[BiO BB] PhD Programs: CS vs bioinformatics
dsterry at iupui.edu
Tue Nov 22 18:43:02 EST 2005
I am finishing my applications for doctoral study for next fall, but I
had a question before I send all this off. I am a computer science
undergrad wanting to work in bioinformatics (with CS focus), but don't
have a whole lot of biology and chemistry background. I will get most
of what most programs want by the time I graduate, but most of this
won't show up on transcripts (I just started these classes this
semester). I'm sure I want to work in bioinformatics, so the ability to
switch focus areas in CS wouldn't be much of an advantage.
Many of the schools I am applying to have a computational biology or
bioinformatics PhD-offering programs and a computer science department
that also does lots of research in this area. Which would make the most
sense for me to apply to? Would the specialty programs be more likely
to accept me because I am specifically interested in their area, or
should I apply to CS since I have a stronger background in that?
Thanks for any suggestions.
Senior Undergraduate in Computer Science
Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI)
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