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  1. Hi guys, this is my first ever post, so I hope to not be doing anything wrong. I am a mechanical engineering undergraduate student from Brazil, and will be applying for graduate school in the US and in Canada for fall 2020 admission. Since the admission process is fairly different from what is done here in my country, I'm not familiar with the credentials that are considered to be good or bad for top schools (I do know, however, that the competition is fierce and sometimes even the best students don't get in), so any advice will be helpful. Here is a brief overview of my CV: Major: Mechanical Engineering Undergrad University: Top 30 in Brazil, but I don't know if it is well known internationally CGPA: 9/10 TOEFL: 110/120 GRE: Haven't taken it yet, but assume that I got stellar results Research Experience: 2 years at the Fluid Mechanics Lab (Mech Eng department), 3+ years at the Processes and Simulations Lab (Chemical Eng department), 1 year at the Renewable Energy Technology research group (Mech Eng department). PS: I participate simultaneously of these three groups. Publications: - Two as second author at an international congress (automated a device that allows for great precision in wind tunnel measurements and helped formulate a new mathematical model for blood flow). - One as second author at a national congress (had minor impact on this one, just analyzed some data and helped to write the paper). - One as second author at a respected peer-reviewed journal (submitted) (developed a new technology design that increases the energy output of hydroturbines). And, if all goes well, by the time I submit my application, I'll have 2-3 more publications (1 of these as first author) at highly regarded journals in my desired field (these publications are related to renewable energy such as hydroturbines and biomass combustion, plus a publication of experimental work that I'm currently carrying out with a masters student). Accomplishments/Awards: My CGPA may not seem so great when compared to other students, but in my department I'm ranked in the top 0.01% (yes, that's how they call it haha) of ALL students ever. Co-founded a research group with my professor. No awards. LORs: One from my long time advisor, who knows me very well and has been a huge part of my research career so far. One from other professor with whom I also conduct research and also happens to be very close. One from the department head, from when I took a graduate course in which he was the professor, and had the best grades in class. He also is my co-advisor (Got his PhD from Cornell). Extracurriculars: Part of the aerodynamics crew of a SAE aerodesign team. Was briefly part of the robotics team. Target schools: I intend to test my luck and apply to MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Cornell and University of Toronto. I know that it is impossible to say for sure if a CV is good enough or not since the admissions process is a crapshoot most of the time, but I would like to know your honest opinion based on your experiences. Thank you for your time.
  2. Does anyone have information (literally any information beyond that on the website) about Colorado State University's Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management Ph.D. program? I applied 1/15 which was the due date to be considered for a TA-ship/RA-ship, had a weird thing happen with my master's transcripts that was resolved, and as of 1/28, I have had "your application is ready for review by your department." I know my application was sent to my POI. But that is all. I searched in results, the only one was from 3 years ago. I Googled, searched on this site, tried using boolean operators with a variety of terms and...nothing. Well, one thing. That Peterson's site that has dubious statistics. It has been ~9 days since my POI received my application so even how much time has passed isn't yielding information. As I am sure everyone is aware, waiting sucks beyond the telling of it. Waiting and not even having the foggiest idea when to expect anything, how their process works or anything is killer. Any, ANY information would be great. I know I should call the department and just ask for a timeline, but it seems a little soon to do that and some of my questions they may not be able to answer. for instance: I would also like information on how their admissions work. Is it POI approval heavy? Does the admissions committee have the most weight? How many applications do they usually receive? What is their acceptance rate like? Again, I'll take any information at this point. Thank you!?
  3. So...First post ever. FYI some basic info - applying for Msc. in Europe - Political Science and Social Science related programs. I just got accepted into my backup choice, full ride scholarship included. Yes I am very very happy and excited, yet because it is my backup choice I did not feel that rush of adrenaline that I was hoping for. A voice in my head tells me that if I settle for that (a uni wich is top 600 in Europe) im settling for less. However, another part of me fully acknowledges just how important a full ride scholarship is and how it still is a top 50 under 50 uni and that it IS a big deal and an actual accomplishment. Now, for the actual advice. I need to accept or decline the offer within the next 3 weeks, and if I accept I must take 6 months of preparatory language classes starting the first week of april. However, the results of my top choices be out between mid-February and mid-March. So, what if I get accepted into my top choice and then have to refuse the offer to my back up choice just a week or two before the language courses? I would feel like I have robbed the opportunity of someone who maybe got waitlisted because of me, yet if I get into my top choice why wouldn't I take it, I mean it is my dream.
  4. Based on what my undergraduate professor told me, I thought that all applications for sociology graduate programs were reviewed at the same time and did not have rolling admissions but now it seems everyone is finding out from their schools at different times...is there a benefit to applying earlier?
  5. My top choice school had an application deadline on 1/15. My current institution had an error on my official transcript. I contacted the coordinator and everything was fine. But my official transcript got to admissions on 1/25 and I was told it had been sent off to the potential advisor I have been speaking with, who has already agreed to supervise me and put in a letter with the committee. So, questions: 1) I know it's been a week, should I have heard something by now? (If this seem rediculous, trust me I find it rediculous as well and I have to endure being in my own head). 2) With a 1/15 deadline, when should I expect to hear anything? 3) In bio programs what impact does the faculty and having someone agree to take you, usually have on admissions?
  6. Does anyone know if UPenn has send out all interview invites for linguistics graduate admissions yet? Do they notify students of rejection too?
  7. Hi all So I'm getting a late start on this stuff. I am actually in the middle of applying/receiving decisions for law school and have suddenly realized that I have no desire to be a lawyer after law school (better later never!). My goal for pursuing law school has always been to pursue a gig doing policy analysis and figured law school would be the best route. Only problem is the debt just isn't worth it. So, now I am planning on applying to different MPP programs. My undergrad coursework was very economics-focused and included multiple statistics and econometrics courses, so I'm hoping the quant aspect of these programs won't be too daunting. I would prefer to start fall 2019, but I realize that I am getting a VERY late start and finance packages may be slim as we are heading into rolling admissions. A couple thoughts: a) is it worth it to apply late into the cycle and try to start Fall 2019 or b) should I wait until next cycle? For reference I've included a couple stats about myself below sub3.0 GPA- BS in Economics from top 20 public, state school (concentrations in Macroeconomics and Quantitative Theory) took my first cold GRE prac exam and got 157V 154Q (159 LSAT) 4 years of full-time work- currently working in public finance doing policy analysis and implementation I'm still kind of in test taking mode since taking the LSAT within the past couple months, so hopefully I can use that momentum to get some effective studying in and boost that GRE score. Im shooting for 315-320. I'm very new to the grad school realm of forums (law school reddit is a wild, wild place), so any advice would be very helpful. Cheers Funkycat
  8. I interviewed at Midwestern University in Glendale at the beginning of Feb and they said it takes about two weeks to hear back. We passed the two week mark last Friday, has anyone heard back?! This waiting is killing me!
  9. Hey guys I thought it would be good to start a thread for people applying for genetic counseling school for Fall 2017. I am starting to prepare for the GRE and the supplemental materials of the application since I will be in the midst of finals when applications are due. I would love to talk to more people about genetic counseling school who are also applying or have applied previously. I am just now getting a list of programs that I want to apply to, which includes: Northwestern University, Emory University, University of South Carolina, Stanford University, CSU Stanislaus, Boston University, University of Michigan, and UT Houston.
  10. Happy Sunday! I am preparing to submit my MPP application at the University of Michigan - Ford School. I am currently finalizing the Employment/Work Experience section of the online application. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on whether volunteer / extracurricular involvement should be included in this section? It seems Ford is primarily looking for paid employment? For additional context, I am almost five years removed from undergrad but have remained fairly active in different boards and nonprofit organizations since that time. This information is included in my resume yet we are asked to re-state work experiences, hence my question. Any advice from those applying or those admitted would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  11. Happy Sunday! I am preparing to submit my MPP application at the University of Michigan - Ford School. I am currently finalizing the Employment/Work Experience section of the online application. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on whether volunteer / extracurricular involvement should be included in this section? It seems Ford is primarily looking for paid employment? For additional context, I am almost five years removed from undergrad but have remained fairly active in different boards and nonprofit organizations since that time. This information is included in my resume yet we are asked to re-state work experiences, hence my question. Any advice from those applying or those admitted would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  12. Hi, I've applied to a 5 grad schools for Engineering Management and I'm yet to receive the decisions from 4 schools. One of the schools has offered me admissions as well as a scholarship offer. However, I've the deadline to respond to this in about another week's time. This school is my 5th choice among the 5 schools. Can I accept the offer now and then later decline it if I get into any of the other schools? Or should I ask for a date extension as to when I can accept or decline their offer?
  13. I got an e-mail from a professional, international relations Ph.D. program in Massachusetts, which asked my Fall 2018 transcript which also shows the classes that I will be taking for the Spring 2019 semester. I had checked their website before, and in the admission documents section, it did not say that they expect people to send their newest transcript. As the admission officer e-mailed to me and asked this document, does that mean that they are considering me seriously or is this a common procedure?
  14. Hi. Does anyone have experience with this? Im applying to grad school and not getting in. I've been waitlisted several times and increasing my last 60 hours gps has gotten me within 3 classes=9 credits of obtaining a second bachelors. What will this do for me? Thanks for your help!
  15. Hello, I am finishing my bachelor's a year early and I have a late birthday, so I'm only 20 years old, and will be 20 during interviews. Do you think program directors of programs based around people (counseling/social work, etc.) would take my age as a negative or am I over thinking? Thanks
  16. Hello! I am looking for current/former/denied/accepted counseling students from these universities: University of South Carolina University of Utah Vanderbilt University University of Arkansas University of Vermont University of Texas at Tyler Regis University (Denver/Thornton) Texas Christian University Tarleton State University University of Texas at San Antonio I would like to know how long it took you to get accepted and what your GPA/GRE scores were? If you've been rejected from these programs, what were your GRE scores and GPA like? I'm waiting for a few schools to get back to me, so until then, I'm here on GradCafe. Aren't we all? Thanks.
  17. Hi everyone- quick question regarding LOR requests. Upon filling out my applications, I realized I sent one of my requests to an erroneous email (for simplicity sake, let's say I used .com instead of .edu when typing it in). The program does not allow me to change the email after a request has been sent, so I had to "exclude" that recommendation and subsequently resend a different, correct one. The correct one is now successfully submitted. My question is - will this "excluded" request be visible by those reviewing the application and could it possibly be viewed negatively -- indicating carelessness? If this is the case, should I contact the school and see if there is a way they can manually remove the excluded request from my application package? Or am I being silly and this is nothing to worry about? Thanks for the help!
  18. Hi all. I am really quite confused about PhD admissions. I've heard various things from various people--everyone has their own theory on what AdComms are looking for. Do any decent PhD programs accept applicants with limited language training (1 yr Latin/1 yr German)? No B.S.: What GRE scores are "safe" for top programs in theology/religion? I have a 164V/156Q/4.5. Should I retake, or is this a waste of time? Obviously my MA theology gpa is stellar (because prettymuch everyone applying for PhD programs has stellar grades...3.95ish). I have a TAship this semester, but no publications. Am I S.O.L. for all TT programs?
  19. Does anyone know if Notre Dame, of its own initiative, will accept an applicant into its MTS program while at the same time denying him admission to its theology PhD program (in cases where the person has only applied to the theology PhD, but not the MTS)? If one desires such treatment, do we have to indicate as such on our applications? Do schools only do this for people applying straight from undergrad?
  20. I got a score of 322 on my GRE (Quants - 166, Verbal - 156 and AWA - 4.0) and 8/9 on my IELTS. I have a college GPA of 8.45/10. I did 1 research internship and am currently working on a project. I am looking to apply for good graduate colleges in the US for my MS in Material Science. I have a couple of LORs and a good SOP. What colleges do you think are within my range?
  21. What better place to find people to share application anxiety with? I haven't seen another thread like this yet so here we go. Which programs are you applying to? Where are you from? What are your biggest concerns about applications? I'll start. I'm applying to a grand total of two schools (I'm obviously crazy) because I want to be on campus and I have to stay in VA. I'm looking at JMU and Longwood and honestly don't know what my chances are but I'm going to try to be optimistic. Figured I'd start applications early on CSDCAS but maaaan this process is waaay slower than I had anticipated! I'm so excited for grad school though!
  22. I've contacted the graduate admissions office and have not received a reply. I'm happy to wait, but I'd thought I'd ask here. I've used the "How to Apply" Page for all my information needs: https://polisci.indiana.edu/graduate/how-to-apply.html. While it seems to be missing required components of the application (i.e. GRE, writing sample, and transcripts), I'm certain they are needed. The general application requires mailed transcripts, however, the department site does not (as far as I can tell) provide an address, for domestic applicants.
  23. I have a few major questions: Should I report the GRE mathematics subject score to schools that don't require it? If so, which ones? And is that score bad enough to exclude some of the top ones like Harvard, Stanford, Chicago or Columbia? I recognize that it might be. Thanks so much for any help/advice you can provide! Type of Student: Undergraduate in final semester Undergrad School: Smallish Canadian School Undergrad Major: Statistics, Minors: mathematics, economics Undergrad GPA: 4.30 out of 4.33 (4.33 in math and statistics) GRE: Q = 168 (94th percentile), V = 159 (83rd percentile), AW = 4 (59th percentile) Math Subject GRE: 77TH PERCENTILE Relevant Undergrad Courses & Grades: (All A+ grades) Intro Analysis I, Intro Analysis II (essentially first 11 chapters of Rudin in these two), Statistical Theory, Stochastic Processes, Applied Time Series, Complex Variables, ODEs, Sample Surveys, Design of Experiments - and currently taking: Abstract Algebra, PDEs, and two ML intro courses Research Experience: 2 Undegraduate Research Awards (equivalent of REUs in the US) with different professors over the last two summers (one in experimental design, the other in uncertainty quantification). No papers, this summer's project might turn into one, but not before the applications are done - I feel like I'm lacking in the ability to actually show research potential. Recommendation Letters: 2 strong letters from professors that know me well and can speak to my mathematical background. One that might not be perfect since he doesn't know me as well (but I've had 2 A+ grades with him and spoken to him on occasion) Applying to: (ALL PHD IN STATISTICS unless otherwise noted) - Tentative list (it's huge I know but I have a little bit of money to throw away): University of Toronto UBC (MSc statistics) NC State Washington Michigan Carnegie Mellon Duke Columbia Chicago Harvard Stanford Berkeley
  24. Hey y'all. Worried about my chances of acceptance into philosophy MA programs. As of right now, I know I am for sure applying to San Francisco State, California State Los Angeles, London School of Economics (MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy/Philosophy of the Social Sciences), Wayne State University (I'm already accepted into the AGRADE program there, so this is my backup), and the University of Missouri St. Louis. Possibly also applying to Georgia State University and Northern Illinois University (depending on if I can take the GRE in time). Here are my stats: GPA: 3.75 Philosophy GPA: 3.73 Treasurer of a political activist group on campus. Also involved in a volunteer group dedicated to teaching elementary students philosophy. No papers in conferences. Two letters of recommendation very familiar with my work and enthusiastic about writing the letters. One of the professors has friends in the faculty of a couple programs I'm applying to. Hoping that will help. No GRE scores. This may theoretically be a problem for University of Missouri St. Louis (recommended but not required), but for SFSU, Cal State LA, LSE, and WSU, they do not ask for GRE scores at all. Doing my writing sample on how to legally classify trans folk to ensure that insurance companies cannot deny them access to resources such as hormones, gender therapy, and surgical procedures, without resorting to the medicalization of trans bodies. My interests are primarily in political philosophy, legal philosophy, ethics, and metaphysics. What do you think are my chances of acceptance? The dream would be to eventually work on a PhD at LSE or CUNY Graduate Center. I'm also very interested in the PhD programs at Michigan State, Penn State, University of Oregon, and DePaul. For schools like MSU, Penn State, and Oregon, is it really necessary for me to stress where I'm getting my masters at?
  25. Hi MSW pals, I'm a Canadian undergraduate student finishing up the final 3 classes of my honours degree in Women's Studies. As somewhat of a snap decision, I've decided I want to do an MSW for September 2019, if possible. I graduate this Christmas, so I'll have about 8 months to gain more work experience etc. However, I'm feeling really discouraged reading about everyone's experience and hours especially. I'm wondering if it's worth it for me to apply and if folks have any recommendations as to how I may improve my application. I know I have a pretty solid education background, and can get solid reference letters, so I'm hoping that will strengthen my application. How many hours are we expected to have? Here's where I'm at: I have a 4.3, 4.3, 4.1 4.3 GPA in my last 4 semesters of school. I'm really confused as to how they calculate the GPA. My cumulative GPA is 3.9. Last 10 300/400 level course, probably a 4.1. Last school year I did a 9 month directed research project on narrative therapy as a tool of restorative justice and received an A+. I also got an A- in my research methods class, which is supposedly important for U of T at least! I had a TA position (women's studies class) and an RA position (on trans youth navigating the medical system), both contracts were small though, only 40 hours each. Received 4 different scholarships for varying social justice/feminist stuff. I've worked as a general coordinator for the Women's Studies student association for the past two years. We do peer support and advocacy related stuff, throw fundraisers for organizations we like, and do anything and everything related to student politics. This position is volunteer, but elected by the student body. We also launched a creative academic feminist journal. Probably like 500 hours? Volunteered as a workshop facilitator with the Sexual Assault Resource Centre at my university. Not tons of hours though, maybe 50. Was a part of a volunteer research group that worked with an Indigenous organization at my university. Maybe 100 hours? Sat on a bunch of committees as a representative and advocate for the student body (is this relevant?) 50 hours Volunteered on an organic coffee farm in Ecuador, helping locals to install permaculture farming systems. Volunteered in Cambodia helping English teachers revise their curriculums. I also edit, produce and cohost a feminist radio show. Worked with an organization that tries to get marginalized youth involved in politics + community organizing. 100 hours? Worked with Pride as a freelance artist I probably have a total of 1, 500 hours doing various work and volunteer stuff that seems semi-relevant (maybe? I don't know). It seems like most applicants have upwards of 3000+ hours and it's freaking me the heck out. What I'm currently doing to strengthen my application: I've applied to volunteer with some different crisis hotlines, and also to do more workshop facilitation in the realm of sex ed and gender diversity. I'm looking for people to be realistic with me, do I have a shot at getting into York or U of T? If not, what would folks recommend I do to improve my application. Is there anything I've mentioned that seems especially relevant and I should emphasize? Thank you!
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