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On February 2, 2016 at 11:06 AM, bornea said:

So glad they gave it to you after that screw up earlier. Congratulations! The people here are awesome and the grad students are some of the nicest people I know. 

Thank you so much!! I'm very excited and it's definitely been a roller coaster of emotion with the interview and then screw up and then invite hahaha

 

On February 2, 2016 at 10:50 AM, michi1987 said:

Me too! For the 11th-12th? If so, see you there!

congrats! No I have Scripps that weekend so I;m actually attending the 17-19

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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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On February 2, 2016 at 6:28 PM, Ash04 said:

Has anyone interviewed at SCRIPPS before or know anyone that has interviewed there?

Graduate program coordinator said "I strongly advise that you do your homework on all faculty you meet with"

I wonder how much I should be knowing about the professors. I will be meeting with 6 professors 

I attended a recruitment weekend at Scripps and one of the women on adcom (that takes it very seriously obviously lol) said that her biggest pet peeve/red flag is when students don't know of her work before their interview. She said it was offensive and it put a bad taste in her mouth about that interview. If I were you I would just read a couple of recent pubs and take note of any questions you may have from them. Then again one of the professor at Scripps started telling me about his research without me even asking so everyone is different

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39 minutes ago, Caffeine Junky said:

I attended a recruitment weekend at Scripps and one of the women on adcom (that takes it very seriously obviously lol) said that her biggest pet peeve/red flag is when students don't know of her work before their interview. She said it was offensive and it put a bad taste in her mouth about that interview. If I were you I would just read a couple of recent pubs and take note of any questions you may have from them. Then again one of the professor at Scripps started telling me about his research without me even asking so everyone is different

Thanks a lot!! I hope that I impress them :)

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4 hours ago, Caffeine Junky said:
 
 

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!

There are examples a few pages back. Please have a look. This has been addressed ad nauseam.

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5 hours ago, keviv1692 said:

And the month of February just keeps getting better. Skype invite for UMass Medical School Worcester!!!!.............So excited#Thanks all!!

At the in-person interview they said that it could take until 4/15 for you to receive your final decision. But I got mine 6 business days after the interview, and so did a few students that I saw for the second time at a subsequent interview...this may be different for international applicants but they seem to have a pretty good record of accepting people in a timely manner! Congrats on your interview, I really liked it there, if you have any questions about the campus let me know. 

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On February 8, 2016 at 7:18 AM, 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 didn't give me the names until I actually checked into the hotel the night before my weekend, and graduate students told me this was on purpose so people wouldn't put too much time into researching faculty. I just read the website summaries of people I was interviewing with, and all of my interviewers were more concerned about my own research experience than grilling me on their work anyway.

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On February 4, 2016 at 1:55 PM, Microburritology said:

I was sitting at the Philadelphia airport a few hours back, waiting for the connecting flight to New Haven, when I hear two girls behind me talking about mol bio research in Yale BBS labs. I turn around and ask them, are you going to Yale for the recruitment weekend, and they're like yeah, you too? I say me too, and I hear 8 other me too's from around me. 

Turns out there were 11 students for the recruitment weekend at Yale, and 2 Yale professors in a SUPER SMALL charter plane of 15 people :blink::o:lol: It was almost like Yale sent a private jet to Philadelphia to pick up its people.

Haha I think we were on the same plane @Microburritology

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22 hours ago, biochemgirl67 said:

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.

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

Not sure exactly what you mean by "not sure what to make of it" but I go to a nearby college and I have been to Princeton a handful of times. It is a beautiful town with a lot of great restaurants and good shopping (if not a little bit expensive)- just really pleasant to walk around. And outside of the actual downtown area it's very quiet and picturesque, lots of farms where you can pick fruit and taste wine etc. 

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13 minutes ago, bdnf_13.1 said:

Not sure exactly what you mean by "not sure what to make of it" but I go to a nearby college and I have been to Princeton a handful of times. It is a beautiful town with a lot of great restaurants and good shopping (if not a little bit expensive)- just really pleasant to walk around. And outside of the actual downtown area it's very quiet and picturesque, lots of farms where you can pick fruit and taste wine etc. 

"Not sure what to make of it" means that there are a few things that make me take pause and I can't really gauge until I'm there.  Lack of medical campus is one of them, as is the cost of living there.  I'm excited to see it, but it's so different from the other schools I'm going to it'll be a good comparison.

And it's been a dream of mine to see it/have the opportunity to interact with faculty there since I was a sophomore in high school.  I mentioned near the beginning of this thread that they are home to my science idol, Bonnie Bassler.  Her work first interested me in molecular biology and set me on the path I'm following right now. 

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On February 1, 2016 at 4:52 PM, Hexokinase1 said:

Did anyone who interviewed at UCSF BMS last weekend hear back about an acceptance? A grad student I spoke with during the invite weekend said in the previous years people would hear back about acceptances a few days after the interview...but I haven't seen anyone mention anything yet. :/ 

I saw that no-one replied to your post... BMS sends out just a few offers directly after the first interview weekend. They do the majority of offers after their second weekend! Nothing to worry about yet. (:

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2 hours ago, biochemgirl67 said:

"Not sure what to make of it" means that there are a few things that make me take pause and I can't really gauge until I'm there.  Lack of medical campus is one of them, as is the cost of living there.  I'm excited to see it, but it's so different from the other schools I'm going to it'll be a good comparison.

And it's been a dream of mine to see it/have the opportunity to interact with faculty there since I was a sophomore in high school.  I mentioned near the beginning of this thread that they are home to my science idol, Bonnie Bassler.  Her work first interested me in molecular biology and set me on the path I'm following right now. 

Well after my experience with her that weekend, I can tell you a few things:

She likes wine, applicants visibly worship her, and she is super chill. Have fun, it was by far my most unexpected set of interviews (in a very positive way). 

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2 hours ago, biochemgirl67 said:

"Not sure what to make of it" means that there are a few things that make me take pause and I can't really gauge until I'm there.  Lack of medical campus is one of them, as is the cost of living there.  I'm excited to see it, but it's so different from the other schools I'm going to it'll be a good comparison.

And it's been a dream of mine to see it/have the opportunity to interact with faculty there since I was a sophomore in high school.  I mentioned near the beginning of this thread that they are home to my science idol, Bonnie Bassler.  Her work first interested me in molecular biology and set me on the path I'm following right now. 

Makes sense. Just wasn't sure if you were taking pause because of the area/weather/etc. 

You do raise a good point- their MD/PhD program is a joint program with my undergrad institution. It's definitely a different feel, university campuses without medical schools! Good luck!

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16 minutes ago, adiJ said:

Well after my experience with her that weekend, I can tell you a few things:

She likes wine, applicants visibly worship her, and she is super chill. Have fun, it was by far my most unexpected set of interviews (in a very positive way). 

 

12 minutes ago, bdnf_13.1 said:

Makes sense. Just wasn't sure if you were taking pause because of the area/weather/etc. 

You do raise a good point- their MD/PhD program is a joint program with my undergrad institution. It's definitely a different feel, university campuses without medical schools! Good luck!

I'm going to try not to be a worshipper... that's not terribly cool.  :D  But I can't wait to meet her if she'll be there.

Weather in New Jersey (or literally anywhere) will be an improvement on Iowa.  So that's totally not an issue.  I'm actually looking forward to going somewhere with better weather for the weekend.

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Anybody heard from UTSW yet? I saw in the search results that one international student got an email for a skype interview.
It is one of my top choices and just wanted to know

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So I leave tomorrow for New Jersey and my second interview.  But this morning, my boyfriend elbowed me in the face accidentally, right in my nose.  There was blood everywhere and it hurts.  Now I'm trying to keep the swelling down so I don't look like Rocky going to an academic interview.  I'm on the strugglebus so hard right now. :blink:

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11 hours ago, biochemgirl67 said:

"Not sure what to make of it" means that there are a few things that make me take pause and I can't really gauge until I'm there.  Lack of medical campus is one of them, as is the cost of living there.  I'm excited to see it, but it's so different from the other schools I'm going to it'll be a good comparison.

And it's been a dream of mine to see it/have the opportunity to interact with faculty there since I was a sophomore in high school.  I mentioned near the beginning of this thread that they are home to my science idol, Bonnie Bassler.  Her work first interested me in molecular biology and set me on the path I'm following right now. 

If you're worried about cost, one thing I found when I interviewed for their Neuro program is that graduate housing is super cheap. It's highly subsidized, so people were basically paying half of what people pay at schools in NYC. Sure, food and other things are expensive there, but I think the stipend is competitive and it all evens out. I hope you enjoy interviewing there!

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40 minutes ago, biochemgirl67 said:

So I leave tomorrow for New Jersey and my second interview.  But this morning, my boyfriend elbowed me in the face accidentally, right in my nose.  There was blood everywhere and it hurts.  Now I'm trying to keep the swelling down so I don't look like Rocky going to an academic interview.  I'm on the strugglebus so hard right now. :blink:

Yikes.... If I were you I'd go buy concealer, like right now in case it bruises and shows. If you can, also pick up some color correcting ones -- green to cancel out redness, yellow/orange for purple and blue. 

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3 hours ago, ndp13 said:

Anybody heard from UTSW yet? I saw in the search results that one international student got an email for a skype interview.
It is one of my top choices and just wanted to know

I'm interviewing with them the last weekend in February. They contacted me about the interview the second-to-last week in January. Though their website says they're extending interview offers all the way until March. Hope this helps?

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30 minutes ago, 123hardasABC said:

Yikes.... If I were you I'd go buy concealer, like right now in case it bruises and shows. If you can, also pick up some color correcting ones -- green to cancel out redness, yellow/orange for purple and blue. 

I didn't even know they had those!  Yeah, I'll bring them in case the bruising starts to show through later.  Thank goodness it's not broken!

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1 hour ago, biochemgirl67 said:

So I leave tomorrow for New Jersey and my second interview.  But this morning, my boyfriend elbowed me in the face accidentally, right in my nose.  There was blood everywhere and it hurts.  Now I'm trying to keep the swelling down so I don't look like Rocky going to an academic interview.  I'm on the strugglebus so hard right now. :blink:

Lots of ibuprofen. Ice. Get it checked to make sure it's not broken and that there aren't any issues with flying. Make sure y have some heavy coverage foundation to cover any bruising.

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1 hour ago, ms_green_genes said:

Lots of ibuprofen. Ice. Get it checked to make sure it's not broken and that there aren't any issues with flying. Make sure y have some heavy coverage foundation to cover any bruising.

The swelling seems to be minor and I can't see bruising yet but it does hurt.  After class I'm going to go get some makeup to cover it up if a bruise occurs.

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6 hours ago, ndp13 said:

Anybody heard from UTSW yet? I saw in the search results that one international student got an email for a skype interview.
It is one of my top choices and just wanted to know

Hi, first time poster, long time lurker!

I'm not international and I don't know which program you selected (Molecular Microbiology for me) but I received an invite from them a couple weeks ago to choose from 3 weekends (Feb 11-13, Feb 25-27, Mar 10-12). I opted for the March date so don't lose hope yet, they have a fast turnaround rate and you could be getting one after this weekend's interview!

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