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Recommend me a grad school for Q.Grav. or Th.High En.Phys

  1. Nov 25, 2008 #1

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    Hi..

    I am a MSc Physics student with undergrad gpa 3.26 and masters 3.60 I am working on Class. Gen. Rel. right now and I am going to apply for PhD in USA or Canada can anyone recommend me a University(in the fields of Quantum Gravity or particle physics) that I have a chance to get in?

    Note: I am not from the States, but I study in the best university of my country
     
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  3. Nov 26, 2008 #2

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    TT, I hat to tell you this, but with those grades it will be difficult. Virtually all schools require a 3.5 as an undergrad, and while your master's grades are better, they aren't much better.
     
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    First, I don't think Hippo's list is the one you want to be looking at. RPI, top of his list has only one particle theorist in the entire department.

    Second, with GPA's like that, you shouldn't be looking at the very top schools. You really can't look at Hippo's suggestion of Columbia as something consistent with your grades. A 3.26 is below the 3.5 hard cutoff most schools have, and a 3.6 is better, but not so much better to demonstrate that you've turned things around. Columbia accepts 20 or so of the best students in the world. 3.26 and 3.6 does not, I hate to tell you, put you in that category.
     
  6. Nov 26, 2008 #5

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    I already know that I am not one of the best students in the world, if I were I wouldnt need come here and ask about grad schools I would just apply to Princeton.

    My point is that, I want to do PhD in States or Canada aybe Europe, and altough my gpa is not first class I still believe that I have the intellegence and will to study Quantum Gravity or High Energy Physics, so there should be a university or institution that will accept me, I just ask for someone who have knowledge about this to inform me.
     
  7. Nov 26, 2008 #6
    If your interested in Europe try checking this out. It is a Joint Degree program from multiple well known European Universities, and depending on your research you can choose to study and or research the topics to your liking. I don't know if this helps or not but its worth a look.

    European Masters in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics
     
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    Oops never mind the guy already has his Masters Degree lol. I guess this wouldn't work for him. My bad :biggrin:
     
  9. Nov 26, 2008 #8

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    You might want to check out Montana State at Bozeman. They have a few people (or at least one, Neil Cornish) working on GR and QG. And they're not too selective.
     
  10. Nov 26, 2008 #9

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    Canada is much less selective than the US, so you'd have a better chance there.

    Specifically,
    -University of Alberta
    -University of British Columbia
    -University of Western Ontario
    -University of Waterloo
     
  11. Nov 27, 2008 #10

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    It sounds like you want someone to tell you what you want to hear.

    You say you have the intelligence and will to study Quantum Gravity or High Energy Physics. But you did not have the intelligence and will to get a 3.5 as an undergrad or to do substantially better than that in your MS program. These are easier than a career in the highly competitive fields of QG or HEP.

    Every student who applies to graduate school thinks they have the intelligence and will to succeed. Saying that you do too doesn't add any new information. You have to demonstrate it. The one thing that you have told us - grades - does not. You would have to really smoke the GREs to have any sort of shot.

    I also disagree than Canadian universities are substantially easier to get into than US ones. Toronto, UBC and McGill are all quite competitive for grad students.
     
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