[BiO BB] Re: PhD Programs: CS vs bioinformatics
jeff at bioinformatics.org
Tue Nov 22 23:52:28 EST 2005
Some of the "cross-over" questions are addressed in our FAQ:
Daniel Terry wrote:
> 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.
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