NZ's: A Guide To Applying To Engineering Grad Schools In The US

Since I finally finished all my application work (for now) and had some free time due to the postponement of the Anna university exams (you gotta love rain), I put together a guide to applying to US grad schools. If the direct link doesnt work, copy and paste it in a new browser window, or download it with a download manager. Needless to say that the pdf is much more readable than this post. An Anna University-Centric Guide to Applying to Engineering Graduate Schools in the U.S. Although this guide is primarily intended for student of Anna University, about 80% of it is suitable for use by all international applicants to American universities. All quoted work has been used with the permission of the authors and the publishing media involved (if any) unless permission has been explicitly granted, in the original publication, for public use. It covers some aspects I have not and its far more professionally done.


1 Why Pursue an MS or a PhD? 2 Why in the US? 3 Laying the Foundation; Starting Early (D. 4 Long Term Preparation (D. 5 The GRE - Test Day (D. 6 Short Term Preparation (D. • Excellence is rewarded. • The working environment over there is extremely healthy. Many of you have already passed the stage by which you can do anything about the points I'm about to list out. If so, you can use these to guide your juniors. If not, good for you, and listen up! These need to be done at least a year in advance of your GRE (D. These are one of the main criterion used in admitting students into the higher ranked universities which seem inaccessible to most. In fact, a weak GRE score can be made insignificant if you follow these guidelines. Many of these will seem banal, I know, but if it works, stop cribbing! Taking up projects regardless of whether there is a competition or presentation of some sort will display to the selecting committee that you are proactive and engaging when it comes to practical engineering.

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Also, in the university system to which we belong, with sub-par research facilities and funding opportunities, it is the next best thing to research. Getting hands on experience in a field is not only fulfilling, but it will help you visualize concepts you may have learned earlier or will cover later in class. Papers over here are slightly different from papers in the US. Most of us who do paper presentations here just collect data from already completed research and present it to a panel of judges. While in look at this site for more info . The paper is merely the publication of what research one does. As it is a full fledged publication, plagiarism is unacceptable and papers are made to undergo detailed scrutiny. Before labeling a presentation as a paper, make sure you actually did some work in the field it covers or use this knowledge as a guideline in any paper presentation you do from now on.


Research opportunities, as mentioned above, is a scarce commodity in our university circles. It is, unfortunately, also the most valued of these three facets. If you have contacts in respected institutes such as IITs and get the opportunity to be an assistant to some ongoing research, please take it up as quickly as possible. Not only are such opportunities difficult to come by, but candidates for the research assistant position have to go through a lot of competition and hence a difficult screening process. This would refer to out industrial training which we undergo during our holidays. Try and rack up as many companies as possible to help you build an impressive resume. If you haven't decided your specialization as yet, try to branch out into as many facets of your department as possible. If you have chosen a field concentration, try as hard as possible to get an internship at a related company.


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