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  1. Hi everyone! Just heard back from Duke that I got admitted into the CMB (Cell and Molecular Biology) program. I’m glad to go back to where I did a wonderful summer internship before, but as I got another offer from the CMDB (Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics) program at Johns Hopkins previously, it turns out to be a tough decision to make. I am an international student from China and my research interest is developmental biology/stem cell. It seems that both programs will be a good fit for me (several PIs I want to work with, comparable stipend, great resources in academia), but not a perfect one that I can directly say No to the other. They share a lot in common actually, but there are some differences that could be important to my grad study in the future. *Pros: JHU: solid training for grad students, more chances to publish high IF papers, smaller lab size, a prestigious school in cell biology, low cost of living Duke: close relationship to the medical school, more familiar with Durham, more research on stem cell/regenerative medicine, amazing school spirit *Con: JHU: Baltimore, know little about the vibe and cohort, less connection to the medical school (Research in Johns Hopkins medical school is well-known, but faculty in the CMDB program are mainly in the Homewood Campus), less research on regenerative medicine Duke: Fewer big papers in recent years (in my field?), fewer rotations, lower ranking in biology (I know ranking doesn’t mean anything but might indicate something?) If anyone has been admitted or is currently in these programs and know these programs well, please let me know! Any help will be much appreciated! Thanks!
  2. Hi everyone! This is my first topic (and post) so hopefully I'm doing this right. Im just looking for any advice right now with regards to the decisions I'm going to have to make next year that I'm very nervous about. Right now I'm doing my undergrad in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto and my plan was always (if med school didn't happen) to do a Masters in Genetics or Developmental Bio. I started looking at some other programs and then one thing led to another and I stumbled upon this gem of a program at UPMC-Sorbonne University: http://www.master.bmc.upmc.fr/en/02_international/01_BioDev/index.php (International Master: From Molecular Developmental Biology to Biomedicine, Evolution and Systems Biology) I've always wanted to do a PhD in France (partially because of the cultural enhancements) but mostly because the 3-4year research intense EU PhD sounds a lot more appealing than the 5-7 year teaching/researching/networking/starving slog we have here. Im just assuming a Masters in France would better prepare me for a PhD there too. My main concerns now are: 1. Can I get in (cumulativeGPA: 3.52/4 - annualGPA: 3.88/4 - 1 publication in the works - 2 research paid internships) 2. Can a foreigner make enough connections and get enough publications to secure a PhD position? 3. UofT (and many canadian schools) pay their masters students - are non-paid masters "a cut-below" 4. Is this school any good? It seems to maybe be the best research University in all of France but the rankings are all over the place (but that may just be a result of anglo-bias) 5. Could I come back to Canada - maybe try the UK? NOTE: I have no desire to ever live in America so that "weakness" of EU programs not being respected there isn't really relevant to me. Thanks SO MUCH to anyone who can give me any advice or input Have a great day!
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