What I understand is that mentioning a clear research preference in the SOP improves the application profile. But I still haven't made up my mind regarding the research I would want to do. I am interested in both Condensed matter and HEP (both theory). But I must say that I have a slight preference towards condensed matter theory. So I am planning to mention condensed matter as my research preference in my SOP. The problem is that, I still want to keep my HEP option open i.e. I might want to switch to HEP after I get admitted to a university. Do universities encourage this switching after admission??
One more issue. The way I found out my interest in condensed matter is by eliminating other fields. So I basically worked in most other fields before getting to condensed matter. I did a summer project in Astrophysics, then one in Quantum information and another in General relativity. Of course, now I am working on a condensed matter project, but it's a work in progress. So I have no projects to show in condensed matter (also none in HEP). So, will it affect my application profile, when I mention condensed matter as my research preference??
At some schools, the professors can be somewhat possessive of students who express interest in their work, but end up working for someone else. Trust me, you don't want to commit to anyone or anything during the application season, especially if the school takes those expressed interests seriously. You don't want to piss off the professors, especially the ones on your exam committees and whatnot. If I were you, I would state explicitly in your application that you are leaning towards condensed matter but are also interested in HET. This is specific enough that it won't hurt you (ie, knowing what you want to do will make the schools more likely to admit you) but vague enough that you get let off the hook later on if you do decide to switch.krisna wrote:Do universities encourage this switching after admission??
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