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Old 09-18-07, 07:43 PM   #1
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Grad School

Anyone a PhD candidate here?

I'm graduating in June and looking into grad school in civil engineering, anyone have any advice for applying?
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Old 09-18-07, 08:45 PM   #2
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I'm starting my 5th (and hopefully final) year of grad school in organic chemistry. Advice for applying? Well, hopefully your grades, CV, and recommendation letters are good. Not much you can do at this point other than simply fill out the forums. Good luck.
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Old 09-18-07, 09:00 PM   #3
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I don't understand how you academics do it. 2 years through a softwar engineering program and I want to kill myself.
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Old 09-18-07, 09:37 PM   #4
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I don't understand how you academics do it. 2 years through a softwar engineering program and I want to kill myself.
I did my computer engineering degree and then went back for the Masters too. So na-na-na-na
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Old 09-18-07, 09:41 PM   #5
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Study up and whoop some ass on the GRE. Try to get into a program that will fund you.
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GRE, SOP/essay, recommendation letters. If you know what sub discipline you want to get into, look at the schools that excel in that and the professors. Contact them and let them know you are interested, along with your CV of course.

On a side note, are you sure you are in it for a Phd? I was for about 1 year into my Masters and an internship(aka green) and then I felt like I needed to get the f outta there. Keep a safety valve.
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Old 09-18-07, 09:49 PM   #7
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Study up and whoop some ass on the GRE. Try to get into a program that will fund you.
+1000.. Keep an eye on interdisciplinary stuff, there is usually funding to be found there as well.
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yup, and like others said, study for the GRE. I am assuming your grades are good
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In what area(s) of CE are you interested? What kind of problem do you wish to study/solve?
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I started working on my BS in geology in Jan 2001. I'll finish in May 2009. That's going to show up on the geologic time scale....

Maybe on to grad school (I'm taking the extra classes for it).
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I'm into Geotech, not sure what area exactly, maybe foundations for large buildings or large retaining walls.

My grades are OK (3.0), I have several fantastic recommendation letters because I've been doing research this spring and summer but the GREs worry me. I've been studying but it's hard to stay motivated for something so arbitrary.

As far as academia, I like learning new things and working on for my own gain rather than pumping out calculations all day in an office.
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Previous research experience will definitely help. You probably want close to a perfect math GRE score because the results are super skewed. Even with a perfect score you will be in the 90th or lower percentile, as that's how many people do well on it. Depending on the school, it seems like 1300 will get you in anywhere (or at least passed their general Grad school cutoff). Bio PhD here.
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I don't understand how you academics do it. 2 years through a softwar engineering program and I want to kill myself.
I've seen the real world. It's not for me...
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Old 09-19-07, 07:18 AM   #14
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I'm into Geotech, not sure what area exactly, maybe foundations for large buildings or large retaining walls.

My grades are OK (3.0), I have several fantastic recommendation letters because I've been doing research this spring and summer but the GREs worry me. I've been studying but it's hard to stay motivated for something so arbitrary.

As far as academia, I like learning new things and working on for my own gain rather than pumping out calculations all day in an office.
Depending on where you go now, I'd consider 3.0 mediocre for grad school -- certainly nothing stellar (NOT to criticize you, just looking objectively). The research experience will help tremendously; play it up. Not to put any pressure on, but you would do well to kill on the GRE's.
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Old 09-19-07, 07:26 AM   #15
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I'm applying for next fall for a masters in City and Regional Planning with a specialization in either housing and real estate or transportation. I would have applied for the spring but I haven't taken the GRE's yet, but I have a date scheduled for the end of October.

I'm also taking classes as a nondegree student this spring to get a head start (graduated undergrad May 06), just turned 25, I don't want to be 30 when I finish. Hopefully I do get in, but if I don't the classes will help when qualifying for a job....

No tips from me, other than study hard for the GRE's, which is kinda BS, but I guess they have to thin the herd somehow.
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