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What are my chances for the schools I am applying to as a Nuclear Engineer? (I am very nervous!)

Undergrad Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major(s): Nuclear Engineering

GPA in Major: 3.85

Overall GPA: 3.50

Length of Degree: Finished in 4 years (graduated 2008)

Position in Class: Near top

Type of Student: Domestic / Male / Asian

GRE Scores:

Q: 800

V: 640

W: 4.0

Research Experience: 2 years of undergraduate research in related field resulting in 2 publications as co-author, 1 summer research position with National Science Foundation

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List, NSF scholar, a handful of industry awards for nuclear engineers, Alpha Nu Sigma member

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 years of industry experience (2008 to present) at a national lab

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Completed M.ENG in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State University at the same time I was in industry, performed research for the M.ENG degree at Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, completed FE exam (planning on taking PE in April, also for nuclear engineering)

Applying for [ MS ] or [ PhD ] at:

University of Michigan - Nuclear Engineering - pending

Texas A&M - Nuclear Engineering - pending

Penn State University - Nuclear Engineering - pending

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Undergrad Institution:College of Engineering Pune (India). Among top 25 schools in India for engineering.

Major(s): Electronics and Telecommuncation

Minor(s):

GPA in Major:

Overall GPA: 9.32 out of 10

Length of Degree: 4 years

Position in Class: 1st

Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores:

Q: 800

V: 640

W: 4

TOEFL Total: 112 out of 120

Research Experience: Final year research project

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Gold Medal (for first rank in Bachelor course); Best BTech project award; IEEE paper in international conference hence in IEEE xplore; Also reviewed IEEE paper.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Software Engineer at Cisco Systesms

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Applying for [ MS ] at:

Stanfor University - EE - Pending

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - EE: Systems- Pending

University of Texas at Austin - ECE- Pending

Georgia Institute of Technology - ECE- Pending

University of California Los Angeles - EE- Pending

University of California San Diego - ECE- Pending

University of Maryland at College Park - ECE- Pending

Purdue University - ECE- Pending

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The profile template is below. Check out the and the threads too.

Good luck.

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Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school, such as big state, lib arts, ivy, technical, foreign (what country?)... Overall Reputation in Engineering?)

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Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, organization officer etc...)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Applying for [ MS ] or [ PhD ] at:

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Edited by brassgod

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Undergrad Institution: Top 5 University in my country

Major(s): Aerospace Engineering

GPA in Major: when translated to US GPA I think 3.64/4.00

Length of Degree: 3 years

Position in Class: Top 15%

Type of Student: European (International)

GRE Scores:

Q: 800 (94%)

V: 490 (60%)

W: 3.0 (10%)

TOEFL Total: 96/120

Research Experience: 4 months collaboration with Duke Professor

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Scholarship and Assistantship

Applying for [ MS ] at:

GATech - Aerospace Engineering

Texas A&M - Aerospace Engineering

Penn State - Aerospace Engineering - ACCEPTED (02/09, no info on funding)

U Maryland - Aerospace Engineering

UFL - Aerospace Engineering

UC Davis - Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

WVU - Aerospace Engineering - ACCEPTED (02/09, no info on funding)

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Undergrad Institution: Top 50 US Universities

Major(s): Electrical Engineering - Control Systems

GPA in Major: 3.6/4.0

Length of Degree: 4 years

Position in Class: N/A

Type of Student: US

Research Experience: MS (non-thesis) in Electrical Engineering. Work Experience in Aerospace Industry ~6 years.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans List etc

Applying for [ PhD ] at:

Virginia Tech - Aerospace

Texas A&M - Aerospace

UT Austin - Aerospace

Purdue - Aero & Astro

UMN - Aerospace

ASU - Electrical Engineering

UCSB - Electrical Engineering

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Undergrad Institution:Unranked, pretty crappy but ABET accredited

Major(s):Mechanical

Minor(s):

GPA in Major: 3.94

Overall GPA:3.97

Length of Degree: 4

Position in Class: #1

Type of Student: white female american

GRE Scores:

Q:770

V:570

W:4.0

Research Experience: 6mos undergrad research, CFD, no publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: some scholarships, nothing fancy

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Undergrad Institution: V E S institute of Technology, Mumbai. one of the best & most reputed engineering institutes in Mumbai. National ranking not great though.

Major(s): B.E. in electronics

Overall GPA: 73%, converts to 3.9/4.0 according to wes.org

Length of Degree: 4

Position in Class: Near top

Type of Student: International female asian

GRE Scores:

Q: 800

V: 540

W: 3.0

TOEFL Total: 106

Research Experience: final year project in embeded systems, a couple of other projects.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: , topped my Institute in final year, nothing else

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 1 year work experience in automation field. (I guess that won't be counted much)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

I don't know

Applying for [ MS ] ] in embedded systems:

School - Department - decision/date/funding

CMU- ECE- accpted for Spring 2012/ 12th feb/ no funding

TAMU- ECE- pending (long shot??)

UCLA- EE- Pending

Georgia Tech- ECE- pending

ASU- CS- pending (expecting a reject)

NCSU- ECE- pending

UMASS- ECE- pending

CU Boulder- ECEE- pending

USC- ECE- pending

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Undergrad Institution: Foreign (Nanyang Technological University - Singapore), decent engineering program

Major(s): Aerospace Engineering

Overall GPA: 4.33/5

Length of Degree: 3.5 years for a 4 year program

Position in Class: Roughly top 5-10%

Type of Student: International

GRE Scores:

Q: 750

V: 520

W: 5.0

IELTS Overall: 8.0

Research Experience: Research projects every year since first year. 4 papers published, 2 in international conferences (first authorship), and 2 in international not-so-well-known journals (1 first authorship)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: EADS Techmasters scholarship for senior year study, Best Student Paper at one of the conferences, Dean's List for the first year, Uni's Premier Research Scholarship program

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Currently working as an RA for the National University of Singapore (different field though)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: High School stuff: Malaysian National Physics Competition (Gold, top 10), Malaysian National Chemistry Competition (High Distinction, top 10)

Applying for [ MS ] or [ PhD ] at:

University of Minnesota (PhD) - Department AEM - Pending

University of Michigan (PhD) - Department Aero/Astro- Pending

MIT (MS) - Department Aero-Astro - Pending

University of Washington (PhD) - Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics- Pending

Caltech (MS) - GALCIT - Pending

Edited by kklloh

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Undergrad Institution: Melbourne Uni + ANU (Australian Unis)

Major(s): Chemistry

Minor(s): -

GPA in Major: 3.9

Overall GPA: 3.7

Length of Degree: 4 years undergrad + 2 year research Master

Position in Class: near top?

Type of Student: International asian male

GRE Scores:

Q: 790

V: 590

W: 3.5

Research Experience: 2 undergrad research projects totalling around 1.5 years (1 first authored pub) + 1 year Honours (1 first authored pub) + 2 year Master (1 second authored pub)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Various scholarships

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 1 sem during Honours

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Applying for [ MS ] or [ PhD ] at:

All applications were for PhD

UIUC - Material Science - rejected (20 Jan 2011)

UC Berkeley - Material Science - Accepted (22 Jan 2011)

UC Santa Barbara - Material Science - pending

Harvard - SEAS (Applied Physics) - pending

MIT - Material Science - pending

Northwestern - Material Science - pending

Minnesota - Material Science - pending

UM Amherst - polymer eng. - pending

Edited by down under

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Undergrad Institution: College in India. Ranked pretty well.

Major(s): Electronics and Communication

Minor(s): -

GPA in Major: 9.27/10

Overall GPA: 9.27/10

Length of Degree: 4 years

Position in Class: Top 7% (Really competitive. Ranked 17 in a group of nearly 260)

Type of Student: International/Male/Asian

GRE Scores:

Q: 800

V: 620

W: 4.5

TOEFL Total: 106/120

Research Experience: None :D

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Won a few events at tech events

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: N.A.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: None

Applying for [ MS ] or [ PhD ] at:

Only MS in EE

UIUC - Awaited

UTA - Awaited

U.Mich - Awaited

Georgia - Awaited

UCLA - Awaited

Cornell - Accepted via email - 2 March 2011- Fall 2011

CMU - Accepted via post - 14 Feb 2011 - Fall 2011

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Undergrad Inst. : Urmia University

Major : Civil Engineering

GPA : 16.56 out of 20

Grad Inst. : Amirkabir University of Technology

GPA : 18.16 out of 20

Major : Environmental Engineering

Type of Student : International / Iranian

GRE Score : 1190

V: 410

Q:780

W:3.0

TOEFL iBT : 103

Applying for PhD :

1- UT Austin (Waiting)

2- Clemson (Waiting)

3- University of California Riverside (Waiting)

4- Illinois Institute of Tech (Admitted/ No fund)

5- University of Tennessee Knoxville (Waiting)

6- New Jersey Institute of Tech (Admitted / No fund Yet)

7- University of Arizona (Waiting)

8- Missouri Sci & Tech (Rejected)

9- John Hopkins University (Admitted MsE, Partially Funded)

10- University of Alberta (Waiting)

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Undergrad Institution: Respected state university, but nothing fancy

Major(s): Physics

GPA in Major: 3.6/4.0

Length of Degree: 4 years

Position in Class: N/A

Type of Student: US, female

GRE:

Q: 740

V: 530

W: 4.0

Research Experience: 2 years astrophysics research, 1 year fluids research

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans List etc

Applying for [ PhD ] at:

Rutgers - Mechanical Engineering - Accepted, Fellowship ------> accepting offer

Lehigh - Mechanical Engineering - Accepted, Fellowship/TA-ship

Drexel - Mechanical Engineering - Contacted by a few professors asking if I want to work with them, but wasn't interested in their research areas - no official offer

Carnegie Mellon - Mechanical Engineering - Waitlisted

UPenn - Mechanical Engineering - Pending (assumed rejection)

UVA - Mechanical Engineering - Pending (assumed rejection)

Syracuse - Mechanical Engineering - got email saying if I say I will attend, they will "look on it favorably, and a positive admission decision is likely," -- ummm no.

Edited by hart27

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Undergrad Institution: Austrian university, small program, some well-respected faculty

Major(s): Biophysics

Overall GPA: ~3.7/4.0 (depending on method of calculation/conversion)

Length of Degree: 5 years (degree equivalent to B.Sc.+M.Sc.)

Position in Class: near top

Type of Student: International, male

GRE Scores:

Q: 780

V: 640

W: 5.0

TOEFL Total: 119 (iBT)

Research Experience: 19 months combined research experience at the university, at UC Berkeley / LBNL and at well-known German laboratories; 2 papers in peer-review process, including one as first author. Most of the research in a different subfield though.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: a few, both from the university and other organizations; Fulbright Foreign Student grant for first year of PhD

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 5 months study abroad in Denmark

Applying for [ PhD ] at:

UC Berkeley - Biophysics - Rejected

Caltech - Bioengineering - Rejected

UCLA - Biomedical Engineering - Rejected

UMCP - Bioengineering - Accepted with full Fellowship

UIC - Bioengineering - Accepted (no financial info, will decline)

Edited by tew

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Undergrad Institution: Highly ranked Indian University.

Major(s): Civil Engineering

Overall GPA: 72.2%

Length of Degree: 4 years

Position in Class: 2nd

Type of Student: International, male , Asian

GRE Scores:

Q: 780

V: 620

W: 4.0

TOEFL Total: 106 (iBT)

Research Experience: 2 years research. Fully funded by BCUD.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Awards for research project and many others.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Sports. Toured England.

Applying for [ MS ] at:

UC Berkeley - Rejected

Stanford university - Awaiting Reply

Purdue University - Awaiting Reply.

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Undergrad Institution: Large technical school well-known for Engineering in Canada

Major(s): Nanotechnology Engineering

Minor(s):

GPA in Major: ~3.8

Overall GPA: ~3.75

Length of Degree: 5 years

Position in Class: Top 10/100

Type of Student: Canadian White Male

GRE Scores:

Q: 790

V: 740

W: 5.5

Research Experience: 8-12 months full and part time research at home university/affiliated institute, 8 months US Department of Energy lab, 8 months large industrial R&D lab in Tokyo, Japan. 2 First author pubs in top journals, 1 in review. Invited conference presentation.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing especially relevant

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Ditto

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Once made a solar cell out of powdered donuts and tea.

Applying for PhD at:

MIT - Materials - Rejected

Caltech - Materials - Accepted with funding

Princeton - Chemical Engineering - Accepted with funding

UC Berkeley - Materials - Rejected

Harvard - Applied Physics - Rejected

Northwestern - Materials - Accepted with funding

UIUC - Materials - Accepted with funding

Cornell - Materials - Rejected

Columbia - Applied Physics - Accepted (waitlist for funding)

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Undergrad Institution: IIIT Allahabad, India (Among top 10 institutes in teaching in field of IT)

Major(s): IT

Overall GPA: 9.32/10

Length of Degree: 4 years

Position in Class: Top 10 in college (Top in class)

Type of Student: Indian Male

Blog: http://pulkitgoyal.wordpress.com/

Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...) Research internship at TU Dortmund (as a DAAD Scholar), Research internship at IIIT Hyderabad

Publications:

Fast and Enhanced Algorithm for Exemplar Based Image Inpainting: Anupam Agrawal, Pulkit Goyal and Sapan Diwakar, In The 4thPacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology, PSIVT2010, Singapore (2010).

Devanagari Character Recognition towards Natural Human Computer Interaction: Pulkit Goyal, Sapan Diwakar, Anupam Agrawal, In IndiaHCI conference, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India (2010).

Transliteration among Indian Languages using WX Notation: Rohit Gupta, Pulkit Goyal, Sapan Diwakar, In KONVENS 2010, 10.Conference on Natural Language Processing, Saarbrucken, Germany (2010).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)

DAAD WISE Scholar, Awarded scholarship thrice for first rank in class, Sun Campus Ambassador, OSUM Campus Representative, first prize at Young IT Professionals Awards

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, organization officer etc...)

Industrial Intern at Elca Informatique SA, Lausanne Switzerland,

Job Offer from D.E. Shaw Software Co., Hyderebad (12 lpa)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Member of ACM and CSI.

Applying for [ MS ] or [ PhD ] at:

MS at EPFL - Computer Science - Accepted, no funding

PhD at EPFL - Computer Science - Pending

What are my chances of getting the PhD?

Edited by Pulkit Goyal

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Undergrad Institution: UCSD

Major(s): Mechanical Engineering

Overall GPA: 2.79

GPA in Major: 2.991

Length of Degree: 5 years

Position in Class: ? probably terrible

Type of Student: California resident (US Citizen), Ethnicity: Hapa (1/2 Chinese & 1/2 German)

GRE Scores:

Q: 780 (89%)

V: 660 (91%)

W: 5.0 (87%)

Experience: 2.5 years working in related field (FEA/CFD)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nope.

Applying for [ MS ] at:

USC (Rejected)

OSU (Rejected)

Texas A&M (Accepted for Fall 2011!)

Very late accept (May 2nd), but very glad to get it... late probably due to poor GPA. Most likely would not have gotten in without relevant work experience?

Looks like I'll be an Aggie most likely in Fall 2011!

Edited by pinrut

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