i am planning on applying to phd programs in the fall. i do not yet know how to determine which schools fall into the reach, match, and safety categories for me, so i am asking for help. below i have put together what my application will look like when i apply in the fall, as well as a short list of schools i am very interested in. i am interested in high energy theory and i realize that this is the most competitive field there is, however i am posting in hopes to receive your opinion on how competitive my application is at these schools in this subject area. thanks !
note: have not taken gre/pgre yet. also do not know if anyone is accepting them this term so the application below is pretty complete.
Undergrad Institution: Big State School, Top 50 in Physics
GPA in Major: Phys - 3.72, Math - 4.00
Overall GPA: 3.82
Length of Degree: 4 Years
Type of Student: Domestic White Male
GRE Scores :
Dark Matter Phenomenology - 2 Summers, 3 Semesters (~20 Months)
2 APS Presentations, 1 2nd Author Paper, 1 3rd Author Paper
Computational Semiclassical Physics - 2 Summers, 3 Semesters (~18 Months)
Mathematics Reading Program - 1 Semester
1 Presentation at End of Semester
Awarded Summer Research Stipend (2x)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Mathematics Department Teaching Assistant and Grader (4 semesters)
Physics and Astronomy Department Student Assistant (1 semester)
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Won my school’s Integral Bee as a freshman
Special Bonus Points:
1 Graduate Mathematics course (Received an A), 1 Graduate Physics course (Received an A, Prof was a Nobel Prize Laureate), 1 Recommender has Wikipedia Page.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
Heavily involved as an extended orientation program leader for incoming freshmen at my home institution (3+ years)
Applying to Where:
Stony Brook University
Penn State University
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Southern California
University of Connecticut
- This has become our largest and most active forum because the physics GRE is just one aspect of getting accepted into a graduate physics program.
- There are applications, personal statements, letters of recommendation, visiting schools, anxiety of waiting for acceptances, deciding between schools, finding out where others are going, etc.
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