are you applying for Fall 2015? shouldn't your ohio state app be submitted already? You may also want to check out Case Western University too.
If you are applying for Fall 2016: Consider USC also!
crimsonmist wrote:Thanks PathIntegrals92. The reason Im somewhat hesitant is because people from the UK don't seem to have much luck with HEP theory in the US for some reason (I have a feeling its the lack of research experience/publications)
That's interesting because most of the hep-th students I meet are international. Most are from UK, China, and Iran. The next most include India, Brazil, Germany, and Canada.
I have noticed that there were many people in the 2014 admissions and 2013 admissions (international hep-th) who only applied to top 10/20 schools, so their outcome was going to be very small.
Apply smart and you can get admitted somewhere! Looks like you are doing that! Good luck! Is there any reason why you don't want to continue your studies at Cambridge ( apply there?)
Research experience is very important for places like Harvard/Stanford. I think excellent research experience+LORs make up for an otherwise high mediocre stat.
That being said, having research experience is always a plus, because that's what graduate school is all about. Use your SOP to demonstrate that you are capable of doing research and that you are interested.