WontonBurritoMeals wrote:If you graduate in Fall 2010, you would probably apply for grad. schools in Winter 2009, right? So you would want to take the GRE probably twice before you apply, so like Summer and Fall 2009?
WontonBurritoMeals wrote:Also, I've heard that theory is really competitive, but is it even more competitive with QIT? That sounds scarry >.<.
Also, is it too late to apply for QI summer internships for this year? I did a crappy job looking for those this year and none of the places I've applied to so far are directly related to QI. Luckily, I still have next summer. I realise that I should have come to this site very long ago.
butsurigakusha wrote:I think it would be best not to plan to take the GRE twice. If you are going to take it in April, prepare for it like it is your one shot. Then, if you do as well as you expected, you will save yourself a lot of stress in the fall, and will be able to focus on research and applications. If you end up getting a score that is less than your expectation, you can retake it in the fall. But don't take the April test as if it were a practice test, with the real test coming in October. You don't want to needlessly put yourself through the stress of two tests.
WontonBurritoMeals wrote:And how does one get a first author publication, anyway?
Getting publications as an undergrad before you apply to grad school has a lot to do with luck, and from what I've heard grad schools do understand that.
I'll tell you how I did it. I wound up in a research group lead by a senior scientist who cared about his students and wanted to help our careers. Once I had been working in the group for a few months, I was assigned the lead roll on the next project, which means I direct it, take the data, and write the paper. There is a lead investigator for each project in our group and it is always a student.
I did my research in the field in one summer at a university across the country. It was great, and I think I got some publishable results (my adviser thought so) but he basically flaked out once I left. I sent him a draft of a paper and he never wrote back with comments . There's always the uncertain element if you work with someone away from your home institution, and while I'm generally pretty happy with my experience, the guy I worked with was not a great communicator by email. But there wasn't anyone doing what I wanted at my home institution anyways, so it was sort of a wash. Getting publications as an undergrad before you apply to grad school has a lot to do with luck, and from what I've heard grad schools do understand that.
WontonBurritoMeals wrote:I read your story on you blog, and it was really inspiring (although I hate that word. Genius is only 1% it after all). Maybe I'll take the initiative and look for something like this.
WontonBurritoMeals wrote:What are the best schools for these?
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