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Information for Prospective Graduate Students

If you are interested in joining the research group of Prof. Haile, please note the following:

  • Apply to an appropriate option (Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry etc.) before contacting me directly.
  • As Caltech presents no barriers to students finding an advisor in any field (irrespective of the option that admits them), you should apply to the option that most suits you in terms of coursework and how you wish to present yourself to the world.
  • I typically accept 2-3 students into my group each year.
  • I am unable to assess your chances of admission before the faculty of the option to which you have applied, as a whole, examines the qualifications of all applicants. If you ask me to provide you with such an assessment prior to that, it will be an indication to me that you have not read this page, and I will be much less willing to accept you into my group.
  • Strong letters of recommendation are essential for admission.
  • A strong record of laboratory experience aids your chances of admission.
  • Typical GRE and TOEFL scores for Caltech are as follows - these are by no means "cut-off" values, nor does obtaining such scores guarrantee admittance, as we look at your entire record.
Verbal Quantitative Analytical TOEFL
US 650 760 n/a
Foreign 550 780 n/a 620
  • In your application, clearly state your research interests and what you would like to do in the field of solid state ionics or electroceramics.

I look forward to reviewing your application!

General Caltech admissions information can be accessed here.


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