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  1. Looking for some advice/guidance on my profile for applying Ph.D. in Physics in Fall 2021. I plan to take the Physics GRE in September, but I am worried that it will not be able to be administered due to COVID . . . Has anyone heard about how programs are planning for this contingency? Type of Student: Domestic Male Applying to: Physics PhD (undecided concentration) Undergrad Institution: Big 10, Honors College Undergraduate Major: Dual majoring in Physics and Engineering Science and Mechanics Undergraduate GPA: 4.0 major, 4.0 total (out of 4.0) Academic Honors: Deans list every semester, several school-based academic scholarships and awards, several scholarships in physics and engineering out side of school, PA NASA Space Grant Consortium scholarship, Goldwater nominee (not awarded) Work Experience: Some private math and physics tutoring, seeking a TA position for fall GRE General Test: Q 170 V 166 W 5.0. (taken once) GRE Physics: Not taken (September/October) if available Research Experience: 2 years campus with mentor professor (published twice, one lead author), 2 summers at BNL in NY (published twice), several posters and lectures Recommendation Letters: 1 of them will be from my mentor professor and the other 2 will be from the professors who I took courses with. Would also like to use my BNL mentor?? Planning on Applying to: Penn State Stony Brook Yale Duke MIT Harvard UVA Virginia Tech Brown Willam and Mary Wake Forest Princeton U of Maryland Would love some input on chances, suggestions for additional schools (looking to stay in this general area) and anything else that may help! Thanks!!
  2. Hi all, so I got my first rejection letter today, woo! :') I applied to the physics PhD program at University of Minnesota. I felt I was a pretty strong applicant for the particular subfield I'm going in to, my statement of purpose was very strong, and I had good LORs. My grades/GPA are not the best, but I got an interview, which I took as a pretty good sign. I was really hoping to get in there. The rejection letter gave a very generic explanation, so I'm just very curious to know what specifically led them to reject me. So I have two questions: 1) Is it appropriate to respond and ask for feedback on my application / ask for a specific explanation for why I was rejected? I got the rejection through the application website, so there is not a specific person that informed me of the decision. If this is an okay thing to ask, who would I contact? 2) Do you think it's better to know or to not know the reason(s) for rejection? Of course I want to know why I was rejected just out of curiosity. In some sense, I think it would give me some closure to understand why I didn't cut it, instead of being left wondering about it for the next several months. On the other hand, I think knowing might just make me feel worse. It might be like a "do you really want to know?" moment. Would you rather know or not know?
  3. Looking for some advice/guidance on my profile for applying Ph.D. in Physics in Fall 2021. I plan to take the Physics GRE in September, but I am worried that it will not be able to be administered due to COVID . . . Has anyone heard about how programs are planning for this contingency? Type of Student: Domestic Male Applying to: Physics PhD (undecided concentration) Undergrad Institution: Big 10, Honors College Undergraduate Major: Dual majoring in Physics and Engineering Science and Mechanics Undergraduate GPA: 4.0 major, 4.0 total (out of 4.0) Academic Honors: Deans list every semester, several school-based academic scholarships and awards, several scholarships in physics and engineering out side of school, PA NASA Space Grant Consortium scholarship, Goldwater nominee (not awarded) Work Experience: Some private math and physics tutoring, seeking a TA position for fall GRE General Test: Q 170 V 166 W 5.0. (taken once) GRE Physics: Not taken (September/October) if available Research Experience: 2 years campus with mentor professor (published twice, one lead author), 2 summers at BNL in NY (published twice), several posters and lectures Recommendation Letters: 1 of them will be from my mentor professor and the other 2 will be from the professors who I took courses with. Would also like to use my BNL mentor?? Planning on Applying to: Penn State Stony Brook Yale Duke MIT Harvard UVA Virginia Tech Brown Willam and Mary Wake Forest Princeton U of Maryland Would love some input on chances, suggestions for additional schools (looking to stay in this general area) and anything else that may help! Thanks!!
  4. I am filling out applications for PhD programs in physics and not sure how to respond when a school asks if I would like to be considered for a TA or Research assistanship. The answer is yes I would love to teach / do research, but no, I don't need the money to supplement whatever stipend they would be providing (my parents can help me) . I want to answer in the way that makes me the most competitive for admissions. Hope that makes sense! Does anyone know?
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