pterosaur Posted August 10, 2013 Share Posted August 10, 2013 I will be graduating in 2015 from a 5-year undergraduate program at Northeastern University with a major in behavioral neuroscience and computer science minor. I am looking at PhD programs in motor neuroscience, if possible in a program that would also allow me to do some work with robotics. I was hoping someone could give me some suggestions on which schools to look at, as well as what I can do in my remaining time in undergrad to strengthen my application. Also, should I take the GRE subject test? If so, in what subject? Sorry for the long post, and thanks for your help! Here are my stats: GPA: 3.97/4.0 GRE: haven't taken it yet Research experience: Volunteering (15-20 hours/week) in research lab on campus studying human motor control for 2 years so far (will continue when I return to the US) 6-month full time co-op in that lab 6-month full time co-op at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany (a robotics lab) Will complete another co-op next fall (Thoughts on what type of co-op in would be good to do?) Planning Honors thesis for Junior/Senior year Publications: None yet, but professor hopes 2 of my projects will get there before I am applying Presented posters at Northeastern research expo and Northeast Undergraduate Research Symposium Attended Neuroscience 2012 conference Other possibly relevant experience: Mentor for undergraduate math/science research program, including teaching Matlab TA/tutor for introductory computer science course LOR: Pretty sure they will be quite strong. (Planning to use 2 of the recommenders who wrote letters for Goldwater scholarship.) Scholarships/Awards: Goldwater scholarship, university provost research grant, travel funding for Neuroscience conference Possible weaknesses: So far for math, I've only completed Calc 1-3 and “statistics in psychological research,” but I plan to take Linear Algebra and Differential Equations I have limited robotics experience (this is a new interest). I plan on taking robotics courses, but I won't be able to until my last semester (spring 2015). I've just started to look at schools, but here are a few I've found so far of interest: Northwestern USC MIT University of Chicago Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) Carnegie Mellon Current professor at Northeastern also said she would fund me if I wanted to stay for graduate school, but I think I would like to go somewhere else and get a different prespective. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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