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! Undergrad Institution
: Big state university. Good engineering program, but not too well-known for physicsMajor(s)
: Physics & MathematicsMinor(s)
: University-specific research minorGPA in Major
: 4.0Overall GPA
: 4.0Length of Degree
: 4 YearsPosition in Class
: No numbers, but probably near the topType of Student
: Domestic white maleGRE Scores
: 168 (95th)V
: 155 (68th)W
: 4.0 (59th)P
: April 2016:
660 (42nd) ; September 2016:
: 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
: Not that I can think of at the moment. My April 2016 pGRE score is definitely not where I would like it to be. I feel much better about the September 2016 one, so I'm hopeful for that.Applying to Where
:All for HEP-exWill update list soon.
These are exciting and nerve-wracking times! Best of luck to everyone over the next couple months!