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Found 15 results

  1. pharmalife

    Invited for interview at UCI

    Hello! I have recently been invited for Interview Day at UCI for the PhD program in Pharmacology. Does anyone know anything about the interview process (eg. what goes down, what kinds of things are asked, what to/not to do, number of invitees vs number of admits, etc). Any information would be greatly appreciated!
  2. pharmalife

    Invited for interview at UCI

    Hello! I have recently been invited for Interview Day at UCI for the PhD program in Pharmacology. Does anyone know anything about the interview process (eg. what goes down, what kinds of things are asked, what to/not to do, number of invitees vs number of admits, etc). Any information would be greatly appreciated!
  3. Hi all, I'm a recent graduate from a top liberal arts school who is interested in pursuing graduate study for neuroscience/pharmacology in Canada, and I am also looking to eventually relocate here permanently. I found a few programs and professors whose research areas fit my interests, skills, and experience extremely well. Although the websites claim that international students are guaranteed a certain stipend, considering that most grant agencies place restrictions on use of funds for non-citizens or non-permanent residents, it makes me skeptical that I would be able to get in on the basis of not having available funding. I know that there are limited scholarship opportunities available for non-Canadian students, but my GPA is nowhere near high enough to be considered for them (I'm in 3.5-land, GPA wise). If anyone could answer these, I would really appreciate it: Am I competitive enough for my programs of interest even without the ability to bring in additional funding? Even if I somehow manage to get in, how am I going to fund graduate study without going into a significant amount of debt? Thanks!
  4. First post: Just found out about this website and would love some help. I am deciding between 3 school for Biomedical Sciences PhD. The university of Colorado @ Denver, the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California. Anyone have thoughts on these three schools? I am looking to go into academia if that helps. I felt that Denver was very industry focused from my interview weekend at least. So I am concerned that is not going to get me the secondary skills necessary for academia. But I really do not know. Any advice? Thanks!
  5. Tula

    Masters v. PhD

    Hello everyone. I am starting to look into schools for pharmacology to apply for the Fall 2018 cycle I'm still a little uncertain on whether I should directly apply for PhD or complete my masters first. Any suggestions? Majors: Biology and Chemistry Overall GPA: 3.91 Major GPA in biology: 3.96 Major GPA in chemistry: 3.93 Position in class: top 5% Type of Student: International GRE: Will be taking it by the end of summer Research Experience: 3 years of research experience on natural products. No publications but presented the researches at couple of symposiums Some of the Awards and Honors: Research grant for the research on natural products Celgene Sol J Barer Scholarship in Life Sciences Departmental Scholarship Presidential Scholarship
  6. Hey there, I'm a chemistry major (biochem concentration) at a top 5 public school (in the US) about to enter my last year in Fall 2017. I am on track to finish my degree in 3 years, however my GPA due to heavy course loads is about 3.5 (3.58 if all goes well next fall semester). Practice GRE tests put me in the 95 percentile range, but I haven't taken a chem GRE test yet. I have over a year and a half of research experience in two different labs, both relating to pharmacology and bio-organic chemistry, but unfortunately no publications. I am looking at programs in medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and biochemistry. I want to get some opinions on my competitiveness as a candidate for PhD programs and narrow down my list of graduate schools (because it costs a small fortune to apply to just one). Brutal honesty will be much appreciated. Examples of some schools I'm looking at: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Duke University, U-Illinois Urbana Champaign, U-Illinois Chicago, UPenn, UChicago, Rutgers, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and University of Toronto.
  7. I was recently accepted into the pharmacology PhD programs at Boston University and Johns Hopkins University. I have until April 15th to decide for both. I am currently studying neuroscience at Duke, and I am interested in going into industry (Pfizer/Biogen/Merc/Novartis) after grad school to work as a pharmaceutical neuroscientist in drug development/discovery for neurodegenerative diseases. Here's some background: I did a summer research program at Boston University last year and fell in love with the campus, environment, PIs and students. My brother has lived in Boston for the past 10 years and I would visit him every summer, so of course I fell in love with the city. Basically, I applied to BostonU hoping that I would get in because if I did, I knew that I would absolutely go there. This was my mindset before I got an interview from Hopkins. Then everything changed because I never in a million years thought that I could get into a school as prestigious as Hopkins. Don't get me wrong, Duke and BostonU are fantastic, exceptional schools, but I think that Hopkins is kind of up there with the Ivy Leagues. Here are the reasons why I didn't immediately say yes to Hopkins after I was accepted: 1) At BostonU, Pharmacology students are able to spend a summer doing research at either Pfizer or Biogen after the first year (which is freaking awesome!!!!), but Hopkins does not have anything like that for their students. Since that is what I want to do in the future, I would love to experience that! 2) There are more PIs (award-winning at that) at BostonU that I could see myself working with in comparison to Hopkins (only 1). 3) A lot of grad students that I know hate that they're so far away from their families and friends, and even though they eventually made new friends, it was tough to do that as well as adapt to a new city and lifestyle. Boston is basically my second home. I know the city like the back of my hand and I know many of the grad/medical students there and still keep in touch with them. 4) 5 of my closest friends have already accepted offers from schools in the Boston/Hartford/NYC area, so we'd all be near each other. Does anyone have any advice for me? I'm sorry this post is so long, but you can probably imagine how difficult this decision is for me. Boston definitely seems like the right fit for me. Both schools have amazing pharmacology programs, although Hopkins' is ranked higher. I think I want to go to Boston, and I don't think I'll regret going there, but it would be so awesome to go to a school like Hopkins. I'd be happy at both places honestly. I guess I just need to get over how prestigious the Hopkins "name" is, because it's making a choice that should've been easy, a difficult one.
  8. neuronanerviosa

    Gap Years and Contacting Professors

    I'm a third year undergrad, and I just started exploring graduate programs. I was toying with the idea of taking a year to work in industry, but I can't find anything on how that works (if you apply and defer, or if you just apply a year later), and I've heard conflicting opinions on gap years (some people in career advising say that the longer you're out of school, the worse your chances in STEM fields). I'm also at the point where I want to ask professors I'm interested in working with if they have vacancies, but I don't know if it's too soon, and if it's recommended or at all helpful, especially for wet lab work. I was hoping I could find some wisdom from people who've been through this already!
  9. Undergrad Institution: No-name pharmacy school from SE-Asian country (Although top 3 in my country)Major(s): Pharmacy; Pharmaceutical SciencesMinor(s): NoneGPA in Major: 3.7Overall GPA: 3.7Position in Class: Top 5%Type of Student: InternationalGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 162V: 157W: 4.5B: TOEFL: 110 Research Experience: 1. Internship in neuropharmacology at my country's number one medical school. 2. Internship in formulation development at my country's number one pharmaceutical company (Among top 5 generic manufacturers in the world). 3. Internship in vaccine development at a research lab sponsored by two of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies of the world. 4. Student researcher for one year each under two different professors of pharmaceutics (Worked on drug delivery). 5. Student researcher for one year under my professor of pharmacology. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some awards in pharma-related competitions. Nothing extraordinary.Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None Publications: Have three review articles, out of which two have been published in international, peer-reviewed journals (Elsevier). Have two research papers (International, Peer-reviewed). Co-authoring a book on drug delivery by Elsevier.Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Have done over 2 years of volunteering at a Nobel Peace Prize winning organization. Have helped in the rescue of over 230 children who were victims of trafficking, bonded labor, and slavery. Handled over 180 volunteers (which in turn, handled an audience of over 10,000 schoolchildren) for a very very large scale event.Special Bonus Points: I have a lot of enthusiasm/charisma in person and interview fairly well. Undergraduate research is not common in my country (in my field). One of the first students in my university to do it. All recommendation letters would be pretty good as far as I know. Applying to Where: University of Wisconsin Madison - PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Michigan Ann Arbor - PhD (Department of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics) UNC Chapel Hill - PhD Pharmaceutics University of Southern California - PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences Purdue University - PhD Industrial & Physical Pharmacy University of Florida - PhD Pharmaceutics University of Minnesota Twin Cities - PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences Rutger's University - PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago - PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Buffalo SUNY - PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Cincinnati - PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences ----- Since not many students from my field apply to the US, so I have absolutely no clue where I stand. I have a couple of questions: 1. How would you rate my chances at these universities? 2. I am a little confused if I should apply for pharmacology programs as well (and reduce the number of PharmSci programs I apply to), how would I stand for PhD Pharmacology programs at universities like Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Yale, Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins, etc.?
  10. I just wanted to say I've been following grad cafe for a while and the comments have been so useful to me throughout my applications. Thank you all so much! I am in a very unique spot with my top program. I am currently enrolled in as a master's student and will be completing my master's degree next semester. I've applied to my school's pharm sci PhD program and had a Skype interview with a few professors I would like to conduct research with last Monday. One of the courses I am tentatively enrolling in is for a course taught by one of the professors I interviewed with. However, I do not need the course to graduate and the addition of the course would require me to pay about $2500 out of pocket. I did not realize the cost until I looked at my tuition bill this morning. What do you suggest I do? - Email my professor explaining the situation and hope that it won't affect a potential acceptance? - Stuck it up and pay the $2500 (which is a huge financial cost to me) - Drop the course and don't mention it to him hoping he did not notice I was enrolled? This is my first time posting, I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you!
  11. Hey everyone, I'm having a little dilemma about whether to enroll in a PhD program or not. In some ways I believe I must and in other ways I am wondering if I really need to do it. It's just such a long road that I don't want to waste time on if I don't need to. So here is my background: I have a BS in chemistry from a very good public US university. I performed undergraduate research there for about 1.5 years but didn't really accomplish anything significant (was just to get exposed). After my junior year, I did a summer research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering 3rd author on a paper about polymeric nanoparticles for kidney diseases Graduated in May 2015 and received a Fulbright Fellowship to use targeted nanoparticles to deliver gene therapy to different hematological malignancies. So far I have 2 publications from this: small contribution on a review of delivery strategies of siRNA to hematological malignancies first author on a commentary on a siRNA aptamer study to modulate T cell function I will hopefully have/be working on another publication on my own work when I am leaving. I was accepted to Weill Cornell pharmacology program (fall 2016) but deferred for a year to continue doing my Fulbright project for some more time So now I am supposed to start PhD in August 2017 My interests/career goals: I really enjoy what I am working on, and would like to stay involved with and of the following: nanomedicine, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, gene therapy, delivery strategies I don't want to go into academia I am interested in research but it has to be at a very applied level within therapy (preferably in cancer) However, I don't want to work in a lab forever I believe I want to go into industry but not in a typical fashion... managing a biotech startup or maybe biotech venture capital sound appealing to me. What I want advice on: Given my experience and prospective career path, is a PhD just a rite of passage I must go through? Or should I find a job instead and work my way towards what I would like to be in? Due to the novel nature of the subjects I have interest in, I have a feeling that I must do a PhD to be qualified (nanomedicine, gene therapy, immunomodulation) If the school I am supposed to attend has a few researchers that are not doing exactly what I want to do but are related and I would accept work with, should I settle for one of these? Or should I not pursue the PhD if I don't find someone who matches exactly what I want? What kind of jobs can I get with this experience? I am not really sure because all I have is a bachelor's degree but I have been performing research at the level of graduate students for quite some time now. Thanks in advance for all the help.
  12. Hi all! New user here. I plan to apply to Ph.D. programs in molecular pharmacology within the next few weeks, and was wondering if anyone would be able to take a look at my statement of purpose and offer some feedback/critique. I'd rather not post it in public, but just PM me and I'd be happy to send it to you. Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi everyone! I applied to 10 PhD programs in Neuroscience for admission in Fall 2016. I have yet to hear from two schools, but they have had their interview weekends, so I have accepted the fact that I have been rejected from all of them. I definitely aimed too high, but I'm not sure where else to apply. I want to do research in neurodegenerative diseases and I've found that lower tier schools do not have labs with this research. I have four years of research experience in behavioral neuroscience (addiction and fear learning) with three publications and more to come. So, here are the numbers: BA from Boston University in 2014 with honors for completing a senior thesis Overall GPA: 3.23 Major GPA: 3.3 with a very large upward trend in my last two years (semester GPAs of 3.4 or above) GRE: V 155 67% Q 152 48% W 4 56% I took the GRE a second time and did worse. I do not do well on standardized tests and I'm not sure I'll be able to do better on this. I know numbers wise I'm not strong, but I have great research experience and I know I can be successful. Any advice will be very greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  14. cwasson

    PhD: McGill or Waterloo

    Hi Everyone, So I'm currently finishing up my masters degree in neuroscience at a small to medium sized institution in Ontario. I will be applying to my PhD in pharmacy at Waterloo and neuroscience as well as pharmacology McGill in October for January admission. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on some questions I have. Do you think it's better to do a PhD at Waterloo (which has a generally new program (2013) with a PI who is still somewhat new and seems pretty lax) or McGill (which is arguably the best university in Canada with a PI who is well established, with a huge lab - I'm just afraid I will fuck something up/I feel like i'd be the dumbest one in that environment; especially considering the grad program I am in now is not the highest ranked) Based on the fact I have my MSc and have talked to these PIs do you think I can get into both schools? Both PIs said they would take me on, but I'm nervous my applications wont even get past the admission committees at McGill (sorry, this is such an annoying question, but I genuinely don't know) Is anyone currently at McGill or Waterloo? If so, could you give me your take on what it's like as a grad student? And maybe if you know someone in grad school, share their perspectives from what they've heard? Has anyone ever switched from behavioural research to molecular research. This is actually my biggest concern. My masters is in behavioural neuroscience but my PhD would be mostly molecular stuff. I have done things like PCR, Western Blots, cell culture on the side but nowhere near full time stuff. Is there a big learning curve? Thanks for your help guys
  15. fisherm1

    Feeling clueless

    First some background info about me... I was an undergrad bio major who was planning on going to grad school for education to become a bio teacher. The fall semester my senior year however I took a pharmacology course and loved it. After talking to the professor I decided to pursue pharmacology at the graduate level. I got an internship at a pharma company over winter break, did research the following semester and then took the gre during the summer. I recently applied for fall 2012 admissions and have my first interview at Drexel Medical College for their pharm/phys program in February. My main problem is that I don't have the slightest clue as to what to expect. I feel like I have been so busy trying to improve my CV for grad school that I never really took the time to learn about the whole process. In the email Drexel sent me requesting an interview, they gave me 2 weeks to choose from. Does this mean that I will be down their for a week meeting with various professors, or will they pick one day during that week that works best for them? Is there any beginner article I can read on here to get the basics of this stuff? I've been browsing the forums all day to try and gather bits of info to paint a better picture of what it will be like. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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