butsurigakusha wrote: Plus, although I could be mistaken, I think admission to REU programs heavily favors women and minority applicants, whereas I don't think that will be true for grad school admissions.
fermiboy wrote:You don't think that minority or female status helps for graduate admissions? What rock are you living under? Being a minority or female applicant is a HUGE advantage in the admissions game. You know, the whole diversity thing?
perplexity wrote:I'll have completed most of the coursework associated with a physics major, but I won't have the lab experience that students from larger schools get. My college just doesn't have the funds to maintain a strong physics lab. This year I took thermal physics and theoretical mechanics, and I'm currently in electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. I don't believe there is a stat mech class offered here, but next year I'll also be getting electronics, and a few independent studies.
Jack Skellington wrote:@perplexity
That said, I think the REU acceptances are a terrible indicator of your chances in grad school. I was rejected by 5/6 REUs when I applied, but was accepted to 6/9 grad programs I applied to, including one of the schools that rejected me for their REU. I think the reason is that they only have ~10 spots for often hundreds of applicants.
twistor wrote:Don't waste time with temporary REUs. Try to get a semi-permanent student research job at your undergraduate institution.
It doesnt seem like they have that great of a problem except for one
huge d-bag Professor from Armenia.
admissionprof wrote:The problem wasn't the d-bag (you can find them everywhere). It was the department's reaction to the d-bag, and their lack of interest and response to the complaints.
perplexity wrote:Since I had not heard from anyone else within that week, I accepted the offer. Then a whopping 20 minutes after hanging up the phone with the director of that program, I got an e-mail from UCLA
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