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  1. Hello, I was admitted to EE MS/ Ph.D. program (Systems track, information theory, system control etc. ) of a good university. However, I would prefer to quit after finishing MS degree, and apply to MIT & Stanford's Ph.D. I talked to my professor, and my professor told me that it will be harder to get admitted with a master degree. Also, I was told that it is impossible to be admitted by MIT after finishing masters. I think it might be because MIT prefers to admitted students from undergrad so that they could cultivate students from the beginning to the end. However, I would still like to ask if my chance would be really small to get admitted with a master degree? Does it worth a try? Thank you so much for your time!
  2. saychat

    Stanford 2018

    Hello there everyone I'm from India, and I'll be joining Stanford for a PhD in Chemistry, this Fall! I'm sure there are quite a few peeps here who're going to Stanford: we should connect! (We can make a group or something like that ) Does anyone have any idea when we should hear back from our departments? I accepted the offer yesterday. Cheers!
  3. strawberrykat

    Help - Stanford vs VTech

    Hello, I am in search of last minute advice. For context, my field is engineering. And please don't just say Stanford without reading Stanford Pros: strength of program, diversity, wealth of opportunity, name recognition, interesting faculty although no particular connection with any one. Funding! Generally funding for the MS degree is really hard to come by but I somehow managed to get tuition covered as well as a good stipend per quarter, probably not including summers (I have to TA for this stipend though 20 hrs/wk in addition to trying to find a research advisor) Cons: there is no direct PhD program (trying to do PhD) and not everyone is able to find an advisor to do one, advisors do not or take forever to respond to my emails and contact (including the guy I would want to work with), not leaving with a PhD would put me back at square one (here), cost of living Virginia Tech Pros: the advisor I want to work with is amazing and super responsive despite being super busy, and I'm super passionate about the research (like this is what I got into this field to do). Opportunity to start my research immediately and get involved in teaching if I want, low cost of living, best funding package by far Cons: not as well respected, lack of diversity, big football school, not as competitive (I want to be pushed by my peers to some extent)
  4. I am really stuck between attending one of these schools to pursue a PhD in organic chemistry and am desperate for some advice! About me: Graduating from UC Berkeley, interested in total synthesis/Natural products. I’m most likely choosing between Noah Burns at Stanford and Tim Newhouse at Yale. I came out to Berkeley after living in NY for 5 years and am familiar with both the Bay Area and the NYC area. After visiting both schools, I feel more comfortable at Stanford, being that I liked the campus/weather/area more and really connected with the graduate students. Yale was comparable (if not quite as nice) in terms of facilities, although I didn’t resonate with the campus and graduate students as much. I am also not a fan of the cold winters. The problem is I feel the research in my field is stronger at Yale. I feel much more inspired by the work they’re conducting. There are also more PI’s whose labs I’m really interested in joining, and know they are consistently putting out strong, interesting research that I could get in on the ground floor. Yes, of course the researchers at Stanford are renowned as well, and often ranked higher for chemistry, but after visiting the department and talking with people in my department at Berkeley it’s clear that Yale is the department that’s going places in the next 5 years. Im afraid of being stuck in Stanford with a PI who can’t get tenure, who only publishes occasionally and is mediocre in terms of creating inspiring projects and molding their students to be extremely strong, capable scientists. However, the grad students there seemed obviously bright and capable and very happy. After being on my visits, I also don’t know anyone committing to Yale, but know a few at Stanford, and am afraid of not getting a strong incoming cohort at Yale. Any thoughts from people who had to make a similar decision? Research strength vs lifestyle?
  5. I have been very fortunate to be admitted to the master program from both Princeton and Stanford. I want to do a thesis master in theoretical computer science but haven't found a sub-subfield/problem for my master thesis yet. Fortunately both schools have very strong theoretical computer science department. My main goal of the master is to develop my interest in theoretical computer science and improve my profile for phd application. I have enough money to pay for a master but am unwilling to blow through money from parents anymore. Weather and social life is not a factor in my decision. Here is my dilemma: Princeton: 1) Fully funded (32k) by teaching assistantship! (the matter of funding is not just about money for me, it's also about the peace of mind it offers so I can concentrate on research) 2) More research oriented master (we only have to take 6 classes as Mse student, giving more time to research) 3) Very skewed towards computational complexity, theoretical machine learning, and game theory, potential research interest misalignment [1] (I definitely don't want to do computational complexity. Game theory problems and theoretical machine learning looks interesting but I have never done work in it/read much research paper about them. I have a busy semester and won't have time to do it now) Stanford: 1) No funding yet (although I *may* be able to find CAship and according to my stanford buddy it is not very hard) 2) Hectic master courses requirement [2] (students have to do 45 units of course work) 3) More balanced theoretical CS department, has research in subfield I already know I like (aka graph theory and graph algorithms) [1] Disproportional amount of students at Princeton are in game theory and TML http://theory.cs.princeton.edu/PeoplePages/Students.html [2] Complicated Stanford CS requirements https://cs.stanford.edu/degrees/mscs/programsheets/psguide1718.pdf vs Princeton https://www.cs.princeton.edu/grad/degrees I'm feeling pretty conflicted. I was able to visit Princeton, but the tour was canceled due to snow storm and a gunman on Princeton campus. In reality I wasn't able to actually visit any of the 2 schools. Any experiences or input would be greatly appreciated!
  6. Would be delighted to know if anyone got through the design Impact program. If possible pls connect on mail - ivymuk2010@gmail.com
  7. Anybody here applied for Stanford MS in Engg Design Impact Program? Please reply, have few queries if they took interviews for selected candidates.
  8. I got into UC Berkeley and Stanford Environmental Engineering MS program to study Water Resource Engineering. I'm not sure which to choose. Any opinions of pros and cons of each university for academics(course material) and campus life in general are appreciated! Where should I go?
  9. I got accepted into a couple Computer Science MS schools and I've narrowed it down to: Stanford's MS CS program and CMU INI MSIS program. I got a full tuition scholarship and an RA stipend at CMU. I've also heard that Stanford has TA/RA positions available to students. I am interested in doing industry related research in the computer security and ML field. I am currently doing my undergrad at UC Berkeley EECS and I feel like Stanford might be a good fit for me just because other Masters students at Stanford may have a similar educational background. Stanford would also give me the flexibility to take whatever CS classes I would like and I am not restricted to computer security. I've heard that the CMU INI program has mostly international students. Anyone have experiences at either of these programs? Anyone have advice on which program to choose or how to choose? Thanks!
  10. My ideal career goal is to work in industry and work with machine learning, big data, etc, applying statistics to health/public policy/social sciences. I know that the aims of a Masters and PhD are very different, and I want to make the decision that will open the most doors given my career goal. I've researched alumni placement and faculty research interests (though I couldn't find Stanford's M.S. alumni placement on their website.) I've also been admitted to NCSU's Stat PhD and Duke's Masters in Statistical Practice, and my question is the same. Any advice on this decision? Thanks!
  11. Hi y'all, So I'm trying to decide what school to attend this fall. I'm visiting my last two schools in early April, but I'm trying to think through the questions I need answered to make a decision so that I can make the most of my visits. I was accepted at five schools, but I think I have narrowed it down to Harvard GSE (EPM program) and Stanford GSE (POLS program). Both programs are a great fit for my area of interest, and I appreciate the focus on management and leadership they both offer. As background, I plan to focus on systematic causes for educational inequality, particularly in higher education completion. Remarkably few low income students are completing their associates or bachelors degrees. I have been helping students enter college, and now I want to work to give those students an opportunity for college success. I plan to eventually get a PhD, but I also am interested in potentially running retention and graduation programs with an institute of higher ed or an educational foundation in the meantime. These are some of the things I've been considering thus far: Funding - Stanford offered fellowship, yet to hear from Harvard on financial aid. I had heard there's very little in the way of fellowships/GA positions at Harvard, but a current student mentioned that it's there if you look for it. Cohort Size - Stanford is smaller (though I'm not sure if that's a pro or con for networking) Campus Life - What I've read online (may not be true) is that there's a lot of obvious ambition/competitiveness at Harvard and that Stanford is more relaxed (but still high achieving). I probably would do best in a collaborative rather than competitive environment. Harvard has student housing that allows pets. (My dog is my best friend. Go ahead; judge me.) Harvard is much colder than California, but I don't want that to necessarily dictate my decisions. Program Stanford - MA, has "shark tank" like project where students present a proposal on a real world problem, can take courses in other fields Harvard - EdM, has strong focus on practical solutions and entrepreneurship, can take courses in other fields Questions I still have include: What's the advantage of a small cohort? Of a larger cohort? What are most alumni now doing? What percentage are focused on higher ed? What kind of funding is actually available at Harvard? Does anyone have advice on how to make a decision or other factors that I should be considering?
  12. Is it a no-brainer (MIT) or am I mistaken? What would you do?
  13. dontor

    stanford 2018 Electrical

    Does anyone know if all Ph.D. rejections are out for Stanford electrical? It was weird they told some people early, normally they do it with their master's results.
  14. A lot of people have heard back with acceptances and rejections for Stanford Electrical. Can everyone, who has and hasn't post stats?
  15. Do you guys know how much a letter of recommendation from an alumni can make a difference? I applied to Stanford EE PhD and didn't receive an interview (it seems like they don't interview all their applicants who are accepted). Low GRE comparatively. GPA average. I am a BME so it's tough already to get in with the field switch I would think. Some publications, 1 in the field, other in drug delivery not related to EE.
  16. dontor

    Electrical 2018

    I couldn't find a forum about electrical engineering 2018 applications. Decisions are rolling in apparently. Someone posted they got rejected from Stanford and found out through the website. Could this be true? It's so early.
  17. mochamocha73

    Stanford EESS?

    Just curious, has anyone heard anything back from Stanford EESS (in particular, Earth System Science)? I saw somewhere that interviews are supposed to be in February, but I haven't received any notices. I saw someone in the survey results get an interview a few days ago, so just wondering if I still have a chance. Thanks!
  18. Has anyone heard back from Stanford's MS Bioengineering program? Almost to the end of march and haven't seen anything about the masters acceptances.
  19. In the mentioned post on gradcafe, one of the users said that PhD applicants who got rejected but have opted to be considered for Masters get a lower priority than those who opted for masters. Can anyone confirm whether this is true or not. I was assuming that they would be given the same priority as usual MS applicants. I am aiming to apply for MS programs to eventually get into good PhD programs and am planning to apply for PhD wherever I will be reconsidered for MS programs on reject. Hence it's crucial to know if there is any difference in treatment of such applications. Thanks in advance !!
  20. arthurdw98

    AeroAstro application

    Hi all, This year I am applying for some top universities AeroAstro graduate programs : MIT, Stanford, Caltech, ... but I don't really know if I have a competitive profile. Could you guys tell me what you think? I am currently in third Bachelor year of polytechnic engineering at the Belgian Royal Military Academy. My score average for the last two years is 15/20 (last year 15.7/20) but there's only one guy in the school who's got more than 16/20, so I am very good. I am also formed in military fields : command, management, combat, sports, etc. I skipped three grades in elementary school. Haven't taken the GRE yet : assume AW 4-5, QR 165+, but not very good VR (maybe 160). TOEFL 110. Three good letters of recommendation. However, as I am only 19 and still in Bachelor, I have never done any research, internships or publications. Do you think this is going to penalize me? My Bachelor's thesis is about the WTW efficiency of electrical cars. Thank you all for your answers, Arthur
  21. I will be applying for Masters (and possibly some PhDs) in Statistics for Fall of 2018. I was hoping to hear how competitive my profile is at some of my target schools. Stanford (MS) is my dream school, so I'm most interested in feedback there. I'm concerned about whether to retake the GRE, since the average listed score at Stanford is a perfect score (97%). Undergrad Institution: Top 5 Public Ivy (Ranking: ~top 30-35 nationally overall, roughly top 20 in stats) Cum GPA: 3.89 Major: Statistics (3.84*), Psychology (4.0*), both B.S. *Only explicitly includes stats/psych department classes, respectively. Excludes math, astronomy, physics, & related classes that counted towards my majors, which would likely bump up my stat GPA a bit. Type of Student: Domestic White Male (DWM) from the south. GRE: 167 (93%) Quant, 164 (94%) Verbal Research/Work Experience: ~1.5 years as a statistician at a large research company. Have worked on surveys / projects with institutions such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and other government bureaus. Project topics include criminology and victimization, drug usage, and general health. I presented at a large statistical conference recently (published a proceedings paper). I did some very minor research during my undergraduate classes. Awards/Recognition: Phi Beta Kappa. Dean's List GPA (3.5+) every semester. Inducted into Phi Sigma Pi Honors fraternity. Nominated for junior statistician award by coworker (winner not announced yet). Applying to: Statistics/Biostatistics, Masters (maybe PhD) Dream: Stanford (M.S.) - Statistics Reach: University of Chicago (M.S.) - Statistics** Harvard (M.S.) - Biostatistics** UC-Berkeley (M.A.) - Statistics Match: University of North Carolina (M.S.) - Biostatistics** University of Michigan (M.S.) - Statistics** NC State (M.S.) - Statistics (also looking at Advanced Analytics/Data Science) **May consider PhD, depending on how competitive I am at program
  22. jasper1208

    is stanford GRE dates strict?

    hello, i was wondering if anyone knows about the gre scores at stanford(gse) i'm going to take the test in october but i want to take it again in november. is it ok to take it in november when they say taking it until october is recommended?(on the website) not sure if this is really strict or it might be ok to take it one more time in november
  23. Rocky123

    Stanford 2017

    Hey guys, I thought I may as well start this. International student from Australia going to Stanford for Geological Sciences PhD this fall (2017). I am super excited! Can't wait for a change, a new chapter and to make new friends! Also, what are you guys doing for housing?
  24. I have already accepted my offer to Stanford, but I am still waiting for the financial aid decisions. In my acceptance letter, they said decisions will be announced by the end of March. It's now the end of April and I still haven't heard from them. I do know some people who have received their decisions though, whether they got it or not. I have also called and emailed them a couple weeks ago, but they only said that decisions are still being made. What should I do? Should I wait it out or try to ask them again? I'm scared it'll look like I'm not patient, but it'd be nice to know when my decisions will be made as I have to take care of my visas too.
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