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  1. Was admitted to PhD program with Harvard SEAS (Applied Physics) in mid-February. Offer email + letter on application portal said more details will arrive by mail. Have not yet received said mail. Has anyone received any mail from Harvard GSAS?
  2. 1.5 weeks seems a little late... The usual advice I've heard is to send the thank you email one or two days after the interview. Depending on department timelines, they might already have moved on to the next phase in considering your application.
  3. Lots of research group websites have listings of where their alumni go. Checking those out should give you a good idea of career prospects if you choose either program. It's also a question you can ask PIs in person if you plan to visit. Thinking harder about the research available at each institution might also help guide your decision. I can't speak on CME/CMT, but AMO is basically non-existent at Princeton (based on website, they only have two non-emeritus faculty + four postdocs). If you're seriously interested in keeping the AMO door open, then Princeton might not be the best. A
  4. Hey! So, I'm not an engineer, but my situation is quite similar. I'm in a somewhat related field and my profile is almost identical to yours: international student, liberal arts college in the US, good GPA, research experience but no publications, etc. I've gotten into some excellent PhD programs for my field so far: Stanford, Cornell, Universty of Rochester---and all with funding! So, unless you're dead set on like...MIT or something, I think you definitely have a good shot, even without a Master's (those usually aren't funded). As for things you can do, definitely maintain (or improve)
  5. At my college, people managed to make enough noise and there were enough faculty members sitting on various committees who cared that, as of this year, they are rolling out a preferred first names field and (allegedly) even an audio pronunciation guide field on the student portal. Judging from the graduate school application forms that I've filled out recently, it seems like a fair number of institutions are implementing features that allow people to have preferred first names on file and accessible to instructors who care enough. One of the POIs that contacted me for an informal interview eve
  6. Could be that they’re finalizing things re: the weekend before the info goes out with the admittance notification. I am hopeful that they’ll send out results soon!
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