2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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csi2019
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2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by csi2019 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:07 pm

This is the most useful resource PhysicsGRE has to offer. If you have used this information in the past or are currently using it to help decide upon schools, I highly suggest you help out and post your own profile once you have applied to schools. Future members of this forum will find it very useful! Don't be shy!

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Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school, such as big state, lib arts, ivy, technical, foreign (what country?)... Overall Reputation in Physics?)
Major(s):
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:
Overall GPA:
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?)
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?)
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?)

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q:
V:
W:
P:


TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: )


Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)

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

Applying to Where:

School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 28: WILL ATTEND for Ph.D. Accepted via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 14: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email + $Xk Fellowship + $XXk/X month TA)
School - Department - Research Interest (Feb. 23: Rejected via website/email)

rjones21
Posts: 11
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by rjones21 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:05 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 20 Liberal Arts College
Major(s): Math and Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: Math (3.89) Physics (4.00)
Overall GPA: 3.90
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Top 5% for overall GPA
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170
V: 167
W: 5.0
P: 830 (72%) Will Retake


TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: )


Research Experience: 1 year math research, 2 REUs. Advisers all said they would write strong recommendations for me. Working on senior thesis and have done research during the academic year for most of college.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some departmental awards in math and physics

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA and tutoring for 3 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Even though I went to a liberal arts college I have 2 semesters quantum, 2 semesters EM, stat mech, 2 semesters mechanics, and tons of electives (mathematical physics, cosmology, gr, differential geometry, condensed matter...)

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

Applying to Where: All for Computational Cosmology/High Energy Experimental

Michigan
Minnesota
UChicago
Boston College
UPenn
Ohio State
Indiana
Stony Brook
Syracuse
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geekusprimus
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:10 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by geekusprimus » Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:18 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large private university, top 75, physics reputation meh
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math, Computer Science
GPA in Major: 3.98/4.0
Overall GPA: 3.96/4.0
Length of Degree: 4.5 years
Position in Class: Probably near top
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (Soon to come)
Q: 166 (89%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 4.0 (57%)
P: 870 (79%)



Research Experience: Roughly two years of research in computational relativistic astrophysics, probably a paper for submission before graduation. One full summer working at a national lab doing computational cosmology, probably returning next summer, too. A few presentations at regional APS conferences and division conferences.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Full academic scholarship, presentation award at regional conference, anticipated graduation from honors program, made the dean's list most semesters.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Two years as a TA, two years as a research assistant

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Erm... I taught myself GR? No? I play the trumpet? Yeah, nothing here that would interest a graduate committee.

Special Bonus Points: Completed a year of graduate coursework in numerical methods, currently taking graduate-level mathematical physics classes. Possible paper is with a big name in the supernova community.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Extra semester was because of odd timing for entering school. Used extra time to finish a second minor, honors program, and take graduate coursework.

Applying to Where (for now):

Definitely Applying:
Reach:
Penn State - Physics, Ph.D. - Numerical relativity

Match:
UC Santa Cruz - Astrophysics, Ph.D - High energy astrophysics
Georgia Tech - Physics, Ph.D - Numerical relativity

Safety:
Brigham Young University - Physics, M.S. - Numerical relativity

Possibly applying:
Match:
CU Boulder - Physics, Ph.D - AMO theory
Rochester Institute of Technology - Astrophysical Sciences and Technology, Ph.D - Numerical relativity

(Schools and scores to be updated as semester progresses)
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ES
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Joined: Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:10 am

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by ES » Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:18 pm

Undergrad Institution: international program at Nagoya University (one of the top 5 or so in Japan with a very high reputation in physics)
Major(s): physics
Overall GPA: 3.44, lots of B's in labs and social science courses. I have A's in most of my physics courses tho(aside from the labs).
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: we are 5 in class. I think I'm 3rd so, average position?
Type of Student: International male
GRE Scores :
Q:
V:
W:
P: I'm taking it in Oct. I expect something above 900.

IELTS: will take it later. I got 8 in IELTS four years ago tho

Research Experience:
Unfortunately, we don't have opportunities to do research before 4th year. I tried to do stuff tho.
1. I joined the particle physics theory group last semester. I will do my graduation thesis there. The topic is yet undecided but hopefully it would be something about 2 dimensional CFT which is a topic I'm currently reading about.
2. I had a weekly seminar with my math prof(also my recommender) during my second year where we tried to understand a seminal paper on mathematical diffraction and measure theory.
3. Sometimes I read research papers and write reports about them for fun.(does this count as research experience?)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
I am supported by two merit-based scholarships. one from my university and the other from a foundation in my country.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
I was ranked 7th and 3rd in the 1st and 2nd Egyptian physics olympiad and represented the country in the international physics olympiad in 2016. this was in high school tho.

Special Bonus Points:
my thesis advisor is a known prof in HEP phenomenology and I expect a strong recommendation from him. My other two recommenders really like me so I'm expecting strong letters from them as well.
One of my recommenders teaches unofficial courses outside of uni courses. I took his courses on functional analysis, probability, group theory and representations, differential geometry.
I'm taking qft seminars in my research group since the second semester of my 3rd year.

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

Applying to Where: all for high energy theory
Stony Brook University
Michigan University Ann Arbor
Cornell University
University of Tokyo
Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy
Nagoya University
Perimeter Institute
University of South California
McGill University
University of British Columbia
University of Kentucky
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GradschoolHopeful
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by GradschoolHopeful » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:10 pm

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Undergrad Institution: Large State School, good reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics, Astrophysics
GPA in Major: 4.00
Overall GPA: 4.00
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 170 (94%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
P: 770 (62%) Will retake



Research Experience: 1 REU in space plasmas. Almost 1 year at my home institute in nuclear physics instrumentation. All of my research experience was writing software for data analysis. 6 conference presentations with my name on them and a second author paper in progress which should be submitted before application deadlines.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list all semester and standard academic scholarship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nothing other than research

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Grad class on numerical analysis. I have a ton of coursework in upper division math and physics

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: My advisor has connections at MIT.

Applying to Where: Most in Nuclear or Particle Experiment, I'll only mention those that are in other areas.

MIT - Physics
Princeton - Physics - Gravitation-Th
Harvard - Physics
Stanford - Physics
Columbia - Physics
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - Physics
Michigan State - Physics
ASU - Physics
University of Arizona - Physics - Nuclear and Particle-Th
Washington - Physics
University of Texas: Austin - Physics

Boulder - Astrophysics - Instrumentation

RolandoR
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by RolandoR » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:21 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 10 Latinoamerica School
Major(s): Physics
Overall GPA: 3.8/4
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: International

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (89%)
V: 153 (60%)
W: 3.5 (39%) :?
P: 970 (93%) Sept 2019


TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: )


Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)

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

Applying to Where:

School -
School -
School -
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ztruwk
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Joined: Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:20 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by ztruwk » Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:41 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large private school
Major(s): Physics, Film
GPA in Major: 3.5, 3.9
Overall GPA: 3.7
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Above average
Type of Student: domestic female

GRE Scores :
Q: 165 (86%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 5 (92%)
P: 830 (72%)

Research Experience:
No undergrad research, one year post-bac experimental axion research. 7 months half-time, 6 months full-time. One past poster presentation, will have a future conference poster and future conference talk on my CV, and possibly a first-author publication in preparation.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Sigma Pi Sigma

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Physics tutor

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I went through a top arts program while also doing well in a physics major and was fairly accomplished in that (film festivals, awards, hundreds of hours of work experience), so unconventional backgrounds can sometimes be a plus, or a minus, who knows. Also the reason I did not do undergrad research.

Special Bonus Points: In a well-known research collaboration in the axion world, also woman applying for HET...?

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- Have been working through textbooks and online courses in particle physics, group theory, and QFT
- Worked at a science education non-profit for ~10 months post grad
- I took like no formal math classes after calc/lin alg, and am applying for theory, so that's not great lol

Applying to Where:
(for all I've expressed an interest in theoretical particle physics, cosmology, or quantum information, all totally reaches, fingers crossed baby!)

Perimeter (PSI) (early decision)
UCLA
Berkeley
UCSD
Stanford
NYU
Columbia
Boulder
UWash
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Dirac506
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Joined: Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:40 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by Dirac506 » Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:11 pm

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Undergrad Institution: Top School in my country, South America
Major(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 9.2/10
Overall GPA:9.3/10
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top of my class
Type of Student: International Male

Q: 160
V: 157
W: 4.0
P: 700 :cry:


TOEFL: (R: 29 , L: 28 , S: 28 , W: 26)


Research Experience:

1. Undergraduate Research Assistant at a Nuclear Research Center, mainly programmed detector simulation.

2. Graduate Research Assistant at a Condensed Matter Center, doing CMT near publishing as first author.


Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Graduated with honors.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Appointed Lecturer at my university after graduation. I've lectured for entry level courses which engineers take but also lectured for an important course that physics majors take.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

I've participated in many international workshops/activities. Some of those events had tests in which I performed well.

I've taken many maths courses so have a strong mathematical background.

Special Bonus Points:

I've taken many CMT grad courses during my year after graduating.

Recommendation letter from a very well known physicist.


Applying to Where: (I won't use reach/safety because I feel everything is a reach. The whole safety term seems sort of arrogant in my opinion.)

Perimeter Scholars International (Early Decision)
LMU, Munich (Mathematical Physics) - Accepted in July (Asked for a year extension, so I could still enroll next fall)
Cornell
Brown
Stony Brook
Weizmann Institute
ICTP
Purdue
UC Riverside
UCSC

Truth_Seeker
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:05 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by Truth_Seeker » Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:22 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school, good physics program
Major(s): Aerospace Engineering and Physics double
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: ~3.7
Overall GPA: ~3.6
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: mid-top to top
Type of Student: White Latino male

GRE Scores :
Q: 161 (76%)
V: 155 (68%)
W: 4 (57%)
P: Just took this (October 2019) lmao


Research Experience:
3 semesters doing research with one professor, 1 summer doing research with another, both at my own university. Nothing publishable or remarkable but you know that's going on my resume.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Two physics scholarships, one big one small.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Nothing really

Special Bonus Points: Solid letters (I think at least lol). My GPA is back-stacked; all A's in upper level physics courses. i.e. upward trend.

Applying to Where: Interest expressed toward quantum gravity (QG) or high energy theory if department does not explicitly indicate interest in QG. All physics departments.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign -
University of Maryland, College Park -
Johns Hopkins University -
University of Wisconsin, Madison -
Penn State -
UC Davis -
University of Florida -
University of Virginia -
UNC Chapel Hill -

Expectations: LOW. I will be so happy to get into 1 school 8)
Wish me luck bois
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Redmike06
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Joined: Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:22 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by Redmike06 » Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:50 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big midwest state school. Not known for physics, Astronomy on rise.
Major(s): Engineering Physics-Aerospace Systems (Interdisciplinary Aerospace Engineering and Physics Degree)
Minor(s): Astronomy
GPA in Major: 3.74 Engineering
Overall GPA: 3.77 at University , 4.0 at Community College. 3.83 Cumulative
Length of Degree: 4 years at university, 1 year at community college
Position in Class: Top of class in aerospace and physics
Type of Student: Domestic, 1st generation college, Mexican Male

GRE Scores : I am only taking the GRE, due to my coursework the time needed to study for the PGRE is a waste of time that I instead spent working on research. I also do not want to attend a university for which this is heavily weighted as I want to be in a progressive, welcoming environment.
Q: 161 (unofficial)
V: 160 (unofficial)
W:
P: N/A


Research Experience: 1 year in astronomy. Coauthor on published paper, 1st author on in prep paper (submitting in spring). iPoster at AAS, Talk/Poster at small conference for Midwest, talk at Conference for small expert astronomy collaboration, talk at small general science conference. Additional coauthor paper published for work in aerospace class, chosen for presentation at a large conference.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Received full tuition scholarship award from department senior year, will graduate from school honors program and with departmental honors, likely nomination from my engineering field for top graduating engineer.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 6 semesters, RA for 1 summer, tutor 1 semester. President of space club that had a few outreach activities. Slightly involved in new outreach club.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: My research advisor is a young rising name in the field and attended 3 of the schools I am applying to and knows and carries weight at several others (will be writing a LOR).

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Obviously I am not a traditional application with my major, which will hurt me in high level physics and astronomy knowledge. However, through my aerospace track, I have had a lot of hands on work(shop work, CAD, etc), real life projects that we could test and gather data on, and a LOT of coding experience(several different softwares and programs for different classes). Hoping my unique perspective on problems comes through and my success in my limited exposure to the astronomy field shows as well.

Applying to Where:
All for astronomy and instrumentation
Top 3:
Yale
UT Austin
CU Boulder


Middle 3:
UMass Amherst
Wisconsin-Madison
Michigan


Safety:
Florida
New Mexico State

Skulltastic
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:22 am

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by Skulltastic » Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:32 pm

Undergrad Institution: State flagship, top 10 in physics
Major(s):Physics, Astrophysics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.86
Overall GPA: 3.85
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top 10%?
Type of Student: Domestic Asian male

GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 168
V: 163
W: 4
P: 920


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience: In theoretical astrophysics. Spent ~18 months on numerical simulations of protoplanetary disks, which resulted in one first-authored and one second-authored publication. In Summer 2019, performed simulations of galaxy evolution at another institution, with another paper in prep.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Summer 2019 research was a paid fellowship. Dean's List for 3 semesters, and award from the Physics department for earning a 4.0 GPA in two successive semesters.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Teaching assistant for introductory astronomy course during the fall of my junior year. Two stints as a grader for various physics/astronomy courses.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Have taken 5 graduate courses in physics and astronomy. Two of my recommenders are well-known in the field.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Upward trend in grades---GPA was a 3.7ish in freshman year then 3.9+ in soph/junior.

Applying to Where:

Caltech - Astronomy - Numerical hydro, possibly observation
Princeton - Astrophysical Sciences - Numerical hydro
Harvard - Astronomy - Numerical hydrodynamics
MIT - Physics - Numerical hydro/cosmology
UCSB - Physics - Numerical hydro
UCLA - Physics & Astronomy - Theoretical cosmology
Toronto - Astronomy - Numerical hydro
Columbia - Astronomy - Numerical hydro
Arizona - Astronomy - Numerical hydro, possibly observation
Northwestern - Physics & Astronomy - Numerical Hydro
Yale - Astronomy - Numerical hydro, possibly observation

NSF GRFP - Astronomy and Astrophysics
Hertz Foundation Fellowship - Astrophysics

lastgobestgo
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:38 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by lastgobestgo » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:53 pm

Undergrad Institution: ~top 60 US program
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.61 (3.72 omitting a study abroad semester at HKU)
Overall GPA: 3.65 (3.75 omitting HKU)
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class:
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 167
V: 165
W: 6.0
P: 850 last year, retook in October...

Research Experience:
  • 6 mo.s research on computational protein folding thermo. (2015)
  • 4 mo.s machine learning search for SUSY in ATLAS data (2016)
  • 6 mo.s simulating nanoparticle systems (2017)
  • 6 mo.s doing timing resolution studies at CERN (2018)
  • 5 mo.s research on computational complexity in the string vacua landscape (2019)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's scholarship, scholarship to do research abroad (x2), honor's college

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2019 summer school for quantum gravity, only undergrad attendee

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Presented at 2017 undergrad research conference, presented at 2019 April APS conference on behalf of CMS, 2nd auther on nanoparticle simulation paper, contributor to ~future~ CMS publication, [EDIT] 2nd author on stringy paper! (glad to get it in before the deadline, phew)

Special Bonus Points:

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have tons of research experience but my GPA is hurting me. Part of that came from a semester spent in HK where the grading scale is much more severe, but part came from a B- in experimental capstone so womp womp. I applied in the last cycle without much conviction to some reach schools (and some not so reach ones...) and got totally rejected. Since then I've done a lot to try and improve (self study, conference presentations, retook pgre, etc) so here's hoping! I'm applying for mathematical physics with an emphasis on QG. Heavily influenced by the summer school, for PSI I'm getting a letter from one lecturer who is a PSI fellow! [EDIT]: The stringy paper is great because it is exactly applying pure math results to physics-y instances of algebraic geometry/topology, which is my stated interest in my SOP! :D A good October pgre result and we'll be in business...

Applying to Where:

PSI (PI/perimeter) - MSc - letter of rec from a fellow
Penn St. -
UCSB -
UC Berkeley -
UC Davis -
UT Austin -
Stony brook -
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s1gexc
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:16 am

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by s1gexc » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:32 am

Undergrad Institution: State school (roughly 10k students), not well known for physics (only 30 in the program)
Major(s): Physics BS, Mathematics BS, Russian and East European Studies BA
Minor(s): Electronics
GPA in Major: 3.7
Overall GPA: 3.8
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Small department, but top
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : (Rev)
Q: 166 (89%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: Anxiously awaiting... Took a bit late (not expecting great things)



Research Experience: Three semesters of experimental astrophysics (focused on muon detection) in which I machined my own SiPM box and soldered a full circuit together (CosmicWatch design; SiPM itself seemed faulty), analyzed data from NMDB Event Search Tool, and built a coincidence detector using NaI detectors. Presented twice (once for each of the first two parts), planning third presentation in March for final results.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list every semester, full scholarship (recognized financial situation as well as aptitude), Sigma Pi Sigma, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Alpha Alpha Alpha

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Peer tutor (15 hrs weekly), SPS President (3 hours of tutoring weekly for general education physics classes), events coordinator for our on-campus LGBTQA social club (have organized fundraising events for various causes totaling $2500), student worker with our Honors College (3-5 hrs. weekly, some including tutoring) as well as a participant

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Three study abroads, two of which were as a student mentor to other students

Special Bonus Points: Three very solid recommendations from faculty I've worked with for several classes, extracurricular activities, research, etc.
First-generation student (will be the first with an undergraduate degree in my family)
Three majors? Kinda lucky how things lined up to make it happen; will graduate with 170+ credit hours.

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

Applying to Where:

Boston University - Ph.D Astronomy
U. Maryland - Ph.D Astronomy
Penn State University - Ph.D Astronomy
New Mexico State University - Ph.D Astronomy
U. Chicago (definitely a reach, but a boy can dream) - Ph.D Astronomy

There are others, but I'm finalizing at the moment.

lharvey69
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:33 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Post by lharvey69 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:48 pm

Undergrad Institution: State school, not known for anything
Major(s): Physics BS, Computer Science BS
Minor(s): Math, Creative Writing
GPA in Major: 3.925
Overall GPA: 3.965
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : (Rev)
Q: 167 (90%)
V: 161 (92%)
W: 4.5 (85%)
P: 780 (63%)


Research Experience: 3+ years of computational research in biophysics lab, summer internship with pharma company doing biochem (ew, chemistry) research
2 papers- middle author, 2 international conference posters, co-author on accepted grant
Mentored many students in the lab

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans List all semesters, Honors College, Won top physics student award for seniors (as a junior)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Physics tutor, Computational Physics TA

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I like tacos? , Taught 2 CS classes at local library

Special Bonus Points: I really like tacos?

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I like reallllly like tacos?

Applying to Where:
All are PhD in Biophysics

Reach
MIT
Cornell
UChicago
UIUC
Columbia
U Michigan
UMD

Match
Johns Hopkins
U Wash
Stony Brook
CMU

Safety
U Rochester
U Del



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