<p>Hi everyone. I am currently applying for a PhD at 8 schools. I'm trying to get into Pharmacology programs where they are available or biomedical programs where they aren't. However, I'm getting very nervous that these schools are all too top tier and I was wondering if I should throw in some safeties just in case. My stats are listed below; I talked to my PI about this and he seemed certain that I would be fine with the schools I'm applying to now...but I would be grateful if you all could weigh in on this :)</p>
<p>Major/minor: Human Biology w/ Philosophy Minor. Graduated in 3 years at large research university. Currently getting master's in biology there too (BS/MS).
GPA: 3.97 (summa cum laude)
GRE: 170 (99%) Verbal; 167 (95%) Quantitative; 5.5 AW (96%). Took the biochem subject test in October...I don't know my scores yet but it was incredibly difficult and I'm not too hopeful about it.
LORs: 1 from my PI whom I've worked under since my first quarter as a freshman. 1 from the postdoc who mentored me since I first started out. 1 from a philosophy professor (not ideal for biology, but I know his recommendation will be superb and hopefully his familiarity with my writing skills will be useful). All recommendations should be very good, especially from my PI.
Research: As an undergrad, had 3 projects, 2 of which were my own. Did a lot of research under my mentor testing a new drug, which is what made me really interested in pharmacology. I am now working on one of my undergraduate projects for my Master's thesis. I received an undergraduate grant from an independent organization, for which I also attended a conference. No papers, but coming up on 4 years of research experience.</p>
<p>I'm applying to: UCSF Pharmacgenomics/Pharmacology, UCSD, UCLA ACCESS, Stanford, Yale, USC, Johns Hopkins, and MIT. Should I throw in some safeties? I honestly feel like it will be a waste of time applying to schools that I don't actually want to go to.</p>
<p>Thanks for your input :)</p>