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Are two semesters of undergraduate research experience too little for PhD application? I missed out on a summer worth of research due to COVID. Do I still have a chance?

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Gizem’s Answer

Hi Srishti,

Most graduate schools don't have strict policies regarding the length of undergraduate research experience required for applicants. I think two semesters sound reasonable. Also most institutions are aware of the pandemic-related setbacks students are facing. After all, it has affected everyone and many students are in similar situations. I would definitely work on the application materials and send the best package feasible.

Moreover, many faculty members start their search for potential PhD students before the application process. I would recommend coming up with a list of research groups you would like to join based on your background and research interests. Also depending on your relationship with your undergraduate research advisor and lab members, it might be a good idea to ask for their advice regarding PhD programs and/or potential PhD mentors. Contacting these faculty members will allow you to see if your interests match and if they might have an available position in their labs.

Best of luck with your applications!
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Xin’s Answer

Due to COVID, the application standard for PhD program may change a bit. You are not the only one affected by COVID. Also, your undergraduate research experience counts. 2-semester reserach experience seems quite normal/good to me. Try to make yourself stand out using everything you have, e.g. your GPAs, PS, publications (if you have), etc. These together will help you pass the screening of admission committee. Another thing you also want to do is to contact the professor you like after application. As long as your past research experience looks interesting to that professor, you have a great chance.
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Samantha’s Answer

I would contact the place for your application and find out. A lot of places are changing their policies because of covid.
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