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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:07 am
by gettingbetterpls
Undergrad Institution: Uni in Europe, top 100 worldwide, decent reputation in physics.
Major(s): physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 8.4/10 (equivalent to 3.9/4.0 GPA)
Overall GPA: 8.2/10
Length of Degree: 1y another uni (no degree) + 3y for current uni
Position in Class: no clue, near top
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 168
V: 150 :(
W: 4.0
P: 920 (86%)


TOEFL: (R: 29, L: 27, S: 23, W: 24) 103


Research Experience: 1 year on cosmic shower, half year on astroparticle

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: none in undergraduate

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for one year

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: honors college

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

Applying to Where: all particle/high energy/theoretical physics PhD program (some masters)

University British Colombia (Rejected, 21st Feb, inquiry via Email)
McGill (Talked to a professor, probably rejected)
Rice (Rejected, 24th Feb, Email to check application portal)
Purdue (Rejected, 28th Feb, Email to check application portal)
Umass Amherst (24th Jan, Accepted, via Email, 23k to 31k) declined
University of Florida (18th Mar, informally Accepted by Email, TA 25k a year) will Attend!
UC Riverside will decline
University Amsterdam (master) (15 Jan, Accepted, via Email) declined
University Utrecht (master) (16 Jan, Accepted, via Email, ) declined

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:09 pm
by futureGradStudent
Undergrad Institution: (Small liberal arts school with tiny physics department)
Major(s):Physics
Minor(s):AS on Math, Engineering
GPA in Major:3.58
Overall GPA:same as above
Length of Degree: 5.5 years
Position in Class: definitely top (very few classmates)
Type of Student: International hispanic male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 152
V: 162
W: 2.5 :(
P: 770 (62%) :?


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


Research Experience: -a year of Astrophysics, with no publications, at Community College
-half a year of HEP, with emphasis on instrumentation, no publications, at small Liberal Arts University

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several scholarships, only one big one. One summer fellowship on HEP

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for ~3.5 years, lab technician for ~3 years, DA for ~1.5 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: none

Special Bonus Points: Experience building instrumentation for optics and HEP

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

Applying to Where:

UCSB - Experimental HEP PHD Rejected 3/4
UN Reno - Experimental HEDP PHD Accepted 2/19 $19K stipend and I will still pay $1.5K tuition per year I declined this offer
Caltech - Experimental HEP PHD Rejected 2/19
UWM - Nuclear Engineering PHD
UofRochester - Optics PHD<--TOP CHOICE Accepted 2/25!!! $30K stipend
MIT - Experimental AMO PHD Rejected 2/12
Maryland - Experimental AMO PHD Rejected 3/1
UToronto - Experimental AMO PHD
UBC - Experimental AMO PHD Withdrew application
UChicago - Experimental AMO PHD Rejected 2/11
CUBoulder - Optics PHD in person interview 2/14
UCF - Optics PHD Accepted 3/5!!! $25K stipend

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:03 am
by erytheia
Undergrad Institution: HYPSMC
Major(s): physics, studio art; currently doing MS in applied physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: idk
Overall GPA: 3.8/4.0, inflated due to my other degree
Length of Degree: 4 years + 1 term; in a combined BS + MS program which has allowed me some flexibility; ultimately will graduate with 3 degrees in 5 years.
Position in Class: probably average or slightly below average
Type of Student: domestic female

GRE Scores :
Q: 169
V: 170
W: 4.5
P: truly awful, don't want to talk about it :') below 50th percentile though

Research Experience: a summer doing climate change remote-sensing research which ended up as a first-author paper. Caltech LIGO SURF. The summer before senior year started with galaxy formation & cosmology group at my school; minor author on a LIGO cosmology paper which was just put on arXiv & submitted to ApJ. This past summer did research internship at a satellite imagery startup.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: nothing particularly of note outside summer research fellowships & scholarships I won as a high school senior

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: uhhh h idk some awards for studio art

Special Bonus Points: relative "minority" status, took GR as an undergraduate & am taking graduate physics/applied physics/CS classes now, e.g. grad cosmology & machine learning. Two of my recommenders are well-known in astrophysics. The research work I'm involved in now—and intend to pursue in grad school, which I wrote about in my apps—is fairly sexy right now, gravitational-wave cosmology & multi-messenger astronomy. Master's degree makes me eligible to apply to European programs. We'll see if strength of my research + general name prestige are enough to balance out my shitty PGRE score.

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

Applying to Where:

Leiden University - Leiden Observatory - de Sitter programme for theoretical cosmology — Early 01/2020: Invited to NL to interview
University of Amsterdam - GRAPPA/Nikhef - GW cosmology
Caltech - Physics - GW astrophysics/numerical relativity
Harvard - Astronomy - GW astrophysics — Rejected 02/10
MIT - Physics - GW astrophysics — Rejected 02/12
Princeton - Physics - numerical relativity
Yale - Astronomy - galaxy formation & large-scale structure — Rejected 02/06
UChicago - Astronomy & Astrophysics - GW cosmology
NYU - Physics - theoretical cosmology
Northwestern - Astronomy - GW astrophysics
Columbia - Physics - GW astrophysics
SUNY Stony Brook - Physics - GW astronomy Accepted 02/08 with $23k TAship

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:48 am
by strange_quark
Undergrad Institution: #1 (debatable) public university in US
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 3.8?
Overall GPA: 3.8 / 4.0
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Not sure
Type of Student: International female

GRE Scores:
Q: 168
V: 160
W: 3.5
P: 780 (gg)


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


Research Experience:
- 10 months in a CME group at home university. 1 poster presentation.
- 1 year in heavy-ion experiment group at home university. A 2nd-author paper submitted and on arXiv. 1 presentation at consortium meeting.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nothing that I mentioned in application

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: -

Special Bonus Points: -

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I turned in my apps early for the programs whose deadlines are in Jan. (does this count, lol)

Applying to Where (in the order of application deadline, all to Ph.D. programs in US):
Duke - nuclear & particle experiment - Jan 27 ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email to check decision online (Declined Mar 19)
Cornell - particle experiment - Feb 18 REJECTED via email
UCLA - nuclear experiment - Mar 26 REJECTED via website
Yale - nuclear experiment - Feb 19 ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via website WILL ATTEND (most likely, if not I will come back to update)
Northwestern - hep ex - Feb 21 REJECTED via email
Rice - nuclear & particle experiment - Jan 30 ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email to check decision online (Declined Feb 20)
Columbia - nuclear experiment - Mar 18 REJECTED via email to check decision online
UC Riverside - heavy ion & spin - Feb 11 ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email (Declined Mar 19)
Stony Brook - nuclear experiment - Feb 8 ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email
UIUC - nuclear experiment - Jan 5 ACCEPTED for Ph.D. via email

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:13 am
by ValverdeOut
Undergrad Institution: Big state school, well known for physics; studied abroad in Europe (at a top tier school)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:
Overall GPA: 4.0/4.0; 3.98 after fall semester grades were updated
Length of Degree: 4 yrs
Position in Class:
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170
V: 165
W: 5
P: 990


TOEFL: 120


Research Experience:
One year of experimental particle physics research at home uni; two months of quantum information experiment research in Europe; seven months of quantum info experiment research at home uni; no publication; oral presentation abstract submitted to 2020 APS March Meeting (DAMOP division)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: SURF fellowship at home uni, some scholarships based on GPA

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: tutor in the physics department

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: took some grad classes in fall semester senior year (grades weren't available when the application was submitted though)

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

Applying to Where:
(may also apply to some master programs or apply again next year if rejected by all of the schools below...)
Quantum information experiments (optical tweezers, optical lattices, superconducting qubits, quantum simulation experiments, etc.)
Caltech - Applied Physics - Feb. 5: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website (Interviewed Jan. 30)
Berkeley - Physics - Feb. 6: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email
Stanford - Applied Physics - Feb. 10: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email
Yale - Applied Physics - Feb. 7: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website (Interviewed Jan. 26)
Harvard - Physics - Feb. 5: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email (Interviewed Jan. 26) WILL ATTEND
Princeton - Physics - Feb. 13: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email
MIT - Physics - Feb. 12: Rejected via email
MIT - EECS - Feb. 20: Rejected via email

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:18 pm
by 11thBZ
Undergrad Institution: Big 10 University, good physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math, Philosophy
GPA in Major: 3.76
Overall GPA: 3.78
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: No rank, probably near top
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Scores :
Q: 164 (84%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: 900 (83%)


TOEFL: None


Research Experience: All research I have completed at my home university. First project in mechanical engineering group was 9 months doing computational fluid dynamics, investigating transport of colloidal particles in microfluidic channels, culminated in an honorable mention for best poster at local symposium. Second project in a CME group was 18 months ( to date) doing chemical vapor deposition of graphene and support work for STM experiments with a focus on strain, two poster sessions and three talks including one at APS march meeting. 2nd place for best poster at one of these poster sessions. No papers, might get over the publication horizon this semester but probably not in time for grad school apps.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Departmental scholarship for academic achievement, one national scholarship (revealing which one would dox me), Deans list all semesters but one, couple of travel grants.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for intro lab one semester, SPS chapter president

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Variety of lab techniques, machine shop training, idk

Special Bonus Points: Three grad classes with two more planned in the spring, one of my recommenders (PI) is very well known and respected in our field, has connections at a few of my choices.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Bad freshman year with strong upward trend in grades (3.94 major GPA since)

Applying to Where: All for PhD in CME with focus on 2D materials and/or STM

Super Reach
MIT (Rejected via email 2/12)
Harvard (Rejected via email to check website 2/13)

Reach
Columbia (Rejected via email to check website 3/18)
Princeton (Rejected via email 2/19)
Cornell (Accepted via email 2/14)
University of Pennsylvania (Contacted for interview via email 1/10) (Accepted via email 1/18) Will Attend! $30800/year TA

Match
Penn State (Accepted via email 2/14)
Duke (Accepted via email to check website 1/22)
Carnegie Mellon University (Accepted via email to check website 1/31)

Safety
Rutgers University (Withdrawn)
Stony Brook (Accepted via email 1/23)

Thoughts: Wild ride, definitely sucks that most of us weren't able to actually visit any of the schools we got into. Somewhat disappointed by my four rejections, because I probably would have gone to any of these schools over Penn, but I cant complain at all (6/10 schools is way better than I thought I was going to do). Ultimately I choose Penn because they have four groups that I am interested in and are taking new students, compared to at most one group at Cornell, Duke, CMU, etc. Since idk exactly what I want to work on within CME for my PhD., I decided to go with the flexibility that Penn offered. Feeling very good about this decision and cant wait to get started whenever the university is open.

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:32 pm
by zmet888
Undergrad Institution: Lib Arts University, no physics reputation
Major(s): Physics, Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.9
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: domestic white male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 168
V: 163
W: 4
P: 890


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


Research Experience: 1 summer + 2 semesters of HEPth with a publication; 2 semesters of work in a computational biology lab; 1 summer of proton therapy research; 1 summer of LIGO- related optics research w/ an International REU

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Honors Program, some on-campus awards, Goldwater (Honorable Mention 2017, winner 2018)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2 semesters of tutoring, 2 semesters of TA-ing

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: N/A

Special Bonus Points: N/A

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: NCAA Student Athlete, Eagle Scout?

Applying to Where: all of these are physics departments & I expressed interest in cosmology & HEP, both theory and experiment

Reach:
MIT - Rejected Feb 12
Harvard - Rejected Feb 13
Princeton - Rejected Feb 19
Stanford - Rejected Feb 11
Caltech - Rejected Feb 20
UC Berkeley - Rejected Feb 21

Match:
CU Boulder - Rejected Feb 21
Maryland - Accepted Jan 30, 26k-31k + 5k Fellowship
Hopkins - Rejected Mar 10
UPenn - Rejected Feb 13
Duke - Waitlisted Feb 27

Safety:
Florida - Accepted Mar 10, 25k TA

Thoughts:
Well Feb 12-21 was a rough week, but I am sure glad I got into Maryland and Florida. For those of you looking to apply next year, my main take away is to cast a wide net, because you don't want to be disappointed (too much)

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:32 am
by da123
Undergrad Institution: Large public school, top 20 for physics, top 10 for engineering
Major(s): Physics, Astronomy, Aerospace Engineering
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: ~3.8 for all
Overall GPA: 3.83
Length of Degree: 5 years of classes
Position in Class:
Type of Student: domestic white male

GRE Scores:
Q: 169 (96%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 6.0 (99%)
P: 940 (89%)


Research Experience: ~3 years of research for one professor, ~1 year for another (both very well-respected). All in astronomy, includes modeling and general data analysis for varied studies. Observing/telescope experience via a course. One Nth author publication in peer-reviewed journal, poster presentation at school research forum, poster presentation at national astronomy meeting (AAS). Lots of self-motivated research that has not been published yet.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: standard GPA recognition every semester, scholarships here and there

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Tutor for 2.5 years in a total of 3 different programs (some simultaneously), tutored pretty much all of the intro classes required for a physics or engineering major and some upper-division ones.
Summer internship in systems engineering at a national lab.
Spring-summer internship at a NASA center in applied physics.

Special Bonus Points: Strong recommenders, one with strong ties to some top 5 physics/astro schools.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Many other self-motivated projects that show strong problem-solving and implementation abilities in STEM.

Applying to Where: (all for PhD in cosmology and related observational astronomy with an emphasis on dark matter/energy, some also with an interest in dark matter direct-detection experimentation)

Caltech - Astronomy -
Stanford - Physics -
Berkeley - Astronomy - (interviewed 1/22)
Harvard - Astronomy -
Princeton - Astrophysics - (interviewed 1/20)
Yale - Astronomy - (interviewed 1/21)
MIT - Physics -

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:55 pm
by Adnausaem
Undergrad Institution: #1 Public School in US
Major(s): Physics, Applied Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.1
Overall GPA: 3.3
Length of Degree: 4.5
Position in Class: Below Average
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

Master's Institution: Top 10 in US (Private)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.49
Overall GPA: 3.49
Length of Degree: 1
Position in Class: Average

GRE Scores :
Q: 162
V: 163
W: 4
P: 880


Research Experience: 2.5 years at a national laboratory (two publications), 1 year in masters program, currently working full time in a university group (All direct dark matter detection via xenon/argon TPCs). Took a break from dark matter during last summer of undergrad to work on CMS in Germany (mostly goofed around).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: One undergraduate fellowship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Two papers published (PRD, PRL) in exactly the field I want to enter. One presentation at mini-conference for my fellowship.

Special Bonus Points: Minor improvement in performance from undergrad to grad degree. All 3 letter writers are prominent in the field I am interested in.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Obviously my GPA is garbage :D The few A's/A-'s I got in undergrad were in lab coursework. I suppose my physics GRE won't help or hurt me. The only thing I've got going for me is research: I've spent 3.5 years on experimental dark matter detection with noble liquid detectors, published two papers on experimental dark matter detection with noble liquid detectors, and I want to do a PhD in gawdamn experimental dark matter detection with noble liquid detectors. So I have a very clear idea of what I want to do, have a ton of experience with it, and am applying exclusively to places involved in this field. We'll see if that's enough.

Applying to Where: (All Direct Dark Matter Detection, Experimental):

Stanford - Rejected via email 02/11/20
Princeton - Rejected via email 02/19/20
Columbia -
University of Chicago - Rejected via website, 02/11/20
University of Maryland -
University of Michigan - Rejected via email 02/24/20
UC Berkeley - Rejected via email, 02/20/20
UCSB -
UCSD -
UC Davis - Accepted via email, 02/14/20, $22,570 TA stipend

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:03 pm
by wwzy
Undergrad Institution: Large state school with a medium reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.56
Overall GPA: 3.53
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Between top and medium
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores :
Q: 166 (83%)
V: 159 (89%)
W: 3.5 (39%) :oops:
P: 850 (75%)


TOEFL: Waived


Research Experience: Three years of CME in my undergrad school

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: No

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Research Assistant after graduation

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: No

Special Bonus Points: No

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: 3.69 GPA in junior and senior year

Applying to Where:

Reach:
UMich - Physics - CME - Feb. 25: REJECTED for PhD via email
UW-M - Physics - CME - Feb. 18: REJECTED for PhD via email
UCSD - Physics - CME
OSU - Physics - CME - Feb. 14: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
Penn State- Physics - CME - Feb. 14: ACCEPTED for PhD via email Will Attend!
Match:
UCD - Physics - CME - Feb. 19: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
UCI - Physics - CME - Mar. 3: REJECTED for PhD via email
NYU - Physics - CME
UF - Physics - CME - Feb. 18: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
Purdue - Physics - CME - Feb. 28: REJECTED for PhD via email
UCSC - Physics - CME - Feb. 27: REJECTED for PhD via email
Pitt - Physics - CME

Safe:
ISU - Physics - CME - Feb. 25: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
UMass - Physics - CME - Jan. 16: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
USC - Physics - CME
Virginia Tech - Physics - CME - Feb. 7: ACCEPTED for PhD via email

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:37 pm
by salamander
Undergrad Institution: Large state school with a medium reputation in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.528
Overall GPA: 3.884
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: White female

GRE Scores :
Q: 164 (84%)
V: 160 (86%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: 630 (34%) :roll:

Research Experience: One year of condensed matter research, no publications

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Two physics scholarships, dean's list all semesters

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: 2 grad classes

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

Applying to Where:
All hep-th

UChicago Feb 11: Rejected for Ph.D via email
UPenn Feb 13: Rejected for Ph.D via email
Brown Jan. 30: Rejected for Ph.D via email
UMichigan Feb 24: Rejected for Ph.D via email
Michigan State
Penn State
UIUC Feb 20: Accepted for Ph.D via email
UFlorida Feb 11: Accepted for Ph.D via email
RPI

Update: Acceptance for UFlorida was in spam folder

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:25 pm
by shortsighted_batman
Undergrad Institution: Top 10 in India (Bachelor's and Master's both)
Major(s): Physics
Overall GPA: 8.54 on 10.0 scale
Length of Degree: 3+2
Position in Class: Near Top

GRE Scores :
Q: 151 (52%)
V: 160 (74%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
P: 770 (62%)


TOEFL: (R:28 , L: 25, S:28 , W: 24)


Research Experience: 1 year Nanotechnology research during Bachelors, 1 year Astrophysics research during Masters, Another 2 months research at a different institute, 1 Research paper, 1 Individual conference Posters, 3 team posters.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Awarded summer research fellowship from Indian Academy of sciences to carry out research at any astrophysics institute

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Some amount of TA, some online teaching
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: fully funded visit to Japan representing India in science and technology team

Special Bonus Points: Took some grad classes in GR

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

Applying to Where:

Penn State - Astronomy - Rejected via e-mail (28th Jan)
UConn - Physics - Stellar Evolution
UVirginia - Astronomy - Stellar Evolution
Southern Methodist Uni - Physics - Particle Astrophysics - Accepted on Feb 7th (e-mail to check website)
Boston University - Physics - Particle Astrophysics
UC Merced - Physics - Stellar Evolution
UDelaware - Physics - Stellar Evolution

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:31 pm
by drifter
Undergrad Institution: Midwest, highly ranked state school (top 25 for physics)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.5 (degree institution)
Overall GPA: 3.5 (degree institution) / 2.9 (transfer institution)
Length of Degree: 3 years
Position in Class: Average
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 165 (86%)
V: 170 (99%)
W: 5.5 (98%)
P: 850 (75%)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience:
  • 1 year undergraduate research at my university in astroparticle physics
  • 3 month fellowship at NASA / JPL in molecular spectroscopy
  • Three publications, one as lead author
  • Five presentations, three talks at APS (not the speaker), two talks at universities (speaker).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
  • Dean's List (my university)
  • Research fellowship (my university)
  • Research fellowship (Caltech).
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
  • Undergraduate TA (2 years)
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
  • Military veteran, U.S. Army.
Special Bonus Points:
  • Two graduate courses (Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Field Theory)
  • One referee was a founder of the ATLAS project at CERN?
  • One referee has a Wikipedia article...
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: N/A

Applying to Where: All Theoretical / Experimental HEP
Beyond Reach:
  • Caltech
Reach:
  • CU Boulder - Rejected February 18th
  • UCLA
  • UC Irvine
  • University of Washington - Accepted February 18th
Match:
  • University of Arizona - Accepted January 30th
  • University of Oregon - Accepted February 1st

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:56 pm
by math2peters
Undergrad Institution: Not especially well-known big state school, but on the rise
Major(s): Math, Physics
Minor(s): German
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: 4.5 years
Position in Class: probably near the top
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 163
V: 168
W: 4.0
P: 910 (85%)


Research Experience:
  • 6 months research experience in computational HEP
  • ~2 years in stellar astrophysics research, all computational, 1st of many authors
  • 3 months in an international internship researching solar cell degradation mechanisms
  • 3 month internship at NASA in experimental gravitational wave research
  • 1 year AMO experimental research

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
3 big scholarships outside of university
Several university-level scholarships

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Tutor at university and taking a gap year to work in industry

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Really into machine learning, particularly deep learning. This is something I've gotten into in my gap year.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Withdrew one semester for medical reasons and I'm currently in the middle of a gap year working in industry, also largely for (unrelated) medical reasons. Really hoping to get in so I don't die of boredom in industry.

Applying to Where:
MIT - Astrophysics - Gravitational Wave Physics - ACCEPTED (Interviewed in mid Jan.)
UChicago - Physics - AMO - ACCEPTED (Standard stipend)
Caltech - Physics - AMO/Gravitational Wave Physics - REJECTED (probably, will update if not)
UMD - Physics - AMO - REJECTED (probably, will update if not)
Berkeley - Physics - AMO
CU Boulder - Physics - AMO - ACCEPTED (Standard TA/RA stipend + 3k fellowship)
Rochester - Physics - AMO - ACCEPTED (Standard Stipend)

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:29 pm
by cat_mama
Undergrad Institution: ivy
Major(s): chemistry
GPA: 3.7
Length of Degree: 4 yrs
Type of Student: domestic woman

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 161 (88%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
P: 760 (60%)

Research Experience:
- 3 summers, 2 semesters

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- tutored intro chemistry/physics/math classes (2 yrs), graded hw for math/physics classes (1 yr)

Special Bonus Points:
- 3 strong research-based rec letters
- interdisciplinary academic background
- professional software developer

Applying to Where: (all for Physics PhD in CME)
UIUC - Dec. 12: ACCEPTED for PhD via email ($25K/yr + $1K of 1 sem TA + 1 sem RA + dept fellowship)
UW Seattle - Jan. 13: ACCEPTED for PhD via email ($43K/yr TA + one time $8.5K award)
UCSB - Jan. 29: ACCEPTED for PhD ($32K/yr TA with option to switch to RA after finding research group)
MIT - Feb 12: REJECTED via website
Harvard - Feb 13: REJECTED via website
UChicago - Feb 11: REJECTED via website
Stanford - Feb 11: ACCEPTED for PhD via email ($45K/yr of 3 quarter RA/1 quarter TA)
UC Berkeley - Feb 20: REJECTED via website
Caltech - Feb 19: REJECTED via website
Cornell - Feb 21: ACCEPTED for PhD via email ($31K/yr of TA)
Yale - Feb 19: REJECTED via website
UMichigan - Feb 24: REJECTED via email
Princeton - Feb 19: REJECTED via website
Columbia - Mar 18: REJECTED via email

Thoughts: I'm so pleasantly surprised with my results! And in retrospect, for each of my rejections, I can actually identify things I messed up (ranging from some utterly stupid mistakes to just bad luck), and a good third of my list don't even really align with my research direction (only added because I thought I needed to increase my chances, but I got the L anyways lol). Perhaps I would have had better results if I applied to some Applied Physics departments since I'm in CME and my background does fit applied physics better, but oh well. Over all, I'm pretty thrilled about my results!

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:39 am
by CaptJaneway
Undergrad Institution: Large state school, not well known in physics
Major(s): Physics & Astronomy
Minor(s): Physics and Computer Science
GPA in Major: 3.91 (astronomy)
Overall GPA: 3.62
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: idk
Type of Student: Domestic, Woman

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 166 (89%)
V: 162 (90%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: 550 (17%) :( - Only sent to schools that require it

Research Experience: Two years of research with a professor that resulted in a first-author publication in an undergraduate journal. Presented research at an AAS meeting and an undergraduate research conference at home university.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Won a research award at home university and an assistantship.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Physics and math tutor for one year.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Studied abroad for one year. Founded the physics club at my home university and served as president for one year.

Special Bonus Points: Took a graduate-level astronomy class and got an A.

Applying to Where: Astronomy departments with exoplanet focus

The University of Western Ontario (Astronomy Master's program)- Interviewed (2/7) - Accepted (2/11) - $40,000 stipend per year ($26,000 after tuition) - Will Attend!!
The University of Hawaii - (interviewed 1/15) - Rejected
The University of Arizona - Rejected (2/12)
The University of Washington - Rejected (1/31)
The University of Colorado Boulder - Rejected (2/5)
The University of Texas Austin - Rejected (2/5)
Penn State University - Rejected (1/28)
University of California Los Angelos - Application Withdrawn
Arizona State - Application Withdrawn
Ohio State University - Application Withdrawn
The University of California Irvine - Application Withdrawn
The University of New Mexico - Application Withdrawn
University of California Santa Cruz - Application Withdrawn

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:36 pm
by emjay
Undergrad Institution: Large state school, well known in physics
Major(s): Physics & Material Science and Engineering
Minor(s): Classical Studies
GPA in Major: 3.47 (Physics) 3.52 (MSE)
Overall GPA: 3.35 (weighed down by engineering weed-out classes)
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: idk
Type of Student: Domestic, Woman

GRE Scores :
Q: 154 (53%)
V: 157 (76%)
W: 4.0 (57%)
P: 760 (60%)

Note: Should have taken the GRE again but $$$ and only took PGRE once

Research Experience: Two years of research with a well known CME professor. Resulted in a first-authored paper that is in revision but has been accepted to a journal. Currently working on another project for him that has a paper in prep. MSE capstones with two well known engineering firms.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Physics TA for 2 years. FRC robotics mentor?

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: An officer for a Materials Science club?

Special Bonus Points: Took some of the 400 series lecture at my school (which not many people do) and did well?

Applying to Where: Physics departments with CME focus

Beyond Reach:
University of Maryland- Feb 28: REJECTED for PhD on website
University of Pennsylvania- Feb 13: REJECTED for PhD via email to check decision
Cornell (Applied Physics)- Feb 28: REJECTED for PhD via email
Northwestern (Applied Physics)-Jan. 23: ACCEPTED for PhD via email

Reach:
Stony Brook
University of Michigan- Feb 24: REJECTED for PhD via email
Penn State
U-Wisconsin-Jan. 28: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
U-Minnesota -Jan. 21: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
Ohio State-Jan. 23: ACCEPTED for PhD via email


Match:
U-Virginia-Feb.3: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
Brown - Jan. 28: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
Rochester
Michigan State - Feb 13: ACCEPTED for PhD via email

Safety (there are no real safeties):
Oregon State - Feb. 21: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
Rensselaer-Jan. 27: ACCEPTED for PhD via email

Note:
Wow! This has gone a lot better than I thought. I was told by my undergrad institution that my GPA would make me an unsuitable candidate for most of the programs I applied to so I applied to a ton of schools! Happy I got in to so many places, but I wish I hadn't spent so much money on applications.

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:52 pm
by Astrochick
Undergrad Institution: #1 public university high ranking in Physics/Astronomy - Transferred here from community college
Major(s): Astrophysics - Physics and Math (CC)
Minor(s): Geophysics and Planetary Physics
GPA in Major: 3.00 - 3.60 (CC)
Overall GPA: 3.25 - 3.75 (CC)
Graduate Institution: State School with small Physics Department
Major: Physics MS
GPA in Major: 3.84
Overall GPA: 3.84
Length of Degree: 2 years in CC, 3 years in undergrad, 2 years in grad
Position in Class: average to near the top
Type of Student: Domestic Minority Female

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 167 (90%)
V: 152 (54%) (English is my third language)
W: 4.0 (57%)
P: 690 (47%) (I know! I don’t care anymore!)

Research Experience: About 9 months in my Undergrad Institution, have experience with radio astronomy and data calibration in Star cluster formation. And 2 years in my graduate institution with millimeter wavelength astronomy studying protoplanetary disks. Will produce a thesis and have a first author publication at the end of it. Have experience presenting at a symposium at my school. As well as a poster presentation at AAS.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I got one of three exceptional student awards at my graduate institution which paid for my tuition. Won a AAS graduate student achievement award for my poster. Have multiple dean’s honors and honors at graduation in undergrad.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutored for 5+ years. Have 3 semesters of TA experience in Astronomy and Physics. Been members of Scolars Program and Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society. I have years of outreach experience like running planetarium shows to organizing telescope nights to giving talks at high schools.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I moved to the US when I was 16 and knew no English. Now I have a masters in physics.

Special Bonus Points: Female minority. Two strong recommendation letters from research advisors. I know 4 languages. I have a masters degree. I have met with some of the faculty at conference/colloquia.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I don’t know what else can help. I’m praying though.

Applying to Where: these are all PhD in Astronomy/Astrophysics with focus on either exoplanet and planet formation or occasionally something else (ie black hole, galaxy, AGN) if they didn’t have exoplanet people.

Johns Hopkins University (Coin: No) Rejected 3/10
University of Colorado Boulder (yes) Rejected 2/5
University of Washington (yes) Rejected 1/31
University of Maryland College Park (yes) Maybe Rejected/ Maybe Waitlisted... very vague email 2/21
University of Pennsylvania (yes) Rejected 2/13
University of California Los Angeles (no) Rejected 3/25
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (yes) Rejected 2/7
University of Texas Austin (yes) Rejected 2/24
Rice University (yes) Rejected 2/17
University of Maryland Baltimore County (no) Rejected 2/11
University of Arizona (no) Rejected 2/4
Pennsylvania State University (yes) Rejected 1/28
University of California Santa Cruz (yes) Rejected 3/23
Vanderbilt University (yes) Rejected 3/27
Rochester Institute of Technology (no) 3/3 Waitlisted for PhD, 3/10 Accepted to Masters with 30% tuition waiver and hourly TA position was told this does not effect my PhD waitlist Rejected 4/13
Stony Brook University, New York (yes) 3/2 Rejected from PhD, admitted to unfunded Masters with an out of state tuition of $25k. I already will have a masters this summer!!! - will Decline
University of Massachusets at Amherst (no)
Arizona State University – Tempe (yes)
New Mexico State University (no) 2/28: Invited for interview
3/15 Did Interview now we wait...
3/23 I got waitlisted after all that!!!

University of Missouri (yes) 3/28 ACCEPTED - $20K 10 month TA ship + $3K fellowship over the entire year + $3 summer fellowship + another $10K in tuition waiver and health insurance
University of Nevada Las Vegas (no)

Update 1/25: I have been scrolling through here and thegradcafe and I saw a bunch of people get into UCLA, UT Austin, Penn State, and Maryland. Some have already notified their waitlists too. So I’m starting to realize I am not getting into either one of these...
I haven’t gotten an acceptance yet and I haven’t gotten a rejection yet. (I guess that’s a good sign?)
I don’t know what I should have done differently. I don’t know what in my application is hurting me?! Maybe the PGRE but I just don’t test well...
I am really hoping to get into one program by the end of the season or I have wasted a lot of time and money applying. I don’t know what my life will be like if I don’t get in anywhere. I have ZERO hope now. :cry:

Update 1/28: As expected Penn State was a bust. We are trying to stay hopeful, but it isn't easy with at least some good news up my sleeve.

Update 1/31: I am giving up now... that’s two rejections... pretty depressed

Update 2/5: That is 4 rejections so far with no acceptances... I am just at an all time low point and I don’t know if any school will ever accept me?!

Update 2/7: These rejections be dropping like flies. I better fill out an application for McDonald’s soon...

Update 2/13: Today makes 7th rejection with no acceptance. I’d be surprised if I get any acceptance?!

Update 2/22: So 8 rejections and one vague wait-jection still waiting for that one acceptance. I am also starting to think of alternatives to getting a PhD...

Update 2/28: So I had a very positive reply from NMSU! I still can’t believe it! I am very hopeful and my gosh IT ONLY TAKES ONE!

Update 3/24: RIP me going to grad school! It’s just not going to happen! And the world is ending with this whole pandemic going on...

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:56 am
by thomyorke
Undergrad Institution: Notre Dame, US
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.967
Overall GPA: 3.925
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?) 3.5
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?) School doesn't report
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?) Domestic male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 169 (95th)
V: 168 (98th)
W: 4.0 (57th)
P: 970 (93rd)


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...)
2 semesters HEP experiment research, 4 hours/week, no papers
1 summer Solid State research, 15 hours/week, no papers
1 semester HEP experiment research at CERN, 25 hours/week, no papers

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

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

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:

UIUC - Physics - CME, Chemical Physics - Mar. 10th: REJECTED for PhD via email
Colorado - Physics - Chemical Physics, CMT - Feb. 18th: REJECTED for PhD via email
OSU - Physics - CME, Cold Atom - Mar. 2nd: WAITLISTED for PhD via email
Duke - Physics - Chemical Physics, CMT - Feb. 27th: REJECTED for PhD via email
Florida - Physics - CMT - Feb. 12th: ACCEPTED for PhD via email
North Carolina - Physics - Computational Quantum Matter
Florida State - Physics - CMT, CME - Feb. 5th: ACCEPTED for PhD via email

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:39 am
by T60
Undergrad Institution: Notre Dame, IN, USA

GPA in Major: 3.1/4.0
Overall GPA: 3.1/4.0
Length of Degree: 3.5 years (7 semesters)
Position in Class: Not reported
Type of Student: Domestic Male
GRE Scores :
Q:160
V:155
W:4.0
P:610 <-Took every official/released pGRE; apparently not helpful



Research Experience:
1 Summer doing aerospace simulations for Air Force Research Labs - learned what programming/coding was
1 Summer doing hypersonic magnetohydrodynamics research for Air Force Research Labs - in charge of high school intern - letter writer
1 Summer REU in HE/Nuc exp. with ATLAS @ UIUC - my PI was promoted to Dep. Chair one week in - letter writer - Presented work at International APS-Japan PS Nuclear Conference- yay Hawaii
1 Semester taking no classes, only doing research (Quantum Cosmology/HE Theory) for semester abroad at KU Leuven - New (axion-dilaton) euclidean wormhole solutions, bound the dilaton mass permissive of wormhole formation in the theory - letter writer

IN-SCHOOL RESEARCH:
-ND particle phys: QuarkNet - data analysis and detector creation for CMS 2.0 upgrade - 2 semesters, couple of hours/week
-Directed readings in QFT with Theory professor ( 1 on 1, went through some group theory, then QFT texts)
-Theoretical Astrophysics: Big Bang Nucleosynthesis simulation modifications, ongoing research on explanations of the three large, spatial dimensions we seem to be in - 1, 2 semesters respectively

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
SPS President for 2 years - lots of outreach and demo construction for undergrads (i.e, made cloud chamber from scratch)
Gave invited seminar (1 hour) to my (large) astrophysics department on the work I did abroad - titled "Wormholes in Quantum Gravity" bc I could :)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Made KU Leuven project entirely from scratch- soooo much paperwork during the hardest semester for phys majors at ND

2 large-ish in-university grants to do on-site, winter break research on:
-Founders of GR and QM, and their handwritten correspondences at Cambridge's Churchill College Archives - (selfie with Born's Nobel Prize, touched -Einstein's signature, and Hawking's door on his last birthday- on the same day somehow...)
-Educational biases in Urban Kazakhstan's secondary school systems - interviewed a bunch of high school teachers in Kazakhstan about various things

Special Bonus Points:

Abroad work background was pretty much self-taught - learned GR on my own, got credit for it and Particles/Cosmology upon showing my home advisor my research
One of my abroad advisors coauthored Hawking's final paper published while alive- no letter from him
REU advisor was (is?) the chair - letter from him


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

-Graduated 1 semester early to work at a Spanish-only special needs school in Honduras for 8 months
-Lots of special needs activities

-Can do:
--English
--Spanish
--French
--Russian

Applying to Where:

U Hawaii at Manoa - HE Pheno - Rejected email notice
U
Caltech - HE Pheno & Gravity Theory - Rejected email notice
U
Stanford- HE Pheno & Gravity Theory - Rejected email notice 2/11
UC Santa Barbara- HE Pheno & Gravity Theory
UC Berkeley - HE Pheno & Gravity Theory - Rejected email notice
UIUC - HE Pheno & Gravity Theory - Rejected email notice
U Chicago- HE Pheno & Gravity Theory Email notice - Rejected by email, then portal 2/11
U Cincinnati - HE Pheno - Accepted with full tuition and $22K/year
Case Western - HE Pheno
Penn State - LOOOOOP Quantum Gravity - Rejected email notice
UT Austin - PetaWatt Laser Phenomenology, HE Pheno & Gravity Theory
Cornell - HE Pheno & Gravity Theory - Rejected email notice
Harvard - HE Pheno & Gravity Theory - Rejected email notice
MIT - HE Pheno & Gravity Theory - Rejection by email 2/12
Tufts - Negative energy densities, HE Pheno


Terrified of my grades/scores, but wouldn't change if I had to do it over again (at least at this point, before any decisions have come back) because I spent my time (2 years) primarily preparing for abroad project in QC/QG, and had a wonderful time with it all. NO PAPERS, some in the pipework

None of my recs are coming from my home uni :roll:

Let's see how important research is in decisions, bc honestly, I couldn't have done more...

Final important notes: Lot of my free time these last few years has been spent reading through the day's gr-qc, hep-ph, hep-th arXiv preprints, and textbooks and lecture notes from the web; met with phys profs for advice whenever I traveled, kept notes in a notebook that's always with me


NOTES TO FUTURE APPLICANTS
Don't hammer away on being good at one thing - you should spend your undergrad and summers making sure they can't weed you out by a GPA, PGRE, or GRE threshold.

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:31 am
by rameshrkris
______________________________________________
Undergrad Institution: Institution of Engineers - India - Mechanical Engineering; MS Physics UTDallas, MS Computer Science, Old Dominion U
Major(s): Mechanical Eng; Computer Science, Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.67
Overall GPA: 3.67
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?) 4 (+2 Masters)
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?) near top
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?) Domestic Indian American Male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 150
V: 151
W:4.5
P:610


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...)
Photo-reflectance Spectroscopy, Term papers - High Tc Superconductivity, MEMS/NEMS, Published Paper in Computer Science - Network Management
Research experience in computer science

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?): GRA - Computer Science. 30 years IT experience

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...) Tutored High school students for AP Physics.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
Strong recommendation letters from Chair of CS dept where I worked, Strong letter from recent employer, strong letter from MS physics professor

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Elderly applicant: 54 years old. 2 Masters degrees in Physics and Computer Science. Loads of work experience, computing experience.

Applying to Where:
Columbia - Applied Physics - Condensed Matter
Baylor - Condensed Matter (Nano-Optics) - Accepted with TA/Fellowship
U of Alabama - Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas at Dallas - Condensed Matter (Strongly Correlated systems, Meta Materials) Rejected
NorthEastern U - Condensed Matter Rejected
Southern Methodist U - Astro-Particle Physics ]Accepted. Details to follow.
Texas A&M - Condensed Matter Application being reviewed
U of Houston - High Tc Superconductivity Application being reviewed
Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Condensed Matter Waitlised

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:10 pm
by oosb20
Undergrad Institution: large state research university with a good reputation in physics, esp nuclear
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Music Theory
GPA in Major: 3.85
Overall GPA: 3.87
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: domestic white female

GRE Scores : all from fall 2019
Q: 165 (86%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: 780 (63%)


Research Experience: All 4 years, 2 full summers in nuclear experiment at my institution, one REU in nuclear theory, honors thesis in plasma acceleration

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: research grant, deans list, academic achievement award, nothing fancy

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: a little bit of tutoring

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: meh

Special Bonus Points: worked my way all through school with part-time jobs, started a science communication podcast, am woman :) also two of my recommenders know me SUPER well and are relatively high up in their fields (nuclear experiment, plasma acceleration) so I'm sure they're letters are quite good

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I made sure to have a phone or skype call with at least one faculty I wanted to work with from every school I applied to. A few of these I have direct connections to. My advisor's advisor is at UCLA, my former advisor is at Amherst, and my current advisor is at Stony Brook, and all of them are relatively keen to work with me.

Applying to Where: (all for Ph.D.)

Plasma Schools:
UCLA - Electrical & Computer Engineering - Plasma Acceleration - Accepted via informal email from specific PI 1/21
UCBerkeley - Physics - Plasmas
Stony Brook - Physics - Plasma Acceleration - Accepted via email 1/23 w/ $20K TA and $3K Fellowship


Nuclear Schools:
MIT - Physics - Nuclear Experiment - Rejected via email 2/12
Stanford - Physics - Nuclear Experiment - Accepted via email 2/11, w/ $44K RA (research group rotations)
UCDavis - Physics - Nuclear Experiment - Accepted via email 2/14 w/ $22K TA and $6K summer support
UMass Amherst - Physics - Nuclear Experiment - Accepted via email 1/16, w/ $23K TA, $5K fellowship and guaranteed $9K summer 2021 RA
CU Boulder - Physics - Nuclear Experiment

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:23 pm
by parambu
Undergrad Institution: Medium Size US News top 50 National University. Good astro reputation but small physics department
Major(s): Physics and Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.82 (3.79) [My fall grades were posted super late so not everyone got the higher gpa]
Overall GPA: 3.76 (3.72)
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Top or near top
Type of Student: International Hispanic Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 169
V: 162
W: 4.0
P: 830

Research Experience: 2 years working on experimental high energy astrophysics. I presented my work at 2 large US conferences and am preparing a publication on it. One of my recommenders is the professor I have been working with.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: University Distinguished Student award, deans list, won a data science competition. Got two university fellowships for funding to continue my research through the summer.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I worked as a TA for several semesters. I worked as a math tutor for a full year. I also worked as a facilitator for a leadership program at the university.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I did lots of work with student organizations and brought a prominent speaker to campus. I served in many boards of groups. I also did a lot of service work during my time in college.

Special Bonus Points: Took math graduate courses and have very good relationships with my recommenders.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am applying to CME and AMO. I applied for astrophysics at Harvard.
My GPA has a very upwards trend. I got a C in introductory mechanics and a B- in introductory EM. Have gotten almost only As in physics since.

Applying to Where:

University of Maryland - physics - Rejected
Uchicago - physics - Rejected 2/11
University of colorado, Boulder - physics - Accepted 2/10 $24000 9 month TA + $3000 first year fellowship - Will attend! :D
Harvard - astronomy - Rejected 2/10
UC Berkeley - physics - Rejected 2/20
NYU - physics - Rejected
Northeastern - physics - Got no Reply as of April 22 :roll:
Rice - physics - Waitlisted - Declined
Boston College - physics - Accepted 1/24 $32000 semester TA along with summer RA - Declined
University of Washington - physics - Accepted 2/6 $22000 9 month TA + $1500 first year fellowship - Declined
UC Davis - physics - Accepted 2/18 $22600 9 month TA + $6000 summer support - Declined
Boston University - physics - Rejected
university of Oregon - physics - Accepted 2/14 - Declined

Edit 2/7: I can't believe I got into UW. I thought after the BC acceptance I would just get rejections since so many people posted acceptances earlier. I guess they do take time reviewing the applications and some departments admit as they go and others do not.
Edit 2/10: Got into another one but also got my first rejection. Starting to feel my application was stronger than I thought. (expected 2 admission offers)
Edit 4/22: I decided to attend Boulder after going through the virtual open houses. They have the most research in what interests me and overall I think Boulder is the best fit for me. I heard from several people that schools were withdrawing offers and/or funding and wish luck to those in that situation.
Overall, I got more acceptances than I expected and found that those schools that admitted me were the ones that fit my lifestyle the most. The process is tough, but getting advice from the people around you helps a lot.

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:58 pm
by silasmarner
Undergrad Insitution: Ivy
Majors: Physics and Math

GPA in Major: 3.08 (both combined--got a D in my first math class)
Overall GPA: 3.23
Length of Degree:3.5 yrs
Position in Class: Bottom (I would guess)
Type of Student: Dom White Male

GRE:
Q: 168 (93%)
V: 163 (93 %)
W: 4.5 (81%)
P: 910 (85%)

Research Experience: 3 years in High School Higgs to Zgamma with CERN.
2.5 years on a Detector Building project for dark fermions where there was no grad student, thus I had more responsibility
REU on Heavy Vector Triplet searches
3 months at CERN after graduation on Upgrades to ATLAS innner tracking detector through UMIch Semester at CERN
3.5 years of work in high NC QCD theory studies---upcoming paper

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: deans list (1 semester), math scholarship, leadership award for educational outreach

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA'ed for two classes (prof from 1 is writing my rec letter), Was president of our chapter of SPS and was president of an educational outreach program known as Splash (our local chapter of such). Have been out of school since '18. Worked in a maser manufacturing company as a test engineer, now a AI examiner for the patent office. Also participated in the Wolfram Summer School.
{EDIT--Whoops forgot this} I have been a tutor for 12 years.

Special Bonus Points: Took 4 graduate courses in physics (QM, QFT and EM) and have a well-known prof, with whom I do research and have upcoming paper, writing one of my recs. Paper on ArXiV

Any Other Info: Upwards Trend on GPA---Serious family tragedies in freshman year, applying hep-ex, girlfriend is applying and is accepted to a bunch of MD/PhD's that have offered to push on their physics departments to request a bit nicer treatment of my app--this was no help, I only got in where she didn't

Applying to where: (all physics, all hep-ex except where otherwise noted)

(Based on Stats pretty much all reach--oof)
Harvard--REJECTED
Northeastern
Yale--REJECTED
Columbia--REJECTED
NYU--REJECTED
CUNY--hep-th--INTERVIEW invited 19/2/2020--Accepted via email to check portal ---30k/year plus possible summer support
SUNY Stony Brook--REJECTED
UPitt--Accepted via email to check portal (19/1) TA-9 months $2345/mo plus possible summer research
CMU--REJCETED
OSU--REJECTED
UMinn--REJECTED (24/1)
CU Boulder--REJECTED
UCSD--REJECTED
Stanford--REJECTED

Yeah, no surprises here, asking about masters programs at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, NYU and Stony Brook--turns out one of my recs was weak.

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:51 pm
by superalgebra123
Undergrad Institution:
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.74
Overall GPA: 3.54
Length of Degree: 4 yrs
Position in Class: N/A
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores
Q: 169
V: 168
W: 5.5
P: 960

Research Experience: research every summer of undergrad

Applying to Where: HEPth/Strings/QFT

Harvard - Physics Rejected (02/14)
Princeton - Physics Rejected (02/19)
MIT - Physics Rejected (02/12)
Caltech - Physics Rejected (02/19)
Stanford - Physics Rejected (02/11)
UCSB - Physics Rejected (03/03)
UC Berkeley- Physics ACCEPTED (02/19)
UChicago - Physics Rejected (02/11)
Cornell - Physics Rejected (02/20)
Columbia - Physics Rejected (03/18)
Yale - Physics Rejected (02/19)
Stony Brook - Physics Rejected
NYU - Physics Rejected (03/18)
Boston - Physics


Perimeter (Masters) - Physics Rejected (03/05)
Cambridge (Masters, DAMTP) - Physics

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:48 pm
by hummus16
Undergrad Institution: small local state university... no reputation
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 3.80
Overall GPA: 3.74
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top 5 out of 20
Type of Student: US Dometic Indian

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 158
V:159
W:4
P:620

Research Experience: 3 years of biophysics research both computational and experimental in DNA folding. No papers. 3 posters each with poster conferences one of which was a big APS conference. interdisciplinary collaboration ongoing.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 2 research grant awards, 1 physics dept award, 1 university-wide scholarship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: physics tutor

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: lots of volunteer hours

Special Bonus Points: none. im boring.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Took a significant number of chem and bio classes like org chem, biochem, genetics, etc.

Applying to Where:

Drexel U - Physics phd (1/24: ACCEPTED for PhD via email + $23,500/year plus $3,000/summer TA)
Lehigh U - Phsyics phd (2/7: ACCEPTED for PhD via email + $29,800/year plus TA)
Carnegie Mellon - Phsyics phd (2/12: rejection via email)
Ohio State - Phsyics phd 4/1: rejection via email. They said the rejection was partly due to COVID-19 :(
CU Boulder - Phsyics phd (2/21: rejection via email)
UCSB - Phsyics phd (3/3: rejection via email)
UCLA - Phsyics phd (3/27: rejection via email)

wayne - medphysics MS interview scheduled for 2/26 notified via email 1/31 rejected for phd but accepted for MS 3/17
Duke - medphysics MS no interview so probably a rejection...they sent an email on 1/10 saying invites wold be sent around 1/24
LSU - medphysics MS waitlist via email 2/9 rejected 3/12
UPenn - medphysics MS interview scheduled for 2/22 notified via email 2/5 accepted via email 2/26

Side Notes: I went to Drexel's admitted students day and really enjoyed visiting. I think its a really good school not many people know about. They beginning to transition to be fully focused on research and the overall vibe from the other students there was really nice. Students and faculty weren't afraid to tell us about what was bad about Drexel and overall it felt like there was a strong friendly relationship between all the students and faculty.
I might end up going here, but I'm waiting to hear back from OSU since it was my top choice.

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:39 pm
by james1998
Undergrad Institution: Large State School, R1, well known for physics
Major(s): Physics and Astronomy
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.56 Physics 3.67 Astronomy
Overall GPA: 3.60
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top 25% maybe?
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 164 (84%)
V: 155 (68%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
M: 510 (16%) This is the Math Subject GRE not Physics


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


Research Experience:
2.5 years in computational astrophysics. 1 conference proceedings, senior thesis (in prep :[ )
2.5 years in condensed matter physics. 2 first author journal publications (in prep :[ )
Internship at National Lab

5 Posters at random undergrad conferences
3 talks, again nothing notable.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Funding for research over a summer based on a project proposal at home institution
Deans list sometimes
School Scholarship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
1 Semester as a multivariable calc TA
1 year tutor for underrepresented groups
Independent Contractor for a medical scientific communications company

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
N/A

Special Bonus Points:
2 grad classes
2 incredibly strong rec letters and 1 rec letter from an incredibly notable person (from national lab internship)

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

Applying to Where:
Note: Not all physics, in fact, most aren't. However I have a physics degree and still want to pursue computational physics just within a mathematics program. I thought someone would still be interested in seeing this.

Stanford - Compuational Mathematics and Engineering
UCSB - Astrophysics
UCSD - Mathematics / Computational Sciences track
UCSC - Applied Mathematics Interviewed 1/24 with very strong words towards acceptance although nothing official yet!
Caltech - Applied Mathematics
UCLA - Mathematics
UC Berkeley - Computer Science

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:48 pm
by asingal
Undergrad Institution: top 3 Indian engineering school, high research output, great in applied and experimental AMO/CM physics, building HE group
Major(s): Engineering Physics
GPA in Major: 8.407/10
Overall GPA: 8.399/10
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Top 10/63

Masters Institution: Top 50 in the USA
Major: Physics
GPA: 4.0
Length of Degree: Variable (ideal: 1.5- 2 years), completing in 1 year
Position: Not defined

Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170
V: 159
W: 4.5
P: 990

Research Experience: Considerable, total ~ 10 months full time + 10 months part-time. No publication, 1 preprint - second author, all cosmology or HE Pheno or theory of HE experiment.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
TA for undergrad and grad quantum mechanics during undergrad

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:
Applying to current masters university for Ph.D. with PI submitting recommendation asking to take me in.

Applying to Where: All for HE Pheno, Cosmology

Berkeley - rejected (February 20 2020);
Cornell - rejected (February 12 2020);

Illinois - Withdrawn (Feb 28, 2020);
Maryland - Rejected (Feb 28, 2020);
San Diego - Withdrawn (Feb 28, 2020);
Stony Brook - Accepted (January 23 2020), will attend!

I will post other decisions here for closure.

Takeaway -
'Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool, cool, no doubt, no doubt, no doubt, no doubt' - Jake Peralta et al., Brooklyn 99, NBC Studios (2013)

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:13 pm
by chiyooo
Undergrad Institution: (Fairly well known liberal arts school in the US with a good reputation in physics)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA in Major: 3.4 :p
Overall GPA: 3.45
Length of Degree: 4 year BA
Position in Class: Average
Type of Student: East Asian + White Female

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 159
V: 158
W: 4.5
P: 550 (yes this is about the same as guessing on every question, no I did not send this anywhere)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience: REU in AMO physics which results in a conference presentation
1.5 years in AMO physics at my home institution. 1 journal publication, 2 poster presentations, and working on senior thesis

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: One minor fellowship from my college,

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Lab TA, Problem Session TA, SPS President, 3yrs of track and cross country

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: My current research advisor seems to have a lot of connections in the AMO physics community and has a reputation for producing high-quality research despite being at a small liberal arts institution

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: one of my recs is quite good.

Applying to Where: (A shorter list than I hoped because I only applied to schools that don't require PGRE scores...)

Rice - Physics (AMO)
University of Central Florida - CREOL (Optics Insitute)
Georgia Tech - Physics (AMO) (Waitlisted 2/6/2020 via online portal-- notified via email)

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:32 pm
by kazmaniac47
Undergrad Institution: Big state school ranked among top 15 for physics in US
Major(s): Engineering Physics
Minor(s): N/A (would have gotten a math minor, but decided to graduate a semester early instead $$$$$)
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.977
Length of Degree: 3.5 years
Position in Class: No available rankings, but would guess near top
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 164
V: 152
W: 4.0
P: 880

Research Experience: Worked on an engineering based research project developing free-falling microdrone sensors for in-situ atmospheric measurements from second semester freshman year, over the summer, and during the first semester of my sophomore year. Started working in condensed matter/optics lab beginning January of my sophomore year, and continued working in that lab over two summers and to the present. No publications when applying, but two in preparation. Presented at 2019 APS March meeting (and will in 2020), Quantum Science and Technology Workshop (hosted at my school, but included people from other universities), Engineering Design Expo (at my school). Also graduated a semester early and am doing research full time during winter semester (indicated this in application).

My adviser thinks very highly of me and has told me so many times. She recommended that I apply (and would likely get in) to the top programs (including MIT/Harvard), but I am not a city person, and I decided I wouldn't be thrilled spending the next six years dealing with the craziness of Boston. So I am quite confident her letter of rec was rather revering.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List, University Honors, James B. Angell Scholar, Top Undergraduate Presenter Award at APS March Meeting, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Student Achievement Award, Regents Merit Scholarship (from my undergrad school), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Award (though I did not attend there)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Physics tutor, Science Communication Fellow (creating and presenting hands-on science displays for kids)

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: The lab I joined was only a year old upon me joining, so I helped develop the lab including designing and constructing a rather novel experimental setup and some laser pulse compression and characterization techniques for the lab.

Special Bonus Points: Graduate courses: Advanced Condensed Matter (Phase transitions), Optical Waves in Crystals

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I played competitive club soccer in college (lead our division for three years, won a regional title, and showed well at nationals all four years); I was also on the fundraising committee on my soccer team.

Applying to Where:
All Applications were to physics department with indicated interests in condensed matter experiment:
University of Michigan (Jan. 29: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + total "value" of funding = $313,550 for 5 years of funding through combination of TA/research (key word "value", so that amount likely includes the "value" of tuition as well)
CU Boulder (Jan. 30: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $23,842/9 months TA + summer TA/Research = ~ $35,000 -38,000 + one time $3,000 fellowship)
Princeton (Feb. 13: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $30,800 + $4,000 per year fellowship for years 1-5)
UIUC (Jan. 4: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $24,266/9 months TA + 2 months TA/Research)
Cornell (Feb. 12: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $30,573 TA)
UCSB (Jan. 24: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $32,000/12 months TA (or research? email was a little unclear))

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:23 pm
by FearAndLoathing
Undergrad Institution: Ivy
Major(s): Physics and Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.97
Overall GPA: 3.85
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: school doesn’t rank
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 168 (93%)
V:165 (96%)
W: 6.0 (99%)
P: 920 (86%)


TOEFL: N/A

Research Experience: 2 years experience in geophysics at home institution with a publication on the way, 1 year in HEP-EX at home institution with research that was published in a technical note. 2 presentations at national conferences.


Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader for the math department


Applying to Where: applying to all for HEP-EX, specifically neutrino physics or dark matter where applicable

Stanford - Physics -(2/11: REJECTED for Ph.D via email)
Harvard - Physics - (1/16 Interview) (2/13: REJECTED for Ph.D via email to check website)
UCSD - Physics - (1/23: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email from PI) withdrew applicaiton
UCSB - Physics - (3/3: REJECTED for Ph.D via website)
Berkeley - Physics - (2/20: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + TA position) withdrew applicaiton
UMD - Physics - (2/6: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + TA position) withdrew applicaiton
Duke - Physics - (2/27 WAITLISTED via email) (3/3: Withdrew from waitlist)
Cornell - Physics - (2/12: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + TA position) withdrew applicaiton
University of Washington - Physics - (1/30: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + TA position) Will Attend!
UChicago - Physics - (2/7: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + TA position)! withdrew applicaiton
University of Michigan - Physics - (2/24: REJECTED for Ph.D via email)
Northwestern - Physics - (1/30 Interview) (2/7: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + TA position) withdrew applicaiton
University of Wisconsin - Physics - (1/28: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + TA position) withdrew applicaiton

NSF GRFP - (Honorable Mention via email 3/31

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:12 am
by radhikari123
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Copy and paste the template below in your reply to keep the formatting.

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______________________________________________
Undergrad Institution: small public school, no reputation
Major(s): physics and math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:4.0
Overall GPA:4.0
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class:
Type of Student: international




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...)
one summer REU

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:

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:01 pm
by Russiankid
Undergrad Institution: Public school; top but not best.
Major(s): Physics, Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.7 (phys including cc) 4 (math at uni, 3B's and 3A's at cc)
Overall GPA: 3.59 (community college); 3.94 (university)
Length of Degree: ~3 (cc) 2 (uni) -- I really had to get my s**t together after high-school. Only started performing at my ability at uni and last year of cc.
Position in Class: near top for uni
Type of Student: domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 170
V: 162
W: 4.5
P: 910



Research Experience: Only from the last year in only one group, experimental. I think I have done much more than most can in the year that I have worked, as heard from postdocs in the lab and my PI. Couple papers in preparation, and I have given talks at two conferences (not undergrad conferences) as a first author.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Research Honors, excellence award from cc, gpa-related stuff.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked as a math tutor at cc and at a private firm (also tutoring) while at cc.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Lots of A+ grades at uni in notoriously difficult classes.

Special Bonus Points: My PI is famous in his field (though not necessarily the field(s) I'm applying for). He has told me multiple times how good his recommendation will be. If I do well with applications, its due to him. Won an international (team) physics competition last Fall.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I'm taking a reading course in differential geometry at the graduate level with a famous professor in that field (and in hep-th), who is writing one of the recs for oxbridge. I mentioned this in all of my apps, though.

Applying to Where: All physics/astronomy. Some AMO, some astronomy (with focus on experiment or simulation), and some hep-th. I recognized that without relevant research in hep-th and publications in that field I would not be accepted to top programs. Since I like what I am doing now, I decided that I am fine with working in AMO or astronomy if I will be unable to join a hep group and would rather attend a top program than do hep at a worse program. Where I applied to hep-th, I stated that as my only interest. Due to the fact that I applied to hep-th to some programs (which are totally up in the air), I applied to a lot of schools.

UCSB - astro - REJECTED by e-mail to check website.
UCSC - astro - REJECTED by e-mail to check website.
UCB - amo - ACCEPTED 2/17 by e-mail; funding details coming soon
CU Boulder - amo - ACCEPTED Jan. 28 by e-mail to check website with TA (or RA if find an advisor) 35-38k per year + 3k in one-time fellowship
Stony Brook - hep - REJECTED by e-mail to check website.
Harvard - astro - REJECTED 2/10 by e-mail to check website.
MIT - amo - REJECTED 2/12 by e-mail.
Stanford - astro - REJECTED 2/11 by e-mail.
Yale - astro - REJECTED 2/5 by e-mail to check website.
Princeton - astro - REJECTED 2/10 by e-mail.
UW (Seattle) - amo - ACCEPTED Jan. 30 with TA 22k for 9 months + 1.5k in one-time fellowship
Caltech - amo - REJECTED 2/19 by e-mail.
Cornell - hep - REJECTED by e-mail to check website.
Columbia - hep - REJECTED by e-mail to check website.
UPenn - hep - REJECTED 2/13 by e-mail to check website.

Masters in UK:
Oxford (MSc math. and theoretical physics) - ACCEPTED by e-mail to check website.
Cambridge (DAMTP Part III tripos) - ACCEPTED by e-mail to check website.

2/20: In retrospect, I probably should have applied to all AMO for the big-name schools, since that is where my background is strongest. I then may have had a shot at stanford, princeton, etc. Overall still very satisfied 8D!

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:27 pm
by jvazquez
Undergrad Institution: Randolph College (RC), small liberal arts college with a bad dropout reputation (41% dropout rate); however, good reputation in physics outreach and ranked 25th in Virginia in physics by physics-schools.com
Major: Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics, Music
GPA in Major: 3.65 (had a rough transition semester when I started RC but my grades improved throughout my career)
Overall GPA: 3.72
Length of Degree: Spent 3 years at RC after taking gen-eds/freshman-level physics at a community college
Position in Class: Top 25%. The top three seniors (myself included) are all anomalies in the department who all happen to be from the same year in a graduating physics class of 8. Neither of the other two students are pursuing grad school.
Type of Student: Domestic Hispanic transgender woman

GRE Scores :
Q: 158 (67%)
V: 156 (73%)
W: 4.0 (57%)
P: 560 (19%) :( (I knew I would do badly, but this is awful. I made sure to scout schools that didn't require the PGRE, I only have like 2 or 3 that required it)




Research Experience: Did some theoretical work in the astronomy department at Cornell University at an REU modeling the gravitational effects of asteroids on pulsars and the variance in timing (learned Python and LaTeX). I also did some work at my college building a wave equation solver in Python.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Sigma Pi Sigma, Dean's List every semester, Phi Theta Kappa (at the community college).

Jobs on Campus: Treasurer of an outstanding SPS chapter in 2018-19, current Vice President of that SPS Chapter, physics and math tutor

Special Bonus Points: Hispanic, domestic, and trans. That gotta help...Please? Also Cornell REU should help. I presented my Cornell research at AAS in Seattle, my RC research at PhysCon, and I've presented my work at various conferences on campus.


Applying to Where:

Out of reach:

Cornell University - Astronomy (No GREs)
University of Virginia - Astronomy (Both PGRE and GRE) (Rejected via E-mail on 2/24)
New Mexico State University - Astronomy (no GREs)
University of Pittsburgh - Physics and Astronomy (no GREs) ("Acknowledgment of Application" on Admissions Portal - 1/27 )


Reach?
Texas Christian University - Physics and Astronomy (no GREs) (late application, the faculty were tweeting about their apps still being open) ( Skype Interview on 3/2 )
University of Maine - Physics and Astronomy (PGRE recommended but not sent, GRE required)
George Mason University - Physics and Astronomy (Both PGRE and GRE) ( Skype Interview on 2/25 )

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:59 pm
by borism
Undergrad Institution: US Public School, Top 50 in Physics according to US News
Major(s): Physics B.S., Math B.A.
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.66
Overall GPA: 3.75
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: probably top half in physics class
Type of Student: Domestic white male, first-gen college student

GRE Scores :
Q: 166
V: 166
W: 5.5
P: 830

Research Experience:
- 5 semesters of research at home institution, mostly in NMR spectroscopy, specifically instrumentation and experiment, completing an undergraduate thesis
- 2 summers at internship with research institute in Europe, computational condensed matter, no publications yet :(

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- nothing but dean's list

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- Co-President of astronomy club (SEDS)
- some tutoring/outreach activities

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- big personal project with weather balloon + cool results

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- one recommender was less a research advisor and more unofficial mentor for said weather balloon project
- mostly got B's in theory classes, especially early on

Applying to Where:

University of Colorado Boulder - AMO Experiment (Feb. 18: Rejected via website)
University of Wisconsin Madison - Condensed Matter Experiment (Jan. 29: Rejected via email)
University of Pittsburgh - Condensed Matter Experiment (Feb. 5: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website + $2345/month TA for academic year) 8)
Northeastern University - Condensed Matter Experiment ...assumed rejection
Dartmouth College - Condensed Matter Experiment (Feb. 11: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $31k (idk RA or TA) for calendar year)
Boston College - Condensed Matter Experiment (Jan. 26: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website + $32k RA/TA for calendar year) :D :D :D
University of Delaware - Condensed Matter Experiment (Feb. 19: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website + $28k TA for calendar year)
University of Tennessee Knoxville - Condensed Matter Experiment ...assumed rejection

I definitely put less effort into the UT Knox application - I didn't mention any specific research groups I was pursuing. I did interviews with Dartmouth and UT Knox so watch out for those.

Hope this is useful to someone!

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:02 pm
by rahulshaw
Undergrad Institution: Small government school in India. No Physics ranking available
Major(s): Electronics and Communication Engineering
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:
Overall GPA: 8.71/10
Master's Institute: IITK(big government institute, huge reputation in Physics in country)
Master's Degree: M.Tech. in EE, with RF, Microwave and Photonics as specialization
Length of Degree: 4 (B.Tech.) + 2 (M.Tech.)
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: Indian male

GRE Scores : revised
Q: 170
V: 146 :(
W: 3.5
P: 870


TOEFL: (R: 22 , L: 26, S: 23, W: 22)


Research Experience:
1 year 4 months of research experience during Masters. 2 conference publications(in one first author another 3rd author), 1 journal(second author, alhough the whole idea was mine).
My research was in the field of Photonics.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nope, Nothing

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2 year (4 semesters) TA for EE department, 4 Months RA with a Physics lab at IITK

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Mentioned Prof. R. Vijaya(IITK, Physics department head), who was my mentor while I was RA

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Poor family conditions has hindered my progress in Physics

Applying to Where:

MIT - Physics - REJECTED on 12th Feb via email
Caltech - Physics - REJECTED on 21st Feb via email
UCB - Physics - REJECTED on 21st Feb via email
Princeton - Physics - REJECTED on 19th Feb via email
Cornell - Physics - REJECTED on 12th Feb via email
Yale - Physics - REJECTED on 20th Feb via email
Wisconsin Madison - Physics - REJECTED on 29th Jan via mail

Georgia Tech - Physics - REJECTED on 21st Feb via email
RPI - Physics - REJECTED on 8th April via email
USC - Physics - REJECTED on 3rd April via email

Tufts University - Physics - REJECTED on 16th April via email
University of Oregon - Physics - REJECTED on 11th March via email
Louisiana State University - Physics - REJECTED on 5th May via email

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:17 pm
by lfeete
Undergrad Institution: State School, top 10 in physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Music
GPA in Major: 3.84
Overall GPA: 3.81
Length of Degree: 4 years


GRE Scores :
Q: 167
V: 160
W: 5.0
P: 860


Research Experience: Summer internship at NASA facility, two years at national lab (12 hours/week during the semester), summer research with professor at another university (top 50 in physics).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduating with honors (includes honors thesis).

Special Bonus Points: Recommenders are well-known within my field (One professor, two staff scientists). I was in contact with professors I want to work with at most schools I applied to.


Applying to Where (all PhD in physics with an emphasis in observational cosmology or astronomy):

UC San Diego (Jan 8: Accepted Unnofficially via email, Jan 31: Official Acceptance via email)
UC Santa Barbara (Jan 17: Accepted via phone call)
UC Los Angeles (Jan 30: Accepted via phone call)
UC Berkeley (Feb 19: Accepted via email)
Stanford (Feb 11: Rejected via Email)
Caltech (Jan 31: Accepted via website)
University of Pennsylvania (Jan 27: Accepted via email)
Harvard (Feb 5: Accepted via email)
Princeton (Feb 19: Rejected via email)
Boulder (Feb 21: Rejected via website)

Fellowships: NSF GRFP: Physics and Astronomy, Astronomy and Astrophysics (Pending)

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:00 pm
by JHLiu
Undergrad Institution: Project-985 Univ. in China
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.63 (Quant. Mech: 90/100. Stat. Mech.:96/100. Classic Mech: 94/100. Electrodynamics 97/100)
Overall GPA: 3.65
Length of Degree: 4 years

TOEFL:
R 28 L 30 W 22 S 22
GRE Scores :
Q: 166
V: 155
W: 3.0
P: 910

Research Experience:
Summer Research in Hep-ex. REU on strongly correlated system. Currently working on topological cond. mat.

No pub.(sigh

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Rice U.(rej)
Stony Brook(rej)
UCSC(rej)
UCR
UCI(rej)
USC
Indiana
Pitts
Purdue(rej)


Gatech (waitlisted)
UVa(watlisted)


Emory.(Accepted)
Northeastern.(Accepted)
Virginia Tech.(Accepted)
U Florida(Accepted)
TAMU(Accepted)
ASU(Accepted)
Boston College (Accepted)

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:47 am
by Alvin1949
Undergrad Institution: A young university in China
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major:
Overall GPA: 3.88
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: International, Male

GRE Scores:
Q: 169 (96%)
V: 153 (61%)
W: 3.5 (41%)
P: 990 (95%)

TOEFL: (R: 30, L: 24, S: 24, W: 28)

Research Experience: Did a project of building a photoluminescence spectrometer and measuring the bandgap of 2D materials; roughly 9 months studying light-matter interaction in condensed matter; a summer project at UC Berkeley in Biophysics

Special Bonus Points: two strong recommendation letter from professors at home institution; one letter from professor at UC Berkeley

Applying to Where: Condensed Matter Experiment/Biophysics, applied to Physics PhD unless stated
US:
Berkeley -
Cornell -
Columbia -
Michigan (Applied Physics) -
UIUC - 12/20: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email + $24K/11 months TA + Fellowship TBA :D
UCSD -
UW -
UT-Austin -
Maryland (MSE) - 1/20: Interviewed
WashU (MSE) - 12/21: Interviewed
PennState -
Florida -

Non US:
NUS (MBI) -
HKU (EE) -

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:44 pm
by glen797
Undergrad Institution: Large state school with a good rep in physics
Major(s): Physics & Math
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.89 & 3.88
Overall GPA: 3.9
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Scores:
Q: 167 (89%)
V: 166 (91%)
W: 4.5 (86%)
P: 960 (92%)

Research Experience: 3.5 years with a one group (one mid author paper), about a year total with another, one summer REU, and a year post-bac at a national lab (first author paper in progress)

Special Bonus Points: I have 4 solid LoR from my research and classes. I also did a year long research project in the history of science which resulted in a first author published paper, for what that's worth if anything.

Applying to Where: HEP-X with a secondary interest in computational physics

Berkeley -
CalTech -
Cornell -
Columbia - Accepted 2/6 w/ Dean's Fellowship (Apparently "an early offer")
Harvard -
Michigan -
MIT CCE -
MIT Physics -
Princeton -
Stanford -
UIUC -
UCSD -
UCLA -
UCSB -
U Chicago -
UW Maddison - Accepted 1/28
Maryland -
Yale -
U Penn - interview on 1/7

(I did some applications last year and didn't do nearly as well as I'd hoped, so I guess I was a little paranoid)

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:13 pm
by RazzleDazzle
Undergrad Institution: Ivy League moderate rep. in physics
Grad Institution: Top 3 in materials science
Major(s): BA (physics) BE (mechanical engineering) MSc (Materials Science)
Minor(s): Math and Econ
GPA in Major: 3.93 physics, 3.6 mech. eng.
Overall GPA: 3.71 Undergrad, 3.85 grad
Length of Degree: 5.5 years
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 163
V: 167
W: 5.5
P: n/a


Research Experience: 6 months in undergrad in quantum physics leading to poster session in a conference. 6 months condensed matter experimental research in graduate school leading to 2 1st author papers still in development + 1 fourth author paper still in development. 2 patents from research in industry.

Awards/Honors/Recognition: (all within institution) Dean's list, magna cum laude, award for showing "most promise in experimental physics" in class

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 1 year Co-Op in plasma physics and photonics R&D leading to multiple patents. TA for multiple math and physics courses. Various science-education related volunteer activities.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Nothing noteworthy

Special Bonus Points: Average recommendation writer reputations reputations

Applying to:

Caltech - Applied Physics - Condensed Matter Rejected 2/20 via email
MIT - EECS: Applied Physics - Condensed Matter Rejected 2/20 via email

Columbia- Materials Science under Applied Physics - Condensed Matter
Harvard - Applied Physics - Condensed Matter Rejected 2/20 via email

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:34 pm
by lordbaelish
Undergrad Institution: Small state school(no Physics reputation)
Major(s): Physics and Biology B.A
GPA in Major: 3.7
Overall GPA:3.7
Physics M.S. in a state school(somewhat a Physics reputation)
GPA: 3.35
Length of Degree: 4.5 years for Bachelors and 2 years for Masters
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q: 160
V: 158
W: 4
P: 710


Research Experience: 1.5 years research on atomic physics and 1 year biophysics (both theoretical, one paper submission under review)

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

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor and adjunct lecturer after

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Some Phd classes taken and solid recommendation letters

Applying to Where:

Yale U - Physics - CMT - Rejected
NYU- Physics - CMT
Brandeis - Physics - CMT - (Interviewed via Skype, then invited to their open house a week after)
Syracuse - Physics - CMT - Accepted
U of Pittsburgh - Physics - CMT
Rutgers - Physics - CMT
Stony Brook - Physics - CMT
Grad Center - Physics - Atomic physics - Email to interview
U Conn - Physics - CMT - Accepted

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:58 am
by orion_dwarf
Undergrad Institution: public university in the US, decent in physics and astro
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.90
Overall GPA: 3.93
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top
Type of Student: International female

GRE Scores:
Q: 166, 164
V: 157, 166
W: 5.5, 5.0
P: 750

TOEFL: Not required - I come from an English-speaking country

Research Experience: Extensive in astronomy
1 first-author published in MNRAS (with advisor at home institution) before applications were due, 1 first-author paper in prep at time of application (with a professor from a highly reputable US university).
Started as a freshman, worked with 2 advisors at home institution - so >3 years of research when applying.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Many honors and research awards within the school, Dean's honors etc.

Applying to Where: all astronomy or astrophysics unless specified (some schools have combined physics/astro departments with only a physics PhD option)

Harvard - Accepted 2/5
Princeton - Interviewed 1/17
Columbia - Accepted 2/2
UChicago - Accepted 1/27
Northwestern - Accepted 2/4
Cornell
Caltech - Accepted 1/31
MIT - Physics - Interviewed 1/13
UC Berkeley - Accepted 2/3
Yale - Accepted 2/5
UCSB - Accepted 1/25
UCSD - Physics - Accepted 1/9
UCSC - Interviewed 2/3
UT Austin - Accepted 1/17
University of Arizona - Accepted 1/29
Ohio State - Accepted 1/13
Colorado Boulder - Accepted 2/4
Stony Brook - Accepted 2/4
Rutgers - Physics - Accepted 1/29

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:49 pm
by lechatellier4
Undergrad Institution: Top Private (Ivy-level) Tech school
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Minor(s): Chemistry, Computer Science
GPA: 3.85 (4.0 in physics, 3.8 in math)
Type of Student: International Asian Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 156 (73%) LOL
W: 3.5 (39%) :(
GRE Subject Test in Physics:
M: 930 (88%)

TOEFL Score: NA

Program Applying: CMT

Research Experience: 2-year computational chemistry research; 2-year CMIT research
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: some achievement awards within school
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: tutored physics/chemistry classes, graded physics/math classes
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 3 physics grad classes, 1 math grad class
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Physics
Harvard - Rejected (2/13 website)
Princeton - Admitted (2/13 email) Joseph Henry Merit Award (+$5k offer) & +3k from the department (second year) Declined (4/8)
Caltech - Rejected (2/19 email)
Berkeley - Admitted (2/6 email) Berkeley fellowship Declined (4/8)
UCSB - Rejected (3/3 website)
CU Boulder - Admitted (1/3 email) +$3k offer Declined (in Feb/March)
Perimeter Scholars International - Admitted (11/30 interview offer via email, 12/6 accepted via email)

Math
Harvard - Rejected (2/6)
Stanford - Waitlisted (3/2) Admitted (unofficially 4/2, officially 4/8)
Columbia - Rejected (2/6)
UCLA -
Stony Brook - Admitted (unofficial email 2/26, official letter in a week or two) Declined (4/10)
Northwestern - Admitted (email for a scheduled call 1/25, official email 2/2) Declined (4/10)


I have way stronger background in physics but am tending to going to math grad school

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:32 pm
by quarkgluonplasma
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Undergrad Institution: One of the top public schools in physics (USA)
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Minor(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 3.90/4.00
Overall GPA: 3.89/4.00
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Unknown (Near top?)

Masters Institution: One of the top private schools in physics (USA)
Masters Major(s): Applied Physics
Masters GPA: 4.00/4.00
Length of Degree: 4 years (did masters part-time)

Type of Student: Domestic Male (immigrant)

GRE Scores:
Q: 168
V: 153
W: 4.0
P: 920 (86%)


Research Experience:
- 2 summers at a national lab doing physics research during undergrad - No publication - Presented research posters at APS annual conferences twice
- Currently doing part time research with a Prof. at my Masters institution

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Honors in undergrad
- One of the top students in national physics olympiad during high school

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- Worked ~ 6 years full-time as an engineer (doing R&D work) in semiconductor industry after my undergrad. My engineering background, industry experience, and age would probably go against me. :|

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- 6 years R&D work in semiconductor industry resulted in 10 patents

Special Bonus Points:
- Completed most of the core physics graduate coursework through Masters
- Contacted prospective advisors/professors in some schools. Met some of them in person and talked to some of them via email/skype.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- I did Masters part-time while working full-time in industry

Applying to Where:
Applying to condensed-matter experimental PhD programs. Mentioned AMO as second choice for some of the schools.

Stanford - Applied Physics - Feb. 10: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email
CalTech - Applied Physics - Feb. 20: Rejected via email
MIT - Physics - Feb. 12: Rejected via email
Princeton - Physics - Feb. 19: Rejected via email
Harvard - Applied Physics - Feb. 24: Rejected via email
Berkeley - Applied Science & Technology (AS&T) - Feb. 5: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email
Columbia - Physics - Feb. 3: Skype Interview - Mar. 3: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email
Cornell - Applied Physics - Feb. 28: Rejected via email
Univ of Penn - Physics - Jan. 9: Skype Interview - Jan. 18: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email
Yale - Applied Physics - Jan. 23: Skype Interview- Feb. 7: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email
UCLA - Physics
Cambridge (UK) - Physics - Multiple Interviews - Jan. 28: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website/email
Oxford (UK) - Physics

Update: There is hope for people like me with unusual and/or engineering background who want to get back to physics :)

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:10 pm
by chickenpotato1997
Undergrad Institution: Small Liberal Arts School, High Rank
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.82
Overall GPA: 3.82
Length of Degree: 4 Years
Position in Class: Near top but not quite there
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores :
Q: 165 (86th Percentile)
V: 162 (90th Percentile)
W: 6.0 (99th Percentile lol)
P: 840 (74th Percentile)


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


Research Experience: Research every summer (AMO, ultrafast optics, soft matter), two winter terms, one year in soft matter, publication in progress.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA'd every core physics course

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Good recs methinks

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

Applying to Where:


Harvard - Physics - AMO - Feb. 5: Accepted
Stanford - Physics - AMO - Feb. 11: Rejected
Caltech - Physics - AMO - Feb. 19: Rejected
UChicago - Physics - AMO - Feb. 11: Rejected
UC Berkeley - Physics - AMO - Feb. 21: Rejected
Columbia - Physics - AMO - Feb. 28: Accepted
Yale - Physics - AMO Feb. 19: Accepted
CU Boulder - Physics - AMO Jan. 30: Accepted
UCLA - Physics - AMO - Mar. 27: Rejected
UWashington - Physics - AMO - Feb. 6: Accepted
UMD College Park - Physics - AMO - Mar. 1: Rejected

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:19 am
by IMSSEQMC
Associates' Institution: Community College in US
Majors: (Triple) Physics A.S., Biology A.S., Mathematics A.S.
Overall GPA: 3.49
Length of Degree: 3 Years

Bachelor's Institution: Top 10 in Physics in US, Public
Major: Physics B.S.
GPA in Major: <2.52
Overall GPA: 2.52
Length of Degree: 3 Years

Master's Institution: Top 10 in Physics in US, Private
Major: Physics M.S.
GPA in Major: 3.34 (3.41 w/ Fall quarter grades, unsure if they saw them)
Overall GPA: 3.34 (3.41 w/ Fall quarter grades, unsure if they saw them)
Length of Degree: 2 Years
Type of Student: Domestic Male, Latino/Asian, Gay, First-Generation College Student, Low-Income Background

GRE Scores:
Q: 158 (69%) / 159 (73%)
V: 157 (76%) / 155 (69%)
W: 5.0 (93%) / 4.5 (82%)
P: 510 (10%)
Note about GRE Scores: I took the General GRE twice, but UChicago lists the highest score from either.

Research Experience (consecutively):
1 ) ~2.5 Years in Bachelor's Institution in Computational Condensed Matter Theory and Statistical Mechanics [~6 PowerPoint presentations, ~5 poster presentations, acknowledgement in advisors' publication, 1st author publication manuscript in progress].
2 ) ~6 Months at a European Research Institute in between Bachelor's and Master's (some work during Master's) in Computational Condensed Matter Theory and Statistical Mechanics [1 ChalkTalk, 1 PowerPoint presentation, 2nd author publication submitted to PRL for review].
3 ) ~3 Months in Master's Institution in Biophysical Sciences.
4 ) ~9 Months in Master's Institution in Computational Condensed Matter Theory and Statistical Mechanics.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
1 ) Full Tuition + Stipend Scholarship for M.S.
2 ) Edison Summer Research Scholar (during B.S.)
3 ) McNair Scholar (during B.S.)
4 ) HSF Scholar (no funding) (during B.S.)
5 ) LGBTQ STEM Scholar of the Year (university based) (during B.S.)
6 ) European radiation protection based grant to attend space summer school in Europe. (in between B.S./M.S.)
7 ) CAMP Scholar (during B.S.)
8 ) $1000 Scholarship (during B.S.)
9 ) Departmental Research Honors (B.S.)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
1 ) Community College math tutor for ~3 months during A.S.
2 ) Co-president of LGBTQ+ STEM club for ~2 years during B.S., then grad liaison during M.S.
3 ) Planning committee/workshop leader for large K-12 outreach at university during B.S.
4 ) Panelist/interviewee for 12 university panels/video during B.S.
5 ) Advisory committee member to division's Dean for ~3 months during M.S.
6 ) Advisory board member for diversity at university's grad office for ~3 months during M.S.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: My life is weird.

Special Bonus Points: First letter writer is probably famous, was my faculty advisor during undergrad, knows me well and I worked with them a lot. Second was my grad student mentor / post doc mentor / European institute advisor who knows me well and worked with me a lot. Third is my current MS advisor, is probably famous, and likely has connections at UChicago (whatever that means).

Applying to Where (yep just one, which elicited many confused reactions and was not recommended by many people):

University of Chicago (UChicago) - Physics Ph.D. - Feb. 7: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email to check website + $26,250 TA during Fall through Spring Quarters + $8,750 TA/RA First Summer

Have a good day.

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:40 pm
by khinflaton
Undergrad Institution: Big state university
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Minor(s): N.A.
GPA in Major: 3.97 (physics), 3.94 (math)
Overall GPA: 3.97
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: N.A.
Type of Student: International female

GRE Scores :
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
P: 850 (75%)


TOEFL: N.A.


Research Experience: All research experiences are at home institution. 3.5yrs in theoretical/computational astrophysics (two projects with the same professor, one 1st author paper in prep); 0.5yrs in theoretical cosmology.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Two summer research awards from my home institution.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Physics tutor; mentor of a math program.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: A short reading project with a math professor.

Special Bonus Points: Took several grad classes and did well.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: One of my recommenders hasn't mentored me in any research context.

Applying to Where:

PhD programs (all to physics department):

Princeton - astrophysics/cosmology/gravity Feb. 19: REJECTED via email
UC Berkeley - astrophysics/cosmology Feb. 20: REJECTED via website A little sad - there has my favorite astro&cosmology group :(
Caltech - astrophysics/cosmology/gravity Jan. 31: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via website So grateful!!
JHU - astrophysics/cosmology/gravity Feb. 4: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email
UCSB - astrophysics/cosmology/gravity Jan. 22: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via phone
UIUC - astrophysics/cosmology/gravity Jan. 4: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email
Stanford - astrophysics/cosmology/gravity Feb. 11: REJECTED via email
UChicago - astrophysics/cosmology/gravity Feb. 11: REJECTED via website
UT Austin - astrophysics/cosmology Jan. 28: Invited to open house (tried to change it to an online interview due to exams, not sure if it's happening) Feb. 28: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email without an interview - I'm surprised and grateful
NYU - astrophysics/cosmology/gravity Feb. 3: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email; Feb. 6: offered a 4-year fellowship
Harvard - astrophysics/cosmology Feb. 13: REJECTED via website
Stony Brook -astrophysics/cosmology/gravity Feb. 4: ACCEPTED for Ph.D via email
UMichigan - astrophysics/cosmology Feb. 24: REJECTED via email

Master programs:

Cambridge - part 3 MASt in applied math
Perimeter - Master in theoretical physics

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:17 pm
by aesthete
Undergrad Institution: Top private institution, probably top 5 in physics in the US. Worldwide-known institution.
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Geology/Planetary Science
GPA in Major: Institution doesn't calculate, probably around 3.3?
Overall GPA: 3.4
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Average for school, probably average for department.
Type of Student: Domestic, white, legally female but nonbinary + transgender

GRE Scores: (revised v.)
Q: 167 (90%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
P: Abysmal, like bottom 25% bad. I didn't really study for it and I kinda regret it. :/ At least Stanford made it optional this year and a few of the UCs don't require it...

TOEFL: N/A

Research Experience: Two summers, after sophomore and junior years. Sophomore year research was on asteroid detection (which got me a publication, 10th author or something but better than nothing), junior year research was optics computer simulation. (I don't particularly want to go into either but hey, the experience was nice.) I also observed at Palomar and am currently using that data on my senior thesis/year-long research project.

Awards/Honors/Recognition: School doesn't do academic awards lol. I applied for a fellowship but I still don't know if I've received it.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Not really any, I have a 5 hour/week job at my school but it's not relevant to academics.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: I discovered/co-discovered 8 asteroids during my first research experience? I dunno how much that helped for the physics applications, though...

Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...) My school requires that physics juniors take graduate-level classes in quantum, statistical physics, and advanced classical/E&M (as well as graduate-level electives) in order to graduate. I'm doing a senior thesis at the moment, though I don't need it to graduate and haven't been progressing much so I might just drop it. Also, being legally female and/or trans probably helps in some cases.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I used to do fencing (stopped when the team fell apart) and am self-taught in sewing and Twitter API coding, though I have no idea if this matters at all beyond it maybe showing I'm self-motivated or something. I'm also extremely sure in what I want to do in both HEP-ex and astro, which probably helped me out.

Applying to Where:

Physics, HEP-Ex (or applied for astro but actually want HEP-ex):
Brown: Jan 30: Rejected via email (Not entirely surprised here, their department is tiny)
UC Irvine: Jan 30: Accepted, email to check website. $7300/quarter TA fellowship for 2 years + full tuition and insurance support + 5-year housing guarantee + relocation allowance. (Woo, first acceptance! May accept depending on other offers.)
Stanford: Feb 11: Rejected via email (Not entirely surprised lol)
UC Berkeley: Feb 20: Rejected via email
University of Maryland College Park: Feb 28: Rejected via website/later email.
University of Washington:
University of Chicago: Feb 11: Rejected via email/website
Yale: Feb 19: Rejected via email/websitel
UC Santa Barbara: March 3: Rejected via email/website
Stony Brook: Feb 29: Rejected via email after inquiry. (Would've been nice to not have to email for this...)
UC Santa Cruz: Feb 26: Rejected via email
University of Delaware (safety): Feb 21: Accepted via email. (Didn't check stipend but it's more than $28,000, this was my safety and I'll be attending another school.)

Astronomy/Astrophysics, stellar evolution or astroparticle:
University of Washington: Jan 31: Rejected via email
Columbia: Feb 4: Rejected via email/website
University of Maryland College Park: Feb 21: Waitlisted/soft-rejected via email
Harvard: Feb 10: Rejected via email/website
Cornell:
Princeton: Feb 10: Rejected via email
UCLA:
University of Chicago: Feb 17: Rejected via email/website

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:21 am
by NinadKD
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Undergrad Institution:Indian Institute of Technology-Varanasi..decent in India, known more for Mining,Metallurgy and Mechanical Engineering than Physics
Major(s):Engineering Physics
Minor(s): We don't do that here :( :(
GPA in Major:8.91/10
Overall GPA:8.3/10 :?
Length of Degree: 5
Position in Class: 4/14
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores : (revised or old version?)
Q:165
V:156
W:4.5
P:940(meh :x ) (920 in 2018)


TOEFL: (R:30 , L:26 , S:24 , W:27 )


Research Experience:
1. Five months in Quantum Information during my sophomore year
2.One summer in neutrino oscillations(HEP)
3. 9 months on a numerical project in soft condensed matter
4.~15 months in topological condensed matter( manuscript in preparation..but could not finish in time for the applications)
5. 9 months post-grad, long distance internship on non-Hermitian topological matter

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Departmental fellowship on clearing a national level exam in which I stood 58th out of ~15k candidates


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

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:

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

Applying to Where: All for Condensed Matter Theory

Brown University - Rejected (31/01)
University of Texas at Dallas - Accepted via e-mail (11/02) First acceptance in over a year
Stony Brook -
UC Santa Cruz - Had emailed a POI in late December, Interview on 4th February.. really want to get in here
Bonn-Cologne Graduate School-Rejected (9/02)
U Pittsburgh -
Stony Brook -
Texas A & M-
CUNY-

PS-This was the second time I was applying for graduate school, having failed to get anywhere last year. My previous profile can be seen herehttps://physicsgre.com/viewtopic.php?f= ... si#p237881
Edit 11/02-Glad to get my first acceptance from Dallas. Best wishes to everyone else out there. Will post a detailed analysis of my take on the grad school application process once all the other results are out.