Hello, all, I am quite interested in pursuing a PhD in physics (preferably theoretical), but I've run into the slight problem that my undergraduate major is not physics. From what I've gathered, I pretty much have my choice of a graduate program in mechanical engineering from my accomplishments so far, but if I could get into a very strong physics program, I would find it hard to refuse. My general information is below; let me know what you think. Expected Graduation: May 2015 Undergraduate Institution: Top 10 mechanical engineering, Top 50 physics Undergraduate Major: Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Minors: Physics, Mathematics, Economics GPA: 3.87/4.00; ME GPA: 3.93/4.00; I've gotten an A+ in every physics course I've taken. GRE: 170 Q/165 V/4.0 W PGRE: Taking soon Research: In the area of dynamics (plus some in dynamics education). Started the summer before my junior year, continued thereafter. My professor believes I'll have 6 papers published by the time I graduate (2 submitted, 3 planned), though I think that's a tad optimistic. My work tends to be more theoretical than experimental. References: Should be good. Two have research and classroom experience with me (mechanical engineering), one offered me one after taking his final (physics). Additional Positives: Strongly involved in club sports; by graduation I'll have taken three grad classes in economics, two in math, four-plus in mechanical engineering, and one or two in physics; my GPA has been on an upswing. Three semesters as an introductory physics undergraduate teaching assistant (both E&M and mechanics). Potential concerns: I'm not a physics major, though I've taken more than the minor requires. I am undecided as to the exact branch of physics I want to study. My references won't all be physicists. I didn't write particularly well during the GRE. I know that these are very lofty goals, but the schools I would like to apply to are: Caltech MIT UIUC UW Madison UChicago Or potentially others at a comparable level.