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  1. I am an incoming Evolution and Ecology PhD student starting in Fall 2019. I received an offer from UC Riverside two weeks ago and accepted it this last weekend. I was pretty satisfied and comfortable with my choice when out of the blue, the University of Arizona offered me admission two days ago. I know I can still retract my acceptance to Riverside but the idea of having to write that email makes me uncomfy. I'm also not sure which school I prefer and would have picked if the acceptances came in at the same time. I like the research I would do at Riverside more and the location is better for me and my boyfriend, but I got the sense interviewing there that there's some drama in their EEB department and a bit of friction between the professors and grad students. The U of A is undeniably a better program and a better organized department, and I connected with the grad students there more over the interview weekend, but I'm less excited about the research (although it would probably advance my career more) and I'm not crazy about the idea of returning to my hometown. Both are great programs and I'd be happy either way, but I have to make a choice by Monday and I don't know what to do. Any advice would be welcome!
  2. I wanted to make a separate thread for EEB stats b/c the programs tend to be pretty distinctive from gen bio and I'm curious what other people are up to this season! Here's a copy of the same rubric that is used in the other threads Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school, such as big state, lib arts, ivy, technical, foreign (what country?)... Overall Reputation in Biology?) Major(s): Minor(s): GPA in Major: Overall GPA: Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?) Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?) GRE Scores (revised/old version): Q: V: W: B: TOEFL Total: (if applicable, otherwise delete this) Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...) Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...) Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Applying to Where: School - Department - Research Interest School - Department - Research Interest School - Department - Research Interest 2
  3. Hi all! For the past couple years I've been looking at PhD programs with just my undergrad degree, and though I've received a lot of positive feedback from POIs, when it gets down to the wire I just haven't been making the cut. I decided to apply to a couple of Master's programs this year, and received a fully-funded offer (tuition waiver, TAship) that it looks like I'll be taking. That being said, I still plan to pursue a PhD when my MS is completed. What can I make sure I do over the next couple of years to make my PhD applications more successful? Attend conferences? Publish what I can? Ace all of my coursework? Do a summer fellowship (like NSF EAPSI?) Network like crazy? My research is at the intersection of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology, if that makes any difference. One thing I did hear from one of my rejections is that my research interests weren't the best fit with what the lab will be studying moving forward.
  4. I just thought to find people who can empathize with a theoretical evolutionary bio PhD applicant (me). Especially to discuss which schools have great Theoretical EEBists and how to get into them... As I have never been to the US, I would appreciate any insight into the schools that offer theoretical evo bio PhD's, especially the following schools- Harvard OEB, MIT bio-EECS, Stanford Biology, Caltech CMS ( non- bio department there), Berkeley Integrative Bio, UCLA BioMaths/EEB, UCSB ( aiming people behind Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics), Cornell Bio. I would like to know about the academic life at these places, lab cultures etc. My profile is quite plain right now, but I'm hoping some up-time soon- Undergrad: A private university in India ( primarily a med school) Major: Life Sciences Minor: Medical Biotechnology GPA: 3.5 ( one bad patch, but got better grade in Evolution course, maybe the highest in the class) Graduate: A reputed university in India Major: Biotechnology GPA: 3.5 ( had a distinction, so I don't know if this conversion is right) Grad School 2: A top university in London. Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology GPA: 3.0 ( had a distinction in BioStats / Bioinfo though) GRE's: will take soon Research Experience: Masters thesis on computational microbial biology at the first gradschool and work on computational mammalian evolutionary genomics at the second grad school ( no pubs yet). Had a poster out of my own work presented at a top international MathBio workshop in the UK with funding from US and UK. Research Interests: Somatic Evolution of Cancer, Language Evolution, General Evolutionary Theory, Developmental Evolution ( any of these will do!) Any suggestions based on my profile are welcome. What schools are 'safe/ fall backs' for me?
  5. Hey--has anyone heard anything back from UConn Ph.D. in EEB yet? I see one rejection in February, but nothing recent.
  6. I'm new here, so my apologies if this is posted in an inappropriate location, but has anyone heard from the Water Resources Science program or the Ecology Evolution and Behavior program at University of Minnesota Twin Cities? Thanks! And if there's a better place for me to post this, please let me know!
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