Advice for a mediocre student

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CxxJxxYxx
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Advice for a mediocre student

Post by CxxJxxYxx » Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:20 pm

Hi all, I am new to this forum, and want to apply for a physics phd. Below is my basic profile, and really want to get some advice about what schools can I get into

Undergrad school: UC Santa Barbara
physics major GPA: 3.8
physics upper division GPA: 3.7
Cumulative GPA: 3.8

GRE: 331 + 3.5
physics GRE: none. (should I take it?)

male Chinese student, no US citizen ship

Research:
1. Quantum calculation oriented, largely DFT. About one year
2. Material lab, making membranes. Half a year
Both don't have, or going to have, any paper published. I only have my lab demos and logs

My interest is in calculation and condensed matter physics, I really don't know what school can I get into. I think I lack research experience. Everyone else in this forum seems to have done so much research in their undergrad.

Schools interested in:
1. UW Seattle (dream school)
2. UIUC
3. Rutgers
4. Duke
5. Maryland
6. Stony Brook

Please give me some advice about the likelihood that I get into these school. Feel free to give me more advice on school selections and application tips.



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