I am a female international student, got my BS in the US. I'm finishing my application but I think I'm not applying to enough schools.
Undergrad School: A small, non-research, liberal art women's college in the US
Undergrad Major: Chemistry Undergrad GPA: 3.95 out of 4.0
GRE: Q = 170 , V = 157 , AW = 5.0 TOEFL iBT: 114 (S = 25) Chemistry Subject GRE: I bombed it, so I won't send it in unless it says "highly recommended"
Courses: I had all the basic required Chemistry classes except Inorganic Chemistry
Took the only advanced Chem class available (Advanced Organic Spectroscopy)
Research Experience: _1.5 years working at an oceanography lab on 2 projects
_ 2 independent projects on trivial stuff (method developments)
_ 2 internships at the state's toxicology lab (building reference library) and an industrial R&D lab (work on a method development projects)
_ A bunch of independent mini-research projects for classes.
_ All of my research projects (big or small, academic or industrial) are presented at either school/Southern regional seminars and conferences. No publication
Other relevant info: _ Award for outstanding chemistry senior, award for academic achievement, members of honor societies
_ 3 years working as a tutor for Sciences classes
LORs: _One solid letter from my professor (taught me 5 classes and oversaw my projects)
_One okay-good one from my lab's PI (pretty famous in her field, but I'm not applying to her field unfortunately lol)
_One good one from my academic advisor
SOPs: I'm tailoring my SOP to each program I'm applying to make sure my interest and experience are relevant to the said program.
Applying: Duke, Purdue, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, GaTech, Emory
Am I aiming too high for schools in the 30s rank? I try to apply to private institutions tho. What are other programs should I try that would be more in my range? Also, is it too late now to contact professors?
Thank you for your input!