2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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Nishikata
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Nishikata » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: Well-reputed university in Asia.
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Nanoscience, Engineering Materials
GPA in Major:4.71/5
Overall GPA:4.65/5
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: International Asian Male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 168 (94%)
V: 160 (86%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 980 (93%)


TOEFL: 107 (R: 30 , L:27 , S:23 , W:27 )


Research Experience

Three research projects, total 15 months full-time work: 1 theoretical project on graphene, and 1 experimental project on LAO/STO at my institution, plus 1 experimental project on manganese oxides at Chemistry Dept of an overseas institution. The graphene project resulted in a collaborative publication in Nat.Comms with a UC Berkeley professor. Got co-first author.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean’s List, Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 years as process integration engineer in a semiconductor company, bonded to work as part of financing my undergrad degree.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Physics Club President. Helped organizing major olympiad during my tenure.
Resident Cluster Leader at my dormitory.

Special Bonus Points:
Took grad class Adv. Solid State Physics and completed with top grade, had the lecturer as my letter writer.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
The publication got accepted recently, so I have been working on this publication during these 3 years instead of merely working in a loosely related occupation to grad school physics.

Applying to Where:

All to Dept. of Physics:
Harvard - CMT
MIT – CMT/CME/AMO
Princeton – CMT/CME
Stanford – CMT
Columbia – CMT
Caltech – CMT/CME
Illinois – CMT
Oxford – MSc at Mathematical and Theoretical Physics – CMT
Yale – CMT
Berkeley – CMT

krappyram
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby krappyram » Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:22 am

Undergrad Institution: University of Michigan
Major(s): Physics, German
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA in Major: 2.96 Physics, 3.71 German
Overall GPA: 3.11
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Average/Below Average (Physics)
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 155 (58%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 790 (66%)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience: 1 year in observational cosmology, a summer in astronomy, and 1 year in HEPEX. A paper from HEPEX is in the process of being written.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: University Honors (1 semester), and a study abroad award.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Taking an online machine learning course, focused on AI in my comp science minor. Have been helping a biomechanics lab in some augmented reality programming projects.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: N/A

Special Bonus Points: Have a website where I blog about some Machine Learning and AI programs/algorithms. I also had a semester abroad.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Nothing off the top of my head...I explain away my grades as having difficulty managing time and early uncertainty in career path/major.

Applying to Where: Physics/Astronomy, all in Computational Astrophysics or HEPEX.
Note: I applied last year with lower PGRE (660, 41%) and without the HEPEX research. Didn't get into any top 40 schools.

PhD:
Michigan State University - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
University of Southern California - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
Kansas University - Physics - HEPEX
Drexel University - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
Clemson University - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
University of Florida - Physics/Astronomy - HEPEX/Comp Astrophysics
Texas A&M - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
Vanderbilt - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
Syracuse - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
Louisiana State University - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
College University of New York - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
University of Rochester - Physics - Comp Astrophysics

Master's Degrees:
Purdue University - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
Indiana University - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
University of Pittsburgh - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
University of Connecticut - Physics - Comp Astrophysics
University of Central Florida - Physics - Comp Astrophysics


School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 28: WILL ATTEND for Ph.D. Accepted via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 14: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 23: Rejected via website/email)

mangoloid
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mangoloid » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:39 pm

Undergrad Institution: UC with a good physics rep
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.35
Overall GPA[: 3.35
Length of Degree] 3
Position in Class: not sure...
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Scores:
Q: 162 (80th)
V: 159 (83rd)
W: 4.5 (82th)
P: 730 (55th) :evil:


TOEFL Total:

Research Experience: 8 months in Exp. Cosmology Lab, 1 conference proceeding. 3 mos. full time in materials lab

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean’s list for two quarters :D

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Physics department study room fellow for quarter, Online tutor for 2 years, Volunteer for 3 years, board of directors for a property management org. for 6 mos...

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Strong upward trend, As in QM series, graduated in 3 years,

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...) Advisor might have some connections

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: sitting in on CM courses

Applying to Where:
UCSB - MSE
UChicago - Molecular Engineering
Penn State - CME
UC Irvine- CME
Rutgers - CME
UCSC - CME
NYU - CME
UC Riverside - CME
USC - CME

linktothepast
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby linktothepast » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:14 pm

Undergrad Institution: Mid-Size State University
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.97
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 168 (94%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 950 (90%)

Research Experience:
~1.5 years computational math research at my school
~1.5 years theoretical atomic physics research at my school
1 REU in computational condensed matter physics

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Will graduate in honors program. Selected as outstanding junior math student.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Have been working as physics tutor for past 5 semesters. Was a LA for one Intro Mechanics course.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 4 posters (one poster presented at a national conference). 1 talk at my university.

Special Bonus Points: I have done research with all three of my letter writers and they should all be very positive.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: All for CM/AMO Theory

MIT - Physics
Harvard - Physics
Princeton - Physics
Yale - Physics
Cornell - Physics
UMD - Physics
UIUC - Physics
UT Austin - Physics
Rutgers - Physics
University of Delaware - Physics
Lehigh - Physics

darklurker
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby darklurker » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:18 pm

Undergrad Institution: top school in Canada, good reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: really didn't take any non core classes
Overall GPA: 3.67
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: consistently slightly above average
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 165 (88%) :oops:
V: 161 (88%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 800 (68%) (applying to astro so hopefully wont negatively affect)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience: All in astro: 1 summer project and 2 semester research thesis at home institution. 1 summer project at NASA. One 1st author publication (not a fancy journal) and one 2nd author ApJ on the way. One poster presentation at a national undergrad conference, one oral presentation at AAS

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A couple scholarships and research stipends, an award for my poster presentation.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: graded assignments for an undergrad class. Editor for a research journal. Took class notes for students with disabilities.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Nope!

Special Bonus Points: I'm female and I'm doing research for a pretty famous scientist currently (but they aren't one of my letter writers). My letters should be strong, a few connections between my writers and the schools I am applying too.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: One grad level astro course

Applying to Where:

Harvard (a girl can dream right?) - Astro -
Caltech - Astro -
MIT -Physics - Astro-
Yale University - Astro -
Columbia - Astro -
University of Michigan - Astro -
University of British Columbia (Masters) - Astronomy - (Jan. 9: ACCEPTED for M.Sc. via email + $15k RA + $10k TA)
McGill University (Masters) - Astro -
University of Toronto - Astro -


Best of luck everybody! Happy to finally contribute to this forum, it both helped me and caused me so much anxiety during my undergrad years.

School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 28: WILL ATTEND for Ph.D. Accepted via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 14: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 23: Rejected via website/email)
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Phyzch
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Phyzch » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:43 pm

Undergrad Institution: top school in China, PKU. good reputation in physics, but not sure if it is well known in US
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.71
Overall GPA: 3.68
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: around 30% I assume
Type of Student: Asian Male

GRE General: Verbal 155, Q: 170, AW: 3.5
PGRE: 990
Toefl: 107 (29L,30R, 26W, 22S :? )

Research Experience: All in Biophysics. first last half year from sophomore to junior in PKU(quit without recommendation letter, I have to say the professor is not kind enough, a little mean.), deep learning techniques applied to cryoEM. second, junior to senior year, some topics about nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics. third, from August,2018 to now, with a US professor affiliated to PKU about free energy, stochastic physics and biophysics.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: two scholarship.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: None.

Special Bonus Points: Letter of recommendation come from professor who direct my last two REU, they seem to be very satisfied about my performance. But it seems to me that US faculties quite underestimate the recommendation from Chinese professor, even from top University(compared with US and Europe), really bad news for me.

Applying to Where:
All orientation in biophysics and statistical physic theory if not specified
Yale physics
Cornell physics
UPenn physics (soft matter)
Michigan physics
UIUC physics
UCSB physics
University of Maryland physics (also mentioned nonlinear physics)
UCSD physics
CU Boulder physics (chemical physics, soft matter)

Hope everyone have great offer! :D

physicseob
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby physicseob » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:01 am

Undergrad Institution: Well-reputed university in Asia
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.93
Overall GPA: 3.86
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: TOP 8)
Type of Student: International Asian Male

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 170
V: 152
W: 3.0
P: 800

TOEFL: 90 (R: 26, L: 24, S: 19 :cry: , W: 21)

Research Experience:
Undergraduate Student Researcher at school (1 semester)
Research Internship at Government Institute in my country (1 year)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Dean's List (1st rank in Department of Physics)
Summa cum laude (1st rank in all College of Sciences)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Math private tutor (5 years)
Research Internship (1 year)
1 Oral Presentation
1 Submitted publication (1st Author)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Physics Club President
Member of Astronomy Club
Student Council, Department of Physics
Representative of a senior class, Department of Physics

Special Bonus Points:
Took graduate class, Electromagnetism, in advance
Working Holiday in Canada
Appeared on TV

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I'm interested in CME, especially something about spintronics

Applying to Where:
Cornell University - Applied Physics - CME
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign - Physics - CME
University of California, Santa Barbara - Physics - CME
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Physics - CME
University of Maryland, College Park - Physics - CME
University of California, Los Angeles - Physics - CME
University of California, San Diego - Physics - CME
University of Texas, Austin - Physics - CME
The Ohio State University - Physics - CME
Pennsylvania State University, University Park - Physics - CME
Michigan State University - Physics - CME (Jan. 17: Skype request)
Indiana University, Bloomington - Physics - CME
University of Arizona - Physics - CME
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ShowMeYourMoves
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ShowMeYourMoves » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:56 am

Undergrad Institution: State school, no reputation in physics (usnews rank ~70)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.74
Overall GPA: 3.7
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Top 4 out of about 15
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 158 (68%) :cry:
V: 154 (65%)
W: 4
P: 640 (36%) :cry: :cry: :cry:


Research Experience:
- 1 summer + 1 semester in computational condensed matter group. I did molecular dynamics simulations and wrote code for data analysis. Presented a poster at my school's annual research poster seminar. No significant results though.
- 2 summers + part time for 2 semesters (very few hr/week during school year) in material science lab working on polymer LED. I fabricated the devices and tested them in a glovebox, learned how to do absorbance and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Results were used for my senior thesis. Again, I presented this work at my school's poster seminar.
- 1 semester (post-bacc) SULI internship in nuclear physics at Berkeley Lab. I helped put together an imaging system that utilized neutron scattering. I did some simulations that ended up being used for a paper that was submitted to the arXiv, but not yet published in a journal (I'm listed as 3rd author). Presented poster at the required SULI poster session
- Currently doing another semester of SULI internship at Oak Ridge National Lab in quantum information science. I will be studying topological materials, working with a dilution fridge and doing scanning probe microscopy (I'm mentioning this in my applications).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Mini-grant that funded one of my summer research projects
- Fellowship for funding the other summer research project
- Endowment I received for GPA my sophomore year when I was a chemE major prior to switching to physics (provided through school alumni)
- About 5 scholarships for GPA (each lasted several years, allowing me to fund myself until graduation)

All the above awards/scholarships were through my school.


Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 1 semester physics tutor for 101 level classes

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I'm worried about B's in my atomic physics, thermal physics, and optics courses. Also, during my junior year I took some abstract math courses and got B's (I was attempting to dual major in math, but quickly abandoned after I hated the coursework)

Applying to Where:

UMD College Park - Physics - Quantum Information/Condensed Matter Experiment
CU Boulder - Physics - Quantum Information/Condensed Matter Experiment
University of Washington - Physics - Quantum Information/Condensed Matter Experiment
University of Michigan - Applied Physics - Condensed Matter/Nanodevices
Rice University - Applied Physics - Condensed Matter/Nanodevices
Penn State University - Physics - Condensed Matter Experiment
Boston University - Physics - Condensed Matter Experiment
Indiana University - Physics - Condensed Matter Experiment
Stony Brook University - Physics - Condensed Matter Experiment

absoluterest
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby absoluterest » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: One of the best engineering colleges in my country. Not as famous for physics, but quite a few alumni went on to join great schools.
Major(s): Physics (integrated Master's degree, no intermediate Bachelor's)
GPA in Major: 9.1/10
Overall GPA: 8.88/10
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top five in my class of 70
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (97th percentile)
V: 161 (88th percentile)
W: 4.5 (82nd percentile)
P: 910 (86th percentile)


TOEFL: (R: 30/30, L: 29/30, S: 30/30, W: 26/30)


Research Experience: Master's thesis on integrable systems (6 months) and post-grad research assistantship on partition functions of supersymmetric gauge theories (6 months, ongoing) in two of the best institutes for physics in my country - these projects gave me a lot of exposure to advanced mathematics as well; a project in my university (4 months) on quantum chaos and OTOCs; a remote internship (long-drawn-out) on computational astrophysics with a professor from another country back in my third year. I'm interested in string theory, gauge/gravity duality, AdS/CFT integrability, and topics of mathematical physics like T-duality (mirror symmetry) and Hitchin functionals.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Got a government scholarship for my higher education because of my secondary school performance. Nothing phenomenal after that.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Nope.

Special Bonus Points: Did a very small project with a CMT legend in one of the institutes, who's unfortunately not a recommender. Took QFT and GR classes in my university and audited them in the institute in which I'm currently working (GR taught by a string theory legend, but probably doesn't count).

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Have a C from a lab course (which I hated, but this is my fault) and a couple of Bs, but the fact that I've done well in courses that directly matter to my interests should hopefully see me through.

Applying to Where: Applying only for HEP-th. I'll fill in Europe university details later.

Reach:

UT Austin
Stony Brook
Penn State (reach for string theory)
U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
U. Pennsylvania (don't know if that's much of a reach for HEP-th)
U. British Columbia (borderline reach; I really want to get in here)

Match:

Duke University
UC Davis
U. Michigan, Ann-Arbor
U. Wisconsin, Madison
U. Southern California
Texas A&M

Safety:
Brown University

I really don't know if anything is a safety or even a match at this point. This hasn't been the most enjoyable experience so far.

scytoo
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby scytoo » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:01 am

I posted this elsewhere, but it should probably go here for record too.

Undergrad Institution: International, small with very few faculty, but well-respected enough for astrophysics
Major(s): Physics, Applied Mathematics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 3 years BSc, 1 year Honours
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: International (for Oxbridge), white female

GRE Scores : N/A (not applying US)

TOEFL: N/A

Research Experience:
- 2 months with alma mater in first year in astrophysics, first-author publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and two poster presentations (one national, one international, only undergrad to attend)
- 3 months with national lab in second year for astrophysics
- 12 months full-time with alma mater in astrophysics, leading to a 140-page thesis
- 8 months with alma mater, after graduating, in cosmology (ongoing)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- 3 scholarships for science (all within university)
- All university awards for physics and mathematics
- Dean's Roll
- Travel awards for conferences
- Award for best astrophysics thesis
- University medal

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- Peer and private tutor for 4 years
- Marker for 2 years
- Public speaker for astrophysics for 3 years
- State representative for astrophysics in schools for 2 years
- Tour guide and student information leader for Open Days etc for 4 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: An astronomy festival I annually present at was recently awarded $10mil to build a planetarium in my tiny hometown. Ambassador for schools, so I do a lot of travelling and presenting in astrophysics, plus interviews and news articles about those events. Should come up if they Google me.

Special Bonus Points: My primary research supervisor attended both Cambridge and Oxford, one as a graduate student and the other as a post-doc. I grew up in poverty in my state, so my outreach work is directly tied to engaging disadvantaged communities. I've already contacted all of my proposed supervisors, and finalised projects.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where (All for astronomy/astrophysics):

Cambridge (UK) -
Oxford (UK) -
ANU (Aus) - Accepted 6 Dec for $30k RTP stipend at Ursula Hall. Declined 10 Jan.
Home institution (Aus) - Informal acceptance 10 Dec for RTP stipend and co-tutelle in UK.
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amb
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby amb » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:20 pm

Undergrad Institution: big state school, decent reputation I think
Major(s): Physics, Math, Astronomy
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA in Major: 3.7
Overall GPA: 3.25
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: no idea, average?
Type of Student: Domestic Female

GRE Scores :
Q: 156
V: 158
W: 4.0
P: -


TOEFL: -


Research Experience:
- 0.5 years physics research at my university (some talk of a paper but I'm not sure if that's actually happening)
- 2 years astronomy research at my university
- REU in particle physics w/ poster presentation

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 1 physics department award at my university

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: some minor tutoring

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Attended U Michigan Astro Fall Preview

Special Bonus Points: 2 grad astro classes, female, one relatively well-known recommender

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: first-gen immigrant, really strong upward trend in grades, 3.6 gpa in last 2 years

Applying to Where:

University of Washington - Astronomy
Ohio State University - Astronomy
University of Michigan - Astronomy
University of Texas at Austin - Astronomy
Michigan State University - Astronomy
University of Toronto - Astronomy
Northwestern University - Astronomy
University of Minnesota - Astronomy
University of Florida - Astronomy
University of California Santa Cruz - Astronomy
University of Chicago - Astronomy
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Astronomy
University of West Virginia - Astronomy
University of Victoria - Astronomy
New Mexico State University - Astronomy
University of Copenhagen - Astronomy
University of Massachusetts - Astronomy
University of Utah - Astronomy
University of Texas - San Antonio - Astronomy
Durham University - Astronomy
Leiden University - Astronomy

My recommender said to apply "broadly"... hopefully at least one of these places will want me. I just don't want to have to tell my family I didn't get in anywhere.

abhispace
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby abhispace » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:13 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large State School (average reputation in Physics)
Major(s): Physics; Astronomy
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 2.5
Overall GPA: 2.7
Length of Degree: 4 years with double major
Position in Class: Towards the lower end
Type of Student: International male

Master's Institution: Small Private International School (no reputation in Physics)
Major(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 7.76/10
Overall GPA: 7.76/10
Length of Degree: 2 years
Position in Class: Towards the top

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 165 (88%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 910 (85%)


TOEFL: (R: 30, L: 30, S: 28, W: 27)


Research Experience: Undergrad Institution: 2 years on Solar Plasma Physics (couple of posters but presented by the post docs in the group); 1.5 years on Cosmology. Master's Institution: 0.5 years on Molecular Dynamics simulations (my thesis; presented and published at a conference)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Full tuition waiver for undergrad; Class representative during Masters

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Founded the Physics society at my Masters Institution

Applying to Where: Dept.: Physics unless otherwise stated; Research Interest: Astrophysics/Biophysics/AMO

University of Chicago -
Columbia University -
University of Arizona -
Georgia Institute of Technology -
University of Rochester -
Arizona State University -
Louisiana State University -
Colorado State University -
Georgia State University - Astronomy Department -
Geroge Washington University -
UT Dallas -
UT San Antonio -
Wesleyan University -
Mississippi State -
UC Merced -

Sphayu
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Sphayu » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:07 pm

Undergrad Institution: Liberal arts, no physics grad program
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Applied maths
GPA in Major: 4.00
Overall GPA: 3.98
Length of Degree: 4 yr
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: Domestic female

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 6.0 (99%)
P: 970 (92%)


Research Experience: Two external experimental summer REUs (NSF programs.) One in optics, one in nuclear and particle physics (neither at top-tier facilities, for stupid reasons. Probably my Achilles heel here.)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Within school: merit recognitions for grades, full-scholarshipo STEM recognition for females, an APS-recognized research award for one undergraduate research project, and a linguistic scholarship.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor, TA both for three years. Presidents of the minorities in STEM club and of SPS. Sigma pi sigma and Phi beta kappa member.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Perhaps my advisor (and one of my recommenders) will mention an area of health issue but I didn't want to write a martyrdom story, but a record of overcoming difficulty is something they may like to see.

Special Bonus Points: I just emailed people whose work I was interested in and they were enthusiastic to hear that I'd read one or more of their papers and liked their work. Hopefully that pushes my application along.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: all Ph.D. programs.

MIT - Physics - Experimental Nuclear/Particle
Harvard - Physics - Experimental Nuclear/Particle
UT Austin - Physics - Experimental Particle
U Chicago - Physics - Experimental Nuclear/Particle
Rice University - Physics - Experimental Particle
Michigan State - Physics - Experimental Nuclear
UM Ann Arbor - Physics - Experimental Nuclear/Particle
Notre Dame - Physics - Experimental Nuclear
Texas A&M University - Physics - Experimental Nuclear
UTSA - Physics - Experimental Applied Nuclear
Umass Lowell - Physics - Experimental Nuclear

Fellowships:
DOE NNSA SSGF:
NSF:

abcd
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby abcd » Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:50 am

Undergrad Institution: Top liberal arts school but not known for physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 3.5
Overall GPA: 3.6
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: average?
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (90%)
V: 162 (91%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
P: 630 (34%) ughh

TOEFL: N/A

Research Experience: Currently working on a year long seniors honors project, did 1 REU the summer before senior year and did 1 summer of research at another university that wasn't part of a program, just me doing research there. This is really as much research as one can hope to have coming out of my liberal arts college.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: All-Academic in my sports league but that's it..

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader and TA for intro physics

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Captain of varsity team, they probably don't care about this though

Special Bonus Points:

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

MIT
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Wisconsin Madison
Carnegie Mellon
Boston University
Boston College
Brown University
University of Washington
Northeastern

ayk
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ayk » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:50 pm

Undergrad Institution: International, one of the top institutions in my country (one can say that)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
Overall GPA: 3.68 ( for now)
Length of Degree: 1 year(preparation school) + 6 years(undergrad.)
Position in Class: near top I think
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (90%)
V: 145 (27%)
W: 2.5 (7%)
P: 810 (70%)

IELTS:7.5 L:7.5 R:9.0 W:6.5 S:7.0

Research Experience:

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: High Honor Roll for two semesters

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA(undergrad. student assistant) for 2 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: I am 25 :?

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: first one attends college in the family

Applying to Where: Cosmology, astrophysics ... /Theoretical.

Columbia University -Astronomy PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago -Physics Master
Northeastern University -Physics PhD
City University of New York (CUNY) - Graduate Center -Physics PhD
New York University (NYU) -Physics PhD


I think I'm gonna apply some other schools too. That's all for the time being

starReach
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Re: 2019 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby starReach » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:23 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school, good undergraduate astrophysics program
Major(s): Astronomy and Physics
GPA in Major: 3.8
Overall GPA: 3.9
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: domestic white female

GRE Scores :
Q: 158 (71%)
V: 160 (85%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
P: 560 (17%) :oops: knew I'd do bad but not THIS bad

Research Experience: 3 small astronomy research projects plus an astronomy REU and an independent project which led to a first-author paper. Conference poster

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Poster award plus a couple academic awards from school

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: One semester teaching astronomy class, lots of outreach volunteering and work

Special Bonus Points: had some solid connections to two of the schools I applied to, am generally a good writer
only two schools actually required that I send PGRE!


Applying to Where:

Caltech - Astronomy - (interview)
Harvard - Astronomy -
University of Arizona - Astronomy -
University of Hawaii - Astronomy -
University of Washington - Astronomy - (interview)
UCLA - Astronomy -
Ohio State - Astronomy - (interview) ACCEPTED!
Penn StateP - Astronomy -
UC Santa Cruz - Astronomy -
Arizona State - Astronomy -
University of Texas - Astronomy -
New Mexico State - Astronomy -




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