Northwestern vs Stony Brook (hep/astro theory)

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Northwestern vs Stony Brook (hep/astro theory)

Postby DT » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:11 am

I am mainly interested in cosmology (early universe, reionization, etc... all of cosmology!), gravitational waves, particle/high energy astrophysics, black hole, etc. I have done my own research but I wanted to hear others' opinions. Which school is better for ones I mentioned Northwestern or Stony Brook?

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Re: Northwestern vs Stony Brook (hep/astro theory)

Postby IMSSEQMC » Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:41 pm

So I wasn't going to post, as I'm unfamiliar with both hep/astro theory, but since no one else has said anything yet, I'll give my two cents (which you should take with a large grain of salt) because I was in a similar situation (check my post on the acceptances thread:

I'd probably go with Stony Brook since I have no idea about the people you are interested in working with. My main reason for this is because:
1. Stony Brook and Northwestern seem similar enough in rankings to not really matter (bar nuclear?).
2. Stony Brook seems to offer you 2 years (but allows you to finish earlier if you want), whereas Northwestern seems to only offer 1 year (including a summer).
3. Stony Brook seems to have more alumni from their MA program and they have gone to a variety of places, although most trickle into Stony Brook PhD, which is still amazing. ( (
4. Although Northwestern is 30 minutes closer to a big city (Chicago) and UChicago which is great for Astronomy/Cosmology I hear (they have the KICP), I'm not so sure how much of a factor this is to you.

I take it you ruled out CSULA? I heard they have an interesting connection with NASA.


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