Everything posted by koolbeanz
Hi all, I'm super unsure of my chances at the programs I'm really interested in. Here's a little bit about my background. uGPA: 3.34 (went to a pretty cutthroat "elite" university) GRE: 164V/160Q/4.5AW Undergrad research: public health air pollution research. Got a mention in related publication. Computational toxicological and policy analysis of two pesticides in the Central Valley. Got a poster out of this. Work experience: Spent 1.5 years in federal consulting for the EPA/NIEHS, got a poster out of this work. Spent a year in site-specific human health risk assessment, was largely a waste of time except for some skills I learned in ArcGIS. Spent the last year working at UW and got tons of data analysis/epidemiological analysis/fieldwork experience and am currently working on a publication. Programs of interest: MSPH in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC Gillings, MS in Exposure Sciences at UW, potentially MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at Drexel I am REALLY interested in the MSPH at UNC since there is a professor in that department whose research interests are right in line with my own. I had a phone call with him and he strongly encouraged me to apply, but of course he doesn't know about my grades/GRE scores yet. My main concern is my grades in my first two years of undergrad; I got a D in an organic chemistry course, which I retook and got a B in. I also got a few Cs in my first two years, but my last two years I really busted my ass to get straight As and bring my tanking GPA up. Should I be branching out my grad school search? I guess the other thing that's making me lazy about applying to a lot of schools is that I have a lot of connections at UW through both my current job and my undergrad research. I also have connections at UNC through my first job out of college and my current job. But I also don't want to be cocky and screw myself over...idk what do y'all think?
@_kita Thanks for your insight! That's a good point, I'll do that. But there are some schools that ask for one set of test scores on their portals - in this case, would it be better to report just the second set?
So I took the GRE twice, and I'm unsure of which scores to report, since my V improved dramatically and my Q decreased. Take 1: 160Q, 158V, 4.5AW Take 2: 158Q, 164V, 4.5AW I think reporting the second scores would be a no-brainer if I weren't applying to Master's programs in STEM. I got a 76th percentile Q my first time, but 69th percentile my second. And for V, I got 80th percentile my first time, but 94th my second. So...which scores would be better to self-report on my applications? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!