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06:52 AM on 03/12/13 
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I'm hoping to get into a PhD program after my undergrad in bio-medical science, and the preparations are killing me. I keep my GPA up, but I am working my ass off to do as much research on campus as possible. Hoping to work with some local biotech companies soon.
Anything you're leaning towards? what sorts of labs have you checked out? Boston is fantastic if you want to go into pharma or biotech, so much opportunity (relatively speaking).
07:10 AM on 03/12/13 
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Anything you're leaning towards? what sorts of labs have you checked out? Boston is fantastic if you want to go into pharma or biotech, so much opportunity (relatively speaking).

Boston is fantastic for biotech, one of the main reasons I go to school in the city. My professors are fantastic. I have looked at Genzyme and Biogen, the real big ones in the area. I'm hoping to get some work done with professors in their labs, so I could ideally have taken their class, worked in their lab, and get a recommendation letter from them. I'm hoping to get some work done in the cellular or molecular fields, since I want a PhD in molecular genetics or microbiology. There is also this really cool internship I want at the New England Aquarium where you are on the emergency medical staff and aid in animal emergencies and also research what instances happened to the animals.

EDIT: Also I am doing my honors thesis on horizontal gene transfer, so I am hoping that helps as well.
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01:36 PM on 03/16/13 
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Boston is fantastic for biotech, one of the main reasons I go to school in the city. My professors are fantastic. I have looked at Genzyme and Biogen, the real big ones in the area. I'm hoping to get some work done with professors in their labs, so I could ideally have taken their class, worked in their lab, and get a recommendation letter from them. I'm hoping to get some work done in the cellular or molecular fields, since I want a PhD in molecular genetics or microbiology. There is also this really cool internship I want at the New England Aquarium where you are on the emergency medical staff and aid in animal emergencies and also research what instances happened to the animals.

EDIT: Also I am doing my honors thesis on horizontal gene transfer, so I am hoping that helps as well.
Ya any research experience is awesome. My advice to you is to really gravitate towards labs where you get some independence but also decent guidance (whether it be from a PI, postdoc, or grad student). Avoid labs that don't have technicians because they'll just make you a technician which is kind of like, a scientific maid/butler. You want to learn the scientific method so definitely look towards labs that're actively churning out publications (you can get that info just by googling the professor's name or searching on pubmed). Mol gen and micro are always hot topics. Utilize your summers wisely. If you have questions about specific labs and how to search em up, PM me the name of the PI and I'll help you out. Good luck!
01:37 PM on 03/16/13 
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so your program starts in the fall i guess? It's a 2 year MA? I don't know if you said so but what're your long term goals?
05:47 PM on 03/17/13 
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so your program starts in the fall i guess? It's a 2 year MA? I don't know if you said so but what're your long term goals?

Yeah starts this fall. It's a 36 credit hour MS so it can be done in a year. I plan on doing a master's thesis and then using it to get a Phd in sport management. I'll probably take a year or two off after the master's and see if I can get some experience in the field, preferably in college athletics. Will be easier to transition back into the Phd that way.
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I plan on becoming a licensed professional counselor. I am currently teaching right now; I love teaching but I am not a fan of the current system of teaching. In simple terms I love the profession but I hate it's bureaucracy. Hell, I work in a school where kids are lucky to get 5 minutes of recess a day. The job is also quite taxing mentally and takes a lot out of me.

Also knowing that Spanish speakers are really underrepresented when it comes to mental health issues is a big motivator to become a counselor.
09:09 PM on 03/17/13 
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Should be reading journals so I can actually get into a Grad school but instead I'm on AP.

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Should be reading journals so I can actually get into a Grad school but instead I'm on AP.

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haha I should be analyzing data but here I am. What sort of journals?
06:54 AM on 03/21/13 
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haha I should be analyzing data but here I am. What sort of journals?

Some Social Psych ones to read for an assignment for one of my courses. It takes me forever to get through Social Psych journals, they can spend pages trying to explain some complex model and spend another five more trying to test it. Definitely not a fan.
03:03 PM on 03/21/13 
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And I should be writing code, but here I am.
A buddy of mine suggested this website lunda.com for learning code. Ever use it?
03:04 PM on 03/21/13 
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Some Social Psych ones to read for an assignment for one of my courses. It takes me forever to get through Social Psych journals, they can spend pages trying to explain some complex model and spend another five more trying to test it. Definitely not a fan.
Oh god social science papers are a theoretical mind fuck. Better know your stats inside out.
08:36 AM on 03/23/13 
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Never heard of it, though when I went to it, it didn't seem to have anything to do with programming.
sorry, lynda.com.
07:52 PM on 03/27/13 
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Don't know that one either, though I don't really keep track of such things. Having learned all my fundamentals in college, I don't know how easy it would be to learn online (it certainly wouldn't be good for me, I don't learn well that way).

Edit: MIT's Open Courseware (or whatever it's called) would probably be my first choice for online learning. Choose their intro programming class (I think it's in Python, which is relatively easy to learn [compared to something like C++]) and you'd have all the materials.
ya python is really user friendly though it might be slightly limited in terms of libraries I can use. I just got a hold of matlab so I might chip away at that during my free time. MIT's OCW is amazing and there're tons of free lectures streamable on youtube these days.



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