Applying without research experience

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Applying without research experience

Post by tamasir » Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:31 am

I got my BS astrophysics from a top 20 school with a 3.1 GPA.
I got a 800(q) 650 (V)
and 920 (physics) on my GRE
I'm applying for a physics PHD with interest in theoretical elem particles.
But my problem is I don't have any undergraduate research xp...
(I spent my summers traveling/backpacking)

My question is how much does that affect my chances?

And right now I'm focusing on the top 20-30 ranked programs.. UCSD, NYU, UW madison... Is it reasonable for me to have my sights on these places?


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Post by dunecastle » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:23 am

i think the college you are from and your GPA and GRE score are more important than research experience. if you can not demonstrate your research potential, just show your academic background and your interest in physics. Try to utilized more of recomendation letters, talk with your recommenders first.

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