hkcool Posted January 9, 2017 Share Posted January 9, 2017 I graduated in 2014, and immediately after, spent the summer doing an internship at a national lab. I had applied for a research fellowship through my home university and received funding to conduct an independent research project in a foreign country in 2015. So between the end of my internship and March of 2015, I took some time to travel and go backpacking. For 6 months in 2015, I did research in Europe with a well-regarded professor in my subfield (who wrote me a rec letter for my application this year), although I don't have any publication to show for it, he was impressed with my work. My plan after that was to apply for the Fulbright scholarship, but unfortunately I didn't receive it. I hadn't applied to grad school concurrently, and wasn't sure what to do with after the rejection. For the entirety of 2016 (to present), I worked full-time in a field that is completely unrelated to what I want to study in grad school (which is a STEM field, and my job right now is non-STEM). This is listed on my resume/CV since I think it would be worse to omit it and make it seem like I was doing nothing last year. My question is how much this gap hurts me in the admissions process. I think I can point to things (mostly research experience) in 2014 and 2015 that very positively add to my application, but compared to people that are applying right out of undergrad, I'm a bit old and don't have a lot of the material fresh in my head. I had good grades in undergrad and lots of research experience + a first author publication, but I'm not sure if that has as much of an impact since so much time has passed Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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