2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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quarksanand
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby quarksanand » Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:43 am

Undergrad Institution: Top Indian Engineering College
Major(s): Engineering Physics
Minor(s): Electrical Engineering
GPA in Major: 9.63/10.00
Overall GPA: 9.59/10.00
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Department Rank 1
Type of Student: International | Male
GRE Scores: revised
Q: 170
V: 152
W: 4
P: 990


TOEFL: (R: 26, L: 28, S: 23, W: 26 )


Research Experience: CERN ATLAS Detector Instrumentation (3 months) | CERN Accelerator School | IHEP China - Charm Quark Physics Group ( 1.5 years) | Internship at National Institute (2 months) | One paper to be published | ATLAS Public Plots | 2 Conference Presentations

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: CERN Summer Student | Associate Member of IHEP China | DAAD-WISE Scholar | SN BOSE Scholar | Institute Merit Award | INMO, RMO Awardee

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Volunteer work

Special Bonus Points: LoRs - 2 from CERN | 1 from my country | 1 from a supervisor who completed his Ph.D. at Oxford University

Applying to Where:

Ph.D. Positions:

MIT: Physics - HEP Experimental: Rejected via e-mail, Feb 13th 2019
Stanford: Physics - HEP Experimental
Caltech: Physics - HEP Experimental
Harvard: Physics - HEP Experimental
Princeton: Physics - HEP Experimental: Rejected via e-mail, Feb 13th 2019
Cornell: Physics - HEP Experimental
UC Berkeley: Physics - HEP Experimental: Rejected via e-mail, Feb 16th 2019
UC Santa Barbara: Physics - HEP Experimental
Yale: Physics - HEP Experimental: Rejected via e-mail, Feb 13th 2019
University of Maryland: Physics - HEP Experimental: Accepted via e-mail with Dean's Fellowship of 10000$, Feb 14th 2019
University of Michigan: Physics - HEP Experimental: Rejected via e-mail, Feb 13th 2019

Master's Position:

MIT: Nuclear Science and Engineering: Rejected via e-mail, Feb 6th 2019
ETH Zurich: HEP
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SapiosexualStargazer
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby SapiosexualStargazer » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:30 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large state school with little to no reputation in Physics
Major(s): Physics & Mathematics
Minor(s): Philosophy & Astronomy
GPA in Physics: 3.73/4.00
GPA in Mathematics: 3.85/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.70/4.00
Length of Degree: 6 years (2 in community college + 4 in university)
Position in Class: Near top, I would guess?
Type of Student: Domestic minority female

GRE Scores:
Q: 169 (96%)
V: 161 (88%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 850 (77%)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience: Worked for ~2 years (one summer paid, the rest voluntary) on a gravitational lensing project with a math professor, which ended with an honors thesis. The thesis was adapted into a chapter of a text published by Birkhauser, and I'm 2nd author (out of 2) of the chapter. Gave talks on the results at a handful of conferences.
Did two informal research projects with one other undergrad using physics to model and optimize robotic subsystems for an engineering club. Gave poster presentations for both projects.
Have been working somewhat informally on a project on QFT in curved spacetime since May. Have given a short talk on the progress that has been made.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List for 3 semesters, Departmental Honors in Math, Honorable Mention for Outstanding Research Presentation (for one of the poster presentations mentioned above), Induction into Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics National Honor Society)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: During college: President of Math Club, President of Pi Mu Epsilon (university chapter), Calculus Peer Leader. After college, at a fairly well-known university: Physics Faculty Assistant (full-time TA for intro physics labs), Physics PLTL Coordinator.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Minority female. First-generation college student. One of my recommenders is the chair of my undergrad Physics department, for what that's worth.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Attended summer schools on Spectral Theory and Mathematical GR. Attended a workshop on the Mathematics of Gravity and Light geared toward early-career researchers.

Applying to Where:

Purdue - Physics - GR (Jan 29: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email. $20k/9mo TA.)
Washington University in St. Louis - Physics - GR/HET (Jan 25: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email. $26k/10mo for 5 years. Nominated for fellowship.)
UCSB - Physics - GR/QFT
UCLA - Physics - GR/QFT (Jan 29: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email. Awaiting details.)
Ohio State - Physics - GR/QFT (Jan 24: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email. Awaiting details.)
UC Berkeley - Physics - GR/QG
UC Irvine - Physics - QG
SUNY Buffalo - Physics - GR/QFT
Southern California - Physics - GR/QFT (Feb 6: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email. $32k/yr TA/RA.)
Oregon State - Physics - QG (Jan 15: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email. $2186/mo TA. Would be nominated for a fellowship, but I turned it down.)
Penn State - Physics - GR/QG
CUNY - Physics - GR
UMass Amherst - Physics - GR (Jan 30: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email. Awaiting details.)
IU Bloomington - Mathematical Physics - GR (Jan 25: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email. $18k/10mo + $5k bonus for one year)
UMass Lowell - Physics - GR/QG
Boston University - Physics - GR
Case Western Reserve - Physics - GR
University of Oregon - Physics - GR (Feb 1: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email. TA. Awaiting details.)
Brandeis - Physics - GR
Dartmouth - Physics - QG (Jan 31: Scheduled short interview. Feb 2: Completed interview. Discussed having a second interview.)
University of Connecticut - Physics - GR
Perimeter - Physics (Master's)
University of Florida - Physics - GR
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Aditip97
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Aditip97 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:47 am

Undergrad Institution: Good national institute in India, average reputation in physics
Major: Engineering Physics
Minor: NA
Overall GPA: 8.66/10
Length of degree: 4 years
Position in class: 3rd (I think)
Type of student: International female
GRE Scores:
Q: 165
V: 160
W:4
P:850

TOEFL: R30,W29,S29,L30

Research Experience: One summer project on nanophotonics at a top Indian institute, this was more like a learning project. Attended talks on neutrino physics while I was at the institute. Took interest in particle physics from here.
Next project was on Quantum optics at another top institute which was quite far (9hrs away by train) from my home institute. Travelled back and forth and completed the project over a year (publication being prepared), simultaneously managing academics at my own institute. Also parallely handled a review project on ion traps at my home institute during the same.
Also did a summer project at another IIT on ion trapping and simulations. Mostly simulation works on extractor electrode configurations in accelerator physics. Presented a poster on the same.
Currently working on my thesis project on Supersymmetric Quantum mechanics.

Awards and Recognition: SPARK fellowship at IIT Roorke, Prime Minister's scholarship recipient, Received an official appreciation letter from the HRD minister for exceptional performance high school (don't know if this actually helps)

Pertinent Activities or jobs: Played a major role in the formation of a student inter-disciplinary research organisation at my institute. Executive of the Physics Association in my department. Script writer for that drama team at my institute. Former executive of the Audio-Visual club at my institute (we screen movies and host some fun events). I may have mentioned some volunteering activities pertaining to autistic children in a couple of my applications.

Any miscellaneous accomplishments that might help:

Special bonus point: Diversity factor? :P

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Attended several talks on topics like neutrino physics, gravitational lensing,etc. Completed some online courses. Really good recommendation letters (I'm hoping :) ). My GPA shows a steady improvement with no drops, so this could help present myself in a better light. :D

Applying to where:
UC Berkeley-HEP: Rejected 2/15 via email
U. Toronto-HEP( experiment):
U. Chicago-HEP: Rejected 2/8 via email
U. British Columbia(Dark matter experiment): Accepted via mail by the department, offered 25k CAD stipend 1/9, official acceptance on 2/7
OSU-HEP:

I applied for theoretical astro-particle physics at some and experimental at others.
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abnormalandroid
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby abnormalandroid » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:50 pm

Undergrad Institution: small private school, good reputation in engineering but not necessarily physics
Major(s):Physics
Minor(s):English and Creative Writing
GPA in Major:3.748
Overall GPA:3.748
Length of Degree: 4 years
Type of Student: Domestic Male
GRE Scores :
Q:161 (78%)
V:163 (93%)
W:4.0 (60%) (what a joke)
P:790 (66% percentile)

Wish I had done better on PGRE but I got a 640 the first time I took it so I can't be too mad.


Research Experience: 4 years at my undergrad institution. 2 projects in HEP-ph, 1 in astro. 2 publications in HEP-ph.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans list 5 semesters, Presidents list 3 semesters. Award for "Outstanding academic achievement in Physics" at home institution.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: SPS officer

Special Bonus Points: Big name in particle theory on my 2 pubs


Applying to Where:

UChicago - HEP-ex (Feb. 7: Rejected via website) Knew this was coming but still hurts :cry:
Boston U - HEP-ex (Jan. 25: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email $35k/yr TA + $2k scholarship)
Wisconsin-Madison - HEP-ex (Feb. 1: Rejected via website) Disappointed but not surprised :(
Texas A&M - HEP-th (Feb. 8 : ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email $30k Fellowship for 1st year + $2k scholarship. $30k guaranteed TA/RA for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years) dang they really want me
Penn State - HEP-th
North Carolina State University - HEP-th (Jan. 25: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $4k Fellowship + $18k/9 month TA)
ASU - HEP-th
Missouri S&T - Master's Program
Washington University in St. Louis - Post-Baccalaureate Program in Physics
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potatorum
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby potatorum » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:19 pm

Undergrad Institution: state school with tiny physics dept
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 2.6
Overall GPA: 2.0 (3.95 over past year)
Length of Degree: 10 years with all the breaks
Position in Class: probably top in department
Type of Student: domestic URM woman

GRE Scores : (revised version)
Q: 168
V: 170
W: 4.5
P: 940


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


Research Experience: 1 year, publication forthcoming

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several scholarships from university to support research

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 10 yrs as science, math, writing tutor

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: minority woman

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: very dramatic turnaround in grades after a few years break from school, all while doing research and working.

Applying to Where:

UCLA - Physics - AMO (Jan 29th: Accepted for PhD via email from professor, funding TBA)
USC - Physics- HEP Th
UC Berkeley - Physics- AMO

SassyPhysicists
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby SassyPhysicists » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:23 am

Undergrad Institution: Public University in the US, relatively small Physics total undergrad population (~50-200)
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics (Honors)
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.972 (Physics), 3.967 (Mathematics)
Overall GPA: 3.954
Length of Degree: 4-year
Position in Class: My guess is that I am in the top three or four students in my major
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores : (revised version)
Q: 169 (96%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: 970 (92%)


TOEFL: 115 (R: 28, L: 29, S: 28, W: 30) (Only the most pesky programs needed it, so had to give it again as these scores are only valid for two years)


Research Experience: 3 month summer research in Soft Condensed Matter Physics - Experimental (SCMP-E) at the end of Sophomore year, followed by a ~1.5 year experience in another SCMP-E lab with a focus on fluid dynamics. At the end of junior year, sought collaboration with an applied mathematician for simulation work. Dabbled for 3 months in a CMP experimental lab (spintronics) during the middle of my junior year. Did a university Summer UROP at the end of my junior year in the fluid dynamical SCMP-E lab. Currently finishing up with my honors thesis. Doing meteorological research with NASA for about 5 months now. One publication related to mathematical physics during the application period (which just got accepted a couple weeks ago), one university symposium oral presentation.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans Honor List, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader in an upper-division Math class, Tutor in a lower-division Physics class, couple on-campus leadership positions in my sophomore year.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: My advisor suggested some universities to apply to, all my recommenders say they gave strong recommendations (which I am starting to believe now).

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

Applying to Where: (CMP-E = "Condensed Matter Physics - Experiment", SCMP-E = "Soft Condensed Matter Physics - Experimental")

Harvard - Physics - CMP-E
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Physics - CMP-E (Feb. 12: Rejected for Ph.D via E-mail, Jan 12: Interviewed by a CMP-E Professor) (Well, I guess they at least got to know me before they rejected me)
University of Chicago - Physics - SCMP-E (Feb. 7: Accepted for Ph.D via website + ($34k+$5k) Fellowship + RAships in future) (Yay! I am quite elated! :D )
California Institute of Technology - Physics - CMP-E
Cornell University - Physics - CMP-E (Feb. 11: Accepted for Ph.D via website + $29.7k/9 month TAship) (Yay!)
University of Pennsylvania - Physics - CMP-E
Princeton University - Mechanical Engineering - Fluid Dynamics/Biophysics, Biomechanics (Jan. 25: Accepted for Ph.D via website/email/phone + $29.9k Fellowship + $8k Summer Support, Jan. 3 - Interviewed by a couple faculty members) (I am quite happy with this actually!)
New York University - Physics - SCMP-E
Carnegie Mellon University - Physics - CMP-E (Jan. 29: Accepted via email) (Declined Offer)
University of Wisconsin, Madison - Physics - CMP-E (Jan. 25: Accepted via email + $20k/10 month TA or $25.3k/10 month RA) (Declined Offer)
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guckymeister
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby guckymeister » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:07 pm

Undergrad Institution: Super small, unranked state school (I am one of 3 senior physics majors)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): none
GPA in Major: 3.97
Overall GPA: 3.77
Length of Degree: 4 years
Type of Student: Run of the mill white American male with European descent

GRE Scores :
Q: 161
V: 163
W: 4.0
P: Didn't take

I actually wasn't planning on apply to grad school until next year, and I was planning on taking that time off to study for and take the pGRE. My adviser convinced me to just "go for it" anyway and apply to whatever schools don't require the pGRE on my list, which is why there are only two schools I applied to.


Research Experience: Was invited to work for a professor at University of Michigan on experimental biophysics between my Junior and senior year, which culminated into a poster I will present at the BPS conference (it wasn't an REU, I got this because my adviser at my home school knew the Michigan prof really well). Have a first author publication on experimental biophysics at my home school, and I am currently doing some CMT with a totally different prof. I am also working on a computational biophysics project with the prof I wrote the paper with.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Whole bunch of departmental and university specific awards

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutoring physics since the beginning of my sophomore year.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I have a soundcloud filled with crappy musical ideas

Special Bonus Points: All three of my recommendation letters are from professors I completed research projects with. I am certain they are quite strong. I don't consider myself to be the best writer, but when I wrote my statement of purpose, everything just kinda "clicked" and it was probably the best thing I've ever written.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I play jazz guitar and a UIUC professor who I reference in my statement of purpose ALSO plays guitar

Applying to Where (all for CMT and biophysics theory):

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) - (Feb. 3: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $23k 11 month TA, Fellowships will be announced later according to the email) - Will probably accept
University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Haven't heard back yet



Decided to throw this up there to give hope to anyone who thinks their app might be lacking. The acceptance to UIUC came as a complete shock to me, since I didn't take the pGRE. Just goes to show how important the rest of the application package is. I lucked out INCREDIBLY hard with this

Reinhart
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Reinhart » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:13 am

Undergrad Institution: An Engineering College
Major(s): Engineering Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: ~ 8.38/10
Overall GPA: 8.28/10
Length of Degree: 4 years
Type of Student: International

GRE Scores :
Q: 163 :?
V: 150 :?
W: 3.5 :?
P: 870 (80th Percentile) :?

Research Experience: Physical Research Laboratory, Theoretical Physics Division - Black Hole Geometries| JESS'19 Participant, Max Planck Institute of Gravitational Physics|Working in Photonics (In home university)|4 Conference Publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Summer Research Fellow 2018, Indian Academy of Sciences

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:

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

Applying to Where:
USA
UIUC
RIT

Canada
UoT
UBC
University of Waterloo
University of Alberta
Queen's University

Europe
Utrecht University

I wish to study Numerical Relativity. Have applied to relevant masters and doctoral programs.

purplebash
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Joined: Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:53 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby purplebash » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:14 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school in the US, medium reputation in physics & astronomy, top-10 public university
Major(s): Astrophysics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.77
Overall GPA: 3.79
Length of Degree: 3.5 years
Position in Class: Near-ish top? hard to say!
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores :
Q: 164 (86%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 5.5 (99%)
P: Didn't take!

Research Experience: While a student, I did 3 semesters of part-time research at my undergrad institution, and 1 semester of full-time research at an internship with a well-known observatory. After graduation (which was Dec 2017) I've been researching 30 hrs/wk, so the last year+ has been solely focused on research. 2 publications in prep, both of which will be first-author, but not much other than that.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 1 statewide academic scholarship, 1 major-specific academic scholarship, Dean's list, a few awards for extracurricular activities.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I spent almost my entire undergrad career (and time after graduation) as a tutor in some degree; I was employed by the university as a tutor as well as by the athletic association as a student-athlete tutor. For a time I also worked as a preschool teacher, and throughout everything I always did freelance tutoring on the side.
President of the school's Astronomy Society for 2+ years
Lots of outreach involvement with the department

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: The code I developed in my internship actually seems to be pretty helpful for a myriad of research interests so if they actually check out the links on my CV, that could help?

Special Bonus Points: Recommenders all insisted their letters would be strong, they all have great connections to the places I'm applying (including being on the admissions committees for a couple of the schools). I'm also a woman, so there's that.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I really had to work some service job that was 20+ hours a week for my entire undergraduate career, in addition to all my classes, tutoring side gigs, and research endeavors. This kept me from diving as deep into research as I would have liked until I graduated, but it also showed grit, because I did whatever it took to pay the bills, support myself, and still do well in school. I was also really involved in unrelated extracurricular activities largely relating to civic engagement and voter turnout. These efforts were actually pretty darn effective and successful and I'm really proud of that, but I have no idea if the schools care about that one bit. My assumption is, not much.

Applying to Where:

UC Santa Barbara - Physics (Astrophysics Emphasis) -
Harvard - Astronomy - Feb 12 Rejected via email to check notification status. Not surprised, and at least I heard back!
UC Santa Cruz - Astronomy -
UT Austin - Astronomy - Feb 13 Rejected via email. :(
Northwestern - Astronomy -
University of Florida - Astronomy -
Vanderbilt - Astronomy -

Bonus notes: I was able to get complete fee waivers for 4 of the above 7 schools, and the other ones were able to make an option for me where I didn't have to pay up-front and would only have to pay later, if accepted, so that was neat. I also pretty stubbornly refused to take the Physics GRE, so I only applied to schools that didn't require it. We'll see how much that affects things!
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arc2nd
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Joined: Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:51 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby arc2nd » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:32 pm

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Undergrad Institution: Top 10 Public University
Major(s): Astrophysics, Physics
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.95
Overall GPA: 3.98
Length of Degree: 4 years
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 168 (94%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 5.5 (98%)
P: 800 (68%)

Research Experience: 2.5 years of astronomy research in my department, one REU focused on computational astrophysics at a national astronomy observatory, one minor publication (an ATel)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Univeristy Scholars Program (research-based scholarship), state scholarships, Honor Roll every semester, 5 research presentations (one being a poster presentation at the AAS conference this past January)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for an astronomy lab class one semester, worked at the school's IT Help Desk for a year

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Wrote a software package in Python at the end of my REU and cited it on all my application materials

Special Bonus Points: Visited Harvard CfA, got a tour from a current grad student and met with a professor there I would want to work with. One professor from my college (not a recommender) said he would email some of his contacts from Harvard.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: A couple volunteering events (Women in Science) and I've been an officer in my school's Astronomy and Astrophysics club for 2 years as Ambassador / Treasurer

Applying to Where:
UC Berkeley - Astrophysics - Computational Astrophysics
Ohio State - Astronomy - Computational Astrophysics (Dec. 30: Invited for web interview; Jan. 4: Interviewed, Feb. 17: Waitlisted via email)
Harvard University - Astronomy - Computational Astrophysics (Feb. 12: Rejected via email to check website)
University of Michigan - Astronomy - Computational Astrophysics (Jan. 28: Waitlisted via email)
Cornell - Astronomy - Computational Astrophysics (Feb. 5: Waitlisted via email)
Caltech - Astrophysics - Computational Astrophysics (Jan. 29: Rejected via email)
Princeton - Astrophysics - Computational Astrophysics (Feb. 6: Rejected via email)
Northwestern - Astronomy - Computational Astrophysics
University of Florida - Astronomy - Computational Astrophysics
University of Chicago - Astrophysics - Computational Astrophysics (Feb. 13: Rejected via email to check website)
UC Santa Cruz - Astrophysics - Computational Astrophysics
University of Virginia - Astronomy - Computational Astrophysics (Feb. 1: Invited for web interview; Feb. 7: Interviewed; Feb. 12: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email, $26.2k RA/TA stipend)
UMass Amherst - Astronomy - Computational Astrophysics (Feb. 8: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email, $31k RA/TA stipend)

NSF GRFP, DOE CSGF
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vickyvaikunth
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby vickyvaikunth » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:04 pm

Undergrad Institution[/b]:Indian 2nd tier Engineering Institution
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 8.04/10
Overall GPA: 7.65/10
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: above average
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores : 320
Q: 168
V:152
W:4.0
P:580 ( Didn't send to any university though thinking it might be a big black mark, but having second thoughts on my decision)


TOEFL:105 R:28 , L:29 , S:23 , W: 27


[b]Research Experience
: 2 years in Aerodynamics at own university. Got a conference presentation and a publication out of it( 3rd author out of 5). 3 months observational astronomy intern at a top institute in India. Now in the US at a well known institute under a well known professor in theoretical astrophysics
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Head of SEDS( Space club) University chapter, did several projects and outreach programs.

Special Bonus Points: Professor I am currently working under is a very well person. But havent got a recommendation from him.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
University of Texas Austin- Astronomy Phd- Feb 6 Rejected via E-mail
University of Wisconsin- Madison- Astronomy
University of Florida- Astronomy
Stony Brook University- MA Physics and Astronomy
Princeton - Post- Baccalaureate program in Astrophysics
KU Leuven- Msc Astronomy & Astrophysics

luttinger_320
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby luttinger_320 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:24 am

Undergrad Institution: Fairly new, national institute from India
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
GPA in major: ~ 9.6/10.0
Overall GPA: ~9.6/10.0
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores :
Q: 165 :oops:
V: 159
W: 4.0
P: 960

TOEFL: (R: 29, L: 30, S: 25, W: 30)


Research Experience:
Research projects during each summer throughout undergrad (4 of them). Most of my projects have been on strongly correlated systems and developing computational frameworks. A couple of my work has been forked and starred in Giithub

- Spent a summer on thin film solar cells
- Worked on a computational technique that reproduces the correct phase diagram of Hubbard model, inaccessible via crude mean-field schemes
- Spent a summer abroad to develop a semiclassical technique to study the suppression of long range order of lattice bosons in frustrated systems (expecting a publication soon)
- MS project on an improved field theoretic method to account for quantum fluctuations (another publication is expected within a couple of months)
- A short term project on formulating k-space Hartree-Fock correction for Bloch bands

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Academic Excellence award every year, Bronze medal in an international poster presentation, secured a couple of competitive fundings from Govt. of India and a prominent Private corporation

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nothing much. Helped science popularization causes in local community as a part of Science Activity Club

Special Bonus Points: One of my recommenders is the director of a prominent research institute, another was a Postdoc of a relevant group at one of universities

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

Applying to Where:

UC, Berkeley - Physics - CM Theory
U Chicago - Physics - CM Theory (Feb 7: Rejected via website)
UIUC - Physics - CM Theory/AMO
U Colorado, Boulder - Physics - CM Theory
U Michigan, Ann Arbor - Physics - CM Theory (Feb 6: Accepted for PhD by email + $2635 per month
Columbia University, NYC - Physics - CM Theory/AMO
Penn State - Physics - CM Theory / Stat Mech
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xaxis
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby xaxis » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: Australian Top 3 University, known for Astrophysics & Quantum
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Computer Science (not completed but 95% there)
GPA in Major: 86.15/100
Overall GPA: 84.8/100 (Honours Class I) [I'm told roughly equivalent to a 3.5-3.7]
Length of Degree: 4 years (3 UG + 1 honours)
Position in Class: Top 10%
Type of Student: Int'l Male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 169
V: 166
W: 6.0
P: 740 (left it last minute so couldn't redo :/)


TOEFL: N/A
TestDAF (German): Re: 5/5, Wr: 4/5, Sp: 5/5, Li: 5/5


Research Experience:
- 3 undergraduate research projects (~ 6-12 wks each, 1/4 load) and one summer research project (6 wks) in Particle Physics.
- Summer research project (12 wks) and 12wk continuation during semester on Blockchain and Networks (Computer and Network Security area).
- Year-long honours project on ATLAS detector hardware (i.e. expt. particle physics)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
(All internal)
- School of Physics foundation scholarship No. III (3rd year)
- School of IT honour roll 2015-2016
- Admitted to Talented Students Program 2016-2018
- Admitted to UG with scholarship under Sydney Scholars program

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- TA/Tutor for 6 Computer Science units across 2 years (4 semesters)
- Data analysis experience (~2yrs)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- Honours project completed as undergrad member of CERN/ATLAS collaboration.
- Founded open source collaboration at my university.

Special Bonus Points:
- Probably very strong letters of recommendation from both Physics and CS (I know that one of my CS professors wrote a letter to the effect of "I wanted him for a PhD myself". Actually true though - he's been begging me to swap to grad study in CS for almost a year now).
- Very focused interests (silicon detector hardware for particle physics, preferably ATLAS upgrade related) that continue on from my honours project; did my research and only applied to physics departments that actively collaborate with ATLAS in this field.
- Honours supervisor is somewhat well known within the ATLAS collaboration.


Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Dual citizenship (Aus + EU)

Applying to Where:
UBC (University of British Columbia) - HEP Applied - MSc Physics (Jan 10: Unofficial acceptance via email, Feb. 6: ACCEPTED for MSc via website/email)
ETH Zurich - HEP Applied - MSc Physics (late Dec: met Prof in person)
Cambridge - HEP Applied - PhD Particle Physics (Jan 25: Interview, ~Jan 30: informal email communicating acceptance conditional on funding, Feb 5th: met Prof in person)
Oxford - HEP Applied - DPhil (PhD) Particle Physics
Albert Ludwig Universität Freiburg - HEP Applied - PhD

ParticleExplosion
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ParticleExplosion » Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:01 pm

Undergrad Institution: State Research University (US), Within Top 100, Moderate sized physics department
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.76
Overall GPA: 3.77
Length of Degree: 4 Years
Position in Class: uncertain about my exact ranking
Type of Student: Domestic Hispanic Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 153 ( 50%)
V: 150 (47%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 580 (23%) Not great at standardized testing


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience:
About 3 years of research experience in experimental particle physics.
- Data Acquisition hardware work for Silicon Photomultipliers for the DarkSide collaboration and a spin-off project.
- Geant4 simulations of a full body, time of flight Positron Emission Tomography scanner based on the detector technologies from the DarkSide experiments (Currently drafting a paper, Good prelim results)
- SULI: FNAL beam diagnostics for the muon g-2 experiment, mostly computational and analytical work.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
SULI, DAAD RISE Germany internship (But I declined it for FNAL), Several research scholarships at my university, On the dean's list from 2015 to 2018

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
I volunteer at outreach events hosted by my college and the physics departments handling physics demonstrations. I even built new Electromagnetic demos which have been used by other people in the department and I am drafting instructions on how to build them for those interested. I am currently working with other students at my college to start a SACNAS chapter to help students find and stay in STEM research.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Several poster presentations and talks at multiple conferences (5 poster presentations, 2 talks)

Special Bonus Points:
Minority. I have already met some professors at some of the universities I have applied to and are familiar with my work. I know two professors and a graduate student at Princeton who can vouch for me but we'll have to see what happens. (Here's hoping that Networking works!)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I managed to get fee waivers for all of my applications. Some were from college reps I met at the 2018 SACNAS conference and some were from the GEM Consortium.

Applying to Where:
Experimental Particle physics

Princeton University - Physics - Astroparticle/HEP Exp
Cornell University - Physics - Accelerator Physics
Rice University - Physics - Astroparticle Exp (Jan. 26:: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $31k/12 month + $6k/yr Dean's Fellowship)
University of Chicago - Physics - Accelerator Physics (Feb. 7:: Rejected via website/email)
Purdue University - Physics - HEP Exp
University of Notre Dame - Physics- HEP Exp

External Fellowships:
NSF GRFP
GEM Fellowship
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tcarbin
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby tcarbin » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:03 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State School, Top 15 in Physics
Major(s): Physics, Philosophy
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.99
Overall GPA:3.86
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Somewhere in the top
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Scores :
Q: 163 (83%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 880 (81%)


Research Experience:
Did a research project for one semester freshman year at my school's observatory through a class. I collected and analyzed photometric data of a variable star binary system.

Worked for about a year and a half in a superconducting qubit lab. Was involved with lots of different parts of the experiments. Data analysis with MATLAB, fabrication of qubit devices (including SEM lithography, double-angle evaporation, working with chemicals in a clean room), basic circuitry, Used CAD to design devices for measurement and other tests, and more. Perhaps the most impressive part of my application is that I came up with a new way for controlling our qubit systems and I was able to implement it.

Summer SULI appointment at General Atomics. I worked with a particle simulation code and applied it to create a tool for personnel in the tokamak control room who can use it to quickly identify heating sources. I also did several studies to optimize the code for this use. This involved me learning lots of new programming skills. I also presented my work at APS-DPP.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: One Physics departmental scholarship, one scholarship from my university, Phi Kappa Phi, Dean's list every semester

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: not unless you count tutoring in high school

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Each of my four recommenders I did research with and each was very willing to write me a letter and I expect the letters to be one of the strongest points of my application. One came from Harvard and is relatively big in CM, another graduated from UCLA.

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

Applying to Where:

All Physics PhD in QI/QC:

Yale (Feb 13: Rejected via email to check website)
Harvard
Berkeley (Feb 15: Rejected via email to check website)
Princeton (Feb 12: Rejected via email)
Caltech
Stanford
UCSB (Jan 23: 15min skype chat)
UC Boulder (Feb 18: Rejected via email to check website)
Michigan (Feb 6: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $2635/month for 5 years + TA opportunities)
Illinois (Feb 13: ACCEPTED via email + $23,298 for first 11 months)
UCLA
Washington
UCSD
Northwestern
Waterloo
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sh2019physics
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sh2019physics » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:32 pm

Undergrad Institution: Ivy League, strong applied physics program
Major(s): Physics, Electrical Engineering
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.64 (Physics), 3.72 (EE)
Overall GPA: 3.60
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Not considered at university
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Scores :
Q:168 (94%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 860 (78%)

Research Experience: 2 summers of microfluidics biosensor research at home university, one semester project on nanowire break junctions, one semester project on microfabricated cell counter.
1 year cold atom experiment research at home university after graduation (full time) - designed and built electronic safety systems, special AOM drivers for spatial modulation of optical dipole trap; sub-Doppler cooling and RF state transfer of atoms en route to Bose-Einstein condensation

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduated with distinction in engineering, QuestBridge Scholar

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Linear algebra and multivariable calculus tutor through university math department (2 years), instructor to high school students through university summer program (2 summers)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Low income background; first generation college student

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Strong progression of GPA through college

Applying to Where: All experimental AMO

Columbia
UChicago - (Feb. 7: Rejected; email to check website)
Georgia Tech - (Feb. 11: Accepted; email to check website)
Harvard
MIT - (Feb. 12: Rejected via email)
Princeton (EE) - Applied physics concentration (Feb. 12: Rejected via email)
UVA
Yale - (Feb. 13: Rejected via email)
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Proheat2019
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Proheat2019 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:56 am

Undergrad Institution: State university with good engineering reputation
Major(s): Aerospace engineering and Physics
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.82
Overall GPA: 3.82
Length of Degree: 4 years (pretty happy about pulling this off)
Position in Class: No official ranking - near top I think?
Type of Student: Domestic (California)

GRE Scores :
Q: 170
V: 163
W: 5.5
P: 940



Research Experience: 3+ years being very involved in developing Cubesat missions with an on-campus lab (pretty much all of my time in between classes has been spent in this lab for the last few years), 1 year of composite thermoelectric material research with a physics professor (1 summer spent working on each).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nope

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutoring for our physics department for the last year

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Co-authored paper published in SPIE

Special Bonus Points: Rec letters are all from professors I have done research with

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Worked on Cubesat projects with NASA JPL, which probably helped with Caltech.

Applying to Where:

University of Washington - Physics PhD - ACCEPTED Jan. 17 + $21K TA
Caltech - Physics PhD - ACCEPTED Feb. 1, official letter received Feb. 5 + $35K
MIT - Physics PhD - REJECTED Feb. 12 via email
UC Berkeley - Physics PhD - REJECTED Feb. 15 via email to check portal
UC Santa Barbara - Physics PhD
Stanford - Physics PhD

MIT - Aerospace Eng. MS/PhD
Georgia Tech - Aerospace Eng. PhD
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tz10x5
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Joined: Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:37 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby tz10x5 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:40 am

Undergrad Institution: Ivy-like but not known for physics
Major(s): Physics, Math
Minor(s): none
GPA in Major: 3.95 physics, 3.90 math
Overall GPA: 3.75/4
Length of Degree: 4 years
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 169 (96%)
V: 160 (86%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 930 (88%)

Research Experience: CME for 1 year and CMT for 2 years. 1 presentation. No publications.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some awards for research

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutoring in physics and math since high school

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: no

Special Bonus Points: Four letter writers, three of which I've done research with. One letter writer is famous. Have taken graduate courses in QM, stat mech, solid state, and QFT. Independent study on representation theory.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: C's in some chem and bio courses

Applying to Where: All for quantum CMT

UIUC - accepted
MIT - rejected
Harvard -
Princeton - rejected
Stanford -
UCSB -
UChicago - rejected
Caltech -
Berkeley - rejected
UPenn - accepted
Yale - rejected
UMD - accepted
UCSD - accepted
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fraiserfan69
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:54 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby fraiserfan69 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:15 pm

Undergrad Institution: Highly ranked state school
Major(s): Physics and Math
Overall GPA: 3.7
Length of Degree: 5 years
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores :
Q: 154 (65%)
V:158 (68%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 650 (39%)


Research Experience: Three years with one advisor at home institution, including two summers working abroad on the collaboration. One semester spent at CERN working with ATLAS. All work in experimental particle physics.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list some semesters, won poster competitions

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: SPS VP and SPS Social Chair for a year each

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: One publication with a large collaboration, undergraduate thesis in progress, Nuclear Instrumentations Paper in progress (first author). Many grad level courses in physics and math, including a seminar on high energy particle physics.

Special Bonus Points: All LOR writers well known in field from work with big collaborations (ATLAS and CDF)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Five years to graduate due to semester abroad, semester working at CERN and a semester with limited credits due to being very sick

Applying to where:
Applying for HEP Ex

Reach:
University of Chicago - Physics - Accepted 2.7
Harvard - Physics
Yale - Physics - Rejected 2.13
Cornell - Physics
Caltech - Physics
University of Pennsylvania - Physics

Match/Safe:
Columbia - Physics
University of Michigan - Physics - Accepted 2.1
University of Virginia - Physics - Accepted 1.25
University of Wisconsin - Physics - Accepted 1.25
UC Irvine - Physics - Accepted 1.30
UC Davis - Physics
University of Washington - Physics
University of Oregon - Physics
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bmarx
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Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:31 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby bmarx » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:01 am

Undergrad Institution: top Brazilian university
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): -
GPA in Major: 9.0/10 (3.57)
Overall GPA: -
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores : revised
Q:170 (96%)
V:152 (56%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 940 (89%)

TOEFL: 107 (R: 29, L: 30 , S: 20 , W: 28 )

Research Experience: one year in a math project about qualitative theory of ODE's (one presentation in a national event), one year in an experimental physics project about NMR spectroscopy (one presentation in national event also, but I almost didn't write about it in my application), and one year in a theoretical physics/statistics project involving modelling of collective intelligence (two presentations in national events plus a talk about my results).

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: one semester as lab TA for freshmen. One year as student representative in the physics undergrad course coordination and in the undergrad committee of my institute.

Applying to Where: All PhD programs

Princeton - Physics - Biophysics (Feb 12: REJECTED via email)
Northwestern - Physics - Biophysics
Georgia Tech - Physics - Biophysics
Rice - Physics - Biophysics (Feb 8: ACCEPTED via email)
Penn State - Physics - Biophysics (Feb 8: ACCEPTED via email)
Emory - Physics - Biophysics (Feb 5th: interview w/ two professors)
UC Davis - Physics - Biophysics
Duke - Statistical Science
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diptanilroy
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Joined: Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:59 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby diptanilroy » Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:18 am

Undergrad Institution: Fairly new, national institute from India
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
GPA in major: ~ 9.17/10.0
Overall GPA: ~ 9.17/10.0
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Top 3
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores :
Q: 165
V: 157
W: 4.0
P: 910

TOEFL: 116 (R: 28, L: 30, S: 28, W: 30)


Research Experience:

- Participated in a summer school on Astrophysics and related Data Analysis
- Have a conference proceeding in Non-Linear Dynamics where I worked on the dissipation dynamics of a system of quartic oscillators.
- Worked on cluster algorithms for Potts Model, which is akin to the QCD phase transition
- Worked on the reconstruction of hypernuclei in the CBM experiment at GSI, Germany (Summer)
- Master's thesis on the study of cumulants in the CBM setup. To be published in CBM Progress report for 2019

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Secured a couple of competitive fundings from Govt. of India and a prominent Private corporation

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Students' Council President. Students' Representative to the Undergraduate Committees of School of Physical Sciences, and Institute, Student' Representative for Outreach Committee of Institute

Special Bonus Points: One of my recommenders is one of the top-most high energy experimentalists in India, another is a spokesperson for the CBM experiment.

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

Applying to Where:

UC, Los Angeles - Physics - Experimental HEP
UC, Davis - Physics - Experimental HEP
CalTech - Physics - Experimental HEP
Purdue University - Physics - Experimental HEP (Feb 6: Accepted for PhD by email + $20.2k per annum)
Rutgers University - Physics - Experimental HEP (Feb 11: Accepted for PhD by email + > $26k for 10 months)
Columbia University - Physics - Experimental HEP

Max Planck IMPRS EPP - Physics - Experimental HEP
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furball1379
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby furball1379 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:53 pm

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Xpolonia
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Xpolonia » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:27 pm

Undergrad Institution: University in Hong Kong, not well-known for Physics I guess
Major(s): Physics
Overall GPA: 3.56 / 4.30 :?
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: N/A
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 155
V: 169
W: 3.0 :(
P: 760 :(


TOEFL: 110 (R: 29, L: 29, S: 23 :? , W: 29)


Research Experience: 2 Years of experimental AMO, 1 semester in Chaos theory, 1 semester in CMT and half a year in astro. 1 conference paper in astro in preparation, 4 conference posters in AMO.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Just some minor scholarships

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Was a mentor for some high school science competitions, I guess that doesn't really matters...

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: N/A

Special Bonus Points: Two very strong reference letters (But the third is a bit weak I believe), worked with past students of Nobel Laureates and Nobel Laureate. Research intern at UC Berkeley before, exchange semester at ETH Zurich.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I didn't expect much due to my poor PGRE and GPA. Though I excel in a graduate AMO course as well as all experimental courses.

Applying to Where:

MIT - Physics - Exp AMO
UC Berkeley - Physics - Exp AMO
CU Boulder - Physics - Exp AMO (Feb. 5: ACCEPTED via email)
UChicago - Physics - Exp AMO (Feb. 7: Rejected; email to check website)
Columbia - Physics - Exp AMO
UIUC - Physics - Exp AMO
Rice - Physics - Exp AMO
ETH Zurich - Physics (MSc)

noethername
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Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:43 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby noethername » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:27 pm

Undergrad Institution: State school, ranked in lower third of U.S. physics top 100.
Major(s): Astrophysics; Pure Math double-major.
Minor(s): None.
GPA in Major: Physics 3.78; Math 4.05
Overall GPA: 3.91
Length of Degree: Uhhhh, 5? But see below for extra info.
Position in Class: Near top - small class so hard to say, those of us doing well had strengths in different areas.
Type of Student: Domestic white female, graduating this semester.

GRE Scores :
Q: 164 (86%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 5.5 (98%)
P: 740 (57%)

Research Experience:
- One year of proofy math research (but topic does relate to physics) culminating in successful formal defense of honors thesis in that department;
- Eight months as "undergraduate physicist" for university-associated company that works with space industry;
- One physics REU at a significantly higher-ranked institution;
- Two semesters of research methods credit in QM (emphasis on topics crucial to QFT), cosmology. Mostly supervised learning, no publications.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Phi Beta Kappa;
- Summa Cum Laude Mathematics Departmental Honors and Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award;
- Sigma Pi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and a couple departmental and university merit-based scholarships awarded in middle of degree.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- Three semesters of employment as math, physics, astronomy tutor by university;
- Three semesters (ongoing) as TA in physics and chemistry (covered 4 different courses, two of them junior-level, 7 lecture sections total);
- All research listed above was paid/funded except the last;
- Worked a second non-physics-related job to support self throughout undergrad. Bonus: skilled labor (many people go to school for this work, but I trained myself to high quality), self-employment/own business built from scratch.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- Active classical violinist and studied multiple foreign languages for any places that care about well-roundedness?

Special Bonus Points:
- Female, vaguely nontraditional student (in late 20’s).
- Disabilities/medical conditions have chronically impacted performance and were a source of serious physical and financial barriers, shows I’m able to overcome bad circumstances/demonstrates that grit and determination committees like to see.
- Took courses in cosmology and GR, currently taking particle physics, all of which are highly relevant to my research interests for grad school.
- Once upon a time, before I fell mysteriously ill and had a gap in education, I graduated high school with about 95 credits earned (including 30 in math) from a different state university.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
-I have a strong interest and track record in teaching (including both paid and volunteer work) and emphasized this in addition to primary research interests, particularly at those schools where Physics Education Research is a thing;
-Worst couple grades on current transcript explained fairly well by outside circumstances.



Applying to Where:
All for whichever areas of HEP, Gravity and/or Cosmology each school is strong in (strong emphasis on theory, with a slight possible willingness to bend towards experimental/observational depending on the exact topic and mentor). Applied for physics (not astro). I know that HEP-TH is highly competitive and there will be plenty of applicants from more well-known schools and with higher personal stats, so hopefully this long list with some spread will work out for me! Listed in order of overall department rankings, not necessarily in order of preference.

Harvard - Gee, sure is taking them a long time to reject me! :P
Cornell - probably not, but was in group that got email Feb. 8 to be patient rather than among the first rejections
U Michigan - haven't gotten the official rejection yet, but email from contact confirmed I will be rejected and that hep-th offers were significantly reduced in number this year compared to previous
U Maryland - Feb. 14: Rejected.
U Penn - nothing either way as of Tu 2/12
U Wash - no interview requested, not yet rejected as of Tu 2/12
UT Austin - nothing either way as of Tu 2/12
U Minnesota - Jan. 14: ACCEPTED - approximately $26.5K total TA and summer support, told that number may increase slightly. :D
Penn State - nothing either way as of Tu 2/12
UC Davis - nothing either way as of Tu 2/12
Brown University - nothing either way as of Tu 2/12
North Carolina Chapel Hill - nothing either way as of Tu 2/12; applied a couple days past "priority" deadline
U Pittsburgh - nothing either way as of Tu 2/12, except one procedural email requesting more info
U Mass Amherst - Jan. 30: ACCEPTED - financial details to come.
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mp2019
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mp2019 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:35 am

Undergrad Institution: Medium size public college
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math and Engineering
GPA in Major: 3.5/4.0
Overall GPA: 3.45/4.0
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: N/A
Type of Student: Domestic Hispanic Male
GRE Scores: revised
Q: 154 (54%)
V: 150 (47%)
W: 3.5 (41%)

I suck at standardized tests...

Research Experience: Small project as an undergrad (OLEDs)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several scholarships as an undergrad.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Volunteer work, held physics/math TA positions as an undergrad.

Special Bonus Points: 3 year of experience in the field at a well known institution. Have taken several courses in medical physics

Applying to Where:

Ph.D. Positions:

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Medical Physics - (Received rejection email on 1/18)
University of Chicago: Medical Physics - (Received rejection email on 1/18)
Duke University: Medical Physics -
UTHealth MD Anderson GSBS : Medical Physics -

Master's Position:
Duke: Medical Physics -

Duke had an open house/interview weekend (2/1-2/3), but I have not heard anything from them. Does anyone know if they are still reviewing applications?

rob3rt
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Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:16 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby rob3rt » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:47 pm

Undergrad Institution: mid/large state school, mid-low rep in physics
Major(s): Physics and Math
Minor(s): Comp Sci
GPA in Major: ~3.8
Overall GPA: ~3.9
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Probably around top 10%
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 157 (76%)
V: 158 (68%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 750 (59%)



Research Experience: 1.5 years of computational biophysics, 1 summer astro REU (data analysis related), 1 year astro research. No papers.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Only state/school related stuff. Dean's list, school scholarship, small department scholarships, small state research grant

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: none

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 computational astrophysics
ACCEPTED REJECTED WAITLIST
School - UIUC
School - Vanderbilt
School - Georgia tech (Feb 12: WAITLIST <- will probably leave waitlist soon)
School - Notre Dame
School - Iowa (Feb 11: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)
School - Oklahoma
School - Tennessee, Knoxville
School - Alabama

I just wanted to show what a more 'normal' application might look like. The schools I chose were influence heavily by location. From what my professors have told me, the applicants here are incredible on average (seriously the people here rock!) In my opinion, the biggest deciding factor is letters of rec, which I knew that at least one of my letters was fantastic. My advice to everyone who is panically reading these like I did for 3.5 years is to work on getting good solid research with a professor who you can relate to personally as well. Also, don't procrastinate on your statement of purpose and write it on new years eve like I did.
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justthanks
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Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:46 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby justthanks » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:18 pm

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

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)



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?) Honors

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

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Graduated a year earlier

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:

All PhD in Physics and related to astroparticle physics


Personal Note: This forum really helped through my application process, I hope my experience helps others as well. I wish everyone success and to have emails of admittance from their dream schools.
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anupamraj0701
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby anupamraj0701 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:29 am

Undergrad Institution: Reputed Indian Institute
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): NA
GPA : 8.978/10
Length of Degree: B.Sc. Physics ( hons) 3 years + M.Sc.Physics (2 years) [5 Years]
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student:International male

GRE Scores : (only took once)
Q: 156
V: 152
W: 3.0
P: 680


IELTS: 8


Research Experience:
First internship in accelerator Physics ( 1 month )
Master's thesis work in US in Solar cells ( 4 months) with one submitted paper.
Currently interning in Physics Education Research in HBCSE, India. ( Since Jan 21)


Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Academically : Scholarships in school and silver medalist in college.
Extra: Also a few in cultural activities, sports and let roles.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
2 Years of work experience in AIESEC student leadership organization and 5 months of part-time teaching experience during my Master's degree.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I care about what I am going to do and see how it will make this world a better place.

Special Bonus Points: Recommendations are from where I did my research work. Quite passionate about Physics Education Research. Took some relevant courses in Psychology, data analysis and research methodology during undergrad.



Applying to Where: USA (4) and Canada (1)

PhD In Physics Education Research (PER):

Cornell - Physics - PER
UIUC - Physics - PER
Purdue - Physics - PER
University of Colorado Boulder - Physics- PER

Phd in CMP:

[u] University of British Columbia - Physics - CMP

Best thing about my application is that my careee goals aligns very well with my intention to work in PER. I wish I had discovered this field of research before but better late than never.

Lastly, I know my application might look slightly ambitious considering my GRE scores. But I know I have it in me and a speed testing standardized test won't stop the committee from seeing it. My PhD work will define my youth, so better to do it from a place I love or do something else.

matrix4042
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Joined: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:41 am

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby matrix4042 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:39 pm

Undergrad Institution: private university, high rep in quantum optics, mid rep in other subfields of physics/astronomy
Majors: Physics & Astronomy
GPA in Major: 3.98
Overall GPA: 3.95/4.00
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores:
Q: 170 (p:96)
V: 161 (p:88)
W: 4.5 (p:59)

Research Experience:
- 3 years of research in computational cosmology, including algorithm development, simulation, etc.
- 2 years of research in high-energy astroparticle physics
- recent 6 months of research in GW astronomy, including 3 months summer internship at LIGO Caltech as a LIGO SURF Fellow (continuing research after summer).
- 3 years of experience in data science + 1 year of experience in machine learning
- 2 in-preparation publications (one white paper) in GW astronomy with a focus on machine learning
- 1 conference proceeding in high-energy astrophysics
- lead the development of a major cosmology algorithm github repository
- gave presentations at AAS Winter Meeting in Jan 2019 and multiple small, regional conferences

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- School's merit-based scholarship
- Dean's list all eligible semesters
- Departmental award for having the highest numerical grade in all introductory physics course
- LIGO SURF Fellowship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- 3 years of teaching experience from TAing intro level physics/astronomy courses to advanced astronomy courses to tutoring physics
- tour guide at university observatory
- member of SPS professional development committee
- former vice president of astronomy club
- president of a theoretical physics society on campus

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- participate in various hackathons and software development projects

Special Bonus Points
- outstanding letters of rec from 3 research advisors (including one from LIGO SURF)
- one advisor is a superstar post-doc at LIGO + ZTF
- one advisor is a well-known HEP-ex physicist who recently turned to cosmology
- both advisors at university have taught my core courses. Both of which I did really well on and impressed both of them.
- overload every semester since 2nd year: 20-26 credits per sem (university standard is 16 credits)
- took graduate-level data science, theoretical particle physics, and HEP detector courses
- enthusiastic about theoretical physics, though I don’t plan to do any theoretical research - 1 year of independent study in QFT and theoretical gravitation with a faculty member (not a recommender though)
- connection at SLAC ATLAS, LIGO and ZTF

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- I got interviewed by MIT astrophysics while at AAS meeting. I think it helps getting me in.
- I was lucky that I got interviewed by my faculty of interest for both MIT and UW (as far as I know, they do not personalize interview), and had meaningful discussions with both of them about my current research projects (they asked really technical stuffs).
- though taking courses in HEP and doing independent study, I have almost zero research experience in HEP-ex

Applying to Where: (LSST and/or ZTF, computational astrophysics/cosmology = CA)

Caltech - Physics - LIGO, CA
Stanford - Physics - CA, HEP-ex
MIT - Physics - LIGO, HEP-ex (Interviewed by astrophysics division, Accepted)
Harvard - Astro - CA (Rejected)
UChicago - Physics - CA, HEP-ex (Rejected)
UMichigan - Physics - LIGO, HEP-ex
Johns Hopkins - Physics - CA, HEP-ex (Accepted)
UWashington - Astro - CA (Interviewed, Accepted)
Northwestern - Astro - LIGO, CA
Penn State - Astro - LIGO, CA (Accepted)
Carnegie Mellon - Physics - CA (Accepted)
UC Santa Cruz - Astro - CA
UFlorida - Physics - LIGO, HEP-ex (Accepted)

bgrinkem
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby bgrinkem » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:08 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state, good reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.95
Overall GPA: 3.9
Length of Degree: 3 years
Position in Class: near top (I think?)
Type of Student: Domestic White Male


GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 156 (73%)
W: 4.0 (60%)
P: 810 (70%)

Research Experience:
One summer doing condensed matter experiment at NIST
Three years working with my home institution on AMO/CME. Gained a lot of useful experience, but no publications
Took a semester off to do full-time research at a school in France. The research was mostly Atomic physics and Optics.
One summer working at an Ivy league school working on atomic physics with an Nth author publication.
Took a gap year to do full time research on AMO/CME physics at another big state school with a decent reputation in physics
One summer working at the Air Force Research Lab on Machine Learning through Neural Networks
Two summers working as an engineering intern at a networking company

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Some university scholarships, dean's list, dean’s scholarship, graduated Cum Laude, Departmental High Honors

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Started a makerspace for my school's physics department, then helped get it started (ran tutorials on useful experimental procedures)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
I have participated in many hackathons and won a few.

Special Bonus Points:
Managed to fit in a graduate course.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I graduated in three years. I am also taking this semester off, so I only have five semesters of courses on my transcript...

Applying to Where:
All for AMO, but also interested in quantum information

MIT - Physics - AMO ACCEPTED
Harvard - Physics - AMO ACCEPTED 3161/month Fellowship
Caltech - Physics - AMO ACCEPTED 35k Named Fellowship
Princeton - EE - AMO ACCEPTED 34.5k Wu Fellowship + 3k
University of Chicago - Physics - AMO ACCEPTED 34k TA
University of Maryland, College Park - Physics - AMO ACCEPTED JQI Graduate Fellowship
University of Colorado, Boulder - Physics - AMO ACCEPTED 38k RA + 10k Fellowship
University of Wisconsin, Madison - Physics - AMO ACCEPTED 25.3k/10 month + 8k Fellowship

Also, applying for

NSF GRFP -
Hertz - REJECTED
NDSEG -

furball1379
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Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:37 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby furball1379 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:51 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 5
Major(s): Physics & Math with Computer Science
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.9/4.0
Overall GPA: 3.9/4.0
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: Domestic female

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (96%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
V: 167 (97%)
P: 800 (68%) yikes!

Research Experience: 4 years in astro, 1 first-author publication, 1 third-author publication, and 1 first-author in prep. 1/2 year in CME.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Research grant, a couple of talks/awards.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 4 years as a TA in physics, graded for a grad physics class, did a summer at NASA in software engineering.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 4 physics grad classes.

Special Bonus Points: My recommenders are famous/well-known, but I don't think that matters as much as people think.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I've taken a lot of courses in physics, math, and computer science. I did some cool computer simulations for class projects.

Applying to Where: (CM = a mixture of condensed matter theory and experiment) In all my personal statements I stressed an interest in computational work.

Stanford - Applied Physics - CMT - Jan. 25: Accepted for Ph.D. via email + $46k/year fellowship
Harvard - Physics - CME - Jan 16: Interview Feb. 14: Accepted for Ph.D. via email + $31k/year + $18k fellowship
UIUC - Physics - CMT - Jan. 22: Accepted for Ph.D. via email + $25k/year TA + fellowship TBD
Boulder - Physics - CMT - Jan 25: Accepted for Ph.D. via email + $35-38k/year TA + $3k fellowship
Yale - Physics - CM - Feb 13: Accepted for Ph.D. via email + $35/year TA + $1k fellowship
Princeton - Physics - CME - Feb 7: Accepted for Ph.D. via email + RA/TA
University of Chicago - Physics - CMT - Feb 7: Accepted for Ph.D. via email + $34k RA/TA
UT Austin - Physics - CM - Feb 5: Invited to Open House
Berkeley - Physics - CMT - Feb 13: Accepted for Ph.D. via email + $36k RA/TA
Cambridge - MASt in Applied Mathematics - Jan. 25: Accepted to Trinity via email
Honestly, this is insane. I'm so thankful.

egn1996
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:34 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby egn1996 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:05 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small state school in Louisiana, relatively unknown in Physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.4
Overall GPA: 3.1
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Average
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 155 (58%)
V: 155 (69%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 450 (2%)



Research Experience: one full year of computational material science research at my home university, an REU in computational optics and atmospheric physics at a small state school in New York, and an academic year in computational optics at my home institution. Tons of experience with HPC and spent a bit of time with general purpose GPU programming during an REU.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Sigma Pi Sigma Inductee, A mathematics honor scholarship, and a few symposium competition awards.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Very active in SPS, president and treasurer each for a year, spent a year as a TA for an introductory physics lab and spent an extensive amount of time doing outreach both inside and outside of my university.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Extensive programming experience (helpful since almost all programs are computational)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Very positive letters of recommendation and heavy involvement in the physics department of home university

Applying to Where:

University of Ottawa - Physics - Nonlinear Optics (Feb. 13: ACCEPTED for M.S. Unofficially accepted via email from thesis advisor)
University of Toledo - Physics -computational CMP / theory (Feb. 12: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $2k Fellowship + $24k/12 month TA)
Montana State University - Physics - Optics and Photonics (Feb. 5: ACCEPTED for M.S. unofficially accepted via email from professor)
University of Maryland at Baltimore County - Atmospheric Physics - Atmospheric Optics (Feb 4: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email $26k/12 month TA)
State University of New York Albany - Physics - Computational Optics
State University of New York Binghamton - Physics - Computational CMP
State Univeristy of Kansas - Physics - AMO (Feb. 8: WAITLISTED via email)
University of Victoria - Physics - CMP Theory (Jan 29: REJECTED by email from thesis advisor)
McMaster University - Physics - Compuational CMP (Jan 24: REJECTED by email from thesis advisor)

smooveasian
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby smooveasian » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:54 am

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Undergrad Institution: Ivy League
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 4.00/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.98/4.00
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 5 (92%)
P: 790 (66%) (Didn't study, not needed for ECE departments)

Research Experience:
- Two years cosmology research at current school doing instrumentation work, presented a poster at an undergraduate research forum
- One year atomic physics research resulting in an APS march meeting presentation and first author publication to be submitted
- One year condensed matter research on the side, resulting in a publication to be submitted

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list, a merit scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for four semesters, did some science outreach stuff

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Great rec letters all from research advisers

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

Applying to Where:

MIT - EECS - Photonics (Feb. 4: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)
Stanford - EE - Photonics
UC Berkeley - EECS - Photonics (Jan. 31: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)
UCSD - ECE- Electromagnetics (Jan. 31: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)
UCLA - ECE- Electromagnetics
Michigan - ECE- Electromagnetics (Jan. 28: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)
Duke - ECE- Photonics (Feb. 10: Unofficial acceptance via email from POI)
Penn - ESE- Photonics (Feb. 1: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)
UIUC - ECE- Electromagnetics
Ohio State - ECE- Electromagnetics (Jan. 6: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email)

Thoughts:

This forum is almost entirely filled with applicants to Physics PhD programs, so I wanted to remind everyone physics majors can apply to other departments as well :P Looking back, the recommendation letters really are the most important part of the application and are clearly what led to my success. If anyone is curious about applying to Electrical Engineering departments, feel free to hit me up!

sadman
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sadman » Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:28 pm

Undergrad Institution: An Indian engineering institute, shit-tier in physics
Major(s): Electronics (Field of study is Engineering Physics)
Minor(s): Nuclear Engineering (did not mention in the applications, wasn't sure if I'd be getting a minor at that time)
GPA in Major: N/A
Overall GPA: 8.91/10
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: International (Indian) male

GRE Scores :
Q: 169
V: 162
W: 4.0
P: 900


TOEFL: 117 (R: 30, L: 30, S: 28, W: 29)


Research Experience:
  • Summer research internship on nuclear shell model theory/nucleon interactions (my only research experience that is somewhat related to the field I wish to pursue; was more of a training/learning project though)
  • Project on luminescent materials (at home university, started about 1.5 years ago)
  • Project on metamaterials (simulation and computation based work, at home university, started about a year ago) - 2 conference publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing significant - Department rank 2 in a couple of semesters, had received a certificate of appreciation of sorts from the education minister of the country for excellent performance in high school, and some other stuff from earlier times.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I wish ;_;

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Been a regular in the school and university football teams, won a few medals and helped organise tournaments (not sure if this helps, might show I'm a team player eh?)

Special Bonus Points: None whatsoever.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Tried to make up for my lack of physics knowledge (due to applied physics background) by studying on my own (books and publications) and doing a few online courses. Apart from that, nothing positive.

Applying to Where: (For master's unless mentioned, all to physics departments, mentioned research interest in HEP-Th)

Rutgers University(PhD)(Submitted on Dec. 3)
CMU(PhD)(Submitted on Dec. 11)
Rice University(PhD)(Submitted on Dec. 26)
KU Leuven(Submitted on Jan. 1) - Jan. 17: Rejected via email
McMaster University(Submitted on Jan. 26)
University of Victoria(Submitted on Jan. 26)
University of Stuttgart(Submitted on Jan. 28)
Autonomous University of Barcelona(Submitted on Feb. 3)


PS: I have really low hopes on getting into the schools mentioned above, so I will be completing more applications in the future. Also, I thought application submission dates would be a useful piece of information.

sudcosmico
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Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:44 pm

Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sudcosmico » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:46 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 5 Private US - good reputation in physics

Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): none
GPA in Major: 3.41
Overall GPA: 3.57
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Not officially given, Average???
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q:164 (86%)
V:164 (94%)
W:4 (59%)
P:830 (71%)


TOEFL: not required since I did undergrad in the US


Research Experience:
Two summers of HEP experimental neutrino research, from summer after second year to present with the same professor, publication and senior thesis in the works.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Summer research grants from physics department for both summers
Additional summer grant for most recent summer from university

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Not that I can think of

Special Bonus Points: Hispanic/Latino ? from a small Latin American country. (Don't know if that matters as much since I'm international)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Two recommenders that can speak about my research experience (my supervisor and a collaborator who is a professor at another university), additional letter from well-known professor from Cosmology course I got a B+ in (but in which I showed improvement by bringing my grade back up from a C-)

Applying to Where:
Applying to particle physics experiment and astrophysics/cosmology experiment, emphasis on either one depending on school

US (all Ph.D. programs)

Columbia University - Physics - Astrophysics (Feb. 15: ACCEPTED for Ph.D. Accepted via email)
University of California San Diego (UCSD) - Physics - Cosmology Experiment
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) - Physics - Particle Physics/Neutrino
University of Wisconsin Madison - Physics - Astroparticle/Neutrino (Feb. 01: Rejected via website)
Yale University - Physics - Astrophysics/Cosmology (Feb. 13: Rejected via email)


Canada

McGill University - M.Sc. Physics - Cosmology Experiment
University of Toronto - Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. - Astroparticle/Neutrino

Some thoughts:
Glad to give back to this forum after looking at it and stressing for two years :D
I had been feeling terribly pessimistic about my applications for the past month but got surprised this week with my first acceptance, and it is from one of my top choice schools which I genuinely can't believe. My advice is, don't sell yourself short! Recommendation letters and research experience can go a long way! Most of the people who post in this kind of forum are bound to be outstanding individuals so don't let that discourage you. Apply to a reasonable number of schools, covering from your top tier dream school to a reasonably safe choice, try to get your lab advisor's input on what programs to apply to.

Gravitino
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Gravitino » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:26 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top public in US
Major(s): Physics and Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.97
Overall GPA: 3.95
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Near the top
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 168 (94%)
V: 160 (86%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: 950 (90%)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience: I did research since the summer before I came to university. I worked in three groups: soft CM, gravity experimental with LIGO, and theoretical studies of GR. 1 paper in the last project and another being written. The soft CM project also has a paper being written.

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

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Just did research throughout undergrad.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: I took QFT, GR, String, and grad level scientific computing. Having done research with LIGO could help with schools with a large presence of it.

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

Applying to Where: All for relativity and gravitation.

Caltech - Physics - GR-QC (Feb. 1: ACCEPTED)
MIT - Physics - GR-QC (Feb. 12: ACCEPTED)
Princeton - Department - GR-QC (Feb. 12: Rejected via email)
Chicago - Department - GR-QC (Feb. 7: Rejected via email)
Johns Hopkins - Physics - GR-QC (Feb. 1: ACCEPTED)
Cornell - Physics - GR-QC (Feb. 15: ACCEPTED)
UCSB - Physics - GR-QC
Harvard - Physics - GR-QC
Berkeley - Physics - GR-QC (Feb. 15: Rejected via email)
Montana State - Physics - GR-QC (Feb. 15: ACCEPTED)
UT Austin - Physics - GR-QC
Pennsylvania - Physics - GR-QC

______________________________________________
Fellowships:
NSF GRFP -
Hertz - (Rejected via email) (I suppose my research was a little too theoretical...)




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