HopefulPHD14 Posted December 14, 2015 Share Posted December 14, 2015 Hey guys, I just finished my applications and I am feeling a bit anxious. Obviously, like many of you, I really want to get into grad school and the thought of having to take another year off sounds pretty miserable. I recently finished my applications and I was just wondering if you guys think I have a decent chance of getting into my programs. I will be applying to doctorate programs in cellular/molecular biology (or similar programs depending on the location). I am from CA and really want to stay in CA so all of my schools are CA schools (luckily there are lots of them). The schools I am applying to are UC Berkeley UC Los Angeles UC Santa Barbara UC Irvine UC Riverside Scripps Research Institute Anyways, My UG GPA was 3.2 overall (but 3.4 my Jr/Sr year). I got a 160/156/4.0 on the GRE and didn't take the subject test. I come from a smaller school that isn't super well known for science. I do have 3 years of undergrad research experience. During those 3 years I received a grant in my name, presented at multiple conferences (3 posters at UG conferences, 1 ASM poster, 1 oral at UG conference), and was received awards for one of my UG posters and my UG oral. I have one first author manuscript published in a peer reviewed (but not well known) journal. I graduated in 2014, and a month after graduating I got a research assistant position in industry. Because of this I have over a year of experience post- undergrad research in industry (however not much in the way of manuscripts or presentations to show for it, most of my work was internal R&D that is hard to really demonstrate to the people reviewing my application). I also have 4 LOR (1 from my current boss/PI, 1 from my UG PI, and 2 from professors who knew me really well, both actually encouraged me to pursue grad school). I would expect all 4 letters of rec to be very good. I know I applied to some really good schools, but do you guys think I have a decent chance of at least getting an interview or two? I just keep worrying that my low GPA and lack of anything to show for my gap year (other than that I held a research job) are really going to hurt me. Thanks guys! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now