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Please take time to read this, I appreciate any advice from any Ph.D. student or mentor, an advice from a neuroscience or health science field person is more useful to me.
I am an international student from India, pursuing my master's degree in Pharmacology at a US university (a private university not classified as a research university).
Hopefully, I will graduate in May 2018. I have a serious and never-ending interest in doing research in the neuroscience field. I planned to do Ph.D. in neuroscience and took care of all requirements.
My undergrad was in Pharmaceutical Sciences from India, I made an evaluation of my undergrad transcripts and converted into US GPA score by WES, and it is 3.23/4.0.
My maser's GPA as of now (3 semesters) is 3.64/4.0.
GRE: 151 Verbal, 153 Quant, 3.0 Analytical writing TOEFL: Reading - 27, Listening -29, speaking -20, writing -28 (Total - 104)
I don't have any published research papers yet.
I wrote a cohesive Statement of purpose explaining my research experience in my master's program and also my future research interests and mentioned the names of potential advisors that I searched in the respective university faculty websites.
Sent all documents before deadlines.
I applied to a total of 10 Universities, they are:
Univ of Alabama Birmingham - rejected
Univ of Texas Austin - awaiting decision
Rockefeller University -awaiting decision
Univ of Illinois Urbana Champaign - rejected
Univ of Iowa - Awaiting decision
Univ of Kansas - selected for an interview, but got rejected few days after the interview
Univ of Michigan - Awaiting decision
Icahn School of medicine - rejected
Univ of North Carolina - Awaiting decision
Yale University - rejected
So, I got rejected from 5 universities, out of which one university interviewed me but rejected later. Now, I am waiting for the decision from 5 more. I feel that my confidence levels are dropping already.
I am not worried about falling, I have failed many times at many things, and I am sure that I will apply next year or in two years to the same program.
But one thing I noticed was, many of the Universities that rejected me replied: "because of so many extraordinary applications, we could not give admission to an excellent application like your's".
I don't know whether this reply from them is generalized one or specific to me. But I don't know how to be the extraordinary applicant. One bad thing in my application that I am aware of is my GRE. If there are any experienced Ph.D. students here, please suggest me what to do.