sanfonts Posted July 16, 2015 Share Posted July 16, 2015 (edited) Welp... this is yet another "What are my chances???" thread, but I was hoping someone could offer me a little guidance regarding my situation. I'm an undergrad (rising senior) student from a Top-3 mexican university studying B.S. Biotechnology Engineering, and was hoping to apply to a competitive PhD program (Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Yale). However, past threads regarding the profile of applicants depressed me. In a world (cue Don LaFontaine) where people with 3+ publications as first authors and a Masters from an Ivy School are being rejected from Stanford, do I even stand a chance? My main drawbacks are (1) being international, (2) the fact that I was unable to secure external funding (missed deadlines), (3) lack of publications (though tons of research experience, I'd say) and (4) LoR will not stem from U.S. professors. Could anyone give a quick look to my profile and tell me if I should even try? Or should pursue a masters from a home university? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Undergrad Institution: Top-3 mexican university. Major(s): B.S. Biotechnology Engineering Minor(s): Does not applyGPA in Major: 99.6/100 (Mexican grades are out of 100)Overall GPA: 99.6/100Position in Class: #1Type of Student: International, funding requiredGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 165 (90%)V: 160 (85%)W: 4.5 (85%)TOEFL Total: 8.0 @ IELTSResearch Experience: Two research summers during High School. Ended up producing a technical report and presented it in a local congress. Been involved in research with different programs during undergrad, one program during semesters 1-2, other one during semesters 5, 6, 7 and another one during semester 7. Planning on continuing research during semester #9, so it will pop up in my application. No publications. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 90% scolarship in my school (academic scolarship, awarded by university due to HS performance) Consistently recognized by my faculty as #1 student (past 2 years) Gold medal in state and national biology contest, silver medal in the Ibero-American contest (during HS, mind you) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: No Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: IB Program? 43/45 - Valedictorian (HS) Part of the 2014 International Honors Program at Stanford, obtained a certificate in the Environmental and Water Studies Program (A/A) Exchange student at The University of Nottingham during semester #8Special Bonus Points: I'm afraid not.Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:Applying to Where: Stanford - Biosciences MIT - Biology Harvard - JOHN A. PAULSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES Yale - BBS Edited July 16, 2015 by sanfonts Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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