I want to know what would happen when the Admission committee needs to make difficult choices.
A Physics department has 10 available positions in Theoretical and 4 available position in Experimental for incoming grad students. This year, over 100 prospective grad students applied for position in Theoretical and only dozens applied for position in Experimental.
Would their application be considered separately? I imagine that there must be Theoretical Admissions team and Experimental Admissions team within the Admission committee to maintain the balance of incoming grad students, but I’m not very sure….
I might be wrong, but I don’t think the committee would only choose the best-of-the-best prospective students without even considering their research interest. I mean, it is rather unwise to accept all the best if ‘the best’ only wants to do research in certain area and ‘don’t give a damn’ to the other ongoing research.
Would the committee choose to accept the not-that-good students to fill in the positions suitable with their interest over the best-of-the-best students that have no matching interest with the currently available research positions? Could anybody enlighten me here?