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Freaking out about applications

  1. Nov 15, 2009 #1
    Hello everyone,

    It's that time of the year... Applying for grad school, taking GREs and all that buisness and honestly I am freaking out. Currently waiting right now to get my PGRE scores back but it's starting to bug me and I could use a bit of persuasion that scores aren't all that.

    So here's the situation, tell me if it's hopeless or not,

    3.7 Undergrad GPA
    6 Months of Computational Physics research experience, no papers.
    3 good recommendations
    540 V/750 Q General GRE
    ? PGRE

    US-Domestic Male

    I am applying to UW-Madison and several other medical physics programs. I really have my heart set on Madison but here's what's aching me. When I first came out of the PGRE I thought I did fantastic, answered some 90 questions on it. Shortly after that I start realizing that I got such and such question wrong, you know the game.

    Gradschoolshopper.com lists really high PGRE scores for pretty much any and all grad schools. If it turns out that I only did so-so on the PGRE? Or maybe even badly... say 550-600. Are my hopes of UW-Madison just crazy?
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  3. Nov 16, 2009 #2
    I'm not gonna be useful on medical physics programs since I don't know much about those.
    But I've been there last year (applying and worrying). :smile:

    is the 6-month research at your home institution? Have you done any other research?
    Any of your recommenders well-known in their field?
    Those might affect your chances.

    And apply to various range of programs. I don't know how budget issue is this year. But according to my grad program, they're gonna make a cut on number of admitted students next year.

    good luck!
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