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Informative graffiti.

Informative graffiti.

Well I did not expect this to happen, I have been accepted to every graduate program I applied too (I was accepted to Wisconsin’s Engineering Physics program this morning). On one hand it makes we wish I had applied to harder programs or some of the more prestigious ones, on the other hand I didn’t apply to those because I did not want to go to them (say Berkeley or Stanford).

I guess I will use my long plane flight home from Wisconsin to decide which University to go to for graduate school.

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So many choices.

So many choices.

I just received an e-mail from the Univiersity of Wisconsin Madison, I have been accepted to the Physics department. No official details yet as it seems that the graduate school determines all of those while the department selects the students.

No word yet from the Engineering Physics department.

For the application to the Physics department I did not actually contact any professors ahead of time. I e-mailed a few in the Engineering Physics department but never actually got around to contacting those in physics. On the application there was even a space that asked me to list those I had contacted and I left it blank. Furthermore I just sort of resent the personal statement I wrote for the Engineering Physics over to Physics, though to be fair a majority of it is the same.

Goes to show that contacting professors may not have a positive effect, or that those I did contact are in both departments.

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The temperature dropped to the year low of 32 F during the night, I am glad winter is over.

The temperature dropped to the year low of 32 F during the night, I am glad winter is over.

I received an e-mail from the University of New Hampshire physics department this morning: I have been accepted to the PhD program.

That puts me at two for two, or a one hundred percent acceptance rate so far. With more then one acceptance I really need to start figuring out a good way to evenly compare the programs and locales to help decide on the graduate school that fits me best. While I think that there are some basics that can be compared like pay, location, health benefits and all of that, what will probably decide it for me will be the trip out to the schools.

The science and the pay are important things to consider, however I will be living at this location for at least five years so the location will become a heavy consideration. Same with experiencing the airports, the local public transit and photographic potential within walking distance. Weather too might factor into it.

Luckily both schools so far are willing to fly me out for either open days or visiting. Unlike studying abroad it is not so easy to decide on a location without ever being there. Visiting in February/March will also give me a taste of Winter, something that I have only partially experienced once.

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Applying to graduate school is a long journey.

Applying to graduate school is a long journey.

I was shocked this week to find that the University of Washington has sent out their decision on graduate applications. Maybe not the whole school but the Earth and Space Science Department did, on Friday I heard from them.

And I have been accepted into the University of Washington’s Earth and Space Science department as a Research Assistant in the Experimental Space Science group. Neat.

Now that I have actually been accepted to one place I feel that I can start a series of posts describing my process of applying to graduate school from the start to now. I did not want to start this until I actually got in so I would have some legitimate claim to know what I am talking about, though this has not stopped me before.

I will also add a page describing all of my info along with school I have applied too and their responses if any so far. I hope this will help give someone with a similar situation an idea of where they can get in. I would like to note that I took the template and the idea from the Physics GRE Discussion forum and their thread on applications.

A general outline of what I hope to cover:

  • How to find a graduate school.
  • Contacting schools and professors.
  • The Physics GRE
  • Organizing and tackling online applications.
  • Writing a personal statement.
  • What to do once the online application is complete.
  • Alternatives to graduate school.

Since I have not started I will probably change or elaborate as more things come to my mind. 

I am just excited that the first school I heard back from was an acceptance, the same happened when I applied to college except the rest were rejections (luckily UCSB was my first choice). I hope the rest of my graduate applications are not rejections but if they are the University of Washington is one of my top choices (I had not distinct number one).

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