TheBeast wrote:I recommend that you check the applicant profiles to see if the scores that you posted are competitive for entry into the schools that you've mentioned, but something tells me that they aren't for the likes of Madison or UCSD.
TheBeast wrote: What kind of research experience do you have?
SSM wrote:TheBeast wrote: What kind of research experience do you have?
A lot of your admission chances depends on this. Do you have any experience in a physics lab/place where theory is done, or have you only done work related to your job?
Also, what do you want to do specifically in physics? That will greatly effect your chances.
Assuming you want to do experimental work, I don't think a programming job will hurt your chances, but it doesn't exactly help that much either if you have no either research experience.
If you do have some other research experience, I think you probably have a decent shot at the places you listed, except for maybe UCLA. If you don't, I'd train to aim for a lower ranked school than Madison or UC, but Minnesota is still probably within your range.
nos13 wrote:I have several years of research experience with the same professor (freshman year + summer + second half of junior year + summer + senior year). The only potentially bad thing is the large break in the middle (sophomore year + half of junior year) where my interests were divided because, quite honestly, I didn't know what I wanted at that point. The positive is that the professor is very well regarded in his field (health physics) and my research did contribute directly to his work. (IMHO, however, my part of the research wasn't overly difficult or impressive from a technical standpoint...)
My professors, in all honesty, are probably more optimistic about all of this than I am...
bfollinprm wrote:are you interested in health physics? I think there's a different expectation on the PGRE for medical physics students than the community as a whole, since you had to spend time doing biology.
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