Hi, everyone. I really, really want to go to graduate school. My focus will be AMO and I'm aiming for a PhD. However, I've looked through a lot of forums to see how others fared when offers rolled around. I also use this as a way to set goals. The problem is: I can't find a lot of people like me - I'm an African American female at an HBCU (Historically Black College/University". It's hard to gauge what kind of schools will want me. Here's a small profile: -- GPA: 3.9/4.0 (but I know how important the PGRE is) -- Waiting for GRE scores -- Research Experience: one at a national laboratory ; one on campus ; one in the industry. -- one publication after presenting work at a computer simulations/differential equations conference -- tutor in trig, calculus, and general + upper-level physics courses -- I have 5 people that are excited to write recommendation letters for me - two of which will be really strong -- math club campus laison + SWE college chapter community service coordinator That's all that I can think of putting at the moment. As you can see, my resume isn't very elaborate. It's really hard to know what my chances are of getting into a great graduate program for AMO. When I go to forums to gauge my chances, I keep in mind that I am a minority and go to a predominately-Black college. How much do graduate schools care about that? How many safety schools should I have if I apply to 10 schools?