AkashSky Posted October 4, 2015 Share Posted October 4, 2015 (edited) Hey, I'm Akash and I'm going to be applying for a chemistry PhD with a specialization in physical chemistry come fall of 2016. I am currently a chemical engineering major and I have a strong background in mathematics, physics and chemistry, so I feel that this PhD is a great fit for me.My Current Cumulative GPA is 3.452, with my Major GPA being 3.69 (I kinda suck at humanity courses, and I refuse to take them pass no pass because i'm retarded and sincere)By the time I apply (Dec 1) , I will have had ~6 months of research experience (3 months full, 3 part) in a Neuroscience lab. I might be close to getting a publication, but I don't think it will be out in time for the application cycle. In addition, I think that my letters will not be the best, but they will be average, (the letter from my supervisor will be great, the letter from a professor i know moderately well should be okay, and my last letter will be from a professor that I've only taken 1 class with).I will be taking the GRE October 22, ( for the first time, kinda last minute :x, but I have been studying for this for the past 2 months) and will be taking the Chem GRE shortly after (Been studying for this for a month so far). From my practice tests I am expecting no less than 160 in the quantitative section, and at least 155 in the verbal section. As for the Chem GRE, I honestly have no idea what to expect for my score. I am hoping that I score higher than the 50 percentile. Also there are limited practice tests for it online, and most of my studying has been from reviewing my old chemistry text books.Currently these are the schools that I am applying to. (I may apply to another, as I still have time to research professors, I have researched the professors for all of these schools and have narrowed down the ones who conduct research I am interested in).Dream: UC Berkeley; HarvardReach: University of Minnesota Twin Cities Target: USC, Princeton University; UCLAI also searched online/emailed these universities for their average Gre and Chem gre scores, and is how I ranked them from Dream to Reach to Target. However, my question is this, will having 6 months of research experience, average letters of recommendation, and a 3.452 cumulative gpa hurt, help, or do nothing at all to the arrangement that I have above? In other words, have I accurately assigned dream, reach, and target to the above schools? I'll edit this post as I receive my actual test scores. Edited October 4, 2015 by AkashSky Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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