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Programs Selecting a university for a Physics PhD

  1. Apr 3, 2009 #1
    Hi all,

    I am a physics graduate from Sri Lanka. I applied for several universities for Physics PhD program(Fall 2009). I want your help to select the best university for me. My research interests are Condensed Matter Physics and Nanophysics. My credentials are as follows.

    UGPA - 3.91, GRE - Quan:790 Ver:310, GRE PHYSICS - 750, TOEFL - 95

    I was accepted from the following universities, with a Teaching Assistantship.
    University of Virginia, Iowa State University, Washington State University, Washington University - St. Louis (Hopefully in this week).
    Still waiting for a decision from Purdue University.

    I want to know what will be the best graduate program for me to pursue my career in the above fields. I'm wondering if anyone can give me some insight into above schools Physics programs.

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
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  3. Apr 4, 2009 #2


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    All of them are wonderful universities, so congratulations, first of all.

    As far as condensed matter is concerned, Iowa State is VERY well-known. It's proximity to Ames lab (it runs that lab for the Dept. of Energy) and also its proximity to the Wisconsin synchrotron center allow for many condensed matter experiments to be done. So you can't go wrong if you go there.

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