Hey there, I would love some input on my application process. Namely, where do I apply?
Undergrad at small state school, not much research reputation.
Major: Physics (B.S.)
Minors: Math, Astronomy, Music, Philosophy
GPA: 3.58 Cum, 3.5 Major, 3.9 Astronomy
GRE: 164/165/5 [Q/V/W]
PGRE: 740 (60%)
Honors Program, Distinguished Scholar of the College of Science and Technology, 4 Quarters of TA work (teaching labs)
Scholarships: Departmental tuition waiver, NASA Space Grant for summer research, President's Scholarship
Observed at the FAST Spectrograph for ~5 days with research professor
Research: 3 years of research working on galaxy clusters and star formation at institution, including one summer of full-time research funded by the NASA Space Grant.
I'm primarily interested in theoretical cosmology (early universe, etc.) as well as, if that fails, observational astronomy relating to large-scale structure and galaxy clusters. I'm also getting married the summer before Fall 2015, and where I go will be influenced heavily by my fiance, which means I'm restricted to the PNW in general. Colorado is about as far as I can swing, so take that as kind of a radius of where I can apply.
List for now:
UC Berkeley (Astro)
UW (Phys and Astro)
CU Boulder (Astro)
UC Davis (Phys)
UC Riverside (Phys)