In the fall and winter of 2007, I applied to nine PhD programs in neuroscience and the biological/biomedical sciences. Applying to graduate school is a lot of work, and while I found several helpful resources that guided me through the process, none were quite specific to my field. Therefore, I decided to share my advice and experiences in hopes of helping other prospective graduate students in the life sciences. I'm not a professional admissions counselor, just someone who's been in the same boat. I hope you find my thoughts on the matter to be useful.
Choosing a Graduate Program - How to determine where you should apply.
Timeline - A step-by-step guide to completing your applications in a timely manner.
Statement of Purpose - How to write this important essay (with examples).
Curriculum Vitae - How to create a professional CV (with examples).
Letters of Recommendation - How to select, prepare, and follow up with your recommenders.
Contacting Professors - How to approach potential graduate mentors before you apply.
Interviews - What to expect from a life science graduate interview.
Choosing a Graduate Program II: Accepted! - How to choose between multiple offers.
Links - A collection of links to helpful websites.