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  1. loopyunicorn21

    DAAD 2018-2019

    A place for all who have applied for DAAD PhD research grant for 2018-2019. Share your updates
  2. Hello all, In December my PI gave me an undergraduate to help me with my project (it's a huge project and we just need more hands). The undergraduate is a first year (about to start his second year) with no lab experience. I've had to teach him everything from putting on gloves to how to work pipettes...etc. Now, 7 months later, the undergrad is still struggling. I myself have been frustrated. He has trouble with things I taught him months ago (like diluting an overnight culture to a specific number and letting it grow) and doesn't make the best decisions... And he forgets a lot of things I tell him (even when I ask him to write it down). His technical skills are improving but he still lacks a scientific sense and doesn't have much lab maturity. I believe that it is something that develops over time, experience and exposure to more science classes. However, my PI is frustrated with the undergrad's progress. Now, my PI mentioned to me that he is thinking of firing the undergrad. My question is: How do I help my undergrad do better? How do I help him develop this scientific sense at a quicker pace so he doesn't get fired? Are there any good methods any of you have used to help a struggling student? I am limited by how much more time I can devote to my undergrad. I have my own experiments, a thesis to write and a different undergrad (summer program) to manage.
  3. I major in biochemistry and graduated with a bachelor degree in Spring 2018. I got a poor GPA (3.0) and a little bit of academic research for 4 semesters, 2 for one semester long and 1 for a year. All of them didn't get to a published paper by the end. I got a research opportunity at the University of Southern California this summer and I'm really excited about this. If there is a chance, I want to be a lab tech in that research lab for next year. Also, I accepted an offer at the Tufts University for a one-year master program in infectious diseases and global health. I am trying to decide between these two options and trying to add some impressive stuff to my resume so that I can get into a Ph.D. program (hopefully) in Fall 2019. Which one should I choose?
  4. miriamj28

    Dissertation Participants Needed!

    RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED Have you worked with a pregnant therapist? At the time of her pregnancy, did you have no biological children? At any point in your life have you felt distress about the decision to, timing of, or your ability to have children? I am a doctoral student at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. I am looking for volunteers for my dissertation study on the experience of women who have worked with a pregnant therapist, and who had no biological children at the time of the therapist’s pregnancy. What is the purpose of this study? This project offers participants the opportunity to share their story and contribute to a better understanding of how childless women experience working with a pregnant therapist. Results will help mental health care providers better serve their clients. Who can participate? Participants must (1) be female, (2) have worked with a therapist for at least 6 months who was pregnant at some point during treatment, (3) have had no biological children at the time of the therapist’s pregnancy (step children and later pregnancies are OK), (4) have experienced some degree of distress about their childlessness at any time before or during the pregnancy (i.e. considered whether to have children, thought about factors affecting potential pregnancy, such as fertility, life circumstances, and/or timing). How long will it take? You will be asked to complete a brief online questionnaire (5 minutes), review and sign a consent form (3 minutes), and participate in an audio-recorded interview (1 hour), during which you will be asked questions about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to being in treatment with a pregnant therapist. Where do I have to go? The researcher will meet you at a private location that is convenient for you. If you are located outside of the Bay Area, the interview can also be conducted via Skype. Will my identity remain confidential? With the exception of a signed consent form, which legally must be stored in the confidential files at the Wright Institute, all identifying information will be removed from other documentation and will not be included in the final results. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this study, please contact me: Miriam Adrianowicz madrianowicz@wi.edu 510-205-6801 Dissertation Chair: Beate Lohser, PhD. blohser@wi.edu.
  5. Hey y'all. As you can see from the title, I'm interested to see what you all think about my chances are for getting into top PhD programs around the country. This is my first post, and may very well be in the wrong category so please redirect me if so... Below is a LONG list of my credentials, please let me know your thoughts! (Top schools interested in include Stanford, UCSF, UC Berkeley, JHU, Harvard, UPenn) BIOGRAPHY-Junior at a small private university in Iowa-Earning BS in Biochemistry and BA in Biology-Would like to get into translational research eventually (intrigued by stem cells, gene editing, cancer)STATS- 4.00 cumulative GPA- Haven't taken GRE yetRESEARCH- Participated in a NSF-funded REU at the University of Oklahoma during the summer of 2017, where I conducted research on CRISPR- Participating in another summer research opportunity this upcoming summer at either Johns Hopkins (Project is focused on stem cell based applications for translational research- By the time I graduate I will have had two full years conducting research at my home university in the biochemistry department-One project working on enzyme engineering (junior year)-Other project involves analyzing nuclear hormone receptors (senior year, upcoming)-In the fall of 2018 (senior year) I will also conduct a semester worth of research in the biology department (project is TBD)- I have analyzed and published two genes to the NCBI-Work in the chemistry department where I supervise NMR use, as well as care take the instrument-Present 3 posters at home university (2 before hopeful application)-Present 2 posters at national conferences by the time of graduation (1 before hopeful application)-Presented poster at University of Oklahoma symposium and another at either JHU this upcoming summerEXTRACURRICULARS-3 years of serving on the university’s student government-Helped start two clubs on campus related to science, one received national accreditation by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-Volunteer as assistant football coach for my high school team- Tutor students for 3 years on campus by the time of graduation-Serve as an unpaid TA for 3 semesters (hold a class once a week and go over problems answer questions), for both organic chemistry I and II as well as geneticsSCHOLARSHIPS AND HONORS SOCIETIES-Many scholarships (although probably doesn’t matter too much at this point)-National honor society for the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyVOLUNTEER-Assistant football coach-Judge many science fairs for elementary and middle schools-Looking for more opportunities currently
  6. Duaa77

    Pilot research??

    Hello everyone! I recently finished the first year of my phd program in Anthropology. My focus is in South India, and I was awarded a Pilot Research grant in order to go to India this summer and start making contacts/finding my future research site. Although I like the University I attend, and am grateful for this opportunity, I have not been given much guidance on what to actually do. I am leaving for India towards the end of August, and have selected a few sites to visit(my research has to do with Muslim's who participate in Hindu religious rituals), but at this time I do not speak the language necessary to properly communicate with people. One of the few things I was told is that I do not have to produce a paper or anything like that with this grant, but I would like to if possible. I have some friends in the area I will be going to, and it is through them that I have began to navigate my journey. I should note that I have already been to India 9 times, and so navigating around India is not my concern. Any advice would be great. Also, I do not have a background in Anthropology, and the Anthropology theory classes are not until next year, so I am also unclear on which direction to turn towards when writing about my upcoming experiences. Thanks in advance, Eugenio
  7. I am trying to decide between which two Biotechnology programs to attend in the fall. The first program is the NYU Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship Program which is great because of its interdisciplinary curriculum in both biotechnology and business. They also offerered me a generous scholarship. On visiting the campus and speaking with faculty it seems promising. I was selected for an additional scholarship and feel like the financial aid office is forthcoming with working with me to cover tuition costs. The research areas are good with opportunities to do research at the renowned memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center. Their career center also seems to be very effective with support for internships, interviews, jobs and whatnot and NY is at the center of it all. There is however no denying that cost of living and accommodation in the city is ridiculously high. On the other hand, Northwestern University's Biotechnology program comes with a minor in Engineering management/ Entrepreneurship with a similar flexibility to NYU but with a seemingly greater concentration on developing wet lab skills. It's location in Evanston, IL a Chicago school town is nice and it's a large campus. On visiting the campus, the faculty also seem welcoming and they have interesting personal development courses, site-visits to biotechnology companies on the east coast for networking, career fairs and great internship assistance. The tuition is much higher than that of NYU and the scholarship while generous, doesn't cover much. I would have to look to loans and aid to cover the chunk. The research areas are also nice with opportunities to work in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and cancer biology at the northwestern school of medicine. At this point, I don't know which school to consider because I would gladly go to any of them as they are both great schools and I'm privileged to be considered for both. I don't know if Northwestern is worth taking out large loans for in comparison to NYU that the tuition is mostly covered by scholarship. I can't imagine which program would make me stand out with limitless opportunities at the end of the duration. I need any suggestions, opinions, ideas and help that would enable me to see some light.. Thank you!!
  8. Hello, I have some research experience, but not a whole lot. But I do have a good amount of work experience, extracurricular activities, and volunteer experience that's related to my major and the field I want to study in a PhD program. Are there any tips on how to incorporate everything and make me look like a good candidate even though I may not have as much research experience but a ton of everything of everything else that can translate to good research experience? Through my work experience I definitely have some research interests in mind by the way. Thanks in advance!
  9. CaitlinMC

    Villanova Psychology Masters

    Hi! I just got into Villanova's psychology masters program for the fall. I am from NY and will either be completing my master degree in NY at Queens College or away at Villanova. This is a big decision for me as I have never previously gone away to school. I also didn't receive any stipend/finding as I applied too late. I know Villanova has a wonderful reputation as a university but does anyone know anything about their reputation in the psych world? I feel that having Villanova on my resume might help with my future applications to PHD/PsyD programs, but how recognized is Villanova's psych program? If I were to go, I would like to almost guarantee that I can get into a great clinical doctorate program since Villanova seems to have the research opportunities I need before applying. Any advice would be great!
  10. Guifranco_011

    Herpetlogy study field

    Hello guys, Im a biology student and i´ve always been convicted that I wanted to work with animal, and when I entered university I became fascinated with this kind of underrated class of animals. I started to work at the uni's herpetology lab and I'm very glad on making that decision. It was all roses and flowers, then I had to start thinking about the infamous completion of course work. My advisor told me he would help me on whatever I wanted to write about, on fieldwork, sampling and everything. At first I liked the freedom he gave me, but when i came to think of it, I'd have prefered that he had chosen for me. I really dont know wich way should I go. I live in a country with the huggest anurans biodiversity in the world,Brazil ( meu Brasa) making my decision even harder. To summer up,I have no idea what i want to study, anfiibian, reptiles, reprodution, communities. So, Has anyone here been through it? Advices, ideas, and if you are facing the same problem, please, show yourself (first topic btw..)
  11. Finished my undergrad two years ago. Graduate admissions didn’t work out too well (applied to top hep-th schools, so no surprise there). I may apply again, not sure. Either way I’d like to have some solid research experience before I do. Maybe a publication or two in a good journal. However, most summer research option, like REU’s, are impossible now that I’m out of college. So what options do I have? I could just start emailing professors, but that seems disorganized and I’m not sure how I’d be able to arrange the logistics, funding, etc. How do I go about this? Anyone here have experience with this stuff? I’m open to anything in high energy physics theory.
  12. Hi guys! I’m applying to grad school this fall for next year (Fall 2019). Any advice is appreciated. I realize that no one can tell my chances, but I am curious about my chances based on some things. My major is currently English Literature, Language, and Criticism and my concentration is Linguistics. My school isn't heavily linguistics based and the field falls under the English department. I did discover my passion for linguistics a little late in my college career. I'm currently ending my junior year this spring and I discovered my love of linguistics in the second semester of my sophomore year. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and just received an undergraduate research fellowship for my senior year (2018-2019). Unfortunately, I won't be finished with my research project for the fellowship until Spring 2019 so I wouldn't be able to submit that as a sample. I am thinking of doing an Independent Tutorial this fall and perhaps using whatever comes of that. My top schools for a PhD in Linguistics (particularly sociolinguistics) are the University of Chicago, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, U of WA, and U of Rochester. However, I don’t think I’ve written an amazing research paper for any of my Linguistics courses that would be good enough to submit as part of an application. I also haven’t taken the GRE yet but I plan to this summer. Any thoughts on how a mediocre paper would look with a (so-far) perfect GPA for these schools?
  13. Hello everyone. I am new to GradCafe as I will be an upcoming graduate student in the Fall 2019. I got into a summer research internship this summer, and I want to make the most out of it. I will be working with two students. They sent me a thesis and a few papers to read about their work, motivation, and experiment. What is the best and most effective way to read papers? In undergrad, I feel as if it is very different. How do you guys analyze papers/thesis? What should I be looking for? What software do you use to sort/cite what you read online? Any other tips for a newbie? Thank you!
  14. CancerBiology

    PhD in Cancer Biology

    Hello everyone! I am new in this Forum so I don't exactly know how it works... But anyway, I am going to explain my situation and see if I can get any help (which I would really appreciate). I am planning to apply to my PhD this fall as an international student. I am from Europe and I did my bachelor there. It is my first time ever applying to an American university, so any advice would be helpful. - Bachelor/Masters in Pharmacy (I put Masters because it takes 5 years, it is considered Bachelor+Master in Europe, and I have a paper that gives it the academic equivalence to Doctor of Pharmacy in the US, if that works). My GPA is 7.1/10. I know. Everyone is going to think that is really low, but in Europe and in pharmacy school, nobody has a GPA of 9/10, for example. So mine is pretty good at my university. I also have honors in my final thesis (cancer-related) and it is considered the best thesis of my promotion. - Research experience: one semester as an undergrad (around 25 h per week), 6 month as an exchange student in America (no classes, just research), currently doing research in one of the Top20 Universities in the U.S. (not an Ivy, but ranked better than most of them). By the time I apply my experience in this last university will be of 1 year but by the time I start my PhD it would be of 2 years. - Other experience: 1 year as a retail pharmacist, 6 month internship as a clinical pharmacist in a Hospital in Europe. - Publications: 3 posters (2 Top European conferences and 1 at the university that I am working in right now) but no PubMed publications... - Speaker at one conference. - Lots of volunteering in Heathcare. I also just got a 6-month fellowship (cancer-related) from a really prestigious foundation, only 27 people in the U.S got it and it was one per institution. TOEFL: I took it a while ago and I got a 104, the minimum required is 100 in most Ivys, maybe I will retake it if I have time. GRE: Haven't taken it yet but I am currently studying for it, I am planning to take it in one month. GRE Biology: is it worth taking it? I wanted to apply to Ivy leagues and high-ranked universities for my PhD in Cancer Biology, but I also want to be realistic and know honest opinions as if I stand any chance to get in. Thank you!
  15. l.d.damono

    Tilburg: MRes in Economics

    To all, I am a student attending the last years of a MSc in Economics at Autonoma Barcelona (University within top 75 QS ranking, GPA 4.0, GRE Q 164, good reference letters). I would like to specialize my study towards macroeconomics and financial economics. After applying for Tilburg, I finally got accepted in the Master in Research without funding. Up to now, it's the only option I've got for continuing my studies (I've applied just for three phd positions). Do you believe it's still worth to accept the offer? How actually good is Tilburg's Mres? Should I wait for next year for applying to other phd much more valid (after retaking the GRE)? Furthermore, I would like to ask you whether you are aware of the net for visiting students? How is Tilburg considered among other European university? Has Tilburg any link with US universities? These are more or less my doubts, because constructing an objective idea about this offer and computing the pros and cons is not an easy task. If you know any information, please share! Thank you in advance.
  16. Hello all, I am finishing up my undergraduate degree in psychology this semester. I applied to Ph.D. Counseling Psychology programs, and I unfortunately did not get any acceptances. One program did offer me admission into their masters counseling program which has opportunities to engage in research. However, there is a post-baccalaureate research fellowship I am highly interested, in which I will have the opportunity to conduct research in an area I am very passionate about. What will make me a stonger applicant when applying to Ph.D. programs next time around... taking a gap year and doing research in my area of interest of completing a masters program?
  17. Hello all, just wanted to ask how competitive are the summer research schools to get into, where once accepted they pay for your stay, and food. They also comprise of lectures and projects that people work on as groups. An example of these summer schools are the dynamic brain summer school at the Washington University, or the Cold spring harbor schools, or the center for brains, minds and machines summer schools. Thank you in advance
  18. I'm an international student from India and I've been offered admission to Duke and USC for an MS in BME. I've spoken to a lot of people from both colleges, and I seem to get the general idea that USC is a great place primarily because of its location in California where there are a lot of BT/Biomed companies. But I'm still pretty torn between them, since Duke has a great program and offers me the flexibility to really explore what I like. As somebody who wants to enter the industry, I'm not sure if I should pick the much lower ranked program/good location, or great program/okay location. Any sights?
  19. rick31

    ASU MSME vs UH MSME

    ADMITS, REJECTS, PENDING... University of Houston Mechanical MS vs ASU Mechanical MS. Which will be a better choice considering am interested in research after MS. Like funding opportunities and etc? Houston is also far cheaper and offering a $1k Scholarship. Thanks for the help
  20. My bachelor's is a three year course, and I'm entering the third. I desperately want to get into a good grad school for behavioral economics. Here are my details: - GPA: Indian equivalent of 2:1 is stated as 3.3, and that is the requirement for most schools. My GPA is currently 3.51, but it will dip significantly because of a terrible semester owing to health issues and hospitalization (down to 3.0-ish, I assume). My college doesn't offer semester retakes. I have a year to build it back up, so I'm hoping to do well now. - TOEFL/GRE: Haven't taken yet - Subjects: Major in economics, minors in psychology and sociology, and my two semester electives are quant and physics. - Work: I've done one research assistantship under a renowned Indian economist, and one research project for an NGO. Both incorporated some aspect of Behavioral Economics and were great experiences. I have the time to do one more internship before I apply. - Academic projects: I have 6 unpublished projects in economics and psychology. (our college makes us work like crazy) - Publications: I have 2 journal publications, 2 op-eds, and I co-authored a chapter in a PhD. - Extra curriculars: I do not have any awards but I have been featured and recognized extensively for my music and social activism, and I co-founded a web based social activism portal. What can I do better? How do I move forward? Do I have the chance to get into a top school despite my GPA?
  21. anberry15

    Research experience while working

    My goal is to earn a PhD in ecology with a focus is either estuarine ecology or biological oceanography. However, I am a Naval Academy graduate and did not get much research experience there, unfortunately those opportunities don't really exist at Navy. Now I am working as a Data Analyst in the Boston Area and trying to figure out if there is any way possible for me to get research experience part time while I work, or any other suggestions that could help propel me towards my PhD goal. Thank you for any suggestions!
  22. I am currently working on 1.5 year research project that I started as a senior undergraduate, but my advisor doesn't expect us to have the final results and write-up for publication ready by the end of summer and says that I could just work with her in my first-year of PhD to finish up the publication. Does this seem like a reasonable expectation for me to follow through with considering that I will be busy with classes and maybe TAing once I start grad school? One note is that I have not established whether I would be first author as the research ideas are credited to my advisor, but I have helped perform a large chunk of the work to get the results.
  23. So I've been doing research with a couple of the professors in the specific program that I'm applying to in a couple years, how will this influence my application process? I think it will help that I know their work so well already and they have seen how I work as a RA, but I don't want to feel to confidently about our relationship in terms of my application versus other candidates.
  24. machinesupportsvector

    How to find undergrad research?

    I am a sophomore student interested in ML/AI and in a CS rank top 10 school of US. This semester I began to find research for summer and the following years but no professor would like to take me. I have taken two grad courses and several upper level undergrad courses and I think my GPA is fine. What should I do then? How you guys find such chances?
  25. TheHessianHistorian

    What are your guilty pleasures?

    As we pass the time until the last of our decisions are released and April 15th is upon us, I wonder if other historians have "guilty pleasure" research topics? What are some niche topics that you love to research, but are topics that (A) are too "out there" to build a career on in real academia, or (B) are too remote from your main specialization area to be anything other than a hobby interest? My guilty pleasures would be: History of SETI/METI -- how people thought about, searched for, and tried to contact extraterrestrial intelligent life over the centuries History of names -- especially in Germany, where names were almost always inherited from baptism sponsors, it's really easy to go through baptism records of commoners and see the trail of how someone was named after someone before them, who was named after someone before them, etc. (the name trails usually lead back to nobility); also, tracing the evolution of surnames over the centuries is fascinating
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