Applied Phys Undergrad to Phys Ph. D.-- Where can I go from here? I am a student in Columbia's SEAS, majoring in Applied Physics. My GPA is pretty bad (2.47, with 2 semesters left to go, so it could potentially go up to 2.9) and I am doing research with a physics professor, but no publications as of yet. I have never failed or withdrawn from a class, but have a couple of D's in classes not directly for my major. I am also a girl, and a US citizen (I've been given the impression these things and my school affect my chances, but I don't know). What should I shoot for graduate-school-wise? I'd like to get into a Ph. D. program in physics or applied physics, probably focusing on HEP or astrophysics.