Hello everyone, If you have any advice for me, I'd greatly appreciate it. I graduated 2 years ago with a degree in Philosophy and History of Science and Mathematics, but developed an interest in Epigenetics during my junior year. Since then, I have wanted to pursue research in that field and eventually plan on getting my Ph.D. IN the summer of my junior year and a bit during my senior year, I interned at a molecular biology lab at UMD. I did not manage to get anything published, but learned a lot of laboratory skills. That sort of opportunity wasn't available at my college. Unfortunately, during my senior year a couple of health problems came to a head and my gpa sank to a 2.9 from a 3.7 in my first two years. Since then, I have taken the following prerequisites and worked in an unrelated field. Chem I & II-- A, C Orgo I & II--A, B- Bio I & II--A, B GRE: 165, 156 This Fall, I will be taking Genetics and Biochemistry. I know that I would like to study nutrigenomics, but have heard that doing a masters doesn't necessarily help you and is less economical. However, for obvious reasons, I am concerned that without substantial research experience and a less than stellar gpa, I may not have reason to hope. Again, any help is appreciated. What can I do to improve my chances for admission to a Ph.D. program without doing a masters or should I absolutely do a masters?