2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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csi2019
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2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby csi2019 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:07 pm

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)

rjones21
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby rjones21 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:05 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 20 Liberal Arts College
Major(s): Math and Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: Math (3.89) Physics (4.00)
Overall GPA: 3.90
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Top 5% for overall GPA
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores :
Q:
V:
W:
P: 830 (72%) Will Retake


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


Research Experience: 1 year math research, 2 REUs. Advisers all said they would write strong recommendations for me. Working on senior thesis and have done research during the academic year for most of college.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some departmental awards in math and physics

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA and tutoring for 3 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Even though I went to a liberal arts college I have 2 semesters quantum, 2 semesters EM, stat mech, 2 semesters mechanics, and tons of electives (mathematical physics, cosmology, gr, differential geometry, ...)

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

Applying to Where: All for Computational Cosmology/High Energy Experimental

Michigan
Minnesota
UChicago
Boston College
UPenn
Ohio State
Indiana
Stony Brook
Syracuse
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geekusprimus
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby geekusprimus » Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:18 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large private university, top 75, physics reputation meh
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math, Computer Science
GPA in Major: 3.98/4.0
Overall GPA: 3.96/4.0
Length of Degree: 4.5 years
Position in Class: Probably near top
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (Soon to come)
Q:
V:
W:
P: 870 (79%)



Research Experience: Roughly two years of research in computational relativistic astrophysics, probably a paper for submission before graduation. One full summer working at a national lab doing computational cosmology, probably returning next summer, too. A few presentations at regional APS conferences and division conferences.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Full academic scholarship, presentation award at regional conference, anticipated graduation from honors program, made the dean's list most semesters.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Two years as a TA, two years as a research assistant

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Erm... I taught myself GR? No? I play the trumpet? Yeah, nothing here that would interest a graduate committee.

Special Bonus Points: Completed a year of graduate coursework in numerical methods, currently taking graduate-level mathematical physics classes. Possible paper is with a big name in the supernova community.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Extra semester was because of odd timing for entering school. Used extra time to finish a second minor, honors program, and take graduate coursework.

Applying to Where (for now):

Likely Reach:
Cornell - Physics, Ph.D. - Numerical relativity
Penn State - Physics, Ph.D. - Numerical relativity

Likely Match:
CU Boulder - Physics, Ph.D. - AMO theory
University of Rochester - Physics, Ph.D. - AMO theory

Safety:
Brigham Young University - Physics, M.S. - Numerical relativity

(Schools and scores to be updated as semester progresses)
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ES
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ES » Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:18 pm

Undergrad Institution: international program at Nagoya University (one of the top 5 or so in Japan with a very high reputation in physics)
Major(s): physics
Overall GPA: 3.44, lots of B's in labs and social science courses. I have A's in most of my physics courses tho(aside from the labs).
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: we are 5 in class. I think I'm 3rd so, average position?
Type of Student: International male
GRE Scores :
Q:
V:
W:
P: I'm taking it in Oct. I expect something above 900.

IELTS: will take it later. I got 8 in IELTS four years ago tho

Research Experience:
Unfortunately, we don't have opportunities to do research before 4th year. I tried to do stuff tho.
1. I joined the particle physics theory group last semester. I will do my graduation thesis there. The topic is yet undecided but hopefully it would be something about 2 dimensional CFT which is a topic I'm currently reading about.
2. I had a weekly seminar with my math prof(also my recommender) during my second year where we tried to understand a seminal paper on mathematical diffraction and measure theory.
3. Sometimes I read research papers and write reports about them for fun.(does this count as research experience?)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
I am supported by two merit-based scholarships. one from my university and the other from a foundation in my country.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
I was ranked 7th and 3rd in the 1st and 2nd Egyptian physics olympiad and represented the country in the international physics olympiad in 2016. this was in high school tho.

Special Bonus Points:
my thesis advisor is a known prof in HEP phenomenology and I expect a strong recommendation from him. My other two recommenders really like me so I'm expecting strong letters from them as well.
One of my recommenders teaches unofficial courses outside of uni courses. I took his courses on functional analysis, probability, group theory and representations, differential geometry.
I'm taking qft seminars in my research group since the second semester of my 3rd year.

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

Applying to Where: all for high energy theory
Stony Brook University
Michigan University Ann Arbor
Cornell University
University of Tokyo
Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy
Nagoya University
Perimeter Institute
University of South California
McGill University
University of British Columbia
University of Kentucky
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GradschoolHopeful
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby GradschoolHopeful » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:10 pm

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Undergrad Institution: Large State School, good reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics, Astrophysics
GPA in Major: 4.00
Overall GPA: 4.00
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 170 (94%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
P: 770 (62%) Will retake



Research Experience: 1 REU in space plasmas. Almost 1 year at my home institute in nuclear physics instrumentation. All of my research experience was writing software for data analysis. 6 conference presentations with my name on them and a second author paper in progress which should be submitted before application deadlines.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list all semester and standard academic scholarship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nothing other than research

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Grad class on numerical analysis. I have a ton of coursework in upper division math and physics

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: My advisor has connections at MIT.

Applying to Where: Most in Nuclear or Particle Experiment, I'll only mention those that are in other areas.

MIT - Physics
Princeton - Physics - Gravitation-Th
Harvard - Physics
Stanford - Physics
Columbia - Physics
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - Physics
Michigan State - Physics
ASU - Physics
University of Arizona - Physics - Nuclear and Particle-Th
Washington - Physics
University of Texas: Austin - Physics

Boulder - Astrophysics - Instrumentation

RolandoR
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby RolandoR » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:21 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 10 Latinoamerica School
Major(s): Physics
Overall GPA: 3.8/4
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: International

GRE Scores :
Q:
V:
W:
P: 970 (93%) Sept 2019


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


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

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

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

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

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

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

Applying to Where:

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