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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 ye
  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 word
  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
  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 L
  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 Axte
  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
  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 microbio
  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 recom
  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. Do
  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 qui
  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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