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Found 16 results

  1. Dedutchess89

    2018 MES Penn Applications

    Hi guys, I applied for the MES fall 2018 at Penn and i'm yet to hear back from them. I just want to know if anyone else applied and is equally waiting to hear back. I submitted my application before their April 1 deadline but completed my application end of may , that's 6 weeks till date. I have written to the school and i was advised to wait two more weeks (which ended Friday). Should i be worried? Eek 🤔 considering i'm international and would probably have to apply for form i20, campus housing and student visa.
  2. Stuck choosing between my top 3 picks UCSF, UPenn, and Johns Hopkins for a PhD in Cellular/Molecular/Developmental Biology (varies by school/program). From what I've seen, heard, and read, all three schools have amazing programs, I think my decision will more likely come down to quality of life in those three places. San Francisco - I'm from the Bay Area, so family is nearby, easiest move and probably safest of the three cities. BUT expensive af and I don't get the experience of moving to a new place. Philadelphia - Had great interviews with faculty members there, but didn't think the grad students I met were as outgoing or fun. Cheaper than SF for sure, but more expensive than Baltimore. Safer than Baltimore, but still more crime than SF. Baltimore - I really loved the city and students that I met here. In terms of cost-of-living, in Baltimore you get the most for what you pay. However, everyone keeps warning me about the crime rate in the city. Any advice is welcome, especially from current students at any of these schools or students who considered these places.
  3. I've narrowed my decision down to two programs: UCSD's Biomedical Sciences program, and UPenn's Cell and Molecular Biology program (I applied to the Gene Therapy and Vaccines track). Both are umbrella programs of sorts, because I'm not sure what kind of research I want to do. I'm just interested in hearing different takes on the two schools and programs. I'm from San Diego and I love it, but I'm not sure about Philly. I visited during the interview weekend and I'm not sure that was enough time to get a good feel for it. I'm confident I could find a great thesis lab that I love at either place, they both have tons of research that I find interesting. Opinions? What would you do in my shoes?
  4. So I've recently been accepted to both UPenn's Urban Teaching Apprenticeship and Teachers College Elementary Inclusive Education program. I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of both programs, but I'm having trouble deciding! At UPenn I would be getting a Pre-K-4 certification, and at TC it would be 1-6. The UTAP program would be a one-year program, and TC would be two years, or one and a half if I accelerate. Both programs give the opportunity to earn a Special Ed cert alongside Elementary. Right now I would say I'm leaning towards Penn but I also know that TC is very highly regarded in the field of education, whereas Penn is not as well-known. Help!! Anyone else struggling with this decision??
  5. Hello, everyone! I teach Speech & Debate and Mock Trial at the middle and high school level. In the last few years, our program has risen to national prominence; we have over 100 members, a thriving parent group, and significant name recognition (it’s a major reason that we get new students to attend our fledgling school). I have mid-level leadership positions in several public speaking education-related nonprofits, like our state’s High School Speech Association and National Speech and Debate Association. I love my job and position, but want to eventually transition to 1) create/lead competitive education-focused companies and 2) teach other teachers/school systems how to develop strong programs of their own. I think an EdD gives me increased professional credibility in this space. I just completed my online Masters in Organizational Leadership/Learning. It was a very positive experience; I’m better at running teams now, have been offered professional development leadership opportunities at my school, and feel much more confident in my ability to juggle work and school. I want your advice/counsel. Do you think it’s smarter for me professionally to get an online EdD from a well-known university or leave what I’ve built here to get an in-person EdD at a Penn or Harvard in a little while? Does the benefit of an in-person program grossly outweigh the online one in terms of professional credibility and recognition? I’m considering USC, Johns Hopkins, and Vanderbilt in terms of online EdDs—what do you all think fits my profile best? UG GPA: 3.3 from UCLA. Grad GPA: 4.0 from GWU (Online). Work experience: Four years of classroom teaching, team-coaching, community leadership, and nonprofit development. GRE: Haven’t taken yet. Will take both HBX CORe and GRE courses this Spring. I am very confident in my LORs and personal statements.
  6. Hey Everyone, I need help choosing which university to go to! I narrowed it down to Gatech and Penn (University of Pennsylvania) from the following list: Gatech, Penn, USC (Southern California), Wisconsin-Madison, Columbia, Brown, Rutgers Interest: Computer Vision and Deep Learning Cost Restrictions: None. I am willing to figure out how to pay if the university is worth going to. Goal: Planning to do a PhD after my masters. Therefore, I plan to do a lot of research during my MS. I was able to narrow down to these 2 universities based on professors and research done at these places in CV. I am leaning towards Gatech but I'd like to hear some advice from others on future prospects of getting into good PhD programs from either school. Also, let me know if you think I should consider any of the other schools on the list. Thank you in advance!
  7. Hey Everyone, I need help choosing which university to go to! I narrowed it down to Gatech and Penn (University of Pennsylvania) from the following list: Gatech, Penn, USC (Southern California), Wisconsin-Madison, Columbia, Brown, Rutgers Interest: Computer Vision and Deep Learning Cost Restrictions: None. I am willing to figure out how to pay if the university is worth going to. Goal: Planning to do a PhD after my masters. Therefore, I plan to do a lot of research during my MS. I was able to narrow down to these 2 universities based on professors and research done at these places in CV. I am leaning towards Gatech but I'd like to hear some advice from others on future prospects of getting into good PhD programs from either school. Also, let me know if you think I should consider any of the other schools on the list. Thank you in advance!
  8. scientist_inthe_making

    Yale vs Penn (Entrepreneurship)

    I am deciding between Yale's BBS (Biological and Biomedical Sciences) Program and Penn's PhD in Bioengineering. I know one of them is basic science vs engineering, but I am wondering if there is a school that is better than the other for entrepreneurial opportunities, particularly in the life sciences / medicine. Additionally, is there significant difference in post career trajectories with a Biology PhD vs a Bioengineerign PhD? I appreciate any insights.
  9. So I'm really struggling to make this decision and both are great options. I'm interested in pursuing some kind of cancer research and also have an interest in RNA biology. Penn is well connected in terms of cancer research, but Yale is extremely well-known for RNA biology, making this a difficult choice. I'm also struggling with factoring in student happiness level and work/life balance. When I interviewed at Penn the students seemed genuinely happy and like they had time to do things outside of lab. When I interviewed at Yale, the students seemed relatively happy but I've heard some discomforting things about PIs working their students really hard and students not having time for a social life. I'm drawn to the prestige of Yale to some degree as well and don't know how much this should factor into my decision. I'm really conflicted! Which school is better for my research interests? And should I pay more attention to prestige or student happiness level when making my decision? Help!
  10. Stuck choosing between my top 3 picks UCSF, UPenn, and Johns Hopkins for a PhD in Cellular/Molecular/Developmental Biology (varies by school/program). From what I've seen, heard, and read, all three schools have amazing programs, I think my decision will more likely come down to quality of life in those three places. My research interests are super broad so I'm not particularly worried about labs, I'm sure I will find PIs and labs at each program that I will love to work with. San Francisco - I'm from the Bay Area, so family is nearby, easiest move and probably safest of the three cities. BUT expensive af and I don't get the experience of moving to a new place. Philadelphia - Had great interviews with faculty members there, but didn't think the grad students I met were as outgoing or fun. Cheaper than SF for sure, but more expensive than Baltimore. Safer than Baltimore, but still more crime than SF. Baltimore - I really loved the city and students that I met here. In terms of cost-of-living, in Baltimore you get the most for what you pay. However, everyone keeps warning me about the crime rate in the city. Any advice is welcome, especially from current students at any of these schools or students who considered these places.
  11. Causofit

    University of Pennsylvania ?

    Hi, I have been searching the web in hopes to find more information about the University of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, I really haven't found any personal stories or testimonals about the school. I am interested whether they offer solid funding for graduate students, specifically in Fine Art?? Are there any students/alum out there who attend or have attended the school thatt wouldn't mind sharing their experience? (From any field )
  12. scientist_inthe_making

    Penn vs Yale (Life Sciences Ventures)

    For my PhD, I am considering between Penn for Bioengineering and Yale for Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS). I have found professors at both schools with whom I would love to do research in and I got along well with the current graduate students at both schools. I feel very fortunate to have had such great experiences. I am very interested in taking my career after my PhD in the entrepreneurial or venture capital in the life sciences space. I am very interested in the life sciences because I would like to work on discovering molecules or developing diagnostics and drug delivery systems to improve the human condition. I would like to get opportunities throughout my PhD to get quite involved in the entrepreneurial/venture space. Is there a bias towards bioengineers or biologists in this space? Which school would have the better resources for what I am looking for? Are there specific resources that make either of these schools unique? I have been having a lot of difficulty in making a decision about where to go. Aside from stipend, location and fit, what other factors do people think about? At this point I feel that I am looking at very small factors to try and decide. I appreciate hearing your perspective
  13. olayak

    U Penn DSW

    Quick question, what criteria is the U Penn DSW admission committee looking for? I called them and they didn't give a straight answer. I was told that grades and publications and stats don't matter, it just depends on the individual. What does this mean? What are they looking for? Has anyone been accepted to this program? What stats do you have? Thanks!
  14. I'm a prospective applicant to the PhD program in the Department of Political Science at UPenn. My focus is in the IPE arena, and I'm interested in working with Julia Gray, Jennifer Amyx, or Edward Mansfield. I'd like to hear from a current student or recent graduate of the program about funding opportunities, RA, TA, and fellowship opportunities within the Department, student engagement with faculty, and perceptions of faculty overall. Is the general feeling that PhD students are well supported throughout their time at Penn? Side-comments about living in Philly are also appreciated. Feel free to PM me if your prefer.
  15. An email was sent to me from PennDesign admissions congratulating me on being shortlisted for placement in their MLA program and asked me to complete a 5 question/5 minute video supplement. Has anyone else seen this yet? Not sure if it's good, bad or if everyone at this stage of the application process is asked to do this. Any insight would be helpful.
  16. Hello All, I'm just writing to allay some of my anxiety of late. I applied to UPenn's Neuroscience program through the biomedical graduate group (BGG). Up until recently I've thought of it as one of my very top choices, but looking at some of the "results survey" entries are making me nervous. I guess I wasn't aware how stiff the competition for Penn really is. Anyone else out there who has applied, what are your thoughts on this? Have a lot of people heard about interviews? I'm curious to hear what others think. And if you wouldn't mind including a few things about yourself : What type of university, major, GPA, GRE, experience... I'll list mine here. Top 50 private university, majoring in neuroscience, minoring in music, 3.83 GPA, 670 Verbal, 740 Quant, 3 years lab experience on campus as well as some summer research internships Thanks everybody, and good luck!
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