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1 hour ago, purplepeach said:

@DeepWhaleSlumber I am in the same boat as you (considering Harvard, Yale and Rockefeller).  I am leaning towards Yale or Rockefeller because for me Boston isn't the best location and I am somewhat concerned that there may be some truth to Harvard's competitive reputation.  However, I am less sure of my research area of interest (though I am leaning towards neuroscience or genetics).  One thing I would say is that if you are sure about pursuing immunology, you may want the wider breadth of choice that Harvard or Yale would provide in terms of PIs.

Good luck with your decision if you haven't already made it! 

 

 

I'm a graduate student at Harvard studying neurogenomics. The Department of Neurobiology is amazing and collaborative and the Department of Genetics is amazing and collaborative. I've never felt like I am in a competition. Everyone is open to working together and happy to meet for coffee to discuss their projects. I met with a post-doc from another lab doing similar work as my lab, and we discussed our projects and planned a collaboration. If I ever need help with computational analyses, I can always find someone to walk through it with me. 

Harvard College, HMS, Broad, all the hospitals, MIT, BU, Tufts - they all work together. 

Harvard is super collaborative, not competitive, and a great environment. Also, my fiancee and I love living in Cambridge, and we have a lot of friends who love Boston (Mission Hill and JP, primarily). 

Don't let a reputation from decades ago influence your decision. In my experience, smaller and mid-tier schools are more competitive than places like Harvard. 

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Just emailed UNC BBSP and apparently they’re starting to take people off the waitlist for whatever that’s worth 

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Hello,

I was wondering how common it is to be considered "waitlisted" but not invited to an interview weekend. About a month after this school's interview weekends, I received a message via their application that I would be considered on the waitlist and that placement in the program may be possible based on recent past years. Is this a common practice among schools or just their particular program (this program is in biomedical sciences)?

I emailed them asking for an update but haven't had a response yet. I looked up my application and it was still 'under review'.

Thank you!

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12 hours ago, researchheaux said:

Hello,

I was wondering how common it is to be considered "waitlisted" but not invited to an interview weekend. About a month after this school's interview weekends, I received a message via their application that I would be considered on the waitlist and that placement in the program may be possible based on recent past years. Is this a common practice among schools or just their particular program (this program is in biomedical sciences)?

I emailed them asking for an update but haven't had a response yet. I looked up my application and it was still 'under review'.

Thank you!

It's not super common, but I've heard of this happening. I'd say it's pretty unlikely you'd get in at this point though considering we're 5 days from April 15th. Good luck!

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5 hours ago, BabyScientist said:

It's not super common, but I've heard of this happening. I'd say it's pretty unlikely you'd get in at this point though considering we're 5 days from April 15th. Good luck!

Thanks for responding! Is it possible the school would never respond to me? Would it be beneficial to call instead for an answer? I'm hesitant in case of rushing them or something, heh. I just wanted to have all the answers before making my choice I suppose.

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On 4/9/2018 at 8:16 PM, researchheaux said:

Hello,

I was wondering how common it is to be considered "waitlisted" but not invited to an interview weekend. About a month after this school's interview weekends, I received a message via their application that I would be considered on the waitlist and that placement in the program may be possible based on recent past years. Is this a common practice among schools or just their particular program (this program is in biomedical sciences)?

I emailed them asking for an update but haven't had a response yet. I looked up my application and it was still 'under review'.

Thank you!

Rare, but does happen with some programs. Happened to me with Rice Cell Biology and Biochemistry where I was waitlisted but not invited to interview weekend and rejected me at end. They placed a select few people on this special waitlist in case needed. 

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Yep.  I don't know if it's happened to me specifically, but I did end up withdrawing my application from a couple places that invited me to interview because I already made a decision at that point.  This opened up a spot for other applicants to be invited out who may be admitted and attend those programs.  So I can see why a school would have a waitlist for those purposes.

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19 hours ago, researchheaux said:

Thanks for responding! Is it possible the school would never respond to me? Would it be beneficial to call instead for an answer? I'm hesitant in case of rushing them or something, heh. I just wanted to have all the answers before making my choice I suppose.

Totally possible that they would never respond. Some schools never send out official rejections to the people they didn't interview. If you want to have all the answers, it wouldn't hurt to call, especially considering it's a few days to the 15th. They might tell you there's still hope, or they might tell you it's unlikely. Either way, it'll make it easier to make your choice.

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18 hours ago, ChallengerSwimmer23 said:

Rare, but does happen with some programs. Happened to me with Rice Cell Biology and Biochemistry where I was waitlisted but not invited to interview weekend and rejected me at end. They placed a select few people on this special waitlist in case needed. 

Thank you for responding! The school is UCSD - I called them (didn't answer so I left a message) and emailed them but I haven't had an answer. Should I just considered it a rejection? The deadline is in a couple of days, but not having a response might mean there are those accepted who hasn't given them an answer yet right? And so they might be waiting to hear from them before giving me an answer?

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Hey guys,

I have applied to several biomedical programs. And I have an offer from Wake Forest MCB program. And I'm on the waitlist of USC PIBBS and Boston U PIBS programs. Since it's close to April 15th deadline. Is there anybody can give me some recommendation on what should I do right now? How is the program at Wake Forest. And how big is the chance for me to get admitted to the other two schools? I personally really want to join either USC or BU.... But I'm really frustrated these days.

Thanks!!!!

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On 4/10/2018 at 3:37 PM, researchheaux said:

Thanks for responding! Is it possible the school would never respond to me? Would it be beneficial to call instead for an answer? I'm hesitant in case of rushing them or something, heh. I just wanted to have all the answers before making my choice I suppose.

Entirely possible. I was sitting in my first graduate school lecture when I got my final rejection letter.

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If a school says they would let me know AROUND  April 15th with their decision, should I call or not call? ALSO: I have another school waiting to hear back from me by the 15th AND the school I am waiting to hear back from is my top choice. I am nervous that if I didn't hear back by now then I am probably not accepted but I have hope! 

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At this point, I think it's safe to contact schools you are waiting to hear back from.  If they are your top choice, tell them that, and ask if there are any status updates on your application since the April 15th deadline is approaching really quickly.  And that other schools you've been admitted to are also awaiting your decision.  Hopefully this will give you some answers on your likelihood of receiving an offer or a rejection.

But seriously, don't be afraid to at least ask them.  I was on the waitlist for a few schools the year I was ultimately rejected everywhere, and around the first week of April is when I asked about my likelihood of being admitted to the program, and they told me that I would likely hear a rejection at this point and that the applicant pool was strong this year, etc.

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2 hours ago, MPhipps said:

If a school says they would let me know AROUND  April 15th with their decision, should I call or not call? ALSO: I have another school waiting to hear back from me by the 15th AND the school I am waiting to hear back from is my top choice. I am nervous that if I didn't hear back by now then I am probably not accepted but I have hope! 

I am in the same boat! I think it'll be a good idea to call, which reminds me I will probably try to make a call again today.

2 hours ago, StemCellFan said:

At this point, I think it's safe to contact schools you are waiting to hear back from.  If they are your top choice, tell them that, and ask if there are any status updates on your application since the April 15th deadline is approaching really quickly.  And that other schools you've been admitted to are also awaiting your decision.  Hopefully this will give you some answers on your likelihood of receiving an offer or a rejection.

But seriously, don't be afraid to at least ask them.  I was on the waitlist for a few schools the year I was ultimately rejected everywhere, and around the first week of April is when I asked about my likelihood of being admitted to the program, and they told me that I would likely hear a rejection at this point and that the applicant pool was strong this year, etc.

Yeah, I feel so guilty for making the other programs wait. I've been receiving emails from the director offering to answer any questions. U___U

3 hours ago, ballwera said:

Entirely possible. I was sitting in my first graduate school lecture when I got my final rejection letter.

Man, it's kind of infuriating they take so long to give an answer! It's like what 3-4 months after the decision date, what took them so long?!

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I'm trying to decide between University of Washington MCB and Scripps (San Diego) for my PhD program. I liked the research the most at Scripps and have been offered a Skaggs Fellowship, which basically provides my own funding for the first 3 years. However, I had the best interview weekend at UW and really enjoyed all the current students (they seemed super happy) and liked Seattle the best. Does anyone have any thoughts on these two programs that could help me decide??? Thanks!

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On 2018/4/14 at 12:19 AM, biochem2018 said:

I'm trying to decide between University of Washington MCB and Scripps (San Diego)

I'm a University of Washington undergrad here. I'll say the Seattle has a great vibe. A lot of grad students have fulfilling lives outside of lab that frequently involve nature and being really fit. Get yourself a car or make friends with people who have cars and go out every weekend! If you love nature, Seattle is truly the place to be. Downsides, however, are the relentless rain. I'm not sure if you got a sense of that during your interview, but during the Winter you may never see the sun for weeks on end (this is real). Every year around Winter I was a victim of Seasonal Affective Disorder and it was rough getting through schoolwork like that. Biggest complaint from grad students, however, is the cost of rent. The UW offers housing but it's about as expensive, if not more expensive, than the surrounding apartments. On the stipend they provide, housing in the Seattle area is much too expensive. If you were hoping to budget a reasonable amount for rent (30% post-tax income for instance) it would be possible but more difficult than you would expect. UW also levies grad student fees that can actually be adjusted. A few years back the grad students were protesting about increases to these fees so I would be careful about that. They might seem reasonable now, but know that they're not set in stone. 

Overall, I think Seattle is a great place to live. It's got a vibrant, unique culture and a wide host of activities outside of the lab. Unfortunately, it's a bit ruined by one of the most expensive rental markets in the country and UW not keeping up with it's stipend. Ultimately, if you can budget responsibly, it should be alright. 

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On 4/13/2018 at 9:19 AM, biochem2018 said:

I'm trying to decide between University of Washington MCB and Scripps (San Diego) for my PhD program. I liked the research the most at Scripps and have been offered a Skaggs Fellowship, which basically provides my own funding for the first 3 years. However, I had the best interview weekend at UW and really enjoyed all the current students (they seemed super happy) and liked Seattle the best. Does anyone have any thoughts on these two programs that could help me decide??? Thanks!

I can’t give insight into the program at scripps, but I was an undergrad at UCSD. If weather is important, then SD really can’t  be beat. It’s coastal, without the humidity the east coast suffers from. Lots of nature to explore and the ocean as well. If you’re into clubbing/bar hopping, PB is pretty good I’ve heard. 

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On 4/13/2018 at 9:19 AM, biochem2018 said:

I'm trying to decide between University of Washington MCB and Scripps (San Diego) for my PhD program. I liked the research the most at Scripps and have been offered a Skaggs Fellowship, which basically provides my own funding for the first 3 years. However, I had the best interview weekend at UW and really enjoyed all the current students (they seemed super happy) and liked Seattle the best. Does anyone have any thoughts on these two programs that could help me decide??? Thanks!

First, research should be the most important thing. If you can see yourself happy at Scripps, it's probably the way to go. 

Another thing to consider is networking opportunities. Scripps is right by UCSD, and in close proximity to UCLA, USC, and other renowned institutions. The networking/collaboration opportunities between these institutions are limitless. 

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