I finished my last graduate school visit and it still hasn't made my decision any easier. I was wondering if anyone has had experience at Rochester, Ohio State, and UMD and could give advice?
A little about me:
-Interested in plasma physics, high-energy-density physics, and laser-matter interaction
-While I'm leaning to those above topics I'm open to other areas of research and so I'm drawn to bigger schools that give me many research options to sample
-Worked at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and studied high-energy-density physics
-My end game: To work at a National Lab. Therefore connections from research groups to national labs are a big deal.
Other things to consider:
-Ohio State offered a first-year fellowship
-Rochester is the "lowest" rank, but offers access to LLE and is the only university that studies high-energy-density physics