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  1. This forum is for people who have been accepted to the University of Iowa PhD program for any area! I thought it would be a good idea to get to know some of the people whom we will be getting to know on campus and discuss about stuffs pertaining to the university and Iowa City (housing, social life, professors, etc...)!
  2. Hi, great day to all of you! To give you a glimpse of my background, I am currently an international undergraduate senior student from Philippines who is majoring in physics. I plan to apply for the Medical Physics PhD program at University of Wisconsin — Madison for the Fall 2022 term. While browsing the program statistics, it turned out that from more than 25 international applicants, only about four (4) were offered admission. Can anyone tell the chances of me getting an admission offer from them based on my background? Let me proceed with the nitty-gritty of my profile. 1. Currently, I have a GPA of 1.0853 (out of 5.0 scale, with 1.00 being the highest and 5.00 being the lowest). I tried converting this GPA using the WES iGPA Calculator and found out that in a U.S. grading scale, my GPA is 4.0/4.0. I am also an awardee of proficiency in science and math way back high school, garnered awards for work immersion (research), and a consistent top-performing student (class valedictorian in fact). 2. I was once a High School Math Expert at Study.com for a period of six months. The nature of my work is to provide step-by-step solutions to advanced high school math problems involving geometry, advanced trigonometry, calculus, advanced algebra, and statistics. 3. Here are the awards, fellowships, and scholarships I received: International Centre for Theoretical Physics – Physics Without Frontier (ICTP-PWF) for PhysicsMeetup Philippines (2020 – Present) Smarter Philippines through Data Analytics Research and Development (R&D), Training and Adoption (SPARTA) Project Award (2020 – Present) Department of Science and Technology Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Undergraduate Scholar (2018 – present) 4. Affiliations/Designations are as follows: International Centre for Theoretical Physics – Physics Without Frontier (ICTP-PWF) for PhysicsMeetup Philippines Community Volunteer (2020 – Present) DOST-IX Scholar’s Initiative Club Zamboanga Committee Head (2020- Present) Western Mindanao State University Physics Students Society President (2019 – Present) College of Science and Mathematics Student Council Board Member (2019 – 2020) 5. As for my research experience, I do not have one that is related to Medical Physics. The main focus of my undergraduate research is in the field of materials science, specifically on crystallinity characterization. On my high school, I (together with my team) participated in regional and national scientific investigatory projects seminars and competitions, where we secured championships and runner-ups. I am quite worried about first-author publications as I do not have one. How can this affect my application? 6. Currently, I am attending the Japan and Europe Network for Neutrino and Intensity Frontier Experimental Research 2 (Jennifer2) Summer School on Particle Physics and Detectors. In addition, I also have working knowledge on the rudiments of python language programming and numerical computing. Moreover, I attended webinars on Functional Materials, Science Education, Fundamental Physics, and Biophysics and Complex Systems, Can these things be used as an asset to strengthen my application? It is unfortunate that undergraduate students like me in the Philippines do have limited research opportunities. Does UWM grad school take into account the fact that not all applicants have had the same access to undergraduate research experiences, especially when the pandemic struck? I am looking forward to hearing from any voiced experience out there regarding my potential admission in this field. Thank you
  3. Hi, great day to all of you! To give you a glimpse of my background, I am currently an international undergraduate senior student from Philippines who is majoring in physics. I plan to apply for the Medical Physics PhD program at University of Wisconsin — Madison for the Fall 2022 term. While browsing the program statistics, it turned out that from more than 25 international applicants, only about four (4) were offered admission. Can anyone tell the chances of me getting an admission offer from them based on my background? Let me proceed with the nitty-gritty of my profile. 1. Currently, I have a GPA of 1.0853 (out of 5.0 scale, with 1.00 being the highest and 5.00 being the lowest). I tried converting this GPA using the WES iGPA Calculator and found out that in a U.S. grading scale, my GPA is 4.0/4.0. I am also an awardee of proficiency in science and math way back high school, garnered awards for work immersion (research), and a consistent top-performing student (class valedictorian in fact). 2. I was once a High School Math Expert at Study.com for a period of six months. The nature of my work is to provide step-by-step solutions to advanced high school math problems involving geometry, advanced trigonometry, calculus, advanced algebra, and statistics. 3. Here are the awards, fellowships, and scholarships I received: International Centre for Theoretical Physics – Physics Without Frontier (ICTP-PWF) for PhysicsMeetup Philippines (2020 – Present) Smarter Philippines through Data Analytics Research and Development (R&D), Training and Adoption (SPARTA) Project Award (2020 – Present) Department of Science and Technology Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Undergraduate Scholar (2018 – present) 4. Affiliations/Designations are as follows: International Centre for Theoretical Physics – Physics Without Frontier (ICTP-PWF) for PhysicsMeetup Philippines Community Volunteer (2020 – Present) DOST-IX Scholar’s Initiative Club Zamboanga Committee Head (2020- Present) Western Mindanao State University Physics Students Society President (2019 – Present) College of Science and Mathematics Student Council Board Member (2019 – 2020) 5. As for my research experience, I do not have one that is related to Medical Physics. The main focus of my undergraduate research is in the field of materials science, specifically on crystallinity characterization. On my high school, I (together with my team) participated in regional and national scientific investigatory projects seminars and competitions, where we secured championships and runner-ups. I am quite worried about first-author publications as I do not have one. How can this affect my application? 6. Currently, I am attending the Japan and Europe Network for Neutrino and Intensity Frontier Experimental Research 2 (Jennifer2) Summer School on Particle Physics and Detectors. In addition, I also have working knowledge on the rudiments of python language programming and numerical computing. Moreover, I attended webinars on Functional Materials, Science Education, Fundamental Physics, and Biophysics and Complex Systems, Can these things be used as an asset to strengthen my application? It is unfortunate that undergraduate students like me in the Philippines do have limited research opportunities. Does UWM grad school take into account the fact that not all applicants have had the same access to undergraduate research experiences, especially when the pandemic struck? I am looking forward to hearing from any voiced experience out there regarding my potential admission in this field. Thank you!
  4. This is june , so application for 2022 would be open by October. What schools are you applying to?
  5. Hi! I need some advice please. So I have an offer from a Canadian University - Master's program and the course will be commencing in Jan 2021. And now that Canadian unversities have come up with a quarantine plan for internationa students it is possible to travel to Canada. I also have a PhD offer from an Australian University - not an offer exactly but my prof has agreed to accept me as a PhD candidate and I've also been working on related work. But the only issue is that with the current situation my Australian prof has told me that they are not quite sure when international students will be able to apply again as the borders are currently closed and that I might have to wait until mid of next year. Would it be worth waiting it out for the Aus PhD offer? or should I just give it up and go for the Canadian one. Please any kind of advice is appreciated. There might be even downsides of travelling to Canada given the prevailing situation. FMI - I haven't applied for my Visas yet. Thank You!!!
  6. Is there anyone applying to U of C for Fall2020 admission intake. I'm applying for MA History, and I would like to know how they allocate funding (scholarships) and GA to International Students.
  7. I applied for the PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine this cycle, and received this email an hour ago: "As you may know, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is transitioning from its prior relationship with Yeshiva University to an independent degree-granting institution. As part of this transition, Einstein has applied to the U.S. government for permission to sponsor student visas. Unfortunately, at this time, the application is still pending and we are not yet able to sponsor student visas. Therefore, we will be unable to admit international students this year. We are sorry for this news and will soon be sending you an electronic Amazon gift card to defray part of your expenses." I already have offers from schools higher on my list and have committed to a program, so the situation doesn't affect me in the least (in fact, I'm happy I'll be getting some money back). I just want to leave it here and warn future international applicants to keep an eye on the progress of their visa sponsor application, which I was not made aware of until now.
  8. Hi, I am a Senior Year undergrad studying B. Engg in Information Technology. I am planning to do Masters by thesis in Computer Science from a good university in the USA, preferably FALL 2019. I have given the GRE and my scores are Q - 161 , V - 152 and AWA - 3.5. My CGPA is currently 7.47/ 10.0 (uptill 6th semester) and my SGPAs' from first sem to sixth sem are 8.33, 8.08, 6.92, 7.23, 7.16, 7.19 on a scale of 10.0. Also, my grades in key subjects like Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Probability and Random process, Discrete Mathematics, Compiler Construction, Theory of Automata are usually either C or D and occasionally B. What are my chances of getting into some of the decent colleges for MS in CS like Stony Brook, Rutgers NB, UMASS Amherst, University of Maryland, Texas A&M Collegestation etc ? Would I be able to get into a respectable grad program in any public research university with good placements and engaging programs? TLDR: My CGPA - 7.47/10.0 and SGPA dropped from 8.33 to a low of 6.92 due to poor health and stabilised around 7.2 by end of 6th sem. Poor grades in important subjects. Chances of getting into colleges like UMASS Amherst, Ohio State University, Rutgers NB, Stony Brook etc. PS: Giving my TOEFL on sep 15 and Thanks in Advance!
  9. Hi all, I'm a recent graduate from a top liberal arts school who is interested in pursuing graduate study for neuroscience/pharmacology in Canada, and I am also looking to eventually relocate here permanently. I found a few programs and professors whose research areas fit my interests, skills, and experience extremely well. Although the websites claim that international students are guaranteed a certain stipend, considering that most grant agencies place restrictions on use of funds for non-citizens or non-permanent residents, it makes me skeptical that I would be able to get in on the basis of not having available funding. I know that there are limited scholarship opportunities available for non-Canadian students, but my GPA is nowhere near high enough to be considered for them (I'm in 3.5-land, GPA wise). If anyone could answer these, I would really appreciate it: Am I competitive enough for my programs of interest even without the ability to bring in additional funding? Even if I somehow manage to get in, how am I going to fund graduate study without going into a significant amount of debt? Thanks!
  10. I recently received my acceptance letters from the New School in New York and SAIC- Chicago. I had applied early admission for their undergrad fashion design programs, from India. Unfortunately, I was counting on a scholarship and I there has been no mention of any scholarship in either of my letters. So, there are a few questions I'd love to know the answers to- 1. Do the scholarship applicants get to know if they've received anything after the regular applications have been processed as well? 2. I understand that as an international student on a student visa I can only work upto 20 or so hours a week, and i've been reading about work study opportunities, how are the two different, if they are? 3. Are there any art/ design scholarships that I can still apply to at this point of time that applies to international students? 4. Does the Indian Government give out scholarships? 5. Are there any places in the states where a loan can be taken for these colleges without a cosigner? 6. Are there any places in India where a loan this hefty can even be taken? I carried out my entire application process entirely on my own so any information at all from someone who may or may not have gone through the same problems would be exceedingly helpful as it would be very disappointing to have to give up an opportunity like this.
  11. Why's there such a great anomaly between the official transcripts and self-uploaded copies by applicants? Some schools encourage students to upload scanned copies of their transcripts. Others absolutely want the official transcripts to be sent in sealed envelopes from the mother institutions. What's the point really in official submission when the admission is not granted in the first place? This is particularly difficult for international students that are hard pressed at meeting additional requirements and have to negotiate bureaucratic red tapes. Waiting/delivery times are also much longer. The application phase is just that, a phase. The adcoms and higher-ups of the non-cooperative universities need to up their game.
  12. Hi guys, I am applying to PhD programs soon for the 2018 fall cycle (molecular biology/biological & biomedical sciences); I am wondering if any of you have insight as to which programs admit more international students than others. I am a fairly competitive applicant: 3.87 GPA from a top US public university, 1 year of undergrad research + 2 years of post bac research, a couple of papers (I was the primary author on one of them), honors thesis, strong letters of rec, GRE 166V 170Q 4.5AW, dean's list, etc. However, I am an international student and it seems like most US PhD programs in my field take very few of us. For example, according to the UW MCB program admissions office, they admit 0.5 international students/year, so programs like this are probably not even worth applying to because the odds are so slim and it probably also reflects limited resources for us. What are some good programs that are more international student friendly? For example, looking at the Harvard BBS website, they currently have 254 domestic and 84 international students, so that would perhaps be a good choice. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!
  13. Hi, I am an international student in the social sciences in a field not classified as STEM by DHS. This means that I have 1 year (on OPT) to work in the US after I graduate from my doctoral program. I am exploring postdoc options and I realized that I will most likely get put on a J1 visa if I do find a postdoc with a professor at a university. The J1 visa, unfortunately, comes with a 2 year home residency requirement that requires you to go back to your home country in most cases before you can transfer to a H1B visa or permanent residency. A couple of immigration lawyers I have talked to have told me to avoid this visa like the plague, because getting a waiver of this requirement is really painful and lengthy and can potentially block me from seeking a TT position in the US. No university will hire me without getting this requirement waived, and because the waiver process is long and academic job cycles happen a year in advance, the timing may just not match up. Based on a little research I did, most universities either refuse or seem hesitant to sponsor H1B (work) visas for postdocs, particularly in the current political climate. Students from STEM fields do not have this issue, as their F1 visa allows them to work for 3 years after graduating. There is basically no scope for social science research in my home country, so I really want to stay here. But a postdoc is basically an unofficial requirement for R1 university jobs in my field, and I feel like I'm already at a disadvantage compared to domestic applicants because I cannot get NSF/NIH/USDA postdoctoral fellowships as they are citizenship restricted. If I give up on the postdoc altogether, I'm worried that I won't be competitive for jobs at bigger research schools. So. I'm wondering whether there any other international students in non-STEM fields out there who have had any success stories in dealing with a situation like this (like getting a waiver of the home residency requirement in time to go on the academic job market, or convincing a university to sponsor a H1B for a postdoc)? Or are there people out there in a similar situation, who just want to rant/vent their frustration here?
  14. Probably quite clear from the title: Where should I be looking for additional fellowships for funding to attend graduate school in the United States as an international student? I've already been accepted, and I have been awarded some stipends by the school. However, if I can, I would like to be able to apply for a few others in order to better my quality of life as a student who cannot work outside of the institution.
  15. Hi all, I am a currently an undergrad psych student who hopes to one day do their psychology PhD on treating psychopathology/trauma in ethnic minority communities and reducing racial disparities in mental health. The problem is the country I am in (Australia) doesn't have a lot of research/supervisors available in my interested area while the United States (the West Coast specifically) offer PhD programs with faculty that specialise in ethnic minority psychology and generally has more academic resources available (such as a Journal of Ethnic Minority Psychology). Basically while what I want is doable in Australia, it is much more advanced/established in the States. I am looking for advice/information on exactly how solid the benefits are regarding relocating to the States for a PhD as I unfortunately don't know a lot about how institutions can affect your career. In terms of costs, I would have to break off a long-term relationship I have here and start as an international student, which carries its own inconveniences, so I really want to find out if moving is really 'worth it' so to speak. I would really appreciate any advice since this is a pretty distressing situation.
  16. Greetings! I am an international student applying for 2016 Fall. I currently have some funding offers and some waitlists that I am still waiting on. Though I had a hard time due to the language barrier I somehow managed to apply to schools and and miraculously some of them want me! Now, I am thinking about moving across the globe and I am totally lost. I have focused on getting accepted so much that I never thought about what comes next. Possible five years to spend in different continent, different language, different lifestyle... Should I look for an apartment? Is it a good idea to live by myself? Where do I look for a roommate? Does schools normally have a separate option for grad students on housing? I once heard that some schools provide grad students with a one-bedroom apartment unlike undergraduates. How much money should I take with me? What are the things I should avoid? I know these questions are a bit too general but I don't know where to start. I'm thrilled and terrified. I'm all ears to any kind of advice. Housing, adopting to new environment, buying a car, or even buying a colored pen. Thanks in advance, you guys.
  17. I am an international student with average GRE scores (V-155, Q-160, AWA-4.5) and a decent GPA. I do not have any relevant publications, or presentations, or work experience either. I was wondering if applying to Drexel University was a smart decision for me or not. I really want to attend this school!
  18. Dear All, It's great to read the amazing conversations and the wonderfully supportive ecosystem at Grad Cafe. I recently applied for a Master's in International Education, International Education policy, and Internation Education development at 4 different universities all based on the East coast, USA. Not all schools provide a merit scholarship and graduate assistantships are hard to find. Are there any Scholarships apart from the ones by the school that I could apply to as an Indian national applying for Grad school in the US? I'd be happy to exchange resources! Thank you.
  19. So I've been reading this, rather useful and highly recommended, blog by a science professor who reflects upon her experience with graduate admissions, and I've lit upon the following: Transcripts are interesting to read because you can see a student's evolution of interests. Did they take an intro course in Science their very first term and immediately dive into the major? Did they meander around for a year or so, sampling a wide variety of courses before focusing? And here comes the problem. Many countries simply do not offer one a choice when it comes to the study track. All the courses I took I had to take. They say nothing about me, except for the initial choice of the specialization I made when I was 17 (!). Are adcomms aware of the peculiarities of different countries' curricula? Should an international student mention some extra important characteristics somewhere?
  20. Hi, I got admitted into the MPH Program at the University of Maryland at the Environmental Health. I may have a funding opportunity available through a graduate assistantship to help me during the program. What are job prospects like in the US and Canada for international students? I already have a master of science degree in clinical research and some experience working in public health in India ( development and chronic diseases). Initially I wanted to go for a PhD, but I think doing an MPH at UMD may improve my chances of getting better PhD offers and I might even get a good job offer. Would love to hear what you guys have to say!
  21. I am a Sri Lankan national and I recently finished my 4-year Bachelors specializing in Statistics. I am looking for a scholarship for a PhD in Statistics/Biostatistics. Do all the PhD programmes by default fully fund the overseas students in USA (or in other countries)? Or do I have to specifically check that with the university before I apply? Thanks
  22. Hi, everybody, can anyone talk about the main differences between the F-1 and J-1 visa? Also, if you have experience with that, can you share your experience? Thanks.
  23. Hello everyone! I am looking for any kind of suggestions that would help me better make the decision... I am choosing between CIPA MPA (20,000$/y) , Maryland MPP and Maxwell MPA (10,000$ in total). I am from China and wanna make my specification in either economic or international policy. After the program, I would like to find jobs in the US in consulting area (private/public), and later transfer to public area for non-profit with accumulated network and management capacity. Knowing that MPA is really hard for international students to get ideal jobs in the States, I am trying to choose the program that would better help me realize my goal. Here are some pros and cons that currently I can think about... Ranking: Maxwell is way better School Reputation in China: can't deny the Ivy effect...Cornell wins Location: not good for all the three, but Maryland seems better coz it's quiet close to DC, or CIPA is within 3 hours' drive to NYC Curriculum: CIPA is very flexible and Maxwell is very strict... heard that Maryland MPP can share credits with American U, GWU... Alumni: not very clear, which would be better in NYC or DC? Overall: I am slightly leaning to Cornell with its flexible curriculum, more abundant funding and private-orientation, moreover, heard that though it's relatively young, its alumni has already been in DC and NYC. But I am really curious about the ranking of Maxwell and the advantage in politics study in U Maryland. Are there anyone who has the same situation with me? Or anyone who is in the program and has a definite answer for it? Any comments are appreciated. Thanks a lot!!!
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