PHD admissions

  • This has become our largest and most active forum because the physics GRE is just one aspect of getting accepted into a graduate physics program.
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Postby sekharsrinadhu » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:15 pm

HI Friends,

I am sekhar from India. NOw i am pursuing final semeter M.SC Physics.
I scored 1020(v-320 ,q-700) in Gre general exam. I have above 75% in 10th,12th class and 75% in B.SC and 7.86(Cgpa) till third semester in M.SC.

I am planning to take toefl in the next month and want to apply for 2009 january(fall) admissions. Now i am working on a project in Nano material which is of 1 year duration and we are expecting a paper out of it around july.


Can any one suggest me Where can i will be able to apply with my profile.
Someone Please guide me...

Thanks for ur coments and suggestions.

my email: sekharsrinadhu@gmail.com

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Postby grae313 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:54 pm

:lol:

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Postby quizivex » Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:09 pm

baaahhaahahhahahhahahahh

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Postby tnoviell » Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:22 pm

Wait, I got this one, again:

"Check out the 2008 profiles and admissions thread and post your stats!!!" - grae313

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Postby shouravv » Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:31 pm

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Postby grae313 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:29 pm

shouravv, thank you for posting that information.

I just wanted to say that in my case, I respond the same to anyone who comes on this forum and asks us very broad and general questions about what they need to do and where they need to apply whether they are foreign or not. It takes hours of research to answer these questions, and the answer are specific to each person. I happily field specific questions that I have an opinion on, but I'm not going to do hours of research to give this guy a list of schools he should apply to, and that is what he has essentially asked for, even though I'm sure he doesn't realize it.

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Postby hchemist » Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:55 pm

@gre313:

You could have posted just that (reply above) for the first post. You had time to put a smile face and then again, you have time to defend that you're not racial.

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Postby fermiboy » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:00 pm

shouravv,

So you're calling people on this board racist and/or xenophobes because we don't want to research grad programs for others? We all did the research on our own, the data on grad programs is all over the damn interwebs, all of us found it, so why can't others?

Maybe if people came on here and said "here are my stats, these are the programs I looked at, here's the data I found, etc." THEN said "any suggestions, pointers, blah blah," then I think board members would be more open to giving advice.

What a lot of these people are doing is equivalent to going to the math tutor lab and asking for help on integrating a function. The tutor says "show me what you've done so far and where are you stuck?" Reply: "I haven't tried it yet, can't you just tell me the answer?"

This is the same sort of thing sekharsrinadhu is doing, and that's why he/she get's a hostile response, NOT because of his/her nationality. A domestic student would get the same response.

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Postby hchemist » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:36 pm

@fermiboy: I agree with you that none of us are responsible to help this first poster's concern. He is being much too general to be helped in a meaningful way. But certainly, it is not nice to laugh at him. If you don't want to help, that's fine. Just go on your way.

But certainly, there are way to help if you want to. Just by telling him that he needs to be more specific about his situation and so on.

I am a tutor myself and I understand how frustrating it is when unprepared student is eager to get an answer out of homework problem. But as a tutor, I at least ask "show me what you got so far" rather then just smile and leave.

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Postby vicente » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:09 pm

i'm a xenophobe, i can't help it, i hate it when the prof/TA's accent is so thick that I cant understand what he or she is saying. They should make the TOEFL harder because so many people at my school can't or won't speak English to other people.

but please don't call people racists when you have no proof.

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:24 pm

Hello dear xenophobe( vicente :lol: )
plz stay in Canada, coz xenophobes donot come out of their home country :lol:
I wonder why you decided to apply to the US grad schools. ahhhhh, I get it. US accent is similar to that of yours, right? This means you are not a xenophobe but an accentophobe, cool ok people we have a new disease( may be I shud call a hip) in the market now called accentophobe!
Enjoy the new disease. It is a hip to have such a disease. so take your chance too. :wink:
TC

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Postby hchemist » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:33 pm

"but please don't call people racists when you have no proof."


Please, read the forum carefully. No one called anyone racist.

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Postby xdebugger » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:37 pm

I wonder how serious the original poster is about his own post in the first place.

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Postby Maxwells_Demon » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:40 pm

"This is more of a pacing test than knowledge test, so focus more on practicing than depth of materials."

You suggested that person to take it in April, then again in October.... I had the impression that taking the Physics GRE only once (and doing well that one time) is better than taking it twice (you gotta admit, if you bomb it once and do well the second time it is kinda risky). Or am I wrong? Taking it twice and doing worse the 2nd time is bad, I assume.

I have the chance to take it in April, but several professors have advised me to take it next October rather than April. I plan to do well so I'm not going to take it in April, see how I do, and then take it in October. That's just telling yourself that you can wing it the first time and _then_ study for the final time. Is my logic faulty? Thanks everyone,

-Maxwell's Demon

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Postby fermiboy » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:45 pm

Many people on these threads are not very fond of international / Chinese / Indian students.
.

hchemist,

What does this statement imply to you?

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Postby grae313 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:18 pm

ok now I have to clear up something else--I wasn't laughing at him... I was laughing with the rest of the forum members who were waiting for me to post something rude. :D

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Postby twistor » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:19 pm

Well...

Don't keep us waiting....

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:28 pm

yeah, I was actually waiting when Grae would post something hilarious. This was all for fun. I am an international myself.

What pissed me off was vicente xenophobic attitude.

I do not think shorav was calling anybody xenophobe or racist. He was only being sarcastic( also he is new poster and does not know that quiz, tnoveill, grae and myself were just kiddin, nothing serious). Fermiboy got heated up, and then vicente walked in with his xenophobic grandeur.
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Postby grinjones » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:28 pm

RG,

Take it easy with the Canada comment.

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:29 pm

grinjones, that post was ONLY for vincente !

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Postby hchemist » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:33 pm

Quote:
Many people on these threads are not very fond of international / Chinese / Indian students.
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hchemist,

What does this statement imply to you?

Okay, first let me come forward and tell you that English is not my native language so it could all be at my fault for not being able to comprehend "not very fond of something" as equivalent to saying "hating something". I'm used to differentiating such so I didn't interpret the quoted sentence as racism. I like to be able to say that I am not fond of cat because I'm a dog person but that certainly doesn't mean I hate or treat cat the way White superior used to treat Black slaves back in slavery time.

Man, I still haven't figure out how to quote from other people's post :x

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Postby grae313 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:38 pm

hchemist wrote:Man, I still haven't figure out how to quote from other people's post Mad


teehee

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Postby grae313 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:39 pm

[_quote_= _"name"]quotation [/_quote_]

just remove the underscores

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Postby shouravv » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:42 pm

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Postby hchemist » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:53 pm

[quote = grae313] hello world! [/quote]



I think I'm failing grae313's class. :oops:

What am I doing wrong here grae313?
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Postby cancelled20080417 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:53 pm

hahahahaha

Grae you r a poor teacher!

studets will have horrible exp if they sit in a class that u will TA at Cornell.

hahaha
kiddin

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Postby fermiboy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:00 am

When you say you're "not very fond of" X and it's a material object like an apple that's fine, but saying it when X is a whole nation of people is something different. Maybe I overreacted but that post just pissed me. Here's the full quote

5. Many people on these threads are not very fond of international / Chinese / Indian students. Don't be discouraged by their behavior. Once you are in the US, you will see that people generally are helpful and understanding.


So people on this board are not helpful and understanding? That's what this quote says to me. I didn't think it was very cool, given that everyone on here as generally tried to support each other.

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Postby grae313 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:06 am

hchemist wrote:[quote = grae313] hello world! [ / quote]



I think I'm failing grae313's class. Embarassed

What am I doing wrong here grae313?


remove all the spaces in the square brackets (the ones around the equals sign)

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Postby fermiboy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:07 am

shouravv,

The OP wasn't even asking a specific question. That's what makes people mad. Then you swoop in and start making sweeping generalizations about many people on this board. That is illogical, in fact there's even a name for that fallacy, it's called a "hasty generalization." Where's your evidence that "many" people on this board are not fond of foreigners? Your lack of logic is not a "feeling," it's blatantly obvious.

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Postby twistor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:12 am

I'm afraid there's only one way to settle this...

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Postby DwightSchrute » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:18 am

wow... this really blew up. Racism? Seriously?

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:20 am

Dw...
you sounded like ERic cartman, fat ass!

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Postby twistor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:21 am

How can text sound like a cartoon character?

If you solve this koan you will be enlightened...

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Postby fermiboy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:24 am

If I walked into a crowded room, say a physics seminar, and said, "you know them Chinese, I've never been too fond of them. Don't really like those Indians either." You think that's NOT racist, xenophobic, or intolerant? Wow.

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Postby hchemist » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:27 am

If I walked into a crowded room, say a physics seminar, and said, "you know them Chinese, I've never been too fond of them. Don't really like those Indians either." You think that's NOT racist, xenophobic, or intolerant? Wow.



I couldn't help but laugh about it. For some reason, that was funny. Am I the only one? :lol: But okay, I admit the fact that it was not appropriate remark.

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Postby grae313 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:30 am

omg everyone here is taking this waaay too personally. shouravv was just suggesting we be a liiittle bit nicer to the people who suck at english and ask stupid questions. I mean really, is that too much to ask? it's not their fault they suck at english. I mean, I suck at chinese and french and indian...

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:36 am

yeah, I don understand why fermiboy is taking it to the diff direction


Neither does the OP nor shouravv knows that Grae has answered such questions several times before.

Also both of these posters are unaware of the fact that quiz. me and other posters leave Grae to answer such general questions and laugh at Grae's response, cuz she keeps answering the same questions again and again and gets pissed finally, and every one does, actually.

So shouravv was only telling the OP that not to come to a conclusion that people from US are xenophobes simply becoz they din ans your question.

So it was neither Grae's NOR shouravv's fault.
It is a fault of a reader who is missing the main point and keep his focus on few details of a sentence.
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Postby hchemist » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:41 am

I agree...

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Postby vicente » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:41 am

There's only one way to settle this:

a grand fistfight showdown like the one that Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert had yesterday :)

I'm ready to take you all on, bitches!

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Postby hchemist » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:42 am

I will be the judge, since I'm not domestic/Chinese/Indian/International

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:44 am

yes vicente, I feel like giving a nice kick right on somebody's face

hchemist, i m not from those places either.
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Postby hchemist » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:45 am

yes vicente


What is that mean? :evil:

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:47 am

hope it is clear now

hahahahah hchemist, do not quote too many times, hahahaha


***. this is crazy... I am wasting all my time in this nonsense business.
I will bettter go smoke.
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Postby fermiboy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:48 am

I'm taking it different direction because everywhere I go people say inane or stupid *** and I'm sick of it. I don't know why that post set me off. Maybe it was overboard to say the dreaded R word, fine I'm sorry.

In fact, I think I have blown a fuse. I decided I don't care who gets in where and that I've been wasting way too much time here. I got in one place, I can do physics somewhere, everything else is just gravy. Good luck everyone.

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Postby twistor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:48 am

Before your steel cage death match ensues everyone should take the time to enjoy this bit of nostalgia:


I compiled a list of hypothetical things we could say to piss off our favorite forum members, including you:


@ grae313

Hello Sir,

Does student who wish to purse physics PhD in US need a undergraduate degree in physics!!!!!!


EDIT:

fermiboy: Don't go because of that. Don't waste time being angry over stupid forum bullshit.
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Postby cancelled20080417 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:51 am

hey fermiboy,
chill out, alrite, you donot have to leave the forum jus cuz of this. I mean, it was not your fault either. i also did not like shouravv's 5 th point, but his over all post will be very helpful to OP.
Forget the rest.


EDIT : hchemist are you a PR of the US, cuz you r neither domestic NOR international? jus out of curiousity

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Postby twistor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:22 am

I think this argument is the result of some kind of cyber cabin fever. Everyone needs to take a few steps back and relax. Deep breaths. Go back to meatspace for awhile, have a meatball and some meatloaf.

(grae313 note my successful incorporation of "meatspace" into casual language.)

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Postby quizivex » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:42 am

I saw shouravv's post this afternoon and thought #5 was going to cause a stir... Sure enough I got back tonight and saw 40 replies and could only imagine what drama unfolded here today...

I initially didn't think it deserved a response, but now I must say that for someone who only registered the forum 4 days ago and has made 9 posts, Shouravv, you would not recognize some of the harmless inside jokes between the "veteran" users.

We've seen so many cases where someone posts an unreasonable inquiry just like sekharsrinadhu's and it just tickles us a little bit... we have established the convention to let grae313 make the first response to such threads. It's just a coincidence that so many of these users are indian. Another trend is that these users never follow up with their inquiries and ask more guided questions... I bet we'll never hear from sekharsrinadhu again!

As twistor brought up, I even made a post weeks ago where I made my own mock imitation of these posts for laughs... And just a few days ago vineeth comes to town... I thought this was getting so funny and then I wake up this morning, checked the forum... and sekharsrinadhu had me rolling on the floor, and grae313 had already given her 2 cents " :lol: "...., hahahahhaha

We need this silliness to keep us going during stressful times...

And fermiboy, please don't go... we've already lost goodfromfar, don't abandon us...

Congrats grae313

butsurigakhushana (sorry for the misspellingn)... Let's compete to see who can last the longest without getting in anywhere...

garden, all hell breaks loose without you... we need another of your cryptic posts to unite us all behind the pursuit of understanding something mysterious...
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Postby shouravv » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:51 am

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Postby trupti » Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:02 am

damn to all people who are trying to kill the humour in these forums and disuniting all its members!!




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