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

<p>Anyone on CC applying this year?</p>

<p>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.</p>

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


<p>I am applying. I’m still working on both essays.</p>

<p>yup, applying. working on essays</p>

<p>im just wondering what extra documents they’ll be willing to review</p>

<p>Yes! I am almost done with my essays, and I’ve finished everything else. So excited!</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>Oh also location? And if not from CA Bay Area, what are you going to do for housing?</p>

<p>I am from Indiana. I have relatives that live near campus so I would be staying with them.</p>

<p>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. </p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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!!</p>

<p>@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!</p>

<p>Nice. I wonder if / hope that being from across the country will help my admission chances (geographic diversity and whatnot). </p>

<p>If I can figure out what to do about the scanned things, I’ll be set.</p>

<p>I really want to do Genetics or Bioinformatics.</p>

<p>Also, since they added two new institutes this year, there will be more spots :slight_smile: woohoo!</p>

<p>My first choice is genetics as well, followed closely by neurobiology, then stem cell research. </p>

<p>NB: I am super obsessive, so I will probably be posting here continuously until April 13th…</p>

<p>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.)?</p>

<p>Hopefully a lot as I have >2350 and a high GPA for my school. Stats are my biggest strength haha</p>

<p>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:</p>

<p>"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.</p>

<p>“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”.</p>

<p>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?</p>

<p>@NatNatNat- is there any way you could give me the link to that news article? I would love to read it!</p>

<p>@litotes- I’m also on the same boat with a 2370 SAT, 234 PSAT, and scholar of scholars of my school. However, I really wish they didn’t evaluate us based on stats because they can only reveal so much. I tried to show more of my passion for science in the essays, so hopefully it works out well!</p>

<p>Here it is:[High</a> on Immunology - Stanford Medicine Magazine - Stanford University School of Medicine](<a href=“]High”>
I just realized its from a decade ago (whoops) but I don’t think it would change so much. </p>

<p>As for the character limit - concision is next to godliness :)</p>

<p>@NatNatNat Thanks!! </p>

<p>@litotes- As far as the 3000 character limit, it was really difficult to say everything I wanted to say at first. However, after 4 or 5 drafts I was able to make my ideas more concise. My best advice is to go through several drafts and work on it with your English teacher before you submit</p>

<p>I guess being asian doesn’t really help with the diverse thing… :(</p>