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Reality check me: I've been out of school for 2 years, and I think I'm finally ready to get my s**t together and apply to some PhD programs buuuuut, I'm nervous about whether/where I could actually get in. For context, I'm interested in Biochemistry/Biophysics/Structural Bio programs, ideally labs that are focused heavily on protein/protein interactions, protein structural studies, and/or binding dynamics. I'm also pretty picky about location, as one of the main things holding me back from applying before now has been fear of having to move to some boring town/flat area and give up my hobbies (I'm an avid hiker/backpacker). I'm looking into schools in Washington State, British Columbia (I'm a dual US/CA citizen), NorCal, and maybe MT/ID/WY/OR (not much up there, I know). Do I have a chance? - Graduated from a tiny but fairly well-respected private school in the midwest with 3.8 GPA, double major in biology and biochemistry - Was in a first year HHMI-funded research course and presented a poster at a national conference at the end of freshman year - TA'd for the above class all 3 years after that - Worked a summer with biochem faculty on protein/protein interaction project, got nowhere, had a poster at some tiny local conference - After graduation worked in an Ivy league lab for year, again didn't get much for results, quit because the PI was toxic and the research was dull - Since pandemic times I have worked as a park ranger, pharmaceutical manufacturing tech, and hiked a 600 mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail - I have probably 2 good LORs, not sure where a third would come from - No publications - Haven't taken the GRE, but I'm a good test taker I'm white and a female, btw
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this is for people like me who despise the toxic gradcafe forums and just want to know whether they should begin focusing their attn to programs they still have a shot at instead of being left hanging by programs that don't tell you about rejections/completed offers. No stats, no chancing - private message or start a new thread if you want to do that (:
Hello everyone: I am trying to decide between UCLA and UCSF for a Biochemistry PhD and I would appreciate any input. Does anyone know which place has better success for academic vs industry employment and what the reputation is at both locations? Both programs have great research, advisers, and students. Thank you everyone in advance for your input!