notasworried Posted March 13, 2017 Share Posted March 13, 2017 (edited) I am very fortunate to hold offers from the PhD programs in both Michigan Biostatistics and UNC Biostatistics. Since I didn't apply to any of the other big names in Biostat (Harvard, JHU, Washington), I think this is the best outcome that I could have hoped for. The debate between UNC and Michigan seems to be one of the most popular in this forum, and there has been some discussion here: My situation is pretty similar, except that I was somehow accepted directly into the PhD program at Michigan. Both programs have offered me funding for 4-5 years, and I really have no location preference (maybe leaning slightly towards Michigan, since it would be nice to see snow again after living in California for so long). I also have no research preference at the moment. I like both theoretical statistics and more applied work, although I would prefer a program with a stronger theoretical background. My professors have told me that UNC will offer a more in-depth theoretical education, but that Michigan is much stronger in statistical genetics/genomics. I don't know if I want to work in genetics research yet, but a lot of people have told me that this is the direction that biostatistics research is heading, and a lot of new academic hires are being made in this field. I definitely want to go into academia, so taking up statistical genetics would be no issue for me if it helps me eventually become a tenure-track faculty member. I have less interest in clinical trials, although I really don't have a lot of experience in this field, so it could be very possible that I will really enjoy it (or it could be possible that I will not enjoy it at all). I would really like to start some discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of both programs here. If you have something to add, I would love to hear your input! Edited March 14, 2017 by reallyworried Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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