Who can see your viewing activity?
Yes, My mic isn't working.
Are we allowed to ask about non-admissions related questions about the program?
The LOR has to be uploaded on the application site by my teachers or do I have to do it?
How many of your grad students pursue certificate programs?
Several of our students do enroll in certificates while they are here. It's not uncommon.
after completing masters will it give transition to phd program?
Students can apply to the PhD program, but there is no formal transfer option
We have had ScMs apply to the PhD and end up joining the program after being accepted
I am interested studying microbiology and immunology, however it is very important to me that I gain skills in science communication and applying my knowledge to public health. Are there current MMI students that are involved in public health and policy? Do these students mainly use certificate programs to fulfill these interests?
Ayana, which program are you interested in?
I am interested in MCBID
The PhD program?
Jamie Smith (she/her)
I may have missed this, but which programs are you in Yasmine and Patrick?
Yasmine Issah (she/hers)
I'm in the two year ScM program!
3rd year phd!
Jamie Smith (she/her)
I am interested in the PhD program.
Great! I was curious because in the context of the PhD program you have a lot more time to pursue certificate programs, get involved in public health, policy, etc
Vs the masters programs which are just less time to squeeze everything in (though students do complete certificates in the ScM, often!)
In terms of communicating science to the general public and public outreach, can I be directed to student groups that relate to this? Are there communities within the MMI student body that are active in this regard?
Ayana - Send me an email about this and I'll look into it for you.
The R3 program is very focused on this stuff. you may want to talk to Gundula Bosch, who runs the program, or at least look her up on twitter :)
Ok thank you @Gail O'Connor!
Do these faculty generally promote healthy work-life balance? Every lab has it's own culture but how would you describe the general culture within this department?
for applying to PhD to which department can we inquire ?
Tisha: Are you referring to our PhD program?
Within the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
You can ask us any questions about the PhD here, or email us, if you have questions later.
yes ma'am i am referring to both MS and PhD program
ok ma'am can u share the mail id please
How much time does Admissions take to send an offer of acceptance in case I get selected for the course in ScM?
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
ok ma'am Thank you
Alex, can you put your email in the chat?
Sure! My email is email@example.com
@Aryan ScM decisions are usually pretty fast (within weeks), but I will not make any promises there because I don’t want something to come up that delays us!
Thank You Ma’am @Monica Mugnier
Thank you for your honesty!
What’s the student to faculty ratio like and would you recommend us reaching out to the faculty to learn more about their research areas before applying?
Do you have any advice for applicants who are on the fence between a PhD program and Master’s program?
Kally we’ll talk about your questions next
What kind of students are the department looking for or what qualities should a student have in order to be successful in this department?
Yeah even I wanna know this what qualities in a student is MMI looking out for? Because like in my case my Bachelors is 3 years so I kinda lose out there as well!
Regarding the personal statement, what are some things we should include to make a string personal statement. What should we avoid?
Would section headers in the personal statement be helpful?
Thank you all so very much. This was extremely helpful. Especially the discussion on how this particular program connects to public health.
You're welcome, Francine. Feel free to reach out to any of us with additional questions as they come up.
Thank you all for your time!
I have recently been advised that sometimes reviewers/faculty do not want students who do not want to go into academia. I know that MMI alumni have entered spaces other than academia based on the website but I would like confirmation that talking about my career interests and what I hope to gain from the program will not be an issue.
Thank You so much to everyone for answering so many of the Qs. Looking forward to applying soon now and hopefully getting selected!
Thank you so much for this meeting and the information provided!
Jamie Smith (she/her)
Thanks for joining us
Thank you so much everyone!
Thank you so much!
Thank you :)