Undergrad Institution: Top Indian School: Medium Reputation in Physics
Major(s): Engineering Physics
Minor(s): Informally, Theoretical Physics
GPA in Major: 8.7/10
Overall GPA: 8.3/10
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Top 10%
Type of Student: International Male
GRE Scores:
Q: 170
V: 159
W: 4.5
P: 990
TOEFL: 113 (R: 28, L: 30, S: 25, W: 30)
Research Experience:
Semester Internship in Cosmology (Dark Matter/Structure Formation) with quite a famous professor (low physics rep university though) (1 preprint: Co-Author, more can be expected by December)
Summer Project in Electroweak Theory & Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (No significant results)
Summer Internship in Cosmology with somewhat famous Professor (HoD of institution) (Large Scale Structure Formation) (No significant results)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Academic Advisor for 1 semester: freshmen undergraduate Physics Course
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
Special Bonus Points: Grad Classes in QFT - 1, General Relativity, Group Theory. Future Grad courses in QFT - II, Supersymmetry. Future Thesis Project: Dark Matter Theory and Cosmology, Recommendation from the aforementioned famous professor, + recommendation from another somewhat famous professor doing Theoretical Physics from home university
Reduce Points: No courses in Cosmology offered at home institution
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Present Extra Knowledge includes Foundational Quantum Mechanics, QFT - II from research projects, Statistical Analysis
Beyond Reach:
1. Princeton - Astroparticle Phenomenology, High Energy Theory, Quantum Cosmology (partially hoping for an IAS-based graduate advisor)
2. The University of Chicago - High Energy Theory
3. Stanford - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory
4. Perimeter, ON, Canada - High Energy Theory, Cosmology, Information Theory
Reach:
1. The University of Maryland, College Park - high Energy Theory
2. The University of California, Los Angeles - High Energy Theory (Look at that international student ratio:
https://grad.ucla.edu/programs/physical-sciences/physics-and-astronomy-department/physics/#program-statistics)
3. The University of Toronto - High Energy Theory
4. Pennsylvania State - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory
5. Columbia University - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory
Safe:
1. Texas A&M - High Energy Theory
2. Stony Brook University - High Energy Theory
3. Brown University - High Energy Theory
4. Heidelberg University - Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Theory (to apply only if rejected from all in above two categories. Last date in July)
Edits:
1. Nov 25, 2018:
1A. added PGRE score
1B. Added Columbia and Kansas State to list
2. Dec 15, 2018:
2A. Removed Kansas State from the list due to an absence of High Energy Theory. Asked potential advisor, he has moved completely to Cosmology and last worked in HET in the 1980s. The only other potential advisor has retired.