bfollinprm wrote:You should target both. A lot will depend on demonstrated research aptitude (they'll expect you to be closer a finished article coming from the master's program), which is hard to judge independently. Did you do a thesis masters? If not, push for a (first author) publication in your last year.
Thanks for the response! Unfortunately, I am not the first author. Although I am working on a thesis, I do not think I will publish a first author publication before the end of the semester.
Have you heard stories that relate to mine? I would really appreciate if readers shared their experiences or similar stories from other applicants.