WontonBurritoMeals wrote:Did you guys have a criminal record?
WontonBurritoMeals wrote:___- You may think that ___ (not to be confused with ____) shouldn't make this list. ___ got into a lot of great schools. But ___ also got rejected by some too. First author publication, near perfect GPA, most prestigious undergrad. research award there is, great PGRE score. You shouldn't have been rejected from ANY of those.
blackcat007 wrote:but i didn't get the concept of intl student and 90 percentile PGRE.. ? is there any such stipulations for intl students?
a bucket wrote:blackcat007 wrote:but i didn't get the concept of intl student and 90 percentile PGRE.. ? is there any such stipulations for intl students?
No. But a lot of international schools (especially those in India/China) have cirricula that emphasize memorizing equations. Therefore if you are an international student that scored < 90th percentile on the PGRE (which really tests how well you can hammer facts and equations into your head) you probably hadn't been paying attention in class during undergrad and are not very interested in the subject.
That's what I believe the rationale of the admissions committee is. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
LucasWillis wrote:I was told straight up by admissions people at two of the schools that I did get into that my application was fished out of the trash pile, where it was placed due to the low likelihood that a good student would come from a place that they had never heard of.
a bucket wrote:Does the field of physics matter that much? Even if it does I would think that the admissions committee would be more lenient on HEP than ridiculously difficult things like CM theory. Or does the difficulty of the field not matter that much?
schmit.paul 2/20/07 wrote:Also found out from a professor I know at MIT that they didn't accept me to the physics program...kinda sucks, because to get admitted to do plasma physics, you have to appear absolutely committed to it or they won't even consider you. However, as it turns out, they had no money to accept a single plasma theory student, and of course it would have done no good to pass my application off to another physics subfield, because my app only talked about plasma (i would have been glad to mention my interest in particle theory if I would have known).
Geez is that an estimate, an official statistic, or an exaggeration? I've been hedging towards theory lately but if it's really such a hopeless cause, I'd like to know ASAP so I can focus on improving my experimental skills. I've been starting my project at PPPL and been using light detector measurements amplified with a PMT and read with an oscilloscope. Our source is a high voltage device, so there are interference problems, I've covered lots of the equipment with foil cages to try to block it, and I found that when I touched one of the cages, the interference signal went to zero, which I thought meant that I'm serving as a ground wire... but when I hooked up a ground wire nothing happened... and I found that this interference signal is on or off depending on what spot on the floor I'm standing on. Strange...WontonBurritoMeals wrote:I've heard that half of the students go into grad. school as theorists but 90% come out experimentalists.
WontonBurritoMeals wrote:It probably depends on a lot of things. I bet that international students have more options than they usually realize. There are a lot of good schools in the U.S. But they are likely to be disappointed if they only apply to HEP Theory at top schools when their B.S. was in Engineering.
May the wind be always at your back,
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