violinist21 Posted August 18, 2012 Share Posted August 18, 2012 I would like to know from the perspective of others how my chances look. I would like to apply to PhD programs in BME at Yale, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Cornell, U of PA and possibly other very reputable schools. So far Yale is my top choice. I will have a BS in Biomedical Engineering from RPI, possibly with a minor in Biology, if schedule works out.I have a GPA of 3.97, 4.0 in my major. I am tying for 2nd in my class rank.I am president of my school's BMES chapter.I have been participating in research internships since my senior year of high school. I did an REU at Case Western, and a SURF at RPI these last 2 summers.I do not have a publication but I am working towards one, which may or may not be submitted for review at least before grad school applications are sent out.I have presented posters at the BMES conference the last two years.I am in 3 honors societies (BME honor society, engineering honor society, leadership honor society).I believe my recommendation letters will say very good things, but they are not from top names in BME.My communications skills are not very strong and English is not my first language (although I am a US citizen)I have not taken the GRE yet, I have been taking practice tests on which I am not pleased with my results, especially for the verbal sections. I would say I will probably be getting 85-90% in Math and maybe 80% in Verbal as estimates.I have a very good idea of what I want to study. (Drug delivery/tissue engineering with a focus in neural regeneration) I know people who are applying to these top schools have resumes with several publications, research under famous PI's, and they comes from Ivy League schools for their undergrad. They will have perfect GRE scores and considering I am not doing so hot in these GRE practice tests, is it worth it to invest in a GRE course from Kaplan or Princeton Review to strengthen my application? If so which would you suggest? Any other advice? Thank you all. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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