I'm currently trying to finalise my list of schools to apply for at the minute and could use some help! I've decided I would very much like to go into biophysics research - I'm wondering about one thing, however. Is it generally more advisable to apply to a regular physics program and specialise in biophysics, or apply mostly for pure biophysics programs instead?
A bit of background about myself - I'm am international student (Irish female, so native English speaker at least). GPA of ~3.87 and two summers of research experience (one in a related field, one in optics) with a co-authored publication in press. I'm still waiting for my official general GRE results, but have a verbal range of between 560-660, and quantitative 710-800. I expect the writing score will be decent. I'm travelling over to Kent in England in 2 weeks to do the physics GRE, I'm guessing a lot depends on my score for that, with regards to where I have a realistic chance.
So far, I have decided to apply to Cornell, Brown, UW Seattle (all physics) and also Harvard (SEAS, biophysics track). I'm also considering UC Davis (biophysics).
What I'd like in particular is advice/suggestions of other "reasonable" schools with good biophysics research. - e.g., where I might have a more decent chance for admission. The whole application process seems extremely daunting at the moment - no one else I've ever come into contact with here has gone through the process before, it's really not a common thing to do for Irish students as far as I can tell. It's something I'd really like to do, however, so I figure I might as well give it my best shot. Any advice appreciated, thanks.