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1 minute ago, spiffscience said:

Congrats! Email or phone call?

Thank you! E-mail from the PIBS director and director of grad admissions

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3 minutes ago, BumbleB said:

I just got accepted to the University of Maryland Biochemistry program without an interview. 31k stipend. 

congrats!

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27 minutes ago, neuroslice said:

University of Washington Neuroscience has started sending interview invites. Just got one a few minutes ago.

Congrats!! Does anyone know if they do batches or this is it. In panic mode now

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1 hour ago, MCF10A said:

9. NETFLIX

10. NETFLIX AND CHILL (jk lol)

11.  Skiing a lot. Tough to check email on the mountain ;)

 

By the way congrats everyone who's heard back so far! 

 

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18 minutes ago, cmykrgb said:

Congrats!! Does anyone know if they do batches or this is it. In panic mode now

Based on past years, it looks like batches. So no need to panic

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Just now, neuroslice said:

Based on past years, it looks like batches. So no need to panic

Thanks!! I was at the gym and saw your post and with all the adrenaline I was able to press a lot harder lol 

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1 hour ago, neuroslice said:

University of Washington Neuroscience has started sending interview invites. Just got one a few minutes ago.

I just got mine as well.  See you there maybe :)

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Let me get my stats out of the way real quick (I'm sure I'll forget to add things; also, first post on this forum!):

Undergrad Institution: Top Private University
Major(s): Biological Sciences (Specialization in Neuroscience)
Overall GPA: 3.50
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 161
V: 163
W: 4.0

Research Experience: 1 year of undergraduate research in a neurogenomics lab; 2.5 years in a neuroimmunology lab after graduating (research interest in HIV neuropathogenesis)

3 publications (2 as co-author, 1 as first author) and multiple conference presentations (both oral and poster)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List all 4 years and General Honors Diploma

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 2 undergrad courses; Research Assistant after graduating

Applying to Where:
Harvard - Program in Neuroscience

UCSF - Neuroscience Graduate Program

Stanford - Neuro Grad Program

Columbia - Neurobiology and Behavior

University of Washington - Graduate Program in Neuroscience

MIT - BCS Graduate Program

Northwestern - GPIN

Rochester - Neuroscience Graduate Program

UW-Madison - Neuroscience Training Program

Boston University - Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Tufts - Neuroscience Program

Oregon Health and Science - Neuroscience Graduate Program

UVA - Neuroscience Graduate Program (Heard back from them today with an invite!)

 

Edit: I'm gonna be checking my email constantly for Washington, now that I see those posts above me!

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25 minutes ago, SysEvo said:

Just finished my Gatech QBioS pre-interview. They will send out on-site interview invitation on early January

Good luck. I am also preparing my pre-interview for Caltech system bio. What did they ask basically?

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6 minutes ago, desmond.bo said:

Good luck. I am also preparing my pre-interview for Caltech system bio. What did they ask basically?

Thanks! They have a list of questions to ask everyone: In what part of biology you are most interested? The programing experience you most proud of. Your favorite analytical experience/course. Your favourite research experience, etc.

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1 hour ago, SysEvo said:

Thanks! They have a list of questions to ask everyone: In what part of biology you are most interested? The programing experience you most proud of. Your favorite analytical experience/course. Your favourite research experience, etc.

 
 

Thank you for these! That helps a lot!

Seems like very general questions. How long did it last?

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Just now, desmond.bo said:

Thank you for these! That helps a lot!

Seems like very general questions. How long did it last?

Mine is 15 min. The professor said usually will be 30 min. but once  heard I had 5 classes today and have several finals ahead, the professor decided to make it quick.... I was also asked what courses I'd love to TA.

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Undergrad Institution: Mid-Ranked Flagship State
Major: Cell Biology
Minor: Chemistry
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Scores:
Q: 169 (97%)
V: 168 (98%)
W: 5.0 (93%)

Research Experience: As of now, 2.5 years plant biochemistry and 1.5 years cancer biology (senior thesis) concurrently at home institution. 3 poster presentations at my school but no pubs.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Scholarships, Phi Beta Kappa, small research grants from my school

Applying to Where:

UNC BBSP 

Dartmouth MCB

Northwestern IBIS

Cornell BMCB

Duke CMB (offered interview 12/9)

UPenn CAMB

Princeton MolBio (offered interview 12/12)

List is full of reaches but I could always do another year of research if I don't get in. I feel like my stats are solid but I'm concerned about my (in)ability to interview and explaining a lot of my research experience being unrelated to what I want to study in the future (cancer/disease treatment). It looks like I'm going to have to practice interviewing over winter break...

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Anyone else applying to Harvard Virology?  It's such a small program I'm getting concerned there may just not be enough people for it to show up in the results listings... 

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Hi all, I've been lurking for a while before wanting to post my status... I am not sure if I would get an offer from one of the programs I applied.

 

Undergrad Institution: a top 9 Chinese university(definitely not top 2; I think it's safe to say top 5 actually)
Major(s): Pharmacy(mainly focusing on pharmacology)
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.97/4.0
Overall GPA:3.91/4.0
Position in Class: top 5%
Type of Student: Female, International; also belong to honor college in our school (but maybe not helps...)

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 170
V: 160
W: 4.5
B:


TOEFL Total: 107 (S 23)

Research Experience: 

Mostly involved in cancer research

a 14-month experience in home institution (part time, mainly focused on 1 project)

an 8-month experience in a well-know cancer institute in US (full time, 2 projects)

one 5th author paper (a project I participated in home institution, but not my major focus)

one poster & oral presentation almostly totally unrelated to my research experience lol

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several Scholarships; in the honors program in our school

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: non

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: non

Special Bonus Points: Maybe one of the RLs would help a lot

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

Applying to Where:

Harvard-BBS

UPenn-CAMB-cancer biology

Yale-BBS-MMPP

Weill Cornell-BCMB

Sloan Kettering- Biomedical Sciences (really love, but I don't count on it really)

Washington University in St. Louis- DBBS-MCB

Emory-Cancer Biology

Baylor College of Medicine-MCB

UT Southwestern- DBS

UT health science center-biomedical sciences(haven't submitted yet...)

University of Southern California- PIBBS

Oregon health science university- cancer biology

 

The competition between international students would be even more fierce, and I have no idea whether these programs would be friendly to international students... I would appreciate it if someone could give some information regarding these programs. And, is there some other safer programs, whose deadline is in January? Thanks very much!

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21 minutes ago, Bubbles_L said:

Hi all, I've been lurking for a while before wanting to post my status... I am not sure if I would get an offer from one of the programs I applied.

 

Undergrad Institution: a top 9 Chinese university(definitely not top 2; I think it's safe to say top 5 actually)
Major(s): Pharmacy(mainly focusing on pharmacology)
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.97/4.0
Overall GPA:3.91/4.0
Position in Class: top 5%
Type of Student: Female, International; also belong to honor college in our school (but maybe not helps...)

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 170
V: 160
W: 4.5
B:


TOEFL Total: 107 (S 23)

Research Experience: 

Mostly involved in cancer research

a 14-month experience in home institution (part time, mainly focused on 1 project)

an 8-month experience in a well-know cancer institute in US (full time, 2 projects)

one 5th author paper (a project I participated in home institution, but not my major focus)

one poster & oral presentation almostly totally unrelated to my research experience lol

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several Scholarships; in the honors program in our school

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: non

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: non

Special Bonus Points: Maybe one of the RLs would help a lot

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

Applying to Where:

Harvard-BBS

UPenn-CAMB-cancer biology

Yale-BBS-MMPP

Weill Cornell-BCMB

Sloan Kettering- Biomedical Sciences (really love, but I don't count on it really)

Washington University in St. Louis- DBBS-MCB

Emory-Cancer Biology

Baylor College of Medicine-MCB

UT Southwestern- DBS

UT health science center-biomedical sciences(haven't submitted yet...)

University of Southern California- PIBBS

Oregon health science university- cancer biology

 

The competition between international students would be even more fierce, and I have no idea whether these programs would be friendly to international students... I would appreciate it if someone could give some information regarding these programs. And, is there some other safer programs, whose deadline is in January? Thanks very much!

Wow our profiles are REALLY SIMILAR (except I did my undergrad in US as a intl student), and our school lists have many overlaps. Hope both of us can hit some interviews somewhere. Good luck!

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6 hours ago, Bubbles_L said:

Hi all, I've been lurking for a while before wanting to post my status... I am not sure if I would get an offer from one of the programs I applied.

 

Undergrad Institution: a top 9 Chinese university(definitely not top 2; I think it's safe to say top 5 actually)
Major(s): Pharmacy(mainly focusing on pharmacology)
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.97/4.0
Overall GPA:3.91/4.0
Position in Class: top 5%
Type of Student: Female, International; also belong to honor college in our school (but maybe not helps...)

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 170
V: 160
W: 4.5
B:


TOEFL Total: 107 (S 23)

Research Experience: 

Mostly involved in cancer research

a 14-month experience in home institution (part time, mainly focused on 1 project)

an 8-month experience in a well-know cancer institute in US (full time, 2 projects)

one 5th author paper (a project I participated in home institution, but not my major focus)

one poster & oral presentation almostly totally unrelated to my research experience lol

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several Scholarships; in the honors program in our school

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: non

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: non

Special Bonus Points: Maybe one of the RLs would help a lot

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

Applying to Where:

Harvard-BBS

UPenn-CAMB-cancer biology

Yale-BBS-MMPP

Weill Cornell-BCMB

Sloan Kettering- Biomedical Sciences (really love, but I don't count on it really)

Washington University in St. Louis- DBBS-MCB

Emory-Cancer Biology

Baylor College of Medicine-MCB

UT Southwestern- DBS

UT health science center-biomedical sciences(haven't submitted yet...)

University of Southern California- PIBBS

Oregon health science university- cancer biology

 

The competition between international students would be even more fierce, and I have no idea whether these programs would be friendly to international students... I would appreciate it if someone could give some information regarding these programs. And, is there some other safer programs, whose deadline is in January? Thanks very much!

Hey, fellow international student here. I've done a bit of digging when I was finalizing my program list to figure out which schools have more spots open for international students. I looked at mostly immunology programs but the situation might be similar for cancer bio programs, especially if both are tracks under an umbrella program. Here's what I found. Keep in mind that usually about 30% of all applicants are international.

 

Harvard BBS says they have about 30% international students in their program, so they might review internationals and Americans at the same time.

Yale BBS says they admit 5-7% of international students who apply, which probably sounds worse than it actually is if you think about the number of students who apply there.

UPenn CAMB has about 12% of international students in the program. I was told that they review international students separately, but again, 12% is better than most places.

I didn't look at MSK, but based on what I know about Rockefeller, Weill Cornell, NYU and New York schools in general, they're very international student friendly.

WUSTL DBBS has about 30% international in their program, if I remember correctly. Might be wrong about this one.

Emory immunology does not have a whole lot of international students, if I remember correctly. It might be different for cancer bio if their programs are offered through the department.

 

Hope this is helpful and good luck!

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1 hour ago, pitchfork said:

Hey, fellow international student here. I've done a bit of digging when I was finalizing my program list to figure out which schools have more spots open for international students. I looked at mostly immunology programs but the situation might be similar for cancer bio programs, especially if both are tracks under an umbrella program. Here's what I found. Keep in mind that usually about 30% of all applicants are international.

 

Harvard BBS says they have about 30% international students in their program, so they might review internationals and Americans at the same time.

Yale BBS says they admit 5-7% of international students who apply, which probably sounds worse than it actually is if you think about the number of students who apply there.

UPenn CAMB has about 12% of international students in the program. I was told that they review international students separately, but again, 12% is better than most places.

I didn't look at MSK, but based on what I know about Rockefeller, Weill Cornell, NYU and New York schools in general, they're very international student friendly.

WUSTL DBBS has about 30% international in their program, if I remember correctly. Might be wrong about this one.

Emory immunology does not have a whole lot of international students, if I remember correctly. It might be different for cancer bio if their programs are offered through the department.

 

Hope this is helpful and good luck!

Thanks very much for your info!These programs are indeed hard to reach… just hope some, or even just oe of them, would accept me… good luck to you too!

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