I am new to this website, and hope that this is the right place to post my question. I would really appreciate anyone who is willing to read my situation and offer advice or blunt opinions on my chances.
University: Top 5 in world
GPA: Only a 3.1 overall and ~3.0 in major. Although this is a very terrible GPA, I am slowly improving through time and effort.
GRE: I have just taken general thus far, and scored about 90th percentile. Will definitely retake. Physics GRE expected to be around 800-850.
- One summer fellowship at a top-50 worldwide ranked university.
- One summer fellowship at my university with a very encouraging research professor. This led to a presentation at APS Meeting. We are also about to submit a publication (I would be second author) and might submit one more publication before I graduate. The professor frequently mentions that he will give me a very glowing recommendation letter.
- I am about to graduate one year early, and instead of fourth year undergrad I will be researching with a prestigious professor (one of best in his field) at top-25 international school.
Extracurriculars: I do some volunteer work. For what it's worth, I also speak pretty solid Chinese for a non-Chinese.
Other Possible Factors:
- Graduating university one year early
- Married. My husband is top student in his year with multiple publications and major awards; so if graduate schools evaluate spouses' applications together that could potentially help me.
- At least one professor who is extremely supportive of me.
Obviously a top-tier university would be out of the question for me (unless they really want my husband and take me as a package deal), but would a second-tier university be plausible? Also, does anyone know how to de-emphasize my poor GPA?
Thank you so much for the help!