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BS Biochemistry moving towards PhD Physics

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Just submitted my applications to the following schools:

NC State - PhD Physics

Wake Forest - PhD Physics

Duke - PhD Medical Physics and PhD Molecular Cancer Biology

UNC - PhD Biochemistry

ECU - PhD Biomedical Physics


About to wrap up my BS in Biochemistry at ECU (current GPA 3.97)

GRE Scores: 157V 155Q 4.0W


I started undergrad wanting to study biochemistry mostly because of cancer studies, but my calculus based physics courses were too interesting and I do not know as much about the world as I'd like without going deeper than the molecular level.  Finding myself watching lots of videos on the crazy side of physics where reality as we know it breaks down, and it is definitely my preference, but I also do love biology as well.  Aiming for a complete shift to Physics, but Medical Physics / Biomedical Physics gives me a nice mix of everything I like altogether and still utilizes my biochemistry knowledge, with lots of branching opportunities as well as fantastic job options, and have applied for Biochemistry as a hopeful backup as I could be happy in any of these areas, and it is directly related to my undergrad.  Waiting on one more professor for LORs for some of these applications.  Aiming high, and looking forward to hearing back to see where my options are.  A little nervous I rushed my Personal Statements and didn't go into enough detail on my research experience, but I feel like my personal achievements really stand out compared to other applicants, and I do have good biochemistry research at a graduate facility rather than the usual undergrad stuff, so we will see! Will be posting any decisions made on my applications if anyone wants to compare their GPA/GRE.   Regardless of my acceptances, I will continue to self study both biology and physics because I have a need to learn both of these areas to fully understand the world, both biological and physical. Wish me luck, and would love to hear feedback on my odds of acceptance on some these if there is any insight out there.  It will be a long few months of waiting!

Edited by JTacademics

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