2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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metapuff
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2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby metapuff » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:15 am

This is the most useful resource PhysicsGRE has to offer. If you have used this information in the past or are currently using it to help decide upon schools, I highly suggest you help out and post your own profile once you have applied to schools. Future members of this forum will find it very useful! Don't be shy!

Copy and paste the template below in your reply to keep the formatting.

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[b]Undergrad Institution[/b]: (School or type of school, such as big state, lib arts, ivy, technical, foreign (what country?)... Overall Reputation in Physics?)
[b]Major(s)[/b]:
[b]Minor(s)[/b]:
[b]GPA in Major[/b]:
[b]Overall GPA[/b]:
[b]Length of Degree[/b]: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?)
[b]Position in Class[/b]: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?)
[b]Type of Student[/b]: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?)

[b]GRE Scores [/b]: (revised or old version?)
[b]Q[/b]:
[b]V[/b]:
[b]W[/b]:
[b]P[/b]:


[b]TOEFL Total[/b]: (if applicable, otherwise delete this)

[b]Research Experience[/b]: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)

[b]Awards/Honors/Recognitions[/b]: (Within your school or outside?)

[b]Pertinent Activities or Jobs[/b]: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)

[b]Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help[/b]:

[b]Special Bonus Points[/b]: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)

[b]Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter[/b]:

[b]Applying to Where[/b]:

[u]School[/u] - Department - Research Interest
[u]School[/u] - Department - Research Interest
[u]School[/u] - Department - Research Interest
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cleverphysicsname
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby cleverphysicsname » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:04 am

Undergrad Institution: Average size state school, known for engineering
Major(s): Physics / Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.5
Overall GPA: 3.4
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: >50%
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores
Q: 162 (82%)
V: 155 (68%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 700 (51%)


Research Experience: Three years on the same particle experiment. Work led to several presentations for the group. My name is on two published papers which both have 50+ authors.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I got a physics scholarship, and am planning on graduating with departmental honors.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nationally certified physics tutor for 2 semesters.

Special Bonus Points: Got a good grade in a grad level physics class. I’m also a first generation college student. Probably neither of those matter and I didn't mention them anywhere. I do have an upward trend in GPA: 3.8 over the last 3 semesters.

Applying to: Withdrawn Rejected Waitlisted Accepted

Texas A&M - HEPex: 2/1
Oregon State – HEPex
New Mexico State – HEPex: email 2/21
Colorado State – HEPex: email 1/31
New Mexico – HEPex: email 1/30
Utah – Cosmic Ray Experiment
Arizona – HEPex
Arizona State – Instrumentation
Colorado Boulder – HEPex

Good luck everyone!
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queenbee
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby queenbee » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:46 am

I decided to fill this out in an effort to cope with my freaking out about this whole process.

My background: I graduated in 2009 and have been in the workforce in mostly non-technical positions for the past 7.5 years. I am so bored and unchallenged, and I really miss physics. I am still not 100% sure that getting my PhD is the right path (omg the lost earnings), but I am seriously enough interested that I want to start going through the process. I've been studying for the PGRE for about 2 months now, and that's obviously been very stressful since I am basically re-teaching myself all my undergrad work.

Undergrad Institution: Undergrad-only institution, no real physics rep that I am aware of (~4000 students total, ~30 in Physics each year) ((hm, I was on my alma mater's physics dept website the other day and saw they are claiming a #8 ranking for physics from someone))
Major(s): Astrophysics
Minor(s): Spanish Language Studies
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.92
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: white domestic female

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (97%) (2016)
V: 170 (99%) (2016)
W: 4.0 (59%) (2016)
P: 820 (74%) (2016)

Research Experience: Basically none. I did one semester of a research elective and had my name on an extremely minor paper (not even sure it counts as a paper).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Phi Kappa Phi

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: President of the Astronomy Club for 2 years, had one astronomy tutee, and did do some technical training and work in a semi-related field after graduating (nuclear engineering and operations)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Sadly, no

Special Bonus Points: Not sure that being a woman should be considered bonus points, but I am one. Also a former Navy officer, but not sure if that would matter.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I'm old (29)!

Applying to Where:

My main interest is in planetary astronomy (exoplanets) but I'm not 100% set on that. This list is a bit in flux--I know I'm shooting high and trying to figure out where I have a real chance.

Caltech - Geological and Planetary Sciences | Submitted 22 Nov - Rejected 14 Feb
MIT - Physics | Submitted 25 Nov - Skype Interview 6 Jan - Accepted 9 Feb - ~$3k/month stipend for first year (afterwards RA/TA)
UC Berkeley - Astrophysics | Submitted 30 Nov - Phone Interview 13 Jan - Rejected 9 Feb
University of Chicago - Astronomy and Astrophysics | Submitted 2 Dec - Accepted 26 Jan - $32,300 stipend + $8,000 scholarship
University of Washington - Astronomy | Submitted 30 Nov
University of Hawai'i - Manoa - Astronomy | Submitted 23 Nov- Accepted 17 Feb - ~$31,500 stipend for first year
University of Texas - Austin - Astronomy | Submitted 7 Dec
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milkywayguy
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby milkywayguy » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:21 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school in California, known for Engineering, Astronomy program has been very successful over the last 5 years!
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 4.00
Overall GPA: 4.00
Length of Degree: 4 yrs
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores : (revised )
Q: 161 (79%)
V: 159 (82%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
P: 970 (93%)


Research Experience: Been working as a collaborator for the Milky Way Project https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/povich/milky-way-project, a citizen science initiative for the past year. I resurrected this international collaboration with my mentor's help and we are re-launched it last September. I developed a data reduction pipeline to aggregate all the clicks made by the volunteers in order to produce a catalog of interesting astrophysical phenomena. My mentor mentioned that this process was done by a University of Oxford post-doc prior to him leaving for a data science job at Google. We couldn't run his code effectively so I developed my own pipeline to handle this task. A first author publication is being prepared and I am expecting a couple of Nth author papers to come out of this in the next couple of years.
I've also concurrently conducted Physics Education Research (PER) with a different mentor. My project was on understanding how lower-division students enrolled in calculus-based physics courses tackled continuous charge distributions. Another first author paper, based on this research, is being prepared for publication.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: AAS FAMOUS grant, Departmental Scholarship, President's list, Dean's list, etc..

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked as a Learning Assistant for 2 quarters (lower div physics). Currently employed as a Student assistant at the College of Science advising center and as a student ambassador for the university. I will also be working as a grader during my senior year for lower-div/upper-div physics courses.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Worked on two research projects concurrently! I also helped revive the Milky Way Project :)

Special Bonus Points: The Astronomy professors in my department have good connections with many universities (Harvard, Caltech, University of Wisconsin, Penn State, etc)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: N/A

Applying to Where:

Harvard - Astronomy
Caltech- Astronomy
Penn State- Astronomy(Accepted 1/24, Funding:27k)
University of Arizona- Astronomy (Accepted 1/18, Funding: 30k +2.5k 'settling in' grant)
University of Washington- Astronomy
Ohio State University- Astronomy(Accepted 1/20)
John Hopkins- Astronomy
Yale- Astronomy
University of California - Berkeley- Astronomy
University of Texas - Austin- Astronomy
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abck_maths
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby abck_maths » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:43 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign University.
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Statistics, Math
GPA in Major: 3.5 (expected)
Overall GPA:3.7 (expected)
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top 1%
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 170 (97th percentile)
V: 155 (68th percentile)
W: 3.5 (42nd percentile)
P: October 29


TOEFL Total: November

Research Experience:
- Senior Project report on Quantum/ Computational Physics ( 6 months). Professor is pushing for publication. Let's see what happens.
- Three months basic research, survey experience (not related to Physics). Wrote a report.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing significant.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math tutor for school kids.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:
- Okay recommendations.
- Computer Skills: LaTEx, Mathematica, Python, GIS

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- I write science articles for some science blogs.

Applying to Where:

UMass, Lowell - Physics
Boston College - Physics

sabreitweiser
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sabreitweiser » Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:20 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 10 Private
Major(s): Math, Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:
Overall GPA: 3.29
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Middle
Type of Student: Domestic white male

Masters Institution: Top 30 Private
Major(s): Physics
Overall GPA: 3.67
Length of Degree: 1.5

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (November 2014)
V: 167
W: 5.0
P: 960 (April 2014)

Research Experience: Working on spectroscopic experiments and simulations of condensed matter systems (~9 months) at masters institution. One or two n-th author papers in the works; new project might yield first or second author, but unlikely to come out in time to affect applications.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA (2 undergraduate courses, 1 graduate(!) course)
Worked for a while as a software engineer between undergrad and masters (unsure if this helps?)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Some math stuff from undergrad, doubt it will make a difference (study abroad program, reading program)

Special Bonus Points: I expect a pretty strong LOR from my current advisor

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Clearly, I messed up undergrad; no research experience and low GPA precluded most PhD programs. Worked for a while in industry as a software engineer before deciding to go back to school, so if nothing else I have great technical skills. My strong GRE got me into a good master's insitution, and I think I've managed to make the most of it so far. I'm unsure how my "non-traditional" background is going to play out, so I'm applying to a wide spectrum of schools and see what I get.

Applying to Where: (All in Condensed Matter Experiment)

Stanford - Rejected 2/10 via email
UPenn - Accepted 1/27 via email
UCSB
UCLA - Accepted 2/16 via email
UC Boulder - Accepted 2/16 via email
UC Berkeley
Princeton - Rejected 2/16 via email
MIT - Rejected 2/10 via website
Hopkins
Harvard - Rejected 2/16 via email
Caltech
NYU - Accepted 1/31 via email
Columbia
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danielfaraday
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby danielfaraday » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: state school, rank ~70 in physics
Majors: Honors BS Physics, Bachelor's of Biomedical Engineering
Minors: Philosophy, Bioelectrical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering
Undergrad GPA: 3.6 / 4.0
Position in Class: not sure, probably in the upper 25%
Length of Degree: 4 years
Grad GPA: 2.9/4.0 (1 year, 18 credits)
Type of Student: Domestic male, Filipino American

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 156 (72%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
P: Sept 2014 - 750 (62%)
Sept 2016 - 800 (70%)

Research Experience: Two years of undergraduate research in plasma physics (1 publication). Currently working as a Research Technician at top ranked medical school (3 abstract submissions, 1 poster, 1 publication in progress). Miscellaneous research odd jobs in Biomedical Engineering and HEP-EX.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Received an award for my undergraduate research at my graduation. University honors program, dean's list, scholarships, etc.

Miscellaneous: I am applying as a transfer student. I am currently on a Leave of Absence from a PhD program in physics. The school wasn't right for me and it didn't match my current research interests. I am considering other options. Hopefully, admission committees won't think less of my application. But...my grad gpa wasn't that great either.

Applying to Where:
Carnegie Mellon - Applied Physics - Submitted 11/30
Cornell - Applied Physics - Submitted 12/1 Official Rejection 2/16 via Email
Duke - Medical Physics - Submitted 11/27 Official Rejection 1/27 via Website
Johns Hopkins - Physics - Submitted 11/29
Northeastern - Physics - Submitted 12/1 Official Rejection 2/23 via Email
Penn - Physics - Submitted 11/28
UNC Chapel Hill - Physics - Submitted 11/28 Skype Interview with PI 1/25 Official Acceptance 1/30 via Email
Vanderbilt - Physics - Submitted 12/1
Virginia - Physics - Submitted 12/1
Yale - Applied Physics - Submitted 11/29
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metapuff
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby metapuff » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:36 pm

First, thanks to everyone who posted in these threads in previous years. Can't believe it's my turn!

Undergrad Institution: Big state, meh reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics and math
Minor(s): Nada
GPA in Major: 4.00
Overall GPA: 4.00
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?) 4 years
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?) Top, but I don't think grad schools actually care.
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?) Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 167 (98%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 990 (94%, October 2015)


Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...) In chronological order: One summer doing computational cosmology, two semesters working on some cool gravitational lensing stuff, a summer working on topological superconductors, and about a year doing things related to TQFT. Six published papers: one in cosmology, two in gravitational lensing, one in superconductivity, and two in TQFT-related things. All are first author, and one of the TQFT ones is by myself. Two more TQFT-ish papers submitted (both second author) and another in prep. Also worked on some algebraic geometry stuff for a semester, if that counts for anything.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?) A few local scholarships and the Goldwater

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...) Ha!

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: A few talks at my school, a talk at an APS meeting, and posters at a few conferences.

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...) O(10) grad classes in math and physics, plus a supervised independent study on representation theory in particle physics. Attended a really kickass summer school on topological quantum matter and learned a ton from that. Also took a month off of school during fall of my senior year to hang out at the KITP (totally worth it).

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Am applying for theory but didn't take a QFT class until this semester, since my school is weird and doesn't offer it very often (went through most of Peskin and Schroeder and Fradkin's books, though). Also did a bit of lecturing for a study group on category theory in physics.

Applying to Where: All for topological CMT stuff, but also interested in quantum information, and some hep-th (it from qubit stuff). In no particular order,

MIT - Accepted, 2/9/2017
Yale -
UCSD - Accepted, 1/8/2017
Caltech - Accepted, 2/15/2017
Stanford - Accepted, 2/10/2017
Harvard - Accepted, 2/10/2017
Boulder - Accepted, 1/26/2017
UCSB - Accepted, 1/31/2017
Princeton - Accepted, 2/10/2017
Chicago - Accepted, 1/24/2017, Yoichiro Nambu fellowship

Also, applying for

NSF GRFP -
Hertz - got a first round interview - got a second round interview -
NDSEG -
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theladybug
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby theladybug » Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:47 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school, not much reputation for anything but football and racist sororities
Major(s): Physics and math
Minor(s): German and Russian
GPA in Major: 3.92
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Not sure, probably near the top but not very top
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores :
Q: 169 (97%)
V: 168 (98%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 990 (94%) (this forum was invaluable for study material recommendations; I got like 20 questions right on my first practice test and was convinced I would fail the PGRE and have to do my PhD in nuclear engineering instead)

Research Experience: Two years HEPex at my school. Three summer internships at universities/national labs: one in materials science, one in nuclear physics, one in plasma physics. Presented a few posters at conferences in student sessions. No publications.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Full tuition merit scholarship at my school, Dean's List or better every semester, won an award for best student poster at my plasma internship.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Three semesters as an undergraduate Learning Assistant. Apparently I'm pretty good at that.

Special Bonus Points: Well, I'm a girl (and gay, but I'm only mentioning that on apps that want a diversity statement). I just went to a conference in the field I want to study in, so hopefully I made a good impression. My poster didn't win anything but I talked to a lot of professors, and got some interest from WVU and the Max Planck Institute. Friendly with professors at two schools I'm applying to (they helped me with my Fulbright application). My reference writers seem to think I'm awesome, not sure how well-connected they are.

Applying to Where:
Fellowships:
Fulbright Open Research/Study at Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Greifswald - Selected as semi finalist 1/19 via email

Grad schools:
Princeton - Plasma physics - Accepted 2/15 via email
UCLA - Plasma physics - Accepted 2/16 via email
MIT - Plasma physics - Rejected 2/10 via website
MIT - Nuclear engineering - Accepted 2/15 via email
Wisconsin - Plasma physics - Accepted 1/24 via email
Wisconsin - Nuclear engineering - Accepted 1/27 via email
Columbia - Plasma physics - Accepted 1/25 via email
UT Austin - Plasma physics - Invited to visit 2/4 via email
UC Irvine - Plasma physics - Accepted 1/24 via email
Auburn U. - Plasma physics - Application withdrawn 2/15
West Virginia University - Plasma physics - Accepted 2/2 via email
Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Greifswald - Plasma physics
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tooterfish
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby tooterfish » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:22 pm

Undergrad Institution: State university.
Major(s): MS Physics, unrelated undergraduate degree
GPA in Major: 3.98
Overall GPA: 3.98
Length of Degree: 2 yr MS program (took longer for me, due to transitioning from non-STEM undegrad)
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: American male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 170 (99%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 990 (94%)

Research Experience:
- Year and half experience working with optical media, both experiment and simulation.
- Contributing author on one paper, accepted for publication but still in press. (update: Paper released 2/17!)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)
-Two prestigious scholarships, outside school. Won it twice.
-Awarded a selective spot in a two-week conference on high performance computing in the sciences
-Awarded first place in our campus research and poster presentation event

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
-Five years of tutoring and classroom experience.
-TA grader for upper level phys courses

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
-Student organizations: Optical Society (student chapter president), SIAM (member)
-My background was not originally in physics (or in STEM at all). I imagine some schools would view my success upon transitioning positively, and some might view transitioning negatively. I've heard that MS students are put under harsher vetting than undergrads. Maybe that would factor in as well.

Applying to Where:
All applications are for Physics, Condensed Matter.
My emphasis is in both CMT and CME, with a preference towards theory.


Cornell - Accepted
U Washington - Accepted
CU Boulder - Accepted


MIT - Rejected
Princeton - Rejected
Harvard - Rejected
Stanford - Rejected


Have yet to hear from:
CalTech
UC Berkeley
U Chicago
Urbana-Champaign
Columbia
U Michigan
UCLA
UC San Diego
Brown
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Zopy
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Zopy » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:13 pm

I've been lurking on these forums for the past couple of years. It's been more than helpful in my preparations for going to grad school. Now that it's my turn to apply, I'm excited to the return the favor! :D

Undergrad Institution: Big state university. Good engineering program, but not too well-known for physics
Major(s): Physics & Mathematics
Minor(s): University-specific research minor
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 4 Years
Position in Class: No numbers, but probably near the top
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 168 (95th)
V: 155 (68th)
W: 4.0 (59th)
P: April 2016: 660 ; September 2016: 740; October 2016: 820 (74th)

Research Experience: 3 years of HEP-ex research with the same faculty adviser. No proper publications, but my name is on a couple internal analysis notes and other official reports/papers. Along with this, I spent the summer of 2015 doing an REU for HEP-ex, and this past summer (2016) I had a non-REU research position doing quality control on components for particle detectors.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Received a full-tuition scholarship from my school. President's List every semester so far. Was awarded "Outstanding First-Year Physics Student." Had a small monetary award for my physics grades during my freshman year as well.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I've been working as an undergrad TA for the past 3 years. For my sophomore and junior years, I assisted with entry-level mechanics and electromagnetics courses (both algebra-based and calculus-based, as well as honors and non-honors). This year, I'm assisting with our junior-level electromagnetics course.

I've presented my research at a university-wide conference two years in a row. During my REU, I did a poster presentation at an end-of-summer symposium, as well as an oral presentation a week prior. I've also done a poster presentation at a regional APS meeting, and am planning to do so again later this semester.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I'm in the executive cabinet of my university's Student Government Association.

Special Bonus Points: I've made some pretty good connections during the summers of 2015 and 2016, so that should definitely help. My research adviser seems to have a lot of connections at various universities, but I'm not 100% sure where.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: n/a

Applying to Where:

All for HEP-ex except where otherwise noted

Michigan State - ACCEPTED January 18th 2017 via email
SUNY Stony Brook - ACCEPTED January 28th 2017 via email
Oregon - ACCEPTED February 2nd 2017 via email
Virginia Tech - (Neutrino Physics) - ACCEPTED February 2nd 2017 via email
Rutgers - ACCEPTED February 15th 2017 via email. Awarded Torrey & Excellence Fellowships
Cornell - ACCEPTED February 16th 2017 via website
Brown - ACCEPTED February 17th 2017 via email
Florida - ACCEPTED February 17th 2017 via email

Baylor - Invitation to open house. February 6th 2017 via email

MIT - REJECTED February 10th 2017 via website
Princeton - REJECTED February 16th 2017 via email

CU Boulder
Virginia

These are exciting and nerve-wracking times! Best of luck to everyone over the next couple months! :mrgreen:
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muonneutrino
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby muonneutrino » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:24 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 20 or 30 public school
Major(s): Physics (main) and mathematics
Minor(s): Astrophysics
GPA in Major: 3.96
Overall GPA: 3.85
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Not sure, probably above average
Type of Student: Domestic white male, gay (not sure if that helps)

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 168
V: 170
W: 4.0
P: 990

Research Experience: 2.5 years in astroparticle physics at home institution (mostly computer work, no presentations or publications but will have an honors thesis). I also spent a month in New York helping build a prototype telescope.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Various school scholarships, offered departmental scholarship (declined for complicated reasons), Dean's list 5/6 semesters, invited into Sigma Pi Sigma

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Taking graduate quantum senior year

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: Expressing interest in HEP-ex and HEP-th, with emphasis on experiment
Princeton - Physics Rejected
Stanford - Physics Rejected
UCSB - Physics
Columbia -
Chicago - Physics Accepted
Boston- Physics Accepted
University of British Columbia - Physics
Maryland - Physics Physics Rejected
Washington - Physics Accepted 1/19
Minnesota - Physics Accepted
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ndrach
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ndrach » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:19 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large liberal arts school in Boston, not a great reputation in physics but has a few professors doing good condensed matter research
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 3.0
Overall GPA: 3.1
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: average
Type of Student: domestic hispanic male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 5 (93%)
P: 820 (74%) (Up from a 620 (33%) 2 years ago, so I'm pretty happy about this)


Research Experience: During college: 0.5 years in a condensed matter lab at undergrad institution working on the development of novel thermoelectric materials. 1.5 years in another condensed matter lab working on plasmonics in nanostructures, led to a poster at a New England APS meeting and a Senior Honors Thesis.

After College: I've been working full time for the past 1.5 years in a radiology lab at an Ivy League school working on hyperpolarized MRI. So far I have one 1st Author paper in a medical physics journal as well as 2 co-authorships on other papers, Im hoping to get another 1st author paper out in the next month or two before applications go out. I've also had 3 posters and one talk at international conferences, I'll have submitted 2-3 more abstracts for posters/talks by the time applications go out but wont hear back about them until ~February. Also had a handful of posters at internal conferences but I figure those don't count for much.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Not much, 2 undergraduate research fellowships (just an award to get research funded), and a couple of semesters on the dean's list

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Currently volunteering as a TA for an introductory physics class for post-bacc students.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: None that I can think of

Special Bonus Points: Should have 3 pretty good letters, Hoping that having >1 year experience working full time as a researcher will give me a bit of a boost.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: N/A

Applying to Where: All for physics Phd except from UCSB which is for their interdepartmental Biomolecular Science & Engineering program

Harvard - Physics - Biophysics Experiment REJECTED (2/16)
Caltech - Physics - Biophysics Experiment
UC Berkeley - Physics - Biophysics Experiment
UC Santa Barbara - Biomolecular Science & Engineering - Biophysics Experiment Invited to Interview 1/24. ACCEPTED! official email on 2/21, 28K/yr stipend
University of Pennsylvania - Physics - Biophysics Experiment
University of Wisconsin - Madison - Physics - AMO REJECTED (2/15)
University of Colorado - Boulder - Physics - Biophysics Experiment
Brown - Physics - Condensed Matter Experiment ACCEPTED! Unofficial email on 2/16. First acceptance :D , 25K/9mo stipend
Washington University in St. Louis - Physics - Biophysics Experiment
UC Irvine - Physics - Biophysics Experiment
Tufts - Physics - Biophysics Experiment
Northeastern University - Physics - Nanophysics REJECTED (2/23)
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LQSU
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:24 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby LQSU » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:32 am

Undergrad Institution: fast-rising Asian young top university; not famous for science in general.
Major(s): pure physics; pure math (second major)
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.94 (scaled)
Overall GPA: 3.93 (scaled)
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: international

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 163 (92%)
W: 3.5 (42%, unexpected)
P:


TOEFL Total:

Research Experience: Started research immersion since freshman year. Real research experience in QMC in spin systems during the junior year with one first-author PRB publication. Final year project on Kondo lattice model in the senior year with a first-author PRB publication. Two years of research on many-body theory as a research assistant in a 2D material center from another university. Two first-author papers to be uploaded onto arXiv before applications. (The drafts have been prepared by myself long time ago but my supervisor wants to write them on his own.) Poster presentation on a local physics conference.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Research scholarship. Consecutive dean's lists.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Research assistant for two years after graduation.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: The director of our center is quite well-known. Hope that he can write a recommendation letter for me.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am interested in both math and physics. I have learned a lot of advanced math topics on my own. Half year exchange experience at a public university in the US.

Applying to Where:

I shall apply for about 18 universities in the US. Topological phases in CMT and applicationS of string theory to CMT.

Pending Waitlisted Rejected Accepted

Princeton - physics
MIT - physics
Harvard - physics
Stanford - physics
Berkeley - physics
Caltech - physics
UIUC - physics
UCSB - physics
Cornell - physics
Chicago - physics
Maryland - physics
UCSD - physics
Michigan - physics
U Penn - physics
Penn State - physics
Texas-Austin - physics
John Hopkins - physics
UCLA - physics

BigCatM17
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Joined: Tue May 03, 2016 4:08 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby BigCatM17 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:52 am

Undergrad Institution: Public Ivy and top 15 in physics for 7 semesters, one semester abroad at top Dutch university for astrophysics
Major(s): Physics and Astronomy
GPA in Major: 3.74, 3.82
Overall GPA: 3.69
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top 10%
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : (revised version)
Q: 167 (93%)
V: 161 (88%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
P: 860 (80%)

Research Experience: Cosmology for one summer (astro-ph), Exoplanets for one semester (astro), Star formation models for one semester that we will be submitting for publication, writing a thesis (and hopefully an additional paper) on gravitational collapse using wave turbulence formulation (hep-th, gr), presented thesis findings as a poster at a big conference.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: University Honors 6x (was not at home university for one semester), Sigma Pi Sigma

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Undergrad TA for summer school, helped develop Modern Physics lab, Grader

Special Bonus Points: Recommenders are solid (one was part of AAS council, other has been on the faculty of several schools on my list.) Took one graduate class (theoretical mechanics.)

Applying to Where (primarily theoretical astrophysics):

Princeton Astrophysical Sciences - Rejected by email, 02/03
Harvard Astronomy - Rejected by website, 02/10
Caltech Astronomy -
Berkeley Physics -
Columbia Physics -
Yale Physics -
Cornell Physics - Rejected by email, 02/14
UCSB Physics -
Maryland Physics - Rejected by email, 02/10
Arizona Physics - Accepted by email, 02/14
Georgia Tech Physics -
LSU Physics -
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alecpw
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Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:54 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby alecpw » Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:05 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large State University, Top 20
Major(s): Physics, Astronomy, Math
Minor(s): n/a
GPA in Major: 3.89
Overall GPA: 3.85
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top 20%
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 164 (94th)
V: 165 (87th)
W: 5.0 (93rd)
P: tbd

Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...) 1.5 years doing astronomy research on white dwarf stars, getting data to validate pulsation mode models. Half a year working in an CM lab. No publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Academic honors things for ranking in class, etc.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Was in math honors program for first year of college until the entire program was phased out

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Taking graduate class now, will likely take graduate relativity next semester

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: VP of LGBT fraternity on campus

Applying to Where: will update later
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tattooedphysicist
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:44 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby tattooedphysicist » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: State school satellite campus, basically unknown for physics
Major(s): Physics, Pure and Applied
Minor(s): Astrophysics, Mathematics
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 3 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: domestic minority female, adult student (over 30)

GRE Scores : new version
Q: 166
V: 167
W: 5.5
P: 910

Research Experience:
(1) Home institution - observational astronomy - resulted in poster presentation at home institute research symposium, trip to Arecibo
(2) REU - quantum optics - resulted in award-winning poster presentation at APS April Meeting
(3) REU - solar modeling - resulted in award-winning poster presentation at PhysCon, first author paper in prep, and honors senior thesis continuing the project

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress - OSA Poster Award for Theoretical/Computational Physics (for solar poster)
APS April Meeting - Undergraduate Research Presentation Award (for optics poster)
Society of Physics Students - big merit scholarship
Home institution - Academic Athlete award for two years (for 4.0, includes a scholarship), Dean's List all semesters (includes scholarship), several other merit scholarships
Home department - two merit scholarships, for multiple years running

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
SPS president and national council member (2 years)
Tutor (3 years)
Graded briefly...

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
I've given two invited talks at well known schools, but on science & society topics.
I'm a grown up, so I have a work history and life experience that led me to take this whole school thing pretty seriously.

Special Bonus Points: I'm a female minority student...

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have a BA in Musical Theatre from 2007 and used to be a touring musician, so that could swing either way...

Applying to Where:

Accepted - Waitlisted - Rejected

Stanford - Physics - high energy/cosmo Accepted 2/10
UC Berkeley - Physics - high energy/cosmo, computational astro Accepted 2/17
UC Santa Cruz - Astronomy & Astrophysics - TASC Accepted 1/27 : Fellowship - 5 yr
CU Boulder - Astrophysical and Planetary Science - computational solar Accepted 1/27 : TA/RA
Montana State U - Physics - Solar, corona dynamics Accepted 2/08 : TA/RA & small Fellowship
Louisiana State U - Physics - computational physics Accepted 2/06 : Fellowship - 5 yr
University of Maryland - Astronomy - computational astro Withdrawn 1/29
Cornell - Astronomy - Theoretical astro Accepted 2/06 : Fellowship - 1 yr
MIT - Physics - Kavli Institute is an astro dream... Accepted 2/09 : Fellowship - 5 yr
Harvard - Physics - Theoretical High Energy or astro Rejected 2/16
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uwlaxphysics
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:32 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby uwlaxphysics » Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:58 am

Undergrad Institution: Small midwest state school with no graduate program. Known for graduating lots of undergrad physics students.
Major(s): Physics and Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 4.0, 3.87
Overall GPA: 3.78
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Top-ish
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores :
Q: 163 (85%)
V: 156 (72%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 820 (74%)


Research Experience:
3 years of research in computational astrophysics at current school that will accumulate into a paper by the end of the year (hopefully by the end of this semester if I don't get too bogged down with graduate school applications). This research was funded over a summer by an awarded space grant and has led to two poster presentations. Last summer I interned at a national lab in high energy density physics (HEDP). That research has accumulated in a paper that is currently in review.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List, local scholarships

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 time TA for two intro lab courses and a physics for future elementary school teachers course. Physics tutor for the past 2.5 years.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Physics club president (SPS chapter)

Special Bonus Points: My summer research advisor did his PhD at Rochester and has set up meetings with professors out there. So I believe I will have strong connections there.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I'm applying with a more general research scope in mind. I don't have a specific research interest (as you'll see in my scattered research topics below). That's why I'm applying to large programs that do a variety of interesting things. However, I am drawn towards theory projects since I like computational work (first principle simulations).

Applying to Where:

Waitlisted, Accepted, Rejected

Cornell - Physics - Theory Astrophysics, Exp HEDP Rejected 2/14/2017
MIT - Physisc - HEDP, Plasma Rejected 2/13/2017
Michigan - Physics - Theory Astrophysics, Theory HEDP, Exp Nuclear
Maryland - Physics - Nonlinear systems, Plasma, AMO Accepted 2/09/2017
Colorado - Boulder - Physics - Astrophysics, CM
Ohio State - Physics - Exp HEDP, Theory CM, Exp Nuclear Accepted 1/27/2017
Carnegie Mellon - Physics - Computational physics - Astro Waitlisted, but invited to visit 2/17/2017
Rochester - Physics - HEDP, Astrophysics (plasma) Accepted 2/06/2017
University of Arizona- Physics - Theory Astrophysics Accepted 2/14/2017
NC State - Physics - Theory&Exp Nuclear Astrophysics - Accepted 1/18/2017
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StopScatterTime
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:25 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby StopScatterTime » Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:40 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large State School
Major(s): Physics / Mathematics
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.94
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 163
V: 162
W: 4
P: 990

Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)
In the summer of my freshman year, I did research in graph theory and presented it at a conference. I also worked for two years in a high energy experiment lab and will have a publication by the time I graduate along with two presentations. I have been in a nuclear theory group for 6 months.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)
Several department scholarships.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)
Sigma Pi Sigma President
Tutor for upper level classical mechanics

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
3rd place in local math competition.

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
I have taken grad courses on particle physics, nuclear physics, computational physics, quantum field theory and differential topology.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Applying for an NSF Fellowship.

Applying to Where:

UC Berkeley - hep-th
U Chicago - hep-th Rejected 2/17 by email to check website
U Michigan - hep-th Rejected 2/10 by email
U Maryland - nuclear-th Admitted 2/9 by email
U Washington - nuclear-th Admitted 1/18 by email
Cambridge - MAST Applied Math and Theoretical Physics Admitted 1/12 by email
CalTech - hep-th
Harvard - hep-th Rejected 2/16 by email to check website
MIT - hep-th Rejected 2/10 by website
Princeton - hep-th Rejected 2/16 by email
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moon
Posts: 14
Joined: Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:52 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby moon » Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:59 pm

Undergrad Institution: UC
Majors: Physics & Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.30
Overall GPA: 3.30
Length of Degree: 3 years
Position in Class: average
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores:
Q: 158 (70%)
V:160 (85%)
W:3.5 (42%)
P: 790 (69%)

Research Experience:
- 0.5 years in semiconductor/HEP-ex
- 1.25 years in an HEP-th simulation

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Dean's List one quarter

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- 1 year tutoring intro physics and math.
- Independent data science coursework through coursera.
- Independent study on QFT, QG, and various topics in Algebra.
- 2 years @at big tech company: software QA, vehicle physics analysis, C++ experience

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- Senior Thesis in HEP-th

Special Bonus Points:
- good letters

Applying for HEP-th/ex mostly, but some CMT/CME & GR/Mathematical Physics

USC
Texas A&M
UCLA
UC Berkeley
U Minnesota - rejected 2/21 via email
UC Irvine
Yale
UC Davis
Penn State
Georgia Tech
Arizona State
UW Milwaukee
Arizona State University
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asmull
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:01 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby asmull » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:39 pm

Undergrad Institution: Biggish state school, not particularly lauded for Electrical Engineering or physics
Major(s): Electrical Engineering (B.S. and M.S. with Thesis)
Minor(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 3.97 B.S./ 3.98 M.S.
Overall GPA: 3.97 B.S./ 3.98 M.S.
Length of Degree: 6 years for both degrees
Position in Class: Top of my class for undergrad
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 169 (99%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
P: 990 (94%)




Research Experience: Around 2 years of research in computational elecromagnetics. Currently have a paper submitted after its second revision, on it as second author. Conference talks at URSI and IEEE Antennas and Propogation Society. Additionally, one summer in the research program at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Magna cum laude, university honors scholar, undergraduate research award, several scholarships.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 semesters as a TA teaching labs, 1 semester as a course instructor for a class of ~170 students.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Hoping my grad degree helps out a little bit. Strong letters or recommendation, including a Stanford alum. Only problem is, they are from electrical engineering faculty.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Again, my undergraduate and M.S. are not in physics. I'm hoping this is not held against me, but it's making me very anxious.

Applying to Where:

MIT - Physics, AMO/Quantum Information
MIT - EECS, AMO/Quantum Information Implicity Rejected I think
Berkeley - Physics, AMO
Stanford - Applied Physics, AMO Rejected 2/6 ... Ouch
CU Boulder - Physics, AMO Accepted, 1/26 :D
University of Washington - Physics, AMO Accepted, 1/18
University of Wisconsin Madison - Physics, Plasma Physics/Fusion or AMO Accepted 1/24
University of Wisconsin Madison - Electrical Engineering, Plasma Physics/Fusion or AMO Invited to Visit 1/19
University of Wisconsin Madison - Nuclear Engineering/Engineering Physics Invited to Visit 1/17
UT Austin - Physics, AMO Invited to Visit 2/4
University of Arizona - Optical Sciences, Quantum Information Accepted, 1/27
Oregon State - Electrical Engineering, RF electronics Contacted 2/4, Withdrawn
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quantz
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:52 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby quantz » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:04 pm

Undergrad Institution: UT Austin
Major(s): Physics, Electrical Engineering
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.99
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: top? We don't get rankings.
Type of Student: domestic male

GRE Scores :
Q: 166
V: 162
W: 4.0
P: 870

Research Experience: Two years working on thin film research in an AMO lab. No publications.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Various scholarships

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Spent two summers as an intern at an electrical engineering company

Special Bonus Points: Advisor/recommender is very well known

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Study Abroad in India working for Xilinx. Also, a section leader in the marching band.

Applying to Where:
Condensed matter, quantum information

UCSB - Physics - Accepted 1/31
Yale - Physics - Phone Interview with PI 2/13!!
UC Berkeley - Physics
Caltech - Physics
Illinois - Physics
Stanford - Physics - Rejected
Chicago - Physics - Rejected
MIT - Physics - Rejected
Colorado Boulder - Physics - Accepted 1/26
Princeton - Physics - Rejected
UT Austin - Physics
Wisconsin Madison - Physics - Accepted 1/24

Note to all: I was a bit worried when looking through previous posts and seeing how a lot of people who posted had almost perfect test scores and many were rejected from top schools. There is a bias here. People who have great scores and research experience are more likely to post. Don't let that discourage you, and remember that application committees will look at you as a whole.
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Tygrum
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:46 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Tygrum » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:02 pm

Undergrad Institution: Extremely selective Near-Ivy. ~25 in physics
Major(s): Physics
Overall GPA: 3.47
GPA in Major: 3.51
Junior/Senior GPA: 3.68
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Average
Type of Student: White Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 167 (93%)
V: 162 (90%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
P: Sept- 780 (67%), Oct- 790 (69%)

Research Experience: 6 months full-time theoretical biophysics research (~50hrs/wk). 2 publications - 1 2nd author, 1 1st author - both in the well respected biophysics journals

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for physics and math at undergrad institution

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Very involved in redesigning the undergrad curriculum

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: My recent grades are much better than my older grades

Applying to Where:

Cornell - Biophysics Accepted 2/21
Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences - Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology - Accepted 1/30
UC Berkeley - Biophysics - Rejected 1/19
University of Chicago - Biophysical Sciences Accepted 2/8
Vanderbilt - Quantitative and Chemical Biology Accepted 2/2
Columbia - Biophysics - Rejected 1/25


Note: I thought there were too many 4.0, 990, 3 years research + 2 REU students on here, so I figured I would throw my stats up on the board. My expectation is not to get in anywhere, but I will be very pleased if I do. I hope that I can squeeze in with the biophysics niche at a great school, but if not I have other plans. Good luck everyone!
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unurbat erdenemunkh
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Sep 20, 2015 3:35 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby unurbat erdenemunkh » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:37 am

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opelton
Posts: 8
Joined: Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:47 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby opelton » Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:04 am

Undergrad Institution: Big private school, ranked ~50 ish
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
Overall GPA:3.89
Length of Degree: Degree is 4 years, but graduating in 7 years (took 3 years off for volunteer work)
Position in Class: close to top
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 162 (82%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 820 (74%)

Research Experience: 6 publications (3 of 6 not accepted yet: One as 1st author, not submitted yet. Two as 3rd author, under review). SULI internship studying condensed matter, 2 years in condensed matter group at my school, 1 year in molecular biology lab.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: a few standard things, deans list, a few scholarships, etc. Multiple APS conference talks.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA'd for three different physics classes

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Fluent in a difficult 2nd language. My 3 years off from school probably add a lot of 'diversity' to my profile.

Applying to Where:


Columbia - Physics (biophysics emphasis)
Stanford -Biophysics Invited to interview
U Chicago -Biophysical Sciences Invited to interview
Harvard -Biophysics
Yale - Physics (biophysics emphasis)
U Pittsburg - Biophysics Invited to interview
Princeton - Physics (biophysics emphasis)
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AlexisPrel
Posts: 24
Joined: Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:26 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby AlexisPrel » Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:30 pm

Undergrad Institution: French public university, with a rather good reputation in physics.
Major(s): Bs. in Physics, Ms. in Physics and Materials
GPA in Major: ca. 85% in bachelor, 80% in master
Overall GPA: 90% in bachelor, 80% in master
Length of Degree: 3 yr Bsc. + 2 yr Msc.
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: International male, not minority.

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 161 (87%)
W: 3.5 (40%) (was tempted to retake but well).
P: 810 (72%)

TOEFL Total: 110 (but only 22 in speaking, which is sometimes below requirements. I contacted the programs and made sure this would not be a problem before applying, turns out those minima aren't that strict in general ... ;) )

Research Experience: 3 summer internships including one abroad. The two most recent are in my field of research.
I mentionned in SOP that my 5 months long master thesis will take place during next spring, and is traditionally when European students sign their first publication(s).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Got various scolarships to study abroad, once each from French Embassies in USA and Belgium and twice from EU.
Graduated with high honors from my bachelor and high school.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Animated a workshop about physics in a primary school;
Taught personal lessons in mathematics to high school students (I mention my interest in teaching in my SOP);

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Got involved in the creation of a FabLab at my home institution ;

Special Bonus Points:
One of my recommender had me for three different classes at a graduate level and knows me very well. Another was the internship supervisor I got along best with. The last one has known me for 2 years. I expect very positive recommendations from all of them.

Very specific research interests that I have been consistent with through my education, such that my elective courses and internships are quite adapted to the kind of research I am applying to.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
1 semester abroad during bachelor at UCONN and 1 year abroad during master at UAntwerpen.
Research interest is really at the boundary between physics, chemistry, MSE and EE, and I happened to have worked with people from each of those background, so I mention this in my SOP hoping that counts.

I specifically mention the professors I want to work with in my statements.

Applying to Where:

Requires or recommends PGRE
Boston University - Physics - Computational physics applied to solar cells
Harvard - Chemistry- Solar cells understanding -
MIT - Physics- Photonics -
Northwestern University - Applied Physics - Solar cells understanding -

No subject test asked
CMU - MSE - Computational physics applied to solar cells -
MIT - MSE - Solar cells fabrication - 12/02 IELTS waiver request rejected One has to pay the application fee just to know weither the IELTS waiver will be granted or not. They gave me a new deadline to send scores, but it was impossible to meet since all upcoming test taking dates were already booked. Well, I tried.
UMich Ann Arbor - MSE - Solar cells fabrication -

I know that I apply to rather strong schools given my profile, but I can always get in somewhere in Europe, such that applying to safety schools does not make much sense.
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gts5073
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:03 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby gts5073 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:21 am

Undergrad Institution: Large state school with a well regarded program
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math, Materials Science
GPA in Major: 3.98
Overall GPA: 3.97
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: White Domestic Male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 165 - 89%
V: 164 - 94%
W: 5.0 - 93%
P: 920 - 87%


Research Experience: Condensed matter experiment research at home institution since Freshman year. 3 summers of full time research including 2 REUs - one at my home institution and one at a top 5 Materials Science department.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Various departmental awards, Goldwater Honorable Mention

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Learning assistant for one semester sophomore year.

Applying to Where:

MIT - Physics - CME - REJECTED (02/10)
MIT - Materials Science - CME - ACCEPTED (01/19) - $32,616/year + benefits
MIT - EE - CME - ACCEPTED (02/01) - financials forthcoming
UChicago - Molecular Engineering - CME - ACCEPTED (01/06) with fellowship - $36,702/year + benefits
Cornell - Physics - CME - ACCEPTED (02/01) with fellowship - $29,722/year + benefits
UC Berkeley - Physics - CME
Stanford - Applied Physics - CME - ACCEPTED (02/06) - $38,736/year + benefits
UC Santa Barbara - Materials Science - CME - ACCEPTED (01/18) - $31,520/year + benefits
Princeton - Physics - CME - ACCEPTED (02/10) - financials forthcoming
Yale - Applied Physics - CME
Minnesota - Physics - CME - ACCEPTED (02/06) - financials forthcoming
Wisconsin - Physics - CME - ACCEPTED (1/24) - OFFER DECLINED - $26,716/year + benefits
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violinasb
Posts: 5
Joined: Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:10 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby violinasb » Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:38 am

Undergrad Institution: State School, Top 25 in Physics
Major(s): Physics, Spanish
Minor(s): Math, Violin Performance
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: Domestic female

GRE Scores :
Q: 168 (95th %)
V: 165 (95th %)
W: 4.5 (82nd %)
P: 920 (87th %)
It's a literal miracle that I did so well on the PGRE. My advice is to take as many of the official practice tests as possible but focus on the newer versions. And Conquering the Physics GRE by Kahn/Anderson is a lifesaver.

Research Experience:
Three and a half years working with a professor at my school in the Auger Collaboration on ultra high energy cosmic rays. 3 conference talks, one collaboration meeting, senior thesis in the works
One semester working on Auger when I studied abroad in Spain
One and a half years working in the LIGO stochastic group. I started through an International REU in Australia and then an REU at Caltech. One short author list and 2 full collaboration list papers in the works

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Goldwater Scholar (and honorable mention the previous year)
Astronaut Scholar
NASA Space Grant for Women in Science and Engineering Research
Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics honor society)
Scholarships and awards for good grades at my school/ from my department

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Learning assistant (like a volunteer undergraduate teaching assistant) for Intro Mechanics and Intro to Quantum
Physics outreach work in Spain

Special Bonus Points:
Well connected in LIGO with a recommendation letter from a very well-known collaboration member
Female and first generation American

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Not sure how my Spanish double major and Violin performance minor will factor into things, if at all

Applying to Where:
Fellowships:
Fulbright Open Research/Study at Monash University in Melbourne Australia for gravitational waves Selected as semi finalist 1/19 via email
Churchill (1/10 via email) and Gates-Cambridge (12/19 via email) Fellowships for Maths Part III (Accepted without funding 1/4)
NSF GRFP for gravitational waves
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans (like the NSF but open to any field) Selected as finalist 1/6 via phone call

Grad Schools: Physics Department for gravitational wave data analysis/theory for all. The plan is to defer for one year if I get accepted to any of the fellowships.
Caltech - Accepted via email 2/15 - $34,000 first year fellowship
MIT - Invited for Skype interview 1/5 via email - Accepted 2/9 via email - $36,552 first year fellowship
U Florida
Columbia - Accepted 2/7 via email to check website - $37,720 five year Dean's Fellowship
Cornell - Accepted 2/1 via email - $29,722 first year fellowship
U Maryland - Accepted 2/8 via email - Financial offer unclear?? DECLINED
U Minnesota - Accepted 2/9 via email - $24,000 three year fellowship + $6357 summer
Penn State - Accepted 2/13 via email - $30,925 first year TA
UT Austin - Invited to visit 2/4 via email - WITHDREW APPLICATION
UC Santa Barbara - Accepted 2/1 via email - At least $30,000 first year TA
U Chicago - Accepted 1/24 via email - $46,800 fellowship for first three years - (I'm not crying, you're crying)
Princeton - Accepted 2/10 via email - $33,150 first year fellowship + $6200 summer
Northwestern - Invited for Skype interview 1/11 via email - Accepted 1/25 via email - $30,780 first year fellowship
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muon
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:03 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby muon » Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:20 am

Undergrad Institution: Caltech
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA in Major:3.4
Overall GPA:3.5 (:/ but my school is reasonably well known for grade deflation. We'll see how much this hurts.)
Length of Degree:4 years
Position in Class: Not tracked, but probably upper interquartile by GPA (IIRC average physics GPA is 3.4)
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 167 (98%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 970 (93%)
My score jumped up almost 200 points (from first attempt, with no studying) from about a week of semi-intensive studying right before taking the test. Just memorize/cache as much stuff as you can and it'll probably improve your score by at least 100 points. Conquering the physics gre is a good resource, but the practice tests aren't great or similar to the actual PGRE. I would recommend using every available past PGRE test and making flashcards for random things you can memorize.

Research Experience:
Two first-author publications, one scientific software development project with a repository I can link to:
  • 1 year geophysics research with well-known mentor, resulted in poster presentation at AGU and a first author publication in Geophysical Research Letters.
  • 1 summer particle physics with well-known mentor, resulted in first author CMS analysis note (not quite same level as a journal article, but hopefully it helps).
  • 1 summer software development for SLAC, technical repository I can link to but no publication.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Undergraduate research award
A few awards/honors from high school that are sufficiently prestigious that I'll include them (Davidson, ISEF, JSHS)
Didn't think to apply to a lot of scholarships, missed the boat on Goldwater :/

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Tutor for basically every class.
TA for an introductory CS class.

Special Bonus Points:
Two recommendations from very well-known professors in their respective fields.
Minority points - LGBT
Lots of graduate physics and CS classes, including a quantum computing course that is well known (linked to a lot by other courses).

Applying to Where:

Stanford - Applied physics, Quantum information - Accepted by email from dept. chair 2/5, $38,000 research position
UC Berkeley - Physics, Quantum information
MIT - Physics, Quantum information - Rejected by website (no email notification) 2/15 (bish you weren't my first choice anyway)
Harvard - Physics, Quantum information
Princeton - Physics, Quantum information
Yale - Physics, Quantum information
Columbia - Physics, Quantum information
UCSD - Physics, Quantum information - Accepted by email 1/30
UCSB - Physics, Quantum information - Accepted by email 1/31, "at least" $30,000 TA stipend
UChicago - Physics, Quantum information - Accepted by phone call from potential PI on 1/31, offer forthcoming
UColorado Boulder - Physics, Quantum information - Accepted by email 2/5, $34,000 TA stipend + $10,000 "signing bonus"
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unurbat erdenemunkh
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Joined: Sun Sep 20, 2015 3:35 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby unurbat erdenemunkh » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:54 am

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the notorious higgs
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:56 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby the notorious higgs » Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:18 pm

Undergrad Institution: University of Washington
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics, Political science
GPA in Major: 3.94
Overall GPA: 3.88
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: topish
Type of Student: Domestic male, Asian/white

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 5 (93%)
P: 960 (92%)


Research Experience:
1.5 years particle experiment, neutrino detection stuff for SNO+
1.5 years astrophysics, gravitational lensing simulation
1 year particle experiment, neutrino detection stuff for COHERENT
2 summers at NASA, one at GSFC (exoplanet detection) and one at MSFC (xray astronomy)
one coathor publication in SPIE
poster coathor at SPIE
one conference presentation at Carnigie institute of washington
3 intern poster presentations for NASA

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Physics honors
magna cum laude
sigma pi sigma
dean's list every quarter as full time student
best poster in science at NASA MSFC poster presentation

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
worked in a nuclear physics lab as hourly for 2 years
worked as a TA for a year at UW
currently spending my gap year working for NASA on exoplanet research

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:
I know like fifty physics puns

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I applied to, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, UMD, UC boulder, UCSB, Chicago last year and was rejected from all of them, I had an 840 PGRE that year, and has 1 year less experience at NASA, and didn't have my second or third research experience at UW, didn't have my conference presentation eitehr, had not actually graduated etc. Last year I also was applying to PT exclusively. Anyway hopefully my app is stronger this year

Applying to Where:

Princeton - PHYS - HEPEx rejected 2/16, email
Harvard - PHYS - not specified rejected 2/16, email
Stanford - PHYS - HEPEx accepted 2/10, email
Berkeley - PHYS - HEPEx
UCSB - PHYS - HEPEx accepted 2/03, email to check website
UC Boulder - PHYS - thoery generic
Chicago - PHYS - HEP generic rejected 2/17, email
Maryland - PHYS - Experiment generic waitlisted 2/10
Cornell - PHYS - not specified rejected 2/17, email
Caltech - PHYS - Cos-Ex accepted 2/15, email
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Manet225
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:43 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Manet225 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:11 pm

Undergrad Institution: Liberal Arts College, strong Astronomy department
Major(s): Astronomy, Physics, English
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.66
Overall GPA: 3.59
Length of Degree: 3.5 years
Position in Class: Better than average
Type of Student: Indian International Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (91st %ile)
V: 167 (98th %ile)
W: 4.0 (59th %ile)
P: 690 (49th %ile)

Research Experience: Started early. 3 summer projects: 1 at home institution, 1 at Space Telescope Science Institute, 1 Caltech SURF.
1 publication. Writing a thesis that developed out of 5 semesters of astronomy research working with Kepler/K2 data, data from a 24" telescope on campus, and spectra from Keck and VLT. 2 semesters in a molecular spectroscopy lab.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Student Director of 24" telescope observing program since sophomore year (observer since freshman fall). TA for a Special Relativity course and Observational Astronomy course. Ran office hours, lab sessions, graded homework. Department Peer Advisor for Physics and Astronomy.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Graduating early?

Special Bonus Points: (Assumed) Strong rec letters from advisors for each summer project. Possibly strong connections because of my Caltech research advisor.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Presented at 1 conference, will present at another conference in January.

Applying to Where: All Astronomy unless otherwise specified, applying for Exoplanets

Caltech - Geological & Planetary Sciences - Rejected by email (14 Feb)
MIT - Earth & Planetary Sciences
UWashington -
Harvard - Rejected by website (10 Feb)
Princeton - Rejected by email (3 Feb)
Cornell - Rejected by email (10 Feb)
CU Boulder - unofficial acceptance by email (27 Jan), funding info forthcoming
Pennsylvania State - Rejected by email (1 Feb)
UC Santa Cruz - Rejected by email (13 Feb)
UChicago - Rejected by website (10 Feb)
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xpxihbar
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:58 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby xpxihbar » Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:14 am

UG Institution:State school okay physics program
Majors:: physics and math
GPA::4.0/4.0
Profile:: domestic white female

Tests
V:163 (93%)
Q:162 (82%)
PGRE: 720 (55%)

Research: Decent amount. 2+ years plus an REU

Applying
Columbia
Harvard
Stanford
Rutgers
U Michigan
OSU:
UPenn:
NYU
UIUC

janghun
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:36 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby janghun » Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:27 am

Undergrad. and Grad. Institution: Decent private school, South Korea
Major(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 3.95/4.0 (4.14/4.3) (B.S.)
Overall GPA: 3.61/4.0 (3.77/4.3) (B.S.), 4.0/4.0 (4.22/4.3) (M.S.)
Length of Degree: 3.5 years(B.S. in Physics, early graduation), 1.5 years(M.S. in Physics, Particle physics theory, early graduation)
Position in Class: a nearly top, maybe.
Type of Student: International asian male

GRE Scores: Revised GRE
Q: 166 (91%)
V: 144 (23%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
P: 990 (94%, PHYSICS)

TOEFL Total: ~minimum

Research Experience: HEP theory (Particle Phenomenology) -undergrad's research 3 years, grad's research 1.5 years.; one SCI paper as 2nd author of 3; one paper in preparation.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Two honors, many scholarships.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA 1.5 years, 4 summer and winter schools for theoretical physics, instituted by KIAS, APCTP, and SNU (including particle physics)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: To fulfill military duty in my country, I have worked for Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) as an Officer for about 3.5 years (Final Rank : First Lieutenant). Currently, I work for the Korean Physical Society as an editor of JKPS(Journal of the Korean Physical Society) which is a SCI journal and covers all-round fields of physics, ranging from condensed matter physics to high energy physics.

Special Bonus Points: I guess all the letters of recommendation will be very strong.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Exceptionally, I participated in a particle theory lab as a freshman. Also, I have earned credits of all the core subjects in physics as a sophomore, such as QM, EM, SM, end so on. So I have special research experiences for about 4.5 years. At that time, I studied QFT and Particle phenomenology with my advisor through one-on-one seminars.


Applying to Where: All Physics PhD programs (1st High Energy Physics, 2nd Condensed Matter Physics, 3rd Biophysics - theory & Experiment)

Accepted, Rejected, Waitlisted

NYU - Waitlisted via inquiry (02/15), HEP-th, Prof. Massimo Porrati told me that I will undoubtedly be at the top of their waitlist. + via Official notification email saying the waitlist (2/22)
UIUC
CU Boulder
U of Arizona - Accepted via email (02/15), HEP-th, Tuition + GTA ($18k/9months + $3.5~7.5k/summer) + Insurance (~$2k)
Ohio State
U of Rochester
U of Virginia
Syracuse
CUNY-Graduate Center
U of Kentucky - Accepted via email (02/15), HEP-th, Tuition + GTA ($17k/9months + $3k/summer) + Fellowship ($3k) + Insurance
Brown - Rejected via email (2/23), instead, accepted to Master Program in Physics with no funding :(
Minnesota - Rejected via Website (2/18), HEP-th.
Michigan State
Indiana
Purdue
TAMU
U of Cincinnati

Hey you guys !! Please decline the offers from "NYU, UIUC, CU Boulder, and U of Rochester" if you already have better offers from your top choice universities. I am waiting for offers from them. These are my top choice schools !!! Thank you guys for your help!
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corebake
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:08 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby corebake » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:23 am

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts college
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Minor(s): none
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 162 (90%)
W: 4 (59%)
P: 880 (83%)

Research Experience: 1 summer in Germany, 1 summer at my home institution in the lab that I've been a part of for the last 3 years, both in experimental AMO. No publications but two poster presentations at national conferences. I'm currently working on a full-year thesis that is the continuation of my summer project.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some departmental awards a grants to support research, but nothing outside my school.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 years tutoring/TAing undergrad math plus some grading and TAing in physics

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I have taken every junior and senior level physics course available at my institution

Special Bonus Points: I'm pretty close with my advisor who's known me for over 3 years, so his rec. letter should be strong.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Eh, nothing too noteworthy

Applying to Where:

Physics - Experimental AMO
Harvard
MIT rejected
UCSB
Berkeley
Boulder
Stanford rejected

Applied Math - Scientific Computing/Physical Applied Math
NYU
Boulder accepted
Brown rejected
Columbia
Caltech

Go big or go home!
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CosmologicalRedshift
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:16 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby CosmologicalRedshift » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:48 am

Undergrad Institution: Medium sized state school with no reputation for physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics and Astronomy
GPA in Major: 3.9
Overall GPA: 3.9
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top/Near Top
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 165 (89%)
V: 156 (72%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 770 (65%)



Research Experience: One REU program working on particle and cosmology theory. 3 years at my school: astronomy and planetary science (observational and modeling). Independent studies on differential geometry for two quarters, general relativity for two years, and abstract algebra for two quarters.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Sigma Pi Sigma, Science Honors, etc.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for physics and mathematics for 3 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: One recommender has good connections, as well as knowing both of my other recommendors for most of my undergraduate career. I have worked with all of my recommenders on research.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: All for particle/cosmology theory

Princeton - Astrophysical Sciences - Rejected via email on 2/3. This was completely expected, but I had to try!
Chicago - Astronomy - Rejected via website on 2/10. This was also expected, so no big deal!
UPenn - Physics and Astronomy
Columbia - Physics
Pittsburgh - Physics and Astronomy
UC Irvine - Physics and Astronomy - Accepted!! Via email on 2/3. My first acceptance!
NYU - Physics and Astronomy
Northwestern - Physics and Astronomy - Withdrawn
William & Mary - Physics - Withdrawn
Delaware - Physics and Astronomy - Withdrawn
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rosoe
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:36 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby rosoe » Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:58 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large State School, Top 15 in Physics
Major(s): Physics (was a double major with Aerospace Engineering for 3 years before dropping after last semester)
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 4.00
Overall GPA: 3.97
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Top or close to it (school doesn't rank)
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 167 (93%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 840 (77%)


Research Experience: I have done quite a lot of research, but no publications. Honors program for my university that involved a 3 year group research project in magnetostatics. Resulted in a poster and an oral presentation at undergraduate research events at my university. 6 months for a near space science group that performed experiments in weather balloons at high altitudes. Summer research in nonlinear dynamics that resulted in an undergraduate research presentation. 1 year of research on data analysis for a cosmic ray detector that is about to be operational. Resulted in a presentation at a the cosmic ray group's biannual conference. 1 year of work on numerical relativity simulations of gravitational wave simulations. This started shortly before LIGO detected gravitational waves. I am presenting my research at the APS April 2017 Conference (which is January for some reason :? ). 2 months of work on developing data analysis techniques for the upcoming NICER mission to study neutron stars using X-rays.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Presidential Scholarship, Dean's List every semester, multiple honors societies

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutored physics for 1.5 years

Special Bonus Points: I am currently taking grad classes. In addition, this will be the first round of grad school apps since LIGO and I am applying to do research in numerical relativity. I am hoping schools will be looking for people in fields such mine related to gravitational wave physics.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I got a lot of A+'s on my transcript which give the same gpa as an A despite being much harder to get. I also have a lot of technical courses on my transcript.

Applying to Where: All Numerical Relativity

California Institute of Technology-Physics
Cornell University-Physics-Rejected 2/17 via email
Harvard University-Physics-Rejected 2/16 via email to check website
Massachusetts Institute of Technology- Physics-Rejected 2/10 via website
Princeton University-Physics-Rejected 2/16 via email to check website
Rochester Institute of Technology-Physics
Stanford University-Physics-Rejected 2/10 via email
Syracuse University - Physics- Accepted 2/15 via email with 24k TA stipend
University of California, Berkeley-Physics
University of Colorado, Boulder - Physics- Accepted 2/9 via email
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Physics- Accepted 2/7 via email with 22k TA stipend
University of Maryland - Physics- Accepted 2/9 via email
University of Toronto -Astronomy and Astrophysics


Fellowships Applied :
NSFGRFP
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tmcbizzle
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:33 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby tmcbizzle » Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:12 pm

This is for all you future domestic white male theory applicants out there trying to gauge how tough admissions are. Best of luck!

Undergrad Institution: Decent private school
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math, Electrical Engineering
GPA in Major: 3.94
Overall GPA: 3.91
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Presumably near the top - does anywhere actually post class position?
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 169 (97%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 3.0 (17%) :wink:
P: 910 (86%)


Research Experience:
~2 years electrical engineering/applied physics/materials research -> 4 publications (ranging from 3rd to 5th author), conference poster presentation,
1 REU in nuclear theory (good amount of QFT) -> paper in preparation

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Honors society stuff, nothing that sticks out

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:
Graduate courses: Quantum 1-2, Quantum Field Theory, Solid States

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Late switch from engineering to physics

Applying to Where:
All high energy theory (hep-th), particle cosmology and phenomenology (it's competitive -> drowning in applications)

In rough descending order of hopelessness:
MIT - Rejected (2/10)
Harvard - Rejected (2/16)
Princeton - Rejected (2/16)
Stanford - Rejected (2/10)
Caltech
Berkeley
Cornell - Rejected (2/17)
Chicago - Rejected (2/17)
UCSB
Penn
UW-Madison - Accepted! (1/24)
Michigan - Rejected (2/10)
JHU
UW-Seattle - Accepted! (1/23)
SUNY-Stony Brook - Accepted! (1/28)
Rutgers - Accepted! (2/22)
NYU
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eddie.ss
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:56 am

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby eddie.ss » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:11 am

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Undergrad Institution: Developing country, not very famous in Physics
Major(s): Physics Engineering
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.94 (97%)
Overall GPA:
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: First
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores : 2016?
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 161 (88%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 780 (67%)


TOEFL Total: 116 (IBT)

Research Experience: Undergradaute research since my freshman year on thermal characterization and data acquisition systems. Summer research internship on AMO. Senior thesis on X-ray diffraction. After graduating, I remained at my home university during a year doing research in X-ray. One first author paper, several poster presentations and seminars.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Summa cum laude, my summer internship was in Canada and I received a full fellowship for it (:

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I have been a TA for 3 elementary Physics classes, 1 Microscopy elective class, and 3 Adv. Experimental Physics Labs. My current job at my home university is a mixture of being a TA+RA.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: I did a study abroad program in the US during my junior year. I was able to take several graduate classes, particularly one in AMO Physics. Also, I freelance as a science graphic designer , i.e. I do graphical abstracts and diagrams for papers (that is quite random, but it might help)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have a professional webpage with my portfolio and detailed info about my experience (research, work, etc).

Applying to Where: All in AMO experimental Physics

RICE - AMO Physics - ACCEPTED! (12/21) - ~$30k + extra fellowship + external aid fellowship !
Stanford - AMO Physics - REJECTED! (02/10) -
UC Berkeley - AMO Physics -
Colorado Boulder - AMO Physics
UIUC - AMO Physics


The RICE acceptance letter was a really nice, early Christmas gift!
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peanutbutterpuffin
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:53 pm

Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby peanutbutterpuffin » Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:40 am

Undergrad Institution: State University
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.8
Overall GPA: 3.8
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: domestic female

GRE Scores :
Q: 160 (76%)
V: 157 (75%)
W: 4 (59%)
P: 730 (57%)

Research Experience: 1 summer REU, 1 semester at my home institution in CME

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some departmental scholarships, 1 university-wide scholarship, Sigma-Pi-Sigma Physics Honors Society, Dean's list

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: some science outreach activities

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I've taken four physics/math grad classes

Special Bonus Points: Girl Power? Also, 3rd author publication

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: not so great GREs :( .

Applying to Where:

Physics - Experimental Condensed Matter
in no particular order:

University of Colorado
Univ. California - Santa Barbara
Univ. Michigan - Ann Arbor
Univ. Maryland - College Park
Pennsylvania State Univ.
University of Texas -Austin
University of Wisconsin - Madison : Accepted! (funding details to follow)
Ohio State

NSF Fellowship


Good Luck to everyone!
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feliperosso
Posts: 4
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby feliperosso » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:36 pm

Undergrad Institution: Latin America, big university with good reputation in Physics
Major(s): Physics
Overall GPA: 9.53/10
Length of Degree: 6 years (Licenciatura)
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores :
Q: 164 (87%)
V: 155 (68%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
P: 920 (87%)


TOEFL Total: 111/120 (R 30, L 29, S 26, W 26)

Research Experience:
1 year theoretical research experience in HEP-TH. Paper being written but not published before deadline. 1 poster presentation and 2 lectures given.
1 year experimental research experience in Laboratory of Plasma. 1 poster presentation.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
2 years as a Scientific Disseminator for the university

Special Bonus Points:
Took lots of graduate courses, in particular in String Theory, QFT and General Relativity.

Applying to Where:
Physics Department with interest in HEP-TH in all cases

Caltech -
Stanford - Feb. 10 Rejected via email.
Harvard - Feb. 16 Rejected via email.
Princeton - Feb. 16 Rejected via email.

University of California, San Diego -
University of California, Los Angeles -
Stony Brook University - Feb. 22 Rejected via email.
Rutgers University -
New York University - Feb. 21 Waitlisted via email.
Boston University -

University of Southern California -
Brandeis University -
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kot95
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby kot95 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:27 am

Undergrad Institution: UC
Major(s): Physics (Astrophysics)
Overall GPA: 3.3
Length of Degree: 4
Type of Student: African-American Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 154 (55%)
V: 154 (64%)
W: 3.0(17%)
P: awful


Research Experience:
1 year research on galaxies
3 months research on AGN
summer REU

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Grader for lower division courses

Special Bonus Points:
Letter writers are all very well known in the field
Two papers to be published in coming months
Tons of observing time/experience

Applying to Where:
Astronomy & Planetary Science programs

Yale- Astronomy Received email to check website 2/6
UT Austin-Astronomy
Boston University-Astronomy
U of Arizona-Astronomy Rejected by email 1/25
U of Arizona- Planetary Science Rejected by email 2/4
Arizona State U- Astrophysics
Penn State-Astronomy Rejected-Email Inquiry 1/25
McGill University - Physics (Astrophysics)
Leiden university - Astronomy Accepted by email 2/22
SDSU- Astronomy
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sjei09042
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sjei09042 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state U
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.90
Overall GPA: 3.95
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class:
Type of Student: International female

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 163 (92%)
W: 3.5 (42%)

Research Experience:
Research experience in a condensed matter lab at home university, no publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Physics scholarship for academic achievements, undergrad research awards

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:


Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Have taken advanced math courses

Applying to Where:

Primary experimental condensed matter

UCSB - Physics
UCSD - Physics
U Maryland - Physics
Penn State - Physics
U Colorado boulder - Physics
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coolgod
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby coolgod » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:07 am

Undergrad Institution: Big Canadian University
Major(s):Electrical and Computer Engineering
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:3.83
Overall GPA:3.83
Length of Degree: 4 yrs
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: International asian male

GRE Scores : revised
Q:170 (97%)
V:162 (90%)
W:4.0 (59%)
P:750 (62%)



Research Experience:
Senior year research project on integrated couplers for quantum optics
Junior summer researched simulations of condensed matter systems in optical systems in Germany
Freshman summer researched fabrication of microstructures for biomedical applications at home university, gave a poster presentation.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: nothing significant, Dean's list, scholarships, research funding awards etc

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: worked in FPGA company during sophomore summer

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:nah

Special Bonus Points: misc math and cs grad classes

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:My niche research interest is in quantum computing, applying to physics dept hoping some profs might be interested.

Applying to Where:

University of Maryland - physics - Quantum information
University of Wisconsin - physics - Quantum information
UC Santa Barbara - physics - Quantum information
Caltech - physics - Quantum information
Yale - applied physics - Quantum information
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mmmquarks
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mmmquarks » Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:08 pm

Undergrad Institution: top 20 private research university, little reputation for physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): none
GPA in Major: 3.62
Overall GPA: 3.53
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: ~75th percentile is my guess
Type of Student: domestic white male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 170 (97 %ile)
V: 168 (98 %ile)
W: 5.5 (98 %ile)
P: 990 (94 %ile)

regarding the PGRE: the conquering the physics GRE book is amazing. 1 year ago I took the test and got in the 28th percentile. If you are willing to put in some serious study time and make a poop load of flashcards, this test can be dominated. Also helps to have good standardized test skills (which, because of my job, I have).


Research Experience: yearlong fellowship during which I designed numerical methods to test for physics beyond standard model using astrophysical photons.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Cum Laude, dean's list two semester

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I am currently a math, physics, and test prep tutor. Have been a substitute teacher for years. Also do volunteer tutoring.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I graduated on time and completed my honors thesis in spite of a serious head injury that forced me to withdraw for first semester of my senior year.

Special Bonus Points: I don't think much. I got a 990 on the PGRE after being out of school for three years but I don't think they'll care much about that beyond the fact that the score is good and recent. My research advisor is writing a great rec. A friend of a family friend is director of graduate studies in physics at yale.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: one disciplinary action taken at undergrad, some schools have asked about this. marked these with a D.

Applying to Where: (in descending order of US News rank)

Rejected
Waitlisted
Accepted
Withdrawn

MIT app 12/15 - Condensed Matter / Astrophysics (spoke with two professors, one hinted he might pull strings, the other I did not impress) - accepted 2/9 via email i'm dyinggggg. going to withdraw from a couple places (probably yale,brown, bu, northwestern)
Harvard app 12/15- Condensed Matter (spoke with one professor)
Berkeley D app 12/16- Condensed Matter
Caltech app 12/15- Condensed Matter
Stanford D app 12/13- Condensed Matter - rejected 2/10 email
U of I - Condensed Matter
Columbia D - Condensed Matter (spoke with one professor and we really hit it off. this is where I want to go in my heart of hearts)
Yale D - Condensed Matter
UMD D app 12/15 - Condensed Matter - rejected 2/10 email
Johns Hopkins app 12/15- Condensed Matter - accepted via email feb 8. My first acceptance!!!
Northwestern - Condensed Matter (spoke with one professor and he is a friggin weirdo) - withdrawn
Brown - Condensed Matter (meeting with one professor)
BU - Condensed Matter - withdrawn

Interested in both Exp and Th but I am especially interested in ab initio methods so the faculty preferences lean a little bit toward Th.

I'm including predictions because I want to see how good my intuition is.
My grades are good but not very impressive so I have covered the competitiveness spectrum I think. Of the MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Caltech, Stanford, and U of I contingent (the tippy top schools) I predict I will get into 0-1 with MIT actually being the most likely to admit followed by Berkeley. I only predict MIT because I think this one astro professor is really interested in me. Berkeley is next because of the size of the admitted class and my second essay for them was very good. I think next most likely is U of I.

I predict Columbia is 60/40 accept and Yale will reject me almost certainly (in spite of family connection). I don't know why but I have this feeling Yale won't buy what I'm selling.
I predict UMD will accept (I am MD in state) and I predict acceptance at 2/4 of Hopkins, Northwestern, Brown, BU.

In total, anywhere between 3 and 6 acceptances would not surprise me.

I think it is unlikely but not impossible I get in nowhere. I'd give this a 5-10% chance of happening. Hope I don't eat my words.
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wbyron
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby wbyron » Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:06 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium Size Private School. Good Undergrad. Little Graduate Physics rep.
Major(s): Physics, Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.88, 3.90
Overall GPA: 3.88
Length of Degree: 4.5 years
Position in Class: Topish
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q:168 (95%)
V:162 (90%)
W:4.0 (57%) Meh.
P: 880 (83%)


Research Experience: One independent study doing AFM. Two summers as a NIST SURF intern in the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) working in the Neutron Physics/Fundamental Physics Group. One 5 month period working full time at the NCNR as a guest researcher. All with the same collaboration. Will result in authorship on three papers.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Just university scholarships and such.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: SPS President for a year. Professional tutor for 1.5 years. Worked as an instructor at a education non-profit.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I took off a semester of school and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail if that counts for anything. Maybe it hurts.

Special Bonus Points: Should have 3 solid LORs.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I had to take an extra semester of just 3 credits because taking time off for my hike offset my schedule in an odd way. Hope that doesn't hurt too much.

Applying to Where:

Accepted Waitlisted Rejected

Berkeley - Physics - HEP / Nuclear Experiment
University of British Columbia - Physics - HEP / Nuclear Experiment
UCSB - Physics - HEP

CU Boulder - Physics - HEP / Nuclear Experiment
University of Washington - Physics - HEP / Nuclear Experiment
UC Davis - Physics - HEP
ASU - Physics -Nuclear Experiment
University of Oregon - Physics -HEP/LIGO Group

Colorado State - Physics - Neutrino Physics
UNM - Physics - Neutrino Physics
University of Tennessee - Nuclear Experiment
Tulane University - Physics - Neutron Physics

Applying to What: (why not?)
NDSEG -
NSF GRFP -

Additional Comments: This thread caused me a lot of anxiety over the past year but I think in the end it helped me a ton in deciding what schools were realistic for my profile. We will see. Good luck everyone and congrats on getting these god-forsaken apps done! You would think with all the great minds in physics we could standardize the application process a bit. Haha. It's ridiculous.

spotsallthewaydown
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby spotsallthewaydown » Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:33 pm

I'm new to the board but I found these threads via some search and thought I'd contribute!

Undergrad Institution: Flagship state school, R1, good physics reputation
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 3.82/4
Overall GPA: 3.86/4
Length of Degree: 4 years physics
Position in Class: My class is pretty small (like 10-15 people max) but I'm probably in the top 3 at least
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores : I think the revised version? I took them this year
Q: 156 (~67th percentile)
V: 167 (98th percentile)
W: 5 (92nd percentile)
P: 700 (51st percentile)

Research Experience:
  • Two experiences at my school (paid)
  • Two REUs, one at a private university and one at another big state school (that I applied to graduate school also)
  • No publications
  • Three posters (distinct projects)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
  • Handful of scholarships from my school
  • An award from my university
  • Two small departmental awards
  • Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award from American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: SPS officer (webmaster, then president, now student advisor). I also work 20 hours/week in a non-science, on-campus staff job.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
  • Attended and presented at AAS, PhysCon, AMS (coming this January), two instances of CUWiP
  • Led charge on making significant improvements to local SPS chapter organization and governance
  • A bunch of outreach

Special Bonus Points:
  • I have a bachelor's degree in the arts (physics is my second bachelor's degree)
  • One of my recommenders is fairly well known in my goal field (astrophysics) and has a lot of connections with schools, NASA
  • Am a non-traditional student
  • Long history with programming, new experience with data science

Applying to Where:

My research interest: exo/planetary science, data science, climate science. The schools are listed in approximate order from top picks to last picks, but the latter 6 are kind of fluid. The top 4 are pretty definite in order.

Accepted Waitlisted Rejected

University of Colorado Boulder - Astrophysics & Planetary Sciences - Accepted! 27 January 2017, by email; financials to be specified during visit weekend
University of Washington - Astronomy
University of Arizona - Astronomy - Rejected by email 27 January 2017
Northern Arizona University - Physics & Astrophysics - Accepted! 2 February 2017, by email, $26,000/year via TA/RA
Cornell - Astronomy - Waitlisted, 9 February 2017, notice by email
University of California Santa Cruz - Astronomy - Rejected by email 13 February 2017
MIT - Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
University of British Columbia - Physics & Astrophysics (Master's program) - Accepted! 13 January 2017, by phonecall; base $21,662 (TA/RA)
Northwestern University - Physics & Astrophysics
University of Texas Austin - Astronomy

Also applied:

NSF GRFP

That's it--I'll update the list with rejections and (hopefully) acceptances!
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abhi2017
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby abhi2017 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:06 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top Science Institute in India
Majors: Physics
GPA in Major: 3.60
Overall GPA: 3.60
Length of Degree: 4 years + 1 year masters
Position in Class: average
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 163 (85%)
V:153 (60%)
W:3.5 (42%)
P: 920 (87%)

Research Experience:
- 3 summer projects (2-3 months) in astronomy at top astronomy institutes in India
- 2 long projects in astronomy (bachelor project- 7 months, currently master's project ongoing) at top astronomy institutes
- 1 course project in mechanics
- 1 summer project in particle physics at top science institute
Imp : - No publication yet, but soon be able to publish my bachelor's project. Current MSc thesis going quite well, might be able to publish.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Institute scholarship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:-


Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:


Special Bonus Points:
- recommenders are fairly known in universities where I am applying.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:


Applying to Where: All Astronomy

U of Arizona - Rejected (01/24) - by email
Ohio State - Rejected (02/21)- by email
UT Austin - Applied
UMD, College Park - Rejected - decision through website (02/15)
Penn State - Rejected (02/01) - by email
ANU - Rejected (02/23) - by email
U Michigan, Ann Arbor - Applied
U of Toronto - Applied
Vanderbilt University - Applied
UIUC - Applied
U of Virginia - Rejected (02/11) by email
NMSU - Rejected (02/21) - by a very polite email
U of Florida - Applied
MIT (Planetary science) (once in lifetime just for my satisfaction) - Applied
ETH, Zurich - Institute for Astronomy (just for one project) - Applied
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cosmosis
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby cosmosis » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:43 am

Undergrad Institution: R1 private-school. Well known for AMO research but not so much for astronomy.
Major(s): Physics & Astronomy
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.83
Overall GPA: 3.88
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: Domestic Asian male

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 160 (74%)
V: 160 (86%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
P: 780 (67%)


Research Experience: 4 REUs. One project was on astrometry, two on stellar astronomy and the most recent one on galactic astronomy. Two first-author papers (AJ and MNRAS), two AAS posters and one AAS talk. Continuing my galactic astronomy REU project as my senior thesis in spring 2017.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Goldwater, SPS Scholarship, internal awards and scholarships for research and academic aptitude.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TAed for four semesters. Tutoring physics for four years. Current SPS president and was involved with the astronomy club in the past. A lot of scientific outreach activities

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Not sure if this is relevant but I am interested in science policy and I am currently involved in a science policy project which I mentioned in some of my SoPs.

Special Bonus Points: Recommenders seem to be pretty well known in astronomy and I personally visited five schools and talked to interested faculty members.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: N/A

Applying to Where:

Harvard - Astronomy - Cosmology - Waitlisted.
MIT - Dept. Physics, Astronomy Division - Cosmology - Rejected on 02/10.
Columbia - Astronomy - Cosmology - Waitlisted.
NYU - Physics - Cosmology
Johns Hopkins - Physics & Astronomy - Cosmology - Accepted. Details to follow.
U Chicago - Astronomy - Cosmology - Rejected on 02/10.
Michigan Ann Arbor - Astronomy - Cosmology - Accepted. ~$29k.
U Arizona - Astronomy - Cosmology - Accepted. $30,400 stipend + $2,500 additional research grant.
Vanderbilt - Astronomy - Cosmology
UCLA - Astronomy - Cosmology - Accepted. $19k TAship. Waiting to hear back bout the campus-wide fellowship.
UCSC - Astronomy - Cosmology - Accepted. Details to follow.
UC Davis - Astronomy - Cosmology - Accepted. TAship $20k for 9 months. Declined.
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SpaceFace33
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Re: 2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby SpaceFace33 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:32 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top tier research school in Canada
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.9
Overall GPA: 3.9
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 163 (85%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 6 (99%)
P: 950 (91%)

Research Experience: Finishing up 2 year MSc degree in theoretical/computational astrophysics, simulating giant planet formation. First author ApJ paper. Also did a one year undergrad thesis working with particle accelerator simulation data, as well as a summer research project working with the VERITAS collaboration.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: NSERC USRA, FQRNT scholarship, graduate fellow, miscellaneous entrance awards.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2 years tutoring at college, 2 years TA-ing

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: A lot of outreach work, visiting elementary schools, organizing public lectures etc.

Special Bonus Points: Undergrad was very intense with physics courses (i.e. 5+ grad courses during undergrad). From what I can tell, much more extensive course background than most US schools.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

MIT - Astronomy/Astrophysics - invited for skype interview 01/04 - Accepted 02/09... holy ***
Harvard - Astronomy/Astrophysics - Rejected 02/10
University of Toronto - Astronomy/Astrophysics - invited for skype interview 01/18 - Accepted 02/06
Stony Brook - Astronomy/Astrophysics - Accepted 01/28
Princeton - Astrophysical Sciences - Rejected 02/03
Cornell - Astronomy/Astrophysics - Accepted 02/06
Rice - Astronomy/Astrophysics - Accepted 02/02 on website - Official acceptance letter 02/06
Caltech - Astronomy/Astrophysics
University of Washington - Astronomy/Astrophysics
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