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CMU SAMS 2015??

elderlyconfuciuselderlyconfucius 0 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
edited November 2014 in Summer Programs
Hi all!
I know Carnegie Mellon has had a Summer Academy of Mathematics and Sciences, but the registration for SAMS has not been listed on their website, along with their other summer programs.
Also, does anybody know how prestigious this program is in comparison to other summer programs such as RSI, TASP, MITES, Carnegie Mellon's own APEA, etc?
edited November 2014
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  • abcdefgasdfabcdefgasdf 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    edited December 2014
    I think I applied early January to February for the program several years ago.

    For your second question:

    I would not necessarily say that SAMS is "prestigious", but it is definitely hard to get into. Over 800 applicant apply, and only about 50 of them get in.
    Scores or your extracurricular doesn't really matter, because that's not what they're looking for. They're looking for diversity. So you'll probably not get in unless you're one of the minority group people. The same applies for MITES.

    Most "free" or fully funded summer programs are really meant for those who really need that opportunity, not those who are looking for a program that will make their resume look better....
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  • minniemice18minniemice18 21 replies6 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Do any of you know do u have to be a senior when applying or a junior?
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  • nicolefranwangnicolefranwang 5 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    has anyone gotten a letter yet from the program?? it was around this time of year last year
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  • jgs107jgs107 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I got accepted.
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  • birdballsbirdballs 32 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @jgs107 can you please post your stats?
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  • jgs107jgs107 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Okay
    African American, girl 17
    GPA: 4.35
    ECs: English Festival, Student Council, NHS, Varsity Cross Country, Track & Field, Rotary Interact, 1st Violin
    100+ volunteer hours
    APS: Physics, APUSH, AP Lang
    Recs: precalculus and English teacher and councilor (all very good I'm sure)
    Essays: my essays were very good one was about my experience abroad living in Japan and the Philippines. The other was about my research with c elegan dpy-13 and unc genes. Also about my experiment collecting and developing maple syrup in biology.
    I can't stress how important your essays are! Good luck to everyone applying.
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  • kgeleta7160kgeleta7160 6 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Accepted :)
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  • jgs107jgs107 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Congrats! Are you going to SAMS too or AP/EA?
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  • kgeleta7160kgeleta7160 6 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'm going to SAMS, so I'll see you there! Congrats to you too
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  • kgeleta7160kgeleta7160 6 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Do you know if theres a Facebook group for SAMS 2015?
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  • MessificationMessification 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'm seriously sitting at the edge of my chair waiting for the letter to come in. If it doesn't come by tomorrow then I'll be worried.
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  • jgs107jgs107 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    No I don't think there is
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  • MessificationMessification 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Does annual income and ethnicity make a big difference? I'm extremely worried considering I filled out well over $100K/year. I'm also eastern Asian.
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  • jgs107jgs107 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Ethnicity yes I would think so since it's focused on diversity but income isn't as much of a factor
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  • birdballsbirdballs 32 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Got rejected. This sucks:( Anyone know of any other good STEM program that's still available that I could possibly apply to?
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  • kgeleta7160kgeleta7160 6 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    That sucks, I'm sorry :(
    And none that I know of with a late application deadline
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  • jgs107jgs107 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I don't either unfortunately. SAMs is the only one I applied to.
    Don't worry, there are definitely more options out there.
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  • jgs107jgs107 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    edited May 2015
    kgeleta7160 Where are you from if you don't mind me asking? What are your basic stats? Don't mean to be nosy, I'm just curious
    edited May 2015
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  • orangesRkoolorangesRkool 14 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I got into SAMS and [email protected], and I'm doing e2 because it was my first choice. My stats aren't that great. What I think really helped were the essays and my transcript, but I'd be happy to share my stats anyway.

    ACT: 29
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.98
    Weighted GPA: 4.172
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A
    AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Chemistry (4), AP Physics C: Mechanics (4), AP Calculus BC (5)
    Junior Year Course Load: AP Human Geography, AP US Government and Politics, AP Statistics, AP World History, biomedical innovations, oral communications, English, international relations

    Extracurriculars (leadership in parentheses): foreign languages and cultures club (VP), future business leaders of America (VP)
    Job/Work Experience: freelance business writer, student research intern
    State: Arkansas
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Gender: male
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  • jgs107jgs107 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I used to live in Arkansas! Bentonville. Don't undermine your accomplishments your transcript is pretty exemplary :) Have fun at MIT that's awesome!
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