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QUESTION TO LINDA [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2004, 11:30
Dear Linda, :-D

I would like to hear your opinion about my chances of being accepted to Chicago GSB or Kellog.
About myself. I'm Russian female, self-motivated, very determined. Always have been a leader. During my studing at an univeristy I was a chief of a scientific committee. In Russia at my former place of work I was a senior-researcher, had people under my supervision. Additionally, I lectured special courses for graduate students at Tumen State University.
I have total 8+ years of experiences. 7 years in research (theoretical physics) in Russia+1 year research in USA (Northewestern University, department of engineering and applied mathematics). I have 18 scientific works published in well-known international magazines. Participated in International conferences. I can get good referencies from well-known scientists.
Furthermore, I owned a small business in Russia. I was a CEO. I came to the USA in summer of 2000, because my husband got a job offer.
When I came to the US I was not able to communicate and went right away to ESL for a year. In a year I graduated all 6 levels of the course. Then, I volunteered to help a manager of an appartment complex where I used to live. I was an interpreter. After that I got a job in Northwestern, where I worked for about a year as a researcher. But then the project was not financed anymore, because it was necessarily to find a specialist in viruses. The project was to develop a method of killing viruses via chemical surfactants. I was responsible for modeling of physical processes(multiphase flow) inside thin tubes with elastic boundaries (blood vessels). I've done some job and have a material for an article. But I didn't work on it, since I decided to persue a business career (finance).
Credentials:
PhD in physics and mathematics.
GPA 4.0, graduated with honor. A fellow of Russian acoustic society, have special awards for academic performance and for the best dissertation.
My GMAT score is Q51, V21, total 600. I know that I can improve Verbal, but is any chance to get admitted with my current score?

Thanks in advance. :wink:

P.S. I'm planning to write an additional essay addressing how I'm going to improve my low Verbal.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2004, 19:30
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THanks for the inquiry. Your chances are virtually nil with a 21 verbal score and a 600 overall. In addition, while your scientic credentials are impressive, your busienss -relevant work experience is light. I am not sure it will be competitive at Chicago and Kellogg even if you get your verbal score goes up. Have you considered working more on your English to raise that verbal score and getting a job in business so that you will have more relevant work experience?

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2004, 19:49
Thanks for reply.
BTW, are you saying that it's no chance for a scientist to get a business degree? I highly doubt. Because friend of mine (physisist) got admitted to Kellog 2 years ago. He had no business experience at all!! Univeristies are looking for diversity. I've talked to people from Chicago (mostly alumni), they all say that I have chances.
About my business experience. As I said I owned my business in Russia. I just didn't write much about it. Moreover, as I said I was a senior researcher. It means that I was responsible for funding, for grands and so forth. I was talking to potential sponsors. I was organizing conferences etc. You are really confusing me :roll:
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boksana wrote:
Thanks for reply.
BTW, are you saying that it's no chance for a scientist to get a business degree? I highly doubt. Because friend of mine (physisist) got admitted to Kellog 2 years ago. He had no business experience at all!! Univeristies are looking for diversity. I've talked to people from Chicago (mostly alumni), they all say that I have chances.
About my business experience. As I said I owned my business in Russia. I just didn't write much about it. Moreover, as I said I was a senior researcher. It means that I was responsible for funding, for grands and so forth. I was talking to potential sponsors. I was organizing conferences etc. You are really confusing me :roll:


Sorry about any possible confusion. :oops:

Your previous post asked me for my opinion on your chances and specifically my opinion on your chances given your 600 GMAT and 21 verbal score. Basically I think your chances at a top school like Chicago or Kellogg are very poor with that score. I suggested getting additional work experience, because, while yes scientists can be accepted to business school including Chicago and Kellogg, scientists with business experience are accepted more often than those without it. Now you did say that you ran a small business in Russia and I did see that, but it sounded insignificant in your post. So I suggested that you strengthen your work experience along with your verbal score to strengthen your application overall.

Furthermore MBA's with scientific backgrounds and business experience also have an easier time finding a job when they leave business school than those without the business experience. But I did not say or even mean to imply that scientists, certainly not scientists with your impressive credentials, cannot be accepted to business school.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2004, 15:34
Thanks. Now it's clear.
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