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  1. Hello everyone, I'm new to the Grad Cafe. I'm an international 3rd year undergraduate student from another country who is seeking a funded phd program in electrical/computer engineering in the US (I cannot afford colleges in the US). In my first year of college, due to some health problems my GPA ended up very poorly (1.2/4 gpa in the 1st year). However, I have fixed it later on, and raised it to 3.3 / 4 by the end of my 3rd year. And I can say that my average GPA in the last two years is 3.5+. In my school it is usually very hard to get high grades, so I am right now the best student in my class. I am going to take the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests next month. I have no research experience since I am an undergraduate student. This summer I am going to do an internship at a major and well-known electronics company. I can probably get great recommendation letters. I am worried about my GPA being low for a funded phd program and I am wondering what are my chances to get accepted. Which engineering schools could match with my profile? Is there anyone who got admitted to a phd program with a low grade, and which schools? I would be very glad to hear your own experience. Thanks in advance for taking your time and recommendations.
  2. Hi, I am a chemical engineering and biology undergraduate student planning to graduate in 2019. I want to pursue a doctoral degree in some area of cancer biology/drug discovery. I love research that allows me to employ quantitative principles to model the biological system perturbations that arise in disease states, and I would also like to investigate the effects of small molecules and biologics on those systems. Many programs exist in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biology, etc., to pursue such a route, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to make a career out of this work. At this point, I have completed both a six-month industry co-op internship and a 3-month REU. I have the option to do another six-month co-op, or go to school during that semester and do another summer REU (plenty of juicy and highly specialized graduate electives I can potentially take during that additional semester, such as medicinal or quantum chemistry, statistics with R, Python programming, and bioinformatics, to name a few). Any advice? For the summer research, I am particularly interested in the Amgen Scholars Program, if I can get in. It seems to be exactly what I am looking for. If I did an industrial internship it would probably be in drug discovery, if I could get one, or another bioprocess engineering position. Any other suggestions are welcome as well. Stats below: Undergrad Institution: mid-tier, large public university Major(s): Chemical Engineering (emphasis in Bioengineering) and Biology (emphasis in Biotechnology) Minor(s): Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering (mostly used graduate courses to complete these) GPA in Majors: 3.96 Overall GPA: 3.7 (due to poor initial showing in college 15 years ago; returned to school in 2013 and GPA is 3.9 over last 4 years) Position in Class: top 5% of current institution Type of Student: Domestic white male, non-traditional, first-gen college student, below poverty line GRE Scores (revised/old version): (estimates based on practice exam) Q: 164 V: 168 W: 5.0 B: Not going to take Research Experience: 4 overlapping years, spread across 4 faculty labs. Mix of bio/chemical engineering and chemical biology. REU in cancer bioengineering/modeling -> led to a national conference presentation and first author publication. 1 year pharmaceutical powder process modeling/simulation for NIH-funded project 1 year honors fellowship, mammalian cell culture engineering/analysis. -> led to symposium presentation 3 years cell/bioengineering in nano and tissue culture lab. -> 2 presentations and 2 publications, one first author review, one second author experimental paper in high IF journal 1 semester in chemical biology, included computational modeling -> led to national conference presentation Yearlong Honors Research and Thesis forthcoming during senior year (another REU leading to a publication would really go nicely here) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Goldwater Scholar, Honors College, several university scholarships, Dean's List, Honor Societies: Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Omega Chi Epsilon Pertinent Activities or Jobs I founded and am director of an NGO that designs, validates, and builds medium-scale (500L-2500L) sustainable biodigesters in developing nations. My organization has won various local innovation and engineering awards and raised large sums from various sources. 4 Grants total. Currently in an iterative experimental design/evaluation process at a farm near my campus, and looking to apply for EPA P3 funding in the next fiscal year. 6-month Engineering R&D internship at Pfizer Vice President and Secretary of two engineering student chapters on campus ChemE Car Design Team for AIChE Student Chapter Summer Internship Designing Fuel Handling Devices Peer Tutor in chemical engineering and biology Peer Mentor My jobs have been mostly research-based in faculty labs, aside from some professional tutoring, web design, retail, and manual labor work. Special Bonus Points: Glowing LOR's, but not from particularly renown faculty I have earned three online verified Coursera specializations (around 5-6 courses each): Statistics with R, Systems Biology and Biotechnology, and Python Programming (Did this mostly for personal enrichment, is there any value in mentioning this on applications?) I will have taken between 14 and 16 graduate courses before I graduate, in math, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and biology, with a 4.0 across the board so far I am a strong in-person interviewer Applying to Where: (my interests are based mostly on faculty fit; I have already researched which U's allow you to apply to multiple departments) MIT (chemical engineering, bioengineering, biology) Harvard (chemical biology, systems biology, bioengineering) Stanford (Either ChemEng or chemical and systems biology) Berkeley (chemical engineering) Caltech (chemical engineering) Georgia Tech (chemical and biomedical engineering) UCSD (bioengineering) UCSF (CCB) Tri-Institutional Program in Chemical Biology Rockefeller Princeton (chemical engineering) UW-Madison (chemical engineering) UMinnesota (chemical engineering) UTAustin (chemical engineering) Delaware (chemical engineering)
  3. I'm torn between two great opportunities for a PhD in an engineering discipline. One is a top 5 engineering school, the other an Ivy League, both are in great cities, I'll be funded at both, I really like the general campus/department culture at both, so I know I can't go wrong with either. My uncertainty lies in which advisor + research topic combo to choose... Both are young and energetic professors with new labs who seem to be working on relevant and exciting problems in their fields. But there are a few differences... A: This professor's research is right up my alley - I couldn't have come up with a better way to combine all of my (fairly varied) research interests, and I was psyched about every potential project he proposed. He and his students were very friendly and I felt we clicked personality-wise, though I didn't get to talk to them all that much. B: This professor is super excited to have me join - she and her students went out of their way to make me feel welcome and have us get to know each other. For what it's worth, I think I would find it really valuable to have a female research mentor, and I'm sure she would be a great one. Her group's research, while it sounds promising, is pretty far outside of what I'd been thinking to do, and I feel sort of underprepared for it (honestly didn't really understand a big chunk of the projects she described) but I think this adviser would try her darnedest to make sure I succeed. So which will be better in the long run? I'm really not sure. I'm sure after I make the decision I'll be convinced I made the right one, but for now it feels like a big deal.
  4. Hey fellas, How's it goin' for ya? I'm still waiting for a single admission. no answer up to now. ucsd, uci, northeastern -> chemical engineering ucr, uic ,uiuc -> bioengineering all phd. is there anybody heard from these programs at these univs? should I have hope for any admission letter? ------------------------------profile------------------------------------ TOEFL:104-IELTS:7-GRE GENERAL:146(v)168(q)-GPA:3.60 with a year or two related research exprience.
  5. I have narrowed the schools I have received offers from down to these three. I was wondering what your guys opinions are on the resulting job opportunities and overall benefits of each program, considering that I am 90% sure that I do not plan on pursuing a PhD in EE. My main concern is with UIUC. The relatively new program is all coursework, and I would like to know exactly how good this program is, especially from someone who knows something more about the program.
  6. Hi all, I am having the most difficult time deciding between UC Santa Barbara and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for PhD in mechanical engineering. Here is a pro/con list for both schools that I made: UCSB -- Pros: Awesome adviser, flexibility in choosing adviser, full funding, great research project which is unexplored, great weather, beaches and mountains, close to LA, will be involved in both computational and experimental work (which I wanted) Cons: Very high cost of living, not as prestigious as UIUC UIUC -- Pros: Known as one of the best eng programs, awesome adviser, full funding, fun research topic which has momentum behind it, surrounded by the best of the best, super low cost of living Cons: pretty bad weather, far from nearest big city, project will be heavily experimental with computational being an option if something arises As you can see, I can't really complain about my situation too much. For me, this is a very hard decision as the research at both places interests me. I'm posting here to hear some of your advice and possibly experiences so that I can make the most informed decision. Thanks!
  7. I need your help... I am figuring out which option is better:A. Master of Engineering (professional master) in Mechanical Engineering at UIUC. Dream school!! very expensive B. MS Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech. Awesome program and affordable.C. MS Mechanical Engineering at Colorado Boulder (non-thesis). Great program. Affordable. Plenty of job opportunities and nice location. I am not sure how the job market is near UIUC or VTech, but I would need a job to complement my scholarship and pay for tuition...Any advise? Thanks!
  8. It's April 7th and I still haven't heard from UCLA. Is anyone on the same boat?
  9. Carnegie Mellon or Georgia Tech for masters in mechanical engineering? The real question being is there some feature of CMU that merits the extra cost over Georgia tech? Thanks, M
  10. Ifyouletmefinnish

    UoT Admission Results

    Just got accepted to the ECE dept for an MASc, and was wondering how everyone else fared - be nice to hear from future department mates. I'm an international student - kinda (Dual citizenship, but live in Europe, applied as domestic). From a relatively unknown university, ECE major, with a 90+% average, 1.5 years in a departmental research lab, 2 semesters as a TA, and some solid industry experience (2 internships + very relevant final year project with industrial partner). Have admission offers from 3 profs in the department so have to decide between them, but didn't apply to any other universities.
  11. Hello guys, my first time posting here. I have applied to various biomedical engineering / bioengineering PhD programs in the US and heard back from all of them (6 rejects, 1 admittance) except for Duke. By this I mean I haven't gotten any e-mail at all. No interview, no rejection, no nothing. I e-mailed their graduate program coordinator six days ago and I still haven't gotten a response. By the looks of it, if I were to have a chance at admittance I should have at least been contacted about an interview by now. Should I just assume rejection and focus on getting the best research advisor for the accepted program? Thank you in advance.
  12. Got accepted into 5/6 engineering grad programs. All fully funded ranging from 25-29k yearly. What is the best move here? It's understandably great to have options, but how to decide between them? If there has been anyone out there who had to do this, what were some of your ranking/decision criteria? First time posting, not super comfortable disclosing additional information. I'm inclined to go with my gut instinct - but I have until April 15 to brew over this some more. Appreciate any comments or advice. Thanks for taking the time to share.
  13. Hi all, I'm an engineering student in Ireland and as the title of this thread suggests I am deciding between doing a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering ONLY or in a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering WITH business. I am unsure of what I want to a do moving forward in my career and I am unsure which will be better in the jobs market upon graduation. I do enjoy studying engineering but I do feel I could really benefit from studying business related subjects, to become more rounded and increase the number of roles I could work in moving forward. I have read the statistics about the amount of times people re-invent themselves in the workforce and I feel that the joint masters minoring in business may provide greater flexibility down the line if I decide that better opportunities are away from the very technical focused jobs . There is only 5 more mechanical engineering classes in the Mechanical Engineering only masters but I am unsure if this would put me in a disadvantage in applying for purely mechanical engineering roles later in my career from a perceived less complete engineering education. Would HR Departments read through my cv if I chose the masters in engineering with business and decide I am not as capable and as good a candidate when it comes to applying for purely engineering roles? Which program would you recommend? Both are delivered in a good school Thanks for taking the time to read this. I would love to hear your feedback.
  14. I have received admits from both Arizona State University and University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Electrical Engineering. My area of interest is Signal Processing, and I am having some difficulty in deciding between the two. Any help in deciding between the two in terms of job opportunities, faculty etc. would be greatly appreciated!
  15. cjjensen3

    Master's for a Master's?

    My alma mater (a nationally reputable public research institution) offers a 1 year (2 semester) M.S. in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis on Systems Engineering and Analytics. My B.S. is also in IE, and I have worked as an IE in manufacturing for a defense contractor for the last 1.5 years following graduation. In a vacuum, I'm not 100% sure it's something I would want to study, but 1 year for an M.S. seems too good to pass up. It could also boost my GPA from a 3.3 to a high end of 3.45. Additionally, I am fortunate enough where funds are sufficient. Would obtaining this M.S. improve my stock as an M.B.A. candidate for a top 10 M.B.A. program, or would it be trivial compared to work experience, GMAT, GPA, etc?
  16. meggied

    Decision Dilemma

    I need some advice. I got into a great school and everything is pointing me to go there except I'm not sure if there is a great research fit. I want to start not attached to a group so I have time to try out a few groups. The school has a good variety of research but only one professor that is doing research I originially thought I was interested in. How many people change their research focus after starting school and then also has anyone had bad experiences or heard of bad experiences going into a school not in a lab yet?
  17. Hey Guys! I was wondering - Have any of you heard back from Georgia Tech yet? I applied for the MS program (Aerospace Engg.) for Fall 2017 and I've already sent them like 3 emails. They are just not replying. :/ Do any of you have any information as to what's happening? Thanks a ton.
  18. meggied

    Unsure on Research Fit

    I need some advice. I got into a great school and everything is pointing me to go there except I'm not sure if there is a great research fit. I want to start not attached to a group so I have time to try out a few groups. The school has a good variety of research but only one professor that is doing research I originially thought I was interested in. How many people change their research focus after starting school and then also has anyone had bad experiences or heard of bad experiences going into a school not in a lab yet?
  19. mysteriousmartel

    Japanese Major Applying to Engineering School

    Hi everyone, I have a bachelor's of arts in Japanese after graduating in 2015, but since then I've wanted to change career paths from the translation work I do now in order to become an engineer. I've already taken the GRE, and I'm currently enrolled in online calculus courses. The concern I have is that, based on my transcripts, I will never get accepted by any school unless I seek another bachelor's in math/science/engineering. I've looked into the LEAP program at Boston University, which seems like the easiest option to apply to, but I would also like to try to apply to other schools (UW Madison, UMass Amherst, etc.), as they have more renowned programs. Is there anyone out there that can give me advice on how I can go about this? I'm willing to take more online courses, but maybe there's someone out there who's gone through a similar situation and can give me some tips on what to do. I have from now until next fall (2018) while I complete my employment contract to put plans in motion. I was hoping to get in school by fall of next year, but if that seems implausible, I'll take any advice I can get. Thanks!
  20. DiscoTech

    USNWR Engineering Rankings

    Well, the annual dumpster fire known as USNWR's Graduate School Rankings comes out tonight. I have found alternative sources for information that is important to me (ASEE, NSF HERD), but USNWR, for better or worse, commands everyone's attention. Just wanted to get the ball rolling on a discussion that I am curious to hear people's thoughts on. Q: What aspects of the rankings/published information do you find useful? Q: What aspects of the rankings/published information do you find to be pointless? In terms of useful information, I do like looking at the peer ratings (academic and industry). I don't fixate on a 0.1 or 0.2 difference in reputation, but getting a feel for the general perception of schools is a useful sanity check for me. There exceptions like UCSB, which seems to get an unjustifiably low peer academic rating. In terms of junk, I think the acceptance rates (and to a lesser extent GRE scores) are a useless measure of program selectivity. Most of the top 20-30 schools have roughly the same acceptance rates. The exceptions are the smaller programs. Of course, this also benefits schools like Wisconsin that seem to game this measure. I mean, does anyone think Wisconsin is the most selective engineering school out there? Then there's the "total graduate enrollment." Not sure why diploma mills should get credit for enrolling a bazillion students, but they do. Here are somethings I would like to see added the rankings: (1) Percent of Graduate Students on Appointments (RA/TA/Fellow) (2) Median Stipend (adjust for CoL) (3) Some citation measure. Median h-index for the school? Or is this something that would be better if used to gauge individual departments since some fields are easier to generate citations in than others?
  21. meggied

    Declining Offers 2017

    Saw some other majors that had a thread for people to post where they chose to accept and which school they are declining. Thought it might be interesting to see!
  22. Hi, I am an international student and have been admitted to both Stanford and Berkeley for Masters in Civil Engineering. I am interested in focusing more on Earthquake Engineering, but I am still not 100% sure. I am confused which one I should choose. Any opinions, pros, cons of each university, both academic life and campus life in general are appreciated! Where should I go? Thank you!
  23. Hello guys. I did not know that this amazing website existed. If I knew, my application process would have been much easier. Anyway, I finished my undergrad at UIUC and my major was electrical engineering. I applied for the grad schools that have music or audio engineering programs which are based more on engineering stuffs. So the schools that I applied were Stanford, McGill, University of Rochester, University of Miami and UIUC etc... My reserach professors told me that University of Rochester has a good audio and music engineering program based on engineering stuffs. So, University of Rochester was one of my dream grad schools, but lots of friends recently suggested me to stay at UIUC because UIUC has better reputation in terms of an engineering school even though it does not have the audio engineering program. So, I would be glad if I get any advice from you especially who studied or is studying such program as your master's degree. What would you do if I were in my position?
  24. Hi, Context: accepted to two MS degree programs in Biomedical Engineering, waiting on a few more decisions. Questions: One of the programs is asking for a decision by March 13th, giving me two weeks from notification to accept or decline. Is this common? What is the general process for finding a lab in which I would work on my master's thesis? Does this come before or after I accept an offer? I feel like it would make sense to accept an offer based on knowing where I would be conducting research. Is it possible that the labs I'm interested in to fill their research assistantship spots by the time I accept my offer, thus resulting in me attending a school without an opportunity to conduct research I'm interested in? Should I begin contacting faculty I'm interested in working with before or after I accept the offer? Should I contact multiple professors? (I've listed 2 or 3 faculty I'm interested in working with in my application/SoP). I guess overall, how limited is the information available to me prior to accepting an offer of admission regarding funding, research, etc? Hopefully these questions belong in this subforum. Thanks, any input is appreciated.
  25. Hey All! I have a funny issue and not sure if this is the right place to ask about it! I’m kinda new to the whole graduate admission process. I’m applying to University of British Columbia (UBC) for MEng in Biomedical Engineering. Before applying I emailed the admissions office asking if a writing sample is required and they said that due t the fact that this is not a "writing oriented" degree the writing sample is not required, but the field on the website will stay open as the website is a generic one. A few weeks later, after the deadline for submitting the application has ended, I received an email from the admissions office asking me to submit a writing sample. To make a long story short, they said they can wave it and it won’t affect my chances of getting in as it’s a mistake they made. so here's what I’m wondering about: 1. do you guys think it will affect my chances? 2. does it mean someone looked into my application and found it interesting enough to ask me for one or is it a general process? Thanks!
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