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  1. Hi all, Just prepping a thread here for discussions on 2020 admissions. Feel encouraged to share what programs you're applying to, update us on decisions, and talk shop with other applicants. I'm applying to: University of Maine University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of California-Santa Barbara University of Tennessee Cardiff University Technological University Dublin University College London Penn State University (maybe) Best of luck to everyone! Let's keep each other in the loop.
  2. Hey All, Guess I'll start this thread. This will be a place for applicants applying to the 19-20 cycle to talk about their applications and such. Ask question, hopefully get some answers. When the time comes, get updates on admissions decisions!
  3. Hi all, I recently applied to the MPPA program at Carleton. Just wanted to make a thread so people can discuss admissions, funding, etc! Where did you apply and what are the statuses of your apps?
  4. Hi All! I have been a lurker for quite some time, and have noticed that a significant number of people are senior graduate students or have some affiliation with the recruitment process of various graduate programs. I had a quick question about if anyone has heard anything about the upcoming application season (2020/2021). I definitely understand that the previous season just wrapped up, but with the recent developments of coronavirus/quarantine, does anyone know if applications/interviews/visits/etc will even be conducted this year (probably worst case scenario if they do not), or will it be all online (i know that some chemistry/bioengineering programs already do this)? Will it be impacted at all? Just a little bit about me: I am planning on applying to Dev Bio and or molecular biology/cellular biology programs for this upcoming season, and am currently a research assistant at an R1 university in the northeast. Thanks!
  5. Hello world! Has anyone done the video response as part of SIPA's admissions package? I know it's being implemented as of 2017 application cycle, so I am wondering if there are any Spring 2017 candidates that have already done it. Helpful tips, feedback, etc. would be much appreciated!
  6. Hey everyone so I started this thread because there was no thread for Fordham’s MSW program for Fall 2020 ... unless there is (sorry) I applied Feb. 1 2020 and am waiting now ~ to the Westchester campus. Let me know what you guys did.
  7. It's best to get advice from faculty members on this front, but their time is limited, so I thought it might be useful for all of us gearing up for the 2021 cycle, or celebrating/healing from the 2020 cycle to talk about our apps and their weak spots. Here's a summary, I guess, of my app: Stats: GRE: V161 (88th percentile), Q151 (41st percentile), A5.5 (98th percentile) Undergrad GPA: 3.97 at a public research university Graduate GPA: 3.96 at a small, unranked rhet/comp program Teaching experience: worked as a TA (instructor of record) for two years, have adjuncted two junior-level courses, assisted our college's WPA in curriculum design Publications: a nonfiction essay for a smaller women's journal, and currently working on submitting an eco-critical lit theory piece to some journals Conferences: none, I was working full-time and teaching during my degree so I unfortunately left that on the back-burner. I have given several professional developments and spoken at some seminars at two universities, though Areas of focus: digital rhetoric, ecocriticism, and data mining/text mining as both a literature and a composition tool SOP: haven't drafted yet, but I plan to focus on how place and environment are inextricable in my understanding of the beauty of language, and that I think empirical methods (data mining, contextual analysis, etc) can be used to carve a path for its beauty to be understood more widely by more disciplines. I'm vying to be a part of a program that encourages interdisciplinary study, not because language/literature/rhetoric needs to be supplemented, but because it needs to be expanded. Only anecdote I plan on discussing is my time as a backpacker and how it inspired my first research project. LORs: one from graduate school chair, one from very well-published friend and professor, and one from a linguistics professor I absolutely adore Schools: UNC Chapel Hill, Clemson, Duke (maybe), FSU, UT Austin, UC Irvine, and UC Boulder. Based on your own experience, or on advice given from your own mentors, what would you say can and needs to be improved?
  8. Hi all! I wanted to start a thread for those applying to MSW/PhD programs. I am currently considering applying to a ton of programs to increase my chances of acceptance. I already have an MPP. It looks like most programs want you to already have a masters prior to applying. I have also worked in healthcare and health policy for about 8 years. Stats, if interested: - BS from Cornell. GPA: 3.4, but I was pre-med and took a ton of life science courses. Excellent grades in social science courses. - MPP from Brown. They do not do GPA and only give whole letter grades (no +/-). - GRE: V 162/ Q 157/ W 5.5 (V+Q 319)
  9. Hi everyone!! I applied for three Master’s programs for Fall 2020. I have yet to hear back from two of them. But my third program reached out to me to come visit and said they would help with expenses that visiting would accrue since I’m out of state. Their applications don’t close till March though. Is this a good sign that they reached out to me before the applications even close or is this something they likely do with most of their applicants? I’m pretty stressed about waiting out the admissions decisions so I may just be overthinking this..
  10. There seem to be a lot of threads asking the same thing popping up lately and I figured it might make sense to make an overall guide thread and then those who feel their answers still haven’t been adequately answered can post below for an idea of what their chances are. Here is a brief rundown of factors affecting your likelihood of getting into top-tier and well respected programs. If you fall below par in any one of these factors you can bump it up by being stellar in one of the others. I'll add to this if others point out other things I've left out. School requirements: Your first stop should be the school admissions website – this will tell you what prerequisites you need, give you an idea of GRE and GPA requirements and what work experience is expected (if any) GPA: From what I’ve seen/read over the years any GPA over 3.4 and you should be competitive. That’s not to say if your GPA is lower than 3.4 you’ll have no chance, but if you have a GPA above 3.4 you should be in good shape. GRE score: GRE scores seem to be most important for schools with demanding quantitative programs and for securing the top financial aid. Most schools will state the average GRE scores for their incoming classes on their website – use these to see how competitive you are. By and large you should be competitive if you score over 650 on verbal and quantitative and over 4.0 on the AWA. For the top schools over 700 seems to be closer to the mark. Work experience: For most programs it will be expected that you have at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in your field. This can be lowered a little if you have other pseudo-relevant work experience (management in the for-profit sector etc.) but you should have shown some level of professional interest in the area you hope to study at grad school. Applicants coming straight out of undergrad may find it very hard to get into the programs aimed more at junior/mid-career professionals such as Johns Hopkins SAIS and Princeton’s WWS. Language skills: For a lot of programs being able to speak a second language is a must, while for others it is just a very good selling point. If you can show experience working in a foreign language this will show adaptability and will endear schools looking to enrol a diverse group of applicants. Quantitative requirements: A lot of schools will want you to show experience in micro/macroeconomics and some maths/statistics courses. You can fullfil these through undergrad classes or by taking courses at a community college/diploma program. Overseas experience (work, study and teaching): Work overseas and study abroad are also viewed extremely favourably by admissions committees and if you have taught English abroad, worked in the Peace Corps or otherwise gained experience living in a developing country this will really strengthen your application. It also shows you to be a go-getter, and that you can bring this outside experience to grad school study. Statement of Purpose: This is where it all comes together. This is your chance to impress the admission committee and show how your personal 'arc' has brought you to this point - being the perfect addition to their grad school. This more than any other part of your application will determine how admit committees view you as an applicant and it's also one of the only application variables that's completely under your control. Having a cohesive narrative that brings together life experience, past academic history and professional experience is a must. It also gives you a great chance to showcase your writing style - so make sure no grammar/spelling mistakes make it into your final revision. Great list of SOP pitfalls If your profile matches at least 3 or 4 of the criteria listed above then you are competitive to apply to an MPA/MPP/IR program. What is most important about any grad school application is showing fit – that is how your profile matches the speciality of that school and its program. If you can’t articulate compelling reasons why you are a good match for them and vice versa, question whether you should be applying to that program. A note on applying to top schools: It is worth noting that nobody here can tell you what your chances of getting into a top program (Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown etc.) because getting into a top program requires a certain amount of luck as well as a great profile. Some people get offers from Harvard with a 2.9 GPA, but also happen to have singlehandedly retaken an allied command post in the Korengal valley. It’s down to who reads your application and what they happen to be looking for with the current application cycle. Spend time improving the elements of your application that you can (GRE, work experience, languages) and don’t waste time freaking out about the things you can’t change (GPA). If you’ve read all of the above and really still can’t tell if your application is competitive, post your profile below.
  11. Hello there 🙂, I'm seeking to apply for Computer Science PhD next fall. Here are the list of questions that I have : Does it matter if I have research experience on a different topic than what I'm interested in? I am interested in ML/NLP but most of my experience was done on cloud computing I have written multiple research papers but most were from individual studies. Only one is currently being reviewed for publication, I am unsure whether if it will get published tbh. Does my non-published papers matter and is it a good idea to list them on my CV? Tips on reaching out to Professors at target Universities I feel awkward when communicate via email especially at someone I don't know I also have read up some of their papers and I would like to ask them a few questions regarding about it. How should I approach this? Tips on writing statement of purpose How to brag but not sound egotistic....? Is it a good idea to talk about individual research/studies that I've done on my own? Does your undergrad school matters when applying for doctoral program in other Universities? Tips on CV? Thank you!
  12. Hi! I applied to 8 MFA programs. I have been granted interviews from 4 of them so far, as a finalist. I have been accepted to two and am still waiting on the others. I have had 3 interviews so far, all skype. I am wondering how much weight does the 15 minute skype interview actually have? How much does it affect your chances? What are the most important factors in a school's decision? Is it the overall application (statement, portfolio, recommendations) or does the interview have a significant spot in determining the decision? Help! I'm freakin' out Thank you!!!
  13. Hello, I had applied for CMU MISM 12 months course, whereas I intended to apply for the 16 months course. I understand that this is a grave mistake from my end. The reason I was opting for the 16 months is that my undergrad is not related to programming so the 16 months course would be better for me. Do you think it would be sensible to mail the admissions committee and ask them to consider me for the 16 months course?
  14. Hi I just applied to 2020 Yale painting MFA program. I forgot to check in the box for the representative work on my portfolio. Does anyone know if this would affect my application in any way? + Is is possible to apply to the same program to fix this issue? Please send help :(
  15. I am applying to an MFA program (CA, TX, RI, CT) and the application says works must be within a certain time period (e.g. within past 12 months). I have a few pieces that are among my best work that I really want to include in my portfolio, but they're older than the rules allow. The works don't have a date on them, just the sig. What to do? Will I be disqualified? It's my work, and most of the pieces I'm including are within the stated guidelines, but I think these really show what I can do. Help!
  16. Hello,, I'm trying to apply for International Relations MA programs in the UK and I've wrote my first draft on Personal Statement. English isn't my first language so I feel there are a lot of grammatical mistakes and the context doesn't seem strong enough. Please look over my SOP and give me feedback/advice. Thank you in advance!! ________________________________________________________________________ Personal Statement China-US Trade War, Brexit and the EU, North Korea-US summit, and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. International situation is changing dramatically by every second. The world is spinning with series of events that reshape the structure and we try surviving under the system of politics. In order to adapt to the rapidly changing international situation, it is important to proactively detect the movement of power and respond with deep knowledge of politics. Throughout my life I have experienced a wide range of cultures- I was born in South Korea but I grew up in Egypt during my childhood and sought degree in the United States. The whole experience of an Asian growing up under different circumstances in different regions gave me a new perspective and a genuine fascination in analyzing world affairs, politics and the way international organizations and states interact to each other. My early enthusiasm to international relations in academia sparked from the Arab Spring movements around MENA region in 2010. After experiencing a huge flame of pro-democratic movement while in Egypt, I searched the answer to the question ‘What factors brought the people out in the street to shout for their democracy?’ and ‘What different factors can be compared to influence each states in MENA region in the movement?’ I tried to understand not only the domestic factors such as culture, economy, history, and politics but also the idea of foreign policy with the relations among international organizations and nations. With the collection of supporting documents on both factors, I wrote my bachelor’s thesis ‘Arab Spring: Its Causes and Consequences.’ What I found more fascinating as I pursue International Studies degree was the diversity and complexity of factors that influence the political and social system among nations. Factors such as organizations, political behavior, economic development, and domestic and foreign policy can be applied to analyze current state of affairs. By applying an empirical approach with domestic and foreign factors, I would like to compare political system in Asia region. Away from academia, I was awarded with the academic scholarships in the university. I have managed a fundraising project ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ as a secretary of the UNICEF university club. After graduating, I participated in several voluntary activities at the local youth shelter and acted as a mentor to the children and tutored them after school. As a member of administration team of a non-profit organization ‘Mystery Bus’, I coordinated weekly meetings to discuss monthly voluntary projects and to train staffs. I have also volunteered as an operator in the Beautiful Store Foundation organization and got involved in the sale of donated items and managed a ‘Hope Sharing Project’ that provides educational support to the underprivileged people in Cheonan city. Above voluntary experiences have not only helped me to gain excellent time management skills but also taught me the vital skills in communication and debating. Moreover, I served in Korean Air Force for two years since 2017 as a military police officer and a military counselor providing public safety and helping soldiers to manage psychological issues. Military is one of the key resources that measure the power of countries which strongly relates to the international political system. The service time in the military taught me leadership skills but moreover, the urge to study international relations in depth. The institution is highly known with knowledge and scholars on international politics. The opportunity to study relating course at the institution will allow me to learn among students with passion and different perspective regarding their area of work. My long-term goal is to use my past experience and knowledge from the course to seek career in the IGOs such as UN or work with Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and I strongly believe that this program at your institution is the best course for me to specialize and develop a deep understanding and an excellent preparation for my future career.
  17. December 15 is the priority deadline for University of Kansas Fall 2020 admission session for MS/PhD program. I have completed and submitted the application just today and now I have noticed that I have mistakenly missed a page of transcript when I scanned it. What should I do? It's Saturday and 15th Dec is Sunday. If I contact graduate adviser and explain my situation, would I be able to send the missing page? Do they consider mistakes like this? Please, help! N.B. I have exchanged emails with a professor before applying.
  18. Hello everyone! I am currently applying for immunology Ph.D. programs. Would anyone be willing to look over my statement of purpose? If you are please PM me! Thank you for all of your help!!
  19. This is the SOP I wrote for the LBJ School, any feedback is welcomed - please! Running for public office has always been a dream of mine, for as long as I can remember. As I have grown older, the reasoning behind the choice has changed, but my motivation and drive have remained the same. Career politicians, on both sides of the aisle, are so out-of-touch with the average American; Congress spends weeks, months, and multiple sessions in stalemate due to the hyper-partisan climate while American families are struggling due to an ongoing Trade War, senseless gun violence, environmental issues, and cuts to social service programs and healthcare. Climate Change and growing inequality are two of the biggest challenges that the world will face in the next half century, and the United States needs to be at the forefront, combating these issues head on rather than standing in stalemate due to an ‘R’ or ‘D’ next to Congress People's names. Global warming, vanishing glaciers, rising sea levels and increased pollution have the potential to do catastrophic damage to the environment and the planet as a whole. What’s more, current economic and tax policy, coupled with cuts to social service programs, have led the United States wealth gap to expand exponentially; billionaires and corporations are receiving tax breaks, subsidies, and other incentives while families such as mine are seeing tax increases, cuts to vital social service programs, and politicians who are forgetting about us. Being raised in a lower middle class family has had struggles and disadvantages over the years. One of the biggest disadvantages is being used as a pawn in political chess. Oftentimes, political demagogues, Conservative and Liberal alike, play to the middle class’s fear of tax increases, cuts to social service programs, and the rising rates for health insurance, for votes. Candidate A might state in his campaign that he/she will cut taxes x% for families, or earmark however many million dollars for social service programs such as food stamps, only to renege on those promises once in office. Far too often, families like mine have been taken advantage of - used for votes, and then neglected on the legislative agenda, I am hoping to change that. Broken promises and the need to change policy decisions and directives have driven me to obtain my Masters degree in Public Policy - I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as the growing middle class, especially my lower class continues to endure tax increases, a lowered access to healthcare, and cuts to social service programs. Furthering my education at the Lyndon B. Johnson school will allow me to I am applying to the Public Affairs program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School as I want to further my education in order to make the changes that politicians have promised my family, and families like mine for years. Moreover, attending the LBJ School would allow me to gain hands-on experience with policy, learn from some of the greatest minds in Public Policy, and prepare me for a role in the ever changing political world. The United States needs more young minds combating these issues, not career politicians who are happy to sit in a stalemate as long as their checks are cashed and agenda is met. Ten years from now, I see myself running for public office, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind about it. Multi-Millionaire Congressmen and Women do not know the struggle that lower class families face and are unprepared for the next half century. Congress and State Legislatures need young minds, fresh voices, and a breath of fresh air in order to deal with two of the most important issues that are going to be facing this country, a climate crisis and rising inequality, I want to be one of those young voices. A Master’s Degree from the LBJ School will allow me to learn how to deal with these issues, give me the proper tools to be an effective policy crafter, and learning from distinguished professors such as David Eaton and Kenneth Flamm will allow me to better understand environmental and economic issues, while also learning the newest and best ways to combat them. While the Public Policy program at LBJ drew me in immediately and I do not necessarily need to focus on a concentration, I was particularly interested in having a concentration in either Energy Studies or the duel Business and MPAff program. I am particularly interested in the work of Professors Pat Wong, Sheila Olmstead and the aforementioned David Eaton and Kenneth Flamm. Dr. Wong’s work on welfare reform and social service coordination are particularly of interest to me because of my own personal background and experience working in the Wisconsin State Legislature, as the Representative I interned for dealt with many welfare reform Bills and sat on a social service committee. I feel as though I am a match for this program due to my internship experience and motivations. Experience in the Wisconsin State Legislature for a year and a half and with the Sierra Club for six months have allowed me to gain hands-on experience with policy, cost-benefit analysis, and have afforded me the opportunity to help craft specific Bills. Moreover, meetings with constituents, lobbyists, and lawmakers have given me an opportunity to fully understand and respect the political process. Far too often the Representative I interned for would receive constituent letters that stated “please save my healthcare” or “I cannot endure another tax cut” and all I could write back or say on the phone was that I was sorry. I felt powerless and voiceless, both as an intern and as someone who could identify with these constituents. On the other end of the spectrum, working at the Sierra Club allowed me to see the legislative process from a different lense. Lobbying for certain environmental protections, increased funding for programs, and attempting to sway budgets and legislators showed me that with enough persistence, voices of all backgrounds can be heard and be successful. Completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has allowed me to take classes with distinguished professors and given me an opportunity to thrive in classes such as: Ecology, Environmental Conservation, Statistics, Microeconomics, and various Public Policy classes. President Obama stated that “change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Rather than waiting for a once-in-a-lifetime politician to fix the political woes of America, I have decided that I want to be the change we seek. A Masters degree from the LBJ will allow me to advance my career and ensure my voice is heard.
  20. Hi all, I submitted my application to Ball State University today, but I didn't realize that the only way you can submit supplemental materials like your statement of purpose, CV and a writing sample is through an online portal that you will get access 1 to 2 business days after the submission of the general application. The problem is that there aren't any business days left before the deadline! My supplemental materials will be submitted late! I emailed admissions and the department of interested with the supplemental documents attached and explained that I will not have access to the online portal before the December 1 deadline. Is there anything else I can do? How screwed am I?
  21. I just submitted my application to a PhD program at Johns Hopkins University. I thought the struggle was over until I received an email telling mw to complete my application before the deadline since there is missing documents. I logged on and I saw the attached screenshot. I called ETS and the reports were delivered on the 13th of this month. Does anyone know what the problem might be? The office is closed this week, which I did not know since I am not from the US, and I don't know what to do... 😭
  22. Hello everyone, Here is my SOP for Physics PhD. programs. Please take a look and give me some feedback. Also, recommendations and suggestions for my target grad schools would be really helpful. Some details about me: GRE general: 153 V, 157 Q, AWA: 4; TOEFL: 98/120; GPA : 3.7/4; GRE physics: results yet to be declared. I plan to specialize in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, particularly in Topological Insulators. I would like to appreciate for your help, in advance. Thank you very much !! I had an influencing fascination towards science right from my school days. Honestly put, those are the days, when I was not able to distinguish between scientific accomplishments and technological inventions, yet the curiosity I had all along, had driven me to constantly search for the scientific inquiries and to inculcate scientific temperament from the sources that were available in and out of classrooms. My Bachelor’s Program (B.Sc 2014-17): I got admitted in a Bachelors course (B.Sc) with a triple major in Physics, Electronics, and Mathematics in the prestigious [University___X]. Apart from the curriculum done in the classrooms, I had a great enthusiasm for taking part in various science fests and competitions both at inter and intra-college level. It was during one such fest, I along with two of my batch-mates devised a “Voice - commanded wheelchair for disabled people”. In this project, I wrote a JAVA code to accept voice commands using audio sensors which were then processed by Arduino UNO microprocessor. This was the first time I was able to realize the immensity of computation in everyday life. By staying in [location] which is a hub of basic sciences with research institutes like [institute names] around, I had an excellent opportunity to participate in and attend many inspiring lectures and seminars by luminary physicists from all over the world. The lecture in a state-level seminar on “Science from Space-new Findings and Challenges Ahead” sponsored by [institute name], has drawn me towards the beautiful world viz., the field of plasma physics. I was particularly captivated by this unique state of matter because of its wide-ranging applications in various fields like solar physics, nuclear fusion and so on. This led me to do a term paper entitled [title] under [Dr.A]. In this term paper, I studied the basic equations (M.H.D equations) of plasma physics in the context of astrophysical plasmas using the fluid description of plasmas. To widen my understanding of plasma, I did a research project at the [Institute name] under the guidance of Prof. [Dr.B] and Prof.[Dr.C]' during the summer of 2016. In this project, we studied the acoustic waves in a classic fluid model. By taking a linear perturbation, we solved the fluid equations analytically to get the dispersion relation. Further, by using LCPFCT (Flux corrected transport) code, - an algorithm to simulate generalized continuity type equations - we solved the equations computationally and plotted the velocity and density profiles at different time steps. Secondly, We modified fluid equations to simulate plasma oscillations and followed the same steps as above to understand how plasma oscillations propagate. During this tenure of two months, I was able to acquire some knowledge on the different computational techniques which are being used in physics. This exposure helped me to get motivated towards having an in-depth understanding of the field of condensed matter physics. My Master’s Program (M.Sc 2017-19): After having completed my B.Sc, I proceeded to do my Masters majoring in physics at [University___Y]. I have undergone many important courses both basic(core) and advanced courses(electives) - to name a few - like advanced condensed matter physics and soft condensed matter physics to explore different sub-fields of Condensed Matter Physics on one hand and Quantum Field theory on the other hand. It was during this time that I came across a more exotic phase of materials in solid-state systems called Topological Insulators by Prof. [D]. This prompted me to do my Master’s thesis, under him entitled “Study of Topological Insulators in 1-D and 2-D”. We studied the basic models for topological insulators in 1-D, the SSH(Su-Schrieffer–Heeger) model and 2-D, the Haldane model. We considered tight-binding Hamiltonian of these models and solved them both analytically and numerically by applying periodic boundary conditions to get the band structure. Also, we computed the Berry phase and the Chern number analytically to specify the distinction between a topological insulator and a normal insulator. Another unique characteristic property of topological insulators is the Bulk-edge correspondence (i.e insulating in the bulk and conducting at the edges). To see this edge peculiarity, we applied Open boundary conditions and analyzed the characteristics of these edge states by plotting their wave functions. This thesis turned out to be a major factor in shaping my current interests towards Topological Insulators. After my masters, I have been reading about the 3-D Kane-Mele model and also attempting to understand a new situation wherein we keep the complex (arbitrary phase instead of the spin-orbit coupling term where the phase can only be either maximum or minimum) second nearest hopping Haldane's term and the Rashba coupling term in the Kane-Mele Hamiltonian and compare their competing effects upon the topological phase. The way forward: Having gone through these varied experiences of computational and theoretical studies, I want to pursue my P.h.D in Theoretical Condensed matter physics. It is true that Topological Insulators are quite captivating due to their intimate association with the concepts of topology, solid-state physics, and symmetry. But I am equally fascinated to explore new vistas in physics if opportunities are available. With topology having wide applications ranging from topological insulators to quantum computation, I believe that there are many unexplored areas for me to pursue my career in this emerging field. Therefore, I consider P.h.D as a platform for fulfilling my immediate goal of extending my understanding of Topology in Physics and also a necessary condition for a good research career in the future. To sum up, with the aforementioned knowledge I hitherto acquired and with my realistic understanding of the challenges of contemporary research I am fairly confident that if I am qualified to get an opportunity to pursue research in the Department of Physics of this highly esteemed institute, it will certainly shape my career in my quest to understand nature through physics. My love for listening, learning, conceptualizing and discussing science and its pursuits with my teachers and classmates and the experience I gathered in giving informal lectures to my juniors, impacted to a greater extent to develop a strong penchant for teaching. I am equally confident that I will create a niche for myself in the world of teaching. Thanks for reading !!
  23. Hi guys, here is my personal statement for a Chemistry PhD. program. Please take a look and give me some feedback. I appreciate any help! I can also look at yours and give feedback if you wish. Thanks!!!! A little bit about my application: GPA: 3.70, major GPA: 3.75. GRE general: 150 V, 165 Q. Although my GRE is not that high, my research professor told me to aim to top inorganic chemistry programs because of my strong research experience and the fact that English is not my first language + I take >17hrs every semester since I transferred to my current university in junior year. My nomadic life began at the age of 16 when I left my hometown to move to the biggest city in my home country, [name of the country]. Since that day, I have lived in 5 cities and traveled to 4 countries and 12 states in America. Change is my lifestyle. However, 3 things that never change in me are passion, curiosity, and a strong work ethic. With these values, I have not only overcome all obstacles from integrating into new communities but also set myself up to be ready for any challenge I will encounter in the future. My passion for chemistry is ignited by my father who is a veterinarian. I grew up helping him capping scintillation vials and watching him working with animal drugs and I was genuinely fascinated about how science impacts life and wished to be a veterinarian when I grow up. That preliminary dream motivated me to study science early in my life, which led to my first two academic achievements at the [Name of the competition] Provincial Chemistry Competition for Middle School Students and the [Name of the competition] Math Competition when I was 15. I was one of the two contestants who got the highest score on the chemistry competition and was selected for a scholarship to study at the provincial high school for talented students. However, I declined the offer. It is not fortuitous that I chose to dig more deeply into chemistry instead of sticking with my childhood plan of becoming a veterinarian. The more I learned about chemistry, the more I wanted to create. I wanted to create new chemicals that could change the world. Not so long after I won the chemistry competition, I realized this childish dream would not be practical if I kept staying in my hometown. I declined the high school for talented students offer to seek better opportunities in a bigger city. I attended a private high school and had a chance to do hands-on chemistry experiments twice a week participate in city science fairs and meet people from top universities in my country. I was also introduced to overseas education which excited my curiosity about the academic environment and life in the other hemisphere. To satisfy my curiosity, I went to the U.S. after graduating from high school. Spending my first 2 years of college at a community college where research opportunities are not available, I tried to get into some short-term chemistry research programs and industrial internships, but it is hard because of my citizenship status. At the same time, I found a huge interest in sharing my knowledge and helping people. I joined the science and writing tutor teams and developed professionalism in tutoring chemistry and math, editing students’ academic papers, and communication with my colleagues. To me, the purpose of gaining new knowledge is to share knowledge. That is my motivation for dedicating most of my college time to teaching and tutoring. I ended my first period of college with the honor of being selected as the outstanding student at [H] College for my contributions to the community. I transferred to [University___X] with intentions of looking for research opportunities and experiencing the south of the U.S., but the passion for teaching is still in me. Throughout the semesters, I operated Peer-leading team learning sessions to help students in the Inorganic Chemistry course and I became a mentor to support first-year chemistry students. These teaching and mentoring opportunities not only improve my skills but also put me in a position where I always have to update my knowledge. Also, here at [University___X] , I discovered another passion of mine. I joined Dr. [Dr. A]'s research group and was surprised by how immature I was. Little did I know that the way chemistry changes the world is not as loud as a speech from a political figure nor as emotional as a song from a singer. Chemistry changes the world on a molecular scale that most people do not even recognize. Here, I found my passion and curiosity of synthesizing molecules that can contribute to the growth of chemistry and society. In [Dr. A]’s lab, [Dr. B] and I studied the syntheses and characterizations of a class of sandwich-type mononuclear lanthanide single-molecule magnets which possesses high degrees of axial symmetry and exhibits novel magnetic properties. In this project, I learned air-sensitive manipulations, glovebox and Schlenk line techniques along with the uses of NMR, IR, UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). As this is my first research experience, I was also taught how to plan and organize reactions before running them. My most appreciation for this project goes to the lanthanide elements. Because I did not learn a lot about lanthanides in undergraduate courses, this project made me curious about these interesting metals. This research experience also expanded my knowledge of magnetism and methods to design single-molecule magnets. Furthermore, the most important thing I got from this project is that I can finally identify my chemistry forte, which is synthetic inorganic chemistry. I continued my research journey by joining [Dr. C]’s lab. Here, I jumped into a new and fascinating project which focuses on syntheses of bio-inspired compounds that display catalytic activities for CO2 reduction and hydrogen production. Specifically, I investigated the synthesis of an unprecedented manganese compound with an [name of the ligand] ligand which, for the first time, shows a switching in the binding mode of the [name of the ligand] ligand from a tetradentate [x] ligand to a binucleating tridentate [y] ligand. The unexpected result inspired me and my mentor, Mr. [Name], to figure out how it happened. I consider this project as an exploration because over the summer, I performed more than 50 reactions, set up numerous diffusion tubes for growing crystals, and waited weeks to see the formation of the crystals. Eventually, we figured out that the role of an extraneous metal is vital to facilitate or to template the formation of the novel manganese compound. The exploration gave results that not only answer our questions about the phenomenon and motivated us to produce an academic paper, but also teach me how valuable and important patience, hard work, and critical thinking are in scientific research. The more I am excited about the results, the more I want to share them. I gave oral and poster presentations at three undergraduate research symposiums at the three biggest universities in Texas. In addition, further study of this project is also my undergraduate thesis that I am working on. This project has prepared me for graduate school in two major ways. First, I have gained strong skills and knowledge in synthetic inorganic chemistry which also reflects my interests in this subject. Second, I have learned how to effectively describe and interpret my research to audiences with different academic backgrounds and in different forms of presentations. Now I know that I can create and synthesize molecules and I want to create and synthesize more. My research experience has shown me how beautiful, important, and versatile compounds of transition metals (including lanthanides and actinides) can be. I want to keep synthesizing more coordination complexes and discover their applications from their structural, electrochemical, and magnetic properties. This, in addition to my passion for teaching, fosters my interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, and [University___Y] is where I want to be to achieve this goal. Choosing inorganic chemistry as the concentration, I understand it is an interdisciplinary subject that requires knowledge in biology, physics, and materials science. I also understand that the synthesis skill that I have is not enough to solve recondite problems in real life. To do that, I need to understand problems at an interdisciplinary level. At [University___Y] , I believe I will have a chance to work toward that goal because every research group in inorganic chemistry here has a diverse research profile. My first attention is brought to Dr. [D] because her group has worked with single-molecule magnets. Moreover, I also want to be a part of her journey in quantum information science by approaching via coordination chemistry. Besides, I am also interested in Dr. [E]’s group where I can both be exposed to a variety of innovative chemical fields such as nanomaterials and nanolithography, and improve my synthesis root in coordination chemistry. Dr. [F]’s research group is also appealing to me due to their works in transition metals complexes. The [F] group can be a good place for me to utilize my passion for synthetic inorganic chemistry to apply to biological and medical fields. Committing several years for chemistry is not an easy decision but I am confident that I have enough passion, curiosity, and a strong work ethic for this challenge. Although my life has involved a lot of moving, since the day I realized the beauty and the importance of inorganic chemistry I always have a consistent goal of becoming an influential and dedicated chemist. Pursuing a Ph.D. degree from [University___Y] is a significant step toward my future. BEST!!!
  24. I am applying this year for Bioinformatics this year... Can someone give me a fair evaluation. Do I have chance getting into a good program. Worst international Asian male Undergrad school: Big state (I stupidly chose wait for 3 waitlists, I thought at least 1 out of 3, and ended up like this...) GPA:3.81 major GPA:3.95 Majors: Cell biology, biochem Minor: Math GRE: not taken yet, but will take soon, quant easy full score, verbal IDK, 145-150 prob Exp: 2 years research at UCSF couple summer research publications: Nth author on Nature comm 3rd author on median clinic journal 4th author on a field top journal 2nd on a paper under review for nature, quit big project Working on a (I think) very cool novel deep learning pipeline independently (code is done, result seems promising to my PI, need to finalize) Lof: big name in the field ordinary senior researcher somewhat big name prof in the biomedical filed honors: very competitive national honors for math, biology and physics in high school Putnam experience skills: python (very good, huge amount of projects on git), c/c++ (one project), R(fine, couple projects) , shell(fine, couple projects), cython (one project) and matlab (studied). What is my chance ? is it possible for a Big state international Asian male be accepted in good programs ?
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