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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!

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

[b]GRE Scores [/b]: (revised or old version?)
[b]Q[/b]:
[b]V[/b]:
[b]W[/b]:
[b]P[/b]:


[b]TOEFL[/b]: ([b]R[/b]: , [b]L[/b]: , [b]S[/b]: , [b]W[/b]: )


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

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

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

[b]Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help[/b]:

[b]Special Bonus Points[/b]: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)

[b]Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter[/b]:

[b]Applying to Where[/b]:

[u]School[/u] - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 28: WILL ATTEND for Ph.D. Accepted via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
[u]School[/u] - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 14: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
[u]School[/u] - 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.
Type of Student: Male Hispanic

GRE Scores :
Q: 158
V: 156
W: 4.0/59
P: 530 (13% percentile) Spring. 660 Fall (41% percentile)

Obviously, tests are not my forte.




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,

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 (Feb. 20: Rejected via email.)
Yale - High Energy Physics (Feb. 13: Rejected via email to check portal.)
CU-Boulder - High Energy Physics (Feb. 18: Rejected via email to check portal.)
Cornell - High Energy Physics (Feb. 19: Rejected via email.)
Chicago - High Energy Physics (Feb. 7: Rejected via email to check portal).
UPenn - High Energy Physics

Expecting to get into 0 of these.


Reach

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
Rice - Physics - High Energy Physics (Feb. 12: Rejected via email to check portal)
Rochester - Physics - High Energy Physics

Expecting to get into 2 of these.


Match/Safe
Lehigh University - Physics - Heavy Ion Physics (Feb. 8th, accepted via email with offer letter. $29,340/12 months to TA. First acceptance )
Syracuse - Physics - High Energy Physics (ACCEPTED. Made inquiry, told via email Feb 21st I was admitted. Official letter on 2/22, 25,500/9 month TA.)
Virginia Tech - Physics - High Energy Physics

Expecting to get into all 3. Maybe not Syracuse, but expect to get into all 3. Let's see how these predictions hold up.
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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 (Jan. 30: Rejected: Randomly checked application, no email yet
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 (Jan. 22: Rejected via email to check application)
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 Feb. 6: Rejected via E-mail

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: 610 (30%)

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 - Physics
Johns Hopkins - Physics and Astronomy - Accepted 2/1
MIT - Physics - Rejected 2/12
Princeton - Physics - Rejected 2/12
Stanford - Physics
UC Berkeley - Physics
UC Santa Barbara - Physics
University of Arizona - Astronomy - Rejected 2/5
University of Chicago - Astrophysics - Rejected 2/13
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Astronomy
University of Maryland College Park - Physics

Fellowships:

NSF GRFP
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sippingjuice
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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

Undergrad Institution: Mid-size state university, good in astro. I transferred from a CC.
Major(s): Astrophysics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.8
Overall GPA: 3.3? (weighed down by my first two years of university
Length of Degree: 6 years
Position in Class: Average to Above-Average
Type of Student: Domestic Female

GRE Scores :
Q: 167
V: 163
W: 5.0
P: 640


Research Experience: 1 year of research (summer and school year) with 3 mentors

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: One school award, one national-organization award

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: none

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: I do feel I have great LORs. Moreover, my grades and general performance show a large upward trend

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I did extremely poorly my first two years, so I spent an additional year or so making up for that and working really hard to transfer to where I am today.

Applying to Where:

UC Santa Cruz - Astronomy - Observation (Feb. 13: Rejected)
Harvard - Astronomy - Observation (Feb. 12: Rejected via email to check website)
University of Washington (UW) - Astronomy - Observation (Feb. 6: Rejected via email, no interview)
University of Arizona - Astronomy - Observation (Feb. 5: Rejected via email)
UT Austin - Astronomy (Jan 29: Accepted via phone)
Texas A&M - Astronomy - Observation (Jan 26: Accepted via interview and email)
University of Hawaii - Manoa (UH) - Astronomy - Observation (Jan 23rd: Accepted via email)
UCLA - Astronomy - Observation
Ohio State University - Astronomy - Observation (Jan 4th: Interview) Feb 20: Waitlisted


My thoughts as of 2/14/19:

This has been a very wild ride. I am so so shock, thankful, surprised that I was accepted anywhere, let alone that I have a choice between where I'm going! Application season was tough, but waiting for responses was way tougher! Concentrating on my classes while obsessively checking this forum and the Grad Cafe was not great. If I could do it differently, here are some things I'd do:

1. Apply for NSF/any grant you can get your hands on!
2. Do NOT check Physics GRE or The Grad Cafe once you submit your applications (or at least, limit yourself!). Just let the responses roll in as they come. Don't compare yourself to others on this website. You will never know why some people got in while you didn't!

Things I think I did right:
1. Attend the AAS: I met so many people, reps, students, and professors from the schools to which I applied. I had a great time practicing my poster presenting skills and meeting people with whom I could work with next year! I would suggest encouraging your institution to fund your trip up, as I believe it could have earned me two of the three acceptances I got!
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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

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 (rejected Jan 26)
McGill
McMaster
Western
Victoria (First Interview!, Jan 21)
York

United States
Washington (rejected Feb 6)
Michigan (rejected Feb 8)
Brown
North Carolina
Wesleyan
Georgia Tech
Dartmouth
Boston U
Hawaii (rejected Jan 26)
Virginia
Notre Dame (ACCEPTED! Feb 19. $22838 for 9 months)

I got rejected from everywhere 2 years ago. I hope this year is better than that.
Update Feb 19: This year is already better than the past! Notre Dame is a very nice school and the offer is generous. I hope Canadian universities also accept me.
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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%)


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


Research Experience:

My school: 1 yr of computational AMO, 1 semester of quantum theory
REU (10 weeks): astrophysics/exoplanets
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

CU Boulder - Physics (Jan. 30: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email to check website; standard TA/RA + $3k signing bonus) Update 2/15: Offered Blodgett Fellowship $8k signing bonus + $5k/year for the next 4 years; JILA Research Fellowship guaranteeing a RA position in a JILA/AMO group for the first year + opportunity to begin research in the summer

MIT - Physics (Feb. 12: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email) :D very surprised by this! I will add some comments/recommendations/takeaways on this later

UIUC - Physics (Jan. 15: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + 9 month TA and 2 month summer TA/RA at $23k/11 month + Fellowship TBA; Invited to open house) Update 2/13: Offered Graduate College Fellowship $25k/year for 3 yrs in place of a TA; Sloan Scholarship $40k disbursed in three stages + opportunity to begin research in the summer


U of Arizona - Physics (Jan. 22: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $9k/semester TA) DECLINED

Thrilled!!!! :D :mrgreen:


Fellowship:

NSF GRFP
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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 University - Astroparticle Phenomenology, High Energy Theory, Quantum Cosmology (Rejected via e-mail, Feb 12, 2019, was really hoping to get in here)
2. The University of Chicago - High Energy Theory (Rejected via e-mail to check website, Feb 07, 2019)
3. Stanford University- Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory (Rejected via e-mail, Feb 20, 2019)
4. Perimeter, ON, Canada - High Energy Theory, Cosmology, Information Theory

Reach:
1. The University of Maryland, College Park - high Energy Theory (Rejected via e-mail, Feb 14, 2019)
2. The University of California, Los Angeles - High Energy Theory (Look at that international student ratio: https://grad.ucla.edu/programs/physical-sciences/physics-and-astronomy-department/physics/#program-statistics)
3. The University of Toronto - High Energy Theory
4. Pennsylvania State University - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory
5. Columbia University - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory

Safe:
1. Texas A&M University - High Energy Theory
2. Stony Brook University - High Energy Theory
3. Brown University - High Energy Theory
4. Heidelberg University - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory (to apply only if rejected from all in the above two categories. Last date in July)

Note: I realised something about myself; my spirit breaks easy.
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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
Oregon State University - Quantum Cosmology
University of Utah
Colorodo School of Mines - Applied Physics Rejected via email to check portal 2/6
Colorado State - Astroparticle
University of Nevada Reno
University of Arizona
UC Merced - AMO - Accepted!!! E-mail to check portal, $27k TA-ship. 1/28
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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, 4 papers in preparation but a couple of my PIs take forever to publish :(

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A few, but disclosing them would probably not keep me anonymous

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 rather high number of graduate courses

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

Applying to Where: Applied for CMT/CME depending on strengths of each school


MIT -Physics - CMT- Accepted on February 12- Will almost certainly attend
Harvard-CME- Invited for interview on January 17- Informally accepted on February 4- Officially Accepted on February 14-
Caltech-CMT
Stanford-CMT
UPenn-CMT- Accepted on January 29 , pretty pretty pretty good
Cornell-CME- Accepted on February 7
Princeton-CME- made a mistake on app so I think I probably won't get in- Rejected on February 12 (as predicted lol)
UChicago- Physics- Rejected on February 7
UChicago- IME (CME)- Accepted on January 11 (with IME fellowship)
Cambridge-CMT- Invited for interview on January 11- Accepted on January 29 good day today
Oxford-CMT- Invited for interview on February 10-
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JorgeAGR
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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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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: 3.52
GPA in Physics: 3.56
GPA in Math:3.62
Length of Degree: 4 years
Type of Student: Domestic mixed black and hispanic male.

GRE Scores :
Q: 165 (88%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 690 (47%) (serious ongoing family issues prevented me from studying, I mentioned in SOP)

Research Experience:
- 1.5 years assisting prof doing data analysis on equipment tests for Fermilab. Third author paper in preparation.

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 senior year.
- Learning assistant for Calc 1-2 at my school.

Special Bonus Points:
- Took Graduate Classical Mechanics and Graduate Mathematical Physics.
- 3.80 GPA in 2018 courses, but NYU, UWM, UCLA, and UCSB didn't receive Fall 2018 grades because they were due too early.

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 said he’d write me a strong letter, he's well known in HET.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- 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.
- One of my recommender's was over a month late sending letters.

Applying to Where:

NYU
Princeton
Perimeter
Rutger's
SUNY Stony Brook - Physics - HEP-th (Jan. 28: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $28k TA stipend)
UC Davis
UChicago
UCLA
UCSB
USC
UW Madison - Physics - HEP-th (Jan. 30: REJECTED for Ph.D via website) *One of my profs hadn't even submitted my letter there yet so it's possible my application hadn't even reached physics department*

**CAN Y'ALL DECLINE OFFERS YOU'VE RULED OUT AT YOUR SOONEST CONVENIENCE PLEASE**
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wasdy8
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:49 pm

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 - QI
MIT - Physics - QI (Rejected via email 2/13)
Caltech - Physics - QI/Cold Atom
U Maryland - Physics/QuICS - QI
CU Boulder - Physics - QI (ACCEPTED via website 1/30, Standard TA/RA + 3k fellowship, Update 2/14: Awarded additional 7k fellowship)
U Waterloo (Canada) - Physics - QI/QC
NUS (Singapore) - Electrical & Computer Eng - QI/QComm
NTU (Singapore) - Physics - QI/QC (School Interview: 12/26, Scholarship Interview: 2/18)
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sa743
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:35 pm

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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Joined: Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:08 pm

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: 3.98
Overall GPA: 3.96
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

Applying to Where:

UMD - Physics - AMO/QI (Feb 13: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email)
UC Berkeley - Physics - AMO/QI (Feb 13: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email)
UCLA - Physics - AMO/QI (Feb 7: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email)
Waterloo - Physics - AMO/QI (Jan 31: unofficially ACCEPTED for Masters via email)
Duke - ECE
Washington - Physics - AMO/QI (Jan 17: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email)
Oregon - Physics - AMO/QI (Feb 1: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email)
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benn8915
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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- (Feb. 4: Rejected via website/ notice by email to check website)
New Mexico State-
Arizona State-
Northern Arizona University-
Ohio State-
UC Berkeley-
University of Boston-
University of Texas-(Feb. 14: Rejected via email)
Vanderbilt-
Penn State- (Jan. 29: Rejected via email)
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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 (Jan. 29 ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email - $2.1k/month)
Stony Brook- Nuclear Experimental
Texas A&M- Nuclear Experimental (Feb. 11 ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email - $2k/month+ $2k fellowship)
University of Michigan- Applied Physics
Duke- Nuclear Experimental
North Carolina at Chapel Hill- Nuclear Experimental
Georgia State- Nuclear Experimental
Notre Dame- Nuclear Experimental
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Kazmisc
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:25 pm

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
Posts: 17
Joined: Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:29 pm

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

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 and Class Mech sequences are "grad classes," since grad students are required to take them (and I guess the textbooks are at the graduate level too), and I got some 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 were written to my standards, but may not have made a whole of sense given my background. 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.

I picked fields on a per-school basis, and tried to describe what I put down on the application with the usual categories.

Physics schools:

MIT - Physics (Plasma/LIGO/CM) - [Short Skype "chat" 1/8 with Kavli professors] - Feb. 12 - ACCEPTED (e-mail, $3263/mo fellowship which appears to be standard)
Cornell - Physics (Relativity/CMT) - Feb. 7 - ACCEPTED (RA/TA and $31.5k 9 month fellowship)
Harvard SEAS - Applied Physics (Bio/Matsci/fluids) - [Interview 1/21] - Feb. 6 - ACCEPTED (e-mail with letter, standard package)
Harvard GSAS - Physics (Bio/CMT/astro)
Princeton - Astrophysics (Planets/plasma) - Feb. 6 - REJECTED
Stanford - Physics (Bio/CME/Applied) - Feb. 20 - REJECTED (I was dumb; should have gone for applied :( )
Berkeley - Physics (Astro/CM/Bio) - Feb. 13 - ACCEPTED (e-mail)
UCSB - Physics (CMT/CME) - Feb. 5 - ACCEPTED (e-mail from adcom, $32k+ RA/TA)
CU Boulder - Physics (AMO/Quantum/LASP) - Jan. 25 - ACCEPTED (e-mail to check website, standard RA/TA, $3k bonus and extra $7k chair's fellowship)

Feb. 20: Technically Harvard hasn't gotten back to me yet, but I didn't get in, so my physics results are out. I went 6/9 with a pretty poor research record and fabulous everything else. However, it's pretty clear that the three schools that rejected me were (a) extremely selective this year and (b) not great fits, with the possible exception of Harvard. Perhaps Harvard and Stanford in particular look for more experienced applicants, or at least they did this year. And I've thought since January that I applied to the wrong departments at Princeton and Stanford. Regardless, I am regret-free, and glad I didn't wait another year to apply.

Earth sciences:

Caltech - Planetary Science - Feb. 22 - REJECTED, lmao
UWash - Atmospheric Science - [Several Skype invites starting 1/23] - Jan. 28 - ACCEPTED (via e-mail, first year RA)
Columbia EESC
MIT EAPS - [Interview 2/21]
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lksyin
Posts: 4
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!!

Gingery
Posts: 3
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: 2.54
Length of Degree: 5 (+2 in film major beforehand)
Position in Class: Unknown
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 165 (88%)
V: 161 (88%)
W: 3.0 (17%)
P: 920 (86%)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience: One junior research project in nonlinear optics as part of my lab class. The research contributed to a grant-funded physics education outreach program for Puerto Rico. I wrote up a nice paper but only considered publishing it to an undergrad research journal in the future.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nope.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: A lot of self-study. It allowed me to take grad QM I as a junior, and I moved on to self-study QFT and QED. No jobs. Experience with computer sim/modeling and neural networks/machine learning. Mentioning a personal neural network project and a few hobby Python physics modeling projects in my CV.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Happened to have done some volunteer work and spent a week in Mexico helping children.

Special Bonus Points: I speak Chinese and English, so I can help communication with those Chinese PhD students...

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I like video production and I'm pretty okay at it.

Applying to Where:

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - HET / PhD
University of Arizona (U of A) - HET / PhD
University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) - HET / PhD
University of California, Riverside (UCR) - HET / PhD
Columbia University (CU) - HET / Master's
Virginia Tech - HET / Master's
University of Washington (UW) - HET / Master's
University of Waterloo (U of W) - HET / Master's
Boston University (BU) - HET / Master's
University of Arizona (U of A) - Quantum Optics / Master's
University of California, Merced - Quantum Optics / PhD
University of Oregon (UO) - HET / PhD
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) - HET / PhD
University of Victoria (UVic) - HET / Master's
Arizona State University (ASU) - HET / PhD
Univesity of Alberta (UAlberta) - HET / Master's

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.
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hopefulastro
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed May 23, 2018 9:56 pm

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: 3.63
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 (Feb. 6: Rejected via email)
U Washington - Astronomy - Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology (Feb. 6: Rejected via email)
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mrawesome983
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Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:08 pm

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 (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 :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:

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.
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mlp
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:19 am

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, 3.46 after fall semester, so some schools got that
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: None

Applying to Where:

Physics PhD (CME):
Pennsylvania State University
University of British Columbia I got an email from a professor asking if I'd like to do a skype chat, they aren't a member of the
admissions committee, they just want to get to know me I guess, maybe a good sign?

Ohio State University: updated transcript requested Jan 9
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Virginia
North Carolina State University: updated transcript requested Jan 22
University of Tennessee
University of Georgia
Auburn University
Clemson University: Invited to on-campus interviews Feb 14-16, received Jan 25

Others:
Dartmouth College Health Data Science MS: remote interview requested Dec 14, completed Jan 23
Northern Arizona University Applied Physics MS: I've spoken and emailed with a professor who says I'm officially in but I haven't heard
from the department or university yet

East Carolina University Biomedical Physics
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chrysaor4
Posts: 3
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, lots of coding experience from double major

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 QI/CME)

Princeton - EE - Feb 12: Rejected via email
Yale - Applied Physics - Feb 11: Rejected via email to check website
Berkeley - Physics - Feb 19: Rejected via email
Stanford - Applied Physics - Jan 30: Rejected via email
Chicago - Physics - Feb 7: Rejected via email to check website
UMD - Applied Physics - Feb 13: Waitlisted via email
UC San Diego - Physics
Boulder - Physics - Feb 18: Rejected via email
Duke - Physics - Feb 20: Waitlisted via email to check website
USC - Physics
U Wash - Physics
U Oregon - Physics - Feb 7: ACCEPTED for PhD via email, details to come
TU Delft QuTech - Applied Physics masters
NSF GRFP -
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sphonino
Posts: 5
Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:21 pm

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 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: Taking graduate cosmology next semester, have credit from a graduate electronics course.

Applying to Where:
UChicago Astro - Feb 13: Rejected, email to check status
UChicago Physics - Feb 7: Rejected, email to check status
Caltech - Feb 1:Acceptance by email!! $35k TA/RA
MIT - Feb 7: Rejected by email
Yale - Feb 13:Accepted by email to check online $35k TA
Princeton - Feb 7: Rejected by email
Berkeley - Feb 15: Rejected, email to check status
UPenn



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
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:41 pm

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:

High hopes:
Stanford - Applied Physics - CME - 1/30
UC Berkeley - Physics - CME - 2/15
Cornell - App - CME - $36000 12mo. - 2/11
Caltech - App - CME
MIT - Physics - CME - 2/12
Harvard - App - CME
Yale - App - CME - 2/11

Medium hopes:
CU Boulder - Physics - CME - 2/18
UCLA - Phys - CME
UofTexas Austin - Phys - CME
UofToronto - Phys - CME - $CAD 27000 12mo. - 1/30
UCSB - Phys - CME - $32000 12mo. - 1/31
UC Irvine - Phys - CME

High-end fallback:
University of Washington - Phys - CME - $1500 fellowship + $21492.00 salary Sept-June - heard back 1/17

Fall-back-er
Rennselaer Polytechnic - Phys - CME - heard back 1/23
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max9359
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:58 am

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
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:05 pm

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 - Offer via Email 12/23 $31650/year
Cornell - Physics
Maryland - Physics
Northwestern - Physics
Duke - Physics
Indiana - Physics
NYU-physics
ASU-physics
NEU-physics
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Awesomeology
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:22 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Awesomeology » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:59 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts, a physics department of 20 people
Major(s): Physics and Math
GPA in Major: 3.97
Overall GPA: 3.89
Length of Degree: 4
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (90%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 3.5 (41%) :)
P: 910 (85%)


Research Experience:
3 summers of experimental particle physics, 1 publication with >100 authors
My last summer I did a senior honors thesis


Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Dean's list, Magna Cum Laude, completed the honors program, and a physics departmental scholarship awarded to the top senior.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs
Tutor and TA for 3 years

Applying to Where:
I'm applying for theoretical quantum information or theoretical condensed matter

Reach:
MIT -
Caltech -
UCSB -

Good:
UCLA -
UChicago - Rejected via an email to look at the website 2/8
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign -

Safety:
Northwestern -
OSU -Accepted via email 1/25
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elkizzan
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:56 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby elkizzan » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:19 pm

Undergrad Institution: university in Asia, well-known for physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): NA
GPA in Major: 4.39/5.0
Overall GPA: 4.39/5.0
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?) 5 years with BSc and MSc in Physics
Position in Class: Second class upper
Type of Student: International male, Asian

GRE Scores :
Q: 170, 96%
V: 160, 86%
W: 3.5, 41% :lol:
P: 990 :) 94%


TOEFL: 110 (R: 30, L: 30, S: 22, W: 28)


Research Experience:
1 project on orbital-free density functional theory (started out as senior project and master project, then continued in capacity of research assistant), resulting in 1 first-author publication
1 project on high energy physics during summer internship
1 on-going project on simulating a condensed matter system
1 invited talk in conference, 1 contributed talk in school symposium, posters at international and local conferences


Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list 4 semesters, two best presentation/poster awards, full scholarship for undergrad, 1 external scholarship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: part-time tutor for over a year, full-time reasearch assistant for nearly 3 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: commands in 4 languages, 1 native, English: full professional working proficiency, French: professional working proficiency, German: elementary proficiency

Special Bonus Points: NA

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

Applying to Where: all Condensed matter (theory)

UIUC
UCLA
Rutgers
Stanford rejected Feb. 20 via email
Princeton rejected Feb. 12 via email
Harvard
CU Boulder rejected Feb. 18 via email
UCSD
UCDavis
Berkeley rejected Feb. 15, email to check website
MIT rejected Feb. 12 via email
Maryland waitlisted, Feb. 14 via email
Caltech
UChicago rejected Feb. 7, email to check website
Columbia
Yale rejected Feb. 13 via email
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PrinceWalnut
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:37 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby PrinceWalnut » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:54 am

Undergrad Institution: Arizona State University (Barrett, The Honors College)
Major(s): Physics + Computational Mathematical Sciences
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.15/3.39 respectively
Overall GPA: 3.210
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Probably average, maybe above average
Type of Student: Domestic in USA, International elsewhere

GRE Scores : November 2018 for Physics, December 2018 for General
Q: 170 (96th percentile)
V: 170 (99th percentile)
W: 5.5 (98th percentile)
P: 830 (73rd percentile)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience:
Worked in a lab for roughly two years (began Nov. 2016) doing computational x-ray crystallography. Was paid for a summer by the lab and funded the next summer by the NSF-funded BioXFEL internship. No publications, although I did give a talk as a part of the internship and a technical report. I am currently working on a thesis in the field. The work I am doing for my thesis is likely to lead to two publications, although not before all applications are due.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
National Merit Scholar
National Hispanic Scholar

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Was a maths tutor teaching calculus for a summer camp one year. Also taught violin for a semester, worked as an undergraduate research assistant (see above), and served as a general officer + treasurer in my university's Society of Physics Students chapter.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:
I guess I'm Hispanic, so I get to play the minority card. Two of my recommenders are prominent people in the BioXFEL consortium, and one has contacts at the Australian universities I'll be applying too (as well as Cornell). Have taken a few graduate classes and done well in them -- will take more next semester.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Terrible grades from Fall 2017-Fall 2018 due to chronic psychiatric issues starting in Summer 2017. If anything kills my applications, I expect it to be this. Yay depression + anxiety. At least one of my letter writers is aware and is willing to write about it, but we'll find out what admissions committees think. Also wrote at some length about music and how it fostered both my love of physics/mathematics and teaching. Not very technical, but might be interesting.

Applying to Where:

Arizona State - Physics - Biophysics/AMO
Cornell - Physics - Biophysics/AMO (Feb. 21: Rejected via website/email)
Princeton - Physics - Biophysics (Feb. 12: Rejected via website/email)
Berkeley - Physics - Biophysics/Neuroscience (Feb. 15: Rejected via website/email)
UC San Diego - Physics - Biophysics/Neuroscience
Univ. of Michigan - Physics - Biophysics (Feb. 11: Rejected via website/email)
Monash - Physics - Biophysics/AMO
La Trobe - Physics - Biophysics/AMO
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onetimeuse
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:55 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby onetimeuse » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:15 am

Undergrad Institution: #1 public university in US
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): math..maybe
GPA in Major: 3.74/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.7
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: prob subpar
Type of Student: domestic

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 72% (Ughhh I swear I can do middle school math)
V: 73%
W: 3.5
P: bad
Took these tests within 2 months w/o much preparation...I guess one can evade the SAT but not the GRE lol

Research Experience: 2.5 years (almost full-time) at home campus, plus a summer away. Ongoing thesis project in same lab at home campus. One publication in prep. About 8 presentations (from school-wide to national, including APS). Some outreach talks.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Few statewide research fellowships, several school-wide awards, poster awards at state and national conferences.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: A lot of STEM outreach

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Patent in progress?
Special Bonus Points:

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

Applying to Where: all AMO.
-Caltech
-CU Boulder (02/04: ACCEPTED )
-UCLA (02/19: ACCEPTED )
-UC Berkeley (02/13: ACCEPTED)
-UCSB (01/24: ACCEPTED
-Stanford
-Harvard (Short Skype 1/11)(02/06: ACCEPTED)
-Yale (02/13: REJECTED)
-MIT (2/12 Waitlisted along with 50 others. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
-UMD (02/13: ACCEPTED).

NSF, NDSEG
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radras
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:01 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby radras » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:03 pm

Undergrad Institution: In Europe, unknown internationally
Major(s): Physics, CS
Minor(s): NA
GPA in Major: 9.83/10 and 9.14/10 respectively
Overall GPA: NA
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: international white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 155 (69%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 990 (94%)


TOEFL Total: 108 (R: 29, L: 29, S: 25, W: 25)

Research Experience: 3 months at the local institute doing computational materials science.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: IPhO

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA, private tutor, 2 SE Internships

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: NA

Special Bonus Points: NA

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

Applying to Where:

MIT - Physics PhD - QI Theory (Rejected 2/12)
Berkeley - CS PhD - Theory
TU Delft - Applied Physics MSc - Quantum Internet and Networked Computing (Accepted 1/8, Scholarship interview request 2/11)
Perimeter Institute - Physics MSc - QI Theory
Oxford - Mathematical and Theoretical Physics MSc - QI Theory
University of Amsterdam - Physics MSc - QI Theory (Accepted 1/17)
Weizmann Institute - Physics MSc - QI Experiment
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QuantumQuentin
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:53 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby QuantumQuentin » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:51 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big 10 State School, good reputation in physics
Major(s): Engineering Physics (Computer Science Specialization (basically a double major))
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.638
Overall GPA: 3.73 (~3.9 in upper division)
Length of Degree: 2 years (AP tests, college credit from high school, and department exams help!)
Position in Class: Probably near top
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (90%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: April 2018: 640 (36%), Sept. 2018: 640 (36%) (Took it seriously. lol wut)

Research Experience:
- 2 years of quantum information research in the same academic lab (honors senior thesis in quantum networks (publication in the works), 1 APS conference pub, 1 seminar talk)
- 1 year of research in quantum information and machine learning research for government contractor. Publication in the works, but early stages.
- 2 semesters of deep learning research at my school. Publication in the works
- 2 semesters of computational holography research at my school. Publication in the works.
- No publications yet, but 4 are nearing completion. 2 years wasn't enough time to reach publication-level research.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Freshman physics award, Dean's list every semester, 1 research grant, Honors in engineering and honors research distinction in physics (honors thesis), a couple department scholarships.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- TA for computer science dept (1 semester)
- Student research assistant for physics dept (4 semesters)
- Physics/AI Intern for government contractor (1.5 years)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- Quantitative finance officer for student club (2 semesters)
- Almost all major courses are honors or grad

Special Bonus Points:
- One recommender is well-connected in my field. I know my recommenders really well and I think I'll get strong letters.
- I took the grad quantum core courses, and grad courses in photonics, deep learning, quantum information, and information theory.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- Financial hardship (worked 30-40 hours/week)
- I'm 19?

Applying to Where:

Quantum Information Experiment:

Reach
Yale - Applied Physics (Feb. 11: Rejected via website/email)
UChicago - Physics - (Feb. 7: Rejected via website/email)
UBoulder

Reasonable
UIUC
UMD
Rochester - Optics (Feb. 8: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $30k TA)

Safety
OSU
Northwestern

Machine Learning:

OSU
Purdue
UWashington - Computer Science- (Feb. 5: Rejected via website/email)
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brucelyu
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:58 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby brucelyu » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:25 am

Undergrad Institution: Top 10 university and #1 Civil Engineering program in China, not well-known in physics
Major(s): Civil Engineering (my transcripts worry me most)
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:
Overall GPA: 4.52/5.0
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: about top 15%
Type of Student: International male, transitioning to Physics from a non-physics field

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q:167(91%)
V:154(65%)
W:3.0(17%) :oops:
P:990(94%) :D


TOEFL: 105(R: 30, L: 28, S: 19 :( , W: 28)


Research Experience:
- Quantum Mechanics research, starting from Sept. 2018. We are wrapping up and writing paper now, maybe will submit it soon (1st / 3 authors). This is an unexpected research experience because I never thought I would have a chance to work with a physicist when I'm still in school of civil engineering.
- 3 semesters of research on hysteresis behavior of reinforced concrete columns under strong seismic action. Not physics relevant, it is a research project in civil engineering. 1 paper submitted (2rd / 3 authors), and 1 paper in preparation (1st / 3 authors). I don't know how the admission office would evaluate my research experience in civil engineering.
- 1 normal presentation in Engineering Mechanics Institute, International Conference 2018, Nov. 2-4 (EMI-IC 2018). Still, it's about my civil engineering project

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Scholarship of Excellence in my university every year

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Help prepare and organize two international conferences, including EMI-IC 2018

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- I studied most physics and math undergraduate-level courses independently relying on materials in MIT/OCW, edX, Coursera, Caltech's class webpages and various other web sites. I think this experience will be considered since my PGRE score looks nice
- I had a physics research experience apart from research projects in school of Civil Engineering.
- I studied Japanese in my fresh year and transferred my major to Civil Engineering in my sophomore year. I finished three years credits in Civil Engineering in two years and started to study physics and math courses independently in my senior year.

Special Bonus Points:
- I have one letter from the physicist I'm now working with, and one letter from a professor famous in Engineering Mechanics
- First-generation college student

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: My motivation to study and do physics is manifest.

Applying to Where:
---Reach---
Caltech - Physics - CMT and Quantum Information
MIT - Physics - CMT and Quantum Information (Feb. 13: Rejected via email)
Harvard - Physics - CMT
UCB - Physics - CMT and AMO(Feb. 16: Rejected via website)
UCSB - Physics - CMT
The University of Tokyo - Physics - CMT focusing on computational physics
---Reasonable---
Georgetown University - Physics - CMT (Feb. 1: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website $29k/8 month TA for 5 years) first offer!
Maryland - Physics - CMT(Feb. 14: Rejected via email)
Colorado - Physics - CMT(Feb. 19: Rejected via website)
Penn. State - Physics - CMT
University of Washington - Physics - HEP-th

Comments:
[u]Feb. 19[\u]: Transitioning to physics from a non-physics field is harder than I had thought. More preparation is needed to convinced the top graduate schools. Still working on it...
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otherpancakes
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:18 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby otherpancakes » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:02 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium School, no reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics, Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.96/4 (in physics)
Overall GPA: 3.56
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top of the class
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (2nd try)
Q: 168 (94%)
V: 152 (56%)
W: 3.5 (41%)
P: 940 (89%)

(1st try)
Q: 165 (88%)
V: 156 (73%)
W: 3.0 (17%)
a few schools got both because I sent out the scores with the test :/

TOEFL: NA


Research Experience: 2 Semesters experience in Statistics at my school. Gave poster presentation and talk at a conference.
1 semester in CMT at my school before I graduated.
1 year as a paid research affiliate after graduation in CMT at my school. Gave a poster presentation.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List 4x

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for 3 years in both math and physics.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: NA

Special Bonus Points: NA

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Taking a year off after graduation last spring and working as a research affiliate for one of my physics professors in CMT

Applying to Where: All either CMT or Quantum Information/Computing if they have the program

UT Austin - Physics - CMT
U Chicago - Physics - CMT (Feb. 7: Rejected via website/email)
CU Boulder - Physics - CMT (Feb. 18: Rejected via website/email)
U Virginia - Physics - CMT
NYU - Physics - CMT (Feb. 8: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $29k Fellowship/Research Assistantship)
Northwestern - Physics - CMT
U Washington - Physics - CMT
Penn State - Physics - CMT
U Oregon - Physics - CMT
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quiqui
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:01 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby quiqui » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:28 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large school in Canada, top in STEM
Major(s): Engineering Physics
Overall GPA: 3.82
Length of Degree: 5 years (4 years classes + 1 year research as part of engineering co-op)
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: International asian female

GRE Scores :
Q: 168
V: 157
W: 4.0
P: 890
Not as great as I was hoping for...

Research Experience:
- internship in large-scale dark matter experiment in US
- independent study project in computational particle physics at my school
- internship in computational nonlinear optics in Montreal
- 1 academic year in experimental AMO (undergraduate thesis work) in the US

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: small fellowships/scholarships for each research experience, 1 NSERC USRA, Dean's List

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 2 engineering design courses in senior year, 1 internship working on laser R&D in industry

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: my undergrad program is often (a) either unheard of, or (b) known to be extremely difficult

Special Bonus Points: 2 grad classes, 1 in electromagnetism and 1 in quantum optics. Recommenders come from top US schools, so I'm definitely expecting my recommendation letters to be the strongest part of my application.

Applying to Where: (all experiment)

US:

MIT - Physics - AMO
Harvard - Physics - AMO (Interview 1/19)
Berkeley - Physics - AMO
UC Boulder - Physics - AMO/CMP
Stanford - Applied Physics - AMO/CMP ACCEPTED (1/25)
UChicago - Physics - AMO/CMP ACCEPTED (2/7)
Yale - Applied Physics - CMP ACCEPTED (2/11)
UCSB - Physics - CMP ACCEPTED (1/24)
Princeton - EE - CMP ACCEPTED (2/8)
Columbia - Physics - Photonics

Non-US:

Waterloo - EE - Quantum Information
ENS - Physics (Masters) - Solid state
ETH Zurich - Physics - AMO
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Cosmicomic
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:52 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Cosmicomic » Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:58 am

Undergrad Institution: West Coast Big State, moderate physics reputation
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 3.0 undergrad, 3.65 grad
Overall GPA:
Length of Degree: 4 years undergrad, 1.5 years of grad with a decade in between (no MS, just classes, and its been 4+ years since then)
Position in Class:
Type of Student: White American Man
GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)

Q: 161
V: 160
W: 4.5
P: 790 (2017)


Research Experience: I worked with several groups for about a term each. I was all over the map; biophysics, astronomy, amorphous solids, x-ray diffraction, entanglement,and Morse theory, all 10+ years ago. Returning to a small school many years later there was really only time to take evening grad-level physics classes, although I did briefly try working with someone analyzing star formation data, and working with someone else on a high T superconductor problem, although that was more me trying to learn about the field and learning how to code more than anything. If I had more time I'd have liked to continue, the work itself was interesting. I did a class in Quantum Optics that was more like a research lab than a traditional class. I've been doing independent research for the past year or so, and have about a half-dozen projects that could become papers, but pretty sure that doesn't count.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I'm honorless.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nothing related to physics except for some math tutoring job as an UG.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: I've studied Norwegian for a long time, a very important language for physics, clearly.

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

I've taken RQM as my highest official class, but I've worked through approaching 20 advanced textbooks (ie solving most problems) and have a comfortable working knowledge of QFT, GR, Stat Mech, Topology/homotopy, functional analysis, MBp, renormalization, various condensed matter topics. On my recent plate I'm learning AdS/CFT, CFT, Effective Field Theory, and a few others. I know many people have worked through lots of advanced books, but I'm still proud of that, it took a lot of time to do, and the result is I have a comfortable working knowledge in a number of advanced areas.

I'm not sure I'll get in anywhere, as my record indicates risk, but I think I have a few significant advantages over students fresh out of school, and my range of knowledge and problem solving abilities generally exceed most students at the same stage, but the GPA and dearth of any research experience more than a term or so is going to be a major obstacle that I won't have anymore opportunities to rectify, so I have to hope for the best at this point.

I chose schools that are doing several things I'm interested in and that covered a range of easier to harder to be admitted to. Regardless of where I get in, or at all, I'm going to keep doing research no matter what I do for a living.

Applying to Where:

Montana State
University of New Mexico Jan 30: Rejected via email--received letter (2/4) dated 1/22 that I was missing a transcript
Pennsylvania State
Louisiana State
University of California-Santa Cruz
Dartmouth
Florida State
University of California-Davis
University of Florida
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of California-Riverside
Case Western
University of Pittsburg
Boston University
University of Delaware
Texas A&M
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Rochester


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)

Update: 2/22: The silence is deafening!
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yapanuwan
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:28 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby yapanuwan » Tue Dec 25, 2018 1:45 am

Undergrad Institution: Top tier university in Sri Lanka (some reputation for material science)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Computer Science, Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.87
Overall GPA: 3.89
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: 2nd
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores : revised (one attempt for all tests)
Q: 170 (96%) :D
V: 159 (83%)
W: 3.5 (41%)
P: 990 (94%) :D

IELTS: 8.0 (R: 9.0, L: 8.5, S: 7.5, W: 6.5)

Research Experience: Embarrassingly unrelated to the fields I'm applying for. Due in part to the lack of theoretical physicists in my institution.
  • Electronics / Geophysics project during final year
  • Mathematics (Linear Programming) study for few months (1 conference presentation)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 2 medals for Physics & 1 award for overall GPA (awarded upon graduation)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA in my undergrad department for 12 months

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: None

Special Bonus Points: None

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I was honest in my SOP and explained that I couldn't find research opportunities in theoretical physics and was determined to come up with an original idea of my own; And that as of now, all ideas I've pursued were dead-ends.

Applying to Where:

Cornell U - Particle / Astro - (Feb 19: REJECTED via email)
U of Maryland, College Park - Fundamental / High Energy - (Feb 14: REJECTED via email)
Pennsylvania State U - Gravitational / Cosmology / Particles & Fields / Particle Astro
Boston U - Particle / Astro
North Carolina State U - Astro / Nuclear and Particle - (Jan 28: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email + $18k/9 month TA)
Northeastern U - Particle / Cosmology / String Theory
Colorado State U - High Energy Particle and Particle Astro - (Feb 15: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email + $18k/9 month TA)
U of Texas, Dallas - Cosmology, Relativity and Astro / High-Energy - (Feb 05: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email + $1900/month TA)
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edwarddramirez
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:18 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby edwarddramirez » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:08 am

Undergrad Institution: University of Florida
Major(s): Physics (B.S.) ; Mathematics (B.S.)
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 4.0 / 4.0 (Physics)
Overall GPA: 3.96 / 4.0
Length of Degree: 4 Years
Position in Class: N/A
Type of Student: Domestic Hispanic Male

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 163 (83%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 860 (78%)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience: I have been involved in research for most of my time at the university. My work has involved condensed matter physics, statistics, and biophysics. Probably due to classes and life, none of this experience was full-time (Less than 10 hours per week).
One publication, first author.
No conference talks.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Part of my research has involved focusing on lab maintenance.
Studied one semester in Sweden via exchange program.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: No.

Special Bonus Points: Nothing immediately relevant.
Fluent in English and Spanish. Decent in Swedish.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Statement of Purpose + Letters of Rec + CV

Applying to Where:

University of Florida - Physics - Theoretical Physics [Feb. 19 - Accepted via email - $18678 9-month TAship]
U Colorado Boulder - Physics - Theoretical Physics [Feb. 18 - Rejected via application website]
Duke University - Physics - Theoretical Physics
Rutgers University - Physics - Theoretical Physics [Feb. 13 - Accepted via email - Above $25,969 10-month TAship (Stipend for at least five years)]
U Maryland, College Park - Physics - Theoretical Physics [Feb. 13 - Rejected via email]
U Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Physics - Theoretical Physics
UC Santa Barbara - Physics - Theoretical Physics
Columbia University - Physics - Theoretical Physics
U Chicago - Physics - Theoretical Physics [Feb. 07 - Rejected via application website]
Cornell University - Physics - Theoretical Physics [Feb. 19 - Rejected via email]
Princeton University - Physics - Theoretical Physics [Feb. 12 - Rejected via email]
MIT - Physics - Theoretical Physics [Feb. 12 - Rejected via email]
University of Miami - Mathematics - Applied Mathematics
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adg
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:52 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby adg » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:29 am

Undergraduate Institution: Not renowned Worldwide (600-800 rank worldwide) but famous for physics in India.
Major: Physics
GPA in Major: 9.8/10
Overall GPA: 9.57/10
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in class: 2nd out of 50 students
Ethnicity/Gender: International Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 168 (94%)
V: 153 (61%)
W: 3.5 (41%)
P: 920(86%)

TOEFL : 103 (R : 27, L : 29, S : 23, W : 24)

Research: For past eight months working on my thesis in Cosmology. One Summer and one winter in Theoretical Astrophysics. One summer in HEP. No publications. Semester projects in Field theory, Non-equilibrium stat mech, Group representation theory.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: One of top 20 students to represent India in Asian Science camp, KVPY scholarship for 5 years, DAAD-WISE fellowship for research in Germany.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: No

Special Bonus Points: Advanced courses in Physics such as QFT I and II, High Energy Physics, GR, Advanced stat mech and also some math courses useful for theoretical physics such as Group theory, Representation Theory, Differential Geometry. Strong LORs all from research guides.

Applying in: Theoretical physics focusing on Cosmology, Gravity Theory, particle physics.

Applying to Where:

Princeton University - Physics - Gravitation Theory
UCSB - Physics - Gravitation Theory and HEP-theory
U of Maryland, College Park - Physics - Gravitation Theory
U of Pennsylvania - Physics - Cosmology and Particle Physics
UT Austin - Physics - Gravity theory
Johns-Hopkins U - Physics- Cosmology and Particle Physics
Pennsylvania State U - Physics - Gravitational Physics & Cosmology
UIUC - Physics - Gravitation Theory
NYU - Physics - Cosmology and Particle Physics
Arizona State U - Physics - Cosmology and Particle Physics
Case Western Reserve U - Physics - Cosmology and Particle Physics
UMass, Amherst - Physics - HEP-theory
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jasonfan1997
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:28 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby jasonfan1997 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:53 pm

Undergraduate Institution:Top school in Hong Kong,no very big reputation on physics
Major: Physics/Decision Analytics
GPA in Major: ~3.4
Overall GPA: ~3.3
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in class: NA
Ethnicity/Gender: International Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 168
V: 150
W: 3.5
P: 950

TOEFL : 105 (R : 28, L : 30, S : 23, W : 24)

Research: 2.5 years research experience with a young but quite talented faculty(CMB/High Energy astronomy) including a summer research fellowship funded by the university. 2 years research experience with a member of Fermi LAT collaboration and paper in prep(N authors although...). 2 month at UMaryland for summer research on particle astrophysics.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some but not important.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Two TA appointment at department of computer science(Yes... computer science. I am a man of programming). One one-month RA at department of math(just doing coding...)

Special Bonus Points: One of recommendation letters are probably quite strong.Two of the recommendation letters came from US researchers (Not that usual among International applicant) and all three recommendation letters came from people who has some reputation at High energy physics. A second major in statistics and CS related which is very useful for observational astronomy.

Applying in: particle astrophysics/High Energy astrophysics(observational).

Applying to Where:

U of Maryland, College Park - Physics -particle astrophysics(Accept 2/13 via email from commitee chair,finical support+$2.5k dean fellowship)
University of Wisconsin Madison - Physics - particle astrophysics(Rejected 1/30 via check website)
University of California Santa Cruz - Physics - particle astrophysics
Harvard - Astronomy- High Energy astrophysics(Rejected 2/12 via email to check website)
Columbia - Physics - particle astrophysics
Yale - Physics - particle astrophysics(Rejected 2/13 via email to check website)
UCLA - Astronomy- particle astrophysics
U of Michigan - Physics - astrophysics(Rejected 2/14 via email )
Michigan State - Physics - particle astrophysics
Pennsylvania State - Astronomy- particle astrophysics(Rejected 1/22 via email)
Stony Brook University - Physics - astrophysics
Purdue - Physics - astrophysics
Washington in st louis - Physics - astrophysics
McGill -MSc Physics

Backup plan:
HKU Mphil-(already got internal offer)

To be frank,I think my GPA probably make me very hard to get into US grad school since they admit student by the decision of admission committee.Usually for undergrad, GPA is the most straightforward for them to see the potential of that student as researcher... And since I already got internal offer from HKU, i didn't apply schools that are easy to get in. I expect I will get 0-1 offer from US grad school,Let see....
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NinadKD
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:10 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby NinadKD » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:38 am

Undergrad Institution: Indian Institute of Technology-Varanasi(Decent reputation in India,not so much worldwide)
Major(s):Engineering Physics
Minor(s):Theoretical Physics
GPA in Major:9.09/10
Overall GPA:8.40/10
Length of Degree: 5 years (Bachelor's+Masters)
Position in Class:
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 165(88%)
V: 156(73%)
W: 4.5(82%)
P: 920(86%)


TOEFL:107 (R:30 , L: 27, S: 24, W:26 )


Research Experience: 1. Five months in Quantum Information during my sophomore year
2.One summer in neutrino oscillations(HEP)
3. 9 months on a numerical project in soft condensed matter
4.~11 months in topological condensed matter(includes a summer working on fractional quantum Hall states using a numerical package)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Departmental fellowship on clearing a national level exam in which I stood 58th out of ~15k candidates

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics; Lab assistant for condensed matter experiments
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Have done a truck load of certificate online courses in Physics,Lots of independent studies in QFT, Differential Geometry etc. Audited a few graduate courses in Quantum Phase Transitions and QFT

Special Bonus Points: 3 excellent recommendation letters,great CV,I am an excellent quizzer (if that's supposed to mean anything)
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:All for CMT(Topological CMP, emphasis on Weyl semi-metals and topological insulators etc.)

Boston University -
University of Colorado- Boulderl - Rejected (19/02)
Rice -
U Washington -
U Michigan - Rejected (12/02)
Cornell - Rejected (21/02)
Stony Brook - Rejected (19/02)
Johns Hopkins -
Quantum Tinkerer Group (Delft University) -
Weizmann Institute MSc CMT -
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Zombiehh
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:35 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Zombiehh » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:16 pm

Postgrad Institution: Imperial College London (expected Sept. 2019)
Major: MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces (theoretical physics, somewhat equivalent to pt III)

Undergrad Institution: Big engineering public university, small physics program
Major(s): Mathematical Physics (HonBSc), Mathematics (HonBSc)
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.72
Overall GPA: 3.76
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Top 5% in physics(1st in a few classes), Magna Cum Laude
Type of Student: White male

GRE Scores : Took in 2017, didn't have time to try again and didn't study at all the first time
Q: 157 (76%)
V: 154 (54%)
W: 3.5 (41%) -They obviously didn't like my writing
P: 530 (13%) -Pretty awful, don't really care but I'll obviously take it again next April if it doesn't get in the way of finals.


Research Experience: Computational physics research at undergrad, pedagogy research at undergrad, material/scintillatory/experimental research at LANL, more computational and analysis work at LANL after graduating.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A few scholarships and grants etc.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: SPS VP, Sigma Pi Sigma President, Pi Mu Epsilon Treasurer, 2x LANL Undergraduate researcher (summers), 1 year postbac at LANL (lots of data analysis, computational work, and algorithm building)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: APS DNP 2016 presenter, PhysCon, LANL 2016 Student Symposium

Special Bonus Points: 2 well connected rec writers (unlikely this matters all that much), 2 honors Bsc's and a MSc in theoretical physics(by admission).

Applying to Where: Mostly interested in beyond SM theory, Ads/CFT, neutrino masses, hierarchy problem, TQFTs, MSSM/SUSY, String theory, and of course quantum gravity.

U Washington
Cornell Rejected Feb 19 via email
Princeton Rejected Feb 12 via email
Perimeter/Waterloo PhD
ETH
U Amsterdam
Edinburgh
Imperial
Oxford
UCSB
UCSD
UC Berkeley Rejected Feb 15 via email/website
Caltech


Perimeter is dream school, UC Berkeley is ideal for location reasons. I'm happy to get into any of these programs, not about that backup life, but if I'm rejected from all of them I'll apply to more European Unis, apply for more DOE lab positions (especially at LBNL) and take non-degree seeking courses, and apply to spring programs with research I'm into.

Looking bad for a PhD, trying not to be discouraged but nothing this late is a good sign of rejection. Guess I'm hoping for international and miracle funding, or another gap year.
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nolifeB4coffee
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:16 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby nolifeB4coffee » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:40 am

Undergrad Institution: Large State School - very strong reputation in physics & astrophys
Major(s): Astophysics, Philosophy
Minor(s): Physics
GPA in Major: Astrophysics: 3.35, Philosophy: 3.62, Astronomy: 3.41, Physics: 3.29
Overall GPA: 3.47
Length of Degree: 4y (+bonus fall semester for extra physics courses and a grad class)
Position in Class: Maybe a bit above average? this is now available, top 20%
Type of Student: Domestic/White/Female

GRE Scores :
Q: 165 (88%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: bad :shock: (obvi no one except those that require are getting this)


Research Experience: A somewhat independant two year long astro project, resulted in 1st author publication in press and two posters presented. Currently on a different physics research project, hired full time until I head off to grad school. Was previously involved with a lab earlier in my undergrad and at my previous school (small liberal arts, one year) was involved in particle accelerator research. Also had a grant supported physics education research project for one year where I ended up producing lessons and tutorials that are still in use.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Latin honors - Magna Cum Laude (with a thesis research project), selected undergraduate representative on a departmental committee, one competitive in department scholarship for senior doing research, one school wide scholarship for pursuing STEM education for which I was nominated by my department and subsequently received.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Undergraduate TA for three courses, one where I taught my own recitations, two where I assisted and held office hours. Tutor in math, astronomy, physics, and philosophy.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: The first author paper & my philosophy major perhaps. Significant work in Python & MATLAB.

Special Bonus Points: Took grad math methods this semester to help fill in some holes in my math knowledge that affected early physics course performance. I expect very strong recommendation letters from people who genuinely think I am smarter than my grades and test scores show. I'm also a woman.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Attended a small liberal arts college for one year and then took a year off b/c I was miserable being in the middle of nowhere. I also got a C in EM2 with a terrible professor but retook and got an A- so hopefully they don't think I'm hopeless :|

Applying to Where:

Washington University in Seattle - Astronomy - (no interview requested) (Feb. 6: Rejected via website)
Carnegie Mellon University in Pitt - Physics - Astro/Cosmology
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - Astrophysics & Astronomy - (Feb. 7: Rejected via email)
Columbia University in NYC - Astronomy - (no interview requested) (Feb. 1: Rejected via website, notified via email)
University of Wisconsin - Madison - Astronomy
Brown University - Physics - Astro/Cosmology
University of Pittsburgh - Physics - Astro/Cosmology
Vanderbilt - Astrophysics
Denver University - Physics & Astronomy - Astro/Cosmology

I've combed these pages in the past to give myself hope that I could still go to grad school. They've given me a smidgen and I want mine to do the same for you. I'm applying a bit all over the place but chose to do this so that no matter where I go, I will be happy with the location and the program -- assuming I get in anywhere. Fingers crossed!

So far, it's not looking too promising. :?
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MiguelA3310
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Joined: Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:50 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby MiguelA3310 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:11 pm

Undergrad Institution: Colombian Private University (Descent reputation in physics)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Phiosophy and Math
GPA in Major: 3.61
Overall GPA: 3.61
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: Male International

GRE Scores : most recent
Q: 162 (80%)
V: 152 (80%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 910 (85%)


TOEFL: (R: 30 , L: 29 , S: 30 , W: 28 )


Research Experience: I worked in high energy physics for one year at my university (there were no publications and I had to leave the group), I took part in a summer research fellowship for undergraduates at the U.S. in which I studied antihydrogen atoms inside the ALPHA magnetic trap at CERN (from this there a manuscript for a publication) and finally I am part of two research groups at my university: Quantum Information and Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Mechanics.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I was awarded three scholarships two from the national government and one from my institution. And I received two awards nationally and one in my institution due to my good academic standing.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I was able to work in my institution as a teaching assistant for several courses and I was able to be an academic tutor in physics for around a year and a half in my institution.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:

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

Applying to Where:


Stanford - Physics - Theoretical Physics REJECTED Feb 20-email
Cornell - Theoretical Physics
MIT - Physics - Theoretical Physics REJECTED Feb 12-email
Princeton - Physics - Theoretical Physics REJECTED Feb 12-email
New York University - Theoretical Physics
CU Boulder - Theoretical Physics REJECTED Feb 18-email
UC Santa Barbara - Theoretical Physics
UC San Diego - Theoretical Physics
Purdue - Theoretical Physics

The whole process was quite stressful and expensive, but I hope I will pass somewhere and that the whole thing was worth it.
Edit thoughts Feb 12: As I didn’t get any emails requesting interviews I am not surprised I didn’t get into MIT or Princeton. I wont lie and say I didn’t want to be surprised, but the outcome was expected. Still somewhat sad.

Edit thoughys Feb 20: This is getting utterly disappointing
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QFTnaughtyBoi
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:37 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby QFTnaughtyBoi » Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:56 pm

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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?): University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus, somewhat unheard of, gets confused with UBC proper a lot, which can be good or bad.
Major(s): Honours Physics, Honours Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: A average
Overall GPA: A-/B+ average
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Near Top
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?) Domestic white male (so scandalous)

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q:170 (96%)
V:154 (65%)
W:4.5 (82%)
P: 830 (73%)


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


Research Experience: I had only conducted research as an honours project for physics. This was 8 hours/week and only for 1 year, no publication came out of it. In high school I did a lot of work and got a patent and 2 publications. I included this in all of my applications but it was done in high school and not in the correct field of research I am applying for (this was in ergonomics).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I was on the deans list for the past 3 years

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I have been a teaching assistant for the past 3 years. The past 2 years I have been teaching 2nd year physics classes.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I have been heavily involved in the math/physics/stats/comp sci course union at my university. I have been the physics representative and vice president (each were 1 year titles).

Special Bonus Points: 2/3 of my recommendations will be extremely good. The last one will be good but wont be a falling from the heavens into the lap of the admissions department as the other 2 will.

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

Applying to Where: I applied to the physics department, under experimental condensed matter physics for a PhD for all of the below unless otherwise stated.

University of California Santa Barbara - ()
University of California San Diego - ()
University of British Columbia - Masters Program (no direct PhD) - (Jan 29: Accepted via email, offered 25k stipend (CAD))
University of Alberta - (Dec 20: Accepted via website/email, offered 33.5k stipend (CAD) wants to hear response by Jan 18th and I asked for an extension - moved to March 22.)
University of Toronto - ()
New York University - ()
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