I just finished my second year of undergraduate physics studies at UCLA. I had an extremely rough first quarter, but have been increasing my GPA every quarter since. My cumulative is now a 3.3 with a 3.5 in physics classes. I am transferring to Wisconsin-Madison next year due to financial reasons, and my ultimate hope would be to get to a 3.6, but realistically probably a 3.5 at least by the time I graduate.
Interest: My main interest is in HEP, experimental.
Research: Worked for 6 months with a UCLA professor doing electronics testing for muon detectors at CERN. Spending the whole summer at CERN with another UCLA professor doing research with CMS. Next year at Wisconsin I will be joining IceCube for a research position and then coming back to CERN each successive summer and possibly winters as well. So in total by the time I will graduate, 3 years with CERN (UCLA CMS and Wisconsin CMS), 2 years with IceCube (Wisconsin), and 6 months with detector hardware testing.
Letters of Recommendation: Should have very solid letters from all research areas including UCLA CMS professor, Madison CMS professor, and Madison IceCube professor.
What kind of schools am I looking at, at this point? Any chance at all of top 5 or 10 if continue to improve GPA and can do very well on PGRE? Let me know your thoughts.