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getting into Harvard, Stanford, and MIT for biophysics

yisraeliyisraeli Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in Graduate School
I'm applying to Harvard, Stanford, and MIT for biophysics. Here's a summary of my application:

-Undergraduate institution: University of Kansas

-Majors:BS in math and physics, graduating this december

-Total Ku+transfer GPA: 3.95 KU only GPA: 3.87

-Physics GRE: Haven't gotten scores back but most likely 840-890

-General GRE: Quantitative 170, 152 Verbal, dont know analytical score yet

-Research: only research at KU. started my own research from scratch with a biologist and a physicist, expecting at least one publication next semester in physical review letters D (or equivalent) as first author, also getting 3-4 people involved in the research next semester and I'd be overseeing their projects while working on a bigger project on my own

-Recommendations: the biologist i work with did PhD and postdoc in computational bio at Harvard and he wrote I'm the most advanced 19 year old he has ever worked with (I just turned 19), one rec from physics undergrad director, and 3rd from the physicist in my research

-Things to note: I started college a year ago, graduating with double major this December while starting physics master's this semester as well, finishing physics master's in may at 19 (youngest masters graduate in ku's history). Speak English, Russian, and Hebrew (1st language). Did an especially accelerated program averaging 8 classes a semester with 4-5 in depth classes taught to me as 1 on 1 readings courses.

I know that my GRE scores are not perfect, I didn't have time to prepare properly with 8 courses and 3 degrees this semester, but I was wondering whether my specialized education, my age, and my pace make up for that. Let me know what you think. Thank you.
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Replies to: getting into Harvard, Stanford, and MIT for biophysics

  • MosheAMosheA Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    Shalom chaver,

    I would say you have a pretty good shot, considering what you've done.

    I may advise re-taking the GRE, though...Stanford, Harvard, MIT are INCREDIBLY difficult to get into for everyone, so you don't want to be lacking in any way whatsoever.

    B'hatzlacha
    PS Check out UC Berkeley as well!
  • dapi12345dapi12345 Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    You'll be fine - which program at Harvard?
  • yisraeliyisraeli Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    Dapi, I'm applying to the biophysics program at Harvard, they have it as a separate program, and I'm looking into the mathematical biophysics track in the program.

    Moshe, I wish I could retake the general GRE as I literally had less than 2 hours of prep. But the one I took was the last chance since applications are due dec 1st. And same goes for physics GRE. Ani estakel al UC Berkeley, toda al ha'hamlatza.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Posts: 9,704Registered User Senior Member
    Your GRE scores are fine. If you are not offered admission, rest assured that it won't be due to your GRE scores.
  • dapi12345dapi12345 Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    Should also look at EPB program
  • yisraeliyisraeli Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    whats EPB?
  • dapi12345dapi12345 Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    Mcb.harvard.edu - engineering and physical biology
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