I am currently a first go round senior with a dual degree in physics and math with actuarial sciences minor. I go to a small state school with no reputation in physics. 3.7 overall gpa, 3.6 math and science.
No research experience as of yet (still hoping for this summer), no publications, lots of extra activities (fraternity president, order of omega, student/alumni group, sigma pi sigma, society of physics students), good recommendations, classroom assistant/part time faculty for 6 semester when I graduate. I am hoping to score a 600-750 on the PGRE (historically students from my school do not do well). Here is the kicker, I would like to make a decision as to where I will go by early 2011 because I am engaged to be married over the summer with a fiance' who will move to where I attend graduate school.
I am hoping for astrophysics theory - fields, particles, cosmology. Right now our top choices are UIUC and Vanderbilt because of location mostly.
What are some attainable suggestions for me?
Also, would taking the Math subject gre be helpful? I think I could score 60 percentile in it which may help to demonstrate theory capabilities. Any advice would help!