About

Bonjour, mon nom est Yvan Ung, j’ai obtenu ma maîtrise avec Richard MacKenzie à l’Université de Montréal, ayant travaillé sur la désintégration du faux vide médiée par des kinks en 1+1 dimension.

Je vais l’admettre d’entrée de jeu, j’ai poursuivi un doctorat en physique (et, espérons-le, que je puisse continuer à faire de la cosmologie des particules) à l’étranger en partie pour des raisons politiques, doctorat que j’ai dû abandonner pour des raisons médicales. Je dois avouer que, en allant à Minnesota, je suis plus confortable de soulever le problème de l’exode des cerveaux quand j’effectue des actions relatives à la politique scientifique civile canadienne.

De plus, certains des billets que j’ai écrit dernièrement sont écrits à la fois en français et en anglais. Alors vous pouvez utiliser ces billets si vous désirez vous en servir comme support pour apprendre le français (ou l’anglais) le cas échéant.

Finalement, voici sur quoi j’avais construit mon dossier, en tant qu’étudiant étranger:

Cote Z au baccalauréat (bidisciplinaire physique-mathématiques): 3.67

Cote Z aux cycles supérieurs (maîtrise en physique): 3.80

GRE général: V162/Q167/AW4.0

GRE de physique: 910 (87th centile)

Expérience de recherche: Un an en cosmologie des particules théorique (maintenant deux ans, deux articles)


Hello, my name is Yvan Ung, I hold a masters in physics from the University of Montreal under Richard MacKenzie, having worked on false vacuum decay mediated by kinks in 1+1 dimension.

I will cut to the chase and admit right off the bat that I pursued a physics PhD (and, hopefully, I will be able to continue doing particle cosmology research) abroad in part for political reasons, and that I abandoned it for medical reasons. I must admit that, by going to Minnesota, I am more comfortable raising the concern of a brain drain when I take actions relative to Canadian civilian scientific policy.

Plus, certain posts that I wrote lately are written both in French and in English. Thus you may use these posts if you wish to use it as a support to learn French (or English) if so you wanted.

For the record, here’s what I built my application upon, as an international student:

Undergraduate GPA (joint physics-mathematics honors): 3.67

Graduate GPA (physics masters): 3.80

General GRE: V162/Q167/AW4.0

Physics GRE: 910 (87th percentile)

Research experience: One year in theoretical particle cosmology (now two years, two papers)

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  1. Thanks for stopping by “I am, therefore I write” and leaving this comment regarding the GRE post.

    “In fact, in geoscience, as well as in the sciences in general, an acceptance without funding at the PhD level is essentially a more polite way to reject an applicant. So I would say, if she has the research record for it, go for a PhD but drop out after the qualifying exam, because it is at this point where PhD dropouts can claim a MSc.”

    She is a hands on scientist in every sense of the word. Research for research sake is truly not high on her list of priorities so at this point she only has undergrad work to present in the geology area, nothing published. She leans heavily toward a terminal Masters, PhD is not a term she wants to embrace as that signifies more of that dreaded research, publication and teaching obligation. She is on year two of a paid internship with the USGS however, compiling research data, but longs to simply be out in the field, a part of the job that doesn’t come often enough.
    I will pass on your comment, as well as your blog as it seems you have a great deal of insight into graduate study in general.

    Thanks again!

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