PhD Steps

So I’ve decided to apply formally to UMBC. After talking with a few people, I got a lot more information and feel very good about my chances as well as better about the whole process.

Here’s what I’ve done today:

  • Submitted a GRE waiver form along with my resume and my unofficial transcripts.
  • Asked 2 of my bosses and a third company I’ve worked with for letters of recommendation.

The GRE waiver will exempt me from the GRE tests for the fact that I’m fortunate enough to not require financial assistance since my job is paying everything. Also thankfully I did very well in my undergrad so my GPA is above the requirements for the GRE waiver.

One tiny step closer.. once the GRE waiver is approved/denied that will give me direction on what to do next.

PhD Goals!

So it’s my long time dream to start and get my PhD in computer science so I can continue life teaching and doing research. I spoke with one of the top professors at UMD yesterday in the ISR department and it was quite an experience and wealth of knowledge. I had no idea what I had to do to even be considered, but now at least I have direction:

  • Take and get good scores on the GRE exam, study for a few weeks
  • Get college Transcripts
  • Research and speak to a professor on there research
  • Get 3 letters of recommendation from managers, teachers, etc.
  • Work on writing statement of purpose
  • Apply formally to UMD or UMBC