Hi, I posted somewhere before in this forum, that I have a plan to have a fully-funded PhD in the USA in Machine Learning things. My goal is in the top-20 university. My first bachelor GPA is only 3.2 out of 4. Not really great. I am doing another bachelor's at Indonesian Open University and a master's. Both programs are distance learning programs. So it is not really a research degree. I have no one to talk to join a research program. I realize that all of the university is asking for research experience and some asking for published research reports for a fully-funded PhD program. Anyone have independent research experience and getting it published in a respected journal? I found an article that really resonated with me: https://medium.com/@andreas_madsen/becoming-an-independent-researcher-and-getting-published-in-iclr-with-spotlight-c93ef0b39b8b Please share your thought!