Hey all. I'm not sure if you're supposed to just post your profile and ask for school suggestions here. I thought, anyway, my profile might be unusual enough to warrant it. I want to do HEP theory. Long story short, I've dealt with anxiety, and my GPA is 2.5, but my GRE scores are 85th percentile and I have studied QFT on my own.
Some of the schools I am applying to have a 3.0 GPA minimum, but they will often take steps to make an exception if they want someone who has a lower GPA.
I just have no idea what to expect. It's hard for me to find people in similar situations. Is anyone out there? Or, does anyone have comments about what I should be aiming for and expecting?
Undergrad Institution: University of Arizona
GPA in Major: 2.8
Overall GPA: 2.54
Length of Degree: 5 (+2 in film major beforehand)
Position in Class: Unknown
Type of Student: Domestic male
GRE Scores : (revised)
Q: 165 (88%)
V: 161 (88%)
W: 3.0 (17%)
P: 920 (86%)
Research Experience: One junior research project in nonlinear optics as part of my lab class. The research contributed to a grant-funded physics education outreach program for Puerto Rico. I wrote up a nice paper but only considered publishing it to an undergrad research journal in the future.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: A lot of self-study. It allowed me to take grad QM I as a junior, and I moved on to self-study QFT and QED. No jobs. Experience with computer sim/modeling and neural networks/machine learning. Mentioning a personal neural network project and a few hobby Python physics modeling projects in my CV.
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Happened to have done some volunteer work and spent a week in Mexico helping children.
Special Bonus Points: I speak Chinese and English, so I can help communication with those Chinese PhD students...
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I like video production and I'm pretty okay at it.
Applying to Where:
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - HET / PhD
University of Arizona (U of A) - HET / PhD
University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) - HET / PhD
University of California, Riverside (UCR) - HET / PhD
Columbia University (CU) - HET / Master's
Virginia Tech - HET / Master's
University of Washington (UW) - HET / Master's
University of Waterloo (U of W) - HET / Master's
Boston University (BU) - HET / Master's
University of Arizona (U of A) - Quantum Optics / Master's
University of California, Merced - Quantum Optics / PhD
University of Oregon (UO) - HET / PhD
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) - HET / PhD
University of Victoria (UVic) - HET / Master's
Arizona State University (ASU) - HET / PhD
Univesity of Alberta (UAlberta) - HET / Master's