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16 hours ago, Titanocene said:

Undergrad Institution: Small & Public - you haven't heard of it
Major(s): Chemistry
Minor(s): Chemistry
GPA in major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.671828 
Type of Student: Domestick

GRE Scores (revised version):
Q: 162 (81%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 4.5 (83%)
S: 880 (94%)

Research Experience: Two solid years; two full time summers & a lot of time during the semester (maybe a bit too much time; see overall GPA). 
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A good amount of departmental awards and some small national and statewide recognition; industry funded summer research at home institution. Was hoping for an REU but go shut out - kudos to those of you who got to do chemistry cross' country 
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Designed curricula and lead recitations for organic chemistry. Work as a lab assistant and got to do some cool things with the available instrumentation. 
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Submitted my NSF GRFP? This was a busy semester and if there is one thing I am proud of, its coming up with an NSF proposal from scratch. I learned a lot and it was great to really dig into something, come up with an idea, and figure out how to pursue it.

Presentations: Three national conferences, five regional. 
Misc. Points: Did very well on ACS standardized exams (>99th percentile). Have a clear focus on what field of research I want to pursue - made that very clear in the SOPs. 
Any Other Info: First author publication in submission (good lord, that was that a lot of work)
Applying to Where: Princeton, Caltech, Wisc. - Mad., UIUC, U Mich., Scripps (If I get in, I'm going) UCI, Columbia (Why did you have to move to Cornell, Lambert!)

Some days, I feel like I have a good shot. Other days, I'm bracing myself for the inevitable mass rejection. Anyone else feel like this? 

I think you have a strong profile if your research experience fits that of the groups at the schools you are applying for!

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Undergrad Institution: A national institute in India. BS+MS degree.
Major(s):Chemistry
Minor(s):-
GPA in Major:- 
Overall GPA: 3.8
Position in Class: N.A. 
Type of Student: International, male.

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 169 (96%)
V: 161 (88%)
W: 4.0 (60%) LOL!
S: 870 (93%)


Research Experience: 3+ years. ~1 year in organic chemistry, ~1 year in computational/theoretical chemistry in India. ~1 year in computational/theoretical chemistry towards master's thesis project in the US.
 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: National merit-based scholarship for education in sciences. Fellowship to pursue summer research in the US.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Master's thesis involved full-time research.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Presented a poster in a regional ACS meeting. One publication, nothing exceptional.

Special Bonus Points: Talked to a Prof. in UCI I want to work with. He seemed interested. 

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Solid recommendations from two profs. in theoretical chemistry, one of whom is my master's thesis advisor in the US. Decent recommendation from the third prof.

Applying to Where: Theoretical/Computational Chemistry: Caltech, Stanford, Cornell, MIT, U. Penn, U. Chicago, U. Michigan A.A., U. W. Madison, U.C. Irvine. 

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NO ONE GIVE ME THEIR THOUGHTS : 

Undergrad Institution: Faculty of Pharmacy class 2016
Major(s): Pharmaceutical Science
Minor(s): Medicinal Chemistry
GPA in Major: 3.8
Overall GPA: 3.8
Position in Class: 40 over 550
Type of Student: international Male
GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 164
V: 156
W: 2.5 
S: NA

IELTS : 7


Research Experience: full time summer research student in medicinal Chemistry , 8 Months material science and nanoscience project but didn't punlish yet

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Chemistry department award , National Chemistry Olympics Winner , Participate in International chemistry olympics

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 1 year in Chemistry and biomedical sciences.

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

Applying to Where:

Rochester

UMass Amherst

Missouri

Oregon state

Emory 

Michigan state

Utah

South carolina

 

 

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4 hours ago, ahmed.samy said:

NO ONE GIVE ME THEIR THOUGHTS : 

Undergrad Institution: Faculty of Pharmacy class 2016
Major(s): Pharmaceutical Science
Minor(s): Medicinal Chemistry
GPA in Major: 3.8
Overall GPA: 3.8
Position in Class: 40 over 550
Type of Student: international Male
GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 164
V: 156
W: 2.5 
S: NA

IELTS : 7


Research Experience: full time summer research student in medicinal Chemistry , 8 Months material science and nanoscience project but didn't punlish yet

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Chemistry department award , National Chemistry Olympics Winner , Participate in International chemistry olympics

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 1 year in Chemistry and biomedical sciences.

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

Applying to Where:

Rochester

UMass Amherst

Missouri

Oregon state

Emory 

Michigan state

Utah

South carolina

 

 

I don’t know too much about the schools you are applying to because I am mostly applying on the west coast. However, your credentials look pretty strong IMO (aside from the 2.5 on AW, which probably doesn’t matter too much).

One thing that strikes me as a bit odd is your lack of a subject test score. Did you take it? Aren’t those scores pretty heavily weighted for international students?

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21 hours ago, dorkstep said:
On 12/7/2017 at 6:51 AM, Titanocene said:

Some days, I feel like I have a good shot. Other days, I'm bracing myself for the inevitable mass rejection. Anyone else feel like this? 

 

This is the official superposition of the application party, friend. Welcome aboard.

But let me tell you; you have a sick-looking application file and I believe that your eventual eigenstate will be the former; not the latter. Even if you don't have high hopes for yourself, I have them here for you!

Edited by quinessloopypun

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5 hours ago, boulderboi said:

I don’t know too much about the schools you are applying to because I am mostly applying on the west coast. However, your credentials look pretty strong IMO (aside from the 2.5 on AW, which probably doesn’t matter too much).

One thing that strikes me as a bit odd is your lack of a subject test score. Did you take it? Aren’t those scores pretty heavily weighted for international students?

Unfortunately, I missed the October reservation of the exam and the next one is on April 2018 which is beyond application timeline. 

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21 minutes ago, ahmed.samy said:

Unfortunately, I missed the October reservation of the exam and the next one is on April 2018 which is beyond application timeline. 

Darn. Well maybe some international students can weigh in on how much that will effect your chances at those specific schools. I’m domestic so I can’t help much.

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3 hours ago, ahmed.samy said:

Unfortunately, I missed the October reservation of the exam and the next one is on April 2018 which is beyond application timeline. 

I have several friends (international applicants) who did not take the subject test but were admitted to their chosen institutions.

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10 hours ago, Ilkovic said:

I have several friends (international applicants) who did not take the subject test but were admitted to their chosen institutions.

Thanks, i really was worried it would affect my chances. Do you propose any school that i have a good chance to get into ?

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1 hour ago, ahmed.samy said:

Thanks, i really was worried it would affect my chances. Do you propose any school that i have a good chance to get into ?

My apologies but I don't think I can properly assess anyone's chance for admission as I am also applying for Fall 2018.

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I am worried as the online system says Michigan has not received my transcript - anyone else? Don’t know if they just haven’t updated the system or not... I’m wary the deadline is in five days :S

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Undergrad Institution: One of the UCs (Not UCB/UCLA)
Major(s): Mathematics (I changed from chemistry to math as I did not like labs, now I apply for coursework Masters to prepare myself for a teaching career :D) 
Minor(s): Chemistry 
GPA in Major: 3.867 (Mathematics), 3.675 (Not official major GPA, I calculated this myself from my upper division chem classes) 
Overall GPA: ~3.67
Position in Class: N/A (as I'm not a chemistry major anymore) 
Type of Student: International Student, Asian/Chinese, Male

GRE Scores (revised): I think GRE might be my only strength :( 
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 160 (86%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
SUB: None. 


Research Experience: Only in math. 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Provost Honor (Dean's List), A project certificate from local AIChE chapter. 
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math TA. I don't know how much that helps, maybe shows my English skill as an international student. 

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Served as board members of local ACS chapter, had some volunteering experience at ACS National and Regional conferences. 

Special Bonus Points: 

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I apply for coursework masters to prepare my career in teaching. I think knowing "I'm not using the master as a pathway to a PhD" might put Admission Committee on ease? 

Applying to Where:
 

Cornell (Top Choice)                                              MS in Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) (Rolling Admission, will catch priority deadline 1/1) 

NYU Main Campus                                                 MS in Chemistry 

NYU Tandon School of Engineering                    MS in Chemistry 

Georgia Tech                                                           MS in Chemistry (caught priority deadline 12/1) 

Tufts                                                                         MS in Chemistry 

U of Virginia                                                            MA in Chemistry 

UC San Diego                                                         MS in Chemistry 

San Diego State U                                                 MA in Chemistry (I feel like I'm revealing something LOL) 

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11 hours ago, cater99 said:

Undergrad Institution: One of the UCs (Not UCB/UCLA)
Major(s): Mathematics (I changed from chemistry to math as I did not like labs, now I apply for coursework Masters to prepare myself for a teaching career :D) 
Minor(s): Chemistry 
GPA in Major: 3.867 (Mathematics), 3.675 (Not official major GPA, I calculated this myself from my upper division chem classes) 
Overall GPA: ~3.67
Position in Class: N/A (as I'm not a chemistry major anymore) 
Type of Student: International Student, Asian/Chinese, Male

GRE Scores (revised): I think GRE might be my only strength :( 
Q: 170 (97%)
V: 160 (86%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
SUB: None. 


Research Experience: Only in math. 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Provost Honor (Dean's List), A project certificate from local AIChE chapter. 
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math TA. I don't know how much that helps, maybe shows my English skill as an international student. 

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Served as board members of local ACS chapter, had some volunteering experience at ACS National and Regional conferences. 

Special Bonus Points: 

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I apply for coursework masters to prepare my career in teaching. I think knowing "I'm not using the master as a pathway to a PhD" might put Admission Committee on ease? 

Applying to Where:
 

Cornell (Top Choice)                                              MS in Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) (Rolling Admission, will catch priority deadline 1/1) 

NYU Main Campus                                                 MS in Chemistry 

NYU Tandon School of Engineering                    MS in Chemistry 

Georgia Tech                                                           MS in Chemistry (caught priority deadline 12/1) 

Tufts                                                                         MS in Chemistry 

U of Virginia                                                            MA in Chemistry 

UC San Diego                                                         MS in Chemistry 

San Diego State U                                                 MA in Chemistry (I feel like I'm revealing something LOL) 

I am not familiar with all those schools, but I was under the impression that a lot of these didn't have terminal MS's and usually only accepted for PhD route. Can I ask why you're going for a master's instead of a PhD?

 

I actually think your stats are quite good, especially with the  chem classes not too bad. UCs are mostly well known research schools, so I imagine you'll be fine.

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