i may apply to grad schools this fall or wait until next fall to apply. i've been looking into condensed matter because i heard it uses stat mech alot, which is my favorite area of physics as i didnt enjoy E&M or quantum as much. i dont know too much about it as i havent taken any electives, such as Solid State physics. Based on my undergrad research experiences, i'm certain that i want to avoid experimental work and work on computational simulations of physical systems. I am certain that I want to do modeling/simulation research for my career, whether it be in academia or industry. one of my projects was materials modeling, which was pretty interesting. i also want to do something more on the applied side, such as working on CMP or lasers or whatever, not something too theoretical like string theory. however, i've also been looking into computational fluid dynamics, which based on my research, is only conducted in applied math and engineering departments, not physics. i havent taken any fluid mech classes, but CFD looks interesting since it involves mostly computations, not lab work. also, i like its applications to rockets, missiles, and jets. but nothing else in ME really interests me hence, i've been thinking of just applying to physics grad schools since there's more research areas to choose from, whereas in ME, if i dont like CFD, i'll be stuck in it. any ideas?