2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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un par de tenis
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby un par de tenis » Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:58 pm

I have a pretty crappy GPA and just as bad GRE results, but I have good research experience and great rec letters and a strong SOP, which will hopefully help me out. I didn't apply to many highly ranked schools, so hopefully I'll land somewhere.

Undergrad Institution: Big state school, which has a good physics department with lots of internationally known research going on
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mechanical Engineering
GPA in Major: ~3.0
Overall GPA: 2.9 (Have been performing a bit better in recent semesters)
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Average to below average
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 154 (55%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
P: 520 (11%)

Yeah, I really bombed the GRE. If schools didn't require the PGRE I just didn't submit it.



Research Experience: 4 years working on scientific balloon payloads. Designed, constructed, and tested electrical and mechanical subsystems of payloads, and analyzed data and produced scientific reports of findings. Have worked on payloads that were investigations into cosmic rays, UV radiation, the 2017 solar eclipse, and gamma ray emissions from thunderstorms. Have given 4 poster presentations and 1 talk. Have progressed to the student team leader of this group. Also have one year of experience assisting a PhD candidate with their work on using UAVs for remote sensing.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans list for two semesters, Scholarship from my schools engineering department, Eagle Scout

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Member of AGU (presented a poster at 2017 fall meeting) and AIAA (traveled with my local chapter to DC to promote awareness of aerospace issues to congress). I also assist my department with scientific outreach to local schools and youth groups.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Worked in customer service for a year, to get those "soft skills" :lol:

Special Bonus Points: I have connections with professors at a fair number of the schools that I applied to. My recommenders are also the dean of my schools college of science, the director of my state's space grant, and the associate chair of my department, so hopefully that will help. Also, for one of my ballooning projects I helped to write and submit a proposal to NASA, which after a competitive selection process they awarded us with $200,000 to conduct our project. Many of the schools I'm applying to are active with scientific ballooning, so my vast experience in that area should help. Also have experience with training and mentoring new students to my research group, as well as extensive experience in technical writing and presentations.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I'm hoping my strong engineering background will give me an edge.

Applying to Where:

Most of the places I'm applying to are for atmospheric or space physics, but some of them are for materials science, which I'm also really interested in.
Sorted in order of most likely to least likely to be accepted:

Southeastern Louisiana, MS Integrated Science and Technology
Louisiana Tech, MS Applied Physics
Appalachian State, MS Engineering Physics
North Dakota, MS Space Studies
LSU, PhD Physics
New Mexico Tech, PhD Atmospheric Physics
Montana State, PhD Physics
Stevens Tech, PhD Physics
Northern Arizona, MS Applied Physics
VCU, MS Applied Physics
Washington St. Louis, PhD Physics
Chicago, PhD Physics

I'm maybe applying to too many "safety schools" but based on my profile, I'm not that confident.
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guesswho
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby guesswho » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:24 am

Undergrad Institution: Medium state school
Major(s): Computer Science
Minor(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 3.66 (Physics GPA 3.84)
Overall GPA: 3.71
Length of Degree: 5 years due to transferring schools
Position in Class: Don't really know, top half certainly
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 168 (98%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
P: 700 (50%)



Research Experience:
Two REUs in Computer Science (one at home institute, one at small state school)
One REU in Physics
Two semesters of astrophysics research at home institute
One semester of particle physics research at home institute (ongoing)

My first REU in CS resulted in poster presentation, my second resulted in a conference talk and the paper being published in the conference proceedings, no physics publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: National Merit Scholar, Departmental CS honors program (the honors coursework for this dropped my major GPA a bit), honors college member, a couple of state merit scholarships

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Supplemental Instruction Leader for introductory physics classes for two semesters

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: pretty engaged in the leadership of my honors college and our National Merit program

Special Bonus Points: grad class in Computer Science, mad programming skills which people seem to appreciate, pretty strong recommendation letters (one from an institute I am applying to)

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

Applying to Where: All for experimental particle/HEP

Carnegie Mellon University - Physics
Indiana University - Physics - ACCEPTED 1/15 via email
UC Berkeley – Physics
University of Washington - Physics
UMass Amherst - Physics
UC Davis - Physics
Cornell - Physics
Notre Dame - Physics
University of Pittsburgh - Physics
University of Virginia - Physics
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tt589112
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby tt589112 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:52 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts school. No reputation in physics
Major(s):Physics, Math
Minor(s):N/A
GPA in Major:3.99
Overall GPA:3.99
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: Domestic White Male (From super rural area if that helps)

GRE Scores :
Q:162
V:159
W:4.5
P:820


Research Experience:
Analytical Chemistry (SERS) for one semester
3 REU's (home institution, BYU, CU Boulder) in AMO, Quantum Information, and Computational Biophysics respectively.
Computational Neuroscience (Application of network models to epilepsy prediction)
Honor's thesis (Application of Lie algebraic techniques to solving quantum dynamics problems in quantum information)
3 Conference Presentations, and 2 Papers in the work (first author).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)
2 Math Awards
Best Undergraduate talk at APS section meeting
AAPM Undergraduate Research Grant Runner Up
Small departmental scholarship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
TA for Intro Physics, Introductory Analysis. Chemistry and Math tutor for 4 years. ACS chapter vice president.
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
I took a lot of post-secondary classes, so I was able to take almost all physics and math classes as an under graduate. At this point I have taken almost 40, so that looks good. I have 5 people I'm pretty confident will write very good rec letters with a few of them being outstanding, and 4 of them are from institutions other than my own, so that may stand out. I also grew up on a farm in a very small town and have "disadvantaged" status with a lot of applications, so that may help as well.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
My interest is in the computation and modeling side of biophysics/medicine. That being the case, I applied to a wide range of programs that are strongly represented in that area such as medical physics, biomedical engineering, etc. The Physics departments I applied to have people doing really good work in these areas.
School
Harvard (Biophysics)
MIT (Biophysics)
Michigan (Biophysics) (JAN.2: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)
Boston U (Physics)
CU Boulder (Physics)
Northeastern(Physics)
Duke (Medical Physics)
UMass Lowell (Medical Physics)
UChicago (Medical Physics)
MD Anderson (Medical Physics)
Boston U (Biomedical Engineering)
Northeastern U (Biomedical Engineering)
University of Utah (Biomedical Engineering) (DEC. 19: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)
Yale (Computational Neuroscience)
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jbxyz
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby jbxyz » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:13 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 20 public University - well known for its football team
Major(s): Physics, Math
Minor(s): Computer Science, Philosophy
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.94
Length of Degree: 4 yr B.S.
Position in Class:
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 900 (84%)

I took the pGRE my Junior year and got a 650, so I am pretty stoked about the score I got the second time. The resource that helped the most by far was Conquering the Physics GRE by Kahn and Anderson.

Research Experience: 5 distinct research projects in the following fields: solid-state chemistry, solid-state physics, computer science, computational geometry, computational theoretical nuclear physics. No pubs.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A few honors societies and small awards but nothing notable.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: VP of SPS for one semester. REU in nuclear physics at Michigan State. Attended a conference in nuclear physics (CEU program).

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: One of my research projects (computer science) was one that I initiated. Took a lot of classes for fun, which is where the philosophy minor came in.

Special Bonus Points: All good letters. Feeling good about my odds at MSU because of my REU connection.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Read a textbook in my spare time to find my interest in Quantum Computing (Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Nielsen and Chuang, for those also interested).

Applying to Where: Since MSU has the best nuclear physics program, I picked most of the other schools on this list because of their research opportunities related to Quantum Information Science. All theoretical programs.

Michigan State (REU school) - Nuclear | Accepted 1/19~ $27k TA (nominated for fellowship)
Notre Dame - Nuclear
MIT
Caltech
Berkeley
UCSB
Yale
U Maryland
U Wisconsin/Madison
USC Dornsife
UC Davis
Waterloo
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schidan
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby schidan » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:21 pm

Undergrad Institution: Tech school (USA), good reputation in neighboring states, more research in applied physics
Major(s): Physics, Electrical Engineering
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.87
Overall GPA: 3.87
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top 5%
Type of Student: International, male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 161 (88%)
W: 4.0 (60%)
P: 960 (91%)

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

Research Experience: Three years of part-time (including 3 months of full-time) research in CMT, with 1 publication in Phys. Rev. B, and one conference publication (both second author). Currently drafting a paper (first author) with collaborators from MSU, and working on another research to be published next spring. Will have 4 publications by the time I graduate.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, 4 year Merit Scholarship, inducted to EE national honor society

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for Math and EE departments (2+ years)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Presented research to one Physics prof. at Harvard (not applying to his group though) and he was talking about a possible collaboration

Special Bonus Points: Excellent recommendations overall; one recommendation from Associate Chair of Research at MSU.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Taken all graduate Physics courses offered in the department (all As except one B)

Applying to Where:
(CMT = condensed matter theory)
Princeton - Physics - CMT
Harvard - Physics - CMT
Stanford - Physics - CMT
MIT - Physics - CMT
U Maryland - Physics - CMT
CU Boulder - Physics - CMT
Purdue - Physics - CMT
UI Urbana-Champaign - Physics - CMT

dialatone
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby dialatone » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:30 am

[Changed my mind on posting this now, will edit content back in once results come out. Sorry for taking up space >_>]

QuantumCondor
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby QuantumCondor » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:14 pm

I hope this helps someone in the future get a good grasp of where this type of profile belongs! Anyway here we go:
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Undergrad Institution: Big state school, moderate reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics and Mathematics
Minor(s): Astrophysics
GPA in Major: 3.98
Overall GPA: 3.89
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170
V: 167
W: 4.0
P: 900


Research Experience: 3.5 years research, 2 in CME for two different professors, then 1.5 in computational HEP research at my home university. Also did a 3 month internship at CERN over last summer working on development for an upcoming computational physics toolkit (UMich CERN REU). 2 publications, one for each of the HEP projects

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Lots of department and university scholarships, and one of 6 honors physics seniors. Also a Goldwater Honorable Mention

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: SPS officer for a year

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Marching band for 3 years?

Special Bonus Points: My advisor is the chair of a pretty big national physics organization

Miscellaneous: I'm interested in science policy advocacy, and I really went for that angle in all my statements of purpose.

Applying to Where: Applying for HEP-ex Ph.D everywhere

Berkeley
UCSB
UChicago
Stanford
Cornell
Michigan
Princeton

NSF GRFP
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Before saying anything, I feel like my applications to Chicago and Stanford are the best. Michigan is something of a safety, but otherwise I may have been too ambitious. We'll see what happens!

Sypherous
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Sypherous » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:27 am

Undergrad Institution: Large state school, good reputation in both astro and physics
Major(s): Astronomy, Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.81 (astro), 3.64 (physics)
Overall GPA: 3.60 (turns out I suck at math :roll: )
Length of Degree: 3.5 years
Position in Class: Not sure. My school doesn't make this info readily available
Type of Student: Domestic, wonder-bread white male

GRE Scores: revised
Q: 156 (62%) :| (again, math)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 760 (62%)

Research Experience: ~3.5 years research experience (started 1 month into freshman year through until graduation) in three groups: stellar astronomy (~3 years) which led to 2 pubs (one as first author, one as third; both published in ApJ), machine learning with stellar archaeology (~9 months) which has a pub in prep as second author, and a white dwarf project (~1 year) which led to a research poster. Overall two posters and two forum talks.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Few departmental awards here and there, but nothing out of the ordinary

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA/Grader for one undergrad astro class

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: More of a blessing and a curse, but my research advisor left the university mid project to pursue a professorship elsewhere, so it took a fellow undergrad and myself a year longer to finish the project independently and get a paper out. I made sure to stress the independent research component and resulting pub in my SOP.

Special Bonus Points: I feel like the two recs from my research advisors will be strong (the third not so much, but they were just on sabbatical at Stanford so maybe that helps my app there?). One also said he'd "reach out" to his friends at some of the universities, whatever that means.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: For some apps I talked about my screenplay, short film and acting work (look for me as a background actor in the upcoming "Alita: Battle Angel"), which I'm hoping makes me somewhat diverse. Realistically it probably doesn't, but it makes me feel slightly less inadequate compared to all of y'all talented folk

Applying to Where: Mostly all for theory black hole/relativistic computation or dark matter/neutrino phenomenology research, despite having no prior experience in these fields :oops: Super ambitious list but a guy can dream, right?

Yale -- Astronomy
Harvard -- Astronomy
Princeton -- Astrophysical Sciences
Stanford -- Physics
Caltech -- Astrophysics
Cornell -- Astronomy
UCLA -- Astronomy
Northwestern -- Astronomy
Duke -- Physics
Maryland -- Astronomy
UIUC -- Astronomy
Michigan -- Astronomy & Astrophysics
Arizona -- Astronomy & Astrophysics
UC Santa Barbara -- Physics (Emphasis in Astrophysics)

Tyronst
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Tyronst » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:56 am

Undergrad Institution: University of Colorado - Boulder
Majors: Physics
Minors: Applied Math (1 course short of a second major), Astronomy
GPA(s): 3.235 Overall, 3.164 Major, 3.5 in APPM
Length of Degree: 3 years (4 supposedly, but I'll finish in 3)
Position in Class: Highly unflattering, ~60%?
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores
Quant: 160
Verbal: 160
Analytical: 5
Physics: 990

Research Experience:
Two years on a computational Plasma physics project (First author paper in the works)
Six months on a cosmology project with a fairly big name in the field. Obtained major results. Possible paper in ~1,2 months

Lots of independent computational projects including a parallelized FEM elastic deformation code, a GPU based real-time simulation of a Black Hole, a merchant AI model (which led to a single author paper), a simulation of stellar nucleosynthesis upto Iron for use as a teaching tool, a fast turing-complete scripting language for video games, a game engine for 2D isometric video games.

3 Summer projects (one in high-school) on Geophysics and Cosmology respectively

Publications
Single author paper on modelling historical economic processes with applications to video games

Awards:
I've been let into the honours program! (sarcastic gasp)

Special Bonus Points:
1. I have a single author pub to my name, albeit in APPM as opposed to Physics
2. 2 solid research recos and one very solid course reco each in APPM and Physics
3. 2+ Years working as a part time System Admin for the CU Supercomputer. Hopefully a brownie point for the computational folks
4. I was a TA for one physics class (dunno if it really matters)
5. Took 3 grad classes, Geophysics, General Relativity and Computational Plasma Physics and 5 grad classes that had an undergrad course number (Plasma Physics, QFT, Parallel Algorithms, Advanced Computer Graphics, Modelling in APPM). Got As or A-s in all of them.

Applying to:

Dream Schools
Princeton - (Astrophysics) - Theoretical Astrophysics
Columbia - (Physics) - Theoretical Astrophysics
University of Michigan - (Physics) - Computational Cosmology
University of Maryland - (Applied Math) - Nonlinear Dynamics
University of Chicago - (Applied Math) - Turbulence and Astrophysical Hydrodynamics

Intermediate Schools
Yale - (Physics) - Theoretical Astrophysics
SUNY Stony Brook - (Physics) - Cosmology
Rutgers - (Physics) - Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics
UIUC - (Physics) - Theoretical Astrophysics

Safety Schools: (To be perfectly honest, I will be ecstatic to get one of these)
Michigan State University - (Physics) - Computational Astrophysics
Michigan State University - (CMSE) - Computational Astrophysics and Nonlinear Dynamics
University of Virginia - (Astronomy) - Theoretical Astrophysics

Really Really safe schools: (Will apply only if I get no word by 20th Jan or so)
Arizona State University - (Physics) - Cosmology

My low grades plus international status might bite me, but we'll see. I have a single author publication with two first authors (potentially) on the way. That ought to count for something
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Rejected
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Rejected » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:08 am

Undergrad Institution: State School, 10K students - fairly well known in physics
Majors: Physics and Math
Minors: None
GPA(s): 3.98 Overall (4.00 Physics, 3.98 Math)
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Not told, but likely 1%
Type of Student: Domestic male, minority (not Asian)

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: Still waiting
P: Did not take

Research Experience: 8 research experiences over 3.5 years (7 labs). Two REU programs. Two international research programs.

Publications/Presentations: Approx. 6 publications, approx. 6 posters (domestic and international), approx. 4 oral presentations (also domestic and international).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A number of internal awards for top students in college and department. A famous national award for research, 2-3 awards for research/presentations.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Undergraduate TA, worked extensively for the department in other domains.

Applying to Where:

Columbia - (Applied Physics) -
MIT - (Applied Physics) -
Harvard - (Applied Physics) -
University of Arizona - (Optical Science and Engineering) -
Cambridge - (Physics) -

winston.churchill
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby winston.churchill » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:15 am

Undergrad Institution: unknown internationally but very well-regarded in my country.
Major(s): Physics.
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.99
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores :
Q: 160 (76%) :( :(
V: 154 (65%) :(
W: 4 (60%)
P: 990 (94%) 8)
TOEFL: 107

Research Experience:
One summer in CERN with the Underlying Event group in ALICE (resulted in a report submitted to CERN document server)
One semester in my university doing high energy phenomenology (will continue to spring and maybe will result in a publication)
A couple of local conferences

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: full scholarship from a local foundation, second place in undergraduate conference, provost's honor awards

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Junior teaching assistant for two semesters (physics laboratory and tutorial)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: sometimes I have a good luck :D :D

Special Bonus Points: did independent study of QFT with my advisor and learned a couple of high energy phenomenology tools, recommendations saying more than "he did well in class" statements, mentioned specific professors whom research aligns with my interests in SOP

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Applying to high energy experiment, phenomenology, and nuclear physics

Applying to Where:

University of Arizona accepted :D , this early acceptance gave me a feeling of relaxation and confidence
University of Colorado Boulder
Ohio State University
University of Chicago
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
Columbia University
Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy (BCGS) invited for interview 12 Jan
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prepmiss
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby prepmiss » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:35 am

Congrats !

AlexR
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby AlexR » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:26 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts school.
Major(s): Physics and Math (double)
Minor(s): none
GPA in Major: We don't have letter grades
Overall GPA: n/a
Length of Degree: 4 year
Position in Class: Top, but that's not saying that much
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 170 (97%) :)
V: 165 (96%) :?:
W: 4.0 (60%)
P: 890 (83%) :D


TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: ) n/a

Research Experience: Senior Thesis, summer research at my school, and several independent study projects which are like research. Lots of seminars presented at my school.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Just some scholarships.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: A good deal of TA experience in my 3rd and 4th years.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: For what it's worth I was a big science fair winner in high school and such, and graduated with an AA at 16 before starting at my present school.

Special Bonus Points: Several advanced classes in Quantum and GR.

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

Applying to Where:

Caltech
Harvard
Oxford
Perimiter Institute
Columbia
U of Michigan
Illinois
Duke
U of Florida
Georgia Tech
U of North Carolina
Indiana U

NSF GRFP

mangianj
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mangianj » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:33 am

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts college in Wisconsin. No astronomy department, reputable physics department.
Major(s):Physics
Minor(s):Mathematics
GPA in Major:3.90
Overall GPA:3.84
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top/near top
Type of Student: Domestic, white male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 165/89%
V: 151/52%
W: 4.5/82%
P: 730/56%


Research Experience: 2 research projects. One at my institution. One at top tier astronomy school in California.
1) Computational Astrophysics project simulating the formation of planetary systems. 3 months
2) Observational Astronomy working on data analysis of galactic center images. 1 year
Presented project two at the 231st AAS Meeting in January 2018.


Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List for two years.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Lab TA for 3 years. Grader for 3 years. Tutor for 1 year. Vice President (1 year) and President (1 year) of the local SPS chapter. Founding member of Women in Physics organization.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: None

Special Bonus Points: Worked for one of the most well known astrophysicists in the country.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: None

Applying to Where:
Accepted Waitlisted Rejected

UCLA - Astronomy
U Washington - Astronomy
Arizona - Astronomy
Ohio State - Astronomy
Illinois-Urbana Champaign - Astronomy
Indiana - Astronomy
Ann Arbor - Astronomy
Minnesota - Astronomy
UW-Madison - Astronomy
UNC - Astronomy
Cornell - Astronomy
Columbia - Astronomy
Maryland-College Park - Astronomy

Oblivion
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Oblivion » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:58 am

Undergrad Institution: big state, great in physics and engineering
Major(s): Physics, Math
GPA in Physics: 3.5
Overall GPA: Community College: 3.89, University: 3.30, combined: 3.62
Length of Degree: 2 years at community college, then ~2.5 years at university
Type of Student: Domestic male from very rural area, first in family to pursue graduate school.

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 163, 84%
V: 158, 80%
W: 3.5, 42%
P: 700, 50%


Research Experience: At home institution: two semesters on a project dealing with physics of spintronics primarily lit searching, then two semesters on an engineering design team. After graduation, full-time 9 months as a research intern and 3+ months sort term employee at Oak Ridge National Laboratory all on a project dealing with organic and printed electronics. No pubs yet, multiple to be written this coming spring and summer.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Award for top graduating student from community college. Coca Cola Bronze Scholar.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutored math, physics, chemistry for 2 years at community college.

Applying to Where: all are PhD programs

Cornell - Applied Physics
Columbia - Applied Physics
Johns Hopkins - Materials Science
CU Boulder - Physics (Applied Physics)
CU Boulder - Materials Science
U Michigan - Applied Physics
Northwestern - Applied Physics
U Minnesota - Physics
Carnegie Mellon - Applied Physics
Rice - Applied Physics
School of Mines - Applied Physics
U Rochester - Physics
U Oregon - Physics

beaverbullu6
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby beaverbullu6 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:54 am

Undergrad Institution: Well known University in India (not for physics though)
Degree : BSc
Major(s): Physics, Math , Chem
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 85/100
Overall GPA: 81/100
Length of Degree: 3 years
Position in Class: Irrelevant

Postgrad Institution: Used to have a great reputation for math, physics; not anymore. Is obscure now.
Degree : MSc
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 8.1/10
Overall GPA: 8.2/10
Length of Degree: 2 years
Position in Class: Irrelevant

Type of Student: Interational male

GRE Scores : Took in Oct/Nov 2017
Q: 161 (78%) :oops:
V: 153 (61%)
W: 3.0 (18%) :oops:
P: 860 (78%)


TOEFL: 105/120
R: 27
L: 28
S: 22 :oops:
W: 28


Research Experience: Two months of full time research at a well know Institute, in the area of soft condensed matter/ computation with applications in biomimetics. No publications.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: None

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

Applying to Where: Specified interest in biological physics/ soft matter in all.

CU Boulder - Physics
Carnegie Mellon - Physics
Purdue - Physics
WashU St Louis - Physics
Brandeis - Physics
University of Oregon - Physics
UMass Amherst - Physics

ab25
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ab25 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:05 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school (Indiana University) with a good reputation in physics.
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.65
Overall GPA: 3.8
Length of Degree: 3 years
Position in Class: Unknown, but probably above average with a 3.8 gpa.
Type of Student: US citizen, white, male

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 159 (73%) :)
V: 165 (96%) :D
W: 4.5 (82%) :)
P: 570 (22%) :x :shock: RIP--applying to 2 schools that don't require the PGRE, and an additional 2 schools that don't accept the PGRE so hopefully this doesn't ruin my chances of admission. My advice to everyone is to begin studying early on--I started studying in July through October but I wasn't able to get my score where I wanted it it to be. I personally didn't find the Conquering the Physics GRE book to be helpful, but most people I know (including people on here) highly recommend it.


TOEFL: Not taking


Research Experience: I have 2 years of research experience in gravitational physics with 1 lab/professor but no publications/posters. I've contributed to several short-range gravity experiments during this time.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list for multiple semesters.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Besides being a research assistant (paid), I was also the treasurer of a Finnish studies association on campus for a semester.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: N/a

Special Bonus Points: If I get into my dream school Northwestern, its most likely because I'm doing work on a short-range gravity experiment in which a professor at Northwestern is the PI--I also have a LOR from 2 professors collaborating with this PI, and a researcher employed by him currently. For Indiana University, I explicitly mentioned in my personal statement that I would continue researching with the same lab/professor, so this may help--plus I have 2 LOR from professor's at IU, including the physicist I'm currently doing research with. Idk if this matters, but I am a first generation college student also.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: In a few applications, I wrote a diversity statement that highlighted how fighting some personal struggles have made me into a better researcher--I heard conflicting opinions about doing this, so I didn't include it in all applications.

Applying to Where:

Northwestern University - Physics - Experimental Gravitational Physics (Phd)
Indiana University - Physics - Experimental Gravitational Physics (PhD)
University of Jyväskylä - Physics - Nuclear and Particle Physics (Msc) :wink: Finland!
Louisiana State University - Physics - Theoretical Gravitational Physics (Phd)
Penn State University - Physics - Theoretical Gravitational Physics (PhD)
Ohio State University - Physics - Experimental Astroparticle Physics (Phd)
University of Virginia - Physics - Experimental Nuclear Physics (Phd)
University of Arizona - Physics - Experimental Gravitational Physics (PhD)
Florida State University - Physics - Experimental Nuclear Physics (Phd)

AJumbleOfNeurons
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby AJumbleOfNeurons » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:31 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large Canadian school, not well known in physics. Somewhat well known for its quantum information, well known for Neuroscience.
Graduate Institution: Same as undergraduate, will have a MSc in Physics.
Major(s): Physics & Mathematics. Half finished neuroscience degree.
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.92 in Physics, 4.0 in Math
Overall GPA: 3.95
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Near top (suspect I'm second.)
Type of Student: Canadian Male

GRE Scores : revised scores.
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 170 (99%)
W: 6.0 (99%)
P: 970 (92%)
940 on my first pGRE attempt -- sadly I couldn't quite squeak the 990. Very pleased with my GRE scores :D

TOEFL: Exempt -- native language is English.


Research Experience:
Five years of research experience (started in highschool).
  • In high-school developed experiment control software for an entangled photon generation system, and a quantum key distribution system for researchers at my undergraduate institution. Resulted in a publication and a technical note (5th author on both or something like that) on quantum key distribution. One conference presentation.
  • Spent two summers, one fall-winter term doing research in a medical imaging lab, specializing in MRI and near-infrared spectroscopy. Four conference presentations, three papers (1st author on a review paper, third author on others).
  • Spent a summer, and then a fall-winter semester writing a physics honours thesis on neuronal avalanches and statistical mechanics. Developed extensive numerical simulations on highly parallelized computing clusters. Currently extending this project into a Masters' thesis, which I am aiming to finish in one year. Hoping to have two publications out before summer, however these sadly won't appear on my applications.



Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
  • Dean's list every year
  • Scholarships and research awards totalling >50k (Canadian).


Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
  • TA for the physics department. Developed tutorials for our statistical mechanics course (3rd year undergraduate course)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
  • Extensively involved in campus culture, on the leadership for several clubs on campus
  • Strongly involved in outreach. Give talks at local science centre, to students interested in research, hosted an 'interdisciplinary research forum', speak at local highschools, volunteered to teach a particle physics 'masterclass' to highschool students
  • Involved in an engineering club on campus developing a solar car
  • Went on two exchanges to Norway, once to launch a scientific sounding rocket
  • Went on a house building mission trip in second year?
  • Taught Physics AP at my highschool when I was a highschool student?

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
  • Since I'm a master's student this year, I have taken four grad courses (Advanced medical imaging, Advanced QM, Advanced Classical, Stochastic Processes), A+ in all of them. During my undergraduate degree, took two others (General relativity which went poorly: C, and module theory in abstract algebra: A).
  • Started my program in neuroscience (deemed it insufficiently useful), and switched out in my third year. Still finished a math and physics degrees in four years total.


Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
  • Two withdrawals during my undergrad (neuroscience courses), when my Dad was diagnosed with cancer / broke his hip. Was involved in his home care.
  • C in General Relativity :(. Mitigated somewhat because I took this before special relativity. Or any field theory courses. I've since used GR to great success on a few term papers and projects.
Mention both of these in 'mitigating circumstances' for schools that have such a section as part of the application.

Applying to Where:
Canadian institutions:
University of Britsh Columbia - Physics - CMT (Jan. 11: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $12.8k Fellowship + $9.8k/8 month TA)
University of Toronto - Physics - CMT
University of Waterloo - Physics - CMT

American institutions:
Harvard - Physics - CMT
MIT - Physics - CMT
University of Chicago - Physics - CMT
University of Cornell - Physics - CMT
University of Pennsylvania - Physics - CMT
UC Davis - Physics - Complexity science
University of Michigan - Physics - CMT. My transcripts haven't arrived as of January 11th, so I am concerned.

ys743
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ys743 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:17 am

Undergrad Institution: Freshman, Sophomore: Big State University, Good Physics Dep. Junior, senior: Ivy with equally good Physics Dep
Major(s):Engineering Physics
Minor(s):Mathematics
GPA in Major:Institution 1: 3.96 Institution 2: 4.04
Overall GPA: Institution 1: 3.96 Institution 2: 4.04
Length of Degree: 2+2
Position in Class:top or near top
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores :
Q:170
V:158
W:4.5
P:980


TOEFL: (R:29 , L:27 , S:23 , W:27 ) (only submitted to MIT, cuz I'm too lazy to ask for a letter)


Research Experience: Condensed Matter Theory at Inst 1, Condensed matter experiment at Inst 2, Accelerator at a national lab

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: some minor scholarships

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader, Proctor, TA

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:None

Special Bonus Points: Grad QM, Grad EM, Grad Solid State, Grad course in complex oxide

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: None

Applying to Where:

Stanford - Applied Physics -Condensed matter exp
MIT - Physics -Condensed matter exp
Princeton - Physics -Condensed matter exp
Caltech - Physics -Condensed matter exp
Berkeley - Physics -Condensed matter exp
Harvard - Physics -Condensed matter exp
UChicago - Physics -Condensed matter theory
UChicago - Molecular Engineering - Quantum Info (Jan. 12: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website $33k TA stipend + 4k fellowship/yr for first 3 years)
UIUC - Physics - Condensed matter exp
UCSB - Physics - Condensed matter exp
UMich - Physics - Condensed matter exp
JHU - Physics - Condensed matter exp
Maryland - Physics - Condensed matter exp
Yale - Applied Physics - Condensed matter exp, Quantum Info
UCSD - Physics - Condensed matter exp
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thomasNDSU
Posts: 1
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby thomasNDSU » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:38 pm

Undergrad Institution: NDSU. Super small.
Major(s): Math and Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.92
Overall GPA: 3.92
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: School doesn't give this out.
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : Revised? I took it in 2017
Q: 169 (96%)
V: 157 (76%) :?
W: 5.0 (93%)
P: 880 (82%) :(


TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: ) N/A


Research Experience:
3 Years computational fluid mechanics with a well-respected member of the field. One paper in review in PRE 1st of 2 authors.
1 REU at UC Davis doing computational condensed matter physics (strongly correlated electrons). One paper in review in PRL 2nd of 5 authors and one paper in drafting stages that will be submitted to PRB.
Summer research assistant in ME department (nothing really came of it)
Several posters and oral presentations at regional undergraduate research symposiums.
Accepted to give a talk at Match Meeting, plans to give talks at two other APS conferences.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
2x Physics achievement awards at NDSU
Dean's list every year

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
lab TA for 4 physics lab sections
Learning assistant for 4 different math and physics courses

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout troop
Led Bible studies on campus and taught Sunday School at local church (probably won't help but will show I'm involved in community)
Participated in several physics outreach events
Member of Ambassador program that met with incoming freshmen and encouraged them to join College of Science and Math

Special Bonus Points:
REU advisor wrote personal emails to faculty members he knew at institutions I applied to. :D :D :!:
REU and NDSU research advisors are both well-known in the field.
2 papers in review, one being written
Graduate level Math methods course

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
nothing

Applying to Where:
All applications are for physics. In my statements I focused a lot on computational and theoretical condensed matter:

Princeton
MIT
Illinois UC
Harvard
Stanford
Columbia
Michigan
Boston U
Stony Brook
Rutgers
UMASS Amherst
Wisconsin

School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 28: WILL ATTEND for Ph.D. Accepted via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 14: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 23: Rejected via website/email)

Goosegirl
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:59 pm

Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Goosegirl » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:23 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium State School
Major(s):Physics, Computer Science
Minor(s):N/A
GPA in Major:3.73
Overall GPA:3.89
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: Domestic White Female

GRE Scores :
Q:170
V:164
W:4.5
P:860


Research Experience:
5 summers and winters of experience at well regarded labs, however, in Computer Science.
2 conference papers
An independent study in Particle Physics

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)
2 Physics Awards
1 school academic award

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

3 Summers internship at Government lab.
2 Summers internship at major Silicon Valley company.
3 years TA for Computer Science

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
Taking 5-6 CSE/Math/Physics classes a semester, some of which were cross-listed grad classes. Includes:
Numerical Analysis (included advanced material), Machine Learning, Data Intensive Computing, etc.
Visited UW before applying and met some professors who seemed interested in my background.

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

Applying to Where:
Mainly interested in Computational Physics, undecided between Condensed Matter and Particle Physics.

School
Caltech (Physics) -
Princeton (Physics) -
Stanford (Physics) -
Cornell (Physics) -
University of Washington (Physics) - (JAN. 17: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)
Michigan (Physics) -
CU Boulder (Physics) -
Illinois UC (Physics) -
University of Texas at Austin (Physics) -
Note: applied late to Texas

Link
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Joined: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:37 pm

Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Link » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:10 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium State School
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: domestic white male

GRE Scores : Revised (taken Fall 2017)
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 167 (98%)
W: 5.5 (98%)
P: 970 (92%)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience:
2 years of research in theoretical nonlinear dynamics and statistical mechanics at my home institution with respected professor in the field. I am first author of a publication currently in preparation for journal submission, co-authored with my advisor.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
full 4-year scholarship to my home institution
member of my school's honors college
3 departmental scholarships
1 school award for academics
dean's list

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
volunteering as an event supervisor for local science olympiad
volunteering as an outreach assistant to a specific program through our department at a local high school
volunteering as a physics tutor through our local SPS chapter
serving as a representative for our department at school open houses, etc.
volunteering to do physics demonstrations at local schools through our SPS chapter
working as a summer tutor in physics, mathematics, and computer science at a local community college
serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant in my school's mathematics department (Calculus II)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
extracurricular coursework in computer science
independent study in introductory quantum field theory

Special Bonus Points:
not really...

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
not really...

Applying to Where:

All schools are for physics, noting an interest in theoretical condensed matter and/or computational physics.

Cornell -
Princeton -
Harvard -
MIT -
Illinois UC -
Stony Brook -
Penn State -
Ohio State -
Carnegie Mellon -
University of Rochester -
University at Buffalo -

fznfire
Posts: 12
Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:53 am

Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby fznfire » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:25 pm

fznfire wrote:Undergrad Institution: Liberal Arts
Master's Institution: Liberal Arts
Major(s):Physics and Mathematics (undergrad); Astronomy with planetary science conc. (Masters)

GPA in Major: 4.00 (Undergrad); 3.75
Overall GPA: 4.00 (Undergrad); 3.86
Length of Degree: 4+2
Position in Class: above average.
Type of Student: International

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (97%). (Wanted a perfect score in Q for GRE after failing to do so in SAT. Worked hard to make this score perfect.)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.0 (60%) :oops:
P: 860 (79%)

TOEFL: Exempted.


Research Experience:
Luckily found three planets at the end of this summer in K2. Paper accepted for AJ. Have a idea for a second paper. Hope to get it out before I graduate but not before the application.

Worked with a large group at Princeton. Was included as co-author in 4 papers. Also took a year off after graduation to work at the telescope in Chile. Good exposure to life as an instrumentalist.

Undergraduate research and thesis focused on cold plasma. The work led to publication of 3 papers. Some of my experimental work is still being modeled, and probably can lead to a fourth paper.

Short term projects at CERN, and in AMO. But not much panned out of them.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Co-valedictorian of my class. 8)
Authored 3 first/second author paper, 5 Nth author paper (although not always in the relevant field)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Active in SPS. Was elected local SPS president for two years.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
None

Special Bonus Points: Developed connection to some places. Know some of the potential advisors personally.

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

Applying to Where : Not the complete list

University of Colorado
University of Texas, Austin
Cornell University
Yale University
University of Washington -- [/u] -- Invitation to interview on January 22th
University of California, Riverside
University of Toronto
Lehigh University


California Institute of Technology -- IAccepted with 34k stipend.
IMPRS -- Applied -- Interview

RUYI101
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Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:46 am

Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby RUYI101 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:12 am

Undergrad Institution: Top 10 University in Physics in China. However, no reputation around the world.
Major(s):Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:86.2/100
Overall GPA:
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class:
Type of Student: Chinese male

GRE Scores :revised
Q:167 So ashamed
V: 156
W: 4.0
P: 940(89%) Sooo ashamed...


TOEFL: (R:29 , L:24 , S:22 , W:23 first time )(R:30 , L:26 , S:20 , W:26 last time )


Research Experience: Nuclear Physics in Nuclear structure and Nuclear shape 1 year at Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (best theoretical physics institute in China); Axion EFT with Prof. from OSU, half a year. Thesis with Prof. at my school, the intersection between CMP and HEP.


Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Scholarship at my school

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Graduate course QFT1, Group Theory and AQM.

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

Applying to Where:(some for General Physics and some for HEP-th)
19 in US
Two Master
Brown University - Physics - Master
Rutgers University - Physics - Master

Lots of PhD
Stony Brook University - Physics - HEP-th
NYU - Physics - HEP-th
Northwestern University - Physics - physics
Boston University - Physics - physics
UMD - Physics - Physics
Virginia Tech - Physics - HEP-th
UMass - Physics - HEP-th
UMiami - Physics - physics
UCI - Physics - physics
Brandeis University - Physics - HEP-th
Ohio State University - Physics - HEP-th
Northeastern University - Physics - HEP-th
tYale University - Physics - physics
W&M College - Physics - HEP-th
University of Alabama - Physics - physics invited to interview 1.17
University of Pittsburgh - Physics - HEP-th
University of Kentucky - Physics - HEP-th

One in UK
University College London - Physics - Master

In order to be admitted by some college, I may apply for other schools in Europe and in Japan.

darthcaedus222
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:01 pm

Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby darthcaedus222 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:12 pm

Undergrad Institution: Public state university (U.S.), very small physics department
Major(s): B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, currently working towards an M.S. in Physics at my undergraduate institution as part of an accelerated program.
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: Around 3.85, but nearly all of my upper-level physics undergrad courses were taken at the graduate level (got an A in all of those) and are not included in this GPA.
Overall GPA: 3.93 undergrad (final), 4.00 grad
Length of Degree: 3 years for undergrad + 1 year to finish my Master’s (with graduate coursework and research during my time as an undergraduate)
Position in Class: School doesn’t give this out.
Type of Student: Domestic asian male

GRE Scores : I took it in 2017, so I’m guessing revised.
Q: 169 (96th percentile)
V: 150 (48th percentile) ...
W: 4.0 (60th percentile) Eh.
P: 850 (77th percentile) Better than I was expecting.

TOEFL: N/A

Research Experience:
1. Three and a half years at my school, theoretical soft condensed matter physics. Orally presented at the APS March Meeting 2017 (will present this coming March too) and gave oral and poster presentations at several other symposiums. Currently working on two publications.
2. 10-week summer internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, theoretical astrophysics. I gave a poster presentation at the end.
3. 10-week summer computational physics research at Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of a workshop, poster/oral presentations and final report written.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Dean’s List 4/6 semesters, Physics Achievement Award twice at my school, university-wise mathematics competition Champion (twice), spoke at a college awards ceremony, various merit-based scholarships.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Physics TA for 5 semesters (6 courses overall), SPS and College Ambassador member for a year and vice president of each for a year as well.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Participated in several physics outreach events and helped out with Science Olympiad events
Met with prospective students and encouraged them to join the university as part of College Ambassadors
Assisted in recording an occultation by an asteroid in 2014

Special Bonus Points:
Being a Master’s student, I’ve taken many graduate-level courses, and written a lot of informal reports on and presented my research, with 2 publications being written.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I know 4 programming languages, LaTeX, and Beamer.

Applying to Where: All of the following are Ph.D. programs.

University of Hawai`i at Manoa - Astronomy - Exoplanets, stars
Northwestern University - Applied Physics - Theoretical soft matter physics and biophysics
Stanford University - Physics - Theoretical astrophysics and cosmology
Purdue University - Physics and Astronomy - Theoretical condensed matter physics and biophysics
University of California, Merced - Physics - Soft condensed matter physics, biophysics
University of Toronto - Astronomy and Astrophysics - Exoplanets, stars, galaxy dynamics
University of California, Davis - Physics - Theoretical condensed matter physics
North Dakota State University - Physics - Theoretical soft matter physics
University of Minnesota - Astronomy - Computational astronomy
University of Utah - Physics and Astronomy - Chemical Physics or astronomy/astrophysics (theoretical)

legendre
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:24 am

Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby legendre » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:05 am

Undergrad Institution: State school, unknown in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top, I assume
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores :
Q: 169 (96%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 4.0 (60%) oops
P: 760 (62%) i only studied for a week.. :wink:


Research Experience:
1 year in theoretical soft condensed matter, 1 publication, 1 talk to department
1 year in computational fluid dynamics, 1 poster
1 more year in theoretical soft condensed matter, 1 talk at APS (upcoming), also senior project
2 REUs in astronomy, 1 in planetary science with poster at AAS, other in galactic/dark matter

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Astronaut Scholarship, 2 university-wide scholarships, 2 physics department scholarships, a few others unrelated to physics, Dean's list

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Officer in local SPS for 2 years, member of 2 department committees, learning assistant for intro physics course

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Female? Lots of theory and computational experience to make up for lack of astro courses/research in undergrad

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

Applying to Where: expressed interest in theoretical and computational astrophysics for all

Harvard - Astronomy
Cornell - Astronomy
University of Washington - Astronomy Invited for interview 1/16
University of Colorado-Boulder - Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
University of Hawaii-Manoa - Astronomy
Dartmouth - Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota - Astrophysics
University of Oregon - Physics

betastar
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:35 am

Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby betastar » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:46 am

Undergrad Institution: Foreign technical (heard of IITs?) (*meh* reputation)
Major(s): Engineering Physics(Honors), Electrical Engineering
Minor(s): -
GPA in Major: Only overall GPA
Overall GPA: 8.58/10 [GPA was never my game]
Length of Degree: 4 years(I'm in my final year)
Position in Class: Near top(there are 9 of us)
Type of Student: International, Indian

GRE Scores :
Q: 163 (80 %ile) :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
V: 158 (82 %ile)
W: 4 (60 %ile) *this is not my forte*
P: 920 (87 %ile)


TOEFL: (R:27 , L:29 , S:27 , W:26 ) 109


Research Experience:
Two years of research experience(picked up super late) at my home institute on Data-analysis centered Astrophysics.
- First author publication in EPJP co-authored by my guide.
- Second one under review.
One Summer internship at a radio observatory following which I was invited into the prof's research group(where I interned) which I gadly accepted.
- My work currently consists of managing data and doing analysis.
- Attended and was a resource person in a bootcamp/workshop on Pulsar Timing(I wrote installation guide and provided tech support).
I will be attending a Deep learning workshop in Astronomy coming Feb and will be presenting my first poster there.
Two remote projects, one from Germany and one from Chennai.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Only one: I was awarded an "Academic Excellence award" in my third year; I didn't mention it in any of my application. My GPA's are not starry.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
TA for a grad course on data analysis which I took one year in advance. The prof is my guide.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Doing what is called "Double Majors" in Electrical which is equivalent as a second degree. Also doing honors in Physics(though really doubtful if I can complete it).

Special Bonus Points:
Have done a lot of grad courses here. The prof who gave me my internship is from a premier research instutition.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I have a lot of extra-curricular activities attached to my resume.

Applying to Where:

Power set of {"Radio Telescope Instrumentation", "Data Analysis","Pulsars"} (minus the empty set, though, :P )

Dreams are meant to be broken
Caltech - Astro
Harvard - Astro
Yale - Astro
UC Berkeley - Astro
Hope for the best
U British Columbia - Astro
McGill U - Physics
It's in my reach
UW, Seattle- Astro
NYU - Physics
Johns Hopkins U - Astro
Cornell U - Astro
Carnegie Mellon U - Physics

ytterbug
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:46 pm

Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ytterbug » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:38 pm

Undergrad Institution:
Mid-teir state school
One summer of upper level undergrad courses at a top 10 (leading to certificate in Comp. Sci)
Major(s):
Applied Physics, Applied Math
Minor(s):
Electronics
GPA in Major:
3.95
Overall GPA:
3.97
Length of Degree:
3 years (typically 4)
Position in Class:
not ranked, but probably top or near
Type of Student:
Domestic male
GRE Scores :
Q: 162 (91%)
V: 165 (89%)
W: 4 (60%) not too worried since this is pretty standard
P: 850 (77%)

Research Experience: 2.5 years at my home inst. doing mostly independent experimental work, building hardware for lab (AMO). Also, 1 summer at a national lab doing unrelated labview programming.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
One small astrophysics award, standard academic stuff (Dean's list, etc.)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
TA'd one semester of intro math

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Polished senior thesis on topic of application
A nice website hosting my work
2 publications (2nd author on pub in popular science journal, 2nd author on pub in my uni's undergrad research journal, neither in AMO)
A number of presentations in AMO, one at an APS conference

Special Bonus Points
Strong letters of rec (1 from PI @ home inst., 1 from mentor at national lab, 1 from professor with which I've had 2 classes and class high score in both, frequently argued with him, etc.)
graduate quantum and Fourier analysis classes
Knowledge in lots of relevant programming languages and softwares (LabView, Solidworks, Matlab, etc)

Applying to Where: AMO, mostly q-computing with a few in precision measurement or more general AMO depending on what the school has

Northwestern Submitted 17 Dec
Colorado, Boulder Submitted 15 Dec
MIT Submitted 15 Dec
Harvard Submitted 15 Dec
Berkeley Submitted 15 Dec
Maryland, College Park Submitted 15 Dec
CalTech Submitted 15 Dec
U Chicago Submitted 15 Dec
UCLA Submitted 15 Dec
Stanford Submitted 15 Dec
Oxford Submitted 3 Jan
Yale Submitted 17 Dec

Fellowships
NSF GRFP Submitted 27 Oct

floder01
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Re: 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby floder01 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:31 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small, midwestern liberal arts school with a small but well-funded and well-equipped physics department.
Major(s): Physics and Math
Minor(s): none
GPA in Major: 3.91 in physics and 4.0 in math
Overall GPA: 3.97
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: I've no idea, but I'm guessing from my GPA that I am towards the top.
Type of Student: Domestic straight white male (groundbreaking)

GRE Scores : General GRE as of Oct. 2017 and PGRE as of Sep. 2017 (I took both only once)
Q:165 (89%)
V:164 (94%)
W:5 (93%)
P:760 (62%)

Research Experience: Three summers for a total of six months of paid research in my undergraduate institution. This was astronomy research done within the physics department. I studied variable stars in a particular cluster, and my work dealt with variable star detection and data extraction using programs written in IDL. I've presented two posters and one slide show presentation at various research conferences. I didn't do any REUs, but I developed a close relationship with my research advisor which hopefully has resulted in a good recommendation from him.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I have academic scholarships from within my undergraduate institution, have made the Dean's list every semester, but have not pursued any other big, fancy scholarships from elsewhere. I'm also in the physics honor society Sigma Pi Sigma and the math honor society Pi Mu Epsilon. Also an Eagle Scout, if that counts for anything anymore.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I was a group mentor for a high school math modeling workshop at my college, and I graded math homework for the math department for seven semesters.

Special Bonus Points: Two of the schools I'm applying to were the schools at which two of my physics professors got their doctorates, and these professors have written reference letters for me for those two schools: UW-Madison and Northwestern. More generally, since I go to a small school with a small physics department, I've developed close relationships with all my professors, so hopefully my reference letters will be strong.

Applying to Where: Only six schools for me, but I'm not shooting for tier 1 schools, and I'd be happy staying at a less competitive school in the midwest, so it seemed to be the right choice for me.

University of Iowa - Physics - Astronomy Track - SUBMITTED
University of Wisconsin Madison - Physics - SUBMITTED
University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Physics - SUBMITTED
University of Washington - Astronomy - SUBMITTED
University of Colorado Boulder - Astrophysical and Planetary science - SUBMITTED
Northwestern University - Physics - Astronomy PhD - SUBMITTED

I've seen a lot of very impressive applications on this forum, so I mainly posted this on here to show what is attainable for more typical applicants who didn't do 3 REUs, get a 990 on the PGRE, and co-author a dozen papers with the ghost of Enrico Fermi, God rest his soul.




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