Undergrad Institution: Big state University with little to no reputation in Physics but maybe some recognition in Astronomy
GPA in Major: 3.65 (~3.8 upper division)
Overall GPA: 3.65
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: top 10%?
Type of Student: Domestic white male
GRE Scores :
Q: 155 (59%) lol
V: 160 (86%) LOL
W: 4.0 (59%) meh
P: 740 (57%)
Apparently I'm just as good in upper division physics as I am in basic math. I didn't care to take the general again though, waste of money in my opinion.
TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: )
-I'm a native english speaker so I'm glad I don't have to worry about this.
-I've done a solid amount of research in three different projects over a 2 year period. Each professor I worked with had me doing technical coding work mainly. I have contributed with each project in positive and unexpected ways.
-In school Research grant $2000
-NSF STEM full tuition scholarship
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
-I've been a TA before. I'll also be in charge of a physics lab or two before I finish
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
-I've had surprising success in my research projects. Also I've run marathons, which shows determination I guess.
Special Bonus Points:
-I had an REU at a top University over the summer and will obtain an incredibly awesome letter from an award winning Astronomer. Hopefully it will overshadow my GRE scores lol.
-I have 2 really strong letters from faculty at my home University that I've done research with.
-I have a fairly crazy and unique background story, one that shows I'm determined to pursue astronomy.
-I'm crazy good at computational stuff and have evidence to back it up
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
-I've run marathons
-I can deadlift 400 pounds
Applying to Where:
Cornell University - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy (Feb. 5: waitlisted)
This is like my top choice! If you've been accepted to Cornell but have other awesome offers, maybe you can find it in your heart to decline
University of Toronto - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
Johns Hopkins University - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
University of Rochester - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
Brandeis University - Physics and Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
University of Utah - Physics and Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
Washington University - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy (Feb. 6: Rejected via email)
Harvard University - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy (Feb. 12: Rejected via email)
University of Hawaii at Manoa - Astronomy - Extra Galactic/Cosmology (Jan. 24: Rejected via email)
UT Austin - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy (Feb. 5: Rejected via email)
University of Chicago - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy (Feb 13: Rejected via email)
Well there goes most my reach schools haha.