negru wrote:When in doubt, always go for the $$$. Research interest, lifestyle preferences? They can change on whim. Money is forever.
bck2school wrote:I disagree. Go with your research interests, if you are getting into Physics for the money I suggest you rethink your career plans.
bfollinprm wrote:bck2school wrote:I disagree. Go with your research interests, if you are getting into Physics for the money I suggest you rethink your career plans.
I would normally agree, and am pretty sure I do in this instance too, but if I were given the decision I'd choose Stanford. Berkeley is definitely better in CMB (which is what I do), but Stanford has faculty who are productive and enterprising, and seems to be on the up and up (and Berkeley seems to be sliding some). Getting a fellowship shows a school is excited about you; that translates into more than just free money (it will open doors with faculty).
I'd have to know way more about both school's particle instrumentation programs to make informed advice here, but I'd be surprised if Stanford has no connections to LBNL at all.
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