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If you have an undergraduate degree from a top university and an otherwise competitive application for top programs, can a year of full-time lab manager or research assistant work at a low-ranked university (say, 20-40) hurt your chances? Could adcomms see you, consciously or unconsciously, as a low-tier applicant? Or is all experience good experience?

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16 minutes ago, neurosoc said:

If you have an undergraduate degree from a top university and an otherwise competitive application for top programs, can a year of full-time lab manager or research assistant work at a low-ranked university (say, 20-40) hurt your chances? Could adcomms see you, consciously or unconsciously, as a low-tier applicant? Or is all experience good experience?

adcomms will see you as someone who thinks that a "low-ranked" university is in the top 40 and that's how they'll deny you. your pretentious attitude aside, any experience is good experience.

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