Medium sized state school, but little known for physics or math. Major(s):
physics and mathMinor(s):
political scienceGPA in Major:
3.9 in physics, ~3.6 or 3.7 in mathOverall GPA:
3.80 Length of Degree:
5 years Position in Class:
1st, 2nd or 3rd in class Type of Student:
domestic femaleGRE Scores: Q:
530 Research Experience:
Lots of experience starting as a sophomore. Did some internships that were quite good, and spent last year and half working on general relativity/mathematical physics project.
Numerous presentations including national conferences, Posters on Capitol Hill, APS meetings, student conferences. Will be taking current research to gravity meeting and SPS zone meeting in the spring to give a talk.Awards/Honors/Recognitions: New exciting award! I'm the College of Science Undergrad. Researcher of the Year for 2008!!!
Rhodes Scholar Finalist
Goldwater Honorable Mention
APS award for best presentation at meeting
Undergraduate Research Fellowship from my university
Some smaller scholarships and 4 year academic scholarship from my institution as well. Hopefully will get NSF fellowship!?Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Was secretary of SPS chapter for a year, member of Sigma Pi Sigma, member of reputable undergrad. research team that launches stuff into space via NASA (really well-known in some circles), designed & led experiment for NASA's Vomit Comet program, graded ODEs and introductory modern physics for 2 semesters. Am now teaching an introductory physics lab.Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Two graduate math classes (multilinear algebra and differential geometry) and graduate physics class ... there's lots else, but none going in the applications (not physics related)Special Bonus Points:
No connections, no famous people. But I'm a female, maybe that will help? And my letters will be quite good, because all my recommenders know me very well and are based on good research.
If only I could explain that despite my PGRE and QGRE, I actually spend my free time reading Misner, Thorne and Wheeler's "Gravitation", manipulating solutions to the Einstein equations, and computing Killing vector fields and isometry groups. I can't remember polygons, but I can do tensors!!
WTF??Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Applying to Where:UC SB
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