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5 hours ago, frozonecom said:

Hi! I didn't apply to this school, but I am aware of its existence and, more importantly, of its excellence.

The main reason I didn't apply to this school is because of the lack of research fit and a research mentor/supervisor that can guide me in my PhD journey in a topic that I'm interested in.

For sure, if a research topic that you are interested in is being worked on by the experts at Scripps, it seems only right to try and apply to the institution.

 

5 hours ago, CoordinationChem said:

I noticed that their chemistry PhD program is so biologically/medically inclined that it can hardly be called a chemistry program. That's why I didn't apply there. I imagine it's similar for many other people. In other words, it's like frozonecom said: it's a matter of research fit.

Thank you, frozonecom and CoordinationChem! 
Yeah, I understand that Scripps may not fit everyone in terms of research topics, but I thought there might be some other reasons... If it's the only reason for many, it's a relief for me.
Thanks again!

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11 hours ago, Nightrestr said:

Hi everyone!
I'm about to accept an offer from Scripps Research, but I want to ask your opinion about this school before. I just don't understand why so few people (in this forum) applied to that school if it's ranked as one of the top schools in chemistry. For example, why did some of you choose UNC or Purdue over Scripps? Can anyone share their opinion on why they decided not to apply to that school?

Hi I am also considering accepting an offer from Scripps. I am actually a bio major working on cancer biology and it's so interesting since I actually think the research at Scripps is very chem oriented in contrast to what the chemists think on this forum. But I would say Scripps is highly regarded by many chem bio people I have encountered during the interview days and their research on HIV vaccines are everywhere. If you check out the bio forum you might find some people with a background in immunology/neurosciences/chembio are also applying there. 

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14 hours ago, Nightrestr said:

Hi everyone!
I'm about to accept an offer from Scripps Research, but I want to ask your opinion about this school before. I just don't understand why so few people (in this forum) applied to that school if it's ranked as one of the top schools in chemistry. For example, why did some of you choose UNC or Purdue over Scripps? Can anyone share their opinion on why they decided not to apply to that school?

I'm planning on accepting the offer from scripps as well! I think you just see less chemists overall applying there since their chem department essentially only has chem bio and organic people, which reduces the # of applicants from other subfields a ton. However, within both chem bio and organic I think Scripps is highly highly regarded and often ranked top 5 in both of those fields!

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Hey guys! So I am currently in a dilemma between Purdue and UC Irvine for theoretical chemistry, and I am really confused! On one side UC Irvine is advantageous for me with respect to number of groups I have as an option, location and on the other hand Purdue has a better brand, better alumni network, but I might have to do some work outside my area of interest, and Purdue is located in the midwest (saying this only for the climate and closeness to the industry). Anybody here facing a similar dilemma? Please share your thoughts. Thanks in advance. 

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5 minutes ago, Theoretical_Chemist said:

Hey guys! So I am currently in a dilemma between Purdue and UC Irvine for theoretical chemistry, and I am really confused! On one side UC Irvine is advantageous for me with respect to number of groups I have as an option, location and on the other hand Purdue has a better brand, better alumni network, but I might have to do some work outside my area of interest, and Purdue is located in the midwest (saying this only for the climate and closeness to the industry). Anybody here facing a similar dilemma? Please share your thoughts. Thanks in advance. 

Both are very well ranked overall. I think Purdue is really known for analytical. It kinda sounds like Irvine would fit your needs better: better location, and better groups for you (which is the most important thing). I'm from the midwest (sorta close to Purdue) and I would personally prefer UC Irvine, climate wise. All the UCs are absolutely beautiful. 

You really can't go wrong with either option, but it sounds like Irvine would fit your needs a little better. 

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On 3/14/2021 at 1:42 AM, Nightrestr said:

Hi everyone!
I'm about to accept an offer from Scripps Research, but I want to ask your opinion about this school before. I just don't understand why so few people (in this forum) applied to that school if it's ranked as one of the top schools in chemistry. For example, why did some of you choose UNC or Purdue over Scripps? Can anyone share their opinion on why they decided not to apply to that school?

RE Purdue and UNC over Scripps, Purdue and UNC are 1 and 2 for analytical chem.

Another thing with Scripps that I personally don't like is that they are just a grad school so you can't do things like TA. 

But overall, Scripps is AMAZING, especially for biochem. Congrats on your admission! I'm sure you'll do great things there.   

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9 hours ago, Theoretical_Chemist said:

Hey guys! So I am currently in a dilemma between Purdue and UC Irvine for theoretical chemistry, and I am really confused! On one side UC Irvine is advantageous for me with respect to number of groups I have as an option, location and on the other hand Purdue has a better brand, better alumni network, but I might have to do some work outside my area of interest, and Purdue is located in the midwest (saying this only for the climate and closeness to the industry). Anybody here facing a similar dilemma? Please share your thoughts. Thanks in advance. 

As someone who lives close to Purdue and has been to Irvine, go to California. Indiana is sad, especially if you’re not in Indianapolis. You want to be happy during your time in grad school, and that won’t be related to ranking or the program. It also sounds like it will be a better research fit for you to go to UCI.

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On 3/15/2021 at 1:07 AM, Tomthegreat said:

Hi I am also considering accepting an offer from Scripps. 

 

On 3/15/2021 at 4:01 AM, sleechem said:

I'm planning on accepting the offer from scripps as well! 

 

On 3/16/2021 at 1:46 AM, ashortchemist said:

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Thanks a lot, guys, for sharing your thoughts about Scripps!
I finally accepted the offer. 
Tomthegreat and sleechem, are you considering accepting to the CA campus?
 

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11 hours ago, chemgyal99 said:

Is anyone choosing UIUC? I wanna know how people are narrowing their choices💀

I'm choosing UW Madison over UIUC. I'm sure UIUC is a great school, but the students seemed...depressed...at the visit

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11 hours ago, Nightrestr said:

 

 

Thanks a lot, guys, for sharing your thoughts about Scripps!
I finally accepted the offer. 
Tomthegreat and sleechem, are you considering accepting to the CA campus?
 

I haven't officially accepted the offer yet as I'm having some last minute dilemmas but yes its for the CA campus!

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13 hours ago, Nightrestr said:

 

 

Thanks a lot, guys, for sharing your thoughts about Scripps!
I finally accepted the offer. 
Tomthegreat and sleechem, are you considering accepting to the CA campus?
 

Oh wow that's great! And yes CA campus is the one I am considering to accept. Just need to double check with some profs with regard to the research interest fit before I can make up my mind. BTW which interview week did you attend? 

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On 3/9/2021 at 7:14 AM, ZC4000 said:

I can't speak for theory, but I went to the UCSD open house for inorganic and had a terrific experience. All of my interactions with the professors and students were positive. The inorganic division was very welcoming to all students. I think if you ask each PI what they expect out of students, they're going to be honest and tell you how it is. However, the ones I spoke with were very laid back and really pushed the fact that the department has an emphasis on doing fun chemistry.

Word from students was that biochemistry division was more 'competitive' but I don't know about the other tracks.

Can you comment a little more about what you heard about the biochemistry division and the competitiveness? I am considering accepting their offer. Thanks!

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19 minutes ago, FeFeH2ase said:

Can you comment a little more about what you heard about the biochemistry division and the competitiveness? I am considering accepting their offer. Thanks!

It's hard for me to comment on it because I just heard from inorganic people. They didn't say it was bad, but just because the biochemistry division is highly ranked there more students joining who are going to have that competitive mindset. By that I mean that they're going to be there 60+ hrs a week. Personally, I don't think that's bad. The biochemistry faculty is excellent and the department has the best crystallography facilities in the country. However, I would recommend speaking to students in the lab's you're interested in.

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19 minutes ago, ZC4000 said:

It's hard for me to comment on it because I just heard from inorganic people. They didn't say it was bad, but just because the biochemistry division is highly ranked there more students joining who are going to have that competitive mindset. By that I mean that they're going to be there 60+ hrs a week. Personally, I don't think that's bad. The biochemistry faculty is excellent and the department has the best crystallography facilities in the country. However, I would recommend speaking to students in the lab's you're interested in.

Thank you for the reply! I totally expect that there will be a lot of hours spent in the lab (and fine with that). I just wanted to make sure there wasnt anything overtly toxic going on that would probably not come up during the recruitment weekend. I'm definitely going to reach out to more student! Thanks!

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On 3/17/2021 at 11:42 PM, sleechem said:

I haven't officially accepted the offer yet as I'm having some last minute dilemmas but yes its for the CA campus!

Got it. See you there if you do accept the offer:)

On 3/18/2021 at 1:13 AM, Tomthegreat said:

Oh wow that's great! And yes CA campus is the one I am considering to accept. Just need to double check with some profs with regard to the research interest fit before I can make up my mind. BTW which interview week did you attend? 

I attended the first one. And you?:) 

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