Need Help

Mahlon G. Kelly mgk at darwin.clas.Virginia.EDU
Tue Sep 12 01:23:38 EST 1995

Patrick R. Jones  writes:
> I am a undergraduate student in biology.  Some day I hope to go to 
> graduate school in biochemistry. My grades are good enough but I 
> am afraid that this may not be enough to get in.  I am looking for 
> something to set myself apart from the other students.  At this 
> point I am at a loss on what to do.  I have no real resources to 
> work on projects in the areas that interest me. Does anybody have 
> any ideas?  I do have one useful skill.  I am a professional 
> computer programmer. I don’t mean someone who has taken a FORTRAN 
> class and is working as a work-study student, but a 10 year 
> application programming veteran in the computing industry.  If I 
> could use this skill great if not, I don’t care.  I need something 
> to further my career; something good.  Please help!!!  I know that 
> somebody out there knows of something I could do.
> 	Thank you for your time!!!
> 	Patrick R. Jones
> -- 
> <<Evolution isn’t just a good idea. Its the law!>>

Certainly there must be some investigator, either in your
university or at a nearby medical center, who would be only too
happy to use your skills in a for-credit research project. That
would certainly look good on your application. Another hint:
try to get to know your faculty members well enough that when
it comes time to get letters of recommendation they can write
something fairly personal, not just a form letter that says
they had you in a class.
Associate Professor (Emeritus)
University of Virginia
mgk at darwin.clas.virginia.edu

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