I searched the sub, but no answers jumped out (I might have missed it). All they care about is physics. I'm trying to find out what a good number to apply to is. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. You should strive to have letter writers who can say something good about your ability to do physics and physics research. Look for some more realistic options and look for professors who are doing interesting work and have open spots in their groups, rather than the school's name recognition. The main (and most important) way of doing this is by performing research with them. Cornell offers a 1 year masters degree in engineering, and a 1 year masters degree in teaching which includes certification. Before beginning any writing project, you should think about who your audience is, and what you want to tell them. I am in the middle of my first year of an experimental AMO physics PhD. The aim of /r/Physics is to build a subreddit frequented by physicists, scientists, and those with a passion for physics. If this belongs in the weekly thread or somewhere else, let me know. https://www.princetonreview.com/grad-school-advice/application-timeline Not particularly. Yes. The interface is working properly, and it now takes half the time to run an experiment. What I'd do is look at the research of each department, email some professors you might like to work with, and from there you could make some cuts. The other things these can help with is getting NSF fellowships. 20 might be overkill. First of all, LTL/FTP. List, from most interested to least interested: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, GPAs: 3.77 overall, 3.71 in math & physics, General GRE: 167 Verbal, 167 Math, 4.5 Writing. The statement of purpose is the most visible place to put things which you want seen.] Applied Physics Graduate Program Houston, TX. A description of research might include something like: “As part of a larger project, I updated the automated data acquisition system. But I know someone (who had probably the second highest undergrad GPA out of 20 000 students) who applied to 6 top universities in physics without even bothering to apply at his alma mater (not a bad place either). The official application deadline at the UO Physics Department is January 15, so you should aim to submit your application in December. They also provide another avenue for building relationships with faculty members (which helps you get good letters). You should talk to professors about writing you recommendation letters during the end of fall term. Also, High Energy Theory is, from what I've heard, very difficult to get into. When you are applying don't just say "I'm interested in high energy theory..." You want to say I'm interested in Prof. So-n-so's work (read some of his papers) and maybe how it connects to something you did as an undergrad. If you fail to send in a letter from a research experience, the committee will probably assume that your research experience went poorly. How many is too many? The science goals of the project was…”. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Papers from physics journals (free or otherwise) are encouraged. If you have been to a conference, mention it. From my experience, High Energy Theory is a little more competitive, but I hope this can be helpful. It wouldn't hurt to email some of these professors, but if I'm being honest you should have done this several months ago. This you should discuss with several faculty members. One of the graduate students, Bill Smith, helped me find new drivers for the analog-digital converter, but I did all of the labview programming on my own. I will tell you that a high PGRE score will help quite a lot with the big-name schools like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard, but it is not as important for some of the others on your list. They typically do not go to the top few schools though. The most useful letters of recommendation typically come from research supervisors. Search schools by region or state. [There may be somewhere else in the application where they ask for information about research, but there is nothing wrong with repetition. Anyone you do research with should write a letter — unless something disastrous happened. With a degree in physics you can go into any number of directions for further education. Was there a class project which particularly excited you? If you bomb the GRE, explain why in your statement of purpose (and tell your letter writers). A typical number is five to ten. How do I go about applying to grad school? I'm aware that 20 is too many. Letters of recommendation from faculty members, The courses you have taken and your grades in those courses, What area of physics are your interested in, Why are you applying to that particular school, Who you have talked to about your field of interest, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Research, Outreach & Teaching Opportunities, Information For Prospective Undergraduates, Physics and Friends: Diversity & Inclusion Journal Club, DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. I applied to 12 schools, 4 of which are on your list. These are not weighted as heavily as research, but they are indicators that you can succeed in graduate school. I applied to only one, as I simply continued where I was after my Master's degree. Most students have to work to find 3 good letters, and those students should certainly not send in extra. In particular, you may wish to look into: If you have a disability and are having trouble accessing information on this website or need materials in an alternate format contact [email protected] for assistance. Prospective Physics Graduate Students [ Updated on November 16, 2020 10:46 AM]. Haven't gotten results of PGRE back, but I'd guess I'm in the middle of the pack. The ability to explain a research project in a couple lines of text is an important skill, and there may be no other way for the committee to learn this information. I know it's a dense field. We have many examples of students going on to graduate school from the non-honors classes. Did you do a summer job that involved science? I had pretty similar credentials as you, and I was accepted to 4 schools. I would take the GRE very seriously. The best way to convey this message is through facts. Most faculty members will conduct a short interview with you. You may wish to include any of the following as well: This depends on the school (and sometimes the faculty member evaluating the application). November: NSF Fellowship applications due: Write your statement of purpose (see below for what should be in it). My problem: I'm considering 20 schools, to varying degrees of interest. You want to make sure you pick at least some schools you can be reasonably confident of being accepted by. Applying to 20 schools will not help if half of them are top-10 programs and you describe yourself as middle-of-the-pack. Find out about average time to graduation, and on the success of their graduates. If you took any graduate courses or unusual advanced courses, list them. Thank you for your interest in the MIT Physics graduate program! Letters from non-scientists are rarely useful. If you can afford the application fees though, more does not hurt. … If you can, talk to graduate students there. You will find that different schools have different thresholds on grades. [You will find that different research groups/communities will have their own internal “shorthand” which no other physicists will understand.] Mostly because I have a fair share of high end schools already near the top of my list, and wanted to get some schools up there that I have a chance of getting into. Some use the GRE as their principle metric. Department of Physics Oxford, Ohio. First author on paper from my CS REU work, You'd be better off asking at physicsgre.com, but from experience the average is a little above 10, (I did 10 myself). You don't appear to understand exactly how dense HET is. Look for some more realistic options and look for professors who are doing interesting work and have open spots in their groups, rather than the school's name recognition. Letters from classroom instructors tend to be less valuable (but there are exceptions). (Clothier(Professor(of(Physics(Swarthmore(College Be aware: filling out the forms and sending these in takes time. Applying to 20 schools will not help if half of them are top-10 programs and you describe yourself as middle-of-the-pack. No. Doing poor in your freshman year is generally not a problem, but if you have low grades throughout your career, or if your grades drop over time, that will probably make the admissions committee nervous.