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  1. Hi! I know its early. But considering the success of Fall 2017 forum, I thought we should start Fall 2018 discussion thread early! Good luck preparing for your applications!
  2. 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!
  3. Molecular Ecology PhD Programs

    Hi All, I hope I've posted this in the right place. I'm hoping that somebody will be able to provide me with a few more universities who conduct Molecular Ecology work, especially environmental DNA work. So far I've looked at Michigan Tech, Teledo CUNY Central Michigan Also on average how many PhDs programs should one apply for. Unlike the UK they all seem to have application fees as well?
  4. Hey guys I thought it would be good to start a thread for people applying for genetic counseling school for Fall 2017. I am starting to prepare for the GRE and the supplemental materials of the application since I will be in the midst of finals when applications are due. I would love to talk to more people about genetic counseling school who are also applying or have applied previously. I am just now getting a list of programs that I want to apply to, which includes: Northwestern University, Emory University, University of South Carolina, Stanford University, CSU Stanislaus, Boston University, University of Michigan, and UT Houston.
  5. Hello all. I am graduating from University of Florida in 20 days with a 3.83 in biochemistry. I landed a job in industry working with viral vectors and proteins. I have 2.5 years of cancer research. 2 years of clinical pain research. A semester of random unrelated research and volunteering! I am very interested in turning cells into life saving machines and money making machines! that is pretty much what I want to do. my interests lie in cancer and in diseases. they also lie in industrial applications of genetic and cell engineering. Any advice on schools that have good programs? I have a lot I've researched but I value all your opinions. I listed my stats so you would be more fit to tell me certain schools. EXCUSE my grammar.
  6. I'm currently planning to apply to graduate school this year, and I've realized that I am kind of lost about what kind of program I should apply to. If I wanted to eventually end up doing longevity research, what would be a good graduate program to enter? Should I go for a degree in Human Genetics? Biomed? Is one field easier to get into than the other, if I know my application won't be as competitive compared to others? Also, is a PhD necessary for biology-related fields? Is it okay to do a masters first to get a "taste" of the field, so to speak, before seeing if I want to commit to a PhD or maybe even try to apply for medical school?
  7. Hi guys, This is my first time posting on this forum. I'm a junior looking to apply to grad school this fall. I'm mostly interested in the intersection of computational biology and molecular biology, i.e. I'm not a big fan of benchwork, but I want to have some wet lab component in my future grad school research because I don't want to spend all my time sitting in front of computer. Currently I'm a biological sciences major, but I've taken stats, probability, linear algebra and multivariable calculus and three computer science classes (2 programming + 1 theory). I'm about to start a research that is purely computational biology (no wet lab involved). I had a significant summer research involving wet lab and my last research at school is computation biology but not very sophisticated as I didn't have much knowledge back then. I think I'm most likely to apply to biological sciences programs that offer the option to focus on computational biology but I realized that I actually don't have a lot of traditional biology classes like microbiology under my belt, although I'm expecting to take higher level/grad level genetics classes. I wonder if this situation will make me look bad since after all, I'm applying to a biology program? My other concern is that I started my computational biology research relatively late because I have to accumulate cs/math knowledge before I can get in one. Will that be a disadvantage? My last question is how important is GRE score especially verbal? I'm not concerned my quantitative part, but I've read that the average verbalxscore for top tier biological sciences programs are really high. Any input will be much appreciated!!! Thank you so much for your help!
  8. Profile Evaluation

    Hi guys, I am contemplating doing a PhD but I am very concerned about my profile. If you could please tell me if I have a shot at the top 20 colleges in the US and how to strengthen my profile. Undergrad Institution: Delhi University (india) Major(s): Biocehmistry Minor(s): None GPA in Major: Percentage system, 63% Overall GPA: Position in Class:Average Masters: State university (comes undeer JNU) Major: Biotechnology Minor: None Percentage:73% Type of Student: Imternational female GRE Scores (revised/old version): 312/340 Q: 159 V: 154 W: 4 B: NA My GRE expired. Will be retaking TOEFL Total: 108/120 . expired, needs retake Research Experience: 1 year- “APOA1 gene polymorphism in patients with Coronary Artery Disease” under the Guidance of Dr Arvind Kumar Bhatt and Prof. PC Negi, Deptt. of Cardiology, IGMC, Shimla 1 month- Worked as a Biotech Consortium India Limited sponsored winter trainee with Aristogene Biosciences), Bangalore on “Detecting Alu inserts in humans’ with the objective to ascertain the presence of Alu inserts at PV 92 loci in normal population under the supervision of Dr. Vasundhra B (Director) 1 month-Worked as a Researcher at St John’s Hospital, Bangalore, India assisting Genetic Counselor Dr. Preetha for 8 hrs a day for one month. 1 year- worked on “Studying drosophila genetics” under the supervision of Dr. Sunita Joshi (University of Delhi) and the work included Growing and maintaining Drosophila stocks, Characterizing various prevalent mutants, polytene chromosome, Isolating salivary glands and Separation of wild eyed and Mutant pigments using Thin Layer Chromatography. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?) Ø Qualified Combined Biotechnology Entrance Examination (CEEB)-2012 conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on behalf of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi in 2012, Ø Qualified UGC-NET-2013 conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC), MHRD, GOI, New Delhi. Ø Qualified All India Level Entrance Test “Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering - GATE”- 2014 Ø Qualified JGEEBILS-2013 Ø Awarded Best Speaker for presentation on "Gene Therapy" in Biochemistry Fest 2011 Ø Awarded 2nd prize in debate on "Should animal testing be allowed for scientific research?" in an inter-college competition involving 20 participants from 10 colleges Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Currently working with Teach for India ( part of Teach to lead) as a fellow, teaching unprivileged kids. Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Special Bonus Points: 2 strong recos, one from research one from teaching, 1 medium, Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:was a professional dancer during college. Applying to Where: Not yet decided. Research interest : Genetics Session: Fall: 2017 1
  9. Applying with low GPA

    I'm doing a double major in Microbiology and Genetics and I have a 2.3 GPA. Even though my GPA is so low I want to go to grad school for Developmental & Reproductive Biology. I have had a lot of experience in research since I had multiple internships and jobs working at the veterinary school, zoos, genetics laboratories, etc. In addition, in all my laboratory courses I have passed with A's but in other courses like chemistry and math I have done poorly. I was wondering what are my real chances into getting into a school program even if I get a real high school in my GRE and have good recommendation letters. And if so, which schools do you recommend (similar programs).
  10. I am interested in continuing my education in math and I know that I'd eventually like to work on brain-computer interface (theory and application) like mind uploading but was curious if there is a discipline that merges computational neuroscience, biostatistics, AI, and cybersecurity: providing a rigourous curriculum that can be used to pursue these fields. Any input would be greatly appreciated! This is ultimately to maximize my chances of being employed, having a successful career long term. If the opportunity exists, I would equally like to learn more about AI (neural net) and cybersecurity, and I currently enjoy the statistical, predictive modeling (machine learning) work that I do in genetics (similar to data science). I have thoroughly looked through gradcafe, stackexchange, quora, reddit and amassed math topics important in each field. I have highlighted common topics and would like to get you guys' input on the accuracy of this list. MATH TOPICS FOR EACH FIELD cybersecurity - applied number theory (abstract algebra), combinatorics (graph theory), algebraic geometry, information theory, asymptotic analysis, finite fields computational neuroscience - information theory, systems theory (nonlinear dynamics, dynamical systems), evolutionary algorithms (Monte Carlo), state space analysis, signal processing, probability theory AI/ML - neural networks, genetic algorithms, information geometry (Riemannian geometry, information theory, Fisher information), algebraic geometry, manifold geometry, learning theory (Fourier analysis), probability theory, game theory (topology, measure theory), graph theory, Model Free Methods RECOMMENDATIONS Some have recommended biostatistics programs because the curriculum offers a fair amount of 'theoretical' math work. Others, however, have said that biostatistics is a bad choice - sticking to CS or EE would be better. There is always the option to go into pure math but I am concerned about employability of a pure math PhD compared to an applied math PhD. I have played with the idea of work towards becoming a fellow of actuarial science simultaneously instead to gain statistical training - although this would be more oriented towards business, not science There is also the fact that I have a BS in biochemistry. I have done post-bacc work for CS fundamentals, calculus series, diff. eq., linear algebra, statistics, combinatorics, but there is a legitimate chance that I may not have sufficient background for fields (like statistics or applied math) other than biostatistics. I have looked heavily into degrees for applied/computational mathematics, scientific computing (UPENN, Rice, JHU, MIT, Stanford, Maryland) but it seems that these fields are more broadly focused on application reseach for physics, chemistry, biology (like engineering). I've also looked into mathematical biology (aka biomathematics) but it seems not a lot of schools have such a department - it's commonly housed under computational/systems biology. Thank you very much for your time and help!
  11. Human Genetics

    Anyone else applying to the MSc Human Genetics program at Sarah Lawrence College? Any Canadians?
  12. I took the revised GRE in August and recently received my scores. My verbal score was pretty high (96th percentile, 690 under the old grading scale, and 165 under the new grading scale). Unfortunately, my quantitative score was sub-par (53rd percentile, 630/150). My A.W. score was also low (4.0). I'm worried that my low quant score will make my application less appealing to the admissions councils for PhD programs in genetics. I know that it also depends on the individual schools and the rest of my application, but I'm just worried that my quant score is so far below the average for those in biology/biomedical programs that my application will be disregarded. There isn't that much time to retake the GRE, and I'd really rather not have to take it again unless I have to. FYI, my GPA is a 3.57 (although I still have two semesters to finish) and I have approximately 6 months of laboratory research. Thank you!
  13. grad school suggestions genetics

    Hi everyone! I am an international student and intend to pursue PhD in genetics (preferably cancer genetics). Can anyone suggest good schools in this field. My GRE score: verbal: 640, Quant: 690, AW: 4.0. My TOEFL ibt score is 116/120. I hold an MSc degree in Genetics which is equivalent to a BS degree in the US. I had graduated top of my class. Have teaching experience of 6+ years. Finished a one yr. research project, working on another one right now but the topic is different from my intended PhD research topic. No publications yet Applied for Fulbright, made it to the interview but will hear final word by October. Could somebody suggest good schools or programs matching my profile that I could apply to, preferably in NY, Michigan, Pennsylvania or Ohio.