huyphan93 wrote:As I skimmed through the profiles of prospective physics student this year, I was amazed (and a little bit horrified) by the amount of research experiences they had (1 year in something else, another 2 years in something else, with some publications).
huyphan93 wrote:only have one short summer project (3 weeks at my home institution -> submitted paper(3rd author)), one semester long project (at home institution with my professor -> published paper (3rd author...)) and another upcoming internship at Fermilab
AlexisPrel wrote:Hi guys,
I have quite the same concern, as an international student: in France undergraduate research experiences are quite unusual, and with 2.5 months of summer research I'm seen as VERY lucky by my classmates.
A publication before graduating was something I did not even believe possible before considering applying to a PhD in U.S.
During my sophomore year I got involved in the creation of a FabLab at my home university: do you think that's as valuable as a research experience?
I am quite discouraged when I see so many people having strong research experiences, several publications and outstanding GPA.
My other weakness is that the material covered in French bachelor degrees slightly differs from the US ones, thus I do not expect my PGRE score to exceed 900 (never learned about the Lagrangian before, nor particle physics, and so on).
Currently, I am in an exchange program in the US for the first semester. So I have the choice between trying to get involved in a new research experience before the application process begins or working as hell during my spare time to improve my GRE score.
Which strategy would you adopt?
AlexisPrel wrote:I'm still going to give it a shot, as the cost for me is not as high as it could have been (I already had to take the TOEFL in the past, I don't apply to "backup schools") but I guess I should start making myself to the idea that i won't be accepted.
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