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168 / 3.01 late in cycle

Post by jsanner2 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:02 pm

Hello,
I decided to leave my PhD program in the hard sciences with a Masters degree (leaving on good terms) because research just isn't for me and isn't somewhere I see myself being happy in the future.

My uGPA is poor, so I think realistically I'm aiming at Arizona/Illinois/etc. tier schools. I applied late in the cycle - how much do you think that is likely to influence my chances?

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Re: 168 / 3.01 late in cycle

Post by McAvoy » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:08 pm

This late? It's going to be tough to get a viable option.

Have you ever worked in a non-academic setting? Do you have a lot of debt? If you can answer no to the first or yes to the second, taking a while to work (and probably re-take (even though that's a very good score)) will be the standard responses. Interested in IP?

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Re: 168 / 3.01 late in cycle

Post by runinthefront » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:11 pm

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Re: 168 / 3.01 late in cycle

Post by jsanner2 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:25 pm

I actually sent out apps in early march, but I hadn't heard much either way. Not really sure what to expect so I figured you folks might have some wisdom to impart.

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Re: 168 / 3.01 late in cycle

Post by Mack.Hambleton » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:44 pm

What are your goals?

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Re: 168 / 3.01 late in cycle

Post by jsanner2 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:53 pm

I'd like to build on my technical knowledge by pursuing IP law. A lot of frustration within the scientific research community is traceable to lack of understanding of the process regarding protection and ownership of ideas, and I found the prospect of contributing to science in that way to be more appealing than continuing to do benchwork.

I have worked in various academic research labs for about 4 years total (including one year during my undergrad) and for about an aggregate 8 months in a corporate research setting.

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Re: 168 / 3.01 late in cycle

Post by SFrost » Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:05 pm

jsanner2 wrote:I'd like to build on my technical knowledge by pursuing IP law. A lot of frustration within the scientific research community is traceable to lack of understanding of the process regarding protection and ownership of ideas, and I found the prospect of contributing to science in that way to be more appealing than continuing to do benchwork.

I have worked in various academic research labs for about 4 years total (including one year during my undergrad) and for about an aggregate 8 months in a corporate research setting.
A masters degree will hurt you. Nobody will respect your science credentials with a masters degree; unless you are well published. A PhD carries a lot more weight in my opinion.

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