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Stole this organized format from Biology section (since that was first one that came up in google :P)

Let me know what you think about my chances, and feel free to post here for yourself as well!

Undergrad Institution: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major(s): Chemical Engineering - Concentration in Energy
Minor(s): International and Global Studies
GPA in Major: 3.84/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.85/4.00
Position in Class: WPI doesn't really rank, but the people above me in GPA are generally people with 4.0
Type of Student: Domestic, male, LGBTQ+

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 164
V: 162
W: 5.0

Research Experience: 2 summers working approximately full time in a lab at WPI studying biomass pretreatment and heterogeneous catalysis for biofuel production. Now completing a senior research project in similar realm of study.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Various scholarships from WPI and Dean's List 6 semesters so far (not inclusive of current semester which will likely also be Dean's List)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Research assistant, Peer Learning Assistant (Jr. TA basically), Resident Advisor.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Completed a research project in Switzerland during my junior year, which served to help develop the Canton of Zurich into a smart energy region

Special Bonus Points: The professor I have been working with studied at MIT, but other than that...none that I can think of.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Can't think of anything other than the junior year project in Switzerland.

Applying to Where:
All Chemical Engineering (or Chemical and Biological, etc.) PhD programs


UMass Amherst

Tufts University

Princeton University

UC Berkeley


University of Delaware

Drexel University

Carnegie Mellon University

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Undergrad Institution: UC with good engineering reputation
Major(s): Chemical Engineering - Concentration in Energy
Minor(s): Math, History
GPA in Major: 3.4/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.45/4.00
Type of Student: International, Female

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 166
V: 160
W: 4.5

Research Experience: 2.5 years in the same lab

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: One grant and one scholarship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Research assistant 

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: President of a club

Applying to Where:
Chemical Engineering PhD or Ms programs


UC Berkeley




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Undergrad Institution: Lafayette College
Major(s): Chemical Engineering 
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.94/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.85/4.00
Position in Class: N/A
Type of Student: Domestic, male

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 164
V: 157
W: 4.0

Research Experience: 1 summer of bioengineering research at school.  Currently completing honors thesis.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list every semester, Award for high GPA and high proficiency in Unit Operations laboratory, Tau Beta Pi (member and treasurer).

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Research assistant, Teaching assistant, Project engineer intern.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 

Special Bonus Points: Know one Columbia Professor well from internship and met with department chair. 

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: 

Applying to Where:
All Chemical Engineering (or Chemical and Biological, etc.) PhD programs


Carnegie Mellon








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Undergrad Institution: UC
Major(s): Chemical Engineering 
Minor(s): Other
GPA in Major: 3.6/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.57/4.00
Position in Class: Top 15%
Type of Student: Domestic, Female, Non-traditional

Also: Associate in Arts, Marketing from Community College

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 162
V: 155
W: 4.0

Research Experience: UROP Research Fellowship, MDP UROP Fellowship, 6 months materials/biomaterials research at school, 1.5 years composites research at school. First author paper -- cited by national labs recently :wub:

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Various scholarships from UC and Community College, Dean's List most quarters

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Two R&D internships at Fortune 500 companies (recognizable, famous company). Previous job in Marketing at well-known characterization instrument company.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Prior President of Marketing Club, Prior PR Intern for Community College

Special Bonus Points: The Professor I work with was top cited for many years, well known/quite famous

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Nope

Applying to Where:
UC Berkeley


UC Davis

UC Irvine

University of Delaware

UW - Seattle



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