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.

______________________________________________
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: ~ 3.41
Overall GPA: 3.39
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 :
Q: 156/61st
V: 152/56
W: 4.0/59
P: 530 (13% percentile) Spring. 660 Fall (41) lol





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 - High Energy Physics
Yale - High Energy Physics
CU-Boulder - High Energy Physics
Cornell - High Energy Physics
Chicago - High Energy Physics
UPenn - High Energy Physics




Reach/Match

Duke - Physics - Nuclear physics/High Energy
UNC-Chapel Hill - Nuclear Physics
New York University - Physics - High Energy Physics
University of Virginia - Physics - High Energy Physics
Vanderbilt - Physics - High Energy Physics

Match/Safe
Lehigh University - Physics - High Energy Physics
Syracuse - Physics - High Energy Physics
Virginia Tech - Physics - High Energy Physics
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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: 165 (88%)
V: 155 (69%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: Spring 2018: 620 (32%), Sep. 2018: 680 (45%) (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 - Astrophysics
University of Washington - Physics - Astrophysics
University of Texas at Austin - Physics - High Energy Physics
University of Pennsylvania - Physics - High Energy Physics
University of Minnesota - Physics - Astrophysics
University of Oregon - Physics - Astrophysics
University of California Santa Cruz - Physics - High Energy Physics
University of Notre Dame - Physics - High Energy Physics
University of Florida - Physics - Astrophysics
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 (did horribly), then a CCC (did better) , then transferred to this UC (did very well)
Major(s): Astrophysics
Minor(s): -
GPA in Major: pending
Overall GPA: 3.87
Length of Degree: 6 years
Position in Class: Near top (not too bad, I'd say, but not the best)
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 167 (91%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 5 (92%)
P: 640 (36%)


Research Experience: About 1 year of research with 3 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 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:

Special Bonus Points: 3 excellent 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: I did very poorly at my first institution (failed one physics and one math class, retook for better grades in CCC).

Applying to Where: Seeking a PhD in Astrophysics, interested in observational astronomy, spectroscopy, data analysis. Current list is far too reach-y considering my poor start in university--currently working on balancing it out!

UC Santa Cruz - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
UC Berkeley - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
U of Washington-Seattle - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
Caltech - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
U of Arizona - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
U of Michigan - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
Michigan State - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
Ohio State - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
Harvard - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
U of Minnesota - Astrophysics - Observational Astronomy
U of Hawaii-Manoa- Observational Astronomy




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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)
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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 :
Q: 167
V: 157
W: 3
P: 880

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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enidcruz
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby enidcruz » Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:48 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small, no reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Pure math
GPA in Major: 3.93/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.95/4.00
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: Domestic, Hispanic female

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 160 (74%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 3.5 (41%)
P: 850 (77%)

Took the General GRE without studying. Will retake soon.

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


Research Experience:

My school: 1 yr of computational AMO, 1 semester of quantum theory
UChicago REU (10 weeks): astrophysics/exoplanets
CU Boulder REU (10 weeks): soft condensed matter

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)
Dean's honor list?

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)
SPS secretary and vice-president

Special Bonus Points:
Minority

Applying to Where: (preliminary list)

All for Exp AMO

UMD College Park - Physics
CU Boulder - Physics
Harvard - Physics
MIT - Physics
Rice University - Physics
UIUC - Physics
U of Rochester (maybe) - Physics

Fellowship:

NSF GRFP

amans14
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby amans14 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:00 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top Indian School: Medium Reputation in Physics
Major(s): Engineering Physics
Minor(s): Informally, Theoretical Physics
GPA in Major: 8.7/10
Overall GPA: 8.3/10
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top 10%
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores:
Q: 170
V: 159
W: 4.5
P: 990

TOEFL: 113 (R: 28, L: 30, S: 25, W: 30)

Research Experience:
Semester Internship in Cosmology (Dark Matter/Structure Formation) with quite a famous professor (low physics rep university though) (1 preprint: Co-Author, more can be expected by December)
Summer Project in Electroweak Theory & Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (No significant results)
Summer Internship in Cosmology with somewhat famous Professor (HoD of institution) (Large Scale Structure Formation) (No significant results)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Academic Advisor for 1 semester: freshmen undergraduate Physics Course

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Grad Classes in QFT - 1, General Relativity, Group Theory. Future Grad courses in QFT - II, Supersymmetry. Future Thesis Project: Dark Matter Theory and Cosmology, Recommendation from the aforementioned famous professor, + recommendation from another somewhat famous professor doing Theoretical Physics from home university

Reduce Points: No courses in Cosmology offered at home institution

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Present Extra Knowledge includes Foundational Quantum Mechanics, QFT - II from research projects, Statistical Analysis

Beyond Reach:
1. Princeton - Astroparticle Phenomenology, High Energy Theory, Quantum Cosmology (partially hoping for an IAS-based graduate advisor)
2. The University of Chicago - High Energy Theory
3. Stanford - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory
4. Perimeter, ON, Canada - High Energy Theory, Cosmology, Information Theory

Reach:
1. The University of Maryland, College Park - high Energy Theory
2. The University of California, Los Angeles - High Energy Theory
3. The University of Toronto - High Energy Theory
4. Pennsylvania State - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory
5. Columbia University - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory

Safe:
1. Texas A&M - High Energy Theory
2. Stony Brook University - High Energy Theory
3. Brown University - High Energy Theory
4. Kansas State University - Cosmology Theory (Might not apply; only two professors have worked in HET and one of them just retired)
5. Heidelberg University - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory (to apply only if rejected from all in above two categories. Last date in July)

Edits:

1. Nov 25 2018:
1A. added PGRE score
1B. Added Columbia and Kansas State to list
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npgh2009
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby npgh2009 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:23 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small school in an Asian country, with connection to a German university with a fair bit of reputation
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
GPA in Major: 3.7/4.0 (1.3 in German scale)
Length of Degree: 4-year program
Position in Class: Top of the class, but not mentioned in transcript
Type of Student: Asian male

GRE Scores: revised
Q: 167
V: 162
W: 4.0
P: 980


TOEFL: 107 (R: 29, L: 29, S: 24, W: 25)


Research Experience: Very little

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I won some prizes in the National Olympiad in Physics in high school.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Got the merit scholarship from my school for 3 straight years

Special Bonus Points: Although I am not majored in Physics, I took a lot of online courses on my own, which might demonstrates my motivation and passion.
Also have a fair bit of experience in programming/machine learning.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Beside English and my native language, I also speak German and Japanese.

Applying to Where: Applying for Quantum Computing/Quantum Information, but still revising my list

UC Berkeley
UC Los Angeles
U of Maryland, College Park
UT Austin
UIUC
U of Southern California
Purdue
Texas A&M
CU Boulder
Syracuse
U Wisconsin, Madison

jtizzle
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby jtizzle » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:59 am

Undergrad Institution: Medium sized liberal arts university. Gaining a reputation in physics I believe.
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 3.4
Overall GPA: 3.2
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 160
V: 152
W: 4.5
P: April 2018 - 590 (25%)
October 2018 - 620 (32%) Disappointing...


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


Research Experience: Soft matter research at home university for 3 years. Presented poster at 3 different conferences, both national and regional

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: S-stem scholar for 4 years, Dean's list 3 semesters (all over last 4 semesters), multiple honors awarded for our outreach events in SPS.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Private tutor for 1 year on and off, SPS founding and governing member for 3 years. Received funding for research during summer 2017 at home university. Currently working as an engineer, don't know if that'll be helpful or not.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I am in the middle of my gap year right now and have a job as an engineer. I don't know if that will help at all but I think it's noteworthy.

Special Bonus Points: Two of my recommendors are well known in their respective fields. One of which in the same field I wish to apply to.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have a significant upward trend over my last two years so hopefully that can outweigh some of my shortcomings in my gpa.

Applying to Where:
All for Experimental Astrophysics unless otherwise specified

Reach (Cuz why not)
UCSD
UC Davis - Observational Cosmology

Reasonably Competitive
UC Riverside
University of Oregon
Oregon State University - Quantum Cosmology
University of Utah
Colorodo School of Mines - Applied Physics
Colorado State - Astroparticle
University of Nevada Reno
University of Arizona
Arizona State University - Theoretical Astrophysics

Masters
SDSU
CSU Long Beach
San Jose State
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sensualgraphene
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sensualgraphene » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:32 pm

Undergrad Institution: Ivy League
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: DWM (immigrant, however)

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q:169
V:164
W:6.0
P:980


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


Research Experience: 2 experimental condensed matter projects, 2 theoretical research projects, several papers in preparation

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several, but disclosing them would reveal my identity

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Research ***

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: One of the theorists I work with is a big boy, also have taken a huge number of graduate courses

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

Applying to Where:

MIT -Physics - CMT
Harvard
Caltech
Stanford
UPenn
UChicago- Physics and IME
Cambridge
Oxford
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JorgeAGR
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Joined: Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:31 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby JorgeAGR » Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:12 am

Undergrad Institution: Big southwestern state school. Know for material science.
Major(s): Physics, Computational Concentration
Minor(s): Astronomy
GPA in Major: 3.78
Overall GPA: 3.649
Length of Degree: 4 years, did Physics curricula in 3 due to transferring from CC.
Position in Class: Our department doesn't keep track, but I'm pretty sure I'm in top 5.
Type of Student: Domestic male hispanic

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 159
V: 158
W: ???
P: 600 (Waiting for Nov retake scores...)


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:

Research Interest: Experimental/Computational Plasma Physics
Reach:
UC San Diego - Physics
UT Austin - Physics
U of Maryland, College Park - Physics
Auburn University - Physics

Match:
U of Nevada, Reno - Physics

Bridge Programs:
U of Michigan - Applied Physics]
Columbia University - Applied Physics
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dudeguy
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Joined: Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:15 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby dudeguy » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:57 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big top 10 Public School.
Majors: Physics B.S., Mathematics B.S.
Overall GPA: 3.51
GPA in Physics: 3.49
GPA in Math:3.59
Length of Degree: 4 years
Type of Student: Domestic mixed minority male.

GRE Scores :
Q: 165 (88%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 690 (47%)

Research Experience:
- 1 year assisting prof doing data analysis on equipment tests for Fermilab.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Deans List Spring 2018.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- Private Math tutor (and a little physics) for 3 years
- Math tutor at school's Teaching Center for the past semester.
- Learning assistant for intro Calc at my school.

Special Bonus Points:
- Taking Graduate Classical Mechanics and Graduate Mathematical Physics.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- Got second highest midterm grade in recent grad mechanics exam, impressed prof since I was an undergrad and he offered to write me letter of rec. Imagine it will be strong as he says I "have talent". He's also involved in QG which is my primary research interest (welp) so maybe that will help.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- One of my recommenders is a prof who doesn't really remember me and said the letter "won't help much".
- Going to mention serious family issues that affected my ability to study for GRE.
- Due to issues at my high school and at my college that were not my fault, I wasn't allowed to take any physics courses until my sophomore year of undergrad so that really set me back and put me at a disadvantage compared with students who had a background from high school. I jumped into physics w calc 1 as my first ever physics course and did not do well.

Applying to Where:

Princeton
NYU
Perimeter
Rutger's
SUNY SB
UC Davis
UChicago
UFlorida
UHawaii Manoa
UCLA
UCSB
USC
UW Madison

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)
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wasdy8
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby wasdy8 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:13 am

Undergrad Institution: Well-ranked Uni in Asia
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: -
Overall GPA: 4.96/5
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: International Asian Male

GRE Scores : (revised version)
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: 990 (94%)


TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: ) Not required.


Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)
- Research project in ultrafast spectroscopy (4 months)
- Research project in condensed matter (4 months)
- Research project in quantum theory/spin dynamics (8 months) -- 1 submitted publication (1st/co-author)
- Research project (in a reputable US university) in cold atoms/molecules (8 months) -- 1 submitted publication (nth author), 1 publication to be submitted soon (1st/co-author)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Dean's list for 3 years
- Awarded top university scholarship + scholars programme that has heavy focus on interdisciplinary science + research

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- Leadership role in a school club

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: -

Special Bonus Points: -

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

Applying to Where (All theory):

Stanford - Physics - Quantum Information
MIT - Physics - Quantum Information
Caltech - Physics - Quantum Information/Cold Atom
U Maryland - Physics/QuICS - Quantum Information
UC Boulder - Physics - Quantum Information
U Waterloo (Canada) - Physics - Quantum Information/Computation
NUS (Singapore) - Electrical & Computer Eng - Quantum Information/Communication
NTU (Singapore) - Physics - Quantum Information/Computation
Possibly more in EU/UK (TBC)

sa743
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sa743 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:33 am

Undergrad Institution: small but well known science and liberal arts college in India
Major(s): Physics
GPA in Major: we did not have a GPA system, and writing absolute percentages here will not make a lot of sense.
Length of Degree: 3 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: International Indian Female

Second Undergrad / MS Institution: top UK uni with a collegiate system
Major(s): Physics
GPA in Major: First class honors (The British follow the class system)
Length of Degree: 2 years
Position in Class: no way to know, but top quarter?

GRE Scores : (revised version)
Q: 168
V: 166
W: Awaited
P: Sept 2018 - 920 (86%) -- not happy about this :( .Oct 2018 - 970 (92%) -- This is better.

TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: ) Not required.

Research Experience:
- Research in Soft matter physics (2 months)
- Research in foundation of quantum physics (2 months)
- Research in CMT/many body physics (2 months + 2.5 months + master's thesis (an effectively 3 month thing at my uni in the UK))


Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- some academic awards at my undergrad college in India
- major tuition scholarship at the UK uni
- UK college award for academic performance


Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- presently a TA at this upcoming uni in India.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: -
a publication (which needs revision and re-communication though, is not in CMT or QMBD though, was on astro), have taken and done well (enough?) on graduate level courses.

Special Bonus Points: -
took two years out during my master's years, battled mental health issues, but came back with a bang. I am 25 and hoping to do a PhD -- don't know if that will be looked upon as favourably though. :P

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

Applying to Where (All theory):

Still deciding between CMT and Soft matter/Biophysics -- so have not shortlisted yet. Will update.
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excitedcharmonium
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby excitedcharmonium » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:23 pm

Undergrad Institution: large private school in New England without much of a physics reputation
Major(s): Physics and Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.99
Overall GPA: 3.97
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: near top? don't really know
Type of Student: domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170
V: 170
W: 6
P: 970

Research Experience: 3 months at a government lab doing nonlinear optics simulations
6 months at a small research lab doing biomedical optics - three conference publications, one first author, and one journal publication
6 month at CERN working on detector engineering
5 months at a government lab doing AMO for quantum information - one conference publication and probably another first-author one
3 months at a university doing simulations of ultracold atomic systems

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: dean's list every semester, honors program, full-tuition scholarship, best poster in physics at another university's symposium, multiple conference travel grants, grant for semester of research

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: five semesters as a lab TA, one year as SPS Vice President, five years of writing and editing popular science articles

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: applying to work with people that one of my PI knows well, another recommender is very well known within high energy

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: organized a directed study in quantum information and attended USEQIP

Applying to Where:

UMD - Physics - AMO/QI
UC Berkeley - Physics - AMO/QI
UCLA - Physics - AMO/QI
Waterloo - Physics - AMO/QI

benn8915
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:49 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby benn8915 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:02 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium sized school, no physics reputation
Major(s):Physics
Minor(s):Astronomy
GPA in Major:3.79
Overall GPA:3.86
Length of Degree: 6
Position in Class: N/A
Type of Student: White Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 161
V: 155
W: 4.0
P: 510 (Ouch)




Research Experience: Senior research project on exoplanets.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list here and there.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None pertinent


Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Several time transfer student, worked full time, but upper division years have been really solid. Hoping the upward trend lands me somewhere. Bad pgre score. But I'm applying to astronomy programs so it's not as important, and I'm not surprised since I'm currently taking a good chunk of the material right now.

Applying to Where:

All For Astronomy, Exoplanets
University of Colorado-
New Mexico State-
Arizona State-
Northern Arizona University-
Ohio State-
UC Berkeley-
University of Boston-
University of Texas-
Vanderbilt-
Penn State-
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bulldy
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:44 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby bulldy » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:23 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 10 school in South America; Colombian school
Major(s): Physics and Mechanical Engineering
GPA in Major: 3.60
Overall GPA: 3.60
Position in Class: Near top (¿?)
Type of Student: US hispanic citizen, international student

GRE Scores :
Q: 160 (74%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 830 (73%)

TOEFL: 109 (R: 30, L: 29, S: 23, W: 27)

Research Experience:
- 1 REU at Nuclear Experimental.
- 1.5 year as a research student at HEP lab (home), working with gaseous detectors focused on muon detection.
- 1 year working on theory and computational simulations of Coulomb systems, Mayer diagrams and RMT (Random Matrix Theory). Hopefully, a paper coming out of this soon (home).
- 1 year working on MHD simulations and magnetorheological materials applied to dampers (home).

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 2.5 years for Physics 1

Applying to Where:
University of Washington- Nuclear Experimental
Michigan State University- Nuclear Experimental
Stony Brook- Nuclear Experimental
Texas A&M- Nuclear Experimental
University of Michigan- Applied Physics
Duke- Nuclear Experimental
North Carolina at Chapel Hill- Nuclear Experimental
Georgia State- Nuclear Experimental
Notre Dame- Nuclear Experimental

Kazmisc
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Kazmisc » Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:53 pm

Undergrad Institution: a foreign university, good physics, spectacular high-energy physics and astrophysics
Major(s): physics, mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.95/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.95/4.00
Length of Degree: 3
Position in Class: near top, (about top 20%)
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores:
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 151 (52%)
W: TBA
P: 940 (89%)

TOEFL: 106 (R: 29, L: 29, S: 25, W: 23)

researches: all cosmology but in different sub-fields.
in my uni:
an aggregate of 1.5 years in my university following an extremely renowned professor in two different projects (one observational and one computational, both statistical properties/optical features of galaxies, but almost unrelated) -> one first author in prep
with 1 semester in middle following another professor for something completely different as a continuation of a previous summer project (computational, alternative cosmologies)
oo my uni:
first summer in computational cosmology (alternative cosmologies) -> one second author (still...) in prep
second summer in observational cosmology (neutrinos) -> one first author ready to submit
publications:
1 finished but still not submitted, another 1 in prep, both first author. also another one second author in prep
talks:
2 talks in some specific conferences and another one is on its way (and will happen before some of the deadlines), and 2 talks in departmental case
posters:
0. it seems not a fashion somewhere nearby

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: -

Special Bonus Points: i am only 20. all of my recommenders are very well renowned researchers in the entire cosmology academia, including one giant-level cosmologist, with the sum of their h-index can reach 250.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
1. only 3 years to graduate
2. no recommenders from the class, all of 'em are research advisors
3. no graduate course taken (though some courses' syllabus i've taken is labeled graduate in usa)
4. no course taken in astronomy, cosmology, statistics or computations ('cuz previously i used my time to take many useless abstract math courses... probably a bad choice)
5. almost no experience in involving things other than cosmology, i.e. no research experiences out of this field, no teaching experiences, no volunteer experiences, no experiences in involving any sort of societies... (believe me, i am not anti-social)

Applying to Where: all cosmology, mainly combined observational-computational, and got a clear aim of supervisors in all of 'em

usa:
harvard - astronomy - cosmology
stanford - physics - cosmology
yale - astronomy - cosmology
columbia - astronomy - cosmology
cmu - physics - cosmology
osu - astronomy - cosmology
arizona - astronomy - cosmology
ucsc - astronomy - cosmology
nyu - physics - cosmology
ann arbor - astronomy - cosmology
seattle - astronomy - cosmology
pittsburgh - physics - cosmology

canada:
ubc - astronomy msc - cosmology
waterloo - physics msc - cosmology

uk:
edinburgh - astronomy - cosmology
durham - astronomy - cosmology
imperial - astronomy - cosmology

eu:
bonn - astronomy msc - cosmology
leiden - astronomy msc - cosmology

// 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)

kronotsky
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby kronotsky » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:40 am

Undergrad Institution: Caltech
Major(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 3.88
Overall GPA: 3.86
Length of Degree: 5 years (first 3 years as math major)
Position in Class: No ranking. I think I was probably in the top tier, not the best of course.
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Scores (revised):
Q: 170
V: 170
W: 6
P: 990
:D :D :D

Research Experience: 10 months full time (approx. 4 REUs worth) at a DOE national lab doing computational soft-matter work, after graduation. Minor author on a submitted crossover vivo/vitro/silico publication, not yet published. I've done other research projects here but they're all still pretty far away from a publication horizon.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 2 semester classes short of a math major. Took 3 quarters of grad QFT, a few misc. grad applied math classes (and some pure math classes that could be graduate level at most schools), grad classes in celestial mechanics and statistical physics. Our year-long QM sequence is a "grad class," since grad students are required to take it, and I got A+s. Lots of (non-software-dev) CS experience in school and at my job.

Special Bonus Points: All of my letter recommenders are very enthusiastic about me. One of them is very famous, although he isn't quite a physicist - I sort of did research with him, but it was brief (a single problem) and informal.

Possible flaws: A minus is that two of them both come from my sole research job; I don't know how bad this will look, but the alternative is a recommendation from one of several professors who don't remember me at all. My SoPs will be written furiously over the next three weeks, and it is very possible that most of them will be vague and unfocused. I didn't do any research at Caltech (for various dumb reasons; tbf I was only eligible for our summer fellowship once as a physics major), and I took an extra year to graduate due a change of major. I took my time getting a job after school to recover from undergrad, though in retrospect I don't think I would be ready for grad school had I not done so.

Applying to Where:

I decided to apply pretty late in the season, and I decided to ignore safety schools for the most part since my interests are very non-specific and I was originally going to apply next year anyway. I am most interested in complex systems and emergent phenomena, whether they be theoretical or applied, quantum or classical, and in particular I also really like earth systems and astro. Interdisciplinary projects are the goal, hopefully with theoretical and applied components.

I'm going to choose specific research within each school, rather than specific sub-fields (who knows if this is a good idea, but it's the easiest way for me to be sincere), so take the results with a grain of salt if you are applying to the same schools with similar interests:

Physics schools:

MIT - Physics
Cornell - CM and relativity
Harvard SEAS - Applied Physics (Bio/CME/fluids focuses)
Harvard GSAS - Physics
Princeton - Astrophysics
Stanford - Physics - Unsure
Berkeley - Physics (astro, CM)
UCSB - Condensed Matter
Columbia - Possibly astro
CU Boulder - AMO or Quantum (I live here and don't want to leave lol)

Earth sciences:


Caltech (ESE/Geophys/Planetary Sci)
UWash (Atmos. Sci)
Columbia (possibly)
MIT EAPS
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lksyin
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Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:37 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby lksyin » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:05 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small State University
Major(s): Physics
Double Major(s): Philosophy
GPA in Major: 3.41
Overall GPA: 3.33
Length of Degree: 4.5
Position in Class: don't know
Type of Student: Domestic Female

GRE Scores :
Q: 163
V: 158
W: 3.5
P: Oct, 620 (32%); Sep, 560; Apr, 570 perfectly shows that I'm not good at exam



Research Experience: three years CMT research with the same advisor, focusing on the computational condensed matter. Have one first-order publication just submitted

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Honor Degree in physics

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: one year lab TA for introduction physics

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: one hardcore recommendation letter. Female?? (don't think its a bonus)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Memberships in physics and math honor societies.

Applying to Where: (still thinking)

Cornell - Physics - CMT
Colombia - Applied Physics - CME
Stony Brook - Physics - CMT
Pittsburgh University - Physics - CMT
Rutgers University - Physics - CMT
Temple University - Physics - CMT
rensselaer polytechnic institute Physics - CMT

I have to say, I feel pessimistic for my applications due to the poor scores. But I choose physics just because I love research, so I won't give up until the end. And I say to myself, again and again, top20 doesn't decide everything in the future, I can live well and enjoy my work everywhere. For everyone who loves this field and dream to do research, don't give up!!

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Nishikata
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Nishikata » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:53 am

lksyin wrote:
I have to say, I feel pessimistic for my applications due to the poor scores. But I choose physics just because I love research, so I won't give up until the end. And I say to myself, again and again, top20 doesn't decide everything in the future, I can live well and enjoy my work everywhere. For everyone who loves this field and dream to do research, don't give up!!


Love this attitude. Wish you all the best!

Gingery
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:21 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Gingery » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:38 am

Undergrad Institution: University of Arizona
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 2.8
Overall GPA: 2.4
Length of Degree: 5.5 in major (1.5 beforehand spent in another major; 7 overall)
Position in Class: top or near on exams; final class grade is struggling.
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: TBD
V: TBD
W: TBD
P: 920


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience: None.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: None.

Special Bonus Points: Took a grad class in QM (weirdly concurrent with both semesters of undergrad QM).

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

Applying to Where:

University of Arizona (U of A) - Physics - HEP-theory
University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Physics - HEP-theory
TBD

Nishikata wrote:
lksyin wrote:
I have to say, I feel pessimistic for my applications due to the poor scores. But I choose physics just because I love research, so I won't give up until the end. And I say to myself, again and again, top20 doesn't decide everything in the future, I can live well and enjoy my work everywhere. For everyone who loves this field and dream to do research, don't give up!!


Love this attitude. Wish you all the best!


Same. Quoting this since it's my attitude too.

hopefulastro
Posts: 3
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby hopefulastro » Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:42 pm

Undergrad Institution: UCLA (I transferred here in fall 2016 from a Cal State school)
Major: Physics
GPA in Major: 3.6
Overall GPA: 3.61
Length of Degree: 4 years + 1 quarter (graduating fall 2018)
Position in Class: no idea
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores: revised version
Q: 163 (83%)
V: 156 (73%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: Oct. 2018, 570 (21%)

Research Experience:
- Summers 2017 and 2018: Research in the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences department; research focused on asteroids and mainly involved programming
- Fall 2017 through Fall 2018: Research in theoretical astrophysics focusing on early galaxy formation (programming-heavy)
- Poster on effects of dust on high-redshift galaxies, presented at UCLA Undergrad Research Poster Day + AstroFrontiers National Conference (2018)
- No publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- UCLA Honors College

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)
- Math tutor for a national company
- Grader for the Physics Department
- SPS officer
- Women in the Physical Sciences officer
- Manager of an undergrad-led research project team (mainly teaching Python skills to underclassmen in physics)
- Involved in the operations and software development of UCLA-run space satellite

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- Founded a student organization at my first university (and was President)
- Was a member of Phi Sigma Rho at UCLA (sorority for science majors)
- Vice President of another student org at UCLA (unrelated to physics)

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
- Female
- One of my recommenders is the chair of the Planetary & Space Sciences Department at UCLA (and I think is pretty well known)

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

Applying to Where:

UCLA - Astronomy - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
UC Berkeley - Astronomy - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
UC San Diego - Physics - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
UC Irvine - Physics - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
UC Davis - Physics - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
UC Santa Cruz - Physics - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
UC Santa Barbara - Physics (w/ focus on astrophysics) - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
UC Riverside - Physics - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
UT Austin - Astronomy - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
U Washington - Astronomy - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology

mrawesome983
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mrawesome983 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:43 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state University with little to no reputation in Physics but maybe some recognition in Astronomy
Major(s):Physics
Minor(s):Computer Programming
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%) :P

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.


Research Experience:
-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.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
-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
Washington University - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
Harvard University - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
University of Hawaii at Manoa - Astronomy - Extra Galactic/Cosmology
University of Toronto - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
UT Austin - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
John Hopkins University - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
University of Chicago - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania - Astronomy - Computational Astronomy

mlp
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mlp » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:20 am

Undergrad Institution: Large Private University, Pretty good overall, nothing special in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA in Major: 3.18 (increase after math department classes ended)
Overall GPA: 3.43
Length of Degree: 7 I guess, two year break near the beginning, church service, only 4.5 to 5 actually on campus.
Position in Class: I don't know
Type of Student:Domestic white male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q:161(98%)
V:167(77%)
W:5(92%)
P:820 (71%)


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


Research Experience:2 years studying magnetic thin films, I'll have had two trips to beamlines by the time I apply (APS at Argonne and a muSR experiment with another professor at TRIUMF in Canada). I've presented at department conferences and regional APS meetings, no publications.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I was rated the best hw lab TA one semester...

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Most of that Research time was paid, I also have done about 3 years of TAing, Including a couple semesters as head TA for some lab classes. I don't know if that will help a lot.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Nope

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

Applying to Where:

Physics PhD:
University of British Columbia
University of Virginia
Ohio State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Clemson University
North Carolina State University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Tennessee

Others:
Northern Arizona University Physics MS
Dartmouth College Health Data Science MS
East Carolina University Biomedical Physics

chrysaor4
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Joined: Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:29 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby chrysaor4 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:08 am

Undergrad Institution: very well-known for physics
Major(s): Physics, Computer Science
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.3
Overall GPA: 3.4
Length of Degree: 4.5
Position in Class: average
Type of Student: domestic male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 4.5 (85%)
P: 910 (85%)

TOEFL: n/a

Research Experience:
REU in computer science, 1 conference pub
~3 years part-time in CME, SURF
1 summer in fabrication lab

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: some talks/posters, departmental scholarships, etc.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: working full-time at a national lab on quantum computing after graduating

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: nope

Special Bonus Points: did well in 2 grad classes

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: had to take a lot of time off from research
due to poor health

Applying to Where: (all for experimental quantum computing)
high reach:
Princeton
Yale
Berkeley
Stanford
Chicago

reach:
Duke
Boulder
UMD
USC
U Wash
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sphonino
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sphonino » Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:58 pm

Undergrad Institution: University in US with good physics program, particularly HEP
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Electrical Engineering
GPA in Major: 3.89
Overall GPA: 3.74
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top 10%
Type of Student: International female

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 159 (72%)
V:161 (88%)
W: 4 (59%)
P: 880 (81%)

Research Experience: 1.5 years on HEP research on detector physics and installation. Spent 2 summers at a very well known particle accelerator lab. 1 Rec letter from my supervisor there. No papers.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Presidential scholarship, deans list 3x

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for an electronics course for physicists

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 2 years working on PCB design, data acquisition, instrumentation for a student designed liquid propellant 2500lbf rocket engine. 2 years working in an electronic development lab that makes systems for HEP experiments like CMS, ATLAs, g-2.

Special Bonus Points: My advisor (writing rec letter) is well known in particle physics. I am also a woman so woot

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: It's been suggested to me to provide images and documentation of PCBs (printed circuit boards) and other electronics systems I've developed. If I can figure out a good way to do so, I will. Taking graduate cosmology next semester, have credit from a graduate electronics course.

Applying to Where:
The Dreams
UChicago
Caltech
Columbia
MIT

Reasonable
UPenn
Wisconsin Madison
Michigan

Safety
Queens


Notes
I am a bit of a weird applicant in that I heavily focused on hardware electronics during my undergrad and less on research. The schools I'm applying to all have good hardware labs/projects. My goal is to be doing detector design and implementation, ideally CMBR. I haven't found many applicants with a similar goal here, so hopefully this helps someone!
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northerner2
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby northerner2 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:55 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small Canadian University -- high ranking in Canada, as far as small undergraduate schools go
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: not calculated
Overall GPA: 4.28/4.33 (converts to 3.99)
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: very small class sizes, no ranking given. Likely top or 2nd
Type of Student: International white male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 168 (94%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 960 (91%)

Research Experience: 2 years at my school working toward novel THz continuous wave source applications. 2 papers and conference presentations, Honours from 2017 project, first author of manuscript for publication expected early 2019 from 2018 project.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Honours in physics from 2017 project, 2x NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award recipient, funded by university to attend two conferences

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Crisis line volunteer, volunteer medic, another part-time job that is unrelated to physics

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Logged upward of 350 hours at crisis line

Special Bonus Points: Hopefully the time at the crisis line helps me stand out..?

Applying to Where:

Stanford - Applied Physics - CME
UC Berkeley - Physics - CME
Cornell - App - CME
Caltech - App - CME
MIT - Physics - CME
Harvard - App - CME
Yale - App - CME

Medium hopes:
CU Boulder - Physics - CME
UCLA - Phys - CME
UofTexas Austin - Phys - CME
UofToronto - Phys - CME
UCSB - Phys - CME
UC Irvine - Phys - CME

High-end fallback:
University of Washington - Phys - CME

I planned on having UWashington as my fallback but I've read some pretty high profile rejections on this site and don't even feel very comfortable in my "fallback" anymore.

max9359
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby max9359 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:09 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top institute in my country with a good national reputation in physics for undergrad. Average institute for master's. Spent an year on exchange in Germany.
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: undergrad: 77%; master's: 9.0/10/0
Overall GPA: almost the same
Length of Degree: 3 year undergrad and 2 year masters
Position in Class: Upper third at least
Type of Student: International female

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 161 (77%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 730 (55%)


TOEFL: 115 (R:30 , L:30 , S:28 , W:27 )


Research Experience: Three full time summer internships in observational astronomy for three months each. All of them at good institutes in India other than my school. One of them I worked on for about an year alongside classes after the summer. Might be able to publish, but not anytime soon. Presented two talks and one poster at conferences. A six month master's thesis from an institute in Germany. No publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A scholarship from the international office in the German institute where I was on exchange. Nothing else that I can recall.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nothing significant. I volunteered to teach at an orphanage during my undergrad.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: One recommender who will be writing a strong letter for me is known in a couple of places. Maybe not well enough to help though. I'm a female, but I'm assuming that the fact that I'm international will more than overshadow that part.

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

Applying to Where:For observational astronomy everywhere.

Boston University:
Cornell:
University of Washington:
Johns Hopkins:
University of Michigan Ann Arbor:
UMass Amherst:
University of Rochester:
University of Texas Austin:

Can anyone suggest some safety schools in astronomy according to my profile, or comment on my choice of schools so far? Thanks a bunch, I'll really appreciate it.

I know that my profile is nowhere as strong as most of the ones I see on here, and the fact that I'm an international student means that I'll be judged by a higher standard, but I'm trying to be positive despite being scared shitless XD

zhangjm
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby zhangjm » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:04 am

Undergrad Institution: newborn university in China, not much reputation.
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):-
GPA in Major: 3.59
Overall GPA: 3.64
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: top 15% in physics
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 155 (69%)
W: 3.0 (17%)
P: 970 (92%)


TOEFL: 107 (R:30, L:27, S:24, W:27)


Research Experience: 3 experiences overall. first two at home university, third one at UM.
1 year research in synthetic biology. mainly worked on the synthesis and characterization of quantum dots & nanorods. 1 N-th author paper.
1 year research in computational catalysis using DFT. did some programming and used some machine learning.
.5 year research at UM in complex system/biophysics. mostly numerical simulation but also some analytical works.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: close to none

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: close to none. I did give some lectures on programming to my peers as club activities though...

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: none

Special Bonus Points: one semester exchange experience at UM. one fairly strong RoL from my advisor at UM and one RoL from a big name in Complex Systems from a course I took.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: none

Applying to Where: (all complex system/biophysics/nonlinear dynamics theory)

UM - Physics
UM - Biophysics
Cornell - Physics
Maryland - Physics
Northwestern - Physics
Duke - Physics
Indiana - Physics
NYU-physics
ASU-physics
NEU-physics




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