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  1. I'd applied to Columbia for MS in Computer Science for Fall 2019 and submitted my application on Jan 15th. I got an interview invitation from on 9th March, 2019, which I gave on 10th. I haven't heard back from them since. I enquired about the same yesterday (21st March, 2019) if there was any status update for the application or if I was required to do anything else. I received a one liner reply stating that my application "remains in their review pipeline." Now, I understand around this time of the year, they'd be getting a lot of enquiries. So I wasn't really expecting a very verbose response about the status update. But what do you guys think? Is this a positive indication? Or does this imply a rejection? Or worse yet, does this imply nothing at all and it could turn out either way? Honestly, this wait has now become nerve wracking.
  2. Greetings, I have recently been accepted to an MS/PhD program at КАUST and am trying to decide if I should go there. The professor and the group's research look great to me, they moved there very recently from a top 20 uni (their motivation was that КАUST provides much better funding, they don't have to apply to any grants and have nearly unlimited travel funds, more time and freedom for research, etc.). Judging by the current PhD students and a discussion with the professor, I think there are great prospects to do some amazing research and publish in top conferences during my PhD with the group. The position would likely be my top choice ever, if it were in a more well-known western place. I am mainly concerned about my career opportunities in competitive places in the US/Europe after getting that PhD. I have seen some quite radical opinions that it is nearly impossible to get a good position in academia in the US with a PhD from a non-western institution (e.g. "Is obtaining a PhD from an Asian country really a career suicide?"). I am also not sure about prospects of getting research positions/internships in tech companies (e.g. machine learning teams in Google, FB, etc.), since it seems they already have lots of qualified candidates from the US and it may be a problem to get through HR screen in the first place. The professor surely has some connections that would be helpful, but it still seems like a huge risk to me. The offered scholarship is pretty good, but not extraordinary: similar yearly salary to what a PhD would get in the US + free housing/no taxes (cost of living is not much lower than in the US). I am OK with the location and its advantages/disadvantages, I'd say I am really excited to explore a place like that for some time (e.g. a year), but not super excited about spending next 4-5 years there (but that is a less important factor for me). I didn't apply to any other PhD programs this year. Getting a 3-year BS from a not so highly ranked uni in Europe (with great GPA though), with average recommendation letters, without substantial research experience, I intended to first get a masters and more research experience and try my chances at PhD applications later. At the moment, my other option is an MS program in a top Swiss uni. Although it is somewhat questionable what are my chances of getting a comparably good PhD after that Swiss program, since the MS program here is more oriented on taking courses and there is not much time for doing research, only in summer and in the MS thesis (but that is not my main question here). TL;DR: Should I do a PhD in a not widely known non-western institution, but in a great group with great funding? Should I be concerned about my career prospects in western countries, or is the institution's reputation nearly irrelevant compared to my research output? Should I rather aim to find a PhD in a well-known top place, if that is what matters for me? Thank you for your opinions.
  3. Hello. I got admitted by UCF for their CS PhD program starting in Fall 2019. The acceptance letter said the following: " If you are awarded a financial offer package (for degree-seeking students only), this information will be sent separately from this admission letter". It has been 1 month since I receive the acceptance letter and I still have not received any information about funding. I found that I am not the only one without that information on the Results Search section of thegradcafe. Does anyone have some information about it?
  4. Does anyone know how the MS program at Yale is? I'm not sure how good the CS department at Yale is.
  5. Hi guys, does anyone have any idea about when the decisions for Waterloo MMath Computer Science (MS CS) for Winter 2020 will be given out? I have applied to Waterloo on Jan 20 for Winter 2020 since Fall 2019 deadline was already over...However, I have also applied to other colleges for Fall 2019 admissions. So, if I get admit in other Fall 2019 colleges, how long should I wait before accepting their offers over Waterloo?
  6. Hi, Can you please share what are your background, your prev school, your GPA, research history, your area of interest, and your application status. It may be helpful for the rest of us. Thanks
  7. When do Canadian Universities usually let students know about the results for thesis based courses. No contact from POI, no update, I am starting to get a little jittery now
  8. Karlin

    HCI PhD Fall 2019

    Hi! Just want to start a thread for HCI PhD applications this year! Maybe we can discuss about programs/interviews/results and anxieties here? Who also applied for PhD in HCI this year? What is your area of interest? I noticed some people already got interviews for CS PhDs... Maybe the only thing we can do for now is to stop checking mailbox and relax and focus more on our work at hand??
  9. Faizan Zafar

    Comparison for graduate programs

    Hello, I have got admits in the following universities and programs: TU Kaiserslautern - M.Sc. Computer Science RWTH Aachen - M.Sc. Data Science Paderborn University - M.Sc. Computer Science OVGU Madgeburg - M.Sc. Data & Knowledge Engineering Universitat Bamberg - M.Sc. International Software Systems Science Please suggest the best/suitable program with respect to research prospects, job opportunities, long-term/short-term benefits?
  10. Got mail from UofA asking me to complete GARS application, but I completed since November. Informed them and all seems fine now. Did anyone hear from them ? Spilled hot soup yesterday on myself as a result of my nerves racking from seeing a mail from UofA. how are you coping with your decision wait?
  11. keratin

    MS in CompLing 2018

    Hey everyone, Anyone with admits/rejects to the UWash computational linguistics or other similar programs?
  12. belpheg0r

    Profile Evaluation

    Hey Guys! I have applied to the following unis for a masters in computer science for fall 2019: 1. ETH Zurich 2. University of Waterloo 3. University of British Columbia 4. McGill University My profile is as follows: 1. GPA 3.7/4 (BSc Computer Science from University of Bahrain, best in my country) 2. GRE: 166Q 160V 4.5AWA 3. IELTS: 8.5 4. A senior project on facial recognition using deep learning 5. A year of relevant work experience that includes developing websites and web apps, and teaching robotics and programming to kids. *No publications or significant research experience (except for a term paper and a few other projects done as part of my bachelor) Given the information, what do you guys think are my chances? I was pretty confident when applying, but pretty nervous now. Anybody who's been admitted into any of these programs, what do you think about my chances? Any information is appreciated :) Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi all, like the title says, unfortunately I bombed the the GRE, 152 verbal, 149 quant. I really thought I'd be fine since I aced my calculus courses in my undergraduate and only prepared 2 weeks. But unfortunately i felt this tested more of my test taking skills since I'm not great at standardized tests. And I did work with a tutor to improve on timed test taking, but I feel like it takes more time to practice out the skills learned to actually develop them. I have a solid GPA, 3.7 and hold a degree in Computer Science. I have interned at top companies, and currently work for a forbes top 50 company as a software engineer and have research experience/1 publication at highly tanked conference. I've only been out of school since this past May. I'm applying for a masters in computer science program and 3 applications are for joint programs, masters/PhD track. I have deadlines coming up, have I completely hurt my chances of getting into top tier schools? This is really unfortunate considering I did everything else right except improve on my standardized testing skills. Its not like I couldn't solve the problems, I ran out of time on the quant sections and had to guess on questions I know I could've solves if given a little more time. Thank you for your help!
  14. Hi, I am a foreigner working full-time in New York, holding L1b visa. I would like to apply for Columbia's Master of Science in Computer Science as part-time student. But I am not sure whether they accept part-time students for foreigners, and I don't see such choices in the application system. Does anyone know about this information? Thanks
  15. Hello Everyone, I am a Bangladeshi student and have recently submitted my application for a masters degree in Computer Science to University of Saskatchewan. I was contacted by their graduate assistant for a dean's scholarship nomination. Given I have a couple of conference papers, overall score of 8 in IELTS and a CGPA of 3.84 (out of 4) in my bachelors degree, what do you think my chances are of getting accepted?
  16. Velocity_Distance

    Statement of Purpose Hook vs Straight

    I am writing my statement of purpose and I have read conflicting advice on how to write it. On one hand I heard you want to stand out with a creative hook. On the other hand, I've heard you want to get straight to the point and concise as possible. I fundamentally agree with the hook approach but find it a little hokey as well. I was wondering if anyone had any advice. For context, I am applying to computer science programs.
  17. Hello! I am a Junior student planning to pursue a Ph.D. in USA. UW is really my top 1 dream school. I know it's very hard to get into UW Ph.D. program. So I really wish to know my odds given my background. Thanks in advance! Undergrad: Zhejiang University, China (top 2 in computer science) Major: Honors college of Computer Science GPA: Overall 3.87/4.0, major GPA 3.95/4.0, ranking top 5% TOEFL: 107 (R24 L27 S26 W30) Letters of Rec: I will have a rec letter from a prof at Zhejiang University (my mentor, strongly rec), a prof at UC Davis (visualization&HCI research), and a prof at Cornell (HCI research, UW Ph.D. alumni) GRE: Plan to take soon, expect result: V158 Q170 AW4 Research Experience: 1. 2 HCI research experiences at Zhejiang University with HKUST for 1 year, plan to submit a paper to MobileHCI'19, but the result will not come out before 15th Dec. 2. HCI&Visualization summer research at UC Davis VIDI Lab for 3 months, will submit a paper to PacificVis'19 (visualization conference), second author. 3. HCI&Accessibility research at Cornell for 3 months. Have published a demo paper on ASSETS'18 (accessibility top conference), and will submit a paper to CHI'19 Work Experiences: 1. Teaching Assistant for a distinguished professor from UT-Austin, member of the USA National Academy of Engineering 2. Internship at Alibaba group, designed some intelligent interactive system for data analysis. Awards: First class scholarship every year in college, and many other less important awards. To summarize, I think my academic record is not very bad, my English has met their request, and I will have (if I am very lucky) 2-4 papers published on top & 1st tier conferences. I also have TA experience for a famous professor and a rec letter from a professor who is UW alumni. Given my background, do I stand a chance to be admitted to their CSE Ph.D. program? I really like the school because they have several professors who are doing research I am really interested in and my previous work matches theirs. I also got 3 Email feedback from UW professors. They all said that they are recruiting, and they appreciate my experiences. They also highly encourage me to apply for their Ph.D. program, but they have a committee to review all applications so that's the reason I come here for help. I cannot simply ask professors about my odds. Thanks for your comment!
  18. I am a MPhil in Advanced Computer Science student from Cambridge. I got rejected by most US HCI master programs last year, so I went to Cambridge in the end. Since my MPhil course is an one-year program, I am thinking about my next plan, which is to apply for a Ph.D. degree in US. My research interest is in HCI, especially social computing and affective computing. Because currently I am pursuing a MPhil degree in Cambridge, and it is a research-oriented degree, the most natural choice is to see if the MPhil project suits my interest, and then continue Ph.D. study directly in Cambridge after finishing MPhil. But I am a person who enjoys seeking changes, and I want to experience US research and education. I know applying for a Ph.D. degree in top US CS (HCI concentration) programs can be extremely difficult, so I want to be better prepared. My undergraduate major is Industrial Engineering, and I am a little worried about people will have no idea about this major and its connection with HCI. Therefore, I want to make most of my MPhil study to add something to my academic background. However, since most Ph.D. applications' deadlines are in December, by that time I may not have enough research and course outcomes to present in my CV. Besides, I do not know anybody who switched to pursue Ph.D. degree in US after finishing MPhil course in UK. Whether this is a disadvantage if I study in UK, and do not have enough connections with professors and labs in US? Do you have any advice for me regarding my situation? Currently I am trying to strengthen my application regarding SOP, CV, research experience (but probably no paper for this summer) and also refine my portfolio (is portfolio an advantage in HCI PhD application?) University of Washington is my dream school.
  19. Velocity_Distance

    Carnegie Mellon: CS vs SE

    I am looking at both the Computer Science masters program and the software engineering program. I have 5-6 years of development experience Software Engineering Pros: - I want to be a professional developer and work towards software architect - Professionally focused program - work on real life problems Cons: - I don't want to take classes on Agile and other methodologies because I have taken several trainings on it and use it everyday. - It sounds like a lot of team work, which doesn't bother me but I would like to do individual work as well - I don't have a computer science undergrad so I want to take some algorithms, data structure, and ML courses, which I am not sure how possible that is - The application will be a little more work cause its different from other programs I'm applying to Computer Science Pros: - I will get to take algorithms, data structure, and ML courses - Lots of individual work - more flexible course structure (I think) Cons: - More theoretical, isn't focused on making me a professional developer or architect - I might get buried with the course work because I don't have pure Computer science background If anyone has thoughts or insights into the programs I would love to hear them
  20. I graduated from undergrad 10 years ago with a terrible GPA (2.3). Now, I'm looking to attend an online grad school program in Computer Science. I'm a very different person than I was 10 years ago. I have over 10 years of industry experience now and have since been promoted to staff software engineer at a reputable company. I've kept up learning by completing over 10 MOOCs. It seems like a decade of experience matters much less than my low undergrad GPA. Is it even possible to get into a grad school program? Are there any schools that weight experience more than GPA? Feels like the only way to even be considered is to attend classes in a non-degree program and score a very high GPA. Any other ideas?
  21. I would like to provide some information regarding the reality of getting admitted to top 5 ranked Canadian graduate schools in the Computer Science Program. I work in the field and it appears to me that many applicants are not aware of some of the basic requirements to be admitted that are not overtly stated but definitely required. Unfortunately, I am unable to reveal my university or position as I wish to remain anonymous. Most of the time, you MUST have previous degree from a top school of your country, especially for students with a degree outside of Canada/USA/UK. This is extremely crucial for international students and unless you meet this requirement, it is extremely difficult to be admitted. For most countries, you will need to be in the top 5-10 universities in your country (excluding Canada/US/UK/India). For India, UK, and Canada you will generally need to be in the top 20 universities and for the US, top 50 may be considered, however, top 20 has a greater chance of being admitted. One of the first considerations of the reviewer is the school in which you graduated and how that school ranks in your country. To elaborate, having a degree from a top university is important because this is the only sure way to prove that you are performing well academically because the teaching standard and research caliber of top schools are widely recognized and can easily be compared top Canadian universities. It is impossible for each top Canadian university to understand the teaching, grading and research standard of hundreds of thousands of universities in the world, including many in a foreign language with public and private systems and most reviewers will not dig around for information regarding unknown institutions. For example, there are some universities that give a grade of 75% or above to only one in a few thousand students, whereas another university can have a graduating average of 3.7 GPA. With variations like these, unless you graduated from a top university in your country where the general grading trend and teaching quality is recognized by the Canadian school, your chances of admission are slim to none. Furthermore, the other reason a top university is important is that reviewers want to see reference letters from colleagues or faculty they know and value the opinions of. Since most top researchers in Computer Science meet in major conferences, presentations and events around the world, they are aware of each other’s work, reputation and standards when writing and reading reference letters. Most of these outstanding members of the academic community are also positioned in top schools coinciding with the reviewer’s search applications from top schools. The top Canadian graduate programs in Computer Science receive over 1000 and sometimes even over 2000 applications per year, with three reference letters per application this is an astronomical number of letters to read. Taking this number into account, while the content of reference letters matter, the respectability of the reference writer is arguably even more important. For example, a reviewer reading 100 applications a day would have to read 300 reference letters, 100 of them may indicate that the student is in the top 10% of their program. In the end, being top 10% may not mean anything because there are too many top 10%s and it does not indicate the quality of the student or education. Moreover, there have been examples where the same reference writer indicated that three different students from the same year and class were the number one student in their class. In cases like these, reviewers go back to looking at the top universities, since the caliber of education is known, and they may know the reference writers, therefore, ensuring the letter is reliable. If you believe that there are many exceptions to the rule, consider that the admission data from the previous year from one of the top Canadians schools: only TWO offers out of more than 100 offers made were outside of the guidelines above. Of course, an excellent statement, GPA, reference letters, GRE, and English proficiency are also required even from a top university. Moreover, other factors such as publications, conference experience, research projects and work experience, other achievements are also considered, however, if you do not meet the top university requirement, you will likely need astounding achievements in the other factors to even be considered for admission. The information provided refers to research Master’s and PhD programs in top Canadian universities and does not necessarily reflect industry targeted master’s programs in Computer Science. I am happy to answer any questions or clarify any points, feel free to contact me or respond to this post.
  22. Hello everyone, I am applicant from India wanting to apply for Masters program in Data Science/Data Analytics/Computational Chemical Engineering. My humble request is to review my profile and suggest me some universities I should target for applying to the Masters programs. Also, if someone could suggest any chances of obtaining a funded masters opportunity at some universities, it would be awesome ! Thanks in advance ! Profile: - Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) with GPA of 9.3/10 - Major in Chemical Engineering with Minor in Computer Science and Engineering - 2 years and 3 months work experience as a Data Scientist and Analyst at a BigData Analytics startup - GRE Score : 320 (153 Verbal, 167 Quant, 5.0 in AWA ) out of 340 - TOEFL iBT Score : 116 out of 120
  23. Hi all, I'm a prospective applicant for a masters degree in CS in South Korea. As I mentioned in the title, I have done some other kinds of activities during undergraduate school rather than research experience like participating in a South Korean government scholarship program. I have been interested in Computer Graphics, so want to deeply study more and further would like to work in related industries. But it's just all to take a couple of classes. My question is, how can I cover my paucity of research experience to apply the thesis option and find an advisor? I'd applied at several schools in last years, but I didn't hear any good news. If there is someone who has a similar background with me please reply me!
  24. Hello, I would like some input on my chances for Stanford's mscs program (honors co-op). GRE: 167Q, 164V. 5.0W (low-mid nintieth percentile). Overall UGrad GPA: 3.8, degree in Math and Economics at UPenn. Lots of coursework in math and statistics. Took several master's level math classes instead of the undergrad versions. I don't have any publications, but was a research assistant for my Statistics professor for one semester. My background is predominantly pre-professional. I currently work as a trader at a large propriety trading firm. I didn't realize just how useful a computer science background could be in this industry, which is why I am applying now. My interests are in building tools to augment my trading skills. Further down the line I would like to work as a developer in order to systematize my trading strategies. Something worth mentioning: I only took one computer science class in college, got a B. I was taking a pretty big course load that semester, and my job-hunt held a higher priority in my schedule. Another thing worth mentioning: took our advanced calculus class that very semester, ended up having to withdraw. It's the only W on my transcript, but I took the same class the following semester and aced it. I appreciate your thoughts, thanks.
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