8081123 Posted July 12, 2015 Share Posted July 12, 2015 Hi all, I am finishing my senior year soon, and after taken some computer science classes and learning about the field of computational biology, I've decided to switch from applying to computational biology program instead of just biology. However, I'm having a little trouble on deciding the right programs to apply. I think I'm a much weaker applicant for a computational biology program than a biochemistry program. First of all, while I have been doing research for 4 years, all of them are molecular biology/genetics, rather than computational biology related.(apart from the 4 years of research experience I have, I'm a pretty average applicant...) Another issue that I have is that I'm an international student, which means that funding is going to be tough. So far I have a fairly unrealistic list that would most likely gives me no offer at all: UIUC - Biophysics and Computational Biology Cornell - Computational Biology CMU - U of Pittsburg Computation Biology MIT - Computational and System Biology Harvard -Systems Biology Unfortunately, these schools are super hard to get in, at the same time they accept a good amount of international students(yaaaayy). On the other hand there are some schools that I'd probably have a better chance of getting in (if I wasn't an international student), admits only a small amount (like 1 per year) or international students. I was hoping if you guys can give me some suggestions on school that I'd stand a fair chance getting in as an international student. Any input is appreciated!! Here's my stat: Undergrad Institution: Big state school, Top 20 in both Biology and computer scienceMajor(s): BiochemistryMinor(s): Computer ScienceGPA in Major: 3.94, minor 3.90Overall GPA: 3.94Position in Class: top 2 %Type of Student: InternationalGRE Scores (revised/old version): v 160, q 168, r 4.0Research Experience: one plant bio lab for 2 years, (include a summer scholar program with stipend) one for a summer (scholar program with stipend) and another lab for 2 years. (home institution and honor thesis) 1 second author publication, 1 honorable mention in a publication and presented in 2 undergraduate national conference Awards/Honors/Recognitions: summa cum laude,phi beta kappa, provost honor and was in one of the summer scholar programPertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for a year, writer for school science journal for a year Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:mehSpecial Bonus Points: PI of both labs I worked in are super big in their field, and I'll get awesome recs from them based on my work there. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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