Undergrad Institution: Known university from Singapore
GPA in Major: 3.37 (Was higher, dropped after fall semester)
Overall GPA: 3.36
Position in Class: Dead average
Type of Student: International (Singapore)
GRE Scores (revised):
Decided against retaking it as some professors I interacted with said the scores were fine.
- 3 years research experience as an undergraduate intern with a well-known professor
- Final Year Thesis with same professor
- Guest Student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in summer of 3rd year
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Yearly Field Trips / Field Camps in during summer and winter breaks --> Outdoor, hands on field experiences
Special Bonus Points:
I have 2 strong recommendation letters. One from my research advisor from WHOI, the other with connections to MIT-WHOI and Columbia and my final year thesis advisor.
Applying to Where:
(all these schools are geosciences/ earth sciences but under professors working on paleoclimate science/ marine science/ geochemistry)
Columbia; Lamont - Earth Sciences
MIT-WHOI - Marine Geochemistry
UMaine - Geochemistry
Brown - Earth Sciences
LSU - Geography department; but paleoclimate professor
GeorgiaTech - Geochemistry, Paleoclimate
Rochester - Marine Geochemistry
Hi, I've submitted all my applications and it's definitely a nerve-wrecking period waiting for the results. My GPA is definitely not high. Just average where I'm from. I have schools that I know are definitely out of my reach but was encouraged to apply anyway. Would like to know what any of you guys think! I interacted with professors from all of these schools via Skype before sending out my applications to know where I stand and if I am a good fit for the lab. I had favourable replies but some professors are only able to take in 1 student for this year. For those, I am not confident based on my GPA.
All the best to everyone!