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Crafting an effective statement of purpose

Diya Binoy Joseph, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Center The statement of purpose is an important part of your application package. It is often a requirement for applications to PhD programs or internships. A well-crafted and targeted statement of purpose can really help your application stand out. For highly competitive programs with hundreds

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SOP Sample From Khorana Alum

Here is a sample of an SOP by Diya Joseph. Here is a link to her other article about navigating an internship.    “What is life?” This question posed by the physicist Erwin Schrödinger in his book of the same name sparked the imaginations of physicists, chemists and biologists in the 1940s. It led James

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The Covid-19 Research: How India Responds?

Since the advent of first reported case of the Covid-19 or SARS-CoV-2 viral infection in India, the scientific response against this worldwide pandemic has been quite significant. The need of time has resulted into an immense scientific polarization towards the Covid-19 specific research. Now India ranks second with 5.73 million total numbers of cases amongst

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Navigating a Summer Internship

Diya Binoy Joseph, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Center Congratulations! If you are reading this, you are most likely about to embark on a summer research internship or are interested in applying for one. In the former case, your hard work on applications has paid off and you are preparing for an exciting

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Field Trips in the Time of COVID-19

It is quite an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 disrupted our lives. As a field-based researcher, I had to cancel all my fieldwork activities and instead embrace the lifestyle that I clearly wanted to avoid when I started on my career track: sit at a desk and stare at a screen.

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Iqra Shahzad Blog 2019

I was in my Evolutionary Dynamics class, learning about the Evolution of Cooperative Strategies, when my phone buzzed, there I saw a notification from Khorana Program and it said “Dear Iqra Shahzad, I am pleased to inform you…”, and suddenly the insipidity of the day, all but vanished. Of all the emails that I had

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Khorana Bose Alumni Talks: Mentoring the Next Generation

It is our pleasure to announce that WINStep Forward will be conducting certain aspects of the Khorana Bose internship virtually amidst the pandemic and going forward. WINStep Forward, with the help of Khorana-Bose Alumni, is taking the initiative of connecting current scholars with Alumni and reputed mentors in the US and India. We thank the

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Mayuri Dutta Summer 2019 Blog

The afternoon of 10th January 2019, was one of the best moments of my life that I could never forget. I was in college, in my lab, waiting for some samples to centrifuge when I checked my phone. A Gmail notification blinked on the phone screen that struck me. It was an email from the

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Former Scholars Go Above and Beyond After Internships

WINStep wanted to highlight two of our former scholars who have gone on to amaze us in what they are creating. Soundarya Balasubramani was a 2016 SN Bose Scholar who had her internship at the University of Wisconsin Madison. When asked to explain her time since her internship, she shared “The three month internship at

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The RING Concept: Mental Health in times of COVID

By Cheshta Bhatia We, as humans, are hard wired with the urge to know everything that life holds for us. We like to plan our every action, think about the reactions life can have to those actions, and sketch out how we would manage those situations. This is something very fundamental to human behaviour. In

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