An interesting question from a student with a very good academic profile. He’s applying for PhD in U.S.
Dear Sir/Madam, Allow me to introduce myself as xxxxxx.
I have applied for the PhD Program offered by many US Universities for Fall 2009.
The following details may help you in evaluating my profile:
- Class 10 Percentage: 90% (CBSE)
- Class 12 Percentage: 92.7% (Andhra Pradesh State Board)
- Undergraduation: BTech Mechanical Engineering- xxxxxxxxxxxx (Tamil Nadu). It is a decent college
- CGPA: 9.51/10.0 (Ranked 7 out of 200 students)
- Awarded Scholarship twice for good academic performance
- GRE General Test: 1480/1600; Quant: 790; Verbal: 690; AWA: 5.0
- TOEFL: 113/120
- No Paper Presentations, no Research Experience, no Work Experience, not many extra curricular activities.
- Projects: 2 Decent Projects (Not Research Projects)
- Recommendations: 2 Senior Lecturers and 1 Professor (Dean of my School)
- SOP: Decent
- Program Applied: PhD Aerospace engineering
- Objective: To get admitted in any of the top 20 Universities in US
My Question is: will my lack of research experience and paper presentations affect my application for the PhD programs?
I would be very grateful if you can answer my query. Thank you for your time, effort and patience in reading this mail.
Majority of students applying to study at U.S universities for PhD don’t have research experience. You certainly know the amount of research exposure students from India get in engineering colleges.
Not having any prior research experience doesn’t mean you don’t have research potential.
U.S. universities give admission to students directly to a PhD program based on their academic background, letter of recommendation, GRE score, TOEFL score, SOP, and resumé.
Based on your profile, you will not have any issues getting admission into a PhD program in the U.S. You might even get admission with some form of scholarship.
Getting into the top 20 U.S. universities will be tough, but with a GRE Score 1,480 you might get admission, supported by your SOPs and Reco. But you have a better chance if you have applied at schools that suit your research interests.
Applying to PhD is not the same as applying to a master’s program. Unfortunately, most students from India have such wrong idea.
I have visited your college a couple of times. Can you pass the information about my blog to your friends and juniors? I remember crossing the railway bridge and walking to the hostel there.
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