I am trying to decide which schools to apply to for admission into the Fall 2017 class, but I can't decide what my cutoffs should be for safety, maybe, or reach schools. Please help me figure this out! I'm wondering if I should complete a master's program to increase my GPA before applying to a good PhD school or not as well.
Undergrad Institution: small state school unknown in physics
GPA in Major: 3.1
Overall GPA: 2.7
Length of Degree: 4, but completed major and minor in 3 years
Position in Class: upper average
Type of Student: Domestic white female
GRE Scores : (revised
W: (find out in 9 days)
P: (not taken yet)
3 years research experience in nuclear and particle physics and an international internship with collaborators in Italy. One of the particle detectors I helped build and test is currently in use right now at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and will be for at least a few years.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
TA for one semester and 2 years private tutoring
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Self-taught Python and R Programming Language, have experience with SQL, Groovy, Java, ROOT, Matlab, Mathematica, Maple, Octave, LaTeX and more from research and courses
Special Bonus Points:
Father went to undergrad at UCSD, aunt completed a Master's at UCB
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Currently in the application process for a Junior Data Scientist job that would require me to get a security clearance, not that it really matters. ^.^
Took a year off to decidewhat I wanted to pursue and to gain a little experience if I figured out what I want pursue fast enough. It's now becoming 2 years.
I am most definitely going to retake the general GRE. Anything below 90-something percentile I find unacceptable in myself.
feel like I should elaborate on my GPA. I started off my college career following in my dad's and sister's footsteps with Chemistry and while I liked it okay enough, I wasn't passionate about it. I took my first physics course in my sophomore year and fell in love, so I switched my major after my first physics course and started working in a research group later that week. My GPA has increased ever since.