Hi everyone. So I'm a student a Southern CT State University right now, planning on graduating this year. I'm compiling a list of graduate schools to apply to for an Astro PhD, and I'd like some advice. I'm filling my list with a lot of safety schools, as I know my state university background and less-than-stellar grades may be large negatives on my application. I do, however, think I have decent qualifications, even if they aren't top 20 material by any means.
PGRE: Taking this in the next month, I hope to be in the 700 range by what I've been doing on the practices
GRE: Taking this right after PGRE, not too concerned
Research: I've been doing some rather exciting research in Optical Interferometry with a great Astronomer at my school, he seems to have a lot of connections and is very well respected in the community. He likes me a lot and will write me a stellar letter. About 1.5 years experience doing it, and I'll have a publication about it coming soon, though not in time for my application =(
Recommenders: My research adviser (see above), a math PhD and another physics professor who doesn't really have many accolades to speak of.
My list (needs to be narrowed down, looking to weed out low-chance schools):
1. Yale University - Long shot, but local
2. University of Hawaii (#2 choice)
3. University of Colorado, Boulder (probably my #1 choice)
4. University of Michigan
5. University of Pennsylvania
6. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
7. Arizona State University
8. University of Missouri
9. University of California, L.A.
10. Clemson University, SC
11. Cornell, NY
12. Iowa state
13. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
14. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
15. Boston University ---- research adviser has connections here
16. California Riverside
17. University of Delaware ---- research adviser has connections here
18. Georgia State - large interferometry program, credentials would look good here
Thanks in advance for everyone's help.
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on Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:07 am, edited 1 time in total.