importance of publications?

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importance of publications?

Postby rjharris » Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:03 pm

Hi everyone. Out of curiosity, how important are publications for getting into grad school? Specific to my case, I have one ATel (astronomer's telegram) put out in June, which is really more like an abstract than anything else. I also have a paper to be published hopefully late this month of in jan (later than the app deadlines though) and a thesis, again next semester. I'm curious if on the apps i can say "Paper to be submitted for publication" where they want papers written, etc. anyone know if i can put stuff that will be published? or should i just send it in with supplementary materials some schools accept after the deadline? thanks!

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Postby Bufalay » Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:28 pm

In my statement of purpose I mentioned the research that I had done and then cited a paper that we were preparing to submit. I just wrote this citation as a footnote and added (In preparation) or something like that.

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Postby tnoviell » Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:00 pm

Publications are pretty important as not many applicants have them. I would definitely indicate any sort of publishment.

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Postby pascal » Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:34 pm

Does one have any chance of getting into a top ten program without any publications? I have two summer research experiences and good test scores/grades/recommendations, but I am doubtful it is enough to get me into the likes of Stanford/Harvard/MIT.

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