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Josh Thompson

Chances for Top Schools - Fulbright

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Hi Everyone, I really appreciate the advice. I am planning to apply this cycle for programing starting in Fall 2018. I am wondering whether I am competitive for schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Upenn? I am currently abroad on a Fulbright research grant doing stem cell and regenerative medicine research.

Undergrad Institution: Top 30 private school
Major(s): Biochemistry
Minor(s): NA
GPA in Major: 3.56
Overall GPA: 3.64
Position in Class: top 15%
Type of Student: domestic, white male
GRE Scores (revised/old version):
157, 157, 5.0
 

Research Experience: 

Fulbright Scholarship for one year of molecular biology and stem cell research

3 co-authored publications, and poster presentation at 3 conferences (two internationally)

REU at home university - poster presentation

3 years of research experience + 1 year on Fulbright before applying to graduate programs 

Senior thesis defense (30 page thesis and defense in front of 3 person committee)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 

Fulbright Scholar/REU/smaller research grant from home university

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 

TA for organic chemistry (three years) 

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
One rec letter from PI, and two others from biology faculty at my home university

 

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Your GPA and GRE are much, much lower than my friends who are doing biology PhDs at Harvard, Stanford and UPenn. Not a biologist or that across admissions, so I don't have a worthwhile perspective on how likely the research piece will push you across the line. 

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On 10/22/2017 at 5:53 AM, lemma said:

Your GPA and GRE are much, much lower than my friends who are doing biology PhDs at Harvard, Stanford and UPenn. Not a biologist or that across admissions, so I don't have a worthwhile perspective on how likely the research piece will push you across the line. 

 

Do admissions still place importance on GRE score? I see some schools start to list GRE as optional for PhD program.

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