Hi everyone. So I've been posting a lot, apologies for that. My PGRE score just came through, and it's just abysmal. Truly abysmal. It's not representative of me as a physicist in any way... I don't even know how I did so poorly, but I'm not letting it get to my head. My objective in this thread is to cross off schools on my list that are likely to throw out apps with terrible PGRE scores. I already have way too many schools on my list, so this seems to be the easiest way to scrub some off.
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Undergrad Institution: State University, not well known for physics, but the department is growing substantially right now
GPA in Major: 3.18 Physics
Overall GPA: 3.17
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Unsure
Type of Student: Domestic white male
GRE Scores :
Q: 155 (60%)
V: 155 (67%)
W: 3.5 (38%)
P: 500 (9%)
Research Experience: Nearly two years of NSF funded Optical Interferometry research -- cutting edge astronomical instrumentation research that many astronomers across the states have expressed serious interest in. On top of that, one and a half semesters of research on Milky Way satellites with a well-known researcher from Yale (for my capstone research).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None really
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 30+ hour work week outside of full time school schedule, if that's of any interest.
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Presentation on my research to the Physics Club
Special Bonus Points: Worked for the Physics Department doing menial tasks like fixing broken equipment. Represented the Physics department at a few different events, such as the Majors Expo and the Club Fair.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: A few extracurricular achievements, mostly music related. Nothing particularly pertinent to my education.
So, as you can see, my app isn't the strongest, but it's also not terrible. My grades are mediocre and my GRE scores are pretty bleh, but my research experience is pretty strong. I'd like to look at this list below and see which schools I should just let go due to my cruddy GRE scores. KEEP IN MIND THIS IS ALL FOR ASTRONOMY/ASTROPHYSICS, I'm not applying to any schools for anything other than Astro.
Thanks again for all your help!
University of Hawaii
University of Michigan
University of Arizona
University of Washington
University of Maryland
U Texas, Austin
New Mexico State