I'm currently a senior physics major at UCLA, and I'll be graduating in December 2018 with my B.S. I would really love to go to a UC for grad school, and I want to focus on theoretical astro/cosmology. But I recognize that my stats aren't that great, so as I form my list of schools to apply to, I'd like to include realistic ones in addition to "reach" ones. What sort of schools do you think I could have a shot at (specific examples)? Below are my stats.
First university: San Diego State (spent two years here, then transferred)
GPA here: 3.92 (major: 3.97, but all of this was lower-division classes)
Second university: UCLA
GPA here currently: 3.51 (upper-div major: 3.5 ish). But I have two more quarters for grades to be recorded, so this could realistically be improved to ~3.6 ish.
Research (all at UCLA; got a late start since I transferred):
1. Summer project (2017) in asteroid radar technology; heavy use of Python and MySQL. Can get a strong letter of rec from this professor.
2. Academic year 2017-18: theoretical astrophysics focusing on early galaxy formation, also wrote code in Python. Can get a good letter of rec from this professor.
3. I'll also be working for the first professor again this coming summer, and have discussed research beginning Fall 2018 and lasting through the rest of the academic year (after I graduate) with a different professor, who is in observational astrophysics. This would be a lot of computer work again.
Accomplishments related to research:
Presented at the UCLA undergrad poster fair
That's it so far (no conferences, publications, etc.)
Founded (and was president of) a student organization at SDSU, and was involved in the astronomy and physics clubs here.
At UCLA: member of a sorority for women in STEM; Vice President of a student club; one of the VPs of the Society of Physics Students; officer for the Women in the Physics Sciences club; manager of a research group for undergrads (teaching Python to ~7 undergrads and supervising their projects).
I took the Physics GRE once recently but I got distracted with school and didn't study at all (not even for an hour), so I scored terribly (13th percentile). But I'm going to take it in the fall (or twice if I need to), and will hopefully do decently well after studying.