Predictors of Student Productivity in Biomedical Graduate School Applications

Researchers at the University of North Carolina surveyed their biomedical graduate population regarding their school applications and productivity since being accepted.

Interestingly, what some may think as objective predictors of success in graduate school, such as research experience and GRE scores, paled in comparison to their key finding.

"We found no correlations of test scores, grades, amount of previous research experience, or faculty interview ratings with high or low productivity among those applicants who were admitted and chose to matriculate at UNC. In contrast, ratings from recommendation letter writers were significantly stronger for students who published multiple first-author papers in graduate school than for those who published no first-author papers during the same timeframe."

I hope the conclusions of this study become widespread; it can be crippling for a potential student to think themselves inadequate if they don't make some sort of imaginary GRE score cut-off. It may appear that a solid foundation of mentorship truly prepares the student for the challenges ahead.

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