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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.