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Mirroring the neuro thread. It's early, but just wondering what people are up to at this stage.

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Hello all, 

I am a recent admit to a neuroscience PhD program at the University of Oregon. 

I have made a google drive with resources for those applying or interested in graduate school. Part of this drive is a comprehensive list of successful applicant profiles. There are 10 profiles currently but I have many request for contributions so I will be updating it as people finish their profiles. I also have a resource folder that I update every once in awhile.  

 

Here is a link to the drive

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pKybuYESJ4fgCYnEOMiD6GX1B4lKy9rM

 

Here is a link to the profiles

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1L76kOYyqDSCht45IG6kaw0dvutEj4bcz

 

If you would like to be directly shared or contribute a profile yourself, please PM me your gmail. If you have any question please PM me and I would be happy to answer. 

 

Cheers and goodluck! 

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1 hour ago, dopaboy said:

Hello all, 

I am a recent admit to a neuroscience PhD program at the University of Oregon. 

I have made a google drive with resources for those applying or interested in graduate school. Part of this drive is a comprehensive list of successful applicant profiles. There are 10 profiles currently but I have many request for contributions so I will be updating it as people finish their profiles. I also have a resource folder that I update every once in awhile.  

 

Here is a link to the drive

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pKybuYESJ4fgCYnEOMiD6GX1B4lKy9rM?usp=sharing

 

Here is a link to the profiles

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1L76kOYyqDSCht45IG6kaw0dvutEj4bcz

 

If you would like to be directly shared or contribute a profile yourself, please PM me your gmail. If you have any question please PM me and I would be happy to answer. 

 

Cheers and goodluck! 

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1 minute ago, oskibear said:

Doesn't seem to be public

Changed the links let me know if they work now.

 

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Where's everyone applying?

 

So far, I have these schools on my list


U Wisc. 
U Mich.
MIT 
Stanford
U Washington
Columbia
Harvard
UChicago
Yale?
Duke
NYU
Rockefeller
Rochester
 

 

For genetics and evolution programs 

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On 5/3/2020 at 1:59 PM, oskibear said:

Where's everyone applying?

 

So far, I have these schools on my list


U Wisc. 
U Mich.
MIT 
Stanford
U Washington
Columbia
Harvard
UChicago
Yale?
Duke
NYU
Rockefeller
Rochester
 

 

For genetics and evolution programs 

I'm applying to:

Utah, Maryland, Penn State, Wisconsin, UCSD, UT-Houston, UTMB, Hopkins, Stanford, and Brown-NIH GPP.  

For cell and molecular biology, biochemistry (biomedical sciences umbrella) programs. 

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On 5/1/2020 at 3:38 PM, dopaboy said:

Hello all, 

I am a recent admit to a neuroscience PhD program at the University of Oregon. 

I have made a google drive with resources for those applying or interested in graduate school. Part of this drive is a comprehensive list of successful applicant profiles. There are 10 profiles currently but I have many request for contributions so I will be updating it as people finish their profiles. I also have a resource folder that I update every once in awhile.  

 

Here is a link to the drive

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pKybuYESJ4fgCYnEOMiD6GX1B4lKy9rM

 

Here is a link to the profiles

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1L76kOYyqDSCht45IG6kaw0dvutEj4bcz

 

If you would like to be directly shared or contribute a profile yourself, please PM me your gmail. If you have any question please PM me and I would be happy to answer. 

 

Cheers and goodluck! 

Outstanding- thank you so much!

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I actually started the Neuro thread from last Spring, didn't end up applying for the 2020 cycle (needed more Neuro experience). Currently in a systems & circuits lab, but will be applying to umbrella biology / mcb / biochem programs / to labs that focus on neurobiology / neuroendocrinology.

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If anyone wants to bounce ideas off of regarding programs to apply to, application components, etc I would be interested in chatting!

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4 hours ago, stem_ness said:

If anyone wants to bounce ideas off of regarding programs to apply to, application components, etc I would be interested in chatting!

Hey, I would love that! I'm still trying to figure out specific places to apply to and am having some trouble with finding schools/programs that specialize in stem cell biology

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I'm looking at Immunology PhD programs (or umbrella programs with the intention of going into the immunology track). So far, thinking of applying to Harvard, UCSD, Yale, Cornell, and NYU for sure, also considering Columbia, UCSF, UChicago, University of Washington, University of Michigan, WashU, and UPenn. Worried about how covid will affect admissions this year (with likely a higher proportion of people applying but a lower amount of funding/positions available) ://

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Undergrad Institution: Ohio State University, graduated in May 2020

Major(s): Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering, focus on Biochemistry

Overall GPA: 3.8

Major GPA: Around 3.7

 

Type of Student: International, Asian male

 

GRE Scores (new version): Q 170 (98%)/V 152 (54%)/W 3.5(37%), studying for new version, expect to score 330+ 

 

TOEFL Total: N/A since my bachelor degree is from a US institution

 

Research Experience: two years in a biochemistry lab and completed the senior thesis. Paper is in preparation and I will be either first-author or co-author, joined a state-level conference and presented the poster (first author). One summer internship in UCSF department of pathology and research is related to gene technology and aging (mid-author). One summer internship in the department of bioinformatics at OSU. After the graduation, I received the year-round internship offer from NREL, in there I aim to acquire more experience related to CRISPR and cell culture.

 

I have lab experience in cell culture, transfection, transduction, multi-color flow cytometry, western blots, ELISA, PCR, animal handling and organ harvesting, fluorescence imaging etc. I have letters of recommendation that will address my skills, work ethic in graduate school.

 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

 

Dean's list: all the time despite the first semester of my freshman year

Scholarship for my undergraduate senior thesis

One year as the president of student government

 

Applying to Where:

While my experience is pretty diverse, in the early undergraduate career I was trying to find a suitable research area. My senior thesis is very relevant to NMR, molecular biology.But my interest is genetics and stem cell, which is also pretty irrelevant to what I learned in my undergraduate career. I think lacking relevant research experience is my main weakness, and I hope my intern at NREL can somehow compensate it. 

 

Here are my schools -

 

Harvard - BBS

Stanford - Genetics or Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (probably genetics because I haven't see any international student in the scond program, although it's more attractive to me)

MIT - Biology

UCSF - Neuroscience or Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory – Watson School

Duke - Developmental and Stem Cell Biology or Genetics

UC, Davis - Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

UC, Irvine - Cellular and Molecular Biology

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Genetics

 

I always wonder what major I should choose. The advice from my research advisors is major doesn't matter, the lab you get in does. I agree. The professors I have contacted also gave me a feeling that your major won’t affect the lab you want to get in. For me, I want to get in the developmental and stem cell biology major in all schools which provided it. But the enrollment statistics show that this new major only accepts few international student or not at all. I’m wondering should I apply other majors (such as neuroscience or genetics) to increase my chance to be accepted?

 

Thank you!

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