Applying this cycle, submitted 17 schools already. Considering adding more lower ranked schools depending on feedback (money is a little tight though).
CA resident with strong ties to MN
3.8 c&sGPA at 35-25 ranked school, 4.0 grad GPA
- PhD at top 3 program synthetic chemistry and stem cell biology (10k+ hours)
1 1st author paper, 2 2nd author papers
- NSF graduate research fellowship
- Undergrad organometallic research for 3 years (1000+ hours)
1 2nd author paper
- Teaching health workshops to underserved public school students for 2 years in college (240 hours 2010-2012)
- Scientific education outreach through graduate program (350 hours 2012-2016)
- Volunteer EMT with undergraduate organization and ambulance company (~500 hours 2009-2012)
- Hospital volunteer in post-op ward (120 hours 2009)
Shadowed spinal surgeon for 80 hours over 2 summers
- RA for 2 years
- tutor chem/math physics for 2 years in college
- TA for graduate class
I am shooting for high ranked research schools. I feel like I may not succeed because of the change of direction from synthetic chemistry and the fact that my clinical volunteering is now 3-5 years old. I have already set up another volunteering opportunity at a big hospital and am shadowing a cardiologist which hopefully will be online before interviews (if I get them). Also I am now on a much more clinically relevant project in graduate school.
Harvard, Penn, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, UChicago, UCLA, Michigan, UCSD, Cornell, Northwestern, Mt. Sinai, Mayo, UVA, BU, USC, UMinnesota
Should I add more schools? Seems I have a lot less than most people with similar stats and I am trying to decide whether to invest more money this cycle quickly or just save some schools for reapplying next year.