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  1. Does anyone have any thoughts (and even better experience) re: choosing Yale versus Princeton for physical chemistry? Also accepted to UNC, UC Boulder, UCLA, U. Penn, and UCSD.
  2. Hey everyone, I recently got into MIT , Berkeley and Columbia for a chemistry PhD. I am interested in inorganic materials. I was wondering if anyone has advice on which one to choose? I would really appreciate if anyone shared their experience in one of these programs. Thanks!
  3. raul.carmo

    About interviews

    Hey all, As an international applicant with little experience in the American graduate admissions world, I would like to know what to expect from an skype interview with a POI. I would like to be more prepared but I am not sure whether they will talk about their research experience, my credentials, my goals as a grad student, my personal life, general chemistry (lol) or even a mix of everything. What are the topics professors are usually more interested in these interviews?
  4. plzletmeintoyourlab

    Are top chemistry graduate schools (phd) possible?

    So this semester, it looks like I am getting my first ever Cs (spectroscopy and physics II). I am super bummed but here are my updated specs and plz let me know what you think. I am a junior chem major, dance minor, math minor I go to a "top 100" R1 public university GPA: 3.3 (3.1 major gpa) -I completed a summer undergraduate research fellowship at my school two summers ago (biochemistry) and I am currently trying to move away from that kind of research. -I completed an NSF-REU this past summer at an R2 university. (Theoretical/computational chemistry) -I have presented my biochemistry research at 1 national conference and 3 regional conferences (will possibly attend another national conference for this) -I have presented my theoretical research at 1 national conference and I plan on presenting it at ACS meeting and potentially another national conference -I have one publication where I am first author (theoretical/computational) in a pretty well-known journal -I have two research mentors that would write me great letters of rec and one professor in quantum chemistry that would also be able to write me a good letter of rec -have not taken gre yet Other things: I'm a big advocate for women in stem and I am on the board of my school's feminist group along with the women in stem group on campus (I dont care too much if this helps me get in, but it might) Before these C's I was hoping to apply to top 10 schools (focusing on theoretical/computational). I'm pretty sure this isn't possible anymore so are top 25 schools doable? Any suggestions? Should I drop out lol
  5. raul.carmo

    SOP for chemistry PhD program

    Hi everyone, I am applying to PhD programs in the US for the Fall 2018 semester but I am not confident that my SOP is good enough. As an international student, I have little knowledge on this since writing SOP for graduate schools is not common my country. Can someone review my SOP and tell me what could be changed to improve it? Any advice is welcome I tried to keep it 1 page long because I heard that faculty members in the US do not like to see statements any longer than that. However, I had to omit that I have one manuscript in preparation, one poster presentation, voluntary activities etc. What do you think? Should I replace any information on my SOP by those? Thanks To the admissions committee, I am writing on behalf of my application for the Doctoral program in Chemistry at the University of X. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil) in 2015 and a Master's degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 2017. The strong research on catalysis and new synthetic methodologies conducted in your institution made me very interested in pursuing graduate studies at your department. Since sophomore year in college, I have been involved in research projects in the interface between organic and inorganic chemistry, studying new ways to transform abundant and cheap substances into valuable compounds using less toxic reagents and generating less waste. In my Master's thesis I managed to transform compounds extracted from pine trees into biologically-active amines in a one-pot procedure using ethanol instead of toluene as a solvent, a greener approach to the synthesis of amines that led to higher yields and selectivities than the traditional systems already used. In addition, I had the opportunity to take graduate-level courses about group theory, advanced mass spectrometry, nanotechnology and experimental nuclear magnetic resonance which contributed to my understanding of core concepts of my research area. I have also spent the 2012-2013 academic year in the U.S performing research at the University of California Davis as a recipient of the Science Without Borders scholarship. Studying abroad has introduced me to state-of-the-art science and allowed me to operate new instruments and learn new techniques not available in my home institution, besides the rich cultural exchange. In 2016, the American Chemical Society awarded me with a scholarship to travel to Panama, where I received intensive training on scientific outreach and communication. This opportunity has impacted the way I think chemistry can serve our society and made me realize I can do more for my country than I ever expected through science. Brazil has numerous economic and social inequality problems,and I think one of the most powerful ways to overcome them is through international scientific cooperation and knowledge exchange. Research experience combined with extensive theoretical and practical training received during the baccalaureate and graduate-level courses encouraged me to take a step further in my career as a scientist. My professional goal is to become highly qualified in the field of catalysis and teach at an institution committed to social, economic, environmental and scientific development in my country. The PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Utah is a very good fit for me since it has a structure with all the resources I need to advance in my research, with Dr. X and Dr. Y and Dr. Z groups being very active and relevant to my field. The NMR facility have the capability of multinuclear detection, which is indispensable for my work in the frontier of organometallic chemistry and synthesis, as well as modern mass and optical spectrometers. I am confident that the aforementioned characteristics make me a viable candidate for this graduate program. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my candidacy with the department faculty and provide further information. Thank you for your time and consideration.
  6. Hi everyone, I am about to go to the US for a masters in chemistry. My intention is to apply to a PhD program after my MS degree is awarded, but I was wondering about the possibility of working before continuing to a doctoral program. As an international student, what would be my chances of getting hired by any company? I know that companies try to avoid hiring foreign workers since the visa and/or residency permits are costly to obtain. But has anyone here been hired under these circumstances? How was your experience? Please share stories or comments that you consider to be useful for me and others in the same situation. Thanks
  7. Born_95

    Fall 18: Grad school suggestion

    GRE- 303 (V:144 Q:159) & TOEFL 88 (all section above 20), CGPA: 8.86, Undergraduate institution: IIT(India) , Major: Chemistry, Research experience: 1 yr, Strong LOR (expected) So far I have planned to apply to University of Illinois Chicago & Michigan state university for the graduate program focusing on organic chemistry. Can anyone give me any suggestion regarding my choices and also suggest some universities with this score? I'll be graduating this year.
  8. I just got my chem GRE scores and the result was below my expectations. I scored 700 (50th percentile) and now I am not sure if this score will kill my application to a PhD program in chemistry. I am an international student from Brazil and my normal GRE scores are V:160, Q:154, W:3.0. My undergraduate GPA is 3.1 and my master's GPA is 3.7 (in Inorganic Chemistry). I also have no publications, only 2 presentations in small meetings and a manuscript in progress. Am I competitive to any PhD program in the US. I don't care too much about rankings, but I would like to get into a top 100 program, do you think I stand a chance?
  9. Hello everyone, I am applying to dozens of chemistry graduate programs in the US right now but I wonder if my application has any chance of being accepted by a top 50 program. My GRE scores are: V-160, Q-154, AW 3.0 TOEFL: 113/120 GPA: 3.1 general, 3.6 in chemistry I have been involved in research since sophomore year in college and I hold a MS degree in chemistry, but my home institution is small and unfortunately I couldn't make any publications out of it, only presentations in small symposia. I can also get 3 good letters of reference from faculty members and my advisor. Another plus in my application is that I have studied one year in the US as the recipient of a scholarship (studying abroad is really rare in my country) and receive other small scholarships throughout my 'career'. Is there anyone who have been in a similar situation and got in a decent PhD program? Do I stand a chance? ps.: my research interest is in the field of organometallic catalysis and new synthetic methodologies
  10. Hello all, first post! I am currently refining my list of schools to which I would like to apply for a PhD in Chemical Engineering. I believe I am a fairly strong contender, so I was wondering which schools offered top competitive programs in the field of computational catalysis. I have conducted extensive experimental research in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, but I would like to branch out more into the theoretical and computational side if possible. Please, let me know your thoughts! Thank you
  11. Future_Chem_Professor

    Chemistry Grad School Chances

    I was wondering if someone could help me out? I want to know my realistic chances of getting into a graduate program with my current credentials. I'd be willing to go the Masters route prior to a PhD if that's necessary. My undergrad major was Chemistry and my minor was Mathematics. Long story short, I was an immature kid my first few years in college and didn't take much seriously (wasn't a party-goer, just lacked drive). Ultimately, I got my act together and retook several major and minor classes, going from D's and F's, to A's and B's. I spent a total of 5 years in undergrad. Going into my 5th year, I had just gotten out of a bad relationship which left me depressed and unmotivated. As a result, I got D's in all my major classes my final year, which obviously caused a major hit to my GPA. All in all, my cumulative GPA is 2.7, while my major GPA is ~2.5. I know this doesn't look good from an academic standpoint since my final year showed a complete decline from my recent semesters of trying to pull my grades up. However, I've done as much as I can do to improve in other areas. The summer before my final school year, I had an internship at a pharmaceutical company (not much lab work, but a way to get my foot in the door). I also have one year's worth of research under my belt (nothing published). Since graduation (May 2017), I've been working in an analytical R&D lab in the liquid chromatography (LC) lab. As far as letters of recommendations go, I know I'll have 2 great ones (1 from current lab supervisor who's very impressed by my work ethic and eagerness to learn and 1 from math professor who's known me my entire college career) and 1 okay letter from my research instructor (for being unable to publish, but still producing good work). I took the GREs and I'll be taking the GRE Chemistry subject test in a few weeks. GRE Score: 148V, 154Q, 5.0AW I've already reached out to potential advisers from multiple programs and have heard back from a few. I'm trying to network as best as I can so that they could possibly overlook my GPA. I'm aware that certain programs have automatic cutoffs and, in some cases, professors can petition to get you in. I've inquired to many programs that are more willing to do this. So far, my current choices are as follows: University of Maryland College Park, University of Rutgers New Brunswick, Rochester Institute of Technology (Masters), University of Rochester, SUNY Buffalo, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Tufts University I know many people on this forum say this, but I know I am a hard worker and I have the passion and desire to want to pursue a PhD. The only thing standing in my way is convincing an admissions' committee of this. If anyone could offer me any advice on what I should do or what approach to take, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks and I wish the best to all who are trying to pursue their educational endeavors!
  12. I have strong interest in an academic career and since I received my BS in Chemistry I've been thinking about the next steps and trying not to screw up my best chances. Let me explain my background before moving to the actual question: I've graduated in Brazil from a medium-sized university that has a very small chemistry department, so I didn't have that vast experience in research as an undergraduate at a big institution. I have actually been involved in research since my sophomore year but I couldn't make any publications out of it (only presentations in small symposia and conferences). I studied in the US for one year as a scholarship recipient but it was more coursework than research. So basically I have two options: Apply to a PhD program in a small chemistry department, in which chances of being approved are at least real (I got accepted to such a program last year but I had to refuse). Apply to a master's program in a medium-sized university that offers a terminal M.S. degree, since departments with Ph.D. programs almost never accept students for a M.S.) so I can strengthen my CV and then apply to a Ph.D. at a top University The reason for all this doubtfulness is that the Ph.D. is the highest degree in academia and obtaining one from an unknown university or program might kill your chances of getting hired at a good company or institution in the future. What I still don't know is that if an MS degree would be a plus when applying to a doctoral program later (I would try my best to come out of the master's with publications and conferences of course). Is my reasoning correct? And if it is, which option should I consider? Ps: My GRE scores are Q-154 (56%), V-160 (86%), AW 3.0 (18%) and 113/120 in the TOEFL score. My undergraduate GPA is not that high (around 3.1 general and 3.6 for chemistry) but I have good recommendation letters, although they are from faculty members at my university in Brazil. Is it possible to be admitted to any PhD programs with those scores? Of course I know that a top 100 program is out of question, but what about the smaller ones?
  13. raul.carmo

    GRE scores for PhD in Chemistry

    Hey guys, I have a strong interest in the academia and since I received my BS in Chemistry I've been thinking about the next steps and trying not to screw up my best chances. Let me explain my background before moving to the actual question: I've graduated in Brazil from a medium-sized university that has a very small chemistry department, so I didn't have that vast experience in research as an undergraduate at a big institution. I have actually been involved in research but I couldn't make any publications out of it (only presentations in small symposia and conferences). I studied in the US for one year as a scholarship winner but it was more coursework than research. My GRE scores are Quantitative-154, Verbal-160, AW-3.0) and I earned a 113/120 in the TOEFL score. My undergraduate GPA is not that high but I have good recommendation letters, although they are from faculty members at my university in Brazil. So basically I have two options: Apply to a PhD program in a small chemistry department, in which chances of being approved are real (I got accepted to such a program last year but I had to refuse). Apply to a master's program in a medium-sized university that offers a terminal M.S. degree, since departments with Ph.D. programs almost never accept students for a M.S.) so I can strengthen my CV and then apply to a Ph.D. at a top University The reason for all this doubtfulness is that the Ph.D. is the highest degree in academia and obtaining one from an unknown university or program might kill your chances of getting hired at a good company or institution. What I still don't know is that if an MS degree would be a plus when applying to a doctoral program later (I would try my best to come out of the master's with publications and conferences of course). Is my reasoning correct? Should I consider retaking the GRE? Is it likely that I would be accepted into a decent PhD program with that score?
  14. I will be teaching a course called Technical Writing for Chemistry at a university to Chemistry students who speak English as a second language. However, I am an English teacher. My question is, does anyone know what topics I should focus on or texts I could use? I'm not sure whether to teach them research paper format, general English, or writing equations. I'm completely lost. And help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  15. Rockybenzyl

    Scripps NMR instruments

    Does anyone know what the nmr facilities at Scripps (California) are like in the chemistry department? i.e. do they have autosamplers and what field strengths are usually available for everyday use?
  16. pchem2018

    Should I Apply to Fellowships?

    I'm applying for the 2018 school year to several top tier schools, and all of the programs I am applying to will fully fund my PhD. However, many schools list possible fellowships that I could apply to as well (NSF, Hertz). Should I bother going through the application process for these fellowships as well, or should I just focus on my graduate school application if I'm already going to be fully funded? Are there any benefits to having a fellowship? Thanks!
  17. Hi, nice to meet you all, this is the first time for me to write anything and ask questions. What scores for the GRE general and chemistry tests are considered to be competitive for top 5/top 10 grad schools in chemistry? I only have little research experience, only having worked for 6 months in an undergrad lab. Planning to take gap year starting Fall 2017. And I plan to apply for the fall 2018 cycle. Currently my GPA is 3.81/4 overall (messed up on arts humanities and social sciences, etc.) 3.99/4 chem major GPA
  18. Hi everyone, I have two questions regarding application to small M.S programs within the U.S I took the GRE test for the first time and got the following result (the GRE pdf file is attached): Verbal Reasoning 149 Quantitative Reasoning 151 Analytical Writing: 2.5 I am not from the U.S and have never studied for the GRE exam before, so my grades were not good. However, I´d like to apply to small M.S programs so I can build a decent CV before applying to PhD programs. Do you think it´s possible for me to enter any M.S program in Chemistry with those scores or would you recommend me to take the test again? I want to retake it but it is so expensive and there are a few test centers available in my country, so that´s why I´m considering to send the score as is. The second question is regarding my previous education, I have obtained a master´s degree in Inorganic Chemistry in my home country this year, but unfortunately I couldn´t make any publications out of it. For this reason, I´d like to apply to a second M.S degree program and build a better CV. Would you recommend me writing that I already have a MSc degree in my application? I can think of two scenarios if I write them I already have a master´s: the first one, they would be more confident about my skills to engage in research and that would help me in the application process. The second, the admissions comittee would not accept me since I already have a Master´s in Chemistry and would ask me to apply to the PhD program (unfortunately, I have been denied in two PhD programs I´ve tried because I do not have publications). I apologize if there is any mispelling or errors in my sentences, I wrote this in a hurry (and in english haha). Just in case, these are the programs I wish to apply: Auburn University Brandeis University Bucknell University Colorado State University University of Minnesota University of Utah (although is a very good program) Texas A&M GRE.pdf
  19. Hey there, I'm a chemistry major (biochem concentration) at a top 5 public school (in the US) about to enter my last year in Fall 2017. I am on track to finish my degree in 3 years, however my GPA due to heavy course loads is about 3.5 (3.58 if all goes well next fall semester). Practice GRE tests put me in the 95 percentile range, but I haven't taken a chem GRE test yet. I have over a year and a half of research experience in two different labs, both relating to pharmacology and bio-organic chemistry, but unfortunately no publications. I am looking at programs in medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and biochemistry. I want to get some opinions on my competitiveness as a candidate for PhD programs and narrow down my list of graduate schools (because it costs a small fortune to apply to just one). Brutal honesty will be much appreciated. Examples of some schools I'm looking at: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Duke University, U-Illinois Urbana Champaign, U-Illinois Chicago, UPenn, UChicago, Rutgers, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and University of Toronto.
  20. I know grad schools usually need three recommendation letters, and I think I have a good three from my department lined up (I haven't asked yet though!). However, I could also add a 4th one, as the professor offered to write me one (more as a character reference though, and not really speaking to academics/research) - is that okay and not overkill? Some more info: the 4th recommender is outside of my university (and outside of my field), but he is a fairly recent Nobel Laureate and is a well-respected researcher in his field! Thanks very much!
  21. FelipeVv

    Master's before a PhD?

    Hello everyone. I am an international student who wishes to apply to graduate chemistry programs in the US but, I'm not sure which ones or which level, MS or PhD. I know that in sciences it is uncommon to get a Master's before a PhD but, in my case, I believe it is important (correct me if I'm wrong, that's exactly why I'm here). I believe I should get a Master's, because PhD programs' requirements are very high in many cases. To be accepted to a PhD I should demonstrate a very high English level, since I'm not a native speaker. Plus, I would be required to take the GRE (and of course do well in it). Taking the GRE is a problem since I'm not studying chemistry in English, and the test will evaluate my knowledge of chemistry in English. So it will represent a tougher challenge that usual. I want to get a Master's first so I can learn a lot of chem in English (to do well in a GRE) and I feel I'd be more prepared as I would already know what it is like to be a graduate student, and I would get more research experience. I have read (never seen) of programs that combine the Master's and PhD. So your first get a Master's and then you continue with your PhD in the same university. Does anyone know about good universities in the US that offer this kind of programs? Would you recommend it (why/why not)? I think this kind of programs sound interesting as, if accepted, I would not need to worry about applying to a PhD later. Thank you in advance, I appreciate any comment and suggestions in regards to my situation.
  22. Hey, so I've been admitted to UBC, Texas A&M and UC, Irvine for their grad programs in chemistry. I'm more than confused with where to go. By ranking UBC is higher but only by a bit. All the schools have professors that I'm interested in and have been corresponding. The other major difference is the stipend, UBC offers $21000+one time 2000. A&M 24000, UCI 29500. Which school is the best place all around? When it comes to living and work. P. S. I'm an international student so US or Canada will be a new experience to me. And I'm mostly interested in inorganic chemistry
  23. I have got the PhD offer in Chemistry with TA from the University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA. (Fall 2017) I want to know how good the university is for the PhD program (Chemistry)? What is the Job oppurtunity after my PhD ( I am interested to work on Analytical Chemistry)? I am an international student. So it is hard for me to verify the education quality. USnews shows the university as non ranked, thats why i have no idea how good it is. Please give a overall idea about the university, life in Maine etc. It will help me a lot
  24. I have got the PhD offer in Chemistry with TA from the University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA. (Fall 2017) I want to know how good the university is for the PhD program (Chemistry)? What is the Job oppurtunity after my PhD ( I am interested to work on Analytical Chemistry)? I am an international student. So it is hard for me to verify the education quality. USnews shows the university as non ranked, thats why i have no idea how good it is. Please give a overall idea about the university, life in Maine etc. It will help me a lot
  25. Faysal

    Please Review my School

    I have got the PhD offer in Chemistry with TA from the University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA. (Fall 2017) I want to know how good the university is for the PhD program (Chemistry)? What is the Job oppurtunity after my PhD ( I am interested to work on Analytical Chemistry)? I am an international student. So it is hard for me to verify the education quality. USnews shows the university as non ranked, thats why i have no idea how good it is. Please give a overall idea about the university, life in Maine etc. It will help me a lot
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