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  1. Hi. I'm a senior chemistry major at a public university with a 3.35 gpa and 3.1 major gpa. I also have a math minor. I would like to attend graduate school because I love to do research and it's my favorite way to learn--but right now I have 3 things that are holding me back currently 1. I am interested in many fields of chemistry and I am not yet set on choosing one 2. My GPA is super low but everything else about my application would be pretty good. I'm not sure which tier programs I should apply to. 3. I'm considering taking a year off to get lab-tech experience in a specific field that I'm interested in (food chemistry) and to potentially raise my GPA by the time I apply. Here is my profile- Research experience: (I've been actively doing research since freshman year and have continued throughout the school years) -University funded summer fellowship: biochemistry -Summer REU: computational chemistry -NASA Internship: atmospheric Chemistry -1 current internship at a space-tech start up -I've presented research at 3 national conferences and 4 regional conferences -1 publication (first author) Awards/Recognition: -2 women-in-stem scholarships -Departmental chemistry scholarship -University "fellow" Other: I was a resident advisor for a while and I am an ambassador for a women in stem group on my campus where we do a lot of outreach. I have 3 different research mentors that I have worked very closely with and I feel like they will write fantastic letters. I'm actively involved in my schools dance department? I am currently a tutor. So basically, I'm not sure what caliber programs I should apply to. Would top 10 schools be too far out of my range (Berkeley, Princeton, etc)---I'm assuming they are out range.? Are top 20 schools out of my range (UCLA, UCI)? Would it be beneficial to just apply next year when I potentially bump my GPA up to a 3.4? Should I take chem gre? I'm sorry for the questions, but if you have any insight I'd be forever grateful. Thanks
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