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2013 Bioscience Admission and Interviews

pghbioteacherpghbioteacher Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
edited April 2013 in Graduate School
As was stated in last year's thread- This is well overdue.

In your posts, include the following information.

[Undergrad. University]
[Undergrad. Major(s)]
[Undergrad GPA]
[Grad. Major(s)]
[Grad GPA]
[Years of Research Experience]
[GRE Scores]
[Prospective Graduate Program]
[Prospective Graduate Schools]


Large Research-Oriented University
Microbiology and Neuroscience with honors
Science Education
1.5 in Biology, 3 in Education
95% V, 74% Q, 92% AW
98% Biology Subject

CMU Biology
CMU Bioengineering
Pitt Biology
Pitt Pharm Biochem Pharm
Pitt SOE Bioengineering

Best of luck!
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Replies to: 2013 Bioscience Admission and Interviews

  • MicroB2012MicroB2012 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    Finally, someone started this.
  • ElocinElocin Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    I'm going to be the person here who makes everyone give a sigh of relief. Haha.

    Small state school
    GPA: 3.68
    GRE: 149Q/152V/4.0AW
    Biology subject: 76% overall, 88% cell molecular bio

    Research experience: 2 years behavioral neuroscience lab, 1.5 years developmental bio lab (completed undergraduate honors thesis), 1 year clinical diagnostic lab

    2 presentations at national meetings, 1 presentation at a regional meeting, third author on a prospective publication in spring

    Applying at:

    University of Illinois-Chicago (Biological Sciences)
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Biological Sciences)
    Northwestern University (IBiS)
    Purdue University (Biological Sciences)
    U Pitt (Biology)
    Tufts (Biology)
    University of Notre Dame
    UMass (MCB)

    I'm debating on applying to UW Madison's CMB, but my GRE scores aren't stellar.

    Good luck, all!
  • februaryfebruary Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    [Undergrad. University] Top 15 large school
    [Undergrad. Major(s)] Biology
    [Undergrad GPA] 3.8
    [Years of Research Experience]
    1.5 yrs during undergrad (outside of area of interest)
    2 years in a hospital lab
    2 years biotech

    [GRE Scores] 166 V 163 Q 5 writing
    [Prospective Graduate Program] Molec/Cell Bio, Genetics, etc
    [Prospective Graduate Schools]
    UMass Worcester
  • MicroB2012MicroB2012 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    [Undergrad. University] Large university
    [Undergrad. Major(s)] Biochem and Economics
    [Undergrad GPA] low 3
    [Grad. Major(s)] biotech
    [Grad GPA] 3.8
    [Years of Research Experience] 3 years microbiology
    one 1st author published, one textbook chapter in press, 3 more papers in preparation.

    [GRE Scores] 620+780
    [Prospective Graduate Program] Microbiology
    [Prospective Graduate Schools]
  • neurogirl85neurogirl85 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    [Undergrad. University] UCSD
    [Undergrad. Major(s)] Biology and Psychology
    [Undergrad GPA] 3.3
    [Years of Research Experience] 9 years immunology/cancer (3 while undergrad)
    Two middle-author papers, one in preparation, one poster-presentation at national conf.
    [GRE Scores] 152Q 162V 4.5
    [Prospective Graduate Program] Biology, Biomedical
    [Prospective Graduate Schools] UCSD (Bio and Biomed), Scripps, UCI, SDSU
  • NeuronoNeurono Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    [Undergrad. University] Small Private Liberal Arts, pretty well respected
    [Undergrad. Major(s)] Neuroscience
    [Undergrad GPA] 3.5
    [Years of Research Experience] 2, no publications but senior thesis
    [GRE Scores] 164, 165, 5.5 bio: 79th
    [Prospective Graduate Schools]

    NYU neuro
    Yale BBS
    Cornell NBB
    Weill Cornell Neuro
    Pitt Neurobio
    Rockefeller Neuro
    Harvard BBS
    Tufts Neuro
    BU Neuro

    Good luck everyone!
  • parafilmparafilm Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Undergrad major: Neuroscience
    UG GPA: 3.0
    GRE-old: 510v 680q (estimated 154v, 153q)
    Grad GPA: 3.8-3.9 (IP)

    Research: 4 years, 1 publication as 2nd author, another expected mid-2013. Undergrad poster, undergrad research grant. All research has been in cell bio, mostly on cancer (so much for that neuro bachelor's).

    Sloan Kettering
    Columbia - Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine
    Georgetown - Tumor Bio
    George Washington - Molecular Medicine

    I'm hoping my MS GPA and recs will prove that I'm actually a competent human being, despite my mediocre numbers from undergrad. I'm at the bottom of the pile at most of these schools, but I have the luxury of only applying to a few programs that I might prefer over my MS school (not listed), since I expect to be accepted there and would love to stick around.
  • MicroB2012MicroB2012 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    Some of your schools are extremely selective, I suggest you apply more schools
  • SirPrizeHobbiesSirPrizeHobbies Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    UG GPA: 3.78
    1 year research
    GRE: 161Q, 157V, 4

    Berkeley MCB
    Davis BMCDB
    Irvine CMB
  • hontoOishihontoOishi Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Yay I'm so glad this is finally up!

    [Undergrad. University] Among the top 3-4 UC's
    [Undergrad. Major(s)] Biomed Eng/Bioeng
    [Undergrad GPA] 3.32
    [Years of Research Experience] 3.5 yrs (2 yrs undergrad, 1.5 yrs research tech in good immunology lab with fairly well-known PI)
    (1) 4th author (impact factor=14), (1) 3rd author (impact factor=4), (1) 3rd author submitted, (1) 2nd author submitted, (1) 1st author in prep, may have another paper where I'm either 3rd-4th author or simply in acknowledgements but that'll depend on what the collaborator PI's decision, also may have a 2nd author in a review paper submitted by the time I apply

    3 poster presentations (2 during undergrad, 1 postgrad), won 2 of these poster competitions
    1 undergrad conference

    [GRE Scores] 158Q 149 V 4.0AW
    (And no I'm not international, I'm apparently just really bad at analytical reading+vocab)

    [Prospective Graduate Schools]
    UMinnesota MB Immunol
    UMichigan-Ann Arbor BMS Immunol
    UColorado Immunol
    UCB MCB Immunol
    UCSF BMS Immunol
    UChicago BS Immunol
    Duke Immunol
    UPenn Immunol
    Washing U St. Louis BBS Immunol
    UWash Immunol
    Harvard Immunol
    Yale Immunol
    MIT Biology, Biolog Eng
    Boston U Biomed Eng
  • molecularfreakmolecularfreak Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Was wondering when this thread was gonna pop up! Good luck to all!

    Large State School

    Cell and Molecular Biology

    2 Years in Molecular Biology and 1 Summer REU in Chem/Biochem
    157Q 152V 4.0W

    I'm applying to mostly Biomedical Science programs some are specific Biochem/Mol Bio

    University of Texas-Houston
    University of Texas-Southwestern
    University of Texas-San Antonio
    Baylor College of Medicine
    University of Alabama-Birmingham
    Emory University
    Medical University of South Carolina
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Utah
    Indiana School of Medicine
    University of Iowa
    University of Kansas Medical Center
    University of Utah
  • BeakerBreakerBeakerBreaker Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Reserving my spot in this thread -- will update with details later.

    Looks like the competition is tough this year :) Then again, maybe CC is only a select part of the graduate applicant demographic...
  • superman75superman75 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Large SEC school
    3.50(cumu), 3.9(major)
    155 V, 154 Q
    1/2 yr in immunology lab, ~1.5 viral pathogenesis lab
    2 oral conference presentations, 2 research stipends

    Emory IMP
    Pitt IBGP
    Maryland-Bmore MMI
    Texas-SanAntonio IMGP
    Penn State BMMB
    Umass GSBS
    George Wash IBS
    Drexel M&I
    Rush Univ I/M
  • virionsvirions Registered User Posts: 185 Junior Member
    Glad to see more Pitt/IBGP applicants this year. Felt like I was one of the only ones, a year ago! Definitely happy with my decision to attend, so far. Good luck, folks!
  • pghbioteacherpghbioteacher Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Hey Virions-

    Could you provide any insight into the different programs at Pitt (Bio Dept vs IBGP vs PIMB)?

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