I am emailing to let you know that our Graduate Recruitment committee is currently reviewing applications. We expect to admit about half of you receiving this email (approximately 75 of 140 U.S. applicants). By February 6 you will hear from me by email again if you have been accepted.
I will also notify you about our Recruitment Weekend which will take place Saturday, March 1. We will provide you with up to $400 to travel expenses if you are coming in from outside Austin. You should plan to arrive Friday, February 29 and depart March 2. We will provide you with the hotel also.
I know other Universities have these preview weekends and I want you to save the date for ours in your plans.
I'm applying for physics PhD, anyone else got this email? Anyone know if $400 is average for schools covering travel expenses?
About UT Austin, since their website says that international decisions are made in March, but their visiting weekend is March 2, they probably aren't going to be paying at all for internationals to come visit them.
EDIT: Yay, this is my 100th post!
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Has anyone heard back from UT Austin yet? I also received the email that "we will let you know by Feb 6 if you have been admitted" but I haven't heard anything and no one seems to have posted anything about an acceptance. Tomorrow is Feb 6 and I'm getting quite nervous...
That's true, or at least let's convince ourselves it is until tomorrow. I'm in the same boat as you, haven't heard back from anywhere yet so I'm really nervous about the first one. I thought UT Austin would be a place I had a good chance of getting in to, so I hope it works out. What fields did you apply to / are interested in?
@randn(1) - To answer your question about which field, I applied for chaos theory/nonlinear dynamics. In fact, I picked all of my schools based on the strength of their programs in that field. How about you?
I applied to particle theory and nonlinear dynamics. All of my research as an undergrad has been in nonlinear dynamics also. I have a feeling we applied to a lot of the same places for that reason, haha.
Definitely theory. As far as what types of research, I actually think that I want to get into QFT and particle physics rather than straight chaos theory. I like both and would be happy working on either, I guess I'll just see what happens. So far my work has been in computational fluid dynamics and theory of dynamical systems.
Quantum chaos is a very neat field (understatement, perhaps). I think UT Austin is an awesome place to do CFD, though. Swinney is there. I want to do theory as well, but all my work so far has been in nonlinear dynamics in networks. I think I want to keep in that direction or some similar interdisciplinary problem.
I would absolutely agree with that. Thanks to Gutzwiller and the like, Quantum Chaos allows us to discern which uncertainties are due to measurement error and which are attributable to nature herself. It's a very philosophical subject.
Good luck with the rest of your applications, I will post here whenever I get accepted or rejected from anywhere.