Science and Engineering majors planning to go to a graduate school
eventually find out that it is better for them to obtain some research
experience before applying to schools. And I am one of such students
(I am a CS major). However, I do not have an image of how much experience
admitted applicants for top graduate programs (say, top 5 in their fields)
have. Do many students publish papers as undergraduates? Do many
students participate in respearch programs outside college?
What distinguishes an applicant from another, when both have research