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Preparing for Graduate School

Welcome to another academic year, especially those of you who are new to Belmont!  This post is aimed particularly at underclassmen who are interested in attending graduate school: PhD programs in particular (not pertinent for those interested in entering the medical field).  I also hope that upperclassmen will find some helpful information here, too! Ok,Continue reading “Preparing for Graduate School”

Oh my goodness, how do I write a Personal Statement for an REU application?

Every time I’ve been required to write a personal statement, I freak out.  In the past, I thought these essays needed to be mind-blowing narratives to convince people how “awesome” I was and that I “totally understood” science.  This was incredibly intimidating—especially when, if I was honest with myself, I didn’t think I was thatContinue reading “Oh my goodness, how do I write a Personal Statement for an REU application?”

Vanderbilt’s Virtual VSSA

Becky Adams, 11/25/2020 I have to start out my suggestions by directing you to the Virtual VSSA program that was put on by Dr. Beth Bowman at Vanderbilt last summer. Vanderbilt typically hosts several summer research programs for undergraduates, one of which is the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy. These programs are intended to provide researchContinue reading “Vanderbilt’s Virtual VSSA”

Introducing: Your EpiTranscript

Becky Adams, 11/25/2020 Why are we here? As the faculty of the Biology department at Belmont, we think it is our duty to not only teach concepts within the classroom, but also to provide guidance for how to prepare to apply for post-undergraduate education, as many of our students will do. This website is focusedContinue reading “Introducing: Your EpiTranscript”


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