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Electrical Engineering PhD application

  1. Oct 26, 2015 #1
    Hi guys,

    I am a senior EE undergrad at UCLA and will be graduating this spring, 2016. I am applying for PhD programs in EE with a focus on biomedical devices (implantable devices and/or sensor networks and embedded systems).

    I am choosing which schools to apply to and would like your advice. Here are my stats:

    GPA: 3.917.
    GRE: 168 Quant, 166 Verbal.
    Standing: Top 8% of my class (expected summa cum laude).
    Letters of Rec: 2 strong, 1 med.
    Research: Two projects in biomedical devices, one patent filing, no publications.
    Extra: extensive teaching experience.

    I know I will be applying to Stanford as my reach school (they have a perfect research lab for my interest) and will apply to UCLA (for good measure, and because they do have research in the field).

    Any other schools you think would be in my range, both in terms of grades/scores and in terms of research topics? Also, what do you think are my chances with Stanford?

    Thanks for your help!
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  3. Oct 26, 2015 #2


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    If you plan to stay in academia, going to UCLA for your PhD as well may be frowned upon by some.

    You look like a strong candidate from whats available to judge... I wouldn't call Stanford that big of a reach school for you, although I would add about 7 or 8 more programs onto your wish list.
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