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  1. Hi, need some advice! I really don't know what to make of my situation right now. Should I be elated or just downright sad? Am I being too sceptical, or just playing it safe? I received an admit from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley for my PhD (Direct Entry) in Mechanical Engineering. I was given a potential research advisor for both universities and told to contact him regarding my research domain and funding. It was only upon discussing further with the profs did I realise that both the offers were without funding!! I mean, who does a PhD WITHOUT FUNDING!? That too, being an international student from India, there is no way anyone can even consider these offers! Graduate studies in itself, is way too expensive. Now, upon explaining to the department regarding the current condition, they told me to approach other professors who would have a position available. I'm doing that right now, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I have applied to Purdue, UIUC, UTexas Austin and UMichigan as well, but I still haven't received any information yet. If my plan goes all south, I will be stuck making one of these mentioned things- I either choose to pursue my PhD in one of the universities and decide to search for a potential advisor and funding en-route (Very, Very risky). Or, I request the university to convert my admit to an M.S program (unfunded) and think of a PhD later on (Not sure if possible in the first place). Any advice?
  2. I am currently considering between these choices: - UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering (Product Design/ Controls) [https://me.berkeley.edu/graduate/meng/] - Penn Robotics [https://www.grasp.upenn.edu/academics/masters] - Cornell Engineering Management [https://www.engmanagement.cornell.edu/em] My background is in Mechanical Engineering from a top 5 undergraduate school. Mainly hope to develop a deep specialization in robotics, controls, design for manufacturability, hardware systems development on the technical side, and take 2-3 management courses from the business school. Highly interested in technology entrepreneurship and have attended programs/ started companies previously. If any current students or prospective students can share your opinions, it would be incredibly helpful!
  3. Hi guys, So that's the question. I am doing a PhD in architecture history and theory and have been admitted in both programs. Any inside from the departments? What would you recommend or not? I am an European applicant so do not have much information before hand.... Any info is welcomed! Thanks !
  4. I (international student) got accepted into these two programs, which are quite different, but I believe both could lead me to a good position as a data scientist, in the US preferably. I am struggling to make a decision. On the one hand, NYU's 2-year Master is a top-10 program in the subject that would allow me to dive deep into data science core subjects as well as to do an internship during the summer. I feel that I would learn a lot in this program, get to know a commnity that is doing cutting edge work on the field and, hopefully, access good job opportunities The program is expensive, though, and I have not received any financial support. On the other hand, Berkeley's 1-year program combines technical courses with business-oriented topics. This means there will be considerably less time to invest in pure data science work. IEOR is a very broad area but ideally I would specialize on analytics, which could get me closer to the kind of jobs I want. I know MEng alumni have pursued careers in data science and similar positions before. Of course, this program has Berkeley's amazing prestige and faculty behind it, plus a lot of networking oppportunities. Besides, it will be significantly less expensive than NYU's MS, since this is a one year program and I have been awarded a $16k grant. Any thoughts on making a decision? Thank you!
  5. damicela

    Berkeley MPH '19?

    Hi, Has anyone or their mother heard back from UC Berkeley's MPH Program? I applied under Health and Social Behavior, still waiting, and I'm wondering if I have anyone in the same boat with me.
  6. Goals/Interests: Econometrician/Biostatistician, or a Statistician/Data Scientist with domain/research focus in the biotech venture capital industry. (Or, some ‘correct’ combination of these or related labels that might be more appropriate…) Beyond market/industry research, I would also like to focus on understanding the underlying statistical methodologies and techniques being applied in medicine/biotechnology/health science (i.e. machine learning's application etc. etc.…) My goal is to convince a biotech venture capital firm that they could benefit from employing a statistician/data scientist with these particular domain interests/research experiences. Ideally, I would love to have experience on the funding side of early stage start-ups in the hopes that I could build on my academic + industry experiences in order to one day veer down an entrepreneurial path of my own (…ideally in the biotech sphere) Location: Ideally VC firms in 1. NYC, 2. SF or LA (or… firms with a combination of both NYC and a California location…) Also, I want to note these are my “perfect-world/have-my-cake-and-eat-it-too” scenarios. I recognize they are lofty Should note, re-evaluating obtaining a PhD at some point in the future would not be unthinkable (especially if it might tie in well with the other above-mentioned goals) On a side, I feel I have a decent tie back to NYC having interned in the city, and having completed the course-work equivalent of Columbia University's major requirements in their joint Mathematics-Statistics major. (Completed through a non-degree post-baccalaureate program after graduating with a degree in economics from a separate institution). I mention this as I am not sure whether Berkeley or Duke has higher employer standing in NYC...and whether or not it will matter given I already have (what I think) is already a decent tie back to the city Berkeley States the program prepares for industry rather than PhD One year Capstone: team-based learning experience on real-world problem I think strong industry placement Incoming class of 40 No financial package, mention of guaranteed research assistant positions, or internship requirement I would assume because the program is so short/condensed Duke: States the program is attractive to industry employers and for bridging to Ph.D. 2 years Financial package, guaranteed TA and RA positions, required thesis or portfolio of work, required internship Bootcamp orientation Research Assistant-ship may or may not be used in thesis requirement Incoming class of 40 Alumni review: statistically rigorous, globally recognized faculty, Bayesian and ML approaches, modeling and computation (creates better career options), small class size, class projects with real data, in-house career counseling and advising, collaborative and collegial environment Areas: PhD/Research, Data Science, Health Data Science, Finance & Economics, Marketing Research and Business Analytics, Social Science & Policy Formal Mentoring in the first year (faculty) meet once a month 3 faculty serve as advisory role, at least 2 full-time primary faculty in Statistical Science, 1 committee chair Admission statistics look very similar to Berkeley’s Strong Industry and Academic Placement My intuition: Duke is a better fit. I feel two years would be ideal in gaining the technical skills + research experience + internship experience I am seeking (and I am not in a break-neck rush) It seems there is more emphasis on mentor-ships, and on academic + career development Prestige in industry seems equivalent at Masters level (maybe Duke is ‘winning’?) Prestige in academia – at the Masters level – seems 'Duke > Berkeley' Duke seems to be slightly more expensive on an annual basis (after factoring in the financial package offered) (however, I would be paying twice as much as I would for Berkeley in total because I would be paying for the extra year at Duke that I already desire…which ultimately is OK with me) Question/Advice: Any advice, thoughts, questions on anything mentioned would be greatly appreciated! Or, if you know of anyone that might be worth speaking to, please PM me! The Big Q: Am I wrong in assuming that Duke is the clear choice for me given the goals I’ve mentioned? Is there something I am completely missing about Berkeley that I should be taking in? Or, is my take utterly wrong in every possible way 🤣😅) Other relevant Threads: https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/89766-ucb-vs-duke-vs-yale-vs-usf-analytics/ Duke vs. UCB vs. Yale vs. USF Masters https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/39107-stats-program-by-tiers/ (Not sure if this by master or PhD? If it was mentioned in the thread somewhere and I missed it, then I apologize!)
  7. I've been given interviews for the Bioengineering Program at UC Berkeley-UCSF and the Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology program at Rice University. Does anybody know anything about these two programs? I'm specifically thinking about the quality and relevance of their synbio research output, as well as any comparisons of the programs themselves. I'm also worried about the housing situation for grad students at berkeley, as well as grad students being way overworked. Does anybody know what its like to work for Jay Keasling or Adam Arkin in particular? I know they are big names, but Im wondering what the lab environments are like.
  8. Heisenburger.

    UC Berkeley chemical PDP

    Did any international student get admit from the UC Berkeley's Chemical Engineering - PDP program ? If yes, please share when did you get the admit and did the portal status change ? Does anyone know if the admissions are in waves or it's a one shot process ? Previous years applicants, please help.
  9. Can someone please help in providing me the questions that are asked on the interview and also their answers in key points? It would be a great help!
  10. rnlwk

    Berkeley EECS

    Is there anyone who got interviews from POIs? I saw plenty of interview postings last year, but not nowadays... Does the interview indicate admission for UCB? (I mean being interviewed = high possibility of admission) Also, when will the results come out?? It's really painful to wait
  11. I've been looking around different phd programs that have a focus area in synthetic biology research, and have really like two programs in particular, namely the Bioengineering Program at UC Berkeley-UCSF and the Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology program at Rice University. Does anybody know anything about these two programs? I'm specifically thinking about the quality and relevance of their synbio research output, as well as any comparisons of the programs themselves.
  12. Catheyyy

    CS phd program application

    (1)Third year CS major in a US university(on the boundary of top 20...), will apply for PhD during my senior year (2)Took GRE once during my second year, and got 160 on reading, 168 on math, and 3.5 on writing (2)Expected GPA during application:3.75/4(our school doesn’t have grade inflation) (3)Since I’m interested in theoretical CS, I’ve taken a lot more upper division math classes than required, and a few CS grad classes related to my area of interest(got As in all of them) (4)One year of research experience(no publications yet), 1 internship experience (5)Will get 1-2 strong recommendations from big names in my interested field (6)Haven’t even thought about the SOP yet. Any suggestion on how to start is welcomed! Honestly what do you think is my possibility of getting into my top tier schools(e.g. Stanford, MIT, CMU, Berkeley) and lower tier schools(e.g. UWash, Umich, Cornell...)
  13. How is the application reviewed in the interview phase of EECS MS/PhD at UC Berkeley? If interviewed and accepted into the program, would the interviewer (by default) be the PhD supervisor? Or, is the student first accepted into the program and needs to find a research supervisor later? If the students are first accepted into the program and not by a specific advisor, how would funding be handled?
  14. Aks_agency

    UC Berkeley J-School 2018

    Hello! Have any of the 2018 J-School applicants heard from the school - interviews, writing tests? It looks like that they start sending out invitations in December.
  15. Hi everyone, Has anyone applied for the UC Berkeley online MPH for the spring semester? If so, what were your GRE scores/GPA and have you heard back yet? Thanks!
  16. Hi Everyone! I haven't seen a Goldman thread for Fall 2018, so I thought I'd get the ball rolling -- as well as try to offload some of this anxiety I'm feeling waiting for more results! I applied to 9 schools, mainly for MPPs, and want to study environmental policy (focusing on progressive climate adaptation/mitigation responses). I've been accepted at UCDenver and UWashington Evans so far, with a nice funding offer from the latter (which was an incredible surprise and confidence booster). Berkeley is my top choice, and I waver between feeling good about my chances and having no idea how competitive I am, which feels normal at this point in this lengthy, harrowing process...
  17. Karessala

    BERKELEY MSW FALL 18

    Hello everyone! I wanted to start a chat about admissions. Has anyone received information on when we are supposed to find out about if we got in or not?
  18. Hi All, I recently was accepted to both the UPenn Biotech program and the UCSF/Berkeley MTM (master of translational medicine) program. I am in a bit of a dilemma because I really like both programs, but being that I don't really know what I want to do after the programs (aka my career trajectory), I don't know which program is better for me. I'm NOT concerned with the cost, or areas associated with the 2 schools. I'm more concerned with the networking benefits and where the alumni of the two schools end up after the program. Also, would attending UPenn help get me into the MBA program at Wharton if I choose to go to B-school later in my career? Would the same apply for Haas at Berkeley? What if I want to go into consulting or start-ups, as compared to generic biotech industry roles? Any answers or comments would help. Also, I'm waiting to hear back from the Columbia for the MA in Biotech, so any additional information that relates to that program would also help! Thank you
  19. Like most here I'm trying to decide between two great programs. I was accepted to UC Berkeley's Environmental Science, Policy, and Management PhD program with full funding + stipend, as well as Yale's Masters of Environmental Management program with partial funding covering approximately half of my costs. I have several scholarships lined up which could theoretically (if awarded) cover the rest of the costs should I choose Yale-- it would just mean more leg work on my part. I would ultimately like to start an environmental consulting firm to assist Tribes with the development of resource management plans and environmental policies, and feel getting my PhD will help secure funding to accomplish that goal. Berkeley is one of the top ranked universities for environmental science and I feel I could learn a lot from the professor I would be working with. On the other hand, I have been told by numerous people that by going to Yale I will have access to their alumni which could open doors and provide opportunities that would otherwise be hard to come by. It also seems like Yale has closer ties to Washington than Berkeley, and while I don't necessarily want to work in DC, I think it would be beneficial to have connections there for what I want to do. I have visited both schools and both have positives and negatives that about equal out regarding the overall atmosphere and "fit". I am leaning toward Berkeley simply because they offered me more funding, and it's a great program. However, I am worried that if it doesn't provide me the opportunity to network with the right people that I won't have another opportunity, i.e. by earning another degree, and I will stuck there for at least 5 years. Whereas, at Yale I would spend two years getting my masters then if I wanted a change I could always re-apply to Berkeley for my PhD. Anyone have strong opinions or advice on either school and/or program? This forum is aptly named; it's down to the wire and I'm soliciting any and all input I can find. Thanks in advance for your help!
  20. I have received acceptance for MA Statistics from Yale and Berkeley. My plan is to do a Phd, whether directly after masters or after some work ex is something I will decide later. while Berkeley has the "better ranked" department, i feel that i would get more individual attention at Yale. Also, Yale will have more diversity. The Bay Area is right there so getting a job after Berkeley. but my dream is to work at NPOs and international orgs (like uN, WHO, BMGF, etc) which are at the east coast. please HELP!!
  21. TheMostPowerfulApplicant

    Berkeley MEng 2016

    Applied for MEng in EECS. Anyone else waiting it out as well? Or heard anything back??
  22. hi, i am deciding between uc berkeley and university of chicago for my MSW. i am interested in macro-level social work and organizational leadership, specifically at youth-serving non-profits and gov't agencies. I'm especially interested in positive youth development, management and planning, and issues/intersections of race, ethnicity, poverty and inequality. i like to work hard and study complex issues in my classes. I would like to practice social work in the Bay Area after graduation, but SSA seems like the best academic fit. Do you agree? Any insight is appreciated. Thank you.
  23. Hi everyone, now I fortunately get 2 PhD offers and have to make a decision. I plan to focus in electronics materials or device in graduate study. I prefer industry after graduation, but academia is ok for me. Although the research I will do in these two university is rather similar, I wonder if a EE degree will be better when I'm searching for a job. Thank you very much.
  24. Hello everyone, I really loved both of these schools when I visited and it feels impossible to decide between them. I'm laying out some logistical things here and would welcome any insights that might help me decide. UCSF Pros: - Four faculty that are close research fits and many more doing research that I am less experienced with but find fascinating - Great grad students and culture - everyone seems happy and taken care of - Excellent facilities - Seems like a truly collaborative environment Cons: - I'm moving with a partner and a big dog so living in SF is probably not feasible, I would most likely have to commute from Oakland or Berkeley - No undergrads (could also be a pro) Berkeley Pros: - One faculty that is a leader in my research field, another that is a good match for my current interests, many more that are interesting (similar to UCSF in this regard) - The "good match" is someone that I have met on several occasions and I really like, I am confident that I could join their lab if I wanted to and would be happy there - Much better subsidized housing situation - Easy commute by bike even if we don't move into grad housing Cons: - The campus is HUGE and PI that I have met with before is in a building that might make it hard to work collaboratively, maybe this isn't an issue but I'm not sure how much people see each other across campus - The program is spread over so many departments it seems like the cohorts might not be very tight-knit - A lot of undergrads and tourists everywhere - Some of the other labs I'm interested in are much larger than I've ever worked in before, not sure if it's an issue for me There are also many strengths that these two schools share such as career development services, opportunities for mentorship and science outreach, and the fact that I left both visits feeling very excited about the research opportunities and environment. Their stipends are similar - UCSF is a little higher but Berkeley has the housing and subsidized transportation perks that probably outweigh the difference. Thanks for reading this and for any insights you can offer!
  25. Hello all, I got accepted to the following programs and would highly appreciate your help on deciding. I studied Political Science with the focus on Public Policy and worked around Sustainable Development in the land-use sector in an international organization for 3 years. Am considering PhD also, but this might change depending on the masters program I choose. Below are key traits of each school from my point of view: 1. Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Pro: Strongest school in Env. management Con: .... Network is not as widespread as SAIS or SIPA in international organizations? 2. Master of Arts (MA), SAIS, Johns Hopkins University Pro: Strong network Con: Not very focused on Env. topics 3. Master of Public Affairs (MPA), SIPA, Columbia Pro: Strong network; practice orieted curriculum Con: Program is not intended for tentative phd applicants 4. Master of Development Studies (MDP), UC Berkeley Pro: Location, Flexible & practice oriented curriculum Con: Program is not intended for tentative phd applicants (no doctoral program available within the department) 5. Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM), Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University Pro: Program wise, most inclined to this school as the course is highly technical (data science/analytics for public policy), providing a niche in my field. Received $40,000 funding offer for 2 years (conditional - GPA higher than 3.0/4.0 per semester). Con: Not as famous as above schools; location Thanks for your insight in advance.
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