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DiscoTech

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    2017 Fall
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    Electrical Engineering

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  1. Now I'm thinking graduate school was the right choice.
  2. http://www.top-law-schools.com/ Your sub-3.0 GPA will be a more of a problem for graduate school than law school. Law schools are hurting to maintain enrollment given the terrible job prospects for lawyers who don't graduate from top schools. One of them will gladly take you loan money so long as your LSAT score isn't terrible. Graduate students aren't as willing as law students to sign up for hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, which is why graduate schools (even the diploma mills) maintain some standards. The better question is whether you SHOULD go to law school. The folks on the website above will give you the advice you are seeking. It will be frank/brutal, but it will likely be accurate.
  3. I am sure you would have very little trouble getting good internships (Google, FB) during the summer if you decided to go to Princeton.
  4. Big caveat. Also, there isn't a dwindling market for academics in engineering at research institutions. It is tight, but it isn't dwindling. OP, your perceived ability to bring in grants will be what gets you into academia. Since no one can truly know whether you'll flourish at bringing in $, hiring committees use proxies like citation counts, etc ... It would be foolish for me to suggest that the name on the diploma doesn't matter. However, you advisor's research output will matter much more. Or your postdoc advisor's. I am unfamiliar with your field, but I have seen doofuses in photonics turn down UC Santa Barbara for Masters diploma mills like Penn because ... Ivy! Same goes for morons who chose Yale over Colorado for optics. Look at the research output of your advisors. Talk to your mentors at your UG institution. Princeton might even be the better choice, but the name brand should not be the deciding reason. EDIT: You might find this useful regarding faculty hiring - (http://armani.usc.edu/advice/)
  5. Well, it just seemed like we're missing the biggest piece of the puzzle, no? Your fiance might be perfectly fine with a move to Boston and then the decision really just comes down to staying within BigFed or going up to Boston. Also, should we infer that Boston's program is better for your career. It is not 100% clear, but sounds like it is.
  6. It sounds like you've asked a bunch of people on what to do except you fiance. With the federal government hiring freeze, I would probably stay in DC since it sounds like you would get to keep you employment. I also don't understand BU offers that you even want to consider it. Is it better or would just prefer a bigger program? Also, anything your fiance's opinion should probably trump what randos on the internet say.
  7. Your bigger problem is that a school is unlikely to grant you a deferral if your reason for seeking one is to attend another school!!!!!
  8. Don't worry. If there's anything NYU is good at it is loading up students with debt on schedule.
  9. Seems a little optimistic to except quality input from a post so lacking in context/effort.
  10. On second thought, this is a really good question. I doubt that this is the case for condensed matter at UIUC (I assume they are #1 given their history), but in electrical engineering there are definitely some dumpster fires (USC, Penn) that are ranked higher by US News than they truly deserve. On the flip side, Princeton and UCSB are very well regarded in academic circles compared to where the goobers at US News have them.
  11. UIUC is ranked higher. Cornell is more reputed. wut?
  12. USC is a glorified diploma mill unless you're in their PhD program. They are known to push the envelope on reporting to stay up in the rankings. Here is where they got busted for goosing the number of faculty they have in the National Academy of Engineering (link). Per USNWR, their engineering school claims to have research expenditures of $200M/year. However, when they report numbers to someone who cares about whether they lie on such things, they only report $69M/year in expenditures (NSF Herd Survey). If you just want a job after your Masters, USC might do the trick. If you want a meaningful research experience, that might be trickier.
  13. You will not want to get a PhD in robotics after you see the job offers that come after the MS.
  14. Seems like there's blame to go around here. OP kept leading on the advisor to this point (wants to stay, top choice, yadda, yadda) while the advisor was on sabbatical. Now the advisor needs to recruit a new student to fill a void they didn't think they had. Given how late it is in the season, the advisor probably lost out on the chance to recruit someone who would have fit well. On the other hand, since OP applied to other programs, the advisor should not have been surprised that OP wanted go elsewhere. The is part of the business and you'd think the professor could be the grown up. Hopefully, the advisor gets over it.
  15. Are you in engineering or MSW? OP, you say you are interested in academia and I assume you mean at a research university. If you are, you might want to do a little more legwork by talking to professors at you alma mater. Barring that, you might some faculty pages like this one from Andrea Armani [LINK], which offer advice on searching for a faculty position. You should definitely do more than listen to one rando on the internet like me, but here are a couple of things I would suggest. - See if the schools you are interested in have a program that purports to train future faculty. - Hiring a new engineering professor is a big investment for a research institution. Usually they pony up $300k-$1M to help the professor buy equipment, credit at a nanofabrication facility, funding for 2-4 students, etc ... If they are going to make that investment, they want to know that you can pull in grant money. A couple of proxies for ability to rope in grant money (as I've been told) are: (a) 2-3 first authored papers in high impact journals (Nature, Science, PRL), (b) high number of citations of one's work, (c) their impression of your ability to market yourself and your work. What I have told you might only be true for my sub-field, but I would be surprised if it didn't apply to yours as well. Don't fall for the prestige trap. Your advisor is going to be much more important than the name on your diploma.