chessmaster22 Posted August 28, 2015 Share Posted August 28, 2015 Hi All,I have a B.S. in EE from University of Maryland and my research experience in college is next to nothing. I had technically related technician job during those years and founded a startup.I graduated Fall 2014 and I have been working at Visa as a software engineer/systems analyst which is not related to my degree but it's adventurous since I don't know a single electrical engineer who can do what I do in software. NOW, I want apply for PhD programs for Fall 2016 and take a hard turn in my career and completely move towards research. I have a 3.9 GPA and strong letters of recommendation. Do I have any chance to get into top programs? (Stanford/Berkeley/MIT/Caltech/Princeton/Oxford/Cambridge/ICL/ETH/EPFL) I was admitted into UCLA for Fall 2015 as well as Maryland which I declined because I had higher hopes Am I being too optimistic by giving myself a chance for these top programs? If not, what strategy should I choose for my SOP since I don't have any research experience to talk about. Thanks for reading Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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