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    by divemasterexplorer
    Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:18 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    Yeah... the politics is different maybe easier at this point except for the fact that it is equally favored by some terrorist groups and Syrian war refugees... It is not rare at all to see anti-refugee parades/attacks in places -- I have seen it myself in Dresden. In that sense, there is still some sort of white supremacy over there too... I could not say which is better or not, places are different and people have different choices, which is a good thing... It is also based on fact that the financial support for, particularly, non EU students (and even for postdocs) in most schools in Europe is not as good as most schools in the US... It is also true EU has significantly better public welfare in many aspects...

    The politics is different -- it may be easier... It is different so it is hard to normally compare... For example, Germany has very limited access in constructing reactors per nuclear policy...

    All in all, there are places to improve and the fact that nowhere is perfect is meaning too...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_e ... by_country
    [quote="jerrychen"][quote="divemasterexplorer"][quote="Zn004"][quote="jerrychen"]
    by Ankur Verma
    Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:24 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    Undergrad Institution: Top Indian Institue well known for engineering. Reputation in Physics: QS World subject ranking 401-450
    Major(s): Engineering Physics
    GPA in Major: 7.46/10.0
    Overall GPA: 7.46/10.0
    Length of Degree: 4 years
    Position in Class: average
    Type of Student: International

    GRE Scores : Revised
    Q:169
    V:155
    W:4.0
    P:970


    TOEFL:100 (R:29 , L:28 , S:21 , W:22 )


    Research Experience:
    4 months of experimental nuclear physics at home institution.
    3 months doing data analysis in nuclear physics at home institution.
    6+ months studying light-atom interactions (B.tech project) at home institution.
    + 4 minor engineering projects
    NO PUBLICATIONS
    Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Ranked among National Top 1% in the National Graduate Physics Examination 2018(a national
    level examination testing undergraduate level physics organized by IAPT) among 13924 enrolled
    candidates

    Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None

    Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:none

    Special Bonus Points: none

    Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Significantly decreasing trend in gpa

    Applying to Where:
    All for HEPCOS-Th
    Stony Brook -Mar 6: Rejected for Ph.D.(Accepted for Masters via email without funding)
    Boston University -(Mar 14: Rejected via email)
    Texas A&M university - (Jan 22:Interview , Feb 28:Accepted for M.Sc. via website/email with full tution fee waiver, 2000$/month TA and 2000$ fellowship)
    UMass Amherst -
    Rice University -(Feb 27: Rejected via email)
    University of Illinois chicago -
    SUNY Buffalo -
    Pennsylvania State University

    Remark: I started applying in Jan so had limited no. of universities accepting applications at the time.
    by phy94
    Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:11 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: Accepting offer after April 15th
    Replies: 2
    Views: 92

    Re: Accepting offer after April 15th

    This was really helpful! Thank you.
    astroprof wrote:The Council of Graduate School's April 15 Resolution https://cgsnet.org/april-15-resolution states:

    However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer.


    If you are waiting to hear whether you will receive further offers (from a waitlist, for example) on or after April 15, you should contact the school that is your current top choice and explain your situation. It is far better to discuss this in advance than it is to attempt to withdraw your acceptance after April 15. For example, they may be willing to extend the deadline for your final decision. However, I will also note that most programs want their students to succeed, and having a student in the program that is unhappy is not a good prospect for anyone. It is also true that students quit graduate school at various times, so quiting before starting is always a possibility. Nonetheless, it is best not to burn bridges. The physics and astronomy communities are quite small and stories will get around if you behave inappropriately. So, just let everyone know your situation and work with both of the programs to find the optimum solution.
    by astroprof
    Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:13 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: Accepting offer after April 15th
    Replies: 2
    Views: 92

    Re: Accepting offer after April 15th

    The Council of Graduate School's April 15 Resolution https://cgsnet.org/april-15-resolution states:

    However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer.


    If you are waiting to hear whether you will receive further offers (from a waitlist, for example) on or after April 15, you should contact the school that is your current top choice and explain your situation. It is far better to discuss this in advance than it is to attempt to withdraw your acceptance after April 15. For example, they may be willing to extend the deadline for your final decision. However, I will also note that most programs want their students to succeed, and having a student in the program that is unhappy is not a good prospect for anyone. It is also true that students quit graduate school at various times, so quiting before starting is always a possibility. Nonetheless, it is best not to burn bridges. The physics and astronomy communities are quite small and stories will get around if you behave inappropriately. So, just let everyone know your situation and work with both of the programs to find the optimum solution.
    by phy94
    Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:31 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: Accepting offer after April 15th
    Replies: 2
    Views: 92

    Accepting offer after April 15th

    What to do if one is already committed to a program and receives a better offer after April 15th?
    by jerrychen
    Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:44 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    divemasterexplorer wrote:
    Zn004 wrote:
    jerrychen wrote:
    I agree with you. I think studying in Europe will also benefit more than in the US. One thing is that there will be less distraction and then you can focus on physics study and research. I asked my supervisor how about his students who went to the US for physics PhD, mainly about whether they decided to continue their research career any more after graduation, and he replied with silence. Another is that I do not think current America is a suitable place for scientists and engineers. Think about their president and the difficulties emerging in the application for a simple visiting-scholar VISA. Adi Shamir could even be denied to attend the meeting he himself opened and held. I don't really believe it will be a good choice to go there for further education and study recently. Go to Europe and stay far away from these s**t :-)


    keliaobude.....I really think you have some serious misunderstandings there....


    This can be a statement for GRE analytical writing... :) ANYONE here interested in running for the US president for the next round? :P There are different life styles and political backgrounds wherever people choose to live... but I have to say that the result of the election is not good/decent demonstration of population's collective intelligence... :oops:


    Yeah, that is exactly what I want to say, i.e. the overall state and situation. I have to say parts of this world are going insane, and I don't really mean to try to judge anyone's choice but I still have my own position and my own pursuit. If I hurt anybody's feeling like Zn004, then I have to apologize but I will not change my opinion.

    P.S. I do not really believe that something like GRE AW can reflect anything related with any truth or any right ways to think analytically and/or critically. Don't you think that is just a boring test with stubborn writing routine?
    by Cosmicomic
    Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:57 am
    Forum: School Selection
    Topic: UC Merced versus UT Dallas
    Replies: 1
    Views: 63

    Re: UC Merced versus UT Dallas

    I don't know much about Dallas, but I know a little something of Merced.

    Its California, but its a very agricultural area and not as well off as the more known parts of the state. Winters can be foggy. The air often smells like a mix of cows and chemicals. In the summer its very hot. Merced has some not so good areas (esp near the 99), but the University is actually located a ways outside of town. The plus side is the area is inexpensive. The CA university system is also funneling lots of money into the school to make it on par with the other UCs. A number of the faculty as well as people that had a hand in planning out the school are directly from Berkeley. I'm 100% convinced the school will rise up through the ranks to probably just below Riverside in the coming decades.

    I'm less familiar with the research going on there, but in that regard its always best to talk to, and preferably meet with, the groups you're interested in. You're going to be spending half a decade or more working there, so you really should check that its a good fit.
    by Cosmicomic
    Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:36 am
    Forum: School Selection
    Topic: Freaking out over rejections for astronomy
    Replies: 1
    Views: 64

    Re: Freaking out over rejections for astronomy

    I can totally empathize with you. I had several people check over my SOP and school choices and all of them thought my choices were reasonable. I applied for 18 schools in physics (domestic), mostly rank 40-70 with I think 4 above that as reach and a 3 below as safety. So far I'm sitting on 6 rejections, no acceptances, and its pretty late in the season. Even worse, 2/3 safety schools sent me a rejection. Every time someone asks me for updates they're surprised at how I'm faring.

    Judging from some of the responses on here and gradcafe, it seems this year is getting record number of applicants. The competition is tougher than ever.

    Hoping we all get in somewhere.

    If not though I'm not sure what advice I could give, as the advice given to me so far doesn't seem to be helping. My instinct would be to study like crazy for the pGRE, but I've been out of school a while and so that's about all I can improve on.

    Good Luck.
    by Astrothrow
    Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:21 am
    Forum: School Selection
    Topic: Freaking out over rejections for astronomy
    Replies: 1
    Views: 64

    Freaking out over rejections for astronomy

    So I’ve applied to 16 schools total. Everyone at my school said I was crazy for applying to that many, and I somewhat agreed to them, but so far I’ve gotten 11 rejections which is killing my drive for grad school. I have a 3.75 gpa in physics and astrophysics with a minor in math and in the honors program. I have a published paper where I’m like 7th author, and two more along the way, one first author and another that’s fourth. 3 years of teaching and tutoring experience, two very strong LOR, and two conferences. Only thing is my gre kinda blows, with a 148 in readi, 152 qual, 4.5 in writing, and a 43% on the PGRE. I need some reassurance that I’ll get in somewhere cause I’m going *** crazy over here. The last 5 schools I’m waiting on are Boston, Florida, UCLA, Irvine, and Riverside. Any word on these schools? Let’s say I get rejected by all of them, what should my next step me?
    by purplebash
    Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:16 pm
    Forum: Physics Lounge
    Topic: Help me w/ interdisciplinary research?
    Replies: 0
    Views: 21

    Help me w/ interdisciplinary research?

    Hey everyone, I'm a Fellow for a nonprofit based around voting rights and civic engagement. My B.S. is in Astrophysics and I will be attending graduate school this fall for Astro, as well, so I developed a fellowship project that aligned with my background in research and data analysis. The premise is this: STEM students are the least likely students to vote, but there's very little research explaining why. When I bring this up to people, most say the reason is "obvious," then funnily enough everyone gives me a different reason from another.

    So, since there is no other systematic research on it, I made a comprehensive survey to see what students themselves had to say on it, and if there's a consistent "why." It should be pretty quick to do, no more than 5 minutes for sure, and it'd be helping me achieve results in an interdisciplinary topic that would also help my goals as a future graduate student!

    Here's the link to the survey if you're interested in helping out: https://goo.gl/forms/Adq5N1ntgxWp4UyM2

    Anyone of any major can take it, and no it doesn't matter if you voted or not! It only matters that you were a student in the US during the November 2018 election (and YES it's even OK if you were ineligible due to citizenship/age). And if you'd rather just chat about it here, that's totally fine too, the whole goal of this is just to hear folks' perspectives and see what everyone's first thought is when they hear that STEM students are the lowest voter turnout bloc.

    (If I've misread the rules and this isn't allowed, I completely understand, too.) Thanks y'all!
    by jdvynk
    Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:55 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    Semi-victory post. Heard back from the biggest schools now, so I don't feel like I'll jinx myself. :) Undergrad Institution : Big State, Top 20 in Physics/Astro Major(s) : Physics Minor(s) : Lots of classes in Geology 8) GPA in Major : 2.9ish last two years Overall GPA : 3.2 Length of Degree : 5 Position in Class : Struggled Type of Student : DWF, older now that I've taken a break GRE Scores : Q : 155 V : 161 W : 4 P : 490 :shock: :lol: Probably could've retaken and jumped into 600's, but $$$ and I also didn't apply to all programs that required the PGRE. Research Experience : 1.5 last years at school on linear device with spectroscopy. No pubs. Presented poster and got highest undergraduate research honor. Summer REU building circuit for radar sensing system. Very rewarding, highly recommend (at KU). One co-author. 2 years at national lab (out of 4 I've taken off). First internship on semi-HEDP (plasma jets, woot woot). Second on a nuclear diagnostic for ICF implosions. One co-author; one potential co-author in manuscript. Presented poster at APS which was well-received. Gave a talk on the research, too. Awards/Honors/Recognitions : Prize mentioned above. REU. Pertinent Activities or Jobs : Hung out with the astro and SPS kids a lot, and was an officer for my last two years with Women in Physical Sciences. Started first-ever Physical Sciences Poster Fair at our school (the normal one is dominated by biologists and some engineers). Proudest moment was when I helped raise on the order of 10k's in $ to win a proposal to hold CUWiP at our school. :D Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help : Mostly focused on research and science-related activities in my application. Practically had a minor in music, but didn't think they'd care especially given my GPA. Special Bonus Points : Two well-known recommenders in my field. One strong LOR from current advisor. Couldn't be more grateful. Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter : Worked at a restaurant...
    by thePuzzledPu
    Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:34 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    Undergrad Institution : school in UK with good reputation in physics Major(s) : Physics GPA in Major : 75/100 Length of Degree : 4 year MSci degree Position in Class : ~45/200 Type of Student : International Chinese Male GRE Scores : Revised Q : 170 V : 170 W : 4.0 P : 950 TOEFL : Exempted Research Experience : All at my school. 2nd Year Summer Lab Intern (12 weeks): Laser cooling and molecule trapping; mostly hands-on lab work building a novel kind of molecular beam decelerator for feeding into the trap; learned plenty of practical stuff like vacuum kits, lasers, cleaning and 3D modelling; overall enjoyable but of course no publication or anything since it's pure manual work. 3rd Year Summer Lab Intern (10 weeks): Pulsed-Power Plasma experiments; again lab works only; very fun to learn about all the stuff like Marx banks and laser diagnostics and all the other tailor-made experimental set up, really cool lab; again no publication or anything tho. Master Thesis Project (about 6 months but not full time): Perovskite material for solar cell applications; bit too much chemistry and not enough physics for my liking; limited scope; potential publication as results may be incorporated into a PhD student's work. Awards/Honors/Recognitions : Pertinent Activities or Jobs : Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help : Special Bonus Points : Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter : Applying to Where : Cornell - Applied Physics - CME/QO ( WILL ATTEND for Ph.D. Accepted via email + tuition + $36000 stipend incl.summer) Harvard - Applied Physics - CME/QO ( Rejected ) Maryland - Physics - CME/QO ( Rejected ) Yale - Applied Physics - CME/QO ( Rejected ) Rochester - Applied Physics - CME/QO ( Rejected ) Chicago - Applied Physics - CME/QO ( Rejected ) Some Thoughts : Haven't seen many posts that show similar experience to mine so I thought I would write a few words. First of all it's not easy to assemble a decent application from a UK undergraduate degree, ...
    by dudeguy
    Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:41 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Open Houses
    Replies: 19
    Views: 2006

    Re: 2019 Open Houses

    Stony Brook PhD was 3/10-3/11 for domestic students.
    by divemasterexplorer
    Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:39 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    My physics GPA is 4.71/5.00, roughly that should be 3.77 in 4-point scale. But yeah, I too am a believer that no score is high enough except perfect score. :D Just to clarify, I am not surprised with all the rejections. I've expected that when it comes to applying to Reach schools, it's either you win all or lose all. When Berkeley's rejection came in, I have pretty much understood what's coming for the rest. Just maybe, I maybe in a deeper (but pleasant) dilemma if UIUC sends an acceptance. I've recently started liking the prospect of going to European Masters programs, which sell hopes that I would be able to take another shot from a better position at these top US schools after the Masters. UIUC, as I mentioned above, was not in my original list of destinations. I probably wouldn't have applied if their deadlines were in December. Thus there'll be questions arising whether to accept the only offer, or to let it go and try on the European Masters. But that sweet problem is for later, as it might not happen either. :D Now I should browse the European programs and prepare my applications all over again. Rewrite my SOP, CV, and contact professors. I agree with you. I think studying in Europe will also benefit more than in the US. One thing is that there will be less distraction and then you can focus on physics study and research. I asked my supervisor how about his students who went to the US for physics PhD, mainly about whether they decided to continue their research career any more after graduation, and he replied with silence. Another is that I do not think current America is a suitable place for scientists and engineers. Think about their president and the difficulties emerging in the application for a simple visiting-scholar VISA. Adi Shamir could even be denied to attend the meeting he himself opened and held. I don't really believe it will be a good choice to go there for further education and study recently. Go to Europe and stay far away from these s**t :...
    by pgeraghty3
    Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:42 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    Undergrad Institution: Above average technical school
    Major(s): Physics
    Minor(s): Applied Math
    GPA in Major: ~3.7
    Overall GPA: 3.48
    Length of Degree: 4 years
    Position in Class: near top
    Type of Student: domestic white male

    GRE Scores:
    Q: 165
    V: 161
    W: 5.0
    P:



    Research Experience: Senior Capstone research project in quantum optics, very theory based. Summer internship doing research in quantum information at Naval Research Labs, very good recommendation letter from them.

    Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List 2 years running

    Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for the last 3 years

    Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

    Special Bonus Points: Studied abroad in London and attended multiple physics workshops around Europe, met with people in graduate schools where I was applying. Great recommendation letter from 1 professor/research advisor.

    Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

    Applying to Where:

    Brown University - High Energy Theory (Mar 6: Rejected via email)
    University of Washington - High Energy Theory (Mar 15: Rejected via email)
    LSU - Gravitational Physics Theory
    Penn State - Gravity/High Energy Theory (Mar 14: Rejected via email)
    University of Oregon - High Energy Theory (Mar 11: Waitlisted via email)
    Colorado School of Mines - Theoretical/Computational Physics (Mar 15: Rejected via email)
    University of Nottingham - Gravity, Particles, and Fields MSc (Feb 13: Accepted! via email, no funding)
    Utrecht University - Theoretical/Mathematical Physics MSc (Mar 6: Accepted! via email, TA position available)
    by Zn004
    Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:41 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    Nishikata wrote:Frankly, I am deeply excited on the idea of being able to watch Champions League in person if I study in Paris or Munich. :D

    frankly, not paris.
    by Zn004
    Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:38 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    My physics GPA is 4.71/5.00, roughly that should be 3.77 in 4-point scale. But yeah, I too am a believer that no score is high enough except perfect score. :D Just to clarify, I am not surprised with all the rejections. I've expected that when it comes to applying to Reach schools, it's either you win all or lose all. When Berkeley's rejection came in, I have pretty much understood what's coming for the rest. Just maybe, I maybe in a deeper (but pleasant) dilemma if UIUC sends an acceptance. I've recently started liking the prospect of going to European Masters programs, which sell hopes that I would be able to take another shot from a better position at these top US schools after the Masters. UIUC, as I mentioned above, was not in my original list of destinations. I probably wouldn't have applied if their deadlines were in December. Thus there'll be questions arising whether to accept the only offer, or to let it go and try on the European Masters. But that sweet problem is for later, as it might not happen either. :D Now I should browse the European programs and prepare my applications all over again. Rewrite my SOP, CV, and contact professors. I agree with you. I think studying in Europe will also benefit more than in the US. One thing is that there will be less distraction and then you can focus on physics study and research. I asked my supervisor how about his students who went to the US for physics PhD, mainly about whether they decided to continue their research career any more after graduation, and he replied with silence. Another is that I do not think current America is a suitable place for scientists and engineers. Think about their president and the difficulties emerging in the application for a simple visiting-scholar VISA. Adi Shamir could even be denied to attend the meeting he himself opened and held. I don't really believe it will be a good choice to go there for further education and study recently. Go to Europe and stay far away from these s**t :...
    by dmphysics
    Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:47 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    Congratulations! Are you going t o attend TAMU? ______________________________________________ Undergrad Institution : Reputed Indian School, decent in Physics Major(s) : Physics and Chemical Engineering Minor(s) : GPA in Major :7.3 Overall GPA :7.03 Length of Degree : 5 years Position in Class : Average Type of Student : International Male GRE Scores : Q : 167 V : 165 W : 4.0 P : 720 TOEFL :111 ( R : 29, L : 30, S : 25, W : 27) Research Experience : Research with experience in diverse fields, Nuclear Physics(4 projects), Material Science (3 projects), Chemical Engineering (1 Project) In reverse chronological order - - 10 months full time Research assistant experience working at an accelerator facility in nuclear physics. - 2 months part-time theoretical study of EOS of Neutron Stars. - 5 months full-time project on simulation of membrane for solar water distillation. - 5 months full-time project on charged particle identification using digital signal processing. - 5 months part-time project on synthesis of nanoparticles for cancer research. - 5 months part-time project on comparative strength testing of fibres. - 5 months part-time theoretical project on the nature of the Hoyle State. - 2 months full-time project on surface chemical studies on graphite solutions. 1 poster presentation in a national conference, no publications. Awards/Honors/Recognitions : Pertinent Activities or Jobs : Volunteered for multiple programs in science popularisation, have taught in a school for underprivileged children. Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help : Participated in schools/workshops in Nuclear physics and Astrophysics (1 international school, 2 domestic) Special Bonus Points : 3 good recommendations, 2 decent. One recommender is a prominent nuclear physicist at a leading research institute with a number of international collaborations. Another made it a point to mention that the lack of publication from my work was due to the industrial nature of the project. Conta...
    by divemasterexplorer
    Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:52 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    I personally consider doubting one own's life experience and recommendation letters to be pointless -- unless you can name better ones to write your letter or get a fake ID and start a new life all over again. Should have some good faith in this world although things come unexpected sometimes. Haha I personally find there are more distraction in Europe than the United States, it is very easy traveling to everywhere by train or cheap air... Well, I do not personally consider top schools that big of a deal... Things can be interesting on microscopic levels not just the macroscopic rankings... lol There's always life worth living and something worth doing...
    by aenews
    Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:46 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    Undergrad Institution: UCLA
    Major(s): Astrophysics
    Minor(s): N/A
    GPA in Major: 2.67
    Overall GPA: 2.92
    Upper-Division GPA: 2.75
    Length of Degree: 5 Years (Switched to Astrophysics from Biochemistry during Spring 2nd Year)
    Position in Class: Below Average
    Type of Student: Domestic/Indian/Male

    GRE Scores :
    Q: 164 (86%)
    V: 163 (93%)
    W: 4.5 (82%)
    P: 620 (32%)

    Research Experience:

    2 Quarters Extragalactic Cosmology w/ Astrophysics Professor

    Awards/Honors/Recognitions: N/A

    Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Technology Reseller

    Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: President of Major Non-Physics Club

    Special Bonus Points:
    Recommendation Letter from Astrophysics Professor with whom I did research
    Recommendation Letter from Head of Graduate Admissions

    Applying to Where:


    Beyond Reach:

    UC Berkeley (UCB) - Astronomy PhD
    UC Los Angeles (UCLA) - Astronomy PhD
    UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) - Astronomy PhD - (Feb. 28: Rejected via email)
    University of Washington - Astronomy PhD - (Feb. 6: Rejected via email)
    John Hopkins University - Astronomy PhD - (Mar. 4: Rejected via email)
    University of Wisconsin - Astronomy PhD - (Feb. 18: Rejected via email)
    CalTech - Astronomy PhD - (Jan. 29: Rejected via email; Feb. 22: Rejected again via email)
    University of Washington - Astronomy PhD - (Feb. 23: Rejected via email)
    Princeton University - Astronomy PhD - (Feb. 6: Rejected via email)
    Dartmouth College - Astronomy PhD


    Reach:

    University of Florida - Astronomy PhD
    University of Iowa - Astronomy PhD

    Almost Match:

    San Diego State University (SDSU) - Astronomy MS
    San Francisco State (SFSU) - Physics MS w/ Astronomy Emphasis
    Arizona State University (ASU) - Astronomy MS
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) - Astronomy MS
    CSU Northridge (CSUN) - Physics MS
    San Jose State University (SJSU) - Physics MS
    by jaio
    Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:51 pm
    Forum: School Selection
    Topic: What if I don't get in anywhere?
    Replies: 24
    Views: 881

    Re: What if I don't get in anywhere?

    Seconding jdvynk and chris314. If you do research and reapply again, network network network. If possible, find out who the good advisors in the field are (some are not necessarily famous or at top schools). Look for hidden gems at "low ranking" institutions and apply to them next year, so even if you end up going to your backup school you'll be well off.
    by manhcam0510
    Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:02 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    Undergrad Institution: national university, South East Asia, one of top schools in the country for physics (and natural science)
    Major(s): Nuclear Engineeing
    Minor(s): Medical Physics
    GPA in Major: N/A
    Overall GPA: 3.80/4 (9.17/10)
    Length of Degree: 4 years
    Position in Class: top of the class
    Type of Student: international male

    GRE Scores : 318
    Q: 170
    V: 148
    W: 3.5
    P: 920 (86%)


    TOEFL: 101 (R: 28 , L: 26 , S: 20 , W: 27)


    Research Experience: research for undergrad thesis, in medical physics, 1.5 years, oral presentation at the national conference.

    Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?): Vallet Scholarship, First Prize in National Physics Olympiad for Undergrad Students,...

    Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for the department after graduation

    Special Bonus Points: recommenders are: 1) thesis advisor, who graduated from Florida State, 2) a professor from Univ. of Virginia.

    Applying to Where:

    Reach:
    - University of Colorado Boulder, AMO: rejected on Feb 19
    - University of Washington, AMO: rejected on Mar 16
    - Michigan State University, HEP:

    Match:
    - University of Virginia, Medical Physics: accepted Feb 2, $25,600 ($5,600 for summer), probably will attend, but the final scene in the movie BlacKkKlansman kinda makes me hesitant :v :v
    - University of Rochester, AMO: rejected on Mar 15
    - Florida State University, AMO:

    Safe
    - Oregon State, AMO: late submitting of LOR, speaking score not meet requirement: almost certain rejected
    - UT Dallas, AMO: accepted Feb 6, TA/RA: $1900.00/month.
    - Tulane: only 2 LOR submitted, think they wouldn't consider my application. But Accepted March 12, $20,494 (36 weeks) + $7,968 (summer)
    by abhispace
    Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:07 am
    Forum: School Selection
    Topic: UC Merced versus UT Dallas
    Replies: 1
    Views: 63

    UC Merced versus UT Dallas

    I have been accepted into UC Merced and UT Dallas and am having a tough time deciding between the two.

    Here are the offers:
    UC Merced:
    Field - Not sure; probably biophysics since there are so many people there doing it.
    Funding: 28k for five years guranteed
    Pros: Funding; young department (only 15 years old)
    Cons: Young department

    UT Dallas:
    Field: Not certain; have talked to an exoplanet Prof. and he is interested
    Funding: 19k per month and summer not guranteed
    Pros: Exoplanet research or well established materials science group
    Cons: Low funding

    How do I decide?
    by tigerljl
    Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:52 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    Undergrad Institution: Ivy
    Major(s): Applied Physics
    Minor(s): N/A
    GPA in Major: N/A
    Overall GPA: 3.86
    Length of Degree: 3
    Position in Class: N/A
    Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

    GRE Scores :
    Q: 170
    V: 161
    W: 4.5
    P: 920


    TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: )


    Research Experience: 3 years of research experience in on-campus lab. 1 Summer REU at Princeton. 1 Summer SURF at Caltech.

    Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Tau Beta Pi

    Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA

    Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

    Special Bonus Points: Well known recommenders

    Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

    Applying to Where:

    Columbia - Applied Physics- (Jan. 29: Accepted for Ph.D. Accepted via website/email with Presidential Fellowship + $45k Fellowship)
    Carnegie Mellon - ECE(Feb. 5: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email +$32K fellowship)
    Duke - Medical Physics(Feb. 15: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email +$32K fellowship)
    Caltech - Applied Physics - (Feb. 15: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email +$35K fellowship)
    Georgia Tech - ECE - (Jan. 25: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email +$26K TA fellowship)
    Yale - Applied Physics - (Feb. 11: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email +$33K TA fellowship)


    UC Berkeley - EECS - (Mar. 1: REJECTED via email)
    Harvard - Applied Physics - (Feb. 22: REJECTED via email)
    Harvard - Physics - (Feb. 25: REJECTED via email)
    MIT - Physics - (Feb. 12: REJECTED via website)
    MIT - Medical Physics - (Jan. 18: REJECTED via website)
    MIT - EECS - (Feb. 25: REJECTED via email)
    UPenn - Electrical and Systems Engineering - (Mar. 7: REJECTED via email)
    Stanford - Applied Physics - (Jan. 30: REJECTED via email)
    UChicago - Medical Physics - (Mar. 5: REJECTED via email)
    UChicago - Physics - (Feb. 7: REJECTED via email)


    Princeton - Electrical Engineering - (Feb. 12: WAITLIST via email)

    UIUC - ECE- (Application Withdrawn)
    by striker6g
    Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:33 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    QQ

    Undergrad Institution : State school, no reputation for anything. Major(s) : Physics Minor(s) : Math GPA in Major : 4.0 Overall GPA : 4.0 Length of Degree : 3 years Position in Class : Top Type of Student : Domestic white male GRE Scores : Taken September 2018 Q : 168 (94%) V : 161 (88%) W : 5.5 (98%) Guess I should've majored in English. P : 910 (85%) TOEFL : N/A Research Experience : 1 summer taking measurements on SQUIDS, a couple semesters working on simulating light in fiber optic cables in a variety of situations, did a semester of independent study in QC. No publications/presentations. Using the fiber optic stuff for my senior thesis. Awards/Honors/Recognitions : Dean's List, physics scholarship that requires nomination from faculty (got this three times), another physics scholarship, placed 6th in a math competition Pertinent Activities or Jobs : Tutored in math, TA'd for a physics lab, have a job relating to thermal properties of materials. Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help : Nah. Special Bonus Points : One of my recommenders had connections at Texas A&M Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter : I didn't mention that I only took three years to graduate. Perhaps this hurt my chances due to my lacking much research experience. Applying to Where : All for QC/QI Texas A&M - Physics - (1/30: WILL ATTEND for Ph.D. Accepted via website/email + $30k/year Fellowship for four years (start TA second year, TA/RA third/fourth years)+$2k bonus for first month) Colorado State - Physics - Also expressed interest in their photovoltaics group (2/19 ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $18k/9mo TA for first year) CU Boulder - Physics - (2/18 REJECTED via website. No email.) UW Madison - Physics - (1/30 REJECTED via website. No email.) I should've applied to more schools, or applied for something other than QC. Seems like the applicant pool is really competitive, and probably has more relevant research experience.
    by tcarbin
    Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:44 pm
    Forum: School Selection
    Topic: Deciding between U Mich, U Wisconsin, UCLA, and U Washington for AMO/Quantum Information!
    Replies: 4
    Views: 927

    Re: Deciding between U Mich, U Wisconsin, UCLA, and U Washington for AMO/Quantum Information!

    Hey everyone, I saw this thread and thought I'd reopen it since I'm currently deciding between U Michigan, U Illinois and UCLA for AMO/QI. I'd be interested to see where you guys ended up and to hear any advice you can give looking back. Thanks!

    BTW I'm also graduating from UMD!
    by tz10x5
    Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:34 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

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    by Nishikata
    Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:54 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    rhmancil wrote:I think it was a mistake to only apply to top schools. You overestimated your possibilities because of Physics GRE was very high. (In your case, I would have done the same)

    How old are you? Others reasons can be your recomendation letter (perhaps you have a bad recomendation and you don't know it). Also your personal statement or purpose statement could be weak.

    You can improve your research, recomendation letter, personal statement and purpose statement. It must be hard this situation, but you don't never give up!


    I won't say it is a mistake. As you can see from my above posts before the UIUC rejection came, I was undeservedly contemplating whether to take the UIUC offer should it come (now we know it doesn't, haha). I only apply to the school that I want to go to. Hence, no safeties. What happens now is that I'll adjust my targets to where I think I can have a chance at, but I do not think that I will ever apply to a school below my perceived level in each round. Perceptions change, but standards don't. 8)

    I overestimated my profile in this round, that is true. But that's just the process. There's no golden metric to know that beforehand, and I have no way to know what exactly is in the application materials that worked against my candidacy. I see no point in trying to troubleshoot and pinpoint what I can't see. So, I move on.

    How old am I? I am 4 years after undergrad, definitely not a fresh grad, maybe a little rotten :D
    For myself, I do not restrict my studies by a certain deadline. Sure it'll be nice to get to a program that starts this Fall, but even if that doesn't happen, I think I can wait till Spring or even the following Fall.
    by jerrychen
    Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:27 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    My physics GPA is 4.71/5.00, roughly that should be 3.77 in 4-point scale. But yeah, I too am a believer that no score is high enough except perfect score. :D Just to clarify, I am not surprised with all the rejections. I've expected that when it comes to applying to Reach schools, it's either you win all or lose all. When Berkeley's rejection came in, I have pretty much understood what's coming for the rest. Just maybe, I maybe in a deeper (but pleasant) dilemma if UIUC sends an acceptance. I've recently started liking the prospect of going to European Masters programs, which sell hopes that I would be able to take another shot from a better position at these top US schools after the Masters. UIUC, as I mentioned above, was not in my original list of destinations. I probably wouldn't have applied if their deadlines were in December. Thus there'll be questions arising whether to accept the only offer, or to let it go and try on the European Masters. But that sweet problem is for later, as it might not happen either. :D Now I should browse the European programs and prepare my applications all over again. Rewrite my SOP, CV, and contact professors. I agree with you. I think studying in Europe will also benefit more than in the US. One thing is that there will be less distraction and then you can focus on physics study and research. I asked my supervisor how about his students who went to the US for physics PhD, mainly about whether they decided to continue their research career any more after graduation, and he replied with silence. Another is that I do not think current America is a suitable place for scientists and engineers. Think about their president and the difficulties emerging in the application for a simple visiting-scholar VISA. Adi Shamir could even be denied to attend the meeting he himself opened and held. I don't really believe it will be a good choice to go there for further education and study recently. Go to Europe and stay far away from these s**t :-)
    by Audun Nilsen
    Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:03 pm
    Forum: Physics GRE Forum
    Topic: Could you travel using nuclear bombs?
    Replies: 0
    Views: 56

    Could you travel using nuclear bombs?

    I have two scenarios.? One; imagine that, at the same time as the engine of your ship is ignited, there is also a device detonated inside the ship. If timed correctly, the difference between the two would equal out, right? For now, there's one huge problem and that's making sure the aim is correct, because, if you collide with an asteroid or something, you'd just spin out of control, but if you could measure the trajectory perfectly, there would be nothing in the way of that, if space, truly, is a vacuum which could accommodate fast travel. Next, there's the slowing down. Once the blast has burned out, you would naturally slow down, but the process of slowing down an object from something in the area of the speed of light would take immensely long, but you can calculate how long you go by adjusting the strength of the device according to distance. If there is some kind of resistance in space, fine, and if not, you can fire an engine in the nose end of the ship and initiate the stopping sequence that way. If there is only miniscule mass the stopping force would have to be on a par with the start force, and, again, if you detonate outside and inside at exaclty the same time, then you won't have a problem, right? Relative to ... the sides of the "ship", your pod hasn't moved at all. In short, dead accuracy is the way to go. Two; imagine a huge construction with several hundred stories of tunnels with rails in them, which all contained a smaller pod except the one in which you have the astronauts, and imagine also that the pods of this Matryoshka ship has springs in both ends and, when the ship speeds up or slows down, the springs lessen the impact, and reduce G-forces to an acceptable minimum. The challenge as I see it here, is not just accuracy, but sheer size, since the force of, even, a jet engine in a vacuum would be immense and, so, you'd need 100s, maybe 1.000s of pods. I'm sure that having vacuum inside the tunnels would help, since that would lessen t...
    by rhmancil
    Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:00 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    I think it was a mistake to only apply to top schools. You overestimated your possibilities because of Physics GRE was very high. (In your case, I would have done the same)

    How old are you? Others reasons can be your recomendation letter (perhaps you have a bad recomendation and you don't know it). Also your personal statement or purpose statement could be weak.

    You can improve your research, recomendation letter, personal statement and purpose statement. It must be hard this situation, but you don't never give up!
    by disoph
    Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:37 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: Prospects in Different Fields of Condensed Matter Experiment
    Replies: 0
    Views: 47

    Prospects in Different Fields of Condensed Matter Experiment

    What's the outlook on CME nowadays. I've heard CMT is saturated and super competitive (as expected), but what's CME like? I know Quantum Information has a good bit of money and hype flowing in right now, so there's lots of opportunity. But how are other topics? Like High Tc Superconductivity, Topological insulators, soft-matter etc.What's competitive and what's not so much
    by sadman
    Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:44 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    Nishikata wrote:Frankly, I am deeply excited on the idea of being able to watch Champions League in person if I study in Paris or Munich. :D

    That is something I too had in mind while applying to European universities!
    by htam9876
    Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:51 am
    Forum: Physics Lounge
    Topic: four dimension spacial physics and cosmos
    Replies: 1
    Views: 58

    four dimension spacial physics and cosmos; topic continued

    The current situation in physics (or cosmology) is separated. Quark theory a field, anti matter a field, dark matter a field, background microwave a field, model of cosmos a field, Relativity a field, QM a field… In fact, cosmos is just that one thing. Watch the series of numbers below: ∞,…,-n,…, -3.222xxx,… -2, -1, 0, +1, + 2,… +3.222xxx, … +n, …∞ It contains zero point, contrary, similar, certain and uncertain, infinite, with border. It demonstrates a state dimension might exist in cosmos. Next, watch the homogeneous coordinate in projection geometry: (X1, X2, X3, X4). The component X4 is just alike a special dimension. So, we might try to use this mathematical (geometric) method to represent the state dimension. X4 concept was first delivered for discussion in Physics Help Forum. That’s the boost point of X4. The latest X4 Theory (four dimension spacial physics) is now deposited in Mendeley. X4 Theory address such questions as below: The relationship between the state dimension and the time dimension; defining the state dimension from the angle of QM (it will come out that QM is the issue in four dimensional space and it describes the uncertain aspect of cosmos); defining four dimensional (physical) space and induce an equation to denote the relation between four dimensional (physical) space and three dimensional space; Schordinger equation in four dimensional space and the suggestion of probability wave function distribution field; SR in four dimensional space; why light speed C is a constant in SR (three dimensional space ineffective); why the mass of a released photon equals to its static mass; the X4 state of released photon; exceeding light speed in four dimensional space; what’s electric charge; why unit charge does not change following the movement of particle; nonstandard model of basic particle; microscopic physical explanation of inversion of charge; why the flying track of released photon might be helical; the issue of anti photon; three dimension phys...
    by toa003
    Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:10 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    Undergrad Institution : Top few in SE Asia. Not known for physics. Major(s) : Physics, Mathematics Minor(s) : GPA in Major : 3.93/4 Overall GPA : 3.93/4 Length of Degree : 4 Position in Class : top Type of Student : International Male GRE Scores : revised Q : 170 V : 158 W : 4 P : 980 TOEFL : ( R : 30, L : 29, S : 23, W : 29 ) Research Experience : Quantum info/ condensed matter, qubit implementation on semicon, theoretical, no publication (1 year). Ultra-fast laser, computational, no publication (0.5 year). Awards/Honors/Recognitions : Undergrad scholarship, Dean's lists and top awards, but all from my school. Pertinent Activities or Jobs : TA, computer lab assistant (total about 1.5 year) Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help : clear double major requirements very fast. Special Bonus Points : None Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter : Applying to Where : Harvard - Applied Physics - CME (Feb. 23: Rejected via website/email) Stanford - Applied Physics - CME (Jan. 31: Rejected via website/email) Caltech - Applied Physics - CME (Mar. 9: Rejected via website/email) UC Santa Barbara - Physics - CMT (Feb. 27: Rejected via website/email) Princeton - Physics - CMT (Feb. 13: Rejected via website/email) Cornell - Physics - CMT (Mar. 2: Rejected via website/email) UC Berkeley - Physics - CMT (Feb.16: Rejected via website/email) UC Los Angeles - Physics - CMT. I will not update anymore but probably going to be rejected. university of illinois urbana champaign - Physics - CMT. I will not update anymore but probably going to be rejected. Post-application reflection and extra info (very long): I certainly overestimated my qualifications, but no harm trying, right? Here are a few more details that are hopefully useful for future applicants. Recommendation letters . All strong letters, probably the strongest one from a young physics prof who seems to be a rising star in the field. The other 2 recommenders are not known in physics. My recommendatio...
    by Nishikata
    Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:13 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    UIUC rejection just came in.

    At least, i won’t have that problem.
    by Nishikata
    Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:30 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    Frankly, I am deeply excited on the idea of being able to watch Champions League in person if I study in Paris or Munich. :D
    by fysics
    Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:04 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Open Houses
    Replies: 19
    Views: 2006

    Re: 2019 Open Houses

    Texas A&M: March 17-19
    by divemasterexplorer
    Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:10 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    Great, attitude! Just do not think about the rejections any more -- you can think later if you want to re-apply to these schools in the future. By the way, I have a conception that germans and Swiss speak much better English comparing to a majority of French people. In Germany, universities are tightly bonded to max Planck institutes and if they are close enough in distance such as TUM and Uni Heidelberg, those lab people also come to teach at universities. Plus you get free student train tickets or at least a much discounted one most places in Europe, cheap and good meals etc. It could indeed be an enjoyable experience at least the food and public transportation are so much better! (If you are concerned about cost of living, in case they did not give you much grants. There are some really good schools in places that rent come below 500 euros per month as well! -- the struggles of rent and college education sounds more like an American thing :P :D ) By the way, I do think that the individual professors have more influence on the applications in most European schools than the American system. Maybe try email the people you are interested in working with and who knows, they might give you a grant or some reimbursement if they have the money.
    by Nishikata
    Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:46 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    My physics GPA is 4.71/5.00, roughly that should be 3.77 in 4-point scale.
    But yeah, I too am a believer that no score is high enough except perfect score. :D

    Just to clarify, I am not surprised with all the rejections.
    I've expected that when it comes to applying to Reach schools, it's either you win all or lose all.
    When Berkeley's rejection came in, I have pretty much understood what's coming for the rest.

    Just maybe, I maybe in a deeper (but pleasant) dilemma if UIUC sends an acceptance.
    I've recently started liking the prospect of going to European Masters programs, which sell hopes that I would be able to take another shot from a better position at these top US schools after the Masters.

    UIUC, as I mentioned above, was not in my original list of destinations.
    I probably wouldn't have applied if their deadlines were in December.
    Thus there'll be questions arising whether to accept the only offer, or to let it go and try on the European Masters.

    But that sweet problem is for later, as it might not happen either. :D

    Now I should browse the European programs and prepare my applications all over again.
    Rewrite my SOP, CV, and contact professors.
    by tz10x5
    Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:02 am
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

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    by anupamraj0701
    Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:04 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: College Recommendations for PER (Physics Education Research)
    Replies: 4
    Views: 84

    Re: College Recommendations for PER (Physics Education Research)

    chris314 wrote:West Virginia University is the only one that I have seen actually advertise it in their research. They have 4 faculty listed under PER, maybe look into that school a little more.

    Thanx again Chris. I am having a conversation with them. Good luck with your PhD.
    by chris314
    Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:48 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: College Recommendations for PER (Physics Education Research)
    Replies: 4
    Views: 84

    Re: College Recommendations for PER (Physics Education Research)

    West Virginia University is the only one that I have seen actually advertise it in their research. They have 4 faculty listed under PER, maybe look into that school a little more.
    by Nishikata
    Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:19 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    Zn004 wrote:Also, looks like most UIUC acceptance had gone out on thegradcafe, but since they are doing a rolling process, i wish you the best....maybe you should sent emails to them and tell them you really want that offer and will definitely attend. I read a case like this online and hopefully this works for you too...

    the intermidinary agent ppl, on the other hand, told me not to rush them for decisions though...

    Anyway, I'm still waiting for Rochester, Penn State and Stony Brook for the final jurisdication, hopefully we all got into the place we have dreamed of..


    I won’t rush them. Everybody wants an offer, so telling them won’t change their decisions.
    Even if I didn’t get in there, that’s fine too i guess. UIUC was not in my original list of schools until kronotsky brought it up. Understanding their admission process, they’ll indeed do rolling. Let’s see if i can avoid being in the rejection list. :D
    by SassyPhysicists
    Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:52 pm
    Forum: School Selection
    Topic: UChicago vs. Princeton: I am quite confused.
    Replies: 0
    Views: 143

    UChicago vs. Princeton: I am quite confused.

    Hi everyone, So I am faced between choosing UChicago or Princeton. But I am realizing that the choice is becoming harder by the day. Below are my current thoughts and I was wondering if any of you could provide some more insight into what other things I could think about that might help me choose one over the other. Thank you very much in advance! UChicago: (I already visited the Open House) Research Area: Soft Condensed Matter Physics (Experimental) [specifically, fluid dynamics (preferred) or biological soft matter] Degree: PhD in Physics Funding offer: $(34+5)k (for First year) (No TA-requirement) Situation with Potential Advisers: I talked to my most preferred adviser and he mentioned that he is trying to downsize his lab. When I talked to his grad students, they confirmed this and said that he is running a little low on money but might get some through future grants. This was disappointing to me as I thought this to be a red flag. There was another potential adviser who I talked to who was quite interested to take grad students. He also has lots of funding as of now. But I am interested in only two of the topics he is researching as of now. I understand that there might be a possibility of a new idea that might transform into a full-blown research endeavor. I also met a third potential adviser and didn't like him at all (even though his research was quite cool). So that's out of the question. I am (reluctantly) open to going into Low-Temp/AMO/Quantum-type Condensed Matter Experimental but from my chats at UChicago, they mentioned that it would take 6-8 years to graduate in their lab, which for me is too long -- I don't wish to spend more than 6 years on my PhD. Princeton: (Will visit the Open House soon) Research Area: Fluid Mechanics, Biomechanics Degree: PhD in Mechanical Engineering Funding offer: $(29.9+8)k (for First Year) (No TA-requirement during First Year, 3 semester TA requirement after Advancement to Candidacy, I like teaching and grading though, so ...
    by anupamraj0701
    Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:20 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: College Recommendations for PER (Physics Education Research)
    Replies: 4
    Views: 84

    Re: College Recommendations for PER (Physics Education Research)

    chris314 wrote:Every school I was going to mention is already listed here: https://www.compadre.org/per/programs/

    The only other school not listed that I have heard about is California State University Long Beach. Just a fair warning though, those CSU schools in California only offer a MS degree in physics education research, but some of them do offer a PhD in education. Like most schools, they have a per semester fee, so if you're ambitious you can take extra classes and try to work towards both at the same time.


    Hey brother thanx a lot. However I have searched through the Physics department website of most colleges in the list and they haven't mentioned PER as their research area. I m only looking forward to a PhD. I cannot afford to pay for my masters.
    by chris314
    Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:25 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: College Recommendations for PER (Physics Education Research)
    Replies: 4
    Views: 84

    Re: College Recommendations for PER (Physics Education Research)

    Every school I was going to mention is already listed here: https://www.compadre.org/per/programs/

    The only other school not listed that I have heard about is California State University Long Beach. Just a fair warning though, those CSU schools in California only offer a MS degree in physics education research, but some of them do offer a PhD in education. Like most schools, they have a per semester fee, so if you're ambitious you can take extra classes and try to work towards both at the same time.
    by bloc_crusher
    Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:18 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results
    Replies: 159
    Views: 71098

    Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

    ______________________________________________
    Undergrad Institution: Top 15 US
    Major(s): Physics
    Minor(s): Scientific computing, earth sciences.
    GPA in Major: 3.9/4.0
    Overall GPA: 3.7/4.0
    Length of Degree: 4
    Position in Class: don't know
    Type of Student: international male

    GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
    Q: 166
    V: 162
    W: 5
    P: 720


    TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: )


    Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)
    Freshmen year to senior year, one 2nd author publication, 2 aps march contributed talks.

    Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)

    Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)

    Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

    Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)

    Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

    Applying to Where:

    Princeton - Physics - CMT/Biophysics (Feb. 12: Rejected via website/email)
    Yale - Physics - CMT/Biophysics (Feb. 13: WILL ATTEND for Ph.D. Accepted via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
    Cornell - Physics - CMT/Biophysics - withdrawn
    by divemasterexplorer
    Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:11 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    Well, it is better not to doubt about your life experience in that regard - everyone has different experiences! According to my experience as an international asian applicant, the fact that we are international and school choices may largely affect the turnout. For example, public school departments have to pay more for your(my) tuition, and you(I) will never become a resident in the near future, while for domestic students they can become a resident after they moved there (different state has different rules but ... ) There are more chances to get positive turnout from those public schools that do not receive as many domestic applications. I do believe a lot of International students are very bright as well and deserve the competitive schools in their field. However, it is also advisable to apply to more back-up schools. I do hope you have a good chance for UIUC (if it is possible to secure funding from an agency in your country, you should let them know.) I got a masters offer from Stony Brook which asked me to pay although I am going to decline that one...
    by Zn004
    Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:58 pm
    Forum: Prospective Physics Graduate Student Topics
    Topic: It's March!
    Replies: 27
    Views: 831

    Re: It's March!

    Also, looks like most UIUC acceptance had gone out on thegradcafe, but since they are doing a rolling process, i wish you the best....maybe you should sent emails to them and tell them you really want that offer and will definitely attend. I read a case like this online and hopefully this works for you too...

    the intermidinary agent ppl, on the other hand, told me not to rush them for decisions though...

    Anyway, I'm still waiting for Rochester, Penn State and Stony Brook for the final jurisdication, hopefully we all got into the place we have dreamed of..

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