2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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maxwellsdemon
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby maxwellsdemon » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:40 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State School; Top 40 in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): None, but extra courses in math and chemistry
GPA in Major:3.87
Overall GPA:3.77
Length of Degree: 4.5 years
Position in Class: ??????
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores : revised
Q:162
V:160
W:4.0
P:820

Research Experience:
2.5 years in exp. Gravity at home university
Summer IREU in exp. Gravity
NASA Goddard in Spring-Summer 2017 exp. Gravity
I developed skills with programming, data analysis, lasers, electronics, communicating physics

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: nothing noteworthy

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: SPS secretary, participated in several outreach events, worked as a math tutor

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: young, scrappy, and hungry

Special Bonus Points: I took grad quantum 1

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I wanted to switch my research area from exp gravity to exp AMO. In my SOP I spoke about how I can use the skills developed from gravity research to aid me in AMO.

Applying to Where: All for Physics, AMO experiment

University of Wisconsin - Madison Accepted 01/24/2017
University of Washington - Seattle Accepted 01/27/2017
University of Maryland – College Park Rejected 02/10/2017
University of Colorado - Boulder Rejected 03/03/2017
University of Virginia - Charlottesville Accepted 03/04/2017
Yale University – New Haven Rejected 03/06/2017
University of California - Berkeley Rejected 03/06/2017
Columbia University – New York Accepted 03/10/2017 WILL ATTEND
University of Illinois - Urbana Rejected 03/11/2017
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Waitlisted 02/10/2017; Waitlisted again 03/03/2017; Accepted 04/10/2017
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lugburz
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby lugburz » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:26 pm

Putting this up to get closure to an exciting/nerve-wracking time and also provide dates of when I heard back so future applicants know when to expect decisions

Undergrad Institution: Top twenty private research school. OK in AMO but otherwise not known for physics
Major(s): Astrophysics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 4.19 (3.99 if A+ is only a 4)
Overall GPA: 4.17
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?) 5
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?) I know I am in top 5% overall
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?) domestic white dude

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 167
V: 167
W: 5.0
P: 990


Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...) Started doing research only my junior year (year 3 out of 5) which is a bit late. Did an REU down in Chile that ended in a submitted paper (hadn't been accepted by the time of applications). Did about 9 months of research each with two faculty members at my home institution. One in star formation and one in theoretical cosmology. No other publications or serious presentations.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?) A couple best student/best thesis awards.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...) No

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...) I took two classes each with my two recommenders at my home institution getting all A+'s and I think this allowed them to give really strong letters and I think this really helped. Had maybe 6 grad classes in the end, including multiple astrophysics ones.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Was a pretty involved amateur astronomer/astrophotographer growing up and so this might help for the astronomy programs. I mentioned this briefly in my SOP's but I am not sure it helped in any way.

Applying to Where:
I didn't contact faculty anywhere before I applied. Expressed interest in Cosmology/DM everywhere which is a pretty new field to me

Harvard - Astronomy - Cosmology Accepted 2/8/2017.
Princeton - Astrophysics - Cosmology Accepted by email 2/2/2017. Will attend!
Stanford - Physics - Cosmology/Astro Accepted 2/10/2017.
MIT - Physics - Cosmology/HEP-th Accepted 2/9/2017.
Caltech - Astronomy - Cosmology/Dark matter Rejected 3/2/2017
UChicago - Astronomy - Cosmology Rejected 2/10/2017
Rutgers - Physics - Cosmology Accepted 2/7/2017.
UCSB - Physics - Cosmology Accepted 1/26/2017.
CU Boulder - Astro - Cosmology Accepted 1/27/2017.
Cornell - Astronomy - Cosmology Accepted 2/6/2017.
Rice - Physics - Cosmology Accepted 1/25/2017.
Univ Arizona - Astronomy - Cosmology Accepted 1/19/2017.

Overall I am very happy/relieved with how it all turned out and can't wait to start school. wish the best of luck to my fellow applicants in their grad school careers and to future applications as well

seaofpoppies
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby seaofpoppies » Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:08 pm

Undergrad Institution: Indian institute well known globally for research
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 7.7/8.0
Overall GPA: 7.7/8.0
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?) 4
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?) top
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?) Indian male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 170
V: 170
W: 5.0
P: 990


Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...) Two years in QI, senior year in CMT. One summer in Germany. One ArXiv preprint, which was sent for peer review just after applications.

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

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...) No

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

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

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

Applying to Where:
Applied in CMT/QI

Harvard - Rejected
Princeton - Rejected (Waitlisted initially)
Stanford - Rejected
MIT - Rejected
Caltech - Rejected
UChicago - Rejected
UCSB - Rejected
UCB - Rejected
UCSD - Accepted
Maryland - Accepted - Will Attend!

ctate7163
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ctate7163 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:58 am

ctate7163 wrote:Undergraduate Institution: I attended a robust Big-10 university that specializes in engineering.
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering (2012) and Medieval Studies (2016)
Minor(s): Math and English
GPA in Major: 3.8
Overall GPA: 3.9
Length of Degree: 4 years + 2 years of graduate
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: white domestic male

GRE Scores :
Q: 164 (94%) (2016)
V: 168 (95%) (2016)
W: 4.0 (59%) (2016)
P: 910 (86%) (2016)

Research Experience: Here in a small physics program getting my masters and preparing for greater things, I am involved in data mining atmospheric models and satellites data. Last year I also had the good fortune of assisting in a NASA proposal.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Senior of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts (fun times)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: After working as an engineer for two years, I started a master's degree in physics at a local university.

Special Bonus Points: I have been involved in community efforts to educate my city about climate change.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am 27 and feel that this is a second career (although I’ve always been interested in NASA’s colorful pictures and exciting articles).

Applying to Where:

My interests are split between Earth Sciences (atmospheric and carbon cycle modeling) and exoplanet characterization (astronomy and planetary science). I applied to departments in both areas.

Amsterdam - Astronomy | Submitted 22 Nov- Rejected 12 Jan
Leiden - Astronomy | Submitted 22 Nov - Rejected 25 Jan
Toronto - Physics | Submitted 30 Nov - Accepted 7 Feb - $22,700 (CAN dollar)
Arizona - Lunar and Planetary Lab | Submitted 6 Dec - Accepted 30 Jan - $32,300
Arizona - Astronomy | Submitted 6 Dec - Rejected 1 Feb (after LPL’s acceptance)
UC Boulder - Astrophysical and Space Sciences | Submitted 14 Dec- Rejected 20 Feb
Cornell - Astronomy | Submitted 14 Dec - Accepted 6 Feb - $29,700 +$10,700(summers) - Will Attend!
UC Berkeley - Earth and Planetary Sciences | Submitted 22 Dec - Rejected 15 Mar
Caltech - Geological and Planetary Sciences | Submitted 31 Dec- Rejected 14 Feb
Purdue - Astronautical Engineering | Submitted 31 Dec - No one knows
UIUC - Aerospace Engineering | Submitted 31 Dec - Accepted 20 Mar - No funding
University of Washington - Earth and Space Sciences | Submitted 4 Jan - No one knows
University of Chicago - Astronomy and Astrophysics | Submitted 2 Jan - Waitlisted 30 Jan - Withdrawn
University of Chicago - Geophysical Sciences | Submitted 10 Jan- Rejected 9 Feb
UCF - Physics | Submitted 10 Jan - Withdrawn

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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sergioyapa » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:06 pm

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\vec{F}=\dot{\vec{p}}  \quad \hat{H}|\Psi\rangle=i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}|\Psi\rangle \quad E=m_{0} c^2 \quad \nabla \times \vec{E}=-\frac{\partial \vec{B}}{\partial t}   \quad  S=k_{B} \log{\Omega}  \quad \lambda=\frac{h}{p}  \quad  (i \eth-m)\psi = 0  \quad  G_{\mu\nu} = \frac{8\pi G}{c^4} T_{\mu\nu}
\sigma_{x} \sigma_{p} \ge \frac{\hbar}{2} \quad E=\hbar\omega \quad \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial t^2} = c^2 \nabla^2 u \quad \delta S \ge 0 \quad  \frac{d}{dt}\left( \frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{q}} \right) = \left( \frac{\partial L}{\partial q} \right) \quad \gamma \rightarrow e^\textrm{-} + \, e^\textrm{+} \quad A=\frac{dN}{dt}  \quad \vec{j}=\sigma \vec{E} \quad \begin{array} &\{q,H\} \\ \{p,H\} \end{array}
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I can't believe it's time for me to post this already. Good luck everyone in your future endeavors! :)

:idea: Education and Information:
  • Undergrad Institution: Most prestigious University in my country - Unknown at international level
  • Major(s): Physics
  • Minor(s): Physics
  • GPA in Major: 76/100 (3.04/4.0)
  • Overall GPA: 70/100 (2.90/4.0) - University with really low GPAs
  • Length of Degree: 4 years
  • Position in Class: Top - Near Top
  • Type of Student: International, Male, Latino, Minority

:idea: GRE Scores : Revised
  • Q: 158 (70%) :P
  • V: 150 (47%) :P
  • W: 3.5 (42%) :P
  • P: 610 (31%) on September, 720 (%55) on October (great improvement for not studying a lot during that month lol :P)

:idea: TOEFL Total: 94 (R: 23, L: 26, S: 23, W: 22)

:idea: Research Experience:
  • 2 years as research assistant (RA) during my bachelor's degree.
  • 2 published articles in a national level peer-reviewed physics journal (top physics journal in my country).

:idea: Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
  • Gold medal (1st place), inter-regional physics olympiad. (High School)
  • World Robot Olympiad team captain, 2nd place at regionals, 3rd place at nationals. (High School)
  • Dean's List all semesters of junior and senior years. (Undergraduate)
  • Best physics graduation project of 2016, Summa Cum Laude. (Undergraduate)
  • Several times invited jury, by academic merits, for evaluating and hiring TAs or RAs. (Undergraduate)
  • Best academic performance in several of my undergraduate courses. (Undergraduate)

:idea: Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
  • 1 year as research assistant (RA) for the Laboratory of Mesoscopic Physics, interdisciplinary research project.
  • 1 year as research seminarist for the Nonlinear Dynamics Group, nonlinear cosmology research project (graduation project).
  • 1 year as teaching assistant (TA) of Physics II at undergraduate level, covering waves, thermodynamics, and hydrodynamics.
  • 1 year as research assistant (RA) for the Complex Systems Group, international medical physics research project.

:idea: Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
  • Won some championships at the college, city-level, and national-level at 3 different sports.
  • I am also a professional chef. It's always good to have someone who cooks around lol.

:idea: Special Bonus Points:
  • Amazing letters of recommendation, one sent by the best physicist working in my country.
  • My graduation project was one of the first researches in cosmology in my country and the first to deal with the inflaton field.
  • Applied with minority status. Besides being latino, I come from an underdeveloped country underrepresented in physics.
  • Wrote a great Statement of Purpose, one different for each application, a lot of work.
  • Contacted with some Professors via email after submitting my applications.
  • I have many years of volunteering work in my background.

:idea: Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
  • I am 23 years old, quite young for pursuing a Ph.D.
  • I come from an underrepresented country in physics, specially in cosmology.
  • I have a wide range of knowledge in software and programming that is useful for physics.

:idea: Applied to Where:

I applied to 25 universities, all of them were Ph.D. programs. :P

Updated as of April 17, 2017

WILL ATTEND!

:mrgreen: University of Arizona - Physics - Cosmology (Feb. 09: Unofficial acceptance, email sent by Professor Rozo; Feb. 14: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $18k/9 month TA + $3.5k-7.5k/summer + $2k/month Premium Health Insurance) This was my 1st response and 1st acceptance!!! Can you believe that?...no suffering for me. This one was on my top 3, dream came true! I cried from happiness!. I love it because UA has excellent Physics Ph.D. program (specially in astrophysics and cosmology), renowned faculty, good reputation, great campus, nice weather, Tucson is cheap, is ranked #1 in sexiest girls, and even the colors of UA are great!. Professor Rozo, who is an awesome cosmologist, was extremely nice with me after acceptance and hope him to be my advisor. Thanks UA!!! BEAR DOWN!!! :mrgreen:

ACCEPTED

:arrow: UCONN - Physics – Cosmology (Feb. 14: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website, Feb. 15: Official offer for Ph.D via email + $11.5k Half Predoctoral Fellowship + $11.5k/9 month TA) :D This was my 2nd response and 2nd acceptance!!! I was very lucky. Very nice research in physics (specially in time), beautiful campus, but doesn't have as good reputation as UA, so I declined the offer. Thanks UCONN!!!
:arrow: Oklahoma - Physics - Cosmology (Mar. 09: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + declined before an official offer was made) :D I was contacted to know if I was still interested before the official offer was made. I decided to go to UA, so I declined the offer. Thanks OU!!!

WAITLISTED

:| Ohio State - Physics – Cosmology (Mar. 15: Waitlisted via email) :) It is great to be waitlisted by such a great program, this was on my top 3. Told them to keep me out of waitlist because I had already accepted UA offer, but still got a rejection letter on Apr. 11.
:| U Wyoming - Physics - Research Interest (Apr. 01: Waitlisted via email) :lol: I was announced that I had been waitlisted along with the rejection email on Apr. 01. This was an ultra top safety University...well at least now I know I won't be eaten by a bear.

REJECTED

:!: UNC-Chapel Hill - Physics - Cosmology (Feb. 17: Rejected via website) :? First rejection...didn't hurt, but I can't understand why.
:!: Brown - Physics - Cosmology (Feb. 22: Rejected via email; Feb. 22: Rejected via website) :? Offer to apply MS, no Ivy League for me.
:!: Northeastern - Physics – Complex Networks (Feb. 23: Rejected via website) :shock: This was my top safety university.
:!: Vanderbilt - Astrophysics - Cosmology (Mar. 03: Rejected via website) :roll: Well...thought I would make it.
:!: Penn State - Physics - Cosmology (Mar. 09: Rejected via email) :wink: Great university and my top application, I expected this.
:!: NYU - Physics - Cosmology (Mar. 15: Rejected via email) :? Great cosmology group, I am happy of not having to live at NY though.
:!: Notre Dame - Physics - Astrophysics (Mar. 17: Rejected via website) :roll: Well...beautiful campus though.
:!: NCSU - Physics - Astrophysics (Mar. 28: Rejected via website) :shock: Safety university, cosmology is way better than astrophysics.
:!: Utah State - Physics - Field Theory (Mar. 28: Rejected via email) :shock: Another safety university but very small, that makes it harder.
:!: Minnesota - Astrophysics - Cosmology (Mar. 29: Rejected via website) :? This was a very nice program, but still wasn't in my top.
:!: UMass - Amherst - Physics - Fundamental Interactions (Apr. 07: Rejected via website) :? I thought I would be at least waitlisted.
:!: Purdue - Physics - Cosmology (Apr. 10: Rejected via website) :wink: This was expected, but I don't care.

NO RESPONSE

:?: Rensselaer PI - Physics - Research Interest (Apr. 17: No response, neither by email nor website) :? Applied on Dec. 30. I paid!.
:?: UC Riverside - Physics - Research Interest (Apr. 17: No response, neither by email nor website) :? Applied on Jan. 03. My answer?
:?: Pittsburgh - Physics - Cosmology (Apr. 17: No response, neither by email nor website) :? Applied on Jan. 14. Dammit!.
:?: Arizona State - Physics - Cosmology (Apr. 17: No response, neither by email nor website) :? Applied on Jan. 29. My new rival!.
:?: UW-Milwaukee - Physics - Cosmology (Apr. 17: No response, neither by email nor website) :? Applied on Jan. 30. Answer!.

OTHER

:x Michigan State - Physics - Research Interest (Dec. 27: Tried to apply) :evil: Lost my TOEFL and GREs scores. They didn't care.
:x SUNY-Buffalo - Physics - Cosmology (Dec. 27: Tried to apply) :evil: Lost my General GRE scores and told me to send them again.
:x FSU - Physics - Research Interest (Jan. 15: Tried to apply) :evil: Didn't accepted my official transcripts (sent from another continent).


I am extremely happy about how things went, I was able to enter to one of my top 3 dream universities. I was very lucky that I was accepted in my first two responses, I didn't had to deal with the stress and anxiety of the first rejection. I am also glad that I didn't had to choose between two of my top 3 universities, I consider myself extremely blessed for this. If I had to do the process over again I would do it with a little more of time, specially being an international student. The truth is that, for international applicants, this is a very hard, exhausting, and quite expensive process, so be aware of that if you are considering to apply to the USA. I would like to thank my sisters, who obtained their Ph.D.s in important universities in the USA (UIUC & UW-Madison), and who helped me a lot for my application process. I hope my experience will help you through this process, wish you success, and my advice for new applicants is: "Apply with all your effort or do not apply, but do not just try."

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\vec{F}=\dot{\vec{p}}  \quad \hat{H}|\Psi\rangle=i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}|\Psi\rangle \quad E=m_{0} c^2 \quad \nabla \times \vec{E}=-\frac{\partial \vec{B}}{\partial t}   \quad  S=k_{B} \log{\Omega}  \quad \lambda=\frac{h}{p}  \quad  (i \eth-m)\psi = 0  \quad  G_{\mu\nu} = \frac{8\pi G}{c^4} T_{\mu\nu}
\sigma_{x} \sigma_{p} \ge \frac{\hbar}{2} \quad E=\hbar\omega \quad \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial t^2} = c^2 \nabla^2 u \quad \delta S \ge 0 \quad  \frac{d}{dt}\left( \frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{q}} \right) = \left( \frac{\partial L}{\partial q} \right) \quad \gamma \rightarrow e^\textrm{-} + \, e^\textrm{+} \quad A=\frac{dN}{dt}  \quad \vec{j}=\sigma \vec{E} \quad \begin{array} &\{q,H\} \\ \{p,H\} \end{array}
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4by4_metric_tensor
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby 4by4_metric_tensor » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:28 am

Education and Information:
Undergrad Institution: Public School in NY, with some reputations in Physics locally
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: ~3.6
Overall GPA: ~3.5
Length of Degree: 4.5 years
Position in Class: between +1 sigma and +2 sigma
Type of Student: Domestic asian male

GRE Scores (Revised)
Q: >160, <165 (okay)
V: >140, <150 (trash)
W: 3.0 (meh)
P: >770, <810 (meh)

TOEFL: not applicable

Research Experience:
1.5 years of research in CME.
No publication at the time the applications were submitted. (meh)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some awards in Home institution, Dean's List

Other Activities or Jobs: Astro club Eboard member, a non-academic related job long time ago


Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: --------to be updated-------


Special Bonus Points: -------to be updated--------


Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: No.


Applied to Where:

All Physics PhD
(categorized by interests stated on SOP)
(Accepted; Rejected; Waitlist-ed; No response)

CME (and very little CMT):
Cornell
UC Berkeley
NYU
Columbia

CUNY Grad Center -> declined
Rice U
Rutgers
UC Irvine
Purdue -> declined
Brown
Penn State
UIUC


Hep-ex:
UC Santa Barbara
Ohio State
UC Riverside -> declined


Astrophys/Cosmo-ex/Gravitation-ex:
Caltech
UC San Diego
Johns Hopkins
U Maryland, College Park
U Penn
U Michigan

UW Milwaukee

(0% acceptance rate in astrophys...lol :oops: )


Nuclear/Plasma/Accl-phys:
UCLA ----> Will attend
Michigan State
-> declined
Stony Brook


Comments: Later.

genericusername
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby genericusername » Fri May 05, 2017 1:06 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school, top 30 in physics
Major(s): Physics and Math
Minor(s): Optics
GPA in Major: 3.6 Physics, 3.7 Math
Overall GPA: 3.7
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Middle of top?
Type of Student: Domestic, multiracial male (nothing that helps)

GRE Scores :
Q: 164 (87%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 770 (65%)



Research Experience: 1 year in AMO at my institution no publications, 1 summer abroad doing particle physics, 1 conference talk

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list every semester but not much else

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 1 semester TA, sigma pi sigma

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
I'm principle trombonist in my university's wind ensemble and orchestra

Special Bonus Points:
2 advanced physics classes that are about 50/50 graduate/undergrad, 3 strong recommendations, 1 from a very famous physicist in the AMO world

Applying to Where:
All PhD:
Arizona - Optical Sciences - Optical Physics - accepted ~24K fellowship for first year
Boulder - Physics - AMO - rejected
Michigan - Physics - AMO - rejected
Rochester - Optics - deferred to masters program due to late letter of rec.
Stanford - Applied Physics - AMO - rejected
Texas-Austin - Physics - AMO - accepted ~32K fellowship for first year - will attend
Yale - Applied Physics - AMO - rejected

Not overly shocked about most of these, Stanford was always a bit of a reach. I am slightly surprised about Boulder since two of my recommenders have strong connections there but I'm happy overall with the outcomes. In retrospect I should have spent more than a week studying for the pgre and should have looked at the regular gre format before taking that.

Basilio
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Basilio » Tue May 09, 2017 6:04 am

Undergrad Institution: Big state school (in top 30 QS Phys)
Major(s): Physics / Nonlinear Optics and Laser Phys
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 4(BS)+2(MS)
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: International white male (Russian)

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 165 (89%, never done so bad at pre-tests :( )
V: 165 (95%, never done so well at pre-tests :D )
W: 3.5 (42%)
P: 990 (94%)


TOEFL Total: 108 (30R, 30L, 23S :cry: ,25W)

Research Experience: Research at school at average lab on protein biophysics and Raman spectroscopy. 2 papers (3d author, alphabetical order, main contribution, mediocre journals), 5 reports (2 poster, 3 talks).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship
State scholarship for good marks and research (for 3 years)
Winner of the Bachelor Thesis contest (2d place) and coursework contest
Government personal scholarship
other minor rewards on scientific shools

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
TA - 1 year
tutor - 2 years
Part-time job in data analysis for medical genetics - 2 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Participated in 7 scientific schools (2 internationla), good programming skills.

Special Bonus Points:
Department used to have good connections with Stanford AP proffesors 30 years ago :)
Reccomendations were really good, despite professors are not so well-known

Applying to Where:

US/Canada
Maryland - Physics - JQI, Qunatum Optics - Rejected (email, Feb 11) :shock:
Harvard - Physics - QO (Lukin) / Superresolution (Zhuang ) - Rejected (email to check website, Feb 17) :|
MIT - Department - Ultrafast Laser / QO and Communications - Rejected (email, Feb 22) :|
CalTech - Physics - Qunatum Optics (Kimble) - Rejected (email, Feb 24)
Rochester - Optics - NL/Quant opt (Boyd, Agrawal). Well known - Accepted (email, Jan 20(unofficial ) - Jan 26). Assistanship 30k + 3k fellowfship for 2y - Declined
Michigan - ​Ann Arbor - Physics - Nonlinear opt & spec - Interview (Jan 18), Accepted (email, Jan 22). Assistanship 30k - Declined
Toronto - Biophysics - Accepted (Feb 8 ). Assistanship 16k? - Declined
Colorado Boulder - Physics - NL opt & spec. Well known - Accepted (email, Feb 10). TA29k -
RA 34k + 6k signing
- Declined
Stanford - Applied Physics - Nonlinear optics / Biophysics - Official Transcripts (Jan 20 requested , Feb 9 received) - Accepted (email, Feb 10). RA 39k(no TA!) - EEEAH!! - missed the Open House, but visited later - WILL ATTEND
British Columbia - Physics - Molecular Rotors (Milner) - Accpeted (Feb 13). Assistanship 17k? -Declined
Berkeley - Biophysics -> offered transfer to Physics (Jan 04) - Biophyshics / Ultrafast - Accepted (Feb 25). TA 32k - EEEAH!! - missed the Open House, but visited later. Breathtaking attosecond labs in chemistry dep, but awfull neighborhood - Declined

Europe/Japan
Oxford - Atomic and laser physics - Qunatum optics - Rejected (email, March 03) (min toefl S25?)
EPFL - Optics and Photonics - Qunatum optics / Biophysics - Accpeted (April 12). 51k TA/RA - Have one year to find advisor
Tokyo U - Physics - Biphysics / NL Spec - Agreement w prof - Decided not to apply
Ecole Polytechnique - Physics - NL spect - Agreement w prof - Decided not to apply
Ecole normale supérieure - Physics - Adaptive optics + spec - Agreement w prof - Decided not to apply
KIT - Physics - Biophysics/Raman/Superresolution - Agreement w prof - Decided not to apply
Imperial College - Physics - Superresolution imageing / NL spect - Agreement w prof

Kozerone
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Kozerone » Fri May 19, 2017 2:32 am

Undergrad Institution: A US Liberal Arts College (ranked in the Top 100 based on US News Report) with an Average Reputation in Physics
Major(s): Physics and Math
Minor(s): -
GPA in Major: 3.95 out of 4
Overall GPA: 3.9 out of 4
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores : Just took both tests once
Q: 160
V: 160
W: 4
P: 840 (77 percentile)


TOEFL Total: 116/120

Research Experience: At my school, nuclear physics investigating the structure properties of an isotope, 1 year and a summer, no publication

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: In my school, summa cum laude, best physics student award and the most promising physics student award; outside, phi beta kappa

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Teaching assistant at my college, high school teacher at a less prestigious high school, online physics tutor

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: I was very close to all the professors who are my recommenders?

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

Applying to Where:

Harvard - HEP - Rejected
MIT - HEP - Rejected
Cornell - HEP - Rejected
University of Michigan - HEP - Rejected
University of Maryland - HEP - Rejected
University of Pennsylvania - HEP - Rejected
University of Chicago - HEP - Rejected
University of Illinois - HEP - Rejected
Ohio State University - HEP - Rejected
Georgia Tech - HEP - Rejected
University of Pittsburgh - HEP - Rejected
University of Rochester - HEP - Accepted

It's like a freaking joke to me




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