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ketodietman

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    Boring Tuscaloosa
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    biomaterial, drug delivery, food science
  • Application Season
    2019 Spring
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    B.S in Chemical Engineering

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  1. I didn't now where to post it, so please pardon me if this is a wrong place. I am a chemical engineering major with double spanish/math minors, and this one chem. E class has so much to study, and although I am doing well in homework, I keep doing mediocre(68% in first exam and 78% in 2nd exam) in the tests. The tests have much more weight than homework or attendance in this class, so I rhave to do well in the third and final exam just to get B-.I have had one C- 2 years ago, and this will be 2nd C if I don't do well in the final exam. Will this affect my masters admission offer? I want to finish strongly, but this class is so mathmatically intense and picky on nitty gritty details that I keep making mistakes
  2. None except U Alabama. But I am assuming that I have to respond asap. I am very close to accepting an offer from UMD, just need a little more info.
  3. So , I have 4 Ph.D offers in my hand, all of which came around the same time a little less than two weeks ago.I am leaning toward UMD, but I just want a wee bit time to compare NCSU and UMD. I just need how much exactly UMD will help cover me for the first semester so that I can officially accept the offer and proceed to take care of financial certification. I got accepted to Stevens and BAMA, but I don't think I will accept those offers. I know that for fall admissions, April 15th is the last date to respond to offers for EVERY graduate school, but for spring, I haven't seen such rule. What is a reasonable time to take to consider my offer? Do you think I should respond as soon as possible, like within 3 days from now? BAMA told me to respond until this Wednesday(exactly 2 weeks from the decision, which I think is a little tight).
  4. ketodietman

    Overall, how great is Stevens Institute of Tech?

    Oh really? Damn, not even my professors told me that. Do you think he's trying to 'lure' me? If so, why? my PI's biggest project is Lung generation with stem cells. Also, he graduated Columbia with a Ph.D for ME in 2012 and have accrued a lot of honors and rewards.
  5. Hi guys, I recently got admitted into BME Ph.D program at Steven's Institute of Technology for Spring 2019. I got full funding + stipend offer, which is nice! My professors told me that Stevens is indeed strong in all engineergin principles, but I recently have heard some bad things about the grad programs from the current undergrad kids...i.e. professors not caring enough for students, extreme bureaucracy, etc etc. I asked this in Stevens subreddit and all I got was negative responses. I wish i could visit but due to time and money issue, I can't. What are your opinions? The PI that I plan to work with seems very nice. He also told me that if I finish PHD successfully he can get me a post-doc at Columbia, which is a huge plus IMO.
  6. So, I got into Food Science Ph.D in NCSU and U Maryland, CHemical engineering PhD in U Alabama, and Biomedical engineering in Stevens Institute. NCSU, BAMA, and SIT all promised me full funding, but UMD has been a little uncertain. Apparently, UMD grad school has some weird funding processes. I chose my potential PI because she has a great reputation in the department for taking great care of her students and fantastic research experiences. She is trying her very best to get me a job that's comparable to RA during the first semester. I have been corresponding with her a lot, but this is what she says verbatim: "We will try our best to support you as RA/TA during the 4-5 years of your PhD program at UMD unless you are not legible for assistantship due to unsatisfied academic performance, misconduct et al according to UMD/college/depart rules. This is same to all other graduate students. " Is this just a soft way to say "you are gonna get funded but I can't give you guarantee just due technicality" or "you mav actually not get fully funded"? I don't want to drop out in the middle because the school can't pay me do their works.
  7. No its definitely not...unless you are applying to completely different programs, the letters should be similar. I applied to 10 grad school for Spring.
  8. Hi y'all, I am a foreign student who's currently studying in a decent US state college and have recently applied to BME Ph.D program at a grad school in NJ. I am strongly interested in one of the professors there, and a lot of professors in my school told me that it's very strong engineering school. I have 167Q/161V/4.0AWA, 3.634 GPA in chemical engineering with double minors in math and Spanish, 3 years of undergrad researches and some on-campus work experience as a student assistant. Couple days after I applied, the professor - let's call him Prof. K - and I had a 30 min+ phone call and discussed about his research interests and my reasons to go to grad school, which was to learn more professional knowledge about engineering in medicine and doing "my own things" to help medicine progress in long term. We ended phone call in a very positive note, and from what I felt, he seemed to like me and told me that "he hoped to talk to me soon again." JUST yesterday, one of my recommender(let's call him Prof. W) forwarded me an email that Prof. K had sent him, which was on the line of "hey I am very excited about this kid's application but have some few question so I want to talk to you." Prof W asked me what selling points I wanted to emphasize, and I told him to talk about how great I am at adapting at different situation, how I worked hard to maintain good academic credential despite financial and status struggle, etc. And today, Prof. K emailed and asked me if I would be okay with waiting 1-2 weeks to get a decision from admission committee, which I said yes. I am super nervous right now because I really want to go to grad school, and if I don't get in anywhere(i got 3 rejections so far), I will have to go back to Korea and waste 1.5 years in military, which will make it very hard for me to find a job due to an insane job competition. It looks like that Prof. K really likes me and wants to accept me, and from what I heard, it is ultimately up to professors to decide whether to accept me or not, but I know that anything can happen. I am sorry for rambling...I have a migraine, and I am trying so hard to not roll on the floor and scream in pain.
  9. ketodietman

    top 100 chem. E Grad schools or not?

    I know the ranks aren't everything, but it's just my bits of greed to have a degree from a well-known presitigious engineering grad schools. However, how much does the name affect your job prospects in large chem. Engineering companies?
  10. ketodietman

    Engineering schools to avoid?

    I have done some researches about which schools offers good chem. E grad programs, so I won't ask that questions. However, which schools would you NOT recommend? Also, is this list reliable? http://www.university-list.net/us/rank/univ-1039.htm
  11. People have said that masters in science/engineering is harder than bachelors in engineering, but how difficult is it? are there more essays to write? Or labs? more field work? Stricter grading policies?
  12. Hi, I am a junior in US college, and I major in chemical engineering and minor in Spanish. My current GPA is 3.55. I am seriously considering to pursue masters in US, and I would like to ask several questions. 1) Can I pursue masters in discipline that isn't necessarily chem. E, but related somehow? I.E. chemistry, biomedical engineering, etc. 2) Does being a foreign student affect my chance of acceptances as much as it does for undergrad? 3) How do people pay for masters? My family isn't really rich.
  13. Hi, I am a junior in US college, and I major in chemical engineering and minor in Spanish. My current GPA is 3.55. I am seriously considering to pursue masters in US, and I would like to ask several questions. 1) Can I pursue masters in discipline that isn't necessarily chem. E, but related somehow? I.E. chemistry, biomedical engineering, etc. 2) Does being a foreign student affect my chance of acceptances as much as it does for undergrad? 3) How do people pay for masters? My family isn't really rich.
  14. ketodietman

    What kinds of questions can I ask?

    Thank you!
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