2012 Acceptances

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2012 Acceptances

Postby wiak2 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:28 pm

Should start coming in soon now that some deadlines are passed. Post results in here!

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Re: 2012 Acceptances and Rejections

Postby Spriteling » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:12 pm

I am so nervous about all of this. I'd rather it just be over at this point.


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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby yg9 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:17 pm

Not technically an acceptance, but I've been invited for interviews at UChicago (biophysics) and Harvard (systems biology).

Btw, has anyone interviewed at Harvard systems biology (or biophysics) before ?

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby tpatt » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:17 am

All, go to the post "==> Sticky: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results" in the second section of the "Prospective Physics Grads" forum. A comprehensive, detailed list of applications and results has already been started.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby grae313 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:39 pm

The reason we like to have a second thread for acceptances is so that people can be notified (via the unread posts icon in this thread) when new acceptances come in. Otherwise you'd have to continually scan the entire profiles thread and have everyone's status memorized in order to tell when new acceptances have come in.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby InquilineKea » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:40 pm

Just invited for on-campus interview+open house at Yale (Geology & Geophysics)
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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby wiak2 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:40 pm

InquilineKea wrote:Just invited for on-campus interview at Yale (Geology & Geophysics)



Congrats!! Can't wait til more decisions start rolling in, the anticipation is driving me nuts! :shock:


And to all the lurkers out there, please sign up and post your profile on the sticky thread here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4274

It's an incredibly useful resource!! (And Don't worry if your profile is lackluster in comparison to some of the 990s posted. The average profiles probably tend to be much more needed since that's where most of us are!)

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby kangaroo » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:34 am

Please, Yale geology does not even have interviews.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby bfollinprm » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:36 am

No need to flame, people.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby TakeruK » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:12 pm

InquilineKea wrote:Just invited for on-campus interview+open house at Yale (Geology & Geophysics)


Congrats!! Just wondering -- did they say anything about admitting anyone? I didn't apply to Yale, but I'm just curious whether an invite to visit can happen without an acceptance offer.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby midwestphysics » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:34 pm

TakeruK wrote:
InquilineKea wrote:Just invited for on-campus interview+open house at Yale (Geology & Geophysics)


Congrats!! Just wondering -- did they say anything about admitting anyone? I didn't apply to Yale, but I'm just curious whether an invite to visit can happen without an acceptance offer.


Yes, some schools do invite people to visit before acceptances/rejections are sent out. It is a good sign though.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby InquilineKea » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:07 pm

TakeruK wrote:
InquilineKea wrote:Just invited for on-campus interview+open house at Yale (Geology & Geophysics)


Congrats!! Just wondering -- did they say anything about admitting anyone? I didn't apply to Yale, but I'm just curious whether an invite to visit can happen without an acceptance offer.


Ah thanks. :)

No - they didn't say anything about that. But it is generally a good sign (they definitely accept over 50% of those who visit).

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby kangaroo » Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:56 pm

Good luck with flipping the coin.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby rb87 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:58 pm

Accepted to Wisconsin-Madison Physics PhD Program.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby aravi » Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:30 pm

Congrats rb87! Jan 17 is so early. I'm kind of jealous.
I'm applying to all for AMO experiment as well.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby totyj5 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:09 pm

congratz rb87!!!
I'm also applying to AMO experiment. 6 of my schools are the same as yours, although madison is not one of them :)

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby Avocado_number » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:04 pm

Unofficially accepted to University of Chicago, an email from the admission chair yesterday :)

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby bfollinprm » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:45 pm

Just a reminder to everyone posting--it's good form to see you post your profiles in the "2012 Application Profiles and Admission Results" sticky if you haven't done so already. Feel free to leave blank any info you don't feel comfortable showing, but the more you share, the better the resource is for everyone.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby kangaroo » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:30 pm

Hmmm, Berkeley asked me for my official transcript. Does that mean something?

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby ol » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:09 pm

kangaroo wrote:Hmmm, Berkeley asked me for my official transcript. Does that mean something?
Last year, they asked certain people for official transcripts and told them in the email that they were planning on admitting them. It doesn't sound like they told you in the email they are planning on admitting you, but if it's like last year, you have been unofficially admitted.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby kangaroo » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:28 am

^^

Really??? Here's hoping *cross fingers*

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby alphanumeric » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:49 pm

Accepted 1/18 to UCI as a Chancellor's Fellow- ~22k RA/TA + 10k stipend = ~$32k funding for first 2 years.

Very happy to be able to let out a sigh of relief, but I'm not uncrossing my fingers just yet. :D

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby TakeruK » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:34 pm

Got email from Caltech Geological & Planetary Sciences today (Jan 20). Accepted with a $29k fellowship for first year (no promises on future years, it seems though). They also tried to call. Will have a phone conversation next week to get all the details, and open house is Mar 1-2 this year.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby King Vitamin » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:06 pm

I talked with a professor on the admissions committee for Santa Barbara on skype earlier today - he told me that although the official decisions won't be made until February, that I'm among their top applicants and my acceptance is essentially decided! I'll wait to update my profile until I get the official letter/financial info.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby transparent_silvery » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:46 am

I just got an email notifying unofficial admission offer from the Ohio State U Astro! =D

Btw, I'm an international applicant, of overrepresented minority. This should be an encouragement to you guys!

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby wavygravy » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:09 pm

I got an email from UC Irvine asking for Official Transcripts, and saying that they were ready to make an admissions decision this week. Does anyone know if this is a good sign? Or do they just need the transcripts to process my application?

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby midwestphysics » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:13 pm

wavygravy wrote:I got an email from UC Irvine asking for Official Transcripts, and saying that they were ready to make an admissions decision this week. Does anyone know if this is a good sign? Or do they just need the transcripts to process my application?


If they don't have a copy, official or unofficial, it doesn't mean anything expect that they want you to complete your app. If they already have unofficial copies and say that those are acceptable for the initial evaluation, then it's usually a good sign.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby wavygravy » Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:05 pm

midwestphysics wrote:
wavygravy wrote:I got an email from UC Irvine asking for Official Transcripts, and saying that they were ready to make an admissions decision this week. Does anyone know if this is a good sign? Or do they just need the transcripts to process my application?


If they don't have a copy, official or unofficial, it doesn't mean anything expect that they want you to complete your app. If they already have unofficial copies and say that those are acceptable for the initial evaluation, then it's usually a good sign.



They already have unofficial, I really hope I get in, it looks like a great program for me. Thank you very much for the input :)

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby kangaroo » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:48 pm

Got an official offer from UCSB

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby sarthorks » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:19 pm

kangaroo wrote:Got an official offer from UCSB


When and how did they contact you? And what program?

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby kangaroo » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:24 pm

sarthorks wrote:
kangaroo wrote:Got an official offer from UCSB


When and how did they contact you? And what program?


Email to check decision status on website yesterday, physics.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby ol » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:33 pm

kangaroo wrote:Got an official offer from UCSB
This would be a good time to post your profile. And congratulations to everyone so far.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby Spriteling » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:24 pm

I got a fully funded studentship offer from the University of Bristol for research into quantum chaos today. :)

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby King Vitamin » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:17 pm

Received an official admissions offer from University of Washington today via email! They say they'll be sending "personalized letters" via email and postal mail soon (so no financial information yet).

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby asdfuogh » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:02 pm

Just wondering, do colleges look at your list of applied colleges, decide whether or not you are using them for a back up, then disqualify you based on whether or not you will get into the other places?

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby midwestphysics » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:19 pm

asdfuogh wrote:Just wondering, do colleges look at your list of applied colleges, decide whether or not you are using them for a back up, then disqualify you based on whether or not you will get into the other places?


No, it's generally just used for statistics. So they can say that their applicants and accepted graduate students come from and apply to places like such and such.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby InquilineKea » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:12 pm

midwestphysics wrote:
asdfuogh wrote:Just wondering, do colleges look at your list of applied colleges, decide whether or not you are using them for a back up, then disqualify you based on whether or not you will get into the other places?


No, it's generally just used for statistics. So they can say that their applicants and accepted graduate students come from and apply to places like such and such.


I'd also imagine that there is a small chance that it could result in better offers if they really want you.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby TakeruK » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:29 pm

After I accepted and rejected offers during my MSc application cycle, each school asked us to fill out a survey for statistical purposes. It was optional but we could explain why we chose to apply, why we chose to accept/reject their school, why we ended up going to where we were going, did we think the funding offered was good enough etc. I think it's better to ask these questions for statistical purposes AFTER the decision, so that we aren't pressured to participate and so that we aren't left wondering whether or not they will really not consider the answers in our applications as promised!

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby Hellas » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:52 pm

wavygravy wrote:I got an email from UC Irvine asking for Official Transcripts, and saying that they were ready to make an admissions decision this week. Does anyone know if this is a good sign? Or do they just need the transcripts to process my application?



I just got an email today from UCI as well, but it was in regards to sending them my official transcripts from the college I took one summer school course at. they have my official transcripts from my undergrad institution but not this one. hoping this doesnt delay too much/hurt the review of my application.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby ale87 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:25 pm

Accepted to U Chicago astronomy with McCormick fellowship. :shock:

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby InquilineKea » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:20 pm

ale87 wrote:Accepted to U Chicago astronomy with McCormick fellowship. :shock:


Ironic. :) I just got accepted to the UChicago Geophysical Sciences department with the McCormick fellowship too.

==

Also, rejected by Caltech but it doesn't matter anymore.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby kangaroo » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:39 pm

InquilineKea wrote:
ale87 wrote:Accepted to U Chicago astronomy with McCormick fellowship. :shock:


Ironic. :) I just got accepted to the UChicago Geophysical Sciences department with the McCormick fellowship too.

==

Also, rejected by Caltech but it doesn't matter anymore.


You mean coincidental. Irony has a totally different meaning...

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby brogert » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:31 pm

Accepted by Wisconsin Physics on 1/17.
Accepted by Columbia Applied Physics today (1/25).
So far so good!!

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby transparent_silvery » Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:09 am

shortlisted by yale astro.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby nabla » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:49 am

Accepted to Columbia-Applied Physics on 1/25

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby hardenbr00k » Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:58 pm

Maybe its just the anxiety talking :shock: , but do the physics results seem to come out later than most? Watching the gradcafe lists is aggravating. Note, I'm not including: geophysics, astrophysics, physical chemistry, nor biophysics. I spoke to a professor at Caltech and they haven't even begun looking at applications.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby InquilineKea » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:06 pm

hardenbr00k wrote:Maybe its just the anxiety talking :shock: , but do the physics results seem to come out later than most? Watching the gradcafe lists is aggravating. Note, I'm not including: geophysics, astrophysics, physical chemistry, nor biophysics. I spoke to a professor at Caltech and they haven't even begun looking at applications.


You seem familiar. Do we happen to know each other?

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby hardenbr00k » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:18 pm

InquilineKea wrote:
hardenbr00k wrote:Maybe its just the anxiety talking :shock: , but do the physics results seem to come out later than most? Watching the gradcafe lists is aggravating. Note, I'm not including: geophysics, astrophysics, physical chemistry, nor biophysics. I spoke to a professor at Caltech and they haven't even begun looking at applications.


You seem familiar. Do we happen to know each other?


We'll I guess that depends on who you are.

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Re: 2012 Acceptances

Postby InquilineKea » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:24 pm

hardenbr00k wrote:
InquilineKea wrote:
hardenbr00k wrote:Maybe its just the anxiety talking :shock: , but do the physics results seem to come out later than most? Watching the gradcafe lists is aggravating. Note, I'm not including: geophysics, astrophysics, physical chemistry, nor biophysics. I spoke to a professor at Caltech and they haven't even begun looking at applications.


You seem familiar. Do we happen to know each other?


We'll I guess that depends on who you are.


You're from Florida, right? And we both dated the same girl, right?




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