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  1. Gallaudet Audiology

    Can anyone give me insight on applying to Gallaudet's audiology program (enrollment of Fall semester 2018)? I just have endless questions that I can't seem to find the answers to so I'm hoping someone who has been admitted into the program can give some advice I desperately need!!! Like how strict are they on gpa? Will a great resume balance that out or do they not look at the whole package? Do I even have a chance? I have not yet taken the GRE but I have a 3.3 overall gpa and 3.6 in CSD. I have research experience, hands on hearing aid presentations at local public schools, literacy tutor, and assisting in the speech clinic currently with the autism transitions class (helps integrate those children into regular classrooms). Plus alot more!!! I have rec's from our school's audiologist and the co-director of our clinic/program who is also an audiologist. Will any of these make a difference with my less than desirable gpa??/ PLEASE HELP ANYONE
  2. Desperate need for advice!

    I have my bachelor's degree in Spanish and speech pathology (double major). I was accepted to grad school for slp, and I attended a year, however, I was going through a really difficult period in my life and I ended up not being able to continue in the program because after re-taking a class, I got a C. I know that I was completely unfocused, and if I could take it all back and start it over, of course I would. I then took some special education classes after that, and did a semester of student teaching, which stands as an Incomplete on my transcript. I did fine in my teaching and I had all my assignments turned in, except the final project was not uploaded to the internet. I am going to contact the school about getting credit for the student teaching, but needless to say, there is a sufficient amount that I am not too proud of on my record. My GPA cumulative is 3.3 and my GPA in speech is 3.1. My GRE is 147 Q and 153 V and 4 AW. I have been working as an English language learner paraprofessional in an elementary school where I do small 40 minute reading groups (that focus on phonics, decoding, or comprehension) with kids who's primary language is Spanish. I have also been volunteering at a Conductive Learning Center in a classroom with students that have cerebral palsy. I also do tutoring, and I am going to volunteer at the local Hispanic Center. I am going to apply to grad school again and I am wondering what my chances are of getting in? Any tips on where to apply or what I could do to get in? I applied to one school a couple years ago, and did not get accepted. And since I already have tons in loans, I can't really afford to go anywhere in the country where I would pay DOUBLE. I already owe an astronomical amount, so I am mainly looking at schools that are all online, or the ones in my state. The funny thing is, I have read so much about how Spanish bilingual speech pathologists are in SUCH GREAT NEED- and HERE I AM, yet I feel I BARELY have a chance! I must say, I really don't get that. If they are in such HIGH NEED, you would think the field would WANT to scoop me up- that they almost have a DUTY TO DO SO, even if my marks aren't stellar. Is it hopeless? And this will probably have to be my last shot at being an SLP. I will have to move on, and choose something else that I don't completely want to do, so I can get a real paycheck.
  3. Hello Everyone! I am looking to apply to grad school this fall for fall 2018 admission. My undergraduate GPA is terrible (2.85 overall, 3.1 major) but from a good school (Carnegie Mellon University) and I have a lot of research experience (3.5 years as an RA in undergrad, two independent projects, one with a classmate, two symposium presentations, and 1 year employed as an RA after graduation). I took the GRE and scored 160V/153Q/5W, but I plan to take it again to shoot for higher scores in verbal and especially quantitative so I'll at least have a great GRE score on my side. Since my GPA is so low, I was going to shoot for a master's programs this time around (Villanova, Wake Forest, and William and Mary are on my list currently), but I've had a few people tell me to go for a few PhD programs as well because of my research experience. Does anyone know of any mid-tier Social Psychology PhD programs that I should look into/might have a shot at? Thanks in advance! (Just fyi, I'm interested in romantic relationships, friendships, social support, and online interactions.)
  4. GRE and MSW program

    Hello everyone, My name is victor and I am from Cuba. I'm thinking to apply to the MSW program next year but my gpa is really low 2.7. However I got a good Gre score 160 in quantitative and 165 in verbal. I want to apply next year and I want to know my chances to get in a good program. I'm thinking to apply to Boston college but with my gpa I'm not sure. Really any help can be great
  5. Hello! So I am currently a Junior/Senior, as I came in with credits so I will be graduating a semester early in Fall 2018 (although I could graduate earlier). I did okay my first semester with a 3.55 and maintained that my freshman year, but this past Fall due to issues that aren't really all that important (roommate issues involving the police, poor concentration as a result, family issues, etc) my gpa tanked with my harder classes (Got a D in Organic 1, had to retake and got a C). So now I overall have 3 C's and a D-(retook for the C) on my transcript for a gpa of 3.16. I got a 3.45 semester gpa in the Spring which helped, and I plan to do way better this Fall to bring me up to like a 3.34ish, and 3.45ish come next spring. So, with the hypothetical stats listed below, would it be a good idea for me to apply to graduate schools next fall, or would it be better to wait. Schools of Interest: UVA, Notre Dame (I know a few faculty already), UCSD, NYU, Virginia Tech, Duke, and some more hard reaches (Cornell, etc) GPA guess: 3.45 Research: 3 academic years, 2 full summer programs (Notre Dame REU, Va Tech Neuroscience Fellowship), 2 posters, 1 award for best poster presentation at the Notre Dame summer symposium, 1 publication (not one of the first authors) Extracurriculars: Student Conduct Committee (member, committee chair this year), university undergraduate research ambassador, undergraduate honor system panel member, student communications advisory board for college, hospital volunteer in surgical areas Jobs: Receptionist for student conduct committee, laboratory technician for transgenic mosquito lab in the biochem department Any helpers- Puerto Rican, African American, will be doing masters in Translational Biology for a year before going to grad school, will have great LORs, will do a complete 180 in terms of gpa after that rough patch, working on another possibly publication If you read all of this, thank you so much. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated as Im kind of freaking out.
  6. Hello, I am planning to apply to grad schools for Spring of 2018 and Fall of 2018. I just recently graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree. I am planning to take a gap year if I decide to not apply to grad schools for the Spring of 2018, especially if I get a position as an SLPA. I have a lot of volunteers and shadowing hours and my GRE scores (after taking it a third time) are pretty decent. (156 V; 154 Q; 5 W) My only problem though is my GPA... I have a 3.123 for my last 60 credits and a 3.0 overall GPA... I know that schools look at the GRE and GPA greatly and I was wondering if there was any hope in getting in at any school at all or if there was any way I can get my GPA up some even after graduating? I know there are Post-Bacc classes, but I am under the impression those are mainly for people who have a Bachelor's in another field of study. Any tips schools that anyone knows about that looks at the whole application as a whole instead of just the GPA and GRE will be helpful! Thank you!
  7. Master's or PhD??

    Hey guys, I'm deciding on what kind of programs I should I apply to this fall (to start Fall 2018) and would like some input on my plan. I've reached out to two PIs from undergrad and they both had different suggestions. Areas of research I am looking into are physical. inorganic, and materials chemistry. PI #1 (from my home institution): apply to funded master's chemistry programs (very limited but include schools such as western Washington, San Francisco State to name a couple) PI #2 (from my REU): apply to lower tier PhD programs. Little bit about me/ my situation: I graduated May 2016 with an overall GPA of 2.67 and a major GPA of 2.81 from a religious/liberal arts school . I had a very difficult freshman and sophomore year due to personal issues resulting in a super low GPA that I was never able to recover from (~2.4 average both years). I was able to raise my GPA Junior year (fall: 2.6, spring 3.2) but the fall of my senior year it tanked to a 2.5 due to mental health issues. I was given the option to take a medical leave of absence that semester but I decided against it due to my relationship with my mother at that time (I could not go back home with her for that year). Spring my GPA went back up to a 3.46. Overall, I did much better in my upper division classes than my lower division classes, but not enough to help me. Undergrad was a shit show for me due to financial issues/lack of family support all affecting my mental health. (I'm a minority female, low income background, first generation going to college. Parents did not really understand but tried to and eventually got the hang of it my senior year) I did research for 5 semesters in undergrad: Spring 2014: Computational/biochemistry lab. Realized I hated working with modeled proteins so I looked around for another lab. Fall 2014 - Spring 2016: Inorganic lab. Presented at ACS with my lab partner on the work we did. PI#1 said that there should be enough data produced to be able to get a paper out of it and he said he would work on it but haven't heard any updates since meeting with him in January. Also, I received a grant to continue working over the summer of 2015 in this lab, but I turned down the offer and accepted an NSF REU. Summer 2015: NSF REU at UConn, materials/physical chem related computational lab. Presented that work at ACS as well. (PI#2) I still keep in touch with him as well to give him updates on my plans and next steps. Both PIs that I worked with have expressed to me that they will write strong letters of recommendation for me. Overall, I have a decent amount of research with the possibility of 1 publication (not getting my hopes up for it though). I currently have an industry job not related chemistry but a instrumentation/technical role working with engineers, assay research, and data analytics to qualify the company's instruments. I enjoy the work and my manager has also expressed that he will write me a good letter of recommendation but since it isn't chemistry related, I am worried that it will affect me negatively. Also, I will be moving across the country in November and I'm worried that my manager/the company will take this the wrong way and not write me a letter... Note: I have not taken the GRE or cGRE, currently studying for them and will take them in September and October. Should I put off applying this upcoming cycle? Should I focus on only Master's programs this fall? Should I include maybe one or two PhD programs in the mix? Any tips for not accidentally burning bridges with my manager once I move? Will my current job affect me negatively? Will the move affect me negatively? I know that I am not a strong candidate for top PhD programs but I feel like I have chance for Master's programs, which will ultimately help me in achieving my dream of attending top PhD schools (looking at you Northwestern). Any input helps. thanks! *edited for grammar
  8. Hi All! I am a recent graduate (c/o 2016) interested in pursuing a Masters and/or PhD in Urban Planning in Fall 2018 (Interested in merging Public Health and Analytics - Using City/Regional data to create healthier spaces) Undergrad Major: Global Health and Environment, 3.39 GPA (3.76 major GPA) GRE: Haven't taken it yet, but I'm a decent test taker and will probably score in the upper 70s or mid/lower 80 percentile) Programs: Columbia GSAPP's MSUP (Urban Analytics), UC Berkeley, I have spent the past few months interning at public health organizations (domestic & internationally) Here are my questions: (1) Do I have a chance at getting into Columbia and/or Berkeley? Are there other graduate programs that focus on data? (2) Considering more competitive applicants with higher marks, is it possible to receive a scholarship or RA-ship funding for a graduate program with my grades? How can I become more competitive? I don't know anyone in real life who is in UP, which is why I'm here. Anything is better than nothing, so please please impart some knowledge! Thank you! **Also please do the poll above to help me be more competitive,
  9. 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.
  10. Low Gpa what to do?

    Hi guys, I'm sure this topic pops up every know and then so I basically have cumulative GPA of 2.453 and my major which is psychology has a GPA of 2.86. The reason I messed up with my gpa was I was going through some mental health issues and my grandmother had passed away in the middle of all of that I am prepping for the GRE like hardcore and am hoping to apply for the fall of 2017 counseling/psychology masters program I have no idea if I should just expect rejection or if I have any shot of getting in anywhere what do you guys think I should do? Any advice is welcomed thanks!
  11. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
  12. Hi everybody! I've applied to the University of Toronto Social and Behavioural Studies MPH and the Western MPH but the bad news: last year's GPA: ~3.1 but this year I'm confident that it will be ~3.7 I have no research experience but I got to work in a government position that focused on pesticides and public health and I've been volunteering extensively in the health promotion field for the past few months. I understand that my GPA is definitely lower than most of the applicants and I was just wondering if anybody had any insight on how competitive I would be compared to most other applicants. I'm 100% prepared to get rejected and do a 5th year double majoring in biomed and legal studies but I'm just wondering how I can make my application more competitive after the 5th year. Thanks so much in advance!
  13. Applying for Clinical Psychology

    Hi there, I want to apply for Clinical Psychology at various schools across Ontario for this coming fall. I attended McGill University in undergrad majoring in Psychology, and did not obtain a high GPA (3.23). I have had over a year of experience working as Research Analyst and Assistant at Sunnybrook, contributed to a publication, and have had one of my own independent research projects published in the Journal of Psychiatry. I have certifications in both CBT and Talk Therapy. Right now I have taken an additional 10 undergraduate courses at Ryerson to improve my GPA, which is now at a 4.0. I wondered if anyone could provide me with any advice on how I can proceed further, or the likelihood of my acceptance given my initial undergraduate GPA. Thank you so much!
  14. Hi everyone! I am currently applying to master's programs in speech language pathology. I have already applied to some schools, but am getting really nervous. I have been reading these boards and wanted to ask for additional schools that I should apply to, success stories about my stats, and just my chances of getting in. Stats: -Cum GPA (after Fall 2016): 3.117 -Major GPA: 3.91 -Last 60 credits: 3.76 -GRE V: 160 Q: 158 W: 4.5 Also have been in a research lab for a year and presented a poster at the 2016 ASHA convention.
  15. Moving forward

    Hello, My name is Bison Chemist and I am a chemistry student at Harding University. I am posting as to seek advice as to how I can prepare myself to apply for graduate studies in chemistry. I plan on graduating in the winter of 2018 (3 years from now) and would like to enroll in a program immediately after graduating. The main reason I am posting is because I currently have a 3.38 and I am currently in organic chemistry. I am expecting a decline in my GPA. Im a bad test taker but I do decently with class discussions and problem solving. I hope to maintain at least a 3.00 GPA but it could possibly be lower, and have three years research experience (every semester and summer programs) by the time I graduate. What can I do to either get through my classes, find a way around my lower scores, or should I simply reevaluate my priorities. Specification; the current research I am working on is water analysis, checking a local creek for pharmaceutical contaminants
  16. I am a somewhat recent graduate (spring 2016). I left university in 2008 with 3 credit hours remaining to complete my B.A. It has taken me quite a bit longer then needed but I did complete it this year with a concentration in psychology. My question is this, I have a low g.p.a (under 2.8) and a large gap in coursework but have been working in human services (case management) for 3+ years as well as volunteering in the field. I have served on various committees and feel that a M.S.W is the next step for me as I would like to focus on clinical concentration. What schools should I be concentrating on given my current situation. Many programs state they will consider applicants with low g.p.a etc. but I’d like to know if there is any person similar to me who has actually been accepted into these programs. Please advise Thank you in advance
  17. MS in Embedded Systems

    I'm an electronics and communication engg student from India. I want to do MS in Embedded Systems in the US or Germany. I have a very low GPA of around 6.5 in the Indian scale. Will I be able to join any Uni? Can anyone suggest a university for me?
  18. Hello everyone. I'm a Chinese student who just got BS degree in bioengineering this summer. I want to pursue my Ph.D degree in the USA. However, My undergraduate GPA is pretty low. it's just 2.7. But I have several publications: 1). Two first-author SCI publications(impact factor are 3.07 and 4.99). 2). One co-author top computer conference paper(which has been selected as the 2016 AMIA TBI student paper award). 3). One first-author SCI paper in progress (with high possibility to be accepted by journals with IF 2~3). I have asked someone in my country. They suggested me to take MS course first. But due to high tuition fee, I prefer to applying for Ph.D program directly. I have some dream schools in my mind, such as UCSD, oregon state, u of Colorado-boulder, UGA, UT-houston and so on. So I wonder if I have the possibility to be admitted by my dream universities? or at least, by any top 200 universities in the America?
  19. Hi guys. So my GPA is pretty low. It's 2.6-2.7 overall. I want to apply for the MPH program but do I have a chance? I haven't taken my GRE yet. But I know I'll definitely have to ace it. I'm graduating next year. Is there anyone who got accepted with low gpa? I need advice and comfort. I read in some online forum that some schools actually accept 2.5 GPA. Is it true? What school did you guys apply to and got accepted? Is it true that if you have experiences, you have more chance to be accepted even though you have low GPA?
  20. Your grades may be low but it is not impossible. I did it and so can you. Of course your chances are low, of course it is hard but I had the lowest stats you could possibly imagine and now I am a first year PT student. This thread is to inspire applicants to chase their dream of becoming Physical Therapist no matter what!
  21. I completed my BS in Computer Science last year with a CGPA of 2.82. I have two publications (as co-author) at good venues. I am in the process of writing papers (as first-author) on two of my current projects, which will, unfortunately, be submitted after the current admission cycle has ended (after December). I will be taking GRE in the next month. I don't want to wait for the next year to apply and have decided to try my luck this year. My main concern is my GPA. Most schools that I have looked at have a minimum requirement of 3.0. Is there a realistic chance of getting accepted with my current stats, assuming I get a good GRE score? Should I apply to the schools that clearly mention a minimum GPA requirement of above 3.0? Also, is it stupid to apply to Ph.D. programs with my current profile? Can I apply to both Masters and Ph.D. programs at the same school?
  22. M.S. in Food Science

    Hey everyone. I have my Bachelors in Nutrition from a state school and am applying to Masters in Food Science programs, however I have a low GPA (2.79). I have about 2 years of work experience and pretty good letters of recommendation. I was wondering if anyone had applied to this program or knew how competitive it was to get into them. These are the schools I am applying to: University of Kentucky, Mississippi State, Iowa State, Kansas State, University of Tennessee, Texas Tech ANY advice at all would really be appreciated!! Thank you in advance.
  23. International Student With Low GPA

    Hey, I'm an Electrical and Computer Engineering senior, studying at the American University of Beirut, one of the top schools in the region. I have recently realized that I really want to go to graduate school and study theoretical computer science, however, due to a general lack of motivation and direction, I have a 2.3ish GPA which is way below the cutoff point for any of the schools I've been looking at. I never really planned on going to grad school, until I took an algorithms class by pure chance (just taking courses to fill up my credit requirements) and got a 93, the professor suggested that I take the grad course continuation, I did and scored an 85. After talking to the professor about my interest in the field he helped me realize that grad school was the best place for me to continue studying what I really loved. My GRE is in a few days, I've taken a few practice tests and I am scoring in the 167-169 range for the quantitative section amd 157-160 range for the verbal, and I guess I'll probably score within that range or possibly higher. My professor gave me a few papers to read (around 200 pages in total) which include a paper he wrote, on the topic of coding theory, and said he would gladly supervise my research if I'd like to try and tackle one of the open problems at the end of his paper, although I don't know if I'd be able to publish anything in the year I have remaining. I've also been reading some papers on computational complexity theory written by professors in the schools I plan to apply to (University of Wyoming, Iowa State, CU Boulder, Boston University, Illinois Tech, Concordia, and the University of British Columbia). I plan on contacting professors in Wyoming, Iowa, and Boston in order to discuss my interest in their research, and hopefully schedule meetings in person with them and plan a week long trip to the US in order to basically try to talk them into sponsoring my application. It's noteworthy that I plan on applying for an MS degree rather than a PhD, and I have no problem funding it myself (especially if that would help my chances of getting accepted), could you guys evaluate my chances and possibly give me some advice on what I could do to spruce up my profile? Thank you in advance. P.S. Since I'm an engineering student I've taken a lot of courses that have absolutely nothing to do with my research interests/what I plan to study, the average of purely software related courses adds up to a 2.9ish GPA, if that helps.
  24. Hi, I am currently a Biochem major, my GPA is below a 3.0 due to a messy third year due to lack of ambition, and terrible study habits I made stupid choices in my third year which I completely regret. I am going to my fifth year now, I have done a lot of research on what I want to do, and have bettered my study habits a lot. I really want to pursue a master's in SLP and its something I gave a lot of thought. I plan on graduating after my fifth year and then coming back and boosting my GPA and then applying. I know that grad schools in Canada are really competitive, but this is something I really want to do Could someone give me some advice, or did anyone have a similar experience? I want to hopefully boost my GPA and then apply but I feel a little uncertain, are my chances of getting in really slim? I know I said Canada in the title but information about SLP in America is also appreciated! (I'm doing my own research but still would like to hear from everyone) I am doing my thesis soon and continue volunteering at my local hospital. For speech pathologist (or even audiology, since I'm interested in finding out) what kind of letter of recommendation do you guys get? Would an LOR from a Biochem or bio prof be irrelevant in this field? Any advice is really appreciated, please please help me!!
  25. I'm a computer engineering student at this ABET-accredited university in the middle east. I graduate in December 2016. I'm a US citizen. A few months ago I was toying with the idea of doing a masters. During one of my courses I developed an interest in computer architecture and noticed that most jobs in the field require a masters or PhD. I asked a professor for a research opportunity. He agreed. A few days ago he got back to me and asked me if I was still interested in carrying out some research for him. I have a 2.68 GPA. Major GPA and GPA over last 2 years are more or less the same. Grades in some of the relevant courses are C's. I have an internship that will begin soon and probably help more than some research for landing a full time job for after I graduate. There's no use in turning down this internship opportunity for research unless I commit now to trying to get into a masters program. I'm planning on working on some projects related to computer architecture (hardware and software gameboy emulators) regardless but I don't think that will help. The only other thing I've got is competitive programming experience. I don't think that helps either. My recommendation letters, I assume, would probably be good. Some professors know me from programming contests. I've done well in them. Would doing any research this summer tip the scales in my favour? Would I have a chance of getting into a masters program at less selective universities?