical engineering and biology undergraduate student planning to graduate in 2019. I want to pursue a doctoral degree in some area of cancer biology/drug discovery. I love research that allows me to employ quantitative principles to model the biological system perturbations that arise in disease states, and I would also like to investigate the effects of small molecules and biologics on those systems. Many programs exist in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biology, etc., to pursue such a route, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to make a career out of this work. At this point, I have completed both a six-month industry co-op internship and a 3-month REU. I have the option to do another six-month co-op, or go to school during that semester and do another summer REU (plenty of juicy and highly specialized graduate electives I can potentially take during that additional semester, such as medicinal or quantum chemistry, statistics with R, Python programming, and bioinformatics, to name a few). Any advice? For the summer research, I am particularly interested in the Amgen Scholars Program, if I can get in. It seems to be exactly what I am looking for. If I did an industrial internship it would probably be in drug discovery, if I could get one, or another bioprocess engineering position. Any other suggestions are welcome as well. Stats below: Undergrad Institution: mid-tier, large public university Major(s): Chemical Engineering (emphasis in Bioengineering) and Biology (emphasis in Biotechnology) Minor(s): Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering (mostly used graduate courses to complete these) GPA in Majors: 3.96 Overall GPA: 3.7 (due to poor initial showing in college 15 years ago; returned to school in 2013 and GPA is 3.9 over last 4 years) Position in Class: top 5% of current institution Type of Student: Domestic white male, non-traditional, first-gen college student, below poverty line GRE Scores (revised/old version): (estimates based on practice exam) Q: 164 V: 168 W: 5.0 B: Not going to take Research Experience: 4 overlapping years, spread across 4 faculty labs. Mix of bio/chemical engineering and chemical biology. REU in cancer bioengineering/modeling -> led to a national conference presentation and first author publication. 1 year pharmaceutical powder process modeling/simulation for NIH-funded project 1 year honors fellowship, mammalian cell culture engineering/analysis. -> led to symposium presentation 3 years cell/bioengineering in nano and tissue culture lab. -> 2 presentations and 2 publications, one first author review, one second author experimental paper in high IF journal 1 semester in chemical biology, included computational modeling -> led to national conference presentation Yearlong Honors Research and Thesis forthcoming during senior year (another REU leading to a publication would really go nicely here) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Goldwater Scholar, Honors College, several university scholarships, Dean's List, Honor Societies: Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Omega Chi Epsilon Pertinent Activities or Jobs I founded and am director of an NGO that designs, validates, and builds medium-scale (500L-2500L) sustainable biodigesters in developing nations. My organization has won various local innovation and engineering awards and raised large sums from various sources. 4 Grants total. Currently in an iterative experimental design/evaluation process at a farm near my campus, and looking to apply for EPA P3 funding in the next fiscal year. 6-month Engineering R&D internship at Pfizer Vice President and Secretary of two engineering student chapters on campus ChemE Car Design Team for AIChE Student Chapter Summer Internship Designing Fuel Handling Devices Peer Tutor in chemical engineering and biology Peer Mentor My jobs have been mostly research-based in faculty labs, aside from some professional tutoring, web design, retail, and manual labor work. Special Bonus Points: Glowing LOR's, but not from particularly renown faculty I have earned three online verified Coursera specializations (around 5-6 courses each): Statistics with R, Systems Biology and Biotechnology, and Python Programming (Did this mostly for personal enrichment, is there any value in mentioning this on applications?) I will have taken between 14 and 16 graduate courses before I graduate, in math, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and biology, with a 4.0 across the board so far I am a strong in-person interviewer Applying to Where: (my interests are based mostly on faculty fit; I have already researched which U's allow you to apply to multiple departments) MIT (chemical engineering, bioengineering, biology) Harvard (chemical biology, systems biology, bioengineering) Stanford (Either ChemEng or chemical and systems biology) Berkeley (chemical engineering) Caltech (chemical engineering) Georgia Tech (chemical and biomedical engineering) UCSD (bioengineering) UCSF (CCB) Tri-Institutional Program in Chemical Biology Rockefeller Princeton (chemical engineering) UW-Madison (chemical engineering) UMinnesota (chemical engineering) UTAustin (chemical engineering) Delaware (chemical engineering)