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#PAEabroad | Profiles, applications, rejects of PAEians doing Physics Abroad

Akash Gupta

Akash Gupta

I am from Mumbai, I am currently pursuing Masters in Astrophysics at LMU Munich and have completed my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bhilai. I've been part of this vibrant community since 2019 and have met some really nice people sharing the similar journey!


Surendra Padamata
Current University: Penn State University
UG Details: Mechanical Engineering, BITS Pilani K.K Birla Goa Campus, CGPA: 6.75
Research Experience: Summer research internship at International center for cosmology, Thesis at University of Wisconsin Madison, Adjunct Researcher at Penn state and Visiting researcher at ICTS Bangalore
Break Year After UG: Worked as an Adjunct Researcher at Penn state on Numerical relativity and then at ICTS Bangalore on Gravitational-wave astrophysics
GRE General Scores: Q-161, V-152, AW-2.5   GRE Physics Score: 780
Fellowship/Scholarship: $24000 TA + $4000 Fellowship

Penn State UniversityPhDComputational Astrophysics$65Selected
University of SouthamptonPhDMathematical and Numerical RelativityNASelected
University of Massachusetts
PhDComputational Science and engineering with
focus on astrophysics
Washington State UniversityPhDComputational Astrophysics$75Selected

Akash Gupta
Current University: To be decided
UG Details: Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bhilai, CGPA: 7.99/10
Research Experience: Summer Intern at National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand. Worked on a project last semester under a prof from Dept of Physics in my college.
Break Year After UG: None
GRE General Scores: Q-167, V-147, AWA-4   GRE Physics Score: 870
Fellowship/Scholarship: €4000 Scholarship in Paris Physics Master, $14000 Scholarship at Missouri S&T

Comments/Advice: Take physics courses in UG as much as possible, especially for European universities, Stay Safe and Go Corona Go!!

Ludwig Maximilians University, MunichMastersPhysics, Astrophysics0Selected
Universite de Paris/Sorbonne
University (enrolled at Uni Paris)
MastersParis Physics Master16500 Rs Campus
France Charge
Paris Saclay UniversityMastersM1 General Physics0Selected
University of GoettingenMastersPhysics0Selected
University of TuebingenMastersAstro & Particle Physics0Selected
Universitat HamburgMastersPhysics0Rejected
University of FreiburgMastersPhysics0Rejected
University of BonnMastersAstrophysics0Rejected
University of PadovaMastersPhysics of Data€24 per applicationSelected
Stockholm UniversityMastersPhysics700SEKSelected
University of SussexMastersCosmology, Astronomy0Selected
McGill UniversityMastersPhysics (thesis)117 CA$Rejected
University of British ColumbiaMastersPhysics168 CA$Rejected
University of AlbertaMastersPhysics100 CA$Rejected
UC RiversidePhDPhysics125$Rejected

Ankul Prajapati
Current University: To be decided
UG Details: BTech Mechanical Engineering, NIT SURAT, CGPA: 7.81/10
Research Experience: IUCAA, IISER-K, IITKGP, IASc Summer Intern and winter courses
Break Year After UG: None
GRE General Scores: NA   GRE Physics Score: NA 
Fellowship/Scholarship: Fee waiver and RA

1. Profile vs CGPA: With 100% acceptance wherever I submitted the application except for one place due to their rigid curriculum rules, I can surely say that this was possible due to the strong research background and profile. As my CGPA doesn’t lie in the top ten students still, by the research work I was able to defend the low CGPA. Most of the institute gives equal weightage to CGPA and profile, In my case, I was able to score 100% in the profile while 70-80% in CGPA thus all over score allows me to enter into the top 10-15% student among the applicants of the same program.
2. Profile: 3 Research Internship, 8 Total Research papers at the time of application, Strong LOR, Realistic and visionary SOP.
3. Interview: I was interviewed in two programs, first for the Sorbonne University master program in fundamental modern physics. In this interview, they asked about my previous research establishment and checked the basics of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. (Quantum Mechanics questions were from first three chapters of Griffiths book and lasted for approx 1 hour). Second for NUS master program in material science. This interview was similar to the first one and the main questions were from nanotechnology, basics of solid-state physics, and physical properties of materials. I will say only one thing, at present if you are studying in any year of undergraduate keep focus on your research profile and start working with professors or independently from the very first day of your realization of going for higher studies in Natural Science and try to attend any conference with a poster or oral presentation at your earliest, this will give you the actual picture of academic and industrial research work.

Sorbonne UniversityMastersFundamental PhysicsSelected
ANUMPhilQuantum TechnologySelected
KITMastersQuantum OpticsSelected
KTH RoyalMastersApplied PhysicsSelected
Sapienza University RomeMastersPhysicsSelected
PolimiMastersApplied PhysicsSelected
NUSMS-RMaterial PhysicsSelected

Chirag Joshi
Current University: Tokyo University 
UG Details: Civil Engineering, PDPU, CGPA: 8.9/10
PG Details: MTech (Structural Engineering), CEPT University,2019 – 3.9/4.3
Research Experience: 2 years of research under the Institute of Seismological Research Center
Break Year After UG: None
GRE General Scores: NA   GRE Physics Score: 910
Fellowship/Scholarship: $1400 pm

Comments/Advice: Its simple process here at the University of Tokyo. Submit your GRE Physics score, TOEFL score, and relevant documents. They are selecting based on your knowledge and specially SOPs. So if you want to enter here so make sure you have a tremendous amount of fundamental knowledge. Due to this COVID situation, I had to interact with my guide on SKYPE before my selection.

University of TokyoPhDSchool of science Quantum time dilationSelected

Akash Shivan
Current University: National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
UG Details: ECE, Cochin university of science and technology 6.75/10
PG Details: MS microsystems and nanoscience, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan 3.7/5
Research Experience: NA
Break Year After UG: None
GRE General Scores: NA   GRE Physics Score: NA
1. 5000 NT$ per month in MS
2. 10000 NT$ per month + no fees in PhD

1. A Good recommendation letter will have a great value
2. Need to have a good grasp of basic concepts, this will be tested in the interview

National Tsing Hua University, TaiwanPhDMS in microsystems & nanoscienceSelected

Kumar Abinash Mishra
Current University: TU Delft
UG Details: Mechanical Engineering, IIT Mandi, CGPA: 8.67/10
Research Experience: SPARK IIT Roorkee
Break Year After UG: None
GRE General Scores: Q-166, V-153, AW-3.5   GRE Physics Score: NA

TU DelftMastersApplied Physics€120Selected
DTU DenmarkMastersPhysics and Nanotechnology€100Selected
Stockholm UniversityMastersComputational Physics€80Rejected

This post has been put together by Mohammad saad, Akash Gupta & Ayushi Solanki. I thank them very much for making this happen – Dussy 

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