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  1. I'm interested in applying to PhD programs relating to microbiology, immunology, and/or biomedical sciences due to my interest in host-pathogen interactions (more specifically from the infectious virus/bacteria perspective than the host's immune response). I've only just learned about pathobiology and how that degree and training is also related. I guess I'm not sure if I should stick with a Micro route or a pathobiology route? Does this even matter if the faculty overlap departments?
  2. Hi, I am very conflicted on what direction I should do, any advice is appreciated. I have graduated with a B.S. in biology about a year ago and my GPA is a 3.17. I understand my GPA is low. I did very bad my first two years of college due to dealing with anxiety and depression issues but my last two years I managed to raise my GPA from a 2.75 to 3.17 and got an A in all my upper level biology courses (such as cell biology, microbiology, parasitology, biochem, animal behavior, virology etc.) Anyway I have always dreamed of getting a phD and being a research scientist. My first two years in college have discouraged me from aquiring significant research experience with a professor but I managed my senior year to work on a very small animal behavior research project with one of my professors (otherwise I have very minimal research experience in undergrad). My research interests are mostly related to microbiology (infectious disease related). Experience in undergrad related to graduate school programs include: being a TA for gen bio lab, TA for an anthropology course, a bunch of leadership experience, & directed study senior year, study abroad as well Right out of college I got a job as an Associate Scientist at a cosmetic company. My job pays very well (65,000 per year + bonus), the company has amazing benefits (unlimited sick leave, 401K, pension, tuition reimbursement, vacation time, health care and even more than listed), and it is an industry job. I work in a research lab were I am gaining significant microbiology experience (such as lab bench experience, writing SOP & protocols, bacteria identification, and testing etc.). But, I am lacking a lot of "flashy" molecular and genetic lab experience. This, I feel is making me less of a competitive applicant for a phD in micro program (such as doing research for a pharmaceutical company developing a drug etc.). But, I am not sure if this job I have now does make me a completive applicant?? I also have a significant amount of loans from undergrad and am able to pay them off (hopefully in 3 years with this salary) and do not want to acquire more loans than I need to. My boss also really likes me and is willing to let me work on more research projects than I am working on now. I have signed up to take the GRE in a month as well. My recommendation letters will be strong (hopefully) I have two professors in mind and my Director and Executive Director of my lab can write me a strong recommendation. I do not know if I should: A: apply to PhD programs by this december for next fall and see if I am able to get accepted to a program and leave my high paying job (for a BS in bio out college) for this if I get an acceptance ? --> I have to start emailing potential research labs, being my personal statement etc. etc. etc. BUT i do not know if it is worth it to leave my company now considering I have a great job. B: get a part-time masters (apply for next fall- most application are due in April/May) in a related field IN PERSON such as biotechnology, biochem, or Biology with concentration that is either thesis based/internship based. There is no MS in micro or infectious disease or immunology in my area where I work. I would do this while working where I work now and get the tuition reimbursement from my company. --> I think the basis of the masters for me is to gain more lab/research experience (molecular and genetic) C : finding a volunteer position at another lab (either within the company or at a local college) to gain that molecular lab experience AND then apply to phD NEXT YEAR for fall 2021 programs OR take a molecular lab class at local college in fall to gain this experience D : look at online masters options for next fall and get tuition reimbursement and apply to PhD programs after or just stay with masters ( I do not know how reputable or beneficial an online masters will be) I have though extensively about what a phD program entails (I have taken a seminar course in college that went in depth of how to apply and what you are getting yourself into. Also, I have read books and articles on what this would entail). I am just unsure on how worth it this will be to apply for next fall, should I be applying NEXT YEAR for fall 2021 programs?? I am not sure of the pay off between just having masters vs. just having a phD in programs related to biology and the jobs associated with each. Will I be wasting my time JUST getting a masters OR getting a masters AND then phD (I know some PhD programs you can leave with masters if you choose too). I think right now my eventual goal is phD but I do not know how ready I am for this. I think I am also doubting my application strength and my ability to get accepted now. What do you think my chances are of getting accepted to a program right now? Or am I stupid to leave my job after a year for a phD program if I do get accepted to one. I know you can not do much with a BS in biology and graduate school is mostly necessary. THANK YOU FOR READING ALL OF THIS I am very lost in what direction I should be taking.
  3. I'm leaving for an interview weekend this weekend for a microbiology phd program and I haven't been able to find recent grants that a POI I'll be interviewing with has currently. Is it inappropriate to ask about what grants she has funded right now since that is connected to how I'll be paid to be in that lab? I'm only asking because a lot of her publications are from a while ago and I want to know whether she has enough active grants (and therefore active projects) in my field of interest but I'm worried that it will come across as me asking about money too early on. Thoughts?
  4. I got invited to Michigan State's BMS interview weekend from the 10-12th of January and I'm looking forward to it, but they ask each interviewee to do an 8 minute presentation in front of current BMS faculty, grad students, and current applicants. Anyone have any tips for this? I already made my presentation and sent it in, but I just wanted to see if anyone had an idea of what the presentation is going to be like. Thanks!
  5. I am a second year microbiology student at UC-Riverside and am studying melanized yeasts found in biological crusts. Not a lot of students at my university even know about the NDSEG, and even less in my department, which is why it's so critical for me to look for other people who also applied in the Biosciences and were actually successful in achieving the honor. The NDSEG application seems very different than any of the other fellowships I have applied for and I am still confused.. is the first prompt only about 3,000 words and about my goals? From what I can tell the new website has been confusing a lot of people.. and it doesn't explicitly say 3000 words, but other online sources have mentioned this. Also, there really is no direction for the research prompt, how would I write this one? I understand that I need to pick one of the disciplines.. but in these fields which are more engineering heavy, how does one write a bioscience one that intrigues them? Any type of guidance would be greatly appreciated.
  6. I have been accepted to both UVA and UGA for their Microbiology PhD programs and I have no idea how I'm going to decide. I enjoyed my visits to both schools and was really impressed by the research and PIs. Logistically: UVA (Charlottesville, VA) - offering $30,500 annual stipend, it's a umbrella program within the medical school, great faculty and research going on there, facilities are really nice, I have family in the area, no TA requirement. UGA (Athens, GA) - offering $27,000 annual stipend, stand alone microbiology department within the college of arts and sciences, also really friendly/supportive PIs, facilities aren't as nice as UVA, I have friends in the area, has a TA requirement (2 semesters). I'm really torn and not sure how I'm going to begin deciding. I'm not really interested in a career in academia. I'm leaning towards staying in research perhaps in industry or government research, but I'm not super clear on my career path right now. Opinions? Pro/cons? Thank you!!
  7. Hey guys, I was offered a place at the University of Bath to do my masters in Microbiology. The only problem is that I can't really afford the cost of paying as an international student. I was looking online and mostly found scholarships for 3rd world country students. So I was wondering if anyone knew of any scholarships that US students can apply to. Thanks!
  8. With most of the deadlines for biology and biomedical Ph.D. programs for the Fall 2017 either being over or approaching, there's only one thing left to do: WAIT. If you're anything like me, you are refreshing your email hourly (even though it's only December 5th). So my question is to past applicants: When did you hear back from schools that you applied to about interviews and what not. Also, where did you apply? I would love to hear about some of the experiences you had with different schools and when you had correspondence with them so I can ease my own anxiety! Thanks!
  9. Hey all, so I know it's hard to quantify an application because it really changes from program to program based on your "fit", but I was wondering if my application seems promising upon quick glance? I am finding some conflicting info on the selectivity of the programs I applied to and am hoping that I seem like a promising candidate. I had some health issues sophomore year and had to drop an elective class one trimester (still finished that trimester on the Dean's List, though) and I know my quantitative GRE score is quite average, but I'm hoping the amount of research experience and strong LORs can rectify these deficiencies. I know it's probably neurotic of me to be asking at all, I just can't help but worry after spending an untold amount of time perusing this site and worrying about my app. Here's my run-down: Undergrad Institution: Knox College Major(s): Biology Minor(s): Spanish, Art History, Chemistry (unofficial, but have enough chem credits for one) GPA in Major: 3.7 Overall GPA: 3.65 (both GPAs would be higher, had severe health problems sophomore year but still did well) Position in Class: Guessing top 10%, my school doesn't use class positions though Type of Student: First-generation white female GRE Scores (revised/old version): Q: 154 (I am worried this is too low, but I don't think QGRE scores are the most important aspect of an app.) V: 162 W: 5.5 B: N/A Research Experience: The entire summer of 2015 I worked in the Axtell lab at Penn State in plant molecular biology with a focus on the diversity of small RNAs, with a term of independent study to prepare beforehand. I was not specifically interested in plant research, I found the experience with molecular-based methods to be quite useful. Furthermore, this year (2016-2017), I am undergoing independent Honors senior research regarding bacterial CRISPR loci diversity in natural soil populations using culture-independent methods. My advisor (the same one that supervised my Penn State REU is supervising my honors thesis, he is also writing me a LOR) and I plan to publish my work if things continue to progress well. So, I will have around ~1.5 years of research experience by the time I graduate, ranging from molecular to microbiology to bioinformatics based tools. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: S-STEM Scholar: Received through 2014-2017, the C.O.A.S.T. program (Creating Opportunities and Access in Science and Technology) is an NSF-funded scholarship program at Knox College which gives up to $10,000 annually to six first generation or low-income college students interested in the sciences. The program additionally provides extra mentoring and opportunities to attend science lectures. Dean's List for over 2 years Honors society member Pertinent Activities or Jobs Bio lab TA for over a year. Art History tutor "Success tutor" to incoming first-gen undergrads Special Bonus Points: 1 LOR from my Honors and REU supervisor which I believe is strong (he seems well known in the molecular field and got his PhD from MIT), another from my formal advisor who is in charge of the NSF scholarship program I'm in, as well as a really strong LOR from my art history professor who knows me very well personally. Applying to Where: University of MN - Twin Cities (this is my top choice based on research interests and for financial reasons) University of Iowa University of Colorado - Denver Loyola University University of WI-Madison (this is my reach school and not expecting to get in)
  10. Hi all, I'm applying to several doctoral microbiology programs, and I know research experience is one of the most important factors in admission. I did well on the GRE, have strong recommendation letters, and have several other academic achievements (NSF scholarship,honors society, etc). However, I'm concerned that since I'm applying to grad school directly from undergrad (I graduate June 2017) that I may not have enough research experience to make me competitive with older candidates that may have a master's before applying to a PhD program. The entire summer of 2015 I worked in the Axtell lab at Penn State in plant molecular biology with a focus on the diversity of small RNAs, with a term of independent study to prepare beforehand. While I was not specifically interested in plant research, I found the experience with molecular-based methods to be quite useful. Furthermore, this year (2016-2017), I am undergoing independent Honors senior research regarding bacterial CRISPR loci diversity in natural soil populations using culture-independent methods. I am finding this experience to be completely worthwhile, not only just in the process of writing proposals and performing independently, but also because it is just so interesting! My advisor and I plan to publish my work if things continue to progress well. So total I will have around ~1.5 years of research experience by the time I graduate, ranging from molecular to microbiology to bioinformatics based tools. All the programs I applied to have a focus on the crossover between these fields, and so I am hoping this makes me a stronger candidate. Furthermore, the relatively recent importance of CRISPR in gene editing for immunological purposes I hope will make my honors research seem more poignant (though I am not doing work in gene editing, this is something that is of interest to me in the future). I was just wondering if this seems like a sufficient amount of research experience to apply for a doctoral program? I know it is hard to say definitively, but I know most of my programs are reviewing applications from Dec 2-9th, so I am kind of freaking out every day knowing that they could be reviewing my application as I type. Also, do Ph.D. programs frown on undergraduates applying directly? (i.e. do they favor older candidates with master's more? I just recently turned 21). I saw no point in applying for a master's since the career goals are different between the two and I do not have the funds to pay for another degree. Thanks in advance!
  11. Hi, I'm new to this site and I'm trying to get a more informed opinion on whether doing an unrelated gap year would ruin my chances for a PhD. Most students I know, and a lot on this site, who decide to take a gap year end up in a research lab gaining more experience. However, I currently have a high-ish gpa (~3.7) that I plan to maintain, hopefully a good gre, and research experience (2 years related in an honors thesis, and 1 unrelated year researching bees). So I don't think I need more research experience and I would like to consider doing a gap year teaching English abroad and getting rid of any last wanderlust before chaining myself to a lab bench. I love research but I don't particularly want to be a lab monkey for minimum wage for a job I don't plan to stay in more than a year. Would I come back and realize I have no shot at getting a PhD, or reduced chances?
  12. Hi all, I'm planning to apply to Tufts' MERGE-ID program next year. Does anyone know of any similar programs? Any PhD programs in microbiology with a clinical aspect? Also, I was wondering if anyone here knows anything about the admission rate of the program, or can help me determine my chances. I haven't taken the GRE yet, but - I have a bachelor's in biology from Reed College (a little liberal arts college with a great research and academic reputation) with a 3.4 GPA - 5 independent biology research projects over the course of undergrad - Got an A on my senior thesis in microbiology (a clinically relevant project) - Interned at a teaching hospital for a year where I assisted in sepsis clinical studies in the ICUs - After graduating college, worked as a research tech in a tuberculosis lab at Cornell med in NYC - Will graduate from the University of Nottingham (in the UK) with my master's in Clinical Microbiology next September - Plan to tech or do research from Oct 2017 until I (hopefully) start my PhD in Summer/Fall 2019. - Currently don't have any publications or poster sessions (hopefully that will change this year) Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. 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).
  14. Hi I wanna do a PhD in microbiology or Virology I am nervous, I took GRE and I did bad. I got 740 quant., 330 verbal The verbal score stands out as very low and the quantitative score is not exactly great My stats: International applicant. GPA: 3.2 GRE: 740-V 360-Q Research experience: I year and published as 1st author. Work experience: 2 years of experience as a teaching assistant at a university. Self funded, I don't need to receive scholarship from a university. I received a scholarship which shall cover my enrollment for the PhD degree. Does it make difference? I know being a domestic student is advantageous when applying to a graduate program, but does being a self funded give you an advantage over others? I am worried about my chance to get an acceptance I applied to the following: Mount Sinai School of Medicine Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Vanderbilt University Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Penn State university (PSU) University of Wisconsin Madison (UW Madison) any feedback, criticism or advice, please Thanks so much in advance!
  15. Hey all, I've been drifting around on the forums for a little while now and after holding back for a while, I'd like to ask for some input. More or less as expected, my first round of applications is pretty much going to be a bust. I am guessing that this is partially due to the fact that I am applying for a Ph.D in Microbiology when I will be receiving a degree with distinction in Plant Science with a minor in Biochemistry. While it is true that my first love had been botany, after taking a grad level microbiology course, I was hooked and never wanted to turn back. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that my alma mater doesn't offer a Microbiology major and I would be unable to switch into just a general Biology degree by the time I had made the switch. So, while waiting for some lovely input from you all here in the forums, my goal is to find some kind of employment that will provide me with the qualifications to pursue a Ph.D in Microbiology (environmental). Based on the fact that environmental microbiology is more or less confined to the realm of academia, at least at the into level, (if not I'd love some insider info) what kinds of job options do you think would provided the necessary experience? I have seen many in pharmaceuticals, quality control, and food QC but I'm not sure that is the path I should take. Yes it provides more experience in general microbiology but is that what the schools will be looking for? While I feel as though I have a good amount of laboratory experience, I don't know that I have the specific experience graduate schools are looking for. I have had 3 years of general lab experience, first in a plant tissue culture lab, second in a USDA Plant Pathology Lab, and most recently working on my senior thesis on the topic of bioremediation. Also, if graduate schools are having second thoughts about accepting me into their programs, are employers in the field of microbiology likely to think along the same lines? *insert dramatic music here* In all seriousness though, I welcome any kind of advice and/or input. Some of you have gone through similar shifts of interest and have been in the same position I'm sure. If you have and tidbits of insight I would be most appreciative. Best wishes, -EdaxFlamma
  16. Trisha


    can anyone suggest me which area is more stronger in field of microbiology....i am interested in following : 1.isolation & characterisation of insecticidal compound from some selected fungi.. 2. production & characterisation of proteolytic enzymes from fungi.. 3. pollution control by algea.. i hv to choose any one.....if any modification is necessary in above topic then i'll read more about that..plz reply
  17. Hello there! I am looking to apply to some sort of microbiology doctoral program. I have noticed, however, that some program titles combine microbiology and immunology, while other schools have programs dedicated to each discipline. What exactly is the difference between a PhD program in microbiology or immunology, and how should I choose between one or the other? I am extremely interested in bacterial infection, and possibly working to develop novel antibiotics. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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