I am currently in the penultimate semester of my undergraduate studies majoring in computer science. I am planning to pursue graduate education in astronomy. I have been working in astronomy since my sophomore year and have substantial research experience. I did projects ranging from analysis of ionospheric data to applied machine learning for 21cm Cosmology. Mostly my research interests center around a field known as astroinformatics and I am planning to apply to schools that either offer a specialization or have faculty working in the same. Below is my profile and current list of schools I am planning to apply to. Since I am a CS undergrad, I am not sure which Universities would be reach, optimistic or safe for me. I would appreciate your inputs for the same and it would be immensly helpful if you can point out some other graduate programs that I can possibly apply to. Thanks!
Undergrad Institution: Indian university famous for CS, no reputation for Physics
Major(s): Computer Science
Overall GPA: 7.6/10
Length of Degree: 4
Position in Class: Institute does not award ranks
Type of Student: International Male
GRE Scores :
P:Did not take(Applying to schools without or optional PGRE)
TOEFL(iBT): (R: 30, L: 30, S: 24, W: 28,Total: 112)
Research Experience: Multiple undergraduate research experiences in reputed astronomy institute in India. Work mainly centered around data analysis and machine learning for astronomy.
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Winner of one of the world's largest hackathon events, ICPC regionals, Conference publication in Computer Vision
Special Bonus Points: Primary recommender is well known in radio astronomy and might have contacts
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Visited UW for a summer school in astroinformatics
Applying to Where:
CalTech - Astronomy - Data-Intensive Astronomy
University of Washington - Astronomy - Big Data and Data Science Interdisciplinary Track
Northwestern - Physics and Astronomy - Exoplanets, Interdisciplinary research in astronomy(Check out- http://ciera.northwestern.edu)
Vanderbilt - Astronomy - Astro-informatics specialization
Rochester Institute of Technology - Astrophysical Science and Technology - Astro-informatics
Wesleyan - Astronomy - Exoplanets(Mostly applying as a safe option, however not even sure if I can call it that though)
Also considering to apply:- University of Arizona, University of Michigan, UC-SC
Let me know your thoughts!