neuroscience: yes or no?

Richard Norman rsnorman at
Thu Mar 16 00:20:22 EST 2000

It also depends on what your actual grades look like.
The reasons you indicate will show very clearly in the transcript --
    early grades poor, recent ones fine = a while to get on-track
    grades in one area poor, grades in later major fine = change of major
    grades plummet one term, then pick up afterwards = major personal

Are your grades in the appropriate science and math courses good?

It can also help if you of your recommenders writes frankly about your
and indicates why they really don't indicate your true worth.

Given those situations you shouldn't worry about the GPA and go for what you
think is right for you!

Russ Gibson <rgibson at> wrote in message
news:aOWz4.4915$511.1398430 at
> Hi there.. I'm about to receive my B.S. in physics, and I have a strong
> interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience. Fortunately, my
> are excellent, and I have done research for several great professors who
> willing to give me stellar recommendations. Unfortunately, I have a 2.5
> (it took me a while to get on-track in college, change of majors, major
> death in family, etc, etc.).
> Do I have a snowball's chance in hell of getting into grad school?
> At this point, I have pretty much written off prestigious research
> universities, and am hoping to get accepted to a state university
> with a smaller department, less prestigious reputation, etc. Given the
> extremely competitive nature of admission into neuroscience programs, I'm
> also considering another discipline, something like biomedical engineering
> or straight biology research. Would this help? Do I have a chance?
> Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated.
> Russ Gibson
> rgibson at

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