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1 hour ago, Epigenetics said:

I literally had a program just tell me they "have more highly accomplished applicants than we can accept".

I think they were just trying to tell you that the applicant pool was competitive and nothing personal.

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14 hours ago, Kaede said:

I just used @Epigenetics's words. I haven't heard of rude rejections either - I'm curious as to what programs would treat their applicants disrespectfully.

Me too. I did remember during my undergraduate application some schools sent rejection letters like "you are not qualified for our program", but I haven't heard anyone receiving such responses for phd applications.

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On March 18, 2017 at 2:45 AM, Epigenetics said:

I literally had a program just tell me they "have more highly accomplished applicants than we can accept".

They mean that the pool of "highly accomplished applicants" is larger than the number of spots that they have available, so many people will not get a spot even though they are highly accomplished.  This seems to me like the standard way to phrase a rejection

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Do universities formally tell you if you are on a waitlist? I had some interviews in February but haven't heard anything since then. I am assuming I would have heard something by now unless I am on some sort of waitlist and they dont want to outright reject me for now.

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1 hour ago, abcd1 said:

Do universities formally tell you if you are on a waitlist? I had some interviews in February but haven't heard anything since then. I am assuming I would have heard something by now unless I am on some sort of waitlist and they dont want to outright reject me for now.

Not always. I had one who didn't tell me I was on a wait list until I called them and asked about my status.

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1 hour ago, kimmibeans said:

Not always. I had one who didn't tell me I was on a wait list until I called them and asked about my status.

Thanks. I think I will email and ask if I don't hear anything this week. I am just not sure if it is only me or if they just haven't sent out acceptances because there aren't many responses in the survey either.

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On 3/18/2017 at 2:45 AM, Epigenetics said:

I literally had a program just tell me they "have more highly accomplished applicants than we can accept".

Oh, I got that email. When I first read it I thought they said that "we have more highly accomplished applicants than you." I was pretty upset for about an hour before I realized I misread it.

Still a little annoyed because during the interviews I qualified my responses with things like "if I have the opportunity to go here, _______" and just about every prof would stop me and say that everybody gets in. Guess not. :( 

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Has anybody received offer from CWRU/Cleveland Clinic Molecular Medicine PhD program post interview?

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1 hour ago, kevinrhinoceros said:

Oh, I got that email. When I first read it I thought they said that "we have more highly accomplished applicants than you." I was pretty upset for about an hour before I realized I misread it.

Still a little annoyed because during the interviews I qualified my responses with things like "if I have the opportunity to go here, _______" and just about every prof would stop me and say that everybody gets in. Guess not. :( 

Had the same experience, just got the Stanford rejection in the mail and I'm more offended that a school with such a mediocre app they made us use couldn't be bothered to send an e-mail. 

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11 minutes ago, Epigenetics said:

Had the same experience, just got the Stanford rejection in the mail and I'm more offended that a school with such a mediocre app they made us use couldn't be bothered to send an e-mail. 

 

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This thread has gone really quite. It seems most people have gotten in somewhere. Still waiting to hear from a couple of places I interviewed at. Don't know if I should just give up now.

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2 hours ago, abcd1 said:

This thread has gone really quite. It seems most people have gotten in somewhere. Still waiting to hear from a couple of places I interviewed at. Don't know if I should just give up now.

Hang in there! It's not April 15th yet :) 

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4 hours ago, abcd1 said:

This thread has gone really quite. It seems most people have gotten in somewhere. Still waiting to hear from a couple of places I interviewed at. Don't know if I should just give up now.

I am in the same position!

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5 hours ago, abcd1 said:

This thread has gone really quite. It seems most people have gotten in somewhere. Still waiting to hear from a couple of places I interviewed at. Don't know if I should just give up now.

 

One of my friends heard back today from a Ph.D. program she interviewed at a while ago, letting her know she was accepted. There's hope. If you can, shoot the program coordinators for the programs you are waiting for an email. 

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One of my schools replied to my email saying that they will send out final decisions by Monday so still hanging in there.

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Finally got the official acceptance for Case Western Reserve (bio department, not the integrated one)!  I know that some people here say that it doesn't matter if you contact PIs or not, but in this instance, a PI quite literally got me in. I really think it's worth it to reach out, especially if you share a common research interest. 

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19 hours ago, LoveMysterious said:

Finally got the official acceptance for Case Western Reserve (bio department, not the integrated one)!  I know that some people here say that it doesn't matter if you contact PIs or not, but in this instance, a PI quite literally got me in. I really think it's worth it to reach out, especially if you share a common research interest. 

Do you mean contacting POIs prior to interviewing, or after? I'm on the waitlist at my top choice school, and am debating on whether to email one of my POIs to express I am still interested in the program. When I got the email that I was waitlisted from the grad coordinator, I emailed back thanking him for the information and stating that the program is my top choice. I'm not sure if contacting a POI now would be overkill. 

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2 hours ago, ShewantsthePhD said:

Do you mean contacting POIs prior to interviewing, or after? I'm on the waitlist at my top choice school, and am debating on whether to email one of my POIs to express I am still interested in the program. When I got the email that I was waitlisted from the grad coordinator, I emailed back thanking him for the information and stating that the program is my top choice. I'm not sure if contacting a POI now would be overkill. 

I meant prior to interviewing.  

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Finally got my first acceptance after 2 months of silence. Feeling relieved.  

Still no word from the first choice school I interviewed at though so I am about to email their program director. I want them to know that it is my top choice and I will certainly join if they offer but I am not sure if I should hint at the fact that I already have an acceptance at another school and am only waiting for their decision. Is it ok to send such an email or should I wait a bit more?

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58 minutes ago, abcd1 said:

Finally got my first acceptance after 2 months of silence. Feeling relieved.  

Still no word from the first choice school I interviewed at though so I am about to email their program director. I want them to know that it is my top choice and I will certainly join if they offer but I am not sure if I should hint at the fact that I already have an acceptance at another school and am only waiting for their decision. Is it ok to send such an email or should I wait a bit more?

 

Email is definitely OK. A call may be even better

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Tomorrow is April Fools, so I hope they don't e-mail me tomorrow. All things considered, I'll be attending Penn State's Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology PhD program. I also got an acceptance to North Carolina State's Functional Genomics PhD program. I have yet to hear from Ohio State's Biochemistry Program and the University of Pittsburgh's MCDB program. I obviously will not be changing my decision, but it would be nice to hear back from them.

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If anyone from the north east will be taking a uhaul through the DC area to WUSTL this summer/August or will go through st louis I'm trying to find someone to take my mattress and we can work out the compensation. DM if you are interested. 

(Shipping costs for just a queen mattress are ridiculous, but to expensive /new of a mattress to just buy a new one)

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On 2/8/2017 at 10:45 PM, Roa Ni said:

Undergrad Institution: TOP10 University in China, Mainland, QS ranked 200 in Life science and Medical research ... not very famous comparing to PKU or THU
Major(s): Biological Sciences
Minor(s):NA
GPA in Major: 4.0/4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0/4.0
Position in Class: TOP
Type of Student: International, Male, Asian(China)

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 169
V: 152
W: 3.0
B: NA


TOEFL Total: 100

Research Experience: 

1 year for undergrad thesis, article in preparation

3 year in iGEM competition Best Composite Part X1, Gold Medal X2

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: National Scholarship X1 (top scholarship), and other scholarships

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: NA

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: 

Recommender: Prof. Junjiu Huang(yes, the guy in Nature-figures who conducted genetic modification on human embryo)

Research topic of my undergrad thesis, it's a really novel phenotype and all the faculties interviewed are curious about it

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

Harvard -BBS-stem cell biology, rejected
JHU -CMDB-stem cell biology, wait listed

UCLA-rejected

BCM-rejected

NYU-Sackler-stem cell biology-still interview

UTSouthwestern-rejected

Umich-PIBS-rejected

Umass Worcester-IGP-acceptted

UGA-ILS-acceptted

 

Faculty in NYU told me that this academic is extreamly harsh for international students, since US students have NIH grants but we can not.

Anyway, good luck to all applicants

Final update:

Harvard Medical School BBS X Rejected, 170307
Johns Hopkins University CMDB Wait listed Rejected, 170307
University of Michigan-Ann arbor PIBS X Rejected, 161221
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas DBS 170316 Accepted, 170328
University of California—Los Angeles BIO X Rejected, 170329
Baylor College of Medicine BBS X Rejected, 170107
University of Georgia ILS 170125 Accepted, 170202
       
New York University, Sackler BBS 170207-170208 Rejected, 170403
University of Massachusetts Medical School IGP 170123 Accepted, 170204

 

I have signed to confirm UTSW.

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