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  1. I'm entering my second year of my MPH at a top 5 program and I’m planning to apply for PhD admission for fall 2018. My biggest worry is that my lack of research experience is going to be a glaring problem with my application. If there’s anyone out there who wouldn’t mind looking at my stats and weighing in on whether or not I have any shot at all, it’d be much appreciated! Ideally, I’d like to aim for a top 20 school and have chosen several that closely match my research interests (health communications and substance misuse) UGPA (Honours): 3.00 Post-bacc GPA (at a top 5 school): 4.00 MPH GPA (at a top 5 school): 3.84 GRE: 165 V / 155 Q / 5 AW (I'm taking this again in September in order to raise my quant score) Experience: I’ve done several internships in the areas of health communications and community health. I also spent a year working with drug users as a harm reduction worker. Starting in September, I’ll be TAing for 3 classes in the area of public health interventions and communications. Research: I completed an UG research thesis, which involved independent qualitative research and I completed a short research internship at a pharma company. I’m also starting a year long GRA position - directly related to my own research interests - in September, which will involve a lot of independent work. Do I have any shot at being accepted? Or is it worth waiting until next year and finding a full time research job after I graduate from my MPH program next May? Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. Hi, I was wondering what my chances would be of getting into a top 25 statistics phd program? as well as a top 50? Below are my stats: Undergrad Institution: Large public university Major(s): Statistics Minor(s): GPA: 3.82 Type of Student: Female, White, Domestic GRE General Test: 149V, 157Q, 3.5AW Programs Applying: PhD in Statistics Research Experience: One semester of statistics research at home university, two summers of statistics research at national lab. Currently have 5 published journal/conference papers. Have presented at about 4-5 conferences. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans List, Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Honors Society, Mu Sigma Rho Honors Society, Honors College Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Have worked as both TA and RA for home university and intern for national lab two summers in a row Letters of Recommendation: One is from my advisor at national lab (wrote multiple papers together) and other two are from professors I had for my entire junior year (assuming will be good) Relevant Courser Work: Math and Stat Courses: Combinatorics (A), Mathematical Reasoning (A), Statistical Computing (A), Mathematical Computing (A), Linear Algebra (A), Differential Equations (B), Probability Theory (B), Advanced Calculus (B), Multivariate Calculus (B), Nonparametric Statistics (A), Regression (A), Statistical Methods I (A), Statistical Methods II (A), Mathematical Statistics I (A), Mathematical Statistics II (A), Linear Models (A), Statistical Inference (A), Applied Statistical Computing using R (A), Time Series Analysis (A), Real Analysis (A) Computing Skills: R, MatLab, SAS, SQL, SPSS, LaTex, VBA, Python, C Applying to Where: Purdue NC State UC Davis UC Berkeley University of Connecticut University of South Carolina Columbia Univ of Illnois at Urbana-Champaign Rutgers University of Kentucky UNC (INSTORE) University of Michigan University of Pittsburgh (assuming good sop) Also, any advice/words of wisdom would be great! Thank you!
  3. Hey there, I'm a chemistry major (biochem concentration) at a top 5 public school (in the US) about to enter my last year in Fall 2017. I am on track to finish my degree in 3 years, however my GPA due to heavy course loads is about 3.5 (3.58 if all goes well next fall semester). Practice GRE tests put me in the 95 percentile range, but I haven't taken a chem GRE test yet. I have over a year and a half of research experience in two different labs, both relating to pharmacology and bio-organic chemistry, but unfortunately no publications. I am looking at programs in medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and biochemistry. I want to get some opinions on my competitiveness as a candidate for PhD programs and narrow down my list of graduate schools (because it costs a small fortune to apply to just one). Brutal honesty will be much appreciated. Examples of some schools I'm looking at: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Duke University, U-Illinois Urbana Champaign, U-Illinois Chicago, UPenn, UChicago, Rutgers, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and University of Toronto.
  4. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone here has applied/been accepted to a PhD in international education policy without a master's degree? A little about me: Graduated from my school's honors college: 3.7 Completed an honors thesis Full-time research coordinator for 1+ year Hopefully, will have a publication or two by August Will have great letters of rec! Upcoming Fulbright grant (2017-2018) ESL tutor for 3 years Volunteer for a girls' school in Tanzania 4 years of undergraduate research Teaching assistant, worked/studied abroad, + other internships None of the programs I am interested in require a master's degree, but...... who knows! Thanks for your input
  5. Hi, I am a chemical engineering and biology undergraduate student planning to graduate in 2019. I want to pursue a doctoral degree in some area of cancer biology/drug discovery. I love research that allows me to employ quantitative principles to model the biological system perturbations that arise in disease states, and I would also like to investigate the effects of small molecules and biologics on those systems. Many programs exist in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biology, etc., to pursue such a route, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to make a career out of this work. At this point, I have completed both a six-month industry co-op internship and a 3-month REU. I have the option to do another six-month co-op, or go to school during that semester and do another summer REU (plenty of juicy and highly specialized graduate electives I can potentially take during that additional semester, such as medicinal or quantum chemistry, statistics with R, Python programming, and bioinformatics, to name a few). Any advice? For the summer research, I am particularly interested in the Amgen Scholars Program, if I can get in. It seems to be exactly what I am looking for. If I did an industrial internship it would probably be in drug discovery, if I could get one, or another bioprocess engineering position. Any other suggestions are welcome as well. Stats below: Undergrad Institution: mid-tier, large public university Major(s): Chemical Engineering (emphasis in Bioengineering) and Biology (emphasis in Biotechnology) Minor(s): Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering (mostly used graduate courses to complete these) GPA in Majors: 3.96 Overall GPA: 3.7 (due to poor initial showing in college 15 years ago; returned to school in 2013 and GPA is 3.9 over last 4 years) Position in Class: top 5% of current institution Type of Student: Domestic white male, non-traditional, first-gen college student, below poverty line GRE Scores (revised/old version): (estimates based on practice exam) Q: 164 V: 168 W: 5.0 B: Not going to take Research Experience: 4 overlapping years, spread across 4 faculty labs. Mix of bio/chemical engineering and chemical biology. REU in cancer bioengineering/modeling -> led to a national conference presentation and first author publication. 1 year pharmaceutical powder process modeling/simulation for NIH-funded project 1 year honors fellowship, mammalian cell culture engineering/analysis. -> led to symposium presentation 3 years cell/bioengineering in nano and tissue culture lab. -> 2 presentations and 2 publications, one first author review, one second author experimental paper in high IF journal 1 semester in chemical biology, included computational modeling -> led to national conference presentation Yearlong Honors Research and Thesis forthcoming during senior year (another REU leading to a publication would really go nicely here) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Goldwater Scholar, Honors College, several university scholarships, Dean's List, Honor Societies: Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Omega Chi Epsilon Pertinent Activities or Jobs I founded and am director of an NGO that designs, validates, and builds medium-scale (500L-2500L) sustainable biodigesters in developing nations. My organization has won various local innovation and engineering awards and raised large sums from various sources. 4 Grants total. Currently in an iterative experimental design/evaluation process at a farm near my campus, and looking to apply for EPA P3 funding in the next fiscal year. 6-month Engineering R&D internship at Pfizer Vice President and Secretary of two engineering student chapters on campus ChemE Car Design Team for AIChE Student Chapter Summer Internship Designing Fuel Handling Devices Peer Tutor in chemical engineering and biology Peer Mentor My jobs have been mostly research-based in faculty labs, aside from some professional tutoring, web design, retail, and manual labor work. Special Bonus Points: Glowing LOR's, but not from particularly renown faculty I have earned three online verified Coursera specializations (around 5-6 courses each): Statistics with R, Systems Biology and Biotechnology, and Python Programming (Did this mostly for personal enrichment, is there any value in mentioning this on applications?) I will have taken between 14 and 16 graduate courses before I graduate, in math, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and biology, with a 4.0 across the board so far I am a strong in-person interviewer Applying to Where: (my interests are based mostly on faculty fit; I have already researched which U's allow you to apply to multiple departments) MIT (chemical engineering, bioengineering, biology) Harvard (chemical biology, systems biology, bioengineering) Stanford (Either ChemEng or chemical and systems biology) Berkeley (chemical engineering) Caltech (chemical engineering) Georgia Tech (chemical and biomedical engineering) UCSD (bioengineering) UCSF (CCB) Tri-Institutional Program in Chemical Biology Rockefeller Princeton (chemical engineering) UW-Madison (chemical engineering) UMinnesota (chemical engineering) UTAustin (chemical engineering) Delaware (chemical engineering)
  6. Hi All! I am a recent graduate (c/o 2016) interested in pursuing a Masters and/or PhD in Urban Planning in Fall 2018 (Interested in merging Public Health and Analytics - Using City/Regional data to create healthier spaces) Undergrad Major: Global Health and Environment, 3.39 GPA (3.76 major GPA) GRE: Haven't taken it yet, but I'm a decent test taker and will probably score in the upper 70s or mid/lower 80 percentile) Programs: Columbia GSAPP's MSUP (Urban Analytics), UC Berkeley, I have spent the past few months interning at public health organizations (domestic & internationally) Here are my questions: (1) Do I have a chance at getting into Columbia and/or Berkeley? Are there other graduate programs that focus on data? (2) Considering more competitive applicants with higher marks, is it possible to receive a scholarship or RA-ship funding for a graduate program with my grades? How can I become more competitive? I don't know anyone in real life who is in UP, which is why I'm here. Anything is better than nothing, so please please impart some knowledge! Thank you! **Also please do the poll above to help me be more competitive,
  7. I'm applying to grad schools next year and I'm going to be the first in my family to pursue a PhD so this is honestly kind of nerve wracking. The reason why I am posting here is because I have good academics but mediocre research and recs. Here's my stats: School: Caltech Major: ChemE (top 4 of ~25 students in major, based on Tau Beta Pi acceptance) GPA: 4.1/4.3 Rank: Top 5% of junior class (top ~12 out of ~240 students) GRE: 167V/170Q/4.5W Research No peer-reviewed publications in refereed journals. Freshman year research published in Caltech Undergraduate Research Journal Sophomore year research in new lab wasn't very good or productive Junior year research in same lab presented at AIChE Western Region Conference Working towards a publication in same lab (but I don't know whether I will be done by grad school applications) Did work study in a psychology lab sophomore year as a work-study student, nothing really came of it Will do a R&D internship in Japan this summer Recs Probably will not be great. Not sure what to do about this. Freshman year research adviser expects us to write our own recs, it usually never works out for undergrads because we don't know how to write recs Sophomore + Junior research adviser barely knows me, other than the research I've produced (which only recently started working out) Most profs only know me from class Awards Large institutional scholarships (financial aid) Two Caltech SURF fellowships 3rd place at an AIChE regional paper competition Various awards for startup company Orgs AIChE (president; will be vice president next year) Tau Beta Pi (will be president next year) Teaching Teaching assistant for two undergrad courses and one grad level course
  8. In the fall, I am going to begin my graduate school application process for Speech Pathology. I have some pretty good things going for me: a 3.8 GPA, 4.0 in my major, research experience, letters of recommendation lined up already, and an awesome internship opportunity coming up this summer. But, there is one small problem: I have conduct violations from my freshman year on my record (two violations related to underage drinking when I was 18). I know how stupid it was to drink when I was 18, let alone in the dorms, but I was dumb and depressed and well, it happened. I went through the conduct process, learned my lesson, and even though I am now 21 years old I don't drink at all. The record of these incidents does not appear on my academic record, but it does appear on a separate conduct record. I know that when I apply to grad school, there will be a question on the application asking whether I've ever had any conduct violations, and another about criminal offenses. I do not have a criminal record. My question is what would be the best approach to this? Do I NEED to report my offenses if they don't appear on my academic record? And further, how much will these offenses impact my chances of being accepted to a program? Thank you so much for any insight you are able to provide!
  9. Hi everyone! Like most of you, I have recently finished applications for SLP Master's Programs and am minorly (majorly) freaking out! I don't have many friends who are in SLP grad school, so I'm pretty much in the dark about what my chances of acceptance are. I was hoping to post my stats and get some feedback from you all. My BA is in Linguistics from UCSD, and my Post-Bacc is in Communication Disorders from CSUSM. I have applied to CSUSM, CBU, SJSU, CSULA, CSUF, Chapman University and the University of Redlands. Also, I am 22 years old (Don't know if that is relevant!) Cumulative GPA:3.65 Major GPA; 3.79 VR: 160 QR: 146 AW: 4.5 Experience: I completed a six month internship with a school-based SLP, and have been working as a Registered Behavior Technician with non-verbal children with Autism since May 2016. I would appreciate any and all feedback! Please be brutally honest
  10. Stats so far: UG GPA: 3.6 (have recently graduated) Major: Biological Science (BS) with a concentration in Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry University: Lower-mid tier state school (San Jose State University) GPA for last 2 years of UG: ~3.5 Research experience: So far, minimal. Have completed a 10 week internship, have been volunteering in a research lab for 7 months. By the time I apply, I will have about just below 2 years of research experience. Info about me: Latina female, 23 y/o, will be 24 y/o when I apply No GRE score yet, I will aim to score in the 85th percentile at least Do I have a chance of gaining admittance to a Ph.D program for Molecular and Cell Biology? Schools I'm considering: University of Washington Seattle New Mexico State University University of Texas Austin University of California Irvine University of California Davis (this would be my reach) University of Colorado Denver Please let me know what chances you think I have based on your research and experience. Also, besides scoring high on the GRE, what should I do to improve my chances of gaining admittance?
  11. Undergrad institution:US top 30 liberal arts school (depending on rankings) Major: Biology Minor: Psychology GPA in Major: 3.42 or something like that, should be higher when I graduate given trends in my grades Overall GPA: 3.45, which also should be above 3.5 when I graduate Type of student: Domestic, minority female, current senior I have not taken the GRE yet, but I plan to after graduation in May. Research experience: Summer research internship that I found by contacting a local PI whose research focused on the role of monoamine neurotransmitters and associated neuropeptides in stress related pathology. I got a poster and a presentation out of it, and a really good relationship with the lab. I still volunteer there from time to time, and am scheduled to present my poster at the local Society for Neuroscience chapter early next year. Additionally, I am in the processes of doing research at my home institution for a thesis. My project for the thesis is more based on neuroethology and contains more physiology than pharmacology, and even though this is not my primary interest I do like that I am getting to do electophysiological assays. Awards/Honors: 4 Year Full Tuition Leadership scholarship from a national organization affiliated with my college. I am on track to graduate Cum Laude (as if that matters). Activities/Jobs: I have been a TA for the introductory biology lab course for 2 years, so I have gotten to help students and do the more time consuming parts of experiments that focus heavily on molecular biology and genetics (which is the dominant focus of the bio department at my school). I am also head of a committee that advocates for the needs of students in STEM majors, where we have focused on improving career resources and advising for these students (which pales in comparison to what is available at large research institutions and probably Ivies). Heavily involved in student government all four years, as well as cultural groups on campus. These positions have taught me how to manage finances for clubs and manage larger projects and events. In my spare time, my SO and I are working on a book about mental illness or something to that effect. I'll let you know if we actually get somewhere! Applying to Where: I'm not applying this round, but next round (Fall 2018). But here are the following schools I am looking into, ranked in order by how much I want to go there. The list is short for now as I am still trying to come up with a list of 6-7 schools worth applying to. It should be noted that I am looking to go into a master's program as opposed to a PhD, because I don't think my grades + experience are quite there and I am not sure if I want to go the PhD route. I know that in the case of Penn, you are essentially getting a master, but also are basically being streamlined into the PhD program after a year. I listed it as an option seeing as quite a few people who graduate from my school do end up going to U Penn to get graduate degrees if they don't get an RA position there after graduating. University of Toronto - Pharmacology & Toxicology McGill - Integrative Program in Neuroscience/Psychiatry/Pharmacology (unsure which one suits my needs) Drexel Graduate School of Biomedical and Professional Studies - Pharmacology & Physiology (I did my internship here) UPenn BGS - Neuroscience Special Bonus Points: Minority status may help in the states, but I doubt it means much for Canadian schools. Other Info: I am also sort of pre-med, which shows in my coursework, but unsure if I actually want to commit to going to medical school. Additionally, exposure to certain topics in some of my courses really has me interested in the research side of things. Organic chemistry was not my friend but I received merit grades (no lower than B- though), however I did much better in lab than I did in lecture, but unfortunately the grade on my transcript does not reflect that considering that the lab course and the lecture course are combined into one grade. The same could be said for a lot of the courses in which I took lab courses actually, but my grades in all my other courses are much better. Additionally, a lot of my psych coursework is more neuroscience based or health related. Finally, I have taken two research methods/statistics courses, both of which have taught me how to use R (bio stats) and SPSS (psych stats). My main issue is that I don't think I am competitive for any of the master's programs I want to attend, so I was planning to use my gap year to not only delve further into my research interests, but to also get more research experience. Several alums have recommended that I go for an IRTA program at NIH, and I am considering that. However, i also have a great relationship with the lab I interned at and I know the tech is leaving this spring. I may consider taking his position also. The second option is more ideal because then I could resume work with the project I worked on over the summer, assuming my PI successfully secured grant funding to do a lot more with it. Would doing either of these things make me more competitive for the programs I am interested in?
  12. Hey everyone, I'm applying straight out of undergrad for a masters in IR/IA. I'm applying to several programs, but my goal is to wind up in DC and my top three choices are JHU's SAIS, GW's Elliott School, and AU's SIS. My field of focus would be European/Eurasian studies, and while SAIS has the biggest name it's econ focus scares me a bit which is why I think GW and AU might be better fits (specifically AU because I could do a concentration in identity, ideology, and nationalism, which is what I'm writing a thesis on). I'm going to post some of my stats and if any of you could give your two cents as to my chances of getting accepted I'd really appreciate it! School: Gordon College (no name liberal arts school north of Boston, but surprisingly well known and connected in DC) Majors: International Affairs and Political Science GRE: V: 166 Q: 151 AWA: 5.5 GPA: 3.89 Languages: French (intermediate level) Internships: four internships in political science or community development, plus a job leading a tutoring program Abroad experience: taught English in Hong Kong and Cambodia summer after freshman year, studied abroad in Croatia fall of junior year Extracurriculars: Model UN head delegate, president of MUN club, president of Democrats Club, campaign volunteer for Seth Moulton, mock trial, commencement committee Awards/Honors: Newman Civic Fellows Award, Alpha Mu Gamma Honors Language Society, MUN Outstanding Delegate, Presidential Honors List every semester of college (step above dean's list, means 3.75+ GPA) Also writing an honors thesis on the intersection of Croatian nationalism and EU membership, which I"ll be presenting at at least one conference in the Spring Thanks for any and all input!
  13. Hi, I wanted to get opinions on my chances of an MS admit for Fall 2017. I am interested in working after MS, and am interested in Mechatronics/Automation/Robotics domains. Undergraduate University - Top 10 in India (BITS Pilani), M.E(Hons) Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate GPA (not converted) - 8.1/10 Undergraduate Projects - Study of the oil economy of Middle East, Solid Modelling using MATLAB Industrial Projects (undergrad) - 3D modelling of a marine gearbox (ProEngineer, 1 month), Study of valve rotation in diesel engines (2 months), Design of Durability test automated Fixture (6 months, CATIA) Work Experience - 3 years in a Test & Measurement MNC (Fortune 500 list) as Application Engineer (2 yrs) and Technical Consultant (1 yr). Mainly specializing in embedded products for Motion control, Vision processing, Real-Time and FPGA using LabVIEW. GRE Scores - Q 167, V 157, AWA 4 TOEFL Score - Yet to be given. I was looking at the following universities - GaTech, UMich, Ohio State Uni, Texas A&M Uni. Other suggestions/opinions are welcome. Thanks in advance !
  14. Should I bother applying to NYU, Icahn School of Medicine, University of Washington, and Yale Neuroscience Phd programs...My reasoning for not is that I could use time/resources on lower tier schools. I have an undergrad GPA of 3.59(small LAC), masters neuroscience(not ranked) 3.90, and 1 year of intense electrophys research GREs kind of bad on essay, 17%. 85% on math/verbal.
  15. Hi everyone, I am currently in an Asian University for my bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in family and child studies. I have a very bad cumulative GPA of 3.36, even though it has been increasing per semester (although not by a lot). I have a lot of hands-on and research internships related to this field especially in the children/developmental area: Since I started college I have had 3 research internships (1 ongoing), currently doing my undergrad thesis which is in the clinical psych field, volunteered with ASD kids, NGOs to do with underprivileged kids and interned at a Family Development Center for 5 months, where I sat in with sessions and also created workshops. I am NOT applying directly to Psy.D or PhD but instead am going straight to Master's programmes, namely ones from University College London, Kings College London, VIllanova, Pepperdine and CSPP. In many of them, the ones I am applying to have something related to development/children/families etc. Haven't taken my GREs yet but plan to. Having mentioned this, what is normally considered a 'good' general GRE score? Thanks for any help!
  16. Hello everyone! I just took the GRE today and am slightly dissatisfied with my results (I performed much better on the power prep tests). I plan on taking it again as hopefully my first time can be boiled down to testing jitters. My current profile looks like this: Major: Aerospace Engineering at top 20 Aero School GPA: 4.00 GRE: 164Q, 157V ~3 years of research with regards to space resource utilization. Nothing published yet but I have done two poster sessions and was chosen to present at my state's capitol. I have multiple undergrad research fellowships, scholarships etc. VP of AIAA and President of Rocketry club (that I founded) 2 internships at NASA center Strong LOR's from acclaimed faculty and NASA employee I'm looking at MS programs in Aero Eng at: Stanford UC Berkeley MIT Cornell UWash UCLA USC I have confidence in UWash, UCLA, and USC but am not confident about the top 3. Let me know what you guys think about my chances!
  17. - Class standing: Soon to be senior- My Undergraduate school: Second best engineering school in Florida- Current Overall GPA: 3.76 (Top 10% of engineers at my school)- Current Aerospace Major GPA: 3.78- Research Experience: Currently doing research, nothing special though- Work Experience: Intern at best/second best rocket company in the United States- GRE: Haven't taken yet- L.O.R: They will be standard letters, nothing specialOne caveat; I just received a C in a Fundamentals of Aerodynamics class. This, along with a C in Calculus 1, are the only Cs on my transcript. However, a C in a major course (Fundamentals of Aerodynamics) will destroy my application, correct??What are my honest chances of getting into the following schools for MS in Aerospace (or Mechanical for group X)?Group 1: MIT, StanfordGroup 2: Ga Tech, UMich, Purdue, UIUCGroup X: UC Berkley, Harvard, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, CornellIf I applied to all of these schools, would I get into at least one? Which ones possibly?What about schools like UT Austin or really any other Top 20? Thank you so so so much for any insight that can be provided!!!
  18. GRE 321 Verbal 156(71%) Quant 165(90%) AWA 4.0(56%) UG 78% (Top 5 in department) One good relevant project No work experience or research papers (Working on a research paper currently) Want to do MS in Computer Science. Have sent my scores to USC, UCLA, Stony Brook, UMCP I have Columbia, UC Irvine and San Jose State University in mind. What are my chances of getting into these? Also, suggest any other good universities that fit my profile! Thanks, in advance!
  19. Hi, I thought I should contribute since I got immensely helped from this site for a long time. I should explain this. Firstly, I am an EE Major student planning to switch to CS specifically to Robotics! Undergrad Institution: Top Engineering School in Mumbai (India) Major(s): EE Minor(s): Robotics Overall GPA: 3.0 Type of Student: Indian Male GRE: Will be giving July 8th, 2016 (Expecting 330+) Applying for: Fall 2017 Research Experience: I have extensively worked with MIT Media lab, Harvard Medical School on research projects and grants with tenured faculty from Harvard that are extraordinary. I have 3 publications with Harvard faculty and MIT students, in addition to that, I have 3 publications pending to be accepted. I have presented one research paper in USA on wireless communication using game theory. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 1. Runner up for Augmented Books in AngelHack Hackathon at Bombay stock Exchange 2. 1st Prize in college technical fest for one of the projects 3. Outstanding student of the year award 2010 Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for experiment relevant to my research focus, TA for other non-related courses with Harvard Medical School itself Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 1. I have given a talk in TEDx on one of my projects 2. I have 15+ Amazing projects 3. I have worked in 2 startups and eventually created a startup of my own on one of my projects 4. I have a widespread media coverage. 5. One of my project has been appreciated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: One recommendation letter from Harvard Medical School Tenured Faculty with uncountable papers and grants on him, another Letter of recommendation from a tenured faculty of University of new Hampshire from robotics department. Applying To where: It would be my dream come true if I get into CMU ECE (As it will be easier to get than CS because my majors are in CS and also CMU ECE and CS almost have same courses) I wanted my dear friends here to tell me what are my chances of getting into CMU Also what are my chances of getting into other universities with CS as my majors! I know its not right to count chicks before eggs hatched, as I mentioned I am preparing for GRE and not yet given, but still I want to know my chances, I think it wouldn't hurt to know chances of getting into my dream university!
  20. I'm a freshman at Virginia Tech, and yes, I know it's way too early for me to be worried about graduate school, but I'm just a tad curious.As of right now, I'm pursing two degrees in Statistics and Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA). I'm leaning towards pursuing a graduate degree in Data Science. My top 3 choices as of right now are Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the University of Washington. I got a 4.0 GPA last semester but I feel like the chances of me achieving that again, especially this semester are extremely low. I know I have at least six semesters left of classes to take after this one, but I just wanted to know if a GPA around 3.0-3.6 this semester is digging a hole for myself in regards of getting into one of my top 3 Graduate programs. I'm also really interested in doing Undergraduate Research while I'm here at Virginia Tech if that's of any importance. Just wondering what the "acceptance rate" and standards are for these three Graduate schools for their Statistics/Data Science departments?Thanks!
  21. I am currently a finance major at a state school. I have a decent GPA (3.37) and will most likely graduate with a 3.3. However, I have had to take many semesters of courses where I only to 12 or even 9 credits. There are also semester where I have taken higher courseloads of up to 24 credits (these have ironically been my best semesters). I am trying to take 18 this last semester but it is proving to be difficult and I may drop to 12 credits because I feel that I am behind in 2 classes. This means I will have to take an extra semester, but I don't want to risk getting C's or even D's in these classes. I have not taken exams for the classes yet but I do not feel like I know what is going on. I had other things going on in my life that were making it hard to focus and study. Will grads schools care? Should I attempt to apply anywhere? I am interested in pursuing a Masters in Industrial Design. I was very involved on campus and held many leadership positions during my time as an undergrad. Thanks.
  22. Based on your experience, or what you have heard from colleagues please share your input on my chances of getting into Teachers College, Columbia University with a 3.1 GPA. My GPA decreased tremendously during my last year of college due to a death in my family. Nevertheless, I have a pretty good resume because I have worked throughout college in areas of student development, and I was pretty involved on campus. I also currently work full-time. I was was wondering if anyone with a 3.3 or less GPA have been admitted to Columbia. If so, can you share a few pointers? Thanks!
  23. Ill keep this short and sweet. I would really appreciate any insight you guys may have. I'm a bit freaked out about my grad school chances. I am currently a Junior chemistry major at a prestigious public undergrad in the SUNY system. I have a ~3.1 gpa with a 3.0 chem gpa. I have 6 semesters of research and a summer REU. My lab just submitted a paper for publication. I have VERY strong LORs. Haven't taken the GREs or Chem GREs yet. I have other little things like being in the national chem honor society...etc. I'm fascinated by chem and I really want to go to graduate school. I'm leaning towards theoretical, analytical, and quantum chem. With more emphasis on physical and quantum. Anyone have any ideas on my chances or any tips for me? Thanks in advance!! I truly appreciate it!!
  24. I'm currently a senior BSW student at a high-ranked university in Virginia. I am going to be applying to several MSW programs as well as a few Speech-Language Pathology ones. I am currently planning on applying to George Washington and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities but I am nervous about my application. I have a 3.82 cumulative GPA and a 3.95 in-major GPA, and around a 1220 on the GRE (I took the new one and am still awaiting the official scores). By the time I graduate, I will have had 3 semesters of social work intern experience at a rehabilitation and nursing center, which is the type of facility I would like to someday work at as a Speech Pathologist. I have other work experience with the elderly and will have recommendations from professors as well as my field instructor at my internship and supervisors from the other jobs I have held while going to school and interning. Do you think my stats are good enough to get into these schools?? Any other schools I should look into (I want to stay in the DC/MD/VA area or Minnesota)?
  25. Hi everyone, I'm a 2nd-time applicant to a PhD program in the social sciences. I was waitlisted last year at this program, and it is the only program that I would like to attend at this point--no safety schools for me! Yikes. Last year I nearly lost my mind with anxiety during the loooong wait. I'm doing my best to prevent that from happening this year (it helps that I'm much busier this time around), but I can't help my lame tendency every day to uselessly "calculate" my chances. I've searched the forums on this topic but have found little information: Does anyone have experience reapplying to a program after being waitlisted? Does anyone think that a previous waitlist status works in your favor? I imagine that it probably depends a lot on the current crop of applicants, but I've significantly improved my application through work experience and I've addressed the two comments I received from the admissions officer (contacted faculty, tailored my statement a bit to emphasize fit). I'd appreciate any feedback, cheerleading, or gradcafe equivalent of an anxiolytic. Happy waiting, everyone!