: French public university, with a rather good reputation in physics.Major(s)
: Bs. in Physics, Ms. in Physics and MaterialsGPA in Major
: ca. 85% in bachelor, 80% in masterOverall GPA
: 90% in bachelor, 80% in masterLength of Degree
: 3 yr Bsc. + 2 yr Msc.Position in Class
: TopType of Student
: International male, not minority.GRE Scores
: 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 ...
: 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 PGREBoston University
- Physics - Computational physics applied to solar cellsHarvard
- Chemistry- Solar cells understanding - MIT
- Physics- Photonics - Northwestern University
- Applied Physics - Solar cells understanding - No subject test askedCMU
- 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.