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good application?

Postby rjharris » Wed May 10, 2006 7:03 pm

Hello all,

I've been a bit nervous about getting into grad school for a time, just because a couple of my friends who i think had similar qualifications as I got rejected by almost everywhere. I might just be being stupid, but i'm really nervous.

My profile's as follows:

MIT physics/math bs. candidate: overall gpa 4.8/5.0, physics i think is 4.7-4.8
american student (not international)
physics gre score 990, no subject test yet
moderate research experience (about 1.5 years total) in x-ray binary star system modelling and analysis of x-ray timing data.

also, do the specific courses count? i've had 2 em courses, 3 qm, 2 statmech, 1 adv. classical mechanics class, 2 lab courses, and some elective astrophysics courses. all undergrad so far, but i plan to take grad courses my sr. year, next year.

thanks to any who volunteer opinions.


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Postby tleilax » Wed May 10, 2006 8:19 pm

"physics gre score 990, no subject test yet "

The above line I don't understand, but you are about twice as qualified as I was. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Postby rjharris » Wed May 10, 2006 8:31 pm

sorry, i messed up. i meant no general subject test taken yet. thanks.

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Postby bluefire » Thu May 11, 2006 12:38 am

You have nothing to worry to about. Your numbers are excellent. You should check out Harvard or Caltech. I think you are definately competitive.

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Postby Relativist » Thu May 11, 2006 3:59 am

So when are you taking the General? Also, you might want to apply to some fellowships. You doing REU over ths summer?

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Postby rjharris » Thu May 11, 2006 4:27 pm

i plan on taking the general the next time asap though i dont know really when that is, i need to look it up.

i'm not doing an reu, i'm staying on campus and doing the same stuff i've been doing (binary population synthesis/ binary evolution and timing analysis)

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