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  1. I've actually committed to the UW Madison Chemistry PhD program starting this fall, so obviously I would pick Madison over Yale. For you, I wonder which of your pros/cons you hold in higher priority. Are location and proximity to family very important to you?

    You mentioned career development opportunities - do you know what you plan to do in your career? My current PI believes UW Madison carries as much weight as any top chemistry program if you were to pursue a career in research or academia. If that's not what you want, that's a point for Yale. 

    As far as labs you're interested in,  as long as there are several labs at both places you would be happy working in, then that's reason enough to go. You may be worried about the Yale faculty's inexperience, but is that make or break for you? Would that prevent you from wanting to join those labs? Similarly, does the research at Madison interest you enough to choose that over Yale? Do you think you would fit in with not just the research, but also the group culture of labs you're interested in at both schools?

    As for the stipend, I think as long as it's enough to live off of comfortably (and I think Madison's is) it's not worth comparing differences of a few thousand dollars a years between programs once you've accounted for COL. 


    Good luck with your decision!

  2. 2 hours ago, monstarfish said:

    I applied to two schools for Fall 2021: the University of Kansas and UIUC. I applied to both for physical chemistry. I got accepted to KU but still waiting on UIUC... Does anyone know if they are still admitting applicants? Has anyone else been accepted/rejected yet?

    I was accepted in physical chemistry to UIUC on Dec 21. I don't know if they're still admitting applicants, but the registration deadline for their visit weekends was Jan 22.

  3. 2 minutes ago, somechemapplicant said:

    I didn't submit GRE scores to either. I wonder if there's still a chance for us at Caltech. It's my top choice, but I am very grateful to get into Berkeley as well. Maybe I'll see you at Berkeley this fall :)

    I'm not holding out hope, haha, but I am also very happy about Berkeley. Maybe you will! Still, good luck with Caltech!

  4. Just now, somechemapplicant said:

    So, theory people did get interviews at Caltech? That's kind of sad for me to hear. I did get into Berkeley and Northwestern, so I'm a bit surprised I didn't get an interview. I guess I could very well have gotten rejected from Caltech. 

    I also got into Berkeley and didn't get an interview from Caltech. Guess they're looking for different things 🤷‍♀️I applied pchem and didn't submit GRE scores to either of them fwiw

  5. 6 minutes ago, crystal_clear said:

    i've found that if i search california institute of technology and caltech i get different results, under california institute of technology chemistry, i can see two posts about organic chemistry phd

    if you read back earlier in this thread there was more info posted about how many people were in the collective Zoom interviews

  6. 8 hours ago, lipward said:

    Thanks! I applied to Caltech, MIT, Yale, Rice, Stanford, UW-Madison, and Columbia. 

    I applied for most of these several weeks late as I had to deal with an unexpected visa issue and had to prioritize it over applications due to severity.

    They allowed me to submit the applications but not sure about the impact of the delay.     

    I also applied to UW-Madison, Caltech, and MIT, as well as Berkeley, UIUC, Pittsburgh, and UChicago. I've heard back from Madison, Berkeley, UIUC, and Pittsburgh, and it seems like Madison is mostly done since they have fully scheduled both their visit weekends. Berkeley gave a deadline of Feb 5 to register for their visit weekends so most acceptances should be sent out before then. Not sure where UIUC is, but for Pittsburgh I think it's still early for them.

     I haven't heard a word from Caltech, MIT, or UChicago. I do figure that means I was rejected from Caltech (Pchem).

  7. 18 minutes ago, lipward said:

    I am an international student but living in the US and have not heard back from any chemistry programs I have applied to.

    However, I heard from some of the PIs I contacted, but none have given me any word on admission. They only told me that they like my profile and blah blah.

    Also, I have noticed that nobody here shared a detailed profile of themself this year, so it is kind of hard to guess the situation like in the past cycles.

    I would be okay to share my stats as I thought it would help each other out rather than be seen as showing off.

    However, I am somewhat hesitant that I do not know how people would take it based on how this tread has been evolving. I am a direct and blunt person, but I do not want to offend other people instead of helping each other.

    I have to wonder how much the process can actually be quantified by "stats" this year. I've always thought the personal statement and letters of recommendation were most important; GPAs can only really be judged in the context of your own institution and many schools did not require the GRE this year - I didn't submit any scores at all. Number of publications and presentations can also mean different things depending on the research you're involved in and the quality of those pubs/posters. I don't see how comparing "stats" could really give any useful information, but more power to you.

  8. 13 minutes ago, Zihao said:

    My POI from Northwestern University wanted to have quick zoom call with me this week. Does anyone know what should I expect? Thanks.

    I didn't apply to Northwestern, but I am currently attending for undergrad so I might be able to share any experience I may have had with your POI

  9. Hey, I've been lurking for a while but reading about the Caltech interviews finally got me anxious enough to make an account lol. I haven't been contacted by them all. I wish if I were rejected they would just tell me already!!

    I do feel lucky though because I already have 3 acceptances I'm excited about, just waiting to hear back from the remaining 4.

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