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SIMR 2012 -- Stanford Inst. of Med. Summer Research Program

litoteslitotes Posts: 313Registered User Member
edited April 2012 in Summer Programs
Anyone on CC applying this year?

The deadline's this Friday, so I guess it's a little late to make a thread, but I just thought I'd see if anyone's going to apply from here.

Just wrote my diversity essay. I just have to write my "why science/medicine" essay and I'll be set.

Anyone?
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Replies to: SIMR 2012 -- Stanford Inst. of Med. Summer Research Program

  • humblebumblebeehumblebumblebee Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    I am applying. I'm still working on both essays.
  • wavegatewavegate Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    yup, applying. working on essays

    im just wondering what extra documents they'll be willing to review
  • NatNatNatNatNatNat Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Yes! I am almost done with my essays, and I've finished everything else. So excited!
  • litoteslitotes Posts: 313Registered User Member
    Is anyone else finding the total file size restriction of 2MB for scanned uploads to be oppressively small? Even at my printer's lowest resolution, the files are big enough that they are over 2MB when added up.
  • litoteslitotes Posts: 313Registered User Member
    Oh also location? And if not from CA Bay Area, what are you going to do for housing?

    I am from Indiana. I have relatives that live near campus so I would be staying with them.
  • NatNatNatNatNatNat Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    I live in Santa Cruz, so I technically could commute to the program - but it's a two hour drive over a stretch of mountain highway dangerous enough that I'm not allowed to drive it myself, so ideally I'd find one or two other people I could split the rent with on an apartment in Paly.

    As for the resolution, I haven't scanned in anything yet (my transcript was forwarded to me in PDF format, so all set) but I would recommend taking a screenshot of the file and seeing if that helps.
  • jsjrattjsjratt Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    Yup, I just finished my last essay, the diversity one. This is my dream program on so many levels, especially the institutes of neurobiology and stem cell/regenerative medicine. Good luck everyone!!
  • jsjrattjsjratt Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    @NatNatNat- I'm also in a similar situation in that I would need to rent out an apartment with a few other people in the unlikely case I get in (I live in SoCal). I know in previous years accepted students set up a facebook group to settle housing issues, so don't worry!
  • litoteslitotes Posts: 313Registered User Member
    Nice. I wonder if / hope that being from across the country will help my admission chances (geographic diversity and whatnot).

    If I can figure out what to do about the scanned things, I'll be set.

    I really want to do Genetics or Bioinformatics.
  • litoteslitotes Posts: 313Registered User Member
    Also, since they added two new institutes this year, there will be more spots :) woohoo!
  • NatNatNatNatNatNat Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    My first choice is genetics as well, followed closely by neurobiology, then stem cell research.

    NB: I am super obsessive, so I will probably be posting here continuously until April 13th....
  • jsjrattjsjratt Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    I'm with both of you, you'll be hearing from me a lot too!! Just curious, does anyone know how much stats contribute to the decisions (SAT, ACT, PSAT, etc.)?
  • litoteslitotes Posts: 313Registered User Member
    Hopefully a lot as I have >2350 and a high GPA for my school. Stats are my biggest strength haha
  • NatNatNatNatNatNat Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    A quote from the old director of the program in a news article seems to suggest that stats don't matter as much as some may think:

    "The way to P.J. Utz' heart – and into his lab – isn't through holding a pipette correctly or scoring straight A's. Sure, Utz, director of a high school internship in Stanford's clinical immunology center, is proud of his interns' strong science backgrounds and high GPAs. But for Utz, it's not all about grades and test scores.

    "We select students with a real love for science – students who have aspirations of careers in biology or medicine, he explains. "We want people who, 10 to 20 years from now, will be sitting in my chair," says Utz, MD, an assistant professor of medicine".
  • litoteslitotes Posts: 313Registered User Member
    So then my question is how can they tell which students have a real love for science when they get just 3000 characters to explain themselves to the adcom?
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