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Need help with grad school selection

  1. Mar 6, 2012 #1
    I am in the process of deciding where to attend graduate school for CMT. I have essentially narrowed it down to two schools.

    Choice 1) pluses: top 10 overall, top in CM, lots of theorists
    minuses: midwest hell (I'm from the midwest, I desperately want to escape)

    Choice 2) pluses: top 10 overall, top 10 in CM, excellent city, strong in spintronics
    minuses: stronger in exp, prospective adviser not yet tenured

    So, my question is, would it be foolish to go to a school where I love the research/city over the "best school" for my field because of location? (Also, I have to keep in mind that there is only one group I'm really really excited about at choice 2 and it may not be there in a few years. Not that I'm expecting it to not be there, just considering worst case scenario)

    Any advice or experiences in a similar situation would be very helpful. Thanks!
     
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  3. Mar 6, 2012 #2

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    You do realize there is a non-insignificant probability that your prospective advisor at Choice 2 will end up working at Choice 1. This is one of the pitfalls of factoring geography in.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2012 #3
    I know that she completed her Phd at Choice 1. Does this make a difference?

    Edit: Also, I forgot to mention that I received a substantial fellowship offer from Choice 2 so location is not the only factor.
     
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