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  1. I know of two people in my current Ph.D. Program who attended another program for a year, realized it wasn't a good fit, and decided to leave. Both of them were still able to receive multiple admissions from other universities and are now very happy with their current situation. Obviously, the biggest con is you're potentially going to have to sit out some time from school while you apply elsewhere. However, some programs admit students in the Fall and Spring, which means less time away.
  2. Those are some excellent points! That was one of the hardest things for me as well, trying to figure out what subjects I should prioritize first. Should it be computer programming/science, biological sciences or mathematics? The lab I ended up joining for my masters focused on computer science, so I spent most of my time there. Now at the Ph.D. level, a lot of the labs focus on tool development rather than implementation, and it's made me go back to try to become an even better programmer. It definitely is a never-ending cycle of reevaluating where you are at, and what you need to do to make it to the next step. However, this challenge is also what has made Bioinformatics so rewarding!
  3. I posted this article over on my personal site (https://basilkh.com). It's an article describing how you can use social media to help you in your professional field! Check it out and let me know what you guys think: https://basilkh.com/use-social-media-stay-ahead-field/
  4. More Informatics blog posts

    Let us know if you need any help getting this up and running!
  5. Hi there, Sorry nobody has replied to this! I would reach out the program coordinator of the program and ask them about this. I am sure you are not the only person who has lots of research experience, but no publications. Don't let this be a deterrent for you applying just yet.
  6. Thought this was interesting and relevant to this section. A platform that is used by called Splunk many tech companies is now going to start incorporating artificial intelligence. The people behind Splunk state that by incorporating artificial intelligence, they are able to improve operations by: Check out the full article below! https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/09/26/new-tool-uses-machine-learning-and-artificial-intelligence-to-improve-it-operations/#6c7f1ba63789
  7. Do Ph.D Programs accept MCAT scores

    Went ahead and updated Eli's list with your suggestion Stephanie.
  8. Can't answer this question directly, but I will say, I personally did my undergraduate and masters degree at the same university, and am doing my Ph.D somewhere else. It's been great having the opportunity to explore another college and break out of my comfort zone.
  9. As a Bioinformaticians or Computational Biologist, what are some issues that you have faced early on in your career? This could range from issues with programming, issues with software, issues with algorithms, and even issues with biological questions/ideas.
  10. Which Software Do You Use for Data Mining?
  11. This goes to out to everyone, especially our new members! If you haven't realized already, one of the features of becoming a member of YDSOA is that you are able to create your own blog, and post articles related to Informatics, Data Science, or any other topic you'd like. To do this, head over to this link and select "Create New Blog." From there you can give a name to blog, add a description, and then eventually you can post your own topics. Let us know if you have any questions!
  12. Introduction to SQL

    Hi George, There's a free online SQL course provided by Stanford Lagunita - I highly recommend it (you also get a certificate afterwards that you can add to your resume.) You can access the course here. As for books, one that I used when first learning SQL and like a lot is called "SQL in 10 Minutes, Sams Teach Yourself." The kindle version of the book costs around $14. Also.. implementing new abilities in projects is an excellent way to really get an in-depth understanding of the subject! Hope that helps! (P.S. Thanks for registering to YDSOA! Please feel free to use the YDSOA Forums if you have any questions, and join in on the discussion!)
  13. Data Science Poll 8/13/17 If you utilize cloud computing, which service provider do you currently use?
  14. How Important is GRE for Ph.D Programs?

    Stephanie has the right idea. GRE scores are an important part of somebody's application. However, other factors are crucial as well (like she mentioned.) Every program is also different, and most programs will state on their homepage the average GRE percentile for those admitted into the program. This can help you gauge your competitiveness for a program, and also offer you a target score if you have not taken your test yet.