I redacted some identifying information, but I wanted to leave up my stats if anyone with similar stats or interests wanted guidance on their school lists! Good luck!
Hi everyone, I'm planning on applying this cycle and would appreciate some advice on specific schools that are good fits for my stats and my research interests. I am broadly interested in virology/microbiology, with a specific interest in researching viral adaptations and viral influence on cell metabolism.
- cGPA and sGPA: 3.88
- MCAT score: 520
- Undergraduate institution or category: Ivy League
- Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer): 100 hours (50 hours clinical, 50 hours shadowing)
- Research experience and productivity at time of application
- 3.5 years in basic science biochemistry lab (4th author on high IF journal paper, 3 national conferences, 2600 hours)
- Summer program in translational basic science lab (1st prize at end of program conference, 600 hours)
- 7 months in cancer biology lab, currently not working due to COVID-19 (potential for anywhere from 0-3 mid-author publications in low to mid IF journals, 1300 hours)
- Relevant honors or awards
- Received 2 highly-selective (awarded to less than 1% of students my year) research grants totaling $8000 in funding from university
- Phi Beta Kappa
1) Out of the top 25 programs, which schools specifically excel in microbiology/virology research?
2) Are there any niche programs I should be considering for my research interests?
3) How many programs should I apply to?
Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you!