Finally, my update-brag

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Finally, my update-brag
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Fri, 04-15-2011 - 9:26pm

Its official so I'm now allowed to talk about it: ds27 will be going to grad school this fall! I didn't want to say anything last fall when he started applying, or even in January when he started interviews. He didn't want us telling people about his offers until he had made a decision.

He applied to 5 schools, got 4 interviews, and 4 offers. Interestingly, the school that didn't invite him to interview was his alma mater. His prof there wrote him a nice letter of recommendation so we suspect its more about the "inbred" thing in the sciences. Anyway, he found it interesting to compare the programs, but the locations and stipend amounts were important too. The best fit in all categories is UC Berkeley. So this fall he starts work on a Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicology.

Interestingly, he was the oldest candidate at each of the interviews (they were done in groups), some of the others were slated to graduate this spring, others graduated last year. I think it helped him that not only does he have a few years of experience working in a lab/closely with grad students and truly knows what he's getting himself into, but enough "real-life" experience to decide that he's willing to give up a comfortable salary for the grind of the grad-student life.

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Fri, 04-15-2011 - 9:38pm

Congrats to your ds! WOW - a PhD in molecular biology. I'm impressed! Is his gf a lot younger than him or is she going back for an undergrad degree? My niece lived in CA for awhile and the cost of living was their big complaint, especially after living in the midwest. I know what you mean about the alma mater thing. One of the (several) med schools that Jason didn't get an interview at was at his alma mater. Even though he graduated suma cum laude and had a great MCAT score. Congrats again!

Pam
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Fri, 04-15-2011 - 11:01pm

Congratulations!

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Registered: 10-26-1999
Sat, 04-16-2011 - 1:47am
Congratulations! That is indeed terrific news, especially that 4 out of 5 schools accepted him - big reason to brag! OK, now can I say...yippee, Bay Area! Look forward to some visits ahead! :-)

I may already know this and the brain isn't retaining...but, will he get any stipends or grants? How will they afford to live up here? Does his gf qualify for financial aid or will she have to work a lot of hours to survive?

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 04-16-2011 - 2:09am

Pam, his gf is the same age. She has been attending Comm Coll off and on for the past 10 years...she's never had any financial help so lots of PT school and working, then a change of direction in major so the last couple of years she's been taking the pre-reqs. She will be a third year transfer.

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Sat, 04-16-2011 - 2:26am

Calmama, ds will get a full ride. Tuition and a living stipend for 5 years. (he'll probably have to help write the grants for years 2-5 LOL) All of the schools offered that but Berkeley's stipend was significantly more than the others...probably in part because its the most expensive area of any of the 4. But one of the others, in a large metro area, offered what ds felt would be difficult to live on, and he won't have time for a PT job in addition to the grad school commitments.

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Sat, 04-16-2011 - 2:55am

Sabr, I don't know exactly what ds is planning to do after he gets the degree. Over the years I've heard of things from teaching to research...I think one thing he found in the past 5 years in the "real world" is that in the sciences there's not much opportunity for advancement with only a BS or MS. To clarify, he's not giving up a good job right now to go to school. He was working at a university research lab as lab mgr/research asst for a couple of years until last May, when funding ran out--that was a well paid position with great benefits and perks. He did unemployment for a while and is currently working as an assistant to dh. He could get a well-paying job at a biotech with no problem, but it would mostly be repetitive work that he would find boring, and without the advanced degree he wouldn't progress very far.

Gf is going for a BS in Nutrition, entering university as a third year transfer student. There are very few schools on the west coast with a Nutrition major so it was fortunate that there is one near his choice of school, and that she got in.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sat, 04-16-2011 - 3:00pm

Even with a PhD, the options in science are mostly research or research/teach at a uni, work for a drug co,

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sat, 04-16-2011 - 7:27pm

That is very exciting & impressive--he sounds very smart.

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Registered: 10-26-1999
Sun, 04-17-2011 - 12:31am
Tuition and stipend - wow! I'm very impressed...and you must be very proud!

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Sun, 04-17-2011 - 8:12am

My youngest Sis is considerably older then her dh 13 years.
She went to college in the early 80s.
She got her MBA from U of M long before her dh was in the picture.
She worked during her 20 and 30s when she was single.
She worked for Coke in Atlanta for many years,
she also worked for the gov in Washington DC doing some financial aid stuff
for a few years.
She did this all before she got married and starting having her family.

Her dh got his MBA in 2005 from Columbia.
He communted from Washington DC to New York.
He did a weekend degree program so he could work
4 days while going to school.
Thier second child was born shortly before he graduated from Columbia.
Her DH is into venture captial stuff.
He is founder/ceo of two companies
both in california.

She homeschools her kids 3 days and they go to a small private school
the other two days a week.
That works out well for thier family.
They live 5min from the beach in california.

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