Honors/Awards on Grad School Apps

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cylon_destroyer
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Honors/Awards on Grad School Apps

Postby cylon_destroyer » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:38 pm

Hey guys,
Random question... but all graduate school applications have sections for 'honors/awards' or something of that sort. Is it really that common for people to be able to fill this section out? I've pretty much left it blank on every app so far.

TakeruK
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Re: Honors/Awards on Grad School Apps

Postby TakeruK » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:30 pm

I think it would be a nice boost to your application if you had awards that were competitive or significant in some way. Depending on your undergrad, there may or may not be lots of smaller awards you might be awarded but I don't think it would really matter if you had an award like "top student in Introductory E&M" for example, but I would probably put it on anyways! Basically, I would say that you should not stress out or feel bad that you don't have much to say here! Applications are judged as a whole.

bfollinprm
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Re: Honors/Awards on Grad School Apps

Postby bfollinprm » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:38 am

I think most people just have generic GPA based awards in this section, but some will have more weighty awards. Definitely don't stress since the presence of these things won't generally make much of a difference, but if there's something relatively dumb you got (SPS honor society member, Dean's list for a semester, etc) I'd add it to keep it from being blank.

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Re: Honors/Awards on Grad School Apps

Postby photomagnetic » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:02 pm

how about getting a fellowship from a national science organization?
that *** is good right?

TakeruK
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Re: Honors/Awards on Grad School Apps

Postby TakeruK » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:25 pm

Definitely national level awards are good. I think it's straightforward that the larger the scope of the award, the better it is. I think a good dividing line is whether or not you have to compete with people outside of your own school (e.g. a provincial or state wide fellowship) or if you are competing within your school but you are the top student, e.g. "top BS graduate at University X". I think awards like this are "worth" the most and that most applicants won't have something like it, so that would be a definite advantage.

In general, I would say if you are not sure about adding an award, just add it if your list is empty--the worst that could happen is that they ignore it. But don't go crazy and have a dozen meaningless awards--if you have a lot then I'd list the top 4-6 awards unless they are all very prestigious!

photomagnetic
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Re: Honors/Awards on Grad School Apps

Postby photomagnetic » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:46 pm

cheers Takeruk.
I was awarded with 2 fellowships.
one for my MSc thesis from my uni. I am the top guy in my class. In fact I am the only guy who has a 4.00 gpa since 2005.
the other fellowship is from a research, national science org.

I guess that would be enough for an acceptance. I freakishly hope!

TakeruK
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Re: Honors/Awards on Grad School Apps

Postby TakeruK » Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:12 pm

Congrats! Those things are good to include and it will probably help :)

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Re: Honors/Awards on Grad School Apps

Postby photomagnetic » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:45 pm

=) it's really nice to hear that kind of comments.
in these days i bet lots of people are in chaos as well.
i am having nightmares time to time =)




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