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Breaking Barriers: A Practical Guide To Getting Into Graduate School In The United States Paperback – August 26, 2011


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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1257835459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1257835454
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,149,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander V. Mamishev graduated with Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1999 and a minor in Technology Commercialization and Management from Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory (SEAL) in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle. Prof. Mamishev is an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed technical publications and patents. His research interests include sensor design, robotics, and energy technology applications. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the IEEE Outstanding Branch Advisor Award, and the UW EE Outstanding Research Advisor Award.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuster on December 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is definitely a great book for those last minute graduate school apps! I am currently applying to several graduate programs in the US: MIT, Stanford, USC. Since MIT is the author's alma mater, the book provides some tips and secrets that pertain to MIT. Although this book was designed for international students, I feel a lot of the information can be used for domestic/local US students as well. It gave me good direction on what to and not do in grad school applications. This book also has good sense of humor and witty illustrations! 5 STARS!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yury on December 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I give this book 5 stars, because I had a chance to ensure in practice that it actually works utterly well. Having dreams about studying at the US, I stumbled on a plenty of difficulties when I started filling out application forms, writing essays and cv, preparing support materials, such as certificates, letters of recommendations, and so on. As a foreigner, I knew nothing about the US graduate school system and this book helped me to understand how different gears work and to break mental, cultural, and bureaucratic barriers and finally get accepted by a few schools around the US.

A reader should anticipate that this book will provide a step-by-step manual, which narrates about an application process in general and suggest a few proper approaches how to accomplish each particular step successfully. While giving his explanations, Professor Mamishev frequently refers to his own experience and, in my opinion, it gives zest to this book - he speaks about things that he really went through.

As a final remark, I found that the author is a person with a very distinguished sense of humor, that is why reading of this book is a real pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria on June 18, 2012
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My relatives in Europe find this book most insightful. There are subtle differences between European and US educational systems, and those who had an opportunity to experience both have a significant advantage in the ir career, since globalization has become such a major theme. The detailed explanations of what to put in the application letters are insightful, and the "bad examples" are hilarious.
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