raul.carmo

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About raul.carmo

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  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Chemistry
  1. Let’s just TALK about it...

    neuroscience is full of awkward people so you should feel like home (just kidding )
  2. Let’s just TALK about it...

    Don't freak out, you're reading the reply of someone who was rejected to 3 terrible MS programs (they didn't even make it to the rankings) and admitted to a world's top 50 MS program with a full scholarship. Sometimes backup schools (lower tier) end up being the hardest to get into since they usually have less funding and are not able to accept many students. Top schools have much more money to accept incoming students so they are able to pick up more people, so that's why it is quite common to see people with below average credentials (GREs, LOR, GPA etc) get into top schools (at least in chemistry it happens a lot).
  3. Let’s just TALK about it...

    I hate the fact that there are schools which do not accept unofficial copies of the GREs and TOEFL for an admission decision. You have to pay almost 50 dollars (for a foreign student paying in a lower currency it is sooo expensive) to send your scores to each institution just to know: ok you have not been admitted to our program...
  4. Fall 2018 Cycle

    Did anyone hear from University of Pittsburgh, Utah (after Dec.) and UI Chicago? Also, is it inappropriate to call departments to check how far they are in the admissions process? I want to check if they are still sending offers or if all the positions are filled.
  5. Columbia, SC

    Hey guys, anyone attending UofSC for Fall 2018?
  6. Fall 2018 Cycle

    Try looking for past terms to see until when people were accepted then you might have an idea. But don't freak out, most professors are just getting back on the track now after the holidays.
  7. Fall 2018 Cycle

    Did you check on the admissions board to see if there are any acceptances for these institutions? I know Dartmouth will start sending their first round of offers this week and I've seen some people receiving offers from UW, Vanderbilt probably will follow the same calendar of Dartmouth...
  8. Fall 2018 Cycle

    To which programs have you applied? Many programs only send acceptances after Jan. 15 (today).
  9. Fall 2018 Cycle

    Yes, there are many other factors other than scores and GPAs, I was talking about international students admitted with a similar background (at least from the information they posted there) and scores. Of course it is impossible to tell who's going to be admitted or not (I saw students being rejected with a 4.00 GPA and high GRE scores, publications etc). But at the same time I feel that going for a PhD in the US regardless of the institution is already a big accomplishment for me as a Brazilian student. Differently from other developing countries (China/India), Brazil doesn't have this mobility culture and you can see that by the small number of Brazilians in graduate programs abroad, even though Brazil is the 7th world economy people just stay here, so earning a PhD abroad will already be a huge plus to my CV.
  10. Fall 2018 Cycle

    I agree, I just feel bad because I could have applied to those as well since they have faculty members doing outstanding research in my field. Who knows right?
  11. Fall 2018 Cycle

    I feel bad now after looking the admissions board that many people with weaker CVs and scores than mine got into top programs like Berkeley and Chapel Hill. I didn't apply because I thought my chances would be essentially zero, now I feel like I could have been accepted to those as well if I tried.
  12. Fall 2018 Admission

    Yes, right? Thank you
  13. Fall 2018 Cycle

    It's because I applied to other programs last year and got rejected to all haha. But they were MS programs and my GRE scores were much lower, and I found out later that my recommendation letters had like 3 lines because my professors were so lazy that they would write something like "he's a good student and I recommend him for a doctoral position at your institution" END. Now I even have a strong recommendation letter from a famous PI in the US (after years he still remembers me) but he is in the field of entomology (I was a biochem major then transferred to chemistry).
  14. University of South Carolina 2017

    Just got the e-mail with an offer of admission, so happy! PhD in Chemistry here.
  15. Fall 2018 Admission

    Just got an e-mail from the University of South Carolina with an admission offer!! I am so glad even though it is not my first option, at least I know that in August I will be in US again, just don't know where yet haha