Hey! So I'll be applying to grad schools this fall. Trying to make a list of schools that do tabletop fundamental physics experiments, e.g. microsphere levitation, atomic clock dark matter detection, etc. So here's my profile:
GPA: 3.77, on track to latin honors if I push through senior year
Major GPA: 3.70
pGRE: 780 (probably retaking)
GRE: will take this summer
Hooks: attend Ivy, first-gen, low-income, racial minority, president of my school's SPS chapter
Research Experience: 4 years of research experience since 2016, have a publication from HS in a HS peer-reviewed journal, will hopefully be publishing another paper this year in an undergrad journal, and will be getting acknowledgements in a paper my PI is publishing.
Job experience: worked as a grader for math courses for a year, and worked some odd end jobs at my school throughout my time.
Letters: Strong, I'm considering 3 letters from my research PIs and one from a professor I'm close to through office hours.
So here's the schools I'm considering that have faculty doing this kind of research I want:
MIT: Winslow, Conrad
Northwestern: Geraci, Gabrielse, Kovachy, everyone else at CFP
Stanford: Gratta, Kapuitulnk, Irwin
I'm also looking to apply to Harvard, Brown, and UPenn, but I haven't been able to find people that really hone in on this new subfield I want to do. Brown has Stephon Alexander who looks super cool for other reasons, but otherwise, I want to do experimental physics.
So if anybody knows faculty at Harvard, Brown, UPenn, or at any other schools doing this kind of research, that would be amazing! I'm also interested in people doing work between particle physics and quantum info, so if you know anyone/any schools, please help me out!