Help me in Taking the Decsion !!

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Help me in Taking the Decsion !!

Postby walke » Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:25 am

hi all, i am from india and i am hard time whether i should i apply for the grads .since my both gre scores are low should i apply for the uni. Last time i applied to stony brook , uni michigan and penn state and all of the three rejected and i applied in jan( was it too late).now i don't to waste my money another time so should i apply with the followin score to another unive.
Geneal gre :850
Physics Gre :610
Toefl :81/120

I have completed my engg in comp sci and wanted to research in gravitation.

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Postby butsurigakusha » Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:43 pm

I assume that when you say your general gre score is 850, that is the sum of the quantitative verbal sections. Especially since your degree is not in physics, I think you would have to demonstrate knowledge of physics by getting a high score on the physics gre.

I would think that it would be very difficult for even a domestic applicant with a physics degree to get accepted to schools like Penn State with GRE scores like yours. At Penn State, the average Physics GRE score is 73% (~770) and the average quantitative is 86% (~760). And for international applicants, it is usually necessary to get higher scores than domestic aplicants.

Especially since you say you want to study gravitation, which is pretty theoretical, I would say you should try to improve your physics credentials before applying again. Or, you might be able to get accepted to a less prestigious school. There are almost 200 colleges in the US with physics PhD programs.

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Postby vicente » Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:54 pm

Also, improve your English. If your English isn't great, they're not going to give you a TA position. Oftentimes, the only grad students that don't TA in first year have already been awarded prestigious fellowships.

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Postby astrophysicist2b » Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:21 pm

I'm from Penn State, and I know that it more difficult for international students to get in here (I think they generally want physics GRE scores of >80 percentile from international students). Also, I think it's hardest to get into gravity out of any of the subfields. Something you might want to think about is putting down a less popular field of research on your application; once you get in you can always do something different.

Two other schools you may want to consider are LSU and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, who both do a lot with LIGO. UWM isn't the best school overall, but they have very strong gravity research there. It might be possible for you to get in there given your scores.

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Postby schmit.paul » Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:34 pm

There's been a number of threads written in the last year or so regarding the implications and soundness of stating a different field other than the one in which you actually want to do your graduate research in your grad school applications. Most have concurred it is not a preferable action for a number of reasons. Without duplicating the discussions here, I recommend you search through past threads and investigate the possible consequences and inconveniences that can arise from misrepresenting your interests on your application.

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