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This is my first post to this site and I'm relatively new to the whole process. I'm graduating this coming may with a BS in Applied Mathematics and a Minor in Business Administration. My GPA was a 3.6, GRE scores are Q : 168 V : 153 AWA : 5. I have applied for programs at University of Denver, Depaul, UChicago, Columbia Data Science Institute, and USF and I'm working on several more. I've gotten into USF, Denver (which i don't plan on attending) and Depaul, I've interviewed with Columbia last Wednesday but I'm aware it may take another week or so to get a decision. I was a research assistant at K-State and helped publish a journal with several professors for a few of the years I was there and gave talks at several conferences. I'm having trouble deciding which program to choose so if I could get any feedback on the above programs I would appreciate it. I really want to attend Columbia but I might not hear back from them for a week and USF says I may lose my spot if I don't commit by 3/20. My reason for Columbia is they seem to offer a substantial amount of research opportunities. From my understanding USF doesn't have as many research opportunities as Depaul and Columbia because it's only a year long program compared to two years. Can anyone attest to the value of a two year program over a one year program? On top of that can anyone attest to the overall experience or what they've heard in regards to opportunities they've gotten at these institutions?
Hello people! I am a 2018 ChemE grad from Nigeria and I'm applying to ChemE PhD programs in the US. I graduated from a top 5 Nigerian institution where I completed senior research and design projects. I was wondering if these would be sufficient research experience for PhD programs given that American and Asian students have more research experiences. My stats are: GPA--4.82/5(roughly a 3.87/4) GRE-- 160Q, 162V, 4.5 My research interests include-- fuel/PV cells, electrochemistry and batteries, CO2 conversion, and air pollution Other info-- I have LORs from my research Supervisor, design Supervisor and a senior lecturer from my department which I believe are all very positive. I was also ranked 2nd in my class. I have applied to the following Universities: University of Michigan Purdue University of Colorado boulder University of Notre dame Rensselaer polytechnic institute University of Iowa Stevens institute of technology I appreciate your comments and suggestions! Thank you
In anticipation of the receipt of application decisions, I have a question concerning how to regard the prestige of a school versus the value of research fit. To begin, I think that I am a fairly strong candidate for most doctoral statistics programs. To determine the schools to which I applied, I searched for schools where at least three or four faculty members were engaged in a line of research that I would be interested in pursuing. Accordingly, the list of schools to which I applied included a number of schools not ranked in the top tier of schools—at least according to comments that I have seen on people’s applicant profile evaluation posts—although they are, by virtue of my selection process, schools that are a solid match for the research that I would like to do. While I have been told that once you enter a program, you can attempt to dictate the course of your research even if your research interests are not exactly concordant with those of faculty at the school, I am nonetheless skeptical of this advice; however, when I read comments on this board saying that a certain school should be beneath the consideration of an applicant given the strength of the applicant's profile, I wonder whether it would behoove one to prioritize the reputation of an institution above all. Has anyone else experienced this dilemma? If so, assuming you were admitted to both, which did you choose—the more prestigious school with a weaker research fit or the less prestigious school with a stronger research fit?
What exactly is "research fit"? Is "research fit" how well your undergraduate research projects match up with the projects you will be doing for you PhD research? Let's say if I am already doing undergraduate research in renewable energy right now, would doing undergraduate research in another branch of renewable energy at a REU site increase my "research fit" for PhD applications? Is it possible for one to abuse "research fit" to get oneself's foot in the door and then switch PIs to a different group where that new group interests you more? Thanks.