Guitarfire wrote:I'm an international student.I graduated this year and would like to apply for a PhD next fall.I would really like to do my PhD in High Energy theory.I am not saying this by watching Brain Greene's Episodes,I know how difficult it is.And,I don't really consider ranking as a good measure.Right now,I am working as a project student and my work is mainly experimental and related to Condensed matter.It's not that I don't like experiments but I have a special interest on High energy theory,not strings but something related to Field theory.
I know it is really difficult to get into High energy theory because it is extremely competitive and low-funded.I want to be realistic and what I can do to my profile that can increase my chances of getting into a university?I have more than six months.Can you suggest me anything?
Thanks in advance..
Your degree is in Electrical Engineering. The first thing a high energy theory group will want to see is that you've taken the full range of undergraduate quantum and a course in undergrad particle physics (the books by Griffiths, for example). And I mean courses, not just reading on your own. The second thing is a high PGRE score. The third thing is an SOP that explains why you want to do HET.
You say rankings don't matter. The average number of new faculty jobs in HET in the US the past few years is less than 10 per year. Almost all of those come from Princeton, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, etc. Rankings may not matter to you, but they matter to those who might hire you. Given that the chance of a permanent position in HET is so absurdly low, you might think hard about why you want to do it, and what your long-term plans would be.