Hello everybody! Just got my PGRE scores, now I want to finalize my list of universities to apply for. I'll have a master's degree from a German university by summer next year, and would like to stay in my current field, string theory (maybe with some overlap with quantum information theory or cosmology).
Undergrad/Master's Institution: German university
GPA: Hard to calculate to US points, probably top 20%
Length of Degree: 3 years bachelor's + 2 years master's
Type of Student: International, male
General: 163 (verbal), 170 (quantitative)
TOEFL iBT: 116
Research Experience: Undergrad research in HEP at UCSB (~1 year, no paper), bachelor's thesis about QM lattice calculations, summer study program at Seoul National University about advanced QFT/lattice QCD, now working at Kyoto University (Japan) on 1-year Master's thesis research on AdS/CFT.
Papers: None in physics yet, but I published one on algorithms in a European youth science journal in 2012.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Got a price for a youth science project at a national German competition, which led to the paper mentioned earlier. Various exchange program grants, including a Fulbright stipend in 2011/12. And I got a silver medal in the "2011 University Physics Competition".
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I did some student council work in Germany.
My list so far:
US: Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Caltech
UK: Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College
Japan: University of Tokyo
I feel like I should add some less-ambitious "safety" schools to my list, but I'm not sure which ones are good in HEP/string theory. Any advice?
Another problem: I'd prefer to skip some of the basic lectures, since I already have a master's. That seems to be no problem at Harvard, but impossible at MIT and difficult at Princeton. Stanford and Caltech didn't even bother to reply to my mails. Does anyone know more?
Last edited by scytale
on Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:41 am, edited 1 time in total.