2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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supermario42
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2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby supermario42 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:34 am

This is the most useful resource PhysicsGRE has to offer. If you have used this information in the past or are currently using it to help decide upon schools, I highly suggest you help out and post your own profile once you have applied to schools. Future members of this forum will find it very useful! Don't be shy!

Copy and paste the template below in your reply to keep the formatting.

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Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school, such as big state, lib arts, ivy, technical, foreign (what country?)... Overall Reputation in Physics?)
Major(s):
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:
Overall GPA:
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?)
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?)
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?)

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


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


Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)

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

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)

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:

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)

supermario42
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby supermario42 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:49 am

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Undergrad Institution: Big State School
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: ~ 3.50
Overall GPA: 3.47
Length of Degree: Been in school 6 years, did all my physics work the last 3.
Position in Class: Top 5-15 in class
Type of Student: Male Hispanic

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: TBD
V: TBD
W: TBD
P: 530 (13% percentile) Spring. Have not studied much for October...





Research Experience: 1 REU in heavy ion physics, some research at home with GlueX, but nothing to write home about aside from picking up a few coding skills.


Awards/Honors/Recognitions: NSF S-STEM Scholar, twice on Deans List

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Private tutor, 3 semesters of LA for both lower division and upper division physics labs

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Minority student in the field (although not at my school). I believe my rec letters will be quality rec letters, 2 are research-related and the third one is from a lab professor that has known me for about 3 years now and I LA'd for his lab.

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

Applying to Where:


Beyond Reach:
Stanford - Physics - High Energy Physics
Yale - Physics - High Energy Physics
CU-Boulder - Physics - High Energy Physics
Cornell - Physics - High Energy Physics

Reach/Match(hard to tell)

Duke - Physics - Nuclear physics
UC-Davis - Physics - High Energy Physics
NYU - Physics - High Energy Physics
UVA - Physics - Nuclear physics

Match/Safe (hard to tell)
Lehigh University - Physics - High Energy Physics
Syracuse - Physics - High Energy Physics
Virginia Tech - Physics - High Energy Physics

AHipp
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby AHipp » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:46 pm

Undergrad Institution: Very small liberal arts school in Midwest, unknown for physics
Major(s): Physics and Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: Physics: 3.950, Mathematics: 4.00
Overall GPA: 3.928
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Not exactly sure, near the top
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores :
Q: TBD
V: TBD
W: TBD
P: Spring 2018: 620 (32%), Sep. 2018: 680 (I wish I could've done better, but at the very least I improved a bit!)

Research Experience: One International REU in gravitational wave physics, focus was on computation/data analysis.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Semester Honors/Dean's List every semester. Awarded "Outstanding Mid-Career Physics Student" at home institution junior year.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Summer internship in the IT Department of a large company.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: One of my letters will be written by the professor I worked with during my IREU, who is a professor at a foreign university, which have been told will be weighted heavily. Unsure if actually true though!

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Not sure if it counts for anything, but I have been a resident assistant for two years, and an apartment coordinator for one, which included being the "academic liaison" for campus and holding academic achievement events.

Applying to Where:

University of Wisconsin Madison - Physics - High Energy Physics
University of Washington - Physics - Particle Physics Theory
University of Texas at Austin - Physics - High Energy Physics
University of Pennsylvania - Physics - High Energy Physics
University of Utah - Physics - Particle Physics
University of Oregon - Physics - Particle Physics
University of California Santa Cruz - Physics - High Energy Theory
University of Notre Dame - Physics - High Energy Physics
University of Florida - Physics - High Energy Theory
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill - Physics - Particle Astrophysics
Colorado School of Mines - Physics - Computational/Theoretical Physics

I'm unsure how competitive I actually am for my chosen schools, so if anyone could provide me feedback on that it would be much appreciated!
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mikale
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mikale » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:16 am

Undergrad Institution: Russel Group University in UK, Pretty Good reputation in Physics
Major(s): Theoretical Physics
GPA in Major: 92/100
Length of Degree: 3 Years
Position in Class: Top Student


Graduate Institution: University of Cambridge
Major : Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, Applied Mathematics
Length of Degree : 1 Year

Type of Student: International
GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 165
V: 155
W: 4.0
P: 920


TOEFL: Not Needed since I did my undergrad in the UK


Research Experience: 2 months research experience in Heavy Ions Physics as part of a rather well know International Science Summer School,
2 months research in HEP Phenomenology at University of Oxford from which a paper should come out sooner or later.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 5 awards at home institution, 1 scholarship at Cambridge

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Award for best undergraduate final thesis

Special Bonus Points: About 10 grad classes at Cambridge in HE Theory and very good lors

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

Applying to Where:
I am applying only for HE Theory.

MIT
Harvard
Princeton
Caltech
Stanford
Berkeley
University of Chicago
Columbia
Cambridge
Oxford
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mathemagician
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mathemagician » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:30 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large state school, known for physics
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: ~3.0 (Physics), ~3.5 (Math)
Overall GPA: 3.44
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Unknown
Type of Student: Domestic White Female

GRE Scores : (Revised)
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 162 (91%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: TBD

Research Experience:
- 3 semesters of math research at my school
- 2.5 years of part-time computational astrophysics research at my school
- SULI internship at Berkeley Lab in observational cosmology, Spring 2017
- NASA internship in observational cosmology, Spring & Summer 2018
- Two nth-author publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Research award (honorable mention) in math department at my school

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Mentor for online math courses; physics peer mentor; physics outreach volunteer

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: six poster presentations, two talks

Special Bonus Points:

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Note: Due to taking two semesters off for internships, I am taking five years to graduate, but still believe four years best represents length of degree.

Applying to Where:
Applying for cosmology

Caltech
Johns Hopkins
Princeton
UC Berkeley
UC Santa Barbara
University of Arizona
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland College Park

sippingjuice
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sippingjuice » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:47 pm

Undergrad Institution: Transferred to UC with OK reputation in physics. Started off at international uni, then a CCC , then transferred to this UC
Major(s): Astrophysics
Minor(s): -
GPA in Major: (I'll let you know once I figure it out)
Overall GPA: 3.87
Length of Degree: 6 years
Position in Class: Near top or top
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 167
V: 163
W: 5
P: (pending...)


Research Experience: About 1 year of research with 2 joint mentors. Research has been on same topic for the entirety of the year. 2 poster presentations, one at the AAS.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 1 within-school research grant, participant of special summer program

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...): none

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: varied academic background across 3 different institutions?

Special Bonus Points: 3 renowned letter writers (very grateful, I wouldn't be applying if they didn't encourage me to do so)

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

Applying to Where:

STILL DEVELOPING LIST!

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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)

cluelessphysicist
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby cluelessphysicist » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:00 pm

Undergrad Institution: a state university
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Astronomy
GPA in Major: 3.7
Overall GPA: 3.7
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: 12 out of 64
Type of Student: International

GRE Scores : took in 2016, taking again soon
Q: 167
V: 157
W: 3
P: 840

IELTS: taking soon

Research Experience: 1 year exoplanet research at my home university, no significant result.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Learning assistant for 2 years

Special Bonus Points: one grad course. minority.

Applying to Where: Exoplanet research everywhere

Canada
Toronto
British Columbia
McGill
McMaster
Western
Victoria
York


United States
Washington
Michigan
Brown
North Carolina
Texas
Georgia Tech
Dartmouth
Boston U




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