REJECTEDconfromotron wrote:Undergrad Institution: Big State school, ranked ~15 for physics
Major(s): Doubling in Physics and Anstronomy
GPA in Major: 3.72
Overall GPA: 3.65
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: No clue
Type of Student: Domestic asian
GRE Scores : Taking in October
Q: 163 (84%)
V: 160 (86%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
P: 900 (84%)
- About 1.5 years in a condensed matter lab using atomic force microscopes. Helped to ease the probe making process, which we did by hand since we had the AFM running a unique set-up. Measured some cool ferroelectrics.
- About 8 months doing antenna modeling at an engineering lab affiliated with my school. Used some simulation software, and lots of Python.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: University Honors a couple times (basically earning 3.5+ in a semester)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Just the research positions I held.
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: None
Special Bonus Points:
-Condensed matter lab professor is well known, won a couple prestigious awards.
-All letter writers are established researchers for 15+ years. (Not sure if this is special, or bonus)
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
-Got a paper coming out from the condensed matter lab I worked at
-The engineering lab position I held was invite only
-Looked into quantum information myself and found a strong interest in the subject. Ideally I want to study the application of quantum materials in quantum computers. (No bias towards theory or experiment)
Applying to Where:
UT Austin - Physics - Condensed Matter
UIUC - Physics - Quantum Information - ADMITTED
Caltech - Physics - Quantum Information REJECTED
Berkeley - Physics - Condensed Matter REJECTED
Stanford - Physics - Condensed Matter REJECTED
Princeton - Applied Physics - Materials Science REJECTED
UCSB - Physics REJECTED
Waterloo - Quantum Information
University of Maryland- College Park - Physics - Quantum Information REJECTED
Rutgers - Physics
Oxford - Condensed Matter Physics
Acouvert wrote:Undergrad Institution: Small/Medium Tech School, Nationally Recognized for Physics (By research done in Troy, NY)
Major(s): Physics and Mathematical Science
GPA in Major: 3.57 and 3.55
Overall GPA: 3.54
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: No numbers given outside of top 5, so I would say middle of the pack, maybe upper quarter
Type of Student: Puerto Rican Male
GRE Scores : (Took both once only, rookie mistake)
Q: 158 (69%)
V: 157 (76%)
W: 4 (60%)
P: 660 (42%)
TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: ) N/A
Summer Research in Experimental Optical Physics (2 Months), mentioned in publication in work finished by advisor's graduate student.
Summer REU at BYU for theoretical Quantum Optics (7 Months at time of applications), report public on BYU's archives, also resulted in an APS 4C conference oral presentation. Research is ongoing and may result in publication.
Senior Thesis (Ongoing, 5 Months at time of application) in Theoretical Quantum Information Systems at home institution. Working toward future publication in JURP.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Received a minority academic scholarship, that's about it!
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Fraternity member (may be a double-edged sword) that participated in leadership positions (Treasurer and Scholarship Chairman).
Introductory Physics Lab Instructor for 5 Months.
Intermediate Physics Course TA/Paper Grader for 5 Months (3 Months at time of application).
Academic Center Tutor for 8 Months (5 Months at time of application).
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Too busy to do much else
Special Bonus Points: Minority
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Technically first generation to go to college!
Applying to Where:
Massachusetts Instittue of Technology - Physics - QI (REJECTED February 13th via website, not too sad they weren't really a top choice.)
California Institute of Technology - Physics - CMT/QI (REJECTED March 7th via email)
University of Maryland - Ann Arbor - Physics - QI/QC/AMO-T (REJECTED February 14th via email)
University of Waterloo - Quantum Information MSc - QIT/QIS/QIP
Carnegie Mellon University - Physics - CMT/Quantum Electronics
University of Southern California - Physics - CMT/QI/Quantum Electronics
Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute - Physics - Computational (ACCEPTED February 22nd via email to check website. 23K TA)
University of Rochester - Physics (Should've done Institute of Optics) - QIS/QIP/Quantum Optics (REJECTED March 15th via email to check website)
Boston College - Physics - QIP
University of Massachusetts - Lowell - Physics - QIP
Stevens Institute of Technology - Physics - QI/Quantum Computation (ACCEPTED January 29th via email to check website. 25k Fellowship First Year TA/RA to follow.)
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale - Applied Phyiscs - QIS
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