I am 29. I've had informative, goal-driven, well written SOP, I'm guessing good recommendations. I have a masters in the related field (Computer Vision) with tier 2 publications. I'm in a research engineer job which can not add publications to my profile. I have been rejected by 13 US universities (all not Stanford, Berkeley). I had contacted the professors. Many did not respond though.
- How do I ask for recommendations again if I try next year?
- What can I add to my profile in this scenario?
- Are younger students preferred?
- Will there be sufficient opportunity if I complete my PhD after 35?