Graduate School Prep Club:Applying to Graduate School! January 27, 2012 6:00 PM
Choosing a Grad School• Rankings• Faculty Research!• Atmosphere
Overall Rankings1. Caltech1. MIT1. University of California—Berkeley4. Harvard4. Stanford6. University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign7. Northwestern7. Scripps Research Institute7. University of Wisconsin—Madison http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate- schools/top-science-schools/chemistry-rankings
Biochemistry Rankings1. Harvard2. University of California—Berkeley3. University of California—San Francisco4. Scripps Research Institute5. University of Wisconsin—Madison6. MIT7. Stanford8. Caltech9. Yale10. University of California—San Diego
Whose research interests you?• Adviser will be most important factor of your research experience…• Choose schools with more than one faculty member whose research interests you.
Tips• Apply to a variety of schools (don’t be afraid to apply to a great school!)• Have back-up choices• Start gathering application materials early…
Any time!• Look into/begin doing undergraduate research.• Consider doing a research program during the summer.• Read journals and learn about research from faculty at other schools.• Start working on your list of schools to apply to (ask faculty for help)
Senior Year• October • request recommendation letters/transcripts • Register for GRE/chemistry GRE• November • Take GRE (or earlier), chemistry GRE (October or November)• Mid-December—Mar 1 • Apply to schools (look at your choices’ deadlines)• Jan/Feb • Hear back from schools• Feb/March • Visit accepted schools• April 15
Application Requirements• Personal statement• Previous research experience and/or interests statement• GRE/Chemistry GRE• Recommendation letters• Transcript
What do schools look at?• Grades/Courses• Research experience• Recommendations
Visitation Weekend• Travel/accommodations usually covered• Learn more about faculty research• Talk with students• Atmosphere of the program!
Myths• You have to know what area of chemistry you want to study.• Grad school is expensive.• Applying to grad school is expensive.• You should visit schools before you apply.• You have to have a great score on the chemistry GRE.• If you want a masters, you should apply to a masters program.