I would be grateful if fellow students and researchers on this forum help me with university selection based on my profile. I am from India and hence things are slightly obscure to me when it comes to US universities and professors and the quality of education since there are a plethora of universities in the US. Kindly spare some time and recommend me about 8 universities to which I could apply. If possible please segregate them into Ambitious, Moderate and Safe categories.
Undergrad Institution: University of Pune (India) B.Sc. And M.Sc.
GPA in Major:93% (we dont have GPA)
Overall GPA:89% (we dont have GPA)
Length of Degree: 3 years of B.Sc. and 2 Years of M.Sc.
Position in Class: B.Sc. Rank #1, M.Sc. top 10 percentile roughly Rank #6
Type of Student: International
GRE Scores : revised
TOEFL Total: 103
Research Experience: Nothing great - all summer programs. 2 months at astrophysics dept - worked on the formation of binary stars in globular clusters, 2 months of summers studying supersymmetry in Quantum Mechanics, 2 months of Nuclear physics dept - radioactivity and stability of nuclei.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 3 scholarships, a number of awards (i guess about 6 of them) for outstanding performance at bachelors and masters level. Best outgoing student. Here in India, we have something very similar to Dean's list, I was on it every single semester.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 5 years of tutoring experience. I have tutored students in physics and math at High school and undergraduate level.
Special Bonus Points: Recommendation letters are fairly strong
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: NOT sure, though the following has played a pivotal role in building me as a person and probably a to be - physicist, please go through this post, you'll understand the entire scenario - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=39898
Research interests : Particle physics (beyond the standard model), theoretical nuclear physics - Quantum Chromodynamics and the nature of strong interaction and stability of heavy nuclei, proton decay etc, cosmology (but I have never had a course on GR during my education)