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  1. Hello everyone. I have been accepted to two really great physics schools for my Ph.D. - MIT and Princeton. However, the admission to MIT is through the EECS department’s applied physics route while Princeton is just traditional physics (I also applied to MIT’s physics program but have not heard back from them. Considering all the acceptances that were sent out on Friday, I will assume that I have been rejected). My area of focus at the current moment is experimental condensed matter (CME) and quantum computing (QC). In this respect, MIT is stronger, but I am anxious about how the decision might affect a career path in academia. Ultimately, I want to be a professor of physics somewhere. I do NOT want to be a professor of engineering (I don’t have anything against engineers, I just would prefer to teach pure physics topics over engineering topics). Consequently, I don’t want an applied physics degree if it is going to significantly hurt my chances of getting a great physics postdoc or teaching position in the future, even if the degree is from MIT. I should also mention that I’m not entirely set on CME/QC - I very much enjoy these topics and most of my experience is in these areas, but I also have interests elsewhere. In particular, atomic physics (AMO, both experimental and theoretical) as well as condensed matter theory (CMT) seem fascinating to me. It does not seem likely that, if I were to do applied physics at MIT, I would be able to study theory. I’m sure I could squeeze in experimental AMO though. On the other hand, Princeton excels in theory altogether. As a disclaimer, I do not yet know of all of the academic restrictions at MIT’s applied physics route. That is, I don’t know whether or not I would be allowed to take pure physics courses (e.g., E&M, quantum, QFT if I go into CMT, etc) as an EECS student. This probably doesn’t matter too much if I go into experiment, but I better have access to these classes if I decide to go into theory (assuming I can even work with theorists as an EECS student). Lastly, I don’t know anything about how happy Princeton’s graduate students are versus MIT’s graduate students are, but this is obviously a big factor into where I go (how will I be able to do great research if I’m miserable?) Thank you you in advance for helping me come to a decision!
  2. Hi everyone,I shortlisted the schools down to UIUC and CMU but can't decide on which to attend. My future plans is to stay in academia with postdocs at top schools (perhaps at MIT or Stanford) but I don't want closed doors to the industry. Here are the good vs bad things about both of these schoolsUIUCGood: The PI is highly reputed very famous in contro&gamel theory. The school is also ranked higher in ECE (US News). Very strong faculty members. In addition, I will be working on multi-agent reinforcement learning which I am quite interested in.Bad: I am not quite sure if this would be a criterion when choosing grad schools but Urbana-Champaign is in the middle of nowhere, isolated by cornfields in every direction. I am coming from a big city so I am not sure if I can get used to such a small and isolated place. Another drawback is that the PI's research is very theoretical which I am fine with but students in the lab told me that I will be closing my chances of working in the industry. Finally, PI is very senior so that means I will be doing most of the work.CMUGood: Compared to UC, Pittsburgh is a more vivid and bigger city. CMU is also very great for its school of CS and PI(s) there are also affiliated to the ML department. Being private school can also be regarded as something positive. The stipend is also much better. I will be doing machine learning, optimization, and signal processing if I attend CMU.Bad: PI(s) are assist/assoc professors and they are way less reputed compared to the PI in UIUC. Rankings CMU ECE is lower compared to UIUC. Final remarks: I like the research and the academic environment in UIUC but I have concerns about living in Urbana-Champaign. CMU is very good at CS but I am tempted to work with a famous yet senior professor. I am open to any comments/views/ideas about these schools.Thanks and good luck to everyone!
  3. I was wait-listed by MIT EECS and accepted to UCLA ECE with generous funding this year. When I applied, my bachelor's degree was not complete and my GPA increased significantly after the last semester to be near-perfect. One of my papers was also accepted after the application deadline to a very good journal. So I feel that if I continue doing good research, I'll have a generous chance of getting to MIT next year. The problem is: does the prestige of MIT matter so much that it makes sense to hold out another year? I know that I could do more or less the same quality research at both places. I plan on being an entrepreneur after graduation, so I wonder whether the "name-effect" of MIT has a better impact when finding investors etc.
  4. Hi Y'all Looking at the lack of dedicated threads for EE/ECE and Computer Engineering students/prospective-grads to share their admits/applications/interviews information, I wanted to create a separate topic for it in which all of us prospective grad students can contribute, share our admit/interview experiences for the benefit of all. This would get a dialogue started where hopefully all of us can learn and contribute something.
  5. Hi guys. I'm just curious. Did anyone applying to Masters in EE Stanford get interviewed yet?
  6. 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
  7. Hi everybody! I am planning on pursuing MS degree in EE with the concentration on RFIC. My chance of getting into UIUC EEMS is high because of some department policy. But I want to try different university for graduate study (due to personal issues). I performed pretty bad in GRE writing but I heard for engineering field, the writing is not that important so I will still use the current GRE score in my application. Lack of publication and research experience are also my weaknesses. Major: EE from UIUCGPA in Major: 3.85 / 4Overall GPA: 3.93 / 4Type of Student: International male, AsianGRE Scores: 331+3Q: 169 (96%)V: 162 (91%)W: 3 (17%)TOEFL Total: 108 LOR: Three from EE professors (all specialized in my field of interest). Pretty sure will get one strong letter from the prof I am currently doing research with. Research Experience: 7 months and ongoing Undergrad RA in UIUC. My jobs involved redesign the RF circuit for isolator and circulator, analyze the experiment data and fabricate the circuit board. No publications so far but most likely will get one this fall (2nd author out of 4). Did a summer project about microstrip antenna directly with professor. It was not a strong research project and only involved some basic antenna elements design and elaborated simulation. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: earned highly competitive merit-based scholarships once and dean's list every semesterPertinent Activities or Jobs: grader for three semesters in a DSP course. I was responsible for grading homework. Applying to Where: Stanford University - Electrical Engineering MS (IC) Princeton University- EE PhD (IC) UC-Berkeley - EE PhD (IC) Thank you in advance for your time and assistance! I am open to all opinions. I can graduate one semester earlier than scheduled if I choose to stay in UIUC (spring admission) and I am happy with it. But I dreamed about studying at Stanford since my very young age. I would like to hear some suggestions.
  8. Hi all I have been offered admission to Electrical Engineering PhD at UW Madison but haven't heard anything about funding. Have tried contacting professors but no luck. The department has yet to give their final word (they said next week). I am an international student and want to know if anyone is in the same boat. Really want to attend but funding is an issue for me. How common is it for them to admit PhDs without funding?
  9. I got an admission for MS in Electrical Engineering programs from UCLA, UIUC and UT Austin. I am not sure which one should I go for. I am interested in VLSI circuits and systems. I want this decision to be made considering the following factors: 1. Reputation of school in the field of electrical engineering 2. Future job prospects 3. Quality and level of research and professors 4. Financial aid easiness in the university 5. University's inclination to Electrical Engineering, especially VLSI, Power Electronics and machine learning (and the extent of inter disciplinary encouragement of different engineering departments) Please help in selecting. Thank You
  10. Hello, I am electrical engineering major and My GPA is 2.65/4.0 My GRE score is V:145, Q:158 AW: 3.5. I applied about 17 schools, and I already got 4 rejects... The rank of schools varies from top 20 to top 100. Could you recommend any schools that I could get an acceptance letter possibly? Thank you.
  11. Hello everyone. Hope this get answered. I was accepted to both UC Davis and the university of Washington for an M.S. in electrical engineering. I am an international student, and till now I didn't receive any words regarding funding. I am interested in communication and signal processing fields, mainly wireless communications' structure. At first, I was leaning towards the university of Washington, but reading more about each university's research and labs made me hesitant. From what I read, UW communication research field is not as robust as UC Davis, and by that I mean UC Davis department focus matches more with my own. UW EE department seems more focused on robotics, data acquisition and analysis, and electrical properties of materials. Apart from the research and academic aspects, both Seattle and Davis have their distinct appeals. Seattle, I think, has the perfect city vibe and strong companies presence. Davis on the other hand sounds like a great safe college town. Again, I am an international student, so sadly I cant visit campuses and compare departments, surroundings, supervisors, etc. Can someone please help me decide which program to attend? I would greatly appreciate if someone could double check the department research focuses I mentioned above for UW and UC Davis. Which one would you choose as an international masters' EE student, with focus on communications? Thank you all and good luck with your applications.
  12. Hi all, I'm an international student and I've been offered a GRA Funding of 18k CAD/year from my potential MSc supervisor in UBC (from which I'll pay around 5K CAD/year for tuition and leaving 13K CAD/year for living expenses). Is it below average compared to GRA fundings in the ECE department in UBC ? Is it enough for my living expenses in Vancouver ? Thanks
  13. I currently am graduating with a B.S. in Computational and applied mathematics. I concentrated in statistics and have a minor in it, but am only also a class different from a Statistics B.S. as well. I took a class in mathematics of large data and it concentrated in Laplace and Fourier transformations of data, such as signals within pictures, voice and speaker recognition, and wavelets JPEG. I absolutely loved it. I was wondering what I should do now? I have heard that mathematicians can go to grad school for electrical engineering and not be behind if they are going to focus on signals and processing, which is what I would be doing, but am wondering how feasible it is? I know for a fact that mathematicians transition into systems engineering flawlessly since graduate school of systems engineering is mathematics of processes. However, I know a masters in applied mathematics would also open doors to different worlds, but normally lead to different kinds of jobs than my dream job. Other than that, should I just finish a bachelors degree in electrical engineering? I do not think would be more beneficial but I thought I would ask that as well. any advise would be greatly appreciated Thanks, Tom
  14. Should I explain average GRE, or why my average GRE maths scores are not indicative of my mathematical ability? Also would tutoring experience be something to include? Applying for PhD in Electrical Engineering for reference.
  15. I am worried about my application, due to my low GRE scores. I have retaken the test 3 times with little increases, and don't think I have the mental capacity to try again before fall 2018 apps are due. My current profile is: Undergrad GPA 3.86, honors from University of Washington, Bothell Electrical Engineering GRE take 2 152 V, 155 Q, 4 AWA take 3 148 V, 157 Q, 4 AWA Research: 2 recent conference proceedings, a journal publication (2nd author) and research scholarship during undergrad. Good LOR's from undergrad research adivser, current research adviser, and professor I had good standing with. The school I am really concerned with getting into is University of Washington, Seattle EE program for MEMS. They remark on there website that "competitive applicants usually have a quant score of 160 minimum." Another stretch school would be University of Michigan, but with my current profile I feel I have no chance of that. The advice I am looking for is my abysmal GRE scores going to keep me out of UW?
  16. Hello, Ive received admits for MS in electrical enginerring fro Univ of California Irvine (UCI) for fall '17 and Univ of Southern California (USC) for spring '18. Which one should i opt for? ( state reason if possible, it will be really helpful) Does the university ranking of these two have an impact on future job prospects as well?
  17. Hello, I am a Sophomore (Junior in few days) in electrical engineering and was wondering if it would be too late for a shot at getting into top tier masters/PhD programs. I just recently became interested in graduate school and it is too late to apply for summer research and even my college's year round research program for '17-'18. Next year I will begin REU and other research applications early and hope to gain some then, but would that be enough to get into top programs? I will have a 3.95+ gpa after this semester so I don't think grades will hold me back at all. I'm looking at elite schools like MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, but don't have much hope for those now. I'm also interested in top schools like UMich, UIUC, UCBoulder, UCLA, Cornell, etc. Another path I could take to get more research is lower my credit hours during my senior year (4th year) and then take another semester finish my degree. In this path I would be able to get good research during the 4th year, the summer after, and possibly that fall too. This would not be that much of an inconvenience to me as I already have a full tuition scholarship. Would this be the best course of action in order to increase my chances for grad school? Also, will doing an REU at a specific university increase the chances of being accepted there?
  18. Hello everybody! I applied for a specific position with deadline in the 10th of January. Since then I haven't heard back, I sent an email during February and they told me that it will take some more time. Has anyone heard back from KTH or knows from previous experience the decision timeline approximately? Thank you in advance.
  19. It's April 7th and I still haven't heard from UCLA. Is anyone on the same boat?
  20. Hey everyone So i've gotten admits from University of Southern California (USC) and University of Wisconsin Madison (UWM) for electrical engineering. My primary focus would be on power electronics as I want to pursue my career in the electric vehicle industry. Which is a better university and why? Thanks in advance!
  21. I'd like to know if it is common for masters students in EE at the top universities in Europe to publish papers (either journal or conference papers). I'm interested specially at the following universities in the field of communications systems: ETH Zurich, Imperial College London, TU Delft, KTH and TU Munich.
  22. Undergrad Institution: A University of California Major(s): Bioengineering / Biomedical Engineering Minor(s): Electrical Engineering and Political Science GPA in Major: 2.60 Overall GPA: 2.54 Length of Degree: 4 years Type of Student: Domestic, Black male. Degrees Applying for: MS in EE (where research interests align) or MS in BioE/BME GRE Scores: Not taken yet Research Experience: Undergraduate Researcher in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering Lab. I worked on two projects here, one of them analyzing ketamine as an anti-depressant (effectiveness and side-effects) and the other is real time "mind reading" through miniature microscopic imaging and mathematic computation. Two tentative authorships should come out of this. 2 presentations. 15 hrs/week. Took a lot of personal ownership on the projects I had, and felt genuinely very interested in learning more about the more electrical engineering side of this field (Signal Processing, Neuroengineering, and MEMS). By the time applications are in, I will be in this lab for 1.5 years. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Academic scholarships UROP Grants 3 Dean's Lists. Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Senior Design Project: Will be related to Microfluidic Health Diagnostic Devices or Embedded Drug Delivery Device. Internship at major medical device and pharmaceutical company. Any Miscellaneous Information that Might Help: Campaigned for and established a food pantry on campus to fight food insecurity. It secured funding for next 10 years. The project started at the end of freshman year, and I will be seeing it through to the end. Have tutored STEM concepts and been a part of many efforts to recruit African-descent, Latino, and women into STEM. (summer camps, tutoring, volunteering, mentoring, etc.) Difficult life circumstances -- had to work 35 hrs/wk. Many family deaths (6+), increased responsibilities at home (tutoring, cooking, picking up brother), and more I'd rather not get into. Because of this, I have a huge upward trend in my more recent grades, and I hope to do well with the 3 remaining quarters before application season ends. I am here to ask two questions: I have two letters of recc in mind already -- one from the PI of my lab and one from a professor I took an upper division class with. The upper division class relied heavily on class I'd done poorly in. The class and research the professor conducts are related to my research interests, and I got an excellent grade in it. For my last one, I could ask the dean of my school, since we've worked together before multiple times doing recruitment, retention, and other events, and he knows me in a professional (but not academic) capacity. The reason I am a little hesitant is that I don't think he knows me as well as the PI for my lab and the upper div professor who's class I did well in. I can also ask my manager for the internship, but again, he only knows me in a professional capacity. Should I try to make a good impression with the 6 more biomedical engineering professors whose classes I will take, and ask one of them? Who should I ask for my third letter of rec? I know my numbers don't stack up against the average applicant. What are some EE MS programs I should be looking at, considering my stats? I want to study EE so I get more classes about signal processing and computation so I could study BCI's, signal processing, and neuro-engineering with a more solid base in coding and data structures. I have a few programs in mind, but I truly don't think I will stack up against the competition with the average applicants at those, honestly. Thanks for your help, and I appreciate the honesty and advice.
  23. Hello Guys. Thanking all of you ahead for reading my posts and writing your thoughts as comments. I have been out of Grad School application scene past 5 years and need some help assessing my profile and giving me few tips and suggestion. It will be great to know how my profile stacks up against fellow applications for Top 30 EE RFIC/Analog IC/Circuits PhD Programs in US/Europe. Any University suggestion is appreciated as well. For Spring 2018/Fall 2018 session. (Critics are welcome as i need to improve, be as frank as possible) My Profile: GRE (Q 170 / V 155 / 4.0) , MS in EE with Research/Thesis from TTU (2012) - GPA 3.7/4.0, BS in EE GPA 3.6/4 (No Publications) Work Experience -- 4 years and counting -- 3 years at Qualcomm (top 5 RFIC Company) as RF Hardware and Test Engineer, 1.5+ at another competitor (present). I have been told my work experience is negative for PhD as its been 4 years since i graduated with MS, Does it matter that much ? What do you guys think about my acceptance chances to Top 30-50 EE Programs In US/Europe . Any university you want to suggest. Few University of my choice with similar research interest -- UT Austin, Texas A&M, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine/Davis. Georgia Tech, Univ of Colorado Boulder, Arizona State University, University of Washington. USC, UMass Amherst. NCSU Thanks Again,
  24. Having a hard time not focusing on anything while we all wait to hear back from schools. I think my app is weak in key areas, wondering if people think I should apply to more safety schools while there is still some time, or if anyone had recommendations. Concerned because I did not major in engineering, lowish GPA, and unknown school. Undergrad Institution: Unknown, unranked Liberal Arts school Major(s): Physics Minor(s): Math GPA in Major: 3.78/4.00 Overall GPA: 3.43/4.00 Demographics/Background: Underrepresented Minority GRE Scores: Q: 162 (82%) V: 166 (97%) W: 4.0 (59%) LOR: I think they're all of average quality. The professors know me *personally* very well, and I did well in their classes, but never did research for them. Research Experience: Two NSF summer REUs at good to great universities in thin film devices. One post graduation research internship in Asia, working in nanodevices. Publications/Abstracts/Presentations: Two fourth author publications. Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Working as full time electrical engineer. Research Interests: MEMs, photonics, nano devices. Institutions/Programs: Electrical Engineering; Berkeley (PhD), UC Santa Barbara (PhD), Yale (PhD), UC Davis (masters), UBC (masters), Toronto (masters), Waterloo (masters), University of Oregon (Masters) Nanoengineering: UC SanDiego (PhD) Comments: Took a two year break during the middle of school, 6.5 years to graduate. Bad Chemistry grades. US Citizen.
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