I am currently a physics undergraduate doing research in applied optics (plasmonic waveguides/microscopy). I have a few questions. I'd really like to go to a top 10/15 EE graduate school and pursue research in these topics. Problem is I went to a school fairly unknown for its physics department (for financial reasons), and I'll be graduating very quickly (2.5 years due to AP credits,). Plus I did a year in astronomy research, and realized that I disliked it. I currently have 2 very strong recommendation letters, and 1 fairly decent rec. letter, 1 from an astronomer another from a physics professor who is fairly well known in the optics field, and another one from a STEM organization coordinator. I have 1 astronomy paper that I'm 3rd author on, and I have another one that will be published fairly soon (next ~month). I will have at least 1 paper published in optics (as 3rd author) by the end of this semester (I graduate next fall). 1 Summer REU at a top 5 school for astronomy. My current GPA is a 4.0, and there's a decent chance I'll be graduating with a 4.0 (just based off of the difficulty of the classes that I have left compared to the ones I've already taken). 3 Presentations at conferences (2 astronomy related, 1 in optics). Presentation award at my university's research conference. I haven't taken the subject PGRE yet, but on practice tests I'm scoring ~65-70th percentiles (not sure how much this matters for EE graduate school). I also hold office for SPS and another school STEM organization. I'm a white male US citizen. I'm fluent in 4 languages (possible bonus?) -------------- With just these qualities, what are my chances at a top 10 EE grad school (berkley/MIT/rochester)? Would it be worthwhile staying an extra semester to get a EE minor before applying for grad school? I would be unable to do another internship this summer due to some family obligations, how much would this hurt my chances at a top-tier school?