Admissions to graduate neuroscience and biology programs
May 10, 2011 8:10 AM Subscribe
What are my options for acceptance into PhD programs for Neuroscience or Molecular Biology
posted by jbreyfogle to Society & Culture (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hi. I recently made the switch to applying for a PhD in neuro or molecular bio from applying to med school, a choice made not because of my competition for med school but because I would rather do medical research instead. The reason I ask this is because I have extensive knowledge of Med school admissions process, but am very inexperienced on grad school admissions.
I go to boston university, a school which deflates grades. I am finishing junior year.
I have a 3.5 gpa and a 3.49 in science gpa. This semester however, I will be getting a 3 average.
My molecular and cell bio classes all have great grades.
I have extensive research experience and clinical experience.
freshman year for 10 months I worked in an oral pathology clinic at Brigham and Women's hospital. That spring semester and summer after, I worked in a neuro endo lab. For the last 2 years I have been working at a pediatrics oncology lab at MGH, under the head of genetics, an MD PHD from stanford and affiliated with Harvard med school. He is writing me a recommendation which will be very good, since he knows me very well. I am continuing research there indefinitely. I have also have recommendations from the DMD that I worked with at oral path, who is a harvard DMS professor.
I test well and GREs will be a piece of cake.
What are my options for grad school admissions. How high do I shoot? I think I am an easily competitive candidate for BU's neuro program. I am also considering Tuft's Sackler school of biomedical science.
Research areas I would focus on:
Molecular Bio: oncology and molecular bio of cancer related illness, preventative medicine, and cure.
Neuro: neuro stem cell, functional organization of cells in disease.
I am specifically looking for recommendations on types of schools, specific schools, and how to better my candidacy.
I will be applying to enter after I graduate undergrad.