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RicciFlow

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I am currently a math major with an emphasis in physics, and I will begin looking for the right graduate programs to apply to in the fall. I am a rather silly case however, and I was curious if anyone had any advice or potentially some reassurance on my potential to get into graduate school, particularly one of these:

MIT (Long shot number 1)

Princeton (long shot number 2)

Brown

Rutgers

Penn State

Indiana

Boulder (For the applied math department; I have good connections)

I chose these schools as I am interested in Geometric flow/Mathematical physics, and primarily want to be on the east coast...ish.

My problem however is that I look pretty desirable on my CV save for one aspect; my GPA. Now when I say my GPA I don't just mean that I don't have a 4.0, I have a 2.7-ish...now, most of that has been my fault, but there have been a number of very legitimate life circumstances there as well. Since I am junior, improving that aspect of my CV will be neigh impossible, but of course I will try. With the GPA issue aside however, I think I look pretty good. I am published with a professor and listed as second author out of four in a peer reviewed international journal by Taylor and Francis publishing group. Also, the work was supported by a NSF grant, and I gave a talk on the research at a regional MAA conference. Furthermore, I know MATLAB, Mathematica, and fairly recently, TeX. I have also taken a number of Upper division courses, my best ones being in Higher Geometry, ODE's, and complex Variables. All of which were 4/5000 level courses at my university. I have also taken the Analysis sequence, Modern Algebra 1, and a proof based linear course. That's just the Math, I have also gotten good grades in all my physics courses, including Classical and soon to be finished, General relativity. I am even doing a graduate level indep. Study in Differential Geometry as well.

I also work as a math tutor in my University's walk in math tutoring center, and I have been a supplemental Instructor for the intro level DiffEq courses for three years now. Oh and I was part of a team for the MCM competition that took Meritorious winner in 2010. I plan to do an undergraduate thesis in PDE/Geometry. Ah, and I will have at least 2 excellent letter of rec. and I am currently working on getting a third prof. to do the same. Also, taking the Math subject GRE test in April.

So I suppose my real question is this; will my GPA ruin the rest of my CV for the grad schools listed above? If so, and given that there is practically nothing else I can do to fix that, what else should I consider doing to improve my chances? Is there anything else I can do? I would really prefer not to transfer in graduate school, as I find this both difficult and kind of immoral. What I ultimately want to do is teach at a decent University. Suggestions, reassurances? Has anyone had a similar predicament by chance?

I apologize if this seems to be a long or silly post, and thank you to everyone in advance! :)