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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. Hello I am a prospective MPA/MPP/M.Dev student and I have applied to a couple of policy and administration programs for the Fall 2019 session. My grades in my earlier education are not good especially in Statistics and Calculus. I am not too hopeful that I will be getting admits at good colleges this session as my essays were also not upto the mark. I am ready to put in serious efforts for the next year application cycle and I want to start with the prerequisite courses (Stats and Calculus). I was wondering where can I take such courses for which credit are accepted by colleges like HKS, WWS, Chicago, Sanford etc (Coursera and eDx are not accepted as mentioned in the college websites). Although open to both online/offline, my preference remains online courses as I am located in India. Please let me know Thanks
  3. TalkPoliticsToMe

    Funding Considerations - Advice Needed

    Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission to an MPP program? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it, however, I am not sure I can do that much better. This is the one portion of my application that is causing me anxiety. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major) and I will have five years of work experience by the time I enroll. Most of my experience is in private sector within the healthcare industry. Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  4. TalkPoliticsToMe

    MPP GRE Score: 307 low?

    Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major). Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  5. Anybody who is applying to MEM programs in Yale FES, Duke Nicholas School, UCSB Bren, etc.?
  6. Hi all, I'm thinking about applying to Duke (both ThD and PhD), Chicago, and Fuller for a PhD in theology (with an emphasis on theological ethics, political theology, modern theology (19th century European)). I would love to hear feedback from some people with experience regarding my chances for acceptance. I have two major concerns about my credentials, but I'll lay out my profile to provide some context. B.A. in Philosophy from Rutgers University. (GPA 2.0) <-- first major point of concern-- I was NOT in a good place at the time, struggling with depression and probably generally was too immature. M.Div Westminster Theological Seminary (GPA 3.65) M.Th University of Edinburgh (67.5% -- 2:1 honors) According to the Fulbright UK-US Commission, the UK mark conversion to US goes something like this: 65-69 --> 2:1 honors --> 3.7 GPA, 70+ --> 1st Class honors --> 4.0 GPA I received a 70 on my dissertation portion. I had one rogue negative mark (48%) in one of my classes due to severe illness. Without this one class, my cumulative average jumps up to 70% which would have made me eligible for graduation with distinction and 1st class honors. I was also the Postgraduate Taught Masters Programme Student Representative I've received feedback from two professors who know me well, one of whom is a very well established scholar in the field of theology and society/politics (David Fergusson) at UoE and they both said they are happy to write a strong reference for me. Fergusson especially was one of the markers for my dissertation and I also received a 71 in his class. The prof for whose class I received the low mark told me he'd be willing to write a note to explain that my mark would have been significantly higher if not for the late penalty for a paper submitted due to illness. I have presented 2 papers at two separate academic conferences, and I have 1 published book review. I have not yet taken the GRE, but I will be taking it in a week. The Practice Test from ETS PowerPrep marked me at 163V, 151Q and a practice test from Princeton Review at me at 163V, 150Q, 5.5AW. That was from about 2 months ago, and I've been studying aggressively since then to brush up on my math, so I believe both my verbal and my math would see some improvement when I take it next week. I also have, as part of my M.Th degree, a 15,000 word dissertation written. I've worked hard since finishing my undergrad to make up for my past flaws, but that one negative mark on my Edinburgh record is haunting me. I know that both Duke and Chicago are extremely competitive, so I don't know to what realistic extent I can actually compensate for my undergrad record with my UoE record. The negative mark doesn't help either. Does anyone with experience at either of these schools have some honest, blunt feedback for how competitive (or not) I'd be as a candidate? Sorry for the long wall of text and thanks in advance for any feedback you guys can give me!
  7. I’ve been accepted to a number of masters programs, of which I’m seriously considering the following: - LSE's Msc. in Economics (2 year programme) - Duke's MS in Economics and Computation (40% tuition waiver) - Columbia's MA in Economics - NYU's MA in Economics - Tufts' MS in Economics (80% tuition waiver plus TAship) I currently work as an analyst for a government agency with a pretty heavy research component. My goal is to eventually pursue a PhD, though I’m not as competitive a candidate as I’d like to be quite yet (missing certain courses, eg real analysis, and less than stellar grades during first half of college). The plan is to use this degree as a sort of Econ post-bacc, and maybe a launching point for a better RA position (I’ve applied to a ton, but never made it past the final round). Any thoughts on where I should go? Leaning towards Duke currently.
  8. I have been accepted into the Duke MS Economics and Computation program. I wanted to know the reviews of this particular program. What is the cost of the attendance? Also I wanted to know about the funding, financial aid and availability of student jobs.
  9. I saw that someone posted that they got into the Master of Environmental Management program for F17, and if someone is willing to claim it, when did you submit the application? I spoke with the office and they said admissions was rolling so I wanted to see when I should expect to hear back.
  10. Hi everyone! I recently applied to sociocultural anthropology masters programs as well as east asian studies masters programs because I was interested in studying east asian countries through an anthropological lens. I was accepted into Duke (interdisciplinary), Columbia(socio anthro), Oxford (socioanthro), and UPenn(east asian). I already rejected UPenn because their east asian studies program seemed to be focused on history whereas I wanted to focus more on contemporary. To be honest though, I am not completely set on whether or not I want to study east asian cultures just yet and was hoping I could figure that out in the master's program before I apply for PhD in the US for anthro (which is the plan for the future). I've been getting different advice from different professors and different PhD students about their experiences so it's been really hard for me to choose, especially because I don't want to regret my choice later. On the one hand, Duke seems to be a good choice because I know they are known for race and gender within the anthro department and that's something I'm really interested in and would allow me to work with great advisors. Not to mention that the interdisciplinary would give me a chance to study race/gender in East Asian countries. But on the other hand, Columbia and Oxford would allow me to look at things in a broader perspective- afterall, I AM Asian American so wouldn't the interdisciplinary track kind of make me look like I tried to find the easy way out as a potential PhD candidate later? I'm so conflicted and would love the general opinions about the anthro masters programs in these schools. I really appreciate it everyone :) thank you in advance!!!!
  11. Help! The decision is right around the corner, and I need to start mentally preparing for this (huge) life change/decision. For anyone who has considered, attended, or decided - where do I pursue my MEM, Duke or Yale? I visited Duke, and I could tell it was a great program. The administration is clearly willing to help students out financially, supportive with research and work opportunities, and they consistently tout their alumni network as one of the best. Many people seem to say Duke really emphasizes building concrete technical skills, and that it might be easier to find a job upon graduation. HOWEVER, I don't know if I felt like I "fit". Maybe because I'm an introvert and prospective student weekends are always overwhelming. Also, I love cities and Durham felt quite small when I visited its campus*. On the other side: Yale has always been my dream school. I love the idea of how much flexibility they offer, and in some ways, their classes sound more exciting to me (I'm a sucker for more qualitative, theoretical classes). I've heard some criticism that Yale F&ES students might not as well prepared, but from my conversations, Yale has many client-based projects that students can work on. I know they are introducing required professional skill workshops this year, and it seems like I could select classes that are more focused on skill-building. Yale has been the goal for a few years, but Duke also offered me a bit more money (and my impression is that cost of living would be less). How much weight do I give to anticipated loan debt? Do I choose the school based on what "feels right", or one that has a better reputation in terms of professional skills? *Caveat - I will be visiting Yale in a few days, so maybe this clarify my thoughts.
  12. Hello guys, Iam a 2018 MS in Data Science aspirant, and have received admission offer from UIUC and Duke University. Based on the following points, can you share your thoughts on which university should I finalize: The program at UIUC is "MS in Statistics with a concentration in Analytics", offered by the Department of Statistics, and the Duke program is "MS in interdisciplinary Data Science", offered by Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and Information Initiative at Duke (IID). Curriculum wise, I like both the programs equally well. The only difference is that the Duke's program offers greater flexibility and includes a capstone project during second year of Masters. The UIUC program is an established, old program. On the other hand, Duke's program would have it's inaugural class in Fall 2018. Both the programs are 2 years long. The total tuition fees for UIUC would be $55000, whereas at Duke it would be $94300. The class size at Duke would be 30-35 students, compared to 60-70 students at UIUC.
  13. I'm an international student from India and I've been offered admission to Duke and USC for an MS in BME. I've spoken to a lot of people from both colleges, and I seem to get the general idea that USC is a great place primarily because of its location in California where there are a lot of BT/Biomed companies. But I'm still pretty torn between them, since Duke has a great program and offers me the flexibility to really explore what I like. As somebody who wants to enter the industry, I'm not sure if I should pick the much lower ranked program/good location, or great program/okay location. Any sights?
  14. Hi everyone, I am currently in the process of deciding which grad school to attend and could really use some advice. I know I have some great options but each one seems to have its pros and cons. I was accepted into MIT and Duke's mechanical engineering PhD program and Georgia Tech's Robotics program. My interest is medical robotics and as of now I plan to go into industry after graduation. Listed are the pros and cons of each school. Georgia Tech: pros - I received a prestigious medical robotics 2 year fellowship. This fellowship would let me choose who I work with and I have already met, and like, some of my potential advisers. There is plenty of research I am interested in. I plan to go into industry eventually and the school has affiliations with some companies I would be interested in working for. I really like their Robotics program and I like the location and the people generally speaking. cons - Georgia Tech does not have the same prestige and name recognition as MIT. Also, if I were to change my mind and decide to stay in academia, I've been told it would be much harder to get a postdoc position. Duke: pros - Similar to Georgia Tech. I received a really nice 2 year fellowship. I know who my adviser would be and like him (based on the brief time I talked to him on visit weekend) and am very interested in the research. It is my ideal place to live and I really liked the other grad students I interacted with. Also, basketball (just kidding). cons - Duke is not known for robotics and there aren't as many options lab-wise if something were to not work out with my adviser. MIT: pros - The name carries a lot of weight. MIT guarantees funding. Because MIT makes you get your masters first, then PhD, if I am unhappy there, I could always leave with my masters. There is a lot of research I am interested in. It would set me up well for an industry position or an academia position. cons - It seems that most of the RA offers go out in the summer so I have no idea who I would be working with or what research I would be doing. Several grad students said there is a chance you end up having to work in an area you are not interested in, which is concerning. I really did not like the campus or the area and just did not have a good over-all feeling. This may be due to the fact that I was only able to visit for one day and was very rushed. Also Boston is very expensive. My professors say I would be crazy to not go to MIT but so many other people have told me that adviser is THE most important thing. If I turn down MIT, would I be throwing away an amazing opportunity for something not as good? Which factors should I put the most weight on? Any pros or cons that I am missing? Any advice would be greatly appreciated especially since the deadline is fast approaching!
  15. I am deciding between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill for a Chemistry Ph.D. I know UNC has a stronger chem program overall but I am looking to do more chem bio with biomed applications, and Duke has one of the best med schools. In terms of research groups, they're pretty balanced with 2-3 groups at each school that I could work for. So in re: pros/cons, UNC and Duke are tied for me. My question is: are students happier/less stressed at Duke or at UNC? I get that UNC has a top program and that likely comes with additional stress, but is it so bad I should choose Duke instead? I know that the programs at Columbia, Stanford, etc. are pretty cutthroat and stress-inducing and I am wondering if that is the case at UNC.
  16. Hi Everyone, I have been admitted into UT Austin's MSBA and Duke's MQM program but I'm unable to decide which one would be better. Any thoughts?
  17. brainlass

    Duke 2018

    Hi everyone! Has anybody else going to Duke for Fall 2018? (I see that there's a new Duke thread on the board, but I wanted to make one that is not program-specific.) I'll be accepting my PhD offer for the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program.
  18. I'm fortunate to have been accepted to both programs. Based solely on research faculty and rankings, which is stronger? I can't find much information regarding the biostats program. Is it clumped together with the bio, med, or stats dept? In addition, if I'm looking for industry work which would look stronger? If you have any info regarding internal PhD conversion rates or on whether Duke's program has been on the up and up please let me know!!
  19. So I'm currently trying to choose between Duke's M.S. in BME program, and UMich's M.S. in BME program based on (in the following order) 1. Availability of jobs --> I'm not too keen on working for a huge company? I'd rather work for a mid-sized company, well funded, that allows me to gain some useful and hands-on experience. I've heard that UMich BME has some issues when it comes to finding good BME internships and jobs (compared to Duke and its proximity to the RTP). Is this true? 2. Availability of funding 3. Flexibility wrt concentration 4. Durham vs. Ann Arbor Anybody have any tips?
  20. Jairo333

    Duke Mathematics PhD

    Hi, I'm sorry if this isn't the place to ask this question. I'm new to the forum. I understand Duke has already sent out admission offers and rejections, but I haven't recieved anything yet. On the OneLink website, it says my mathematics application is still under consideration. Thank you for any hint or advice.
  21. Hey y'all--anyone else apply to Duke Literature this cycle? Anyone else beside themselves waiting for the implied rejection/interview request? I'd also be curious to hear about y'all's areas of interest. I went all in on Lacanian theory, sound studies, ecocriticism, and theory of value. It would be unreal to work with scholars like Fredric Jameson, Antonio Viego, and Michael Hardt.
  22. I’m still waiting to hear back from Duke’s University Program in Environmental Policy - through the Nicholas School. I’ve seen rejections from the program on the results board in early Feb and their website says they will provide decisions by mid-February but I haven’t received anything and there have been no changes made to my portal. I haven’t seen anyone else posting about this program and was hoping to connect with anyone else who applied to I can just know this silence is a soft rejection and move on. Thank you!!
  23. Qunerzhizhi

    Duke MEM. Any progress yet?

    I'm an international applicant for MEM in Duke. It seems that an interview is needed to be admitted, but I haven't heard anything from that. I don't think I'm not competitive enough to get the chance for interviewing anyway... They once mismatched my TOEFL and GRE official transcript, so I'm not sure if they missed my name on email list this time... Any information would be appreciated
  24. freakaleke

    Donald Trump Scandal

    Hello everyone, I am unapologetically paranoid about graduate school admissions. My undergraduate grades fluctuated quite a bit. I attended a community college for two years receiving a 3.4 GPA. I then transferred to a top 75 liberal arts college where I received a 3.2 GPA. My total undergraduate GPA works out to be a 3.3 which is not very good for more competitive programs in international development/public policy. I was hoping that I could get your feelings on my chances at admissions at Columbia SIPA and John's Hopkins SIAS. Other things to consider: I served in the Peace Corps in Africa for two years Taught in Asia for 1.5 years. Conducting research in Central America from July 2017-July 2018 I won and declined a Fulbright ETA grant. In total, I will have 4.5 years of international work experience before my program begins. My brother is a current undergraduate student at Hopkins and is researching at SIAS. I think that I will have rock solid letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors. I completed three internships during my undergrad and worked 20+ hours per week. White, gay, male Tell me what you think.
  25. I've already considered about my decision for two days but I cannot figure out anything. I'm graduating with a statistics BS this spring, and I plan to become a data scientist after earning my master degree. NYU definitely has a better location, and the program is very good and popular. I believe it's easier for me to get a job if I choose nyu. However, Duke is a world-renowned school and the MSS program is also among the best nationally and internationally. I just don't which one to choose, and I have a strong feeling that the decision will affect my future...
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