Where should I apply? Interested in QI

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Where should I apply? Interested in QI

Postby tcarbin » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:53 pm

Hi everyone,
I'm a senior physics and philosophy major and recently decided I want to apply to pursue my PhD in physics for next year (I was previously thinking of taking a gap year). I *think* I'm interested in quantum information, and I probably lean slightly more toward the theoretical side than the experimental.

Because I decided relatively recently I want to apply this fall, I haven't had much time to study for the pGRE. I have one shot to take it in two weeks. I took a practice exam yesterday and got a raw score of 68. So, make of that what you will.

Also, I expect my rec letters to be very good.

I just wanted to hear people's advice about where I should apply given the strength of my application and my research interests. I've pasted some info from my resume below. Thanks in advance for any feedback.

University of Maryland, College Park, MD Expected May 2019
GPA 3.9
• B.S. Physics (GPA 4.0)
• B.S. Philosophy (GPA 4.0)

General Atomics, San Diego Summer 2018
DOE SULI Participant
• Developed software for DIII-D tokamak operators to identify heating sources
• Simulated particle trajectories with GPU/CPU hybrid code
• Performed data analysis using Python and IDL
• Presented a poster at the APS Department of Plasma Physics annual meeting

Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials, April 2016 – August 2017
University of Maryland
Undergraduate researcher
• Performed data analysis using Matlab
• Performed measurements on transmon qubit devices
• Fabricated qubit devices using SEM lithography and clean room techniques
• Designed a microwave cavity with Solidworks
• Presented to lab groups using Powerpoint

University of Maryland Observatory Spring 2016
Undergraduate Researcher
• Performed photometry on variable stars
• Collected and submitted photometric data to the American Association of Variable Star Observers
• Presented findings to peers and at showcases

Memberships: Phi Kappa Phi, Primmanum Honor Society

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