2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

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thinhbia2
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2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by thinhbia2 » Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:41 am

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

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Note from moderator: Profile threads are best when they only have profiles. Please avoid making other posts on this thread. If you wish to discuss profiles, it is helpful to have a separate "profile discussion thread", as was done in some past years. Thanks.

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

GRE Scores: NO GRE REQUIRED FOR THIS YEAR (WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED). However, if you have the scores, you might just post them here.


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


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

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

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

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

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

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

Applying to Where:

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

revelent
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by revelent » Thu Oct 21, 2021 4:27 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top US Public School, great physics reputation
Major(s): Astrophysics
GPA in Major: 3.887
Overall GPA: 3.86
Length of Degree: 4 yrs
Position in Class: idk we don't have it
Type of Student: domestic male

GRE Scores: didn't take it


Research Experience:
I've been doing astronomy research at my school directly under a recent physics Nobel laureate for a bit over a year. I mainly use python and do data analysis/simulations. Not published yet, but will get my name on a paper or two at some point due to significant contributions.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
just Dean's honors list

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
I have held an administrative/leadership role at a summer camp for 1 summer and worked there for 4 years, I have tutored elementary school math for 4 years, and I held a board position on a club sports team for 1 year

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:
One of my letters is coming from my research advisor, who is a Nobel laureate. He has a very good opinion of me and has helped me out a lot, so I expect a VERY strong letter from him. One of my other recommenders did a post-doc at Northwestern in the field I am applying for and has good connections there. I also have a connection to the Princeton graduate program director.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I was suspended for 1 quarter at my school during my junior year due to academic misconduct. I collaborated on one question on a final. During the suspension, I did extra work on my research. My research advisor is fully aware of the situation and is trying to show I have good character and did more work during my suspension in the letter.

Applying to Where:

Princeton - Astrophysics - Dynamics, Exoplanets, Black Holes
CalTech - Astronomy - Dynamics, Exoplanets, Black Holes
U Chicago - Astrophysics - Dynamics, Exoplanets
Cornell - Astronomy - Dynamics, Exoplanets, Compact Objects
Penn State - Astronomy - Dynamics, Exoplanets
UCLA - Astronomy - Dynamics, Galactic Center
Northwestern - Astro PhD. in Physics dept. - Dynamics, Exoplanets
U Washington - Astronomy - Dynamics, Exoplanets
UCSC - Astronomy - Dynamics, Exoplanets
Columbia - Astronomy - Exoplanets, Binaries, Compact Objects
U Arizona - Astronomy - Dynamics, Exoplanets, Black Holes
CU Boulder - Astrophysics - Dynamics, Exoplanets, Black Holes
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Rejection
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by Rejection » Mon Nov 22, 2021 1:49 am

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lobster
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by lobster » Sat Nov 27, 2021 2:04 am

Undergrad Institution: Midwestern Flagship State School, good Astronomy reputation
Major(s): Astronomy
Minor(s): Physics
GPA in Major: 3.54 (didn't do too hot on intro level classes, have been getting As in most of my 300/400 level courses)
Overall GPA: 3.66
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Probably average
Type of Student: Domestic Asian male

GRE Scores: did not take
TOEFL: N/A

Research Experience:
1 summer at international institution on gravitational waves, no publications. 1 year at home institution on active galactic nuclei and galactic evolution, 2nd author publication in the works (probably won't have it accepted by the time the deadlines roll around) and senior thesis. Research has been very observational/data science heavy, and I use a lot of Python.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society
- Deans List
- Honors College

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
I've been a course assistant and tutor for an Intro to Astronomy class for a couple months, I help with grading and sessions at our campus observatory. Will mentor a high school student for research, I'm really passionate about outreach. Also have been very involved in my social fraternity: I've held several minor chair positions and was chapter president during COVID, not sure if that'll help too much though.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: N/A

Special Bonus Points:
- 2 strong LoRs. One of my LoR writers has a connection to one of the more competitive schools I'm applying to.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I'm not too sure how not majoring in Physics will affect my application. I'm only two courses away from picking up the double major in Physics, but the workload required for me to do so is more than I can handle. I will be covering the base requirements for most programs (mechanics, E&M, quantum, and thermal/stat physics) by the time I graduate, but at the application deadlines I will only have a grade for mechanics I and E&M I. Again, maybe I'm overthinking it: I am only really applying to Astronomy programs.

Applying to Where:

hopefully match?
Wesleyan University | Astronomy | Observational, Planetary Formation ~ applying for Masters
University of Massachusetts Amherst | Astronomy | Observational, Galaxies
Tufts University | Physics & Astronomy | Observational, Active Galactic Nuclei
Dartmouth College | Physics & Astronomy | Observational, Active Galactic Nuclei
Texas A&M University | Physics & Astronomy | Observational, Galactic Evolution

from three!
University of Virginia | Astronomy | Observational, Galactic Evolution
Ohio State University | Astronomy | Observational, Active Galactic Nuclei
Boston University | Astronomy | Observational, Planetary Formation
University of Wisconsin Madison | Astronomy | Observational | Rejected by generic email 1/6
Vanderbilt University | Physics & Astronomy | Computational, Black Holes

you miss 100% of the shots you don't take - wayne gretzky - michael scott
Northwestern University | Astronomy | Data Science, Stellar Evolution
Columbia University | Astronomy | Data Science, Stellar Populations
Yale University | Astronomy | Observational, Active Galactic Nuclei/Galactic Evolution
Princeton University | Astrophysical Sciences | Observational, Active Galactic Nuclei

I've been a long time lurker on this forum, and I'm writing this post to give other people like me a better idea of how an 'average' applicant will do. I think that my GPA, research, and other activities are pretty good, but they aren't stellar like a lot of the other people here - I could have definitely made my profile look a lot better. Everyone with better research and GPAs, that's seriously phenomenal and I know you'll go far :D ! Hope that everyone gets into their dream school, best of luck!!!
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anonymous_dude
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by anonymous_dude » Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:02 pm

Undergrad Institution: Private Research University in US (Top 45 overall in country. Good physics rep)
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: Unknown
Overall GPA: 3.77
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Idk but probably good?
Type of Student: White Male Domestic

GRE Scores: hahahahahhahahahahahahha

TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience:
Currently: Working remotely for a large research lab in CA writing custom sims for quantum networks design, will join them in the summer as an in-person intern.

Summer 2021: I worked on a military research contract on quantum networks, resulting in an extensive confidential report which I authored, although it cannot be shared publicly, however I can still put the title and the fact that I was first author on my apps so I feel like this still counts as something. My advisor told me that because of the credibility of the contract I worked on, this is nearly impressive as a regular publication.

Summer 2020: Interned for a quantum computing startup company, wrote simulations of light-matter interactions for our commercial quantum memory device. I also performed tabletop optical experiments to test our hardware. I'm getting a letter of rec from the CTO.

Home institution: Research for the past three years in a lab focused on Nitrogen Vacancy Center research, worked with optical instruments and ran experiments. Covid during my junior year pretty much ruined chance of publishing with them. However, I've done a lot of cool stuff with them and am getting a letter of rec from my PI.

Capstone project: Conducting my capstone on applying quantum cryptography and network protocols to current blockchain schemes. Basically trying to propose a model for a decentralized quantum cryptocurrency which is insured via the no-cloning theorem. Presented at one regional APS conference, and will also be presenting at the APS March meeting. Getting a letter of rec from my supervisor.

So, I'd say my biggest advantage is my research is very focused on what I want to do, and is overall really good. However, no "real" publications :oops: This I think will be a main factor should places choose to reject me.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans high honor every year. 50% tuition scholarship.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Co-founder of my schools undergraduate research society.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Nah.

Special Bonus Points: Really good letters of rec from the CEO of the company I worked for, my lab PI, and my capstone advisor.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Idk I'm taking a grad math course if that helps haha.

Applying to Where: I just wanna do cool quantum stuff man :roll:

Reach
Harvard - Quantum Engineering - Quantum Networks - SUBMITTED
Chicago - Quantum Engineering - Quantum Networks - SUBMITTED
Chicago - Physics - Quantum Networks -SUBMITTED
UIUC - Physics - Quantum Networks
Stanford - Physics - Quantum Networks - SUBMITTED

Target
UT Austin - Physics - Quantum Networks - Hoping this is a safety but who really knows anymore... - SUBMITTED Interview 12/20
UCLA - Physics - Quantum Networks - SUBMITTED
Duke - Physics - you guessed it...Quantum Networks - SUBMITTED
Boulder - Physics - Quantum Networks - SUBMITTED

I just wanna say something as well. I feel like forums like this can make some people (including myself) feel insecure or bad about how they did in college. I just wanna say this: I turned in stuff late too, I've skipped classes before too, I've finished courses and felt like I learned nothing before too. It took a lot of extensions, luck, teachers, and good peers to get me where I am. Each person dealt with challenges like Covid in their own way, and if you're feeling inadequate, know that every person, no matter how impressive or average their profile looks, had to work through this crap as well. :D
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antonio.najera
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by antonio.najera » Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:37 pm

Deleated
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astronomerrier
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by astronomerrier » Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:16 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large state school, average reputation in physics (~50th)
Major(s): Astronomy (primary) & physics (secondary)
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.97
Overall GPA: 3.98
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: near top?
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Scores: took the general GRE and did relatively well, but none of my schools require it so it doesn't matter ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Specifically chose schools that didn't require the physics GRE, screw that.

Research Experience:
  • 3 years of extragalactic astronomy research at my home institution. First author paper that'll be submitted to the journal by the time of application (or maybe a few days later, shhhhh), 2 first-author conference posters, 2 first-author conference talks, and a short piece for a popular astronomy website. One of my letters of rec.
  • One summer of extragalactic astronomy research with well-known PI at high-ranked astronomy institution. Haven't done much since the summer (gesturing towards the paper that's been eating all my time), but I've continued going to group meetings and they're one of my letters of rec.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Prestigious national STEM scholarship, award for one of my conference presentations, a few undergraduate grants from my home institution/state.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I've been the president of the astronomy club at my home institution for the last two years, and was on the eboard before that; I've been involved with SPS since freshman year and the women+ in physics group since it was founded. I've also been a TA in the physics department for the last three years in a very student-facing position: overall, I'm really emphasizing my teaching and outreach skills on my applications.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I emailed all my goal PIs to make sure they were taking students, and have gotten emails back from a few (mostly those I had a connection with already, even if that connection was like "talked one time at a conference." Not sure if this'll pay off in the admission process, but I figure it can't hurt)

Applying to Where: Sorted by due date, lol. All for observational extragalactic astronomy, some veering into observational cosmology. Star denotes contact with PI, as in they replied to my email. Let's see if it makes a difference!
University of Arizona
Harvard*
Johns Hopkins*
UCLA
University of Hawaii*
University of Maryland*
UT Austin*
Yale
Caltech Interview request 01/14/22
Indiana University*
University of Toledo
Rochester Institute of Technology

Good luck, everyone! I've been lurking on this forum (read: feeding my anxiety) for the last couple of years, and it feels a little surreal to finally be typing out my own post.
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glasscat
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by glasscat » Wed Dec 01, 2021 4:35 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large public university
Major(s): Physics, Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.9ish (Math), 3.7 (Physics)
Overall GPA: 3.81
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?): 4
Position in Class: Doesn't rank
Type of Student: DWF

GRE Scores: NO GRE REQUIRED FOR THIS YEAR (WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED). However, if you have the scores, you might just post them here.

TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: ) N/A

Research Experience:
HEP-ex data analysis (1 summer, no pubs, presented results to group)
2 summers in a HEP-ex lab (presented at lab meetings)
1 year HEP-th doing phenomenology, hoping to have a paper submitted before apps are due (I will update this post if so). Advisor has told me that I will be first author. Published an abstract and presented at CUWiP, as well as several departmental conferences and won a poster competition.
1 summer computational quantum optics, published a wolfram demonstration (not sure how much this counts for, but I am first author) and gave a plenary talk at an undergraduate conference
Graduated spring 2021 and currently working at CERN on detector hardware with the CMS experiment for a year.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some general academic scholarships, dean's list etc. I won the award for top student my Junior year.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 2.5 years, tutoring, SPS president, volunteers at a STEM outreach organization

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: I took 2 semesters of graduate level quantum mechanics and a graduate level math course, earned 4.0 my last two years of my degree

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I failed my freshman physics lab. I'm worried this will be a red flag that gets me rejected everywhere :oops: Also, I did poorly in some other classes my first two years and ended up retaking some classes, but upper level grades are all A's. If applications asked me to explain weaknesses on my application, I did have some extenuating circumstances which I told them about to explain some weak grades.

Applying to Where: All for Quantum Optics or Quantum Information
Colorado U. Boulder
UC Berkeley
U. Maryland
Dartmouth
UIUC
U. Oregon
Colorado School of Mines Physics PhD
Penn State
Colorado School of Mines (Quantum computing masters)
University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Quantum Computing Masters
NYU
U. Arizona

Perimeter Scholars International Masters degree
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
NSF GRFP

I will probably cut out some of these schools from my list before submitting apps and update this post. I expressed in my SOP that my research interests are flexible, so I'm not sure how this will affect my app.
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fingerscrossed
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by fingerscrossed » Thu Dec 02, 2021 4:58 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State School, Excellent Reputation in Physics
Major(s): Engineering Physics w/ concentration in Professional Physics
Minor(s): Econometrics
GPA in Major: 3.84
Overall GPA: 3.86
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: roughly 75th percentile
Type of Student: Domestic While Male

GRE Scores: n/a


TOEFL: n/a


Research Experience:
HEP-ex Detector R&D, Monte Carlo Sims, Data Analysis (2 years, potential pub in spring, presented results to collaboration on many occasions)
1 summer at a national lab doing accelerator physics simulations, poster session at end, internal publication at lab
Semester of Independent Study for Quantum Class

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans List, Random award for scoring highly in national Latin exam

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2 semesters TAing, Physics and Math tutoring, VP in college ambassador RSO

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: nah

Special Bonus Points: 1 grad class this semester, one next as well, strong rec letters, 1 from well connected prof

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

Applying to Where:

UIUC - Physics - HEP
Purdue - Physics - HEP
Michigan - Physics - HEP
Wisconsin - Physics - HEP
UT Austin - Physics - HEP
IU - Physics - HEP
UC Boulder - Physics - HEP
Maryland - Physics - HEP
Carnegie Melon - Physics - HEP
UChicago - Physics - HEP/Accelerator
MSU - Physics - Nuclear/Accelerator
Northwestern - Physics - HEP/Accelerator
Texas A&M - Physics - HEP/Accelerator
Stony Brook - Physics - HEP/Accelerator

crowley
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by crowley » Tue Dec 07, 2021 4:52 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small Private R2 School - Great Engineering Rep, Meh Physics rep, Meh astro rep
Major(s): B.S. Astrophysics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA in Major: School Doesn't Calculate
Overall GPA: 3.62
Length of Degree: 4 Years
Position in Class: Small Astro class (4 Students) but I believe I was #2
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Scores: frick the GRE

TOEFL: NA

Research Experience:
-Worked at a USDA Lab for 3 summers in high school, sorta irrelevant but it put me on this path.
-2.5 years modeling variable stars in python, working with TESS data
-Presented iPoster at AAS 237
-Presented slides at local astronomical society meeting
-First author paper in the works, should be at least on arxiv before final submissions
-Will present again at AAS 239

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
-2x deans list
-Graduated high honors

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
-Grading position for astronomy class for 1 semester

Special Bonus Points:
-Recommender on the TESS science team

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
-Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity member
-President of the astronomy club at my university for 3 years

Applying to Where:

Virginia Tech: Physics - Astrophysical Neutrinos
UMD: Astronomy- Exoplanets
Wisconsin Madison: Astronomy- Astrophysical Neutrinos ---REJECTED 1/6
Johns Hopkins: Astronomy- Astrophysical Neutrinos, Exoplanets
University of Arizona: Astronomy- Exoplanets, Astrobio
Penn State: Astronomy- Exoplanets, Astrophysical Neutrinos
University of Washington: Astronomy- Exoplanets
MIT: Astronomy- Exoplanets

Notes:
I reached out to professors at Virginia Tech, UMD, Arizona, Washington, and MIT. I got a surprising amount of responses and had a few zoom calls. I'm feeling confident about VTech and UMD. My partner goes to VTech, so that's a plus. Good luck everyone!
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cabzx
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by cabzx » Sat Dec 11, 2021 12:04 am

Undergrad Institution: Engineering School top in country but unknown
Major(s): Electromechanical Engineering
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 2.76/3
Overall GPA:
Length of Degree: 5
Position in Class: Top of the graduating class
Type of Student: International Male Latino

Masters Institution: Cornell
Major(s): Applied & Engineering Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.603
Overall GPA:
Length of Degree: 1
Position in Class:
Type of Student: International Male Latino

GRE Scores: NO GRE REQUIRED FOR THIS YEAR (WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED). However, if you have the scores, you might just post them here.


IELTS: 8.5 (R:9 , L:9 , S:8 , W:7 )


Research Experience:
3 years working on nonholonomic vehicles (automation and modeling). Home institution. 1 publication in small journal.
1 year at Plasma Lab, no publication.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Several national level fellowships and international scholarships.
Medals and awards from international bodies (OAS), not all in physics.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
2 years lecturer at university level (physics classes for engineers).
six months at fusion related startup.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Have two other degrees: 1 in teaching for higher education and currently working toward a MSc in Math.

Special Bonus Points:
All recommenders are from masters institution. They really want to help me succeed, have been helping me with letters since last year.
Contacted several universities beforehand and had some emails and at least one Zoom Call with relevant faculty. Faculty at Warwick was super helpful (they require that you email them before making the application).
Received a lot of help from the NSE and Physics GAAP Programs at MIT, they helped me by answering questions and reviewing my CV and Statement of Purpose (had nice stories about how some kids with 2.9 GPAs make it to the end of the program and guys with 4.0s drop out).

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Other languages include Spanish and Russian
Have started some companies and worked outside academia (in Personal Statement)


Applying to Where:

US
MIT - Physics - Plasma/Fusion
MIT - NSE - Plasma/Fusion
Princeton - PPPL - Plasma/Fusion
UW-Madison - EE - Plasma/Fusion
UW-Madison - NEEP - Plasma/Fusion
UW-Madison - Physics - Plasma/Fusion
Caltech - Applied Physics - Plasma/Fusion

UK
University of Oxford - Theoretical Physics - Plasma/Fusion
University of Warwick - Physics - Plasma/Fusion -- Interview DEC/22
Imperial College London - Physics - Plasma/Fusion

Other
EPFL - Plasma Physics - Plasma/Fusion

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Last year I applied to University of York (UK) but got rejected. Also got rejected from HPPL (Max Planck Institute). Here is hoping that I can get into one of these universities. I will need funding for some, but I may be able to get it from government scholarships. Competition is tough this year, many applicants means that you can get caught in the weed.

Pietroza123
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by Pietroza123 » Fri Dec 17, 2021 8:48 am

Undergraduate Institution: Top Latin America school - good physics reputation
GPA: 9.1/10
Length of Degree: 3.5
Position in Class: 4
Type of Student: International white male

Graduate Institution: same as undergrad institution (still in progress)
GPA: 4/4
Length of Degree: 1
Position in Class: do not have this in graduate school
Type of Student: International white male


TOEFL: 106 (30R, 28L, 23S, 25W)

GRE:
Q: 169 (94%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 4.0 (54%)
P: 910 (82%)

Research Experience:

- 3 years of studying neural networks using statistical mechanics methods. One poster and currently writing a first-authored paper.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
2.5 years of undergraduate scholarship for research and 1 year of graduate scholarship, the scholarships that I obtained are the hardest to obtain in my country.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 1 semester of tutoring in a statistical mechanics course

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Did 6 graduate courses, I scored A in all of them (here we score 0-10 in undergraduate courses and F-A in graduate courses). I also did 5 graduate courses in maths in the summer, scored A in all of them. Participated in some workshops.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: My advisor wrote a strong letter of recommendation I believe, other 2 letters of reccomendation come from course instuctors and probably good. I wrote to advisors that I am willing to work with, received positive answers and confirmation that they have space in their labs.

I mainly applied looking forward to work on theoretical biophysics or complex systems.

Applying to Where:

Rice - Physics.
UCSD - Physics with specialization in quantitative biology.
Cornell - Physics.
Emory - Physics. - Interview 01/21
University of Washington - Physics.
WUSTL - Physics.
UPenn - Physics.
Penn State - Physics.
Northwestern - Physics.
Northeastern - Physics.
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fedeambro
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by fedeambro » Fri Dec 17, 2021 9:59 am

Undergrad Institution: Top 2 UK Institution
Major(s): Mathematical and Theoretical Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: NA (current student)
Overall GPA: NA
Length of Degree: 1
Position in Class: NA
Type of Student: International white (European)


Undergrad Institution: Top 3 Italian Institution Physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): NA
GPA in Major: NA
Overall GPA: 29.7/30
Length of Degree: 3
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: International white (European)

GRE Scores: NO GRE REQUIRED FOR THIS YEAR (WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED). However, if you have the scores, you might just post them here.


IELTS: 8.0 Overall, 9R -8.5L -7W - 6.5S


Research Experience: 3 International research experiences in High Energy Physics - Theory + 2 research thesis. 1 conferences talk and 1 Seminar in international research Institutions. 2 first-author papers in preparation (HEP-Th and MathPhys), 1 paper on Astro-Th on Arxiv
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 2 travel awards, top of the class every year, 5 scholarships

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Research stay in an international institution. Employed in outreach company.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Finished my bachelor courses in advance

Special Bonus Points: 3 strong recommendation letters: 1 famous professor in HEP-Th and 1 Post Doc in top US institution all research-based. Contacted various PoI that encouraged me to apply because of research affinities

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

Applying to Where:

Princeton - Physics- Theoretical Physics -HEP-Th
Caltech- Physics- Theoretical Physics -HEP-Th
MIT - Physics- Theoretical Physics -HEP-Th
Harvard - Physics- Theoretical Physics -HEP-Th
Stanford - Physics- Theoretical Physics -HEP-Th
Stony Brook - Physics- Theoretical Physics -HEP-Th
Oxford - Mathematics - Mathematical Physics
UChicago - Physics- Theoretical Physics -HEP-Th

sphericalharmonics
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by sphericalharmonics » Thu Dec 23, 2021 6:20 am

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Undergrad Institution: Small and relatively unknown research school
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA in Major: 9.2/10
Overall GPA: 8.8/10
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: top
Type of Student: International male

GRE Scores: NO GRE REQUIRED FOR THIS YEAR (WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED).

TOEFL: (R: 29 , L: 29 , S: 23, W: 28)


Research Experience: 2 years of research exp - 1 year (junior year) under prof at home university in cosmological parameter estimation, 1 year (final year) thesis project on astrophysical system modeling and parameter estimation at a top US institute, 1 summer of research writing internship in Quantum Computation in sophomore year at a major national institute.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Twice in the dean's list; merit-based scholarship holder for all four years of UG; a few other scholarships for attending national/international schools; rank in national level physics examination.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: tutor for more than a year (but independent of UG college), 1 semester of on-campus job experience.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: a couple of leadership roles in various clubs and societies, numerous summer/winter schools in astrophysics/cosmology.

Special Bonus Points: undertaken grad-level courses in cosmology, QFT, HEP, and GTR. Two of the recommenders are my research advisors, while the third was an instructor in three courses I did extremely well in, so expecting strong LORs. Displayed persistent interest in Astro/cosmo research in CV through various workshops/schools I attended throughout UG.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Only applied to places where I had contacted at least 1 potential supervisor with a positive response (i.e. them encouraging me to apply after looking at my CV)

Applying to Where (theory everywhere unless specified otherwise):

Caltech - Physics - Astrophysics, Cosmology, HEP
UMich - Physics - Cosmology, HEP
MIT - Physics - Astrophysics, Cosmology, HEP
Johns Hopkins - Physics - Cosmology, HEP
PennState - Physics - Gravity, Astrophysics, Cosmology
UC, Santa Cruz - Physics - Astrophysics, Cosmology, HEP
UIUC - Physics - Gravity, Astrophysics, Cosmology, HEP

JaxzanProditor
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by JaxzanProditor » Wed Jan 05, 2022 8:22 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large private school, good physics reputation
Major(s): Physics, Math
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.97
Overall GPA: 3.98
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Unranked, but near top
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores:
Physics: 900 (81st percentile)

Research Experience:
2 years in hep-ex at home university. Spent one summer doing an REU. Publication in preprint with another on the way.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Dean's List
Research grant from school (2 semesters)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Vice President for my school's SPS chapter
Learning Assistant for two semesters
Peer mentor for the physics department

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
None

Special Bonus Points:
Taken a couple of grad math/physics classes. Two of my letters are from professors I did research with, one of whom is not at my home university.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
None

Applying to Where:

Reach:
MIT - Physics - Theory
Harvard - Physics - Theory
UCSB - Physics - Theory

Target:
UMD - Physics - Theory
UCSD - Physics - Theory
University of Washington - Physics - Theory
UIUC - Physics - Theory
Stony Brook - Physics - Theory

Safety:
Rutgers - Physics - Theory
VTech - Physics - Theory
Pitt - Physics - Theory

govsunset
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by govsunset » Sat Jan 08, 2022 12:52 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State School, ~ 50 in Physics
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
GPA in Major: Phys - 3.72, Math - 4.00
Overall GPA: 3.82
Length of Degree: 4 Years
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Scores : Did not take

Research Experience:
- Dark Matter Phenomenology - 2 Summers, 3 Semesters (~20 Months):
3 APS Presentations, 1 3rd Author Paper
- Computational Mathematical Physics - 2 Summers, 3 Semesters (~18 Months):
1 Presentation, 1 Thesis
- Nuclear Experiment - 1 Semester (~5 Months):

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Physics Department Scholarship
- Summer Research Stipend - 2 Summers

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- Mathematics Department Teaching Assistant and Grader - 4 Semesters
- Mathematics Directed Reading Program - 1 Semester
1 Presentation
- Physics Department Student Assistant - 1 Semester

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- Won my school’s Integral Bee as a freshman :)

Special Bonus Points:
- 1 Graduate Mathematics course (Received an A)
- 1 Graduate Physics course (Received an A)
- 2 Recommenders have Wikipedia Page, all 3 Recommenders are professors I have done research for.
- Mentioned that I will be taking QFT in the spring

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- 3 years in a Freshman Orientation organization
- 2 years in the University's equivalent of Student Council
- Rutgers, BU, UW, Pitt, Brown, and Stony Brook all received my fall grades in which my Cumulative GPA increased to a 3.86 and my Physics GPA increased to a 3.8

Applying to Where:

All HEP-EX

UPenn
Johns Hopkins
UCLA
Wisconsin
Washington
Ohio State
Stony Brook
Rutgers
Brown
Florida
Boston University
New York University
Pitt
Northeastern

eskin
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by eskin » Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:29 pm

Undergrad Institution: Best ranked school for physics in Turkey
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: No such thing
Overall GPA: 3.24 (Grade deflation made all of us cry)
Length of Degree: 5 years
Position in Class: 12th among 171
Type of Student: International white male

GRE Scores: NO GRE.


TOEFL: (R: 28, L: 25, S: 24, W: 23)


Research Experience:
-1.5 years on stochastic population dynamics with an independent researcher (1 paper in a journal with impact factor 1.3, 1 first-author peer-reviewed conference paper, 4 oral presentations in international conferences).
-1 year on machine learning in my home institution (1 first-author paper is in final preparation).
-2 months on complex systems science in Notre Dame (ongoing).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: 2 good lors (I believe). Also, I had a rough sophomore year, but I did a 3.79 GPA in the last two semesters and have a good position in the class.


Applying to Where:

Notre Dame - Physics - Soft Matter and Biological Physics:
Virginia Tech -Physics - Soft Matter and Biological Physics:
Pittsburgh - Physics - Soft Matter and Biological Physics:
Rochester - Physics - Soft Matter and Biological Physics:
IST Austria - Graduate School - Soft Matter and Biological Physics:
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welcome_green
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by welcome_green » Mon Jan 10, 2022 4:32 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state university, good physics reputation. Home university in Germany
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.7 in Germany, 4.0 in the US
Overall GPA: 3.7
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Upper mid / top (?)
Type of Student: International, white, non-hispanic

GRE Scores: NOPE - did not submit (760 / 58 percentile, but I think it is too bad for my choices)


TOEFL: 118
(R: 30 , L: 29, S: 29, W: 30)


Research Experience:
1. German university: Dark Matter detection, 1 year, publication in preparation, main author
2. Undergrad research in the US: Molecular spectroscopy, 4 months, no publication

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: One scholarship, some awards during high school

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Several tutor jobs, drafting lecture notes etc

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: A lot of leadership experience, president positions and social engagement

Special Bonus Points: Some grad classes, QFT with an A+, at least one very good letter from my prof who was my research supervisor + for whom I wrote lecture notes!

Applying to Where:

Princeton - Physics PhD - Dark Matter
Yale - Physics PhD - Dark Matter
Harvard - Physics PhD - Dark Matter
Stanford - Physics PhD - Dark Matter
Cambridge - Physics Master - Dark Matter - Interview 01/13/22
Imperial college - Physics Master - No specification
Caltech - Physics PhD - Dark Matter
Cornell - Physics PhD - Dark Matter
Max-Planck Institute for Physics - Physics Master / joint supervision with my university - Particle Physics - Interview December 5th - ACCEPTED December 5th during the interview (lol)

I know - all of them are high reach. But I take the chance and give it a shot.
If I get declined I am more than fine since I already have a secured Master at the Max-Planck institute in Germany - so I might as well try and see what US schools have to say :)
Actually, I am not even sure if I would accept any offer if I get one since I want to move away from Dark Matter sooner or later. So, I consider this application cycle more as "testing the waters" than a real application. Let's see!
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Jlynxie
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by Jlynxie » Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:22 am

Undergrad Institution: Big state university ~ 50 in Physics
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Chemistry and Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.958
Overall GPA: 3.982
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: upper? doesn't do ranking
Type of Student: Domestic, Asian, male

GRE Scores:
V:160
Q:166
A:5

TOEFL: (R: , L: , S: , W: ): Does not apply


Research Experience:
1. At my university: Biophysical research using NMR techniques. Around 8 months and ongoing
2. At the hospital: Medical Physics research. Around 8 months and ongoing


Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Deans list every semester/year

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Worked as a medical physics assistant at the University's hospital for around 3 years.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: none

Special Bonus Points: Have a recommendation letter from the head of the medical physics program at my College

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

Applying to Where:

All Medical Physics programs

University of Chicago - PhD
UCLA - PhD | Invited for Interview
LSU - MS
Md Anderson UTHealth- MS

University of Nevada - DMP
Wayne - MS
Kentucky - MS
UW-Madison - PhD | Invited for Interview

Oklahoma - MS
Cleveland - MS
VCU - MS
Toledo - MS

UPENN - MS
Duke - MS
Oregon - MS
Hofstra - MS

alion22
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by alion22 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:07 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big public school, very good physics rep
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Math
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.99
Length of Degree: 4 yrs
Position in Class: idk exactly, but i'm guessing near the top
Type of Student: domestic female

GRE Scores: didn't take (they cancelled twice!!)

TOEFL: N/A

Research Experience: Mostly at my school; 2 years of cosmology research, mostly computational. By graduation, 2 years of CMT, with a publication in preparation rn. I've given a few talks at conferences (including APS March Meeting + AAS), as well as a few posters.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list, a department research fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Been a tutor for 2 years, teach a seminar class. Have graded for classes as well.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Pretty involved in equity and inclusion work.

Special Bonus Points: I think all my letters were strong, and I submitted 4 to all the ones that would accept an extra; my main research supervisor is pretty well connected at the universities I applied to. Also have taken 4 grad classes, done well in all of them.

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

Applying to Where:

Caltech - Physics - CMT/QI (Jan. 13 Interview request)
MIT - Physics - CMT/QI/HEP-th
Stanford - Physics - CMT/QI/HEP-th
University of California, Berkeley - Physics - CMT/QI/HEP-th
Princeton - Physics - CMT/QI
Harvard - Physics - CMT/QI
Oxford - Physics - CMT
University of California, Santa Barbara - Physics - CMT/QI/HEP-th
University of Colorado, Boulder - Physics - CMT (Jan. 14 Accepted)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Physics - CMT/QI/HEP-th
University of Maryland, College Park - Physics - CMT/QI/HEP-th
Boston University - Physics - CMT
Perimeter Scholars International - Masters Program (Dec. 14 Accepted)

Fellowships:
NSF GRFP
Ford Foundation
Hertz - Jan. 15 First round interview
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phygre123
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by phygre123 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 2:26 am

Undergrad Institution: Local Institution of South Asian Country
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Chemistry, Mathematics
GPA in Major: 3.6
Overall GPA: 3.7 with thesis
Length of Degree: 5 yrs B.Sc. and M.Sc.
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: International, male

GRE Scores: Quant 168, Verbal 148, Pgre 620(I took it despite covid-19 to maintain the standard of grad school in the future, specifically to support international students who have to demonstrate these scores to compete with domestic candidate)


TOEFL: (R: 27 , L:27 , S:22 , W:24 )


Research Experience: Theses dissertation, condensed matter, one year, no publication but has highly important as it is related with DFT and programming, qip21.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: No. Not related with the application

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Teacher and lecturers of Modern physics

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: No. if these maintain the reputation of institution then I think I will add, however we need fair competition.

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

Applying to Where:
Cuny - Condensed Matter
Penn State
FSU
UIUC
University of Washington
Northeastern
Iowa
Safety
Utsa
Arkansas
Utah

physicist111
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by physicist111 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:31 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign in Mexico, Top 110, Overall reputation
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 9.7/10.0
Overall GPA: 9.7/10.0 (equivalent to a 3.94 US GPA)
Length of Degree: 4.5 years
Position in Class: Top 5%
Type of Student: International Latino male

GRE Scores: No GRE due to COVID

IELTS: 7.5 overall; reading 8.0, listening 8.0, writing 7.0, speaking 6.5

Research Experience: Three semesters research experience. Three publications and two forthcoming papers. Two first author papers, one published. One second author paper under review. Precision cosmology, and modified gravity.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Scholarship for a research internship in Astroparticle Physics in Spain. Scholarship for the production of a thesis on dark energy. Lead two research projects without the aid of a Professor or a PhD. One of those is published and the other under review.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Letters of recommendation three well known researchers.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

US
Princeton University - Physics - Observational Cosmology
University of Chicago - Astronomy and Astrophysics - Observational Cosmology
Johns Hopkins University - Physics and Astronomy - Cosmology and Gravity

Canada
Perimeter Institute (MSc) - Theoretical Physics
University of Toronto - Astronomy and Astrophysics - Cosmology
McGill University (MSc) - Physics - High Energy Physics

UK
University of Oxford (DPhil) - Astrophysics - Cosmology

nootnoot_
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by nootnoot_ » Sat Jan 15, 2022 2:12 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 5
Major(s): Physics, Chemistry
Minor(s):
GPA in Major:
3.86
Overall GPA: 3.87
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: probably fine
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores: No GRE due to Covid

Research Experience: Unproductive wet lab chemistry work for two years before Covid, switched to a computational solid state group at the start of junior year and have a first author manuscript I'm submitting Feb 2022 (I highlighted it in my apps even though it wasn't submitted then). No internships but I did have one get cancelled because of Covid that I mentioned. I was also asked by a prof I took a grad class with to coauthor a review on a "trendy" topic in computational chemistry (also not submitted by app time), and I'm writing a second senior thesis in chemistry with them. I'm applying to do a mix of condensed matter theory and materials simulations.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Physics honors society, a few Zoom talks given to large collaborations but no conferences and no pubs by submission time.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutored orgo and gen chem, TA'd an upper level class on quantum materials, notetaker for students with learning disabilities.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: I took a lot of grad courses (solid state I/II, QFT I, grad math methods, three catalysis courses in the chem department, and a few more planned Spring '22) and did quite well in them + got recs saying so. I submitted four strong rec letters to every school I could, and I think they are by far the most significant factor of my application. My rec writers are well connected at most of the schools I applied to. Without any pubs, I am relying on making an impression as a strong student who's capable of theory work, the latter of which helps especially for applied physics programs.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: NSF GRFP applicant, I think one of my advisors mentioned in their rec letter that they suspect I'll get it

Applying to Where:

Physics-ish
UC Berkeley: Physics - CMT/materials
Harvard: Applied Physics - CMT/materials, PI interview 1/13
Caltech: Applied Physics - CMT/materials
UT Austin: Physics - CMT/materials

Other
Stanford: Materials Science & Engineering
UChicago: Chemistry (Jan. 15 Accepted)
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burnbadd
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by burnbadd » Sat Jan 15, 2022 3:01 pm

Undergrad Institution: University of Cambridge
Major(s): Natural Sciences, specialised in Physics (We don't have a physics major)
Minor(s): NA
Overall GPA: 3.73
Length of Degree: 3 years
Position in Class: Probably just middle, I kinda bombed my second year
Type of Student: Domestic East Asian Male

GRE Scores:
Physics GRE: 960 (92nd percentile)

Even tho the physics GRE this year is optional, I still decided to take it at the last minute. Would recommend the book "Conquering the Physics GRE by Yoni Kahn" if you're preparing for the physics GRE. I would say I was quite lucky with this one since I only spent a week reading this book and did no past papers.

TOEFL: NA

Research Experience: 3 months of research experience at an institute from home(East Asia) during the summer of 2021. The topic was in the field of computational cosmology and the research was carried out entirely by myself, currently drafting a paper with me as the first author. I came up with some new algorithms and applied them to the observational data of the Cosmic Microwave Background, trying to analyse the topology of the universe and the local group.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A scholarship in the first year. Didn't get it in the Second year since I spent too much time clubbing/drinking.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked at a crypto investment firm as a summer intern and built some numerical models for BTC price prediction.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Built a few numerical models for my personal projects (like just for fun). Including the simulation of the spreading of COVID-19, an AI that plays connect-four, and a simulation of the 2D Ising model.

Special Bonus Points: I have visited some PI's and their labs at Harvard and MIT. By visit, I mean like a one day visit, not like a visiting student.
Special anti-Bonus Points: I am only in the final year of my 3-year undergrad degree, unlike most of the applicants from Europe that are doing their 1-year (fourth year) Masters. Have only one research experience, and it is not related to the field that I am applying to (Quantum Computing)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am not a pure domestic student, I have dual nationality and one of them is American.

Applying to Where:

Harvard - Physics - Quantum Information(Exp)
Harvard - Applied Physics - Quantum Information(Exp)
Harvard - Quantum Science&Engineering - Quantum Information(Exp)
MIT - Physics - Quantum Information(Exp)
Princeton - Physics - Quantum Information(Exp)
Yale - Physics - Quantum Information(Exp)


If you have received an invitation to an interview at any of these schools, please share it here! We can prepare for them together!
Good luck to all of you :D

Adebowale
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by Adebowale » Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:21 am

Undergrad Institution: large public US school, pretty good physics reputation
Major(s): Physics, Pure Math
GPA in Major: 3.7
Overall GPA: 3.57
Length of Degree: 4 yrs
Position in Class: top 15% at least
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Scores: lol good one


Research Experience:
-2.5 years home institution; galaxy simulations and analysis using python; presented at AAS conference and at home institution; senior thesis
-summer internship at NASA JPL; AGN observations and data reduction using python and SQL, tons of third party libraries; presented at JPL and home institution

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
-highly selective year-long research fellowship at my institution
-scholarship for outstanding physics majors freshman year
-low-key summer research scholarship at my school
-Dean's List several times

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
At my school the physics majors take introductory physics separately from everyone else. I tutored this class for 3 years as well as during covid on Zoom

Special Bonus Points:
2 grad classes: general relativity and classical mechanics. My main research advisor/LoR writer is relatively well-known/cited in the field. My other LoR writers were my mentor for the JPL internship and the professor of the intro physics class that I tutor.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
My school is very highly ranked in social mobility and I talked about how this along with tutoring students from historically underrepresented backgrounds has influenced my choice to pursue a career in physics. I also emailed TONS of possible future phd advisors and got largely very positive responses so hopefully my reaching out will pay off. Not sure how to feel about this, but I got a C in quantum 1. However; I ended up with an B in quantum 2 and an A in quantum 3. This was during the start of covid.

Applying to Where:

super reach:

Caltech - Astrophysics
Cornell - Astronomy
UC Santa Cruz - Astrophysics
Univ of Maryland, College Park - Astronomy
Columbia - Astronomy
Yale - Astronomy
Washington - Astronomy

reach:

Johns Hopkins - Astronomy
UC Los Angeles - Astrophysics
UC San Diego - Astronomy
Northwestern - Astronomy
Purdue - Physics
Univ of Arizona - Astrophysics
Univ of MN, Twin Cities - Astrophysics
UC Irvine - Astronomy

match (hopefully??):

ASU - Astrophysics
University of Oregon - Physics
UMass Amherst - Astronomy
Iowa State - Astrophysics
George Mason - Physics

1/16/22:
I found this site my freshman year and have been excited/dreading the application process since. To future readers: WARNING, these blogs and forums are not for the faint of heart! Don't get discouraged seeing loads of 4.0 GPA's on here, it is a poor representation of the general undergraduate physics community. Focus on your research on you should be fine. To everyone else, good luck! I will try to post updates as I start hearing back from schools.

astro2022
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by astro2022 » Mon Jan 17, 2022 9:38 am

Undergrad Institution: Top Canadian school, good physics reputation
Major(s): Honours Physics
Minor(s):
GPA in Major: 3.81
Overall GPA: 3.81
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top 10%
Type of Student: Domestic

GRE Scores: Did not take
TOEFL: N/A

Research Experience: 1 summer of experimental 21cm cosmology research at home institution, Research thesis on theoretical 21cm cosmology at home institution, 1 NSERC USRA fellowship at other top Canadian university working on gravitational lensing + research project continuing this work at home institution, publication in preparation

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Dean's list
- Several academic scholarships from home institution
- NSERC USRA fellowship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: University level math and physics tutor for 2 years

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Several research/journal presesentations, lots of graduate astrophysics coursework

Special Bonus Points: Know that at least 2 of my 3 letters are really good, all 3 recommenders are fairly well known in astro/cosmo circles

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: National team athlete during undergrad (for however little that's worth)

Applying to Where:

ASTROPHYSICS (mostly PhD)

Arizona
Columbia
McGill (MSc)
MIT
Northwestern
Princeton
UC Irvine
UCLA
UofT - Interview invite on Jan 17th
UPenn
Washington

MEDICAL PHYSICS (all MSc)

UBC - Accepted via email on Jan 15th ($26k TA/RA funding)
UdeM
McGill
UVic
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arbitrary_anon
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by arbitrary_anon » Mon Jan 17, 2022 12:49 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top Canadian institution (good rep in physics & astro)
Major(s): Honours Physics
Overall GPA: 3.95
Length of Degree: 3
Position in Class: Near top probably? On Dean's List
Type of Student: Domestic female

GRE Scores: N/A (thank god...)


TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience:
- 1 summer fellowship at multidisciplinary institution in home city on observational exoplanet stuff; co-author paper submitted to the Astronomical Journal before application deadlines
- 1 year on theoretical 21cm cosmology at home institution; no publication
- 1 summer fellowship (SURF) at Caltech + currently on computational cosmology; first-author paper submitted to ApJ and posted on arXiv before application deadlines, 2 co-author papers in prep to be submitted probably in February

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Apart from the two summer fellowships, have a couple of departmental scholarships and Dean's List

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Nope

Special Bonus Points: Rec letters should be strong (& all from profs I've done research with); main PI seems to be well-connected at most of the below institutions; will have taken 6 graduate-level classes my the time I graduate. Also I am Woman 8)

Applying to Where:

Applying in computational and theoretical cosmology and astrophysics.

MSc:
UofT - Physics
Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) (early application) [Accepted Dec. 17th]

PhD:
Berkeley - Astro
UC Santa Cruz - Astro
Columbia - Astro
Northwestern - Physics
MIT - Physics
Harvard - Physics
University of Washington - Astro
Princeton - Astro Interview invite Jan 7th
UC Irvine - Physics [Accepted Jan. 10th w/ Chancellor's Fellowship]
Carnegie Mellon - Physics
Caltech - Physics Interview invite Jan 13th
Stanford - Physics
UCLA - Astro

Been a lurker on this forum since last year, so feels strange to now be the poster :?

rando
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Re: 2022 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

Post by rando » Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:25 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top Canadian institution, good reputation in physics
Major(s): Honours Physics
Overall GPA: 3.64
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Definitely not top, probably not the lowest
Type of Student: Domestic female

GRE Scores: N/A
TOEFL: N/A


Research Experience:
- 4 years with 3 different advisors, mix of theory and experiment (all astro/cosmology).
- First author paper on the arxiv at the time of applications.
- Talks at 2 (small) conferences

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Research funded by awards from my home institution for 2 summers

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- In SPS for 2 years, was president the second year
- 3 years of involvement in outreach activities in department

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- Some graduate coursework

Special Bonus Points:
- My letter writers seem pretty well connected in the field

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- Dual citizen with latin american country and did my elementary/high school education in home country
- Minority: female and latina

Applying to Where:

Applying in theoretical and experimental cosmology and astrophysics

MSc:
UofT - Astro [Invited to interview Jan 17th]
UBC - Physics [Accepted via email Jan 15th]

PhD:
MIT - Physics [Invited to interview Jan 10th]
UChicago - Astro [Invited to interview Jan 8th]
UPenn [Invited to interview Jan 13th]
Cornell - Physics
Yale - Physics
UC San Diego - Physics
ASU - Astro



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