Hi, so this being my first post I guess I should introduce myself, I'm Dave and I'm about to go into my third, and final, year of the Bsc physics course at Bristol university in England. My main interest is in the non theoretical materials science field.
I'm hoping to do some postgraduate study in America. But I'm very nervous about the whole application process as I have a history of not doing as well as I should do in exams.
I'm primarily worried about the GREs and my average from this year which, using my Uni's conversion scale is a 3.0. I plan to do much better next year by working myself as hard as I can. My application will probably be in the Fall of this year, for the Fall of 2009.
I will be applying to grad schools in California, hopefully the more prestigious ones, mostly ones near LA I think, and I was wondering what sort of GPA's and GRE's are usual to get into Physics Phd or Msc programs in that area?
I do luckily have a few redeeming qualities, these being that I have unpaid work experience with both an engineering firm and with an MRI scanner. Both of those have glowing reports, but were a number of years ago (3 or 4 I think). Furthermore I am currently working as an intern for Shell in Holland.
I also think I should be able to acquire some excellent letters of recommendation. But I'm worried this won't be enough.
So, what do you guys think?