Undergrad Institution: Tier-2 university in Japan. Graduate Institution: Best school in JapanMajor(s): Mechanical EngineeringGPA(UG)-2.7/4.0(80-percentile), GPA(M)-4.0/4.0GRE Scores (revised/old version):Q:168/170V:141/160W:3.0/-
(I did not prepare at all, so I retry the GRE tmorrow.)TOEFL Total: 99Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)
I have 3 year research experience. undergraduate for single year and masters for 2 years. At master's course I executed 3 completely different research topics under different supervisors.
My publication as a first author are 1 journal publication that is currently under review and 4 conference papers (one of which is IEEE).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)
Graduated with best research presentation award (undergrad).
Passed the qualifying exam at the highest score in the class(undegrad institution)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)
Research assistant (RA) at Japanese version of NASA.Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
My current supervisers are really famous.
Applying to Where:
MIT - EECS
Stanford - Aerospace engineering
CMU - mechanical engineering
Duke - mechanical engineering
Univ. of Tokyo - EECS
Georgia Tech - aerospace engineering
Kyoto university - mechanical engieneering
UCSB - mechanical engineering
Keio university - mechanical engineering
My undegraduate GPA was low. Probably, I will be rejected by all American Universities. Fortunately, Japanese university's admission didn't care GPAs to my knowledge. I will go for Ph.D. in Japan, and wiil apply american university as a Post-Doc student again!
Anybody who has really low GPA like me but has confidece about your research ability, applying Japanese university is one choice. I think foreign student can relatively easily get the fund in Japan.