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Help with graduate ChemE application

  1. Nov 19, 2011 #1
    Help with graduate ChemE application!!!!

    I really want to apply to MIT for the ChemE Phd program and apparently they look at your class rank quite a bit....I might not have a very good class rank, let alone be the top student!!
    What are my chances going to be if I spend about 2.5 doing research and get a publication or 2?
    Did anyone actually get into mit with not so stellar grades? If so what did they/you do?
    On average how many publications should I aim for?
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  3. Nov 19, 2011 #2
    Re: Help with graduate ChemE application!!!!

    i dont think you have a chance without really good grades, and most people applying will have at least 1 publication. . .
  4. Nov 30, 2011 #3
    Re: Help with graduate ChemE application!!!!

    Well thanks Highway! Atleast 1? What's the most you've seen an applicant publish/have accepted?

    Do you have any other recommendations from me? I take it I would probably need perfect GRE scores ( Quant.) and LORs but what about the extra stuff like Volunteering and other jobs? A minor perhaps? Anything to give myself an edge compared to others?
  5. Nov 30, 2011 #4
    Re: Help with graduate ChemE application!!!!

    i know of a girl who took time off between undergrad and worked in a lab for a few years before starting her phd. she had ~20 publications, most of them being co-authors, due to her heavy involvement in the lab. she pretty much wrote her ticket to the grad program of her choice.

    i dont think you realize that a lot of kids who get into programs like that have (marshall) scholarships, 2+ majors, numerous awards, many ECs, etc. it's not like they all do just one or two things and get accepted, they do almost everything, and do them all well.

    i know of someone who got into stanford, pton, etc for engineering as a marshall scholar, and to even get that award he was rejected with one publication, applied again with 3 publications and won it. he was a 4.0 student.

    this might not be what you want to hear, but it's the truth. . .

    see if you can find some grad student web pages at mit and if they have their cv / work posted. . . make sure you're wearing a diaper though.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
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