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  1. Hi everyone! I will be entering my junior year in college so the graduate school process is still a ways off but I want to seriously begin to consider my options after graduations. As an undergraduate, I have had two summer internships working at an antibody production company in the IF validation department. This summer, I am also an Amgen Scholar at Duke in the cancer and pharmacology department and in the fall I will begin enrolling in graduate level courses (cancer biology, molecular biology, statistics). At the moment, I am very interested in looking into potential Ph.D. programs focusing on cancer biology. I love the environment at Duke but I am also looking into Sloan Kettering and a number of other schools with similar programs. I want to study cancer but I am also very open to applying to a more general molecular biology program and then focusing on cancer while in the program. Does anyone have any suggestions of graduate programs to look into or any suggestions of what to look for in a program? Thanks in advance, Shannon
  2. Hi, I am an Indian student. I have been accepted into two great programs- MRes Cancer Informatics at Imperial College London and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue. I would very much prefer to settle down in Europe in the future, so I am confused as to what I should choose! The main factors for each of them are- Imperial- I have been awarded a prestigious British Council scholarship covering 100% tuition fees to study the program at Imperial. The program offers the opportunity to do a six-month project at CRUK Cambridge, Francis Crick Institute, Institute of Cancer Research or GSK. It is a one-year program, so I can shift to a better institute for a higher paid PhD (Marie Curie position, Cambridge or International PhD programs in Switzerland) paying >3K GBP per month for 3 years. But, I have to cover my costs of living for the year which are a LOT! I would have to take a loan of around 12K GBP for this. But again, Imperial is very prestigious and renowned and it is in London which opens many doors. Also, the alumni recommend it very much. Purdue- It is a fully funded PhD with 27,000 USD (20K GBP) stipend for 4-5 years. The PhD topic is in systems pharmacology- possibly cancer based. My supervisor is a young professor who is pretty smart and helpful. The students have excellent opinions about her and the program. West Lafayette is cheap for rent and living with free transportation. I can easily rent a nice one-bedroom apartment for 600 USD. And I can still save after all expenses. Also, if I choose to take up TA duties I get paid extra per hour according to the norms. Purdue, afaik, is very well known for engineering and is highly regarded by employers. But, I am not sure of its repute in Europe etc. Basically, I get a degree from a good uni with no loans. But, I will earn MUCH less than what I would in a European PhD. All in all, I am extremely confused and I would be grateful if you guys could give some inputs as to what I should choose and put forth your thoughts on this! Regards, AbbyGail
  3. So I'm really struggling to make this decision and both are great options. I'm interested in pursuing some kind of cancer research and also have an interest in RNA biology. Penn is well connected in terms of cancer research, but Yale is extremely well-known for RNA biology, making this a difficult choice. I'm also struggling with factoring in student happiness level and work/life balance. When I interviewed at Penn the students seemed genuinely happy and like they had time to do things outside of lab. When I interviewed at Yale, the students seemed relatively happy but I've heard some discomforting things about PIs working their students really hard and students not having time for a social life. I'm drawn to the prestige of Yale to some degree as well and don't know how much this should factor into my decision. I'm really conflicted! Which school is better for my research interests? And should I pay more attention to prestige or student happiness level when making my decision? Help!
  4. Hello! I just got rejected by Baylor College of Medicine (Biochem). It joins a list of 7 other schools that have done the same: UW-Madison, UMich, NYU, BostonU, UCSF, McGill and UT-Southwestern, all for Biomedical Science programs. While UBC and UToronto have accepted my application, admission is dependent purely on finding a supervisor. However, I haven't been able to do so, mainly due to my grades or a lack of funding from these faculty. My grades aren't ideal (to say the least) but I can't do anything about them at this point. So...as horrible as it feels to do this, I have to plan for Round 2. In hindsight, perhaps I was aiming way too high for my stats. I was hoping my research experience would carry through, but perhaps not. My Stats: UBC - Undergrad GPA: 3.0 (3.6 core and upper level courses) - Cell Biology Major, Psych Minor UMich - Master's GPA: 3.6 - Cell Biology Research Experience: 3 years cumulative (3.5+ by the time I apply for 2017 cycle). 1 year at a genetics lab in UBC. 1 year at an immunology lab in UMich. 1 year and counting as a research assistant in a pharma company. Gearing towards cancer research, cancer immunology specifically. No publications, sadly. GRE: Verbal - 161 (87%) Quantitative - 157 (68%) I'm going to improve on my GRE score (or try) as the scores are close to being invalid for a lot of schools. Grades are something I can't do something about so maybe I should target other schools. Any advice on where to look for solid cancer biology programs? Any thoughts overall on my profile and what to do for Round 2?
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