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    2019 Fall
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    CS/ECE PhD

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  1. TheHoff

    Scream Thread

  2. TheHoff

    Is anyone else just way too anxious?

    Yesterday I received an invitation for an on-campus interview which really gave a little bit of morale, the thing is it not my first option (not complaining, just to be clear) The thing is that I worked with a POI at UCSB during the summer of 2015 and I really enjoyed my time there. I felt like I had a great connection with the faculty, I loved the community, the city, still have friends attending there, etc. so it is my first choice. After the internship, I kept working with one of the PhD students there, we got a publication together and the professor agreed to write LoR for me (which he did). I'm thinking about writing an email to the professor asking about the status of my application but don't want to seem demanding, like if he owns me a spot there because of the LoR. My idea is something around the lines of: "I am writing because I was wondering if you could give any updates regarding my application for the Ph.D. program. I started hearing from the other schools I have applied but still no word from UCSB. I reiterate that UCSB is my top choice and knowing what is my situation there would help me better assess the offers from other schools". Any ideas on how to improve that email? Thanks!
  3. TheHoff

    For those of us who haven't heard yet...

    Congrats! Hope you have a great time at your new school!
  4. TheHoff

    For those of us who haven't heard yet...

    Colorado State. Thank you, I hope you get some news soon too!
  5. TheHoff

    For those of us who haven't heard yet...

    My advice is don't lose hope, it's not over until you receive your results. I was on the same boat as you guys and haven't heard from any program at all until yesterday when I woke up with an email inviting me for an interview weekend with pretty much all expenses paid, and I live overseas! I also wrote to Penn State and the officer stated that offers should be made in March.
  6. TheHoff

    Is anyone else just way too anxious?

    Just woke up to an invitation to visit CSU in 2 weeks! They are paying up to $500 of my plane ticket, which is barely half the cost. I'm planning on going as I have a friend there that can house me for a couple of days and make the trip more worthwhile. Super excited! @carolina89 I'm from Porto Alegre
  7. TheHoff

    Is anyone else just way too anxious?

    Oh no, that's no good news! I felt almost the same when someone posted a new result from UCSB after a couple weeks from the last batch since I believe they are starting to call people who were waitlisted and I still haven't heard a thing
  8. TheHoff

    Is anyone else just way too anxious?

    Exactly! Here we do not work on holidays and there is a LOT of them hahaha. I follow UCSB on Instagram and I know they are not open today, I don't know about the other 3 I've applied to.
  9. Good luck to you too! Let's hope we get into CSU even though is not my/our first choice! I don't know for physics but for CS there are only a couple results posted on the survey so I really have no idea when/what to expect from them. What really gets my gears grinding was that when I studied abroad at UCSB, after finishing my summer internship, the professor said I did a great job and he encouraged me to pursue graduate studies, even wrote LoR on my behalf and I still didn't get in. Well, I did receive an offer on Apr/17 but it was without funding so it was not very helpful. Let's hope for better luck this year, even though numerous people already posted acceptances from there...
  10. Problem is that I'm finishing my Masters next month! Even if I was not, I couldn't afford to pay for a Masters in the US. Actually, the sole reason for me to apply to only 4 programs was money :(
  11. That's exactly how I feel too! I have been told from a lot of people, including prospective POIs that I have a great profile and chances of admission are pretty high. Right now I'm on my third year applying and it is not looking good
  12. Excitements: Almost finishing my Master's thesis Worries: Haven't heard a single word from all the programs I applied to. The stress and anxiety from this waiting is taking away all my motivation to continue writing my thesis
  13. TheHoff

    Without LOR from Advisor?

    I was in a similar situation, my advisor is controlling person that tries to make people stay with him at the department. Last year I sent my applications without his LoR and got interviewed by 1 school and accepted without funding at 2. Maybe it hurts a little bit but it doesn't look like it is the end of your chances. This year I decided to ask for his LoR because even though he would probably not be happy about it, I don't think he can write a bad LoR to me when I got A's on all his classes and published 2 papers with him in the last year.
  14. TheHoff

    Is anyone else just way too anxious?

    One more week has passed and still radio silence... at least no new results came on the survey page. The job I applied told me that they would contact whoever was hired by Friday afternoon, so I'm guessing that's a no.
  15. TheHoff

    Is anyone else just way too anxious?

    I was like this until last week, this week I'm trying to control myself and only check the email when I get a notification from my main inbox on the phone. On the other years the acceptance/rejections always went to updates and one time the acceptance from UCSC got into promotions hahaha

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