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9 hours ago, swiftninja said:

Hi guys, I just received an interview invitation for one of the programs I applied to, but they asked if we could have a video interview on Monday morning. I have a test and a paper due on Monday. And this would be my first interview since the other ones are later in February, and since it's my top choice I would really like a tiny bit more time to prepare. So I was wondering if it would be detrimental to my chances if I asked if there another time that I could interview? I was just not expecting such short notice for the interview.

I would just do it.  These interviews shouldn't take that long and you should be prepared to answer their basic questions about you research, why their program, what are your goals, etc.

But if you truly think it will all be too much to handle, you can decline and reschedule.  No one on here can actually tell you if it is truly detrimental.  It's all just guessing.

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I got my first acceptance. This is my 3rd time applying. I've worked really hard to get myself into this position, and I'm really excited to finally have the opportunity. Oh man... 

I just have to share this with someone... Accepted at Vanderbilt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG so excited.  I love that they do rolling acceptances because now all the other schools are competing to wow

Dude.  You're speaking kinda out of your butt.  I think it's horrible to tell the people that they should go for a masters instead of a phd for something such as GPA.  I mean, I'll always encourage pe

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So I received my first post-interview rejection while at one of my interviews. So that totally changed my drive, haha.

Was obviously disappointed, even more so when I inquired how to improve for the future, and they said I was unengaged/seemed disinterested about the program; which was ironic since it was my one of my top choices at the time. When I told some of the grad student interviewers, they were like WTF?

So, just a friendly reminder to BEWARE OF RESTING BITCH FACE. Cuz clearly you don't realize how bad it is till you get a rejection over it. And to not feel too bad about rejections because they really can be a crapshoot.
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7 hours ago, Infinito said:

So I received my first post-interview rejection while at one of my interviews. So that totally changed my drive, haha.

Was obviously disappointed, even more so when I inquired how to improve for the future, and they said I was unengaged/seemed disinterested about the program; which was ironic since it was my one of my top choices at the time. When I told some of the grad student interviewers, they were like WTF?

So, just a friendly reminder to BEWARE OF RESTING BITCH FACE. Cuz clearly you don't realize how bad it is till you get a rejection over it. And to not feel too bad about rejections because they really can be a crapshoot.
 

Oh man.  I'm sorry :(.  That's one of my biggest concerns.  I'm naturally an introvert so interviews are so exhausting!

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1 hour ago, biosci said:

Once you are accepted to a program, is it appropriate to email professors you met with (had previously sent thank you note and gotten nice response) asking if they plan to take on students? Thanks

if you're serious about working with them, go for it. 

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4 hours ago, biosci said:

Once you are accepted to a program, is it appropriate to email professors you met with (had previously sent thank you note and gotten nice response) asking if they plan to take on students? Thanks

If you've already sent them a thank you before I don't think another one is really necessary. I would definitely reach out to anyone who you could see yourself rotating with whether you interviewed with them or not and ask if they're accepting students. The advice I got from grad students at all three of my interviews was to start as soon as you can in the process of trying to decide what labs to join and contact your POIs. It's a lot of work especially if you have multiple schools but you'll be so much more prepared when you start.

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6 hours ago, biosci said:

Once you are accepted to a program, is it appropriate to email professors you met with (had previously sent thank you note and gotten nice response) asking if they plan to take on students? Thanks

Yeah of course, if you want to rotate with them and...well, if you actually plan on attending that school. Otherwise, I would let it go. 

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Has anybody heard back yet after Vandy's IGP Jan 28-30 interview weekend? They had 40 students that weekend instead of the usual 20, and warned ahead of time they might not be able to complete their review the Monday after the interview, but that they should be able to get through everything today. Getting a bit anxious with less than 90 minutes left in the business day today. 

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10 minutes ago, 123hardasABC said:

Yeah of course, if you want to rotate with them and...well, if you actually plan on attending that school. Otherwise, I would let it go. 

Thanks.  I only wanted to do it at the school I think I want to go to.

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Currently at an interview, and just saw that I was accepted to my top choice program! 

I'm so happy, and I can finally relax after ~5 months of stress and worry.

Congrats to everyone else who has received acceptances so far, and good luck to everyone still awaiting interviews and acceptances!

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43 minutes ago, bicsy said:

Currently at an interview, and just saw that I was accepted to my top choice program! 

I'm so happy, and I can finally relax after ~5 months of stress and worry.

Congratulations! Now you can totally relax and just have fun at all your remaining interviews.

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5 hours ago, ms_green_genes said:

Has anybody heard back yet after Vandy's IGP Jan 28-30 interview weekend? They had 40 students that weekend instead of the usual 20, and warned ahead of time they might not be able to complete their review the Monday after the interview, but that they should be able to get through everything today. Getting a bit anxious with less than 90 minutes left in the business day today. 

Give them a few days. Even if the adcom met today, they may not send out anything today. Sometimes it takes a while to craft the emails and some programs have to submit the paperwork for the applicant post-interview for the school itself to accept their applicant before they can contact them.

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14 minutes ago, biotechie said:

Give them a few days. Even if the adcom met today, they may not send out anything today. Sometimes it takes a while to craft the emails and some programs have to submit the paperwork for the applicant post-interview for the school itself to accept their applicant before they can contact them.

I know, it's just hard waiting. The adcom meets every Monday and only on Monday.

I'm thinking even if they finished the reviews and their decisions today, it may have been late enough that they wouldn't be able to get emails out to all 40 today. They made it a point that they'll let everyone know at the same time instead of letting people know a few at a time over days or weeks.

They let people in the first interview weekend know the Monday (2 days) after the interview, but that group didn't have as many candidates as this last weekend. 

Patience was never my strong suit!

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11 hours ago, biochemgirl67 said:

Has anyone interviewing at Princeton Molecular Biology this weekend received any information about who you'll be meeting with?  I just want to be preparedddddd

They don't provide info until you receive your packet on the day of arrival. (It doesn't matter anyway they talked about their research like you knew nothing about it and no one grilled me)

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3 minutes ago, adiJ said:

They don't provide info until you receive your packet on the day of arrival. (It doesn't matter anyway they talked about their research like you knew nothing about it and no one grilled me)

Yeah, I got my email back today with information from the grad student.  A little bummed but I guess it's one less thing to worry about.

Weird question... Did you share a hotel room there? :)

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2 minutes ago, biochemgirl67 said:

Yeah, I got my email back today with information from the grad student.  A little bummed but I guess it's one less thing to worry about.

Weird question... Did you share a hotel room there? :)

Yes, I was in a double. Stuff around Princeton was super expensive so you bet people shared rooms lol

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10 minutes ago, ms_green_genes said:

I know, it's just hard waiting. The adcom meets every Monday and only on Monday.

I'm thinking even if they finished the reviews and their decisions today, it may have been late enough that they wouldn't be able to get emails out to all 40 today. They made it a point that they'll let everyone know at the same time instead of letting people know a few at a time over days or weeks.

They let people in the first interview weekend know the Monday (2 days) after the interview, but that group didn't have as many candidates as this last weekend. 

Patience was never my strong suit!

Before I came back from Vandy, they said that each candidate would get a decision... So they probably just aren't done yet.  But the first group had 30, which isn't horribly lower than the second but still significant.  I wish they would get done for you and your daughter!

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9 minutes ago, biochemgirl67 said:

Before I came back from Vandy, they said that each candidate would get a decision... So they probably just aren't done yet.  But the first group had 30, which isn't horribly lower than the second but still significant.  I wish they would get done for you and your daughter!

We're hoping they got done today but just didn't have time for emails. If not, I guess we wait for next week! 

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12 minutes ago, adiJ said:

Yes, I was in a double. Stuff around Princeton was super expensive so you bet people shared rooms lol

I expected as much.  (le sigh)  Oh well, it's not the end of the world.  I hope you enjoyed Princeton because to be honest, I'm totally not sure what to make of it at all.

3 minutes ago, ms_green_genes said:

We're hoping they got done today but just didn't have time for emails. If not, I guess we wait for next week! 

I checked and no one seems to have posted anything on the survey... So it looks like they're just taking their sweet time!

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I've been watching the survey all day! Later this week, I'll have to start watching for UNC. 

She's flying out of our airport Wed am to head to UCLA. We're expecting light snow showers tomorrow. I hope it's all over and melted before she starts driving home. We are not used to driving in snowy or icy conditions around here. They're sending her home on a red-eye flight Friday night. That's going to be pretty miserable!

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So I have an attire question...

(I'm a girl)

One of the programs I am visiting is taking us on a day cruise and it says that the attire for that day is casual. I still obviously want to look nice and put together, so what are some good options? Thank you!

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