Science Education to Science Research
I am a Biology teaching associate at a university, and have been teaching all levels of science for the past 6 years. I am wanting to go into neuroscience research, specializing in autism and learning disorders. I have applied to Ph.D. programs for the past two years, but have only been invited for an interview twice.
One of my challenges is that my Master's is in teaching science. Although I had 18 hours of graduate level Biology courses, I did not produce any published articles. I did two months of research at a neuroscience lab, but I only produced a short brief on the research.
I have a few questions about my next steps.
1. Several schools have asked for published articles. Would my brief at least touch on this?
2. What could I do to boost the research side of my application?
3. I applied to several prominent neuroscience and biomedical programs. What are some of the lesser know and less competitive programs I should apply for?
- Kofi Kankam expert Hey Davis - I left you lot of feedback on your profile. You should definitely highlight any research you have done and must address this gap re: your lack of research - it's a big issue in terms of getting into PhD or research programs. I would like to see you do some research (today) if you can (even remotely helping assess results) with Coastal Carolina. Your additional programs need to be driven by actual professor's research under whom you want to study. PhD programs nearly necessitate that you reach out to profs at those schools. But, if you're looking for programs, try Pitt and Wisconsin - very good programs which are a bit easier to get into. Reach out if you want to connect. Kof