2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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SpaceFace33
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby SpaceFace33 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:32 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top tier research school in Canada
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.9
Overall GPA: 3.9
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 163 (85%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 6 (99%)
P: 950 (91%)

Research Experience: Finishing up 2 year MSc degree in theoretical/computational astrophysics, simulating giant planet formation. First author ApJ paper. Also did a one year undergrad thesis working with particle accelerator simulation data, as well as a summer research project working with the VERITAS collaboration.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: NSERC USRA, FQRNT scholarship, graduate fellow, miscellaneous entrance awards.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2 years tutoring at college, 2 years TA-ing

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: A lot of outreach work, visiting elementary schools, organizing public lectures etc.

Special Bonus Points: Undergrad was very intense with physics courses (i.e. 5+ grad courses during undergrad). From what I can tell, much more extensive course background than most US schools.

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

Applying to Where:

MIT - Astronomy/Astrophysics - emailed about skype interview
Harvard - Astronomy/Astrophysics
University of Toronto - Astronomy/Astrophysics
Stony Brook - Astronomy/Astrophysics
Princeton - Astronomy/Astrophysics
Cornell - Astronomy/Astrophysics
Rice - Astronomy/Astrophysics
Caltech - Astronomy/Astrophysics
University of Washington - Astronomy/Astrophysics

carokann
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby carokann » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:44 pm

Well, It's my turn

Undergrad Institution:China, not well known
Major(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 3.1
Overall GPA: 3.1
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: I think it's average
Type of Student: Domestic, male

GRE Scores :
Q: 162 (82%) :?
V: 147(34%)
W: 3.5(42%)
P: 850(78%)


TOEFL Total: 105 (R:30 L:29 S:22 R:24)

Research Experience:
(1) 1 year research in soft matter physics and fluid simulations
(2) 1 year study on polymer with course-grain simulations
(3) 6 months research on complex networks and Econophysics
(4) 6 months research on Nonlinear Physics and the outcome was a paper in a good journal and I am the first author 8)
(5) and a few minor course projects

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing special

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Organizer of a science program in my university

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: two talks in weekly seminars

Special Bonus Points: strong letters(I hope :roll: ) and strong researches in my interests

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I had a terrible start :x and a bad GPA but in the middle of my studies I tried hard to cover my mistakes, my last 60 credits GPA is 3.7, I got A and A+ marks in all courses which are related to my interests (include a PhD level course), good knowledge of programming and simulation, I hope admission committees consider these points and forgive me for my bad grades in the first half of my studies. :cry:

Applying to Where:

Pending-Accepted- Waitlisted - Rejected

Michigan - Physics-
Northeastern - Physics-
Brown - Physics-
McGill - Physics-
UMass - Physics-
Calgary - Physics-
Georgia Tech - Physics-
Emory - Physics-
Neils Bohr - Physics-
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palton
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Joined: Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:21 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby palton » Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:43 pm

I'm so tired of working on applications. :cry: Time to procrastinate one last time! I'll keep it short.

Undergrad Institution: Big state research school
Major(s): Applied Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.98
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top, probably
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q:170 (97%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 880 (83%)


Research Experience: About a year of research in hep-ex. Mostly electronics and programming for DAQs, nothing too specific to hep-ex. Also a couple other side projects for other professors.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list many times. Will graduate with high honors (hopefully :P).

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I tutor about 5 hours a week, and set up/manage drop-in physics tutoring for lower-division physics students.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Most of my grades are A+'s. Officer in physics club, have gone to many outreach events.

Special Bonus Points: One letter writer is pretty well known and has connections.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Eh, none that I know of.

Applying to Where:

Stanford - Physics- CME
Caltech - Physics- CME
UCSB - Physics- CME
UC Berkeley - Physics- CME
UCSD - Physics- CME
UC Irvine - Physics- CME
USC - Physics- CME
University of Washington - Physics- CME
UC Davis - Physics- CME

ChelseaZ
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ChelseaZ » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:50 pm

Cannot believe it is already our turn to post this!

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts college. Good reputation in Physics.
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Double major in Philosophy
GPA in Major: 3.95
Overall GPA: 3.97
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: International Asian Female

GRE Scores :
Q:170 (97%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 960 (92%)


Research Experience: Two years in Nuclear Physics & HEP-exp. Intense computational simulations. Two REU at home institution. Four different projects including developing an open-source data library. Researching at the level of PhD students (aka working with Post-doc on the same project that was previously undertaken by a PhD student). Present research results to the collaboration group on a regular basis. No publications.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: PBK. A highly competitive research award within the department. Several other named scholarships/fellowships.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs :none.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: At least one of my recommendation letter is superrrr strong (from my research advisor whom I had a really good relationship with)

Special Bonus Points: none.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I phrased my SoP to indicate that I am open to different options other than HEP. And my SoP are basically fun stories of my research project that I hope professors will enjoy reading.

Applying to Where:

Stanford - Physics
Caltech - Physics
Yale - Physics
MIT - Physics 1/4 invited for interview. Astrophysics division
Harvard - Physics
Princeton - Physics
Cornell - Physics

And yes....I didn't apply for a safety. We will see if that is a good or bad decision.

electronrunaway
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby electronrunaway » Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:25 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large State School Very Good Physics Reputation
Major(s): Engineering Physics (Focused on Plasma Physics)
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.89
Overall GPA: 3.824
Length of Degree: 3 at degree granting university, lots in community college
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?)
Type of Student: Domestic White Male
GRE Scores :
Q: 167 (93%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 5 (93%)
P: 840 (77%) :shock: (That's what I get for taking it before I finished all the classes it tested on)


Research Experience: 2.5 years doing research work in radiation detection and measurement. SULI at PPPL last summer. 2 research papers as contributing author from research work 1 in preparation as first author. Multiple conference presentations.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans list and honors every semester. One local scholarship.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: See research work

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Not really

Special Bonus Points: I have taken most of the graduate level plasma physics classes that are offered at my university and was consistently one of the top students in the class (and the only undergrad). Two of my recommenders are quite well known in the field.


Applying to Where:

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Engineering Physics - Plasma Physics
University of Michigan - Applied Physics - Plasma Physics
UCLA - Physics - Plasma Physics
Princeton - Astrophysics - Plasma Physics
MIT - Nuclear Engineering and Rad Science - Plasma Physics
Columbia - Applied Physics - Plasma Physics

Did not apply for safety let's hope it works out.

muskratsam
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby muskratsam » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:12 am

Undergrad Institution: Top liberal arts, strong in Physics. Known for grade deflation.
Major(s): Physics with computer science minor
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: Not great :shock: A little under 3.0
Overall GPA: 3.1
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Average
Type of Student: Domestic Caucasian female

GRE Scores :
Q: 167
V: 168
W: 6.0
P: 820 (74%)

Research Experience: All at my school. 2 summers and one semester of CS research on computer storage efficiency, presentation at a storage conference. 2 semesters and 1 summer of physics research in condensed matter, characteristics of alloys with focus on magnetism. Includes projects with Los Alamos Laboratory and poster presentation at a large conference.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Involved in community outreach project on science to local schools from my college

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Good CS skills, experience in working with large datasets. Some specific lab experience that could be helpful.

Special Bonus Points: Female, primary advisor seems well connected. All 3 rec letters are from research advisors, and all should be strong.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Goal is to work in a government lab or industry.

Applying to Where: All Physics or Applied Physics, interested in condensed matter and magnetism research. List was primarily built around schools with multiple researchers in my area of interest, connections to national labs doing magnetism research where possible, and places I thought I had a shot given my not-so-great GPA.

FSU
Rutgers
University of Connecticut
Iowa State
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State
UColorado - Colorado Springs
Montana State
Oregon State
Northern Illinois University
Miami University (Masters)
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tman1027
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby tman1027 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:03 am

I really hope that I get admitted somewhere so I can give hope to all of the average and unaccomplished Physics students. Perusing this forum just amplifies my admissions anxiety. So many people who are such great applicants and also so very nervous.

Undergrad Institution: Smallish Southern State school with little physics reputation
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Japanese and Math
GPA in Major: 3.7 or something around that (I don't want to redo that calculation)
Overall GPA: 3.58
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: top 35% maybe? My school doesn't have this on my transcript it seems
Type of Student: Domestic White male

GRE Scores :
Q: 160 (76%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 760 (63%)


Research Experience: I worked on a Senior thesis in acoustics that became a conference talk and the thesis is recorded on the net (though not published)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I got departmental scholarships each year after Freshman year, Cum Laude?

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I was a TA and I am currently working in Americorps

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I am an Eagle Scout and an Americorps VISTA. My advisor said that my thesis defense was on of the best he had ever seen.

Special Bonus Points: I think my rec letters will be strong. All are from professors and 1 is from my advisor who worked with me on my thesis. Cum Laude?

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have been out of school for a year and a half now

Applying to Where: I applied to a lot of programs because I am really nervous about my prospects

All for CME
University of Texas at Austin
University of Michigan
Univeristy of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder
Univeristy of Pennsylvania
Ohio State University
University of Florida
University of Iowa
Boston University
University of Washington

ckitc
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ckitc » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:06 pm

Ahh, why not...

Undergrad Institution: Large public R1 in the Southeast. Mediocre reputation as a commuter school. Not a great physics program. Astro program is very well recognized in the field, however.
Major(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 3.89
Overall GPA: 3.95
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Very near the top
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores:
Q: 167 (93%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
P: 730 (57%)

Research Experience: Three years research experience with recognized research group doing stellar astronomy. One second author publication, one first author publication in prep as of application submissions. Also one summer at high profile REU, first author publication in prep as of application submissions. Two AAS presentations. One of many authors on an astro paper in an unrelated subfield (I did some observing).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Goldwater Scholarship, one notable university-wide academic achievement award, Sigma Pi Sigma inductee, standard "Dean's List" kind of stuff.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Lab instructor for several semesters.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: A good bit of experience in classical observing at a government observatory.

Special Bonus Points: First generation college student. Research advisor at my home institution is incredibly well known and liked around the field, and my other letters should be fairly strong as well (though they're from professors earlier in their careers).

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I'm also a nontraditional student - I'm not super explicit about it in my applications beyond mentioning that I was a few years late starting college for various reasons.

Applying to Where: All in astronomy, expressed interest in stellar and substellar observation.

Harvard
Caltech - Skype interview 1/16
University of Washington
University of Arizona
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Texas - Austin - Skype interview 1/16
Indiana University - Bloomington
University of Colorado - Boulder
University of California - Santa Cruz
University of Toronto
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demetkirmizi
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby demetkirmizi » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:13 am

Undergrad Institution: One of the top schools in Turkey
Major(s): Physics double major with Industrial Engineering
Minor(s):
Overall GPA: 3.54
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: top 3rd
Type of Student: International Female

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 157 (75%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
P: 830 (75%) - Hoping this won't hurt my chances

TOEFL: 119

Research Experience: over 2 years in observational astrophysics (also MSc thesis project), accepted for conference presentation (but conference was cancelled, I don't know if it still counts), 2 papers in preparation one as 1st author, 1 semester in observational astrophysics during exchange semester in US. Also 1 semester at undergrad institution and 1 summer at an institute in France in computational physics/ biophysics.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Scholarships for Bachelor's and Master's, project support for master's thesis project from scientific council, Special award from undergrad institution for high academic success, Dean's Honor List, graduation thesis project selected as best in graduating class

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 1.5 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 2+ years of volunteer work at school, international student mentor for 4 years

Special Bonus Points:

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have a lot of experience with computation/simulations. I have been working on compact objects for 1.5 years now and I expressed interest in working on compact objects.

Applying to Where: Theoretical / Computational Astrophysics at:

Johns Hopkins
Harvard
University of Washington
UT Austin
University of Florida
George Washington University
UC Irvine
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
UC Berkeley
University of British Columbia - accepted by phone call (01/13) $22,428 /year including TAship -nominated for fellowship (30k/year), will find out in march
NYU
Columbia
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peadydog
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby peadydog » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:08 am

Undergrad Institution: Top 25 in Physics and Astronomy
Major(s): Physics and Astrophysics Double
Minor(s): Economics
GPA in Major: 3.5 ish
Overall GPA: 3.1 ish
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Average
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 161 (88%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 820 (74%)


Research Experience: One semester doing astronomy research at an institution out of my university

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 2x Dean's List, not much. Co-author in Astronomer's Telegram about finding from research

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Over a year and a half of professional physics teaching experience through my university and further jobs.

Applying to Where: All in nuclear physics or nuclear astrophysics

Colorado Boulder - Submitted
Michigan State - Submitted
Arizona - Submitted
UC Davis - Submitted
Kansas State - Submitted
Oregon - Submitted
Arizona State - Not Submitted Yet
New Mexico State - Not Submitted Yet
University of Denver - Not Submitted Yet

andrewm94
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Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:22 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby andrewm94 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:25 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State; Small Physics department (Approx 45 students); Some Reputation in Physics particularly Astrophysics, has good track record of successful graduates.
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major/Minor: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.89
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Near Top (I think, my institution does not release this info)
Type of Student: Domestic, Male

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 161 (79%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: N/A

Research Experience: Home school: None. Local Rad Onc Dept: Over 1 year working on clinically-focused research with treatment planning software (Primary role in study on planning treatment volume (PTV) optimization using 4D-CT vs 3D-CT, organ autosegmentation using atlas of CT images). REU in Nuclear Medicine Dosimetry Research at highly respected cancer research institution, primarily involved the usage of Monte Carlo calculations and data processing for medical physics applications - resulted in poster presentation. No publications yet, but possibly future co-author.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: AAPM Summer Fellowship, Presidents List (3.8 GPA or higher) 6 past consecutive semesters, Full Tuition Scholarship, Physics Department Scholarship, Pi Mu Epsilon

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 2 sections of intro physics lab (All grading, course management) for 2 semesters; Physics tutor for 3 semesters, Volunteer in Radiation Oncology (see above) since September 2015 which includes regular shadowing and conversation with medical physicists.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Upward trend in grades. All A's so far in Junior and Senior year.

Special Bonus Points: One recommender is internationally renowned in medical physics - specifically radiopharmaceutical research. 2 of 3 recommenders are practicing medical physicists (1 clinical, 1 research).

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Have taken Medical Imaging course, and registered for Anatomy and Physiology.

Applying to Where:

Duke - Medical Physics, PhD - Rejected 1/13 Note: Offer to be considered for MS program.
Duke - Medical Physics, MS - Submitted
Vanderbilt - Medical Physics, DMP - Invited to Interview 1/11
LSU - Medical Physics, MS - Not Yet Submitted
Kentucky - Medical Physics, MS - Not Yet Submitted
Cincinnati - Medical Physics, DMP - Not Yet Submitted
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Kartof123
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Kartof123 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:09 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school, top 25 in Physics
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.97
Overall GPA: 3.98
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: Domesic Male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 167 (93rd)
V: 166 (97th)
W: 4.0 (59th) :?
P: 860 (80th)

Research Experience: 1 year of research at my school, 2 years at a National Lab, and 1 REU. 10th author on a paper and working on an undergraduate thesis.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans list, other academic awards, Sigma Pi Sigma Member

Applying to Where:

Harvard - Physics - CME
MIT - Physics - CME
Columbia - Physics - CME
Yale - Physics - CME
Berkeley - Physics - CME
UC Santa Barbara - Physics - CME
Nortwestern - Physics - CME - Phone Interview with PI on 1/16
Chicago - Physics - CME
Notre Dame - Physics - Biophysics
Boston University - Physics - CME
UMD - Physics - CME
Rutgers - Physics - CME
UMass Amherst - Physics - CME
UMich - Physics - CME
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phyz
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby phyz » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:41 am

Well, here we go - for all you future applicants second guessing yourself, here's some more confusion to add to the mix :P

Undergrad Institution: Asian university, rising fast but still unknown in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 3.75
Overall GPA: 3.7
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: NA
Type of Student: International, of an overrepresented demographic

Grad Institution: Master's by research from the same place after a short gap
GPA: 4.0 - but only two graded courses.

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 170
V: 167
W: 4.5
P: 950


TOEFL Total: Nope - Foreign students, note that almost all the universities I was thinking about (except for Cornell) let you declare English as your first language and don't hassle you. Applicable to those whose English is obviously good enough but are forced to pay and waste time taking the stupid TOEFL.

Research Experience: Three projects during undergrad, one at a top 10 school in the US. Worked in a research group after graduating. At the time of application, one first author PRB, and two third author papers in PRL and Nano Letters. One more first author on the way. All pubs from the master's stint.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Scholarship for undergrad, Dean's List etc.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Some TA jobs. Research assistant job for 2.5 years. Currently working outside academia - nearly a year in so far.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Decent recs, I hope!

Applying to Where: CMT in all cases

Duke Accepted 1/13 Tuition + Insurance + 31k fellowship
Maryland
Caltech
Princeton
Colorado
Purdue
Yale
UCSB
UPenn
Michigan

physiques
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby physiques » Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:32 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large Canadian school
Majors: Mathematics, Physics
GPA in Majors: 4.28, 4.3 (4.3 scale)
Overall GPA: 4.28
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: Canadian/American dual citizen

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 163 (92%)
W: 6.0 (99%)
P: 820 (74%)

Research Experience: One summer at CERN, one summer at particle accelerator in Germany, one semester of research at my own school. All in particle physics. One publication of CERN work in Physical Review Accelerators & Beams, 1st author out of ~10. Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference x2.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: National level fellowship to work at CERN, a number of scholarships/awards from my university.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for 3 years, 1st year Physics marker for 1 year.

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

Applying to Where: (all for biophysics)
Stanford - Applied Physics
Harvard - Applied Physics
MIT - Physics
Princeton - Quantitative & Computational Biology

hockeychamp19
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby hockeychamp19 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small lib arts, no real physics reputation
Major(s):Physics, Mathematics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.96
Overall GPA: 3.96
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Near top, no published rank
Type of Student: Domestic white male (classic)

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
P: 820 (74%) :|

Research Experience: One summer after freshman year at UMD conuducting laser matter interactions research (I just machined
stuff for 10 weeks)
From Sophomore fall onwards till present (including Sophomore and Junior summers) conducted theoretical AMO research in ion trapping.
One first author pub, presented at APS March Meeting 2016, presenting at March 2017 meeting. Writing a senior thesis. Two pubs upcoming
- not submitted yet (upcoming is a strong word).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Phi Beta Kappa
Deans list every semester in attendance
Physics Department award for top student

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor in math workshop for a semester, Tutor in scientific computing for a semester, TAed
for five separate courses including three physics (General Physic I, General Physics II, Quantum Mechanics I)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Varsity athlete, awards for all-academic team (basically meaningless)

Special Bonus Points: I'm a likeable guy, hopefully decent recs

Applying to Where:

Harvard - Physics - CMT/AMOT
Caltech - Physics - Quantum Information
Yale - Physics - Quantum Information
Boulder - Physics - AMOT
Stony Brook - Physics - AMOT
Michigan - Physics - AMOT
Boston - Physics - CMT/AMOT
University of Washington - Physics - AMOE
Northwestern - Physics - CMT/AMOT
NYU - Physics - AMOT
UCSD - Physics - AMOE
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pichou68
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby pichou68 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:57 pm

this is a PHD application

Undergrad Institution: University in Canada (same school for both Undergrad and Masters degrees)
Major(s): Physics
Overall GPA: Undergrad(2.35) MSc(3.76)
Length of Degree: Undergrad(6 years) MSc(2 years)
Position in Class: Undergrad(low) MSc(top)
Type of Student: Asian

GRE Scores : 1st time
Q: 161 (79%)
V: 146 (30%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
P: 670 (44%)

Research Experience:
1 paper publishing in Feb, 2017 (First author, theoretical)
2 undergrad research experiences (no publications).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
none (simply wasn't aware of these)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
TAing 1st and 2nd year.
Teaching experience in a newly established elementary school as a visiting teacher.
Teaching experience in my high school as an academic assistant.
Private tutoring (~30 people)
One of the Physics representatives for a Graduate Association.

Special Bonus Points:
My undergrad overall GPA was around C+, whereas my grad GPA is a little above A- (took GR, QM, EM, QFT, QST, BH and SN). I am not sure whether this will be seen positively, but in my opinion, this is enough to show how hardworking and determined I am.
My supervisor is famous, and has a wide connection (connections with professors in schools where I am applying). He said he will strongly support me on these applications, so I just hope he wrote me a good letter.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Being completely homeless for 2 months during my undergrad. It was a very painful and lonely period. Along with some other issues that I had (such as a language barrier), I did mention these in details in my personal statement.

Applying to Where:

Theoretical Physics/AstroPhysics (For all schools)
Research Interest : String Theory, Field Theory, Quantum Gravity (For all schools)

Caltech -
MIT -
Princeton -
Columbia -
UC Santa Cruz -

Waterloo -
McGill -
SFU -

Oxford -
Cambridge -
King's College London -
Queen Mary University of London -

My standing is probably nowhere even close to other applicants' epic standings.
So I do expect many rejections.. but we only live once ! :)




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