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  1. Hi guys! Long story short I am looking to eventually pursue a PhD in HCI (human computer interaction). Unfortunately, I have a terrible undergraduate GPA...My undergraduate GPA is a 3.04 from UIUC in Economics, which I majored in out of confusion and is truly irrelevant to HCI. While in undergrad, I managed to discover the field of HCI and got involved in research, and also had a local UX research internship. My independent research project was accepted as an extended abstract in CHI (a great HCI journal), and I am now pursuing my master's in Human Computer Interaction at IUPUI (Indiana-Purdue). I am heavily involved in research there, and am currently in the middle of a summer user experience research internship at a pretty established tech company. My GPA from master's after my first year is a solid 3.89, and I have retaken the GRE with a score of 163 V 164 Q and 4.5 AWA. I was wondering if it would be a good idea for my to apply in this upcoming fall, or allow myself a gap year so that I have another full year of master's grades and my grad thesis/other potential publications to come into review for the admissions purposes. I think the extra year would really mitigate my terrible undergrad performance, but I also don't know if I should just go ahead and apply. Bonus question: If I were to wait another year and maintained my ~3.9 GPA would I be competitive for a PhD in Information Science/HCI at the following institutions University of Michigan, Northwestern (MTS PhD), UIUC, UMaryland, UC Irvine, UT Austin, IUPUI, IUB, and UW? What other schools should I add to my list? Thanks!
  2. Hello! I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but I've been feeling extremely anxious about my application due to my less than stellar undergrad GPA. I went to a decent public university for my undergrad and graduated with a GPA of 3.05 in... , I had a very personal, traumatic experience occur to me in college which affected my ability to perform to the best of my capacity. I also was majoring in Economics, but was not interested in the topic at all. I took a few courses in the computer/information sciences, which I ended up enjoying a lot more. Eventually I became involved with research at the Information Science School at my university during undergrad, got an internship working as a user experience research intern for a student learning mobile app, and had my independent project during my senior year published in a relatively well known journal for Human-Computer Interaction as an extended abstract. All these factors, a relatively strong GRE, and a sensitively handled personal statement that disclosed the personal issue that I was confronted with, allowed me a chance to pursue a Master's in Human-Computer Interaction at a pretty great school in the field. With a fresh start, I ultimately graduated from my master's program with a 3.89 GPA. I worked as a research assistant for the full two years, was a co-author in a publication produced by the lab I was assisting with, as well as a successful master's thesis which was also published in a respectable journal. I also interned as user experience researcher at a major social media company in the summer during my master's. Since graduating, I accepted a full-time offer as a UX researcher at a reputable video games company (think EA Games) and plan on working full time for two years. This means I'll be applying for my PhD next application cycle (Fall 2018). I retook my GRE and got a 163 V 163 Q and 4.5 AWA. Given this list, will my low UG GPA keep me from getting into a PhD program at a top tier school? (Indiana-Purdue University, Indiana University, UT Austin, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of California-Irvine, University of Washington, Northwestern University, Cornell University)
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