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Starting the grad school search: what schools for quantum gravity?

  1. Aug 24, 2009 #1
    Hi all,

    I just started signing up for my GREs, and when they started asking for institutions to which my scores should be sent, I froze up and realized that I hadn't really nailed down my grad school choices yet. Eek! Some amount of Google-time later, this forum seems like it would be a good place to get some help, since I'm feeling kind of lost in this.

    So, here's my question in a nutshell: What schools should I consider applying to if I want to do research in (probably non-stringy) quantum gravity? There really aren't any names that stick out from the papers I've read, at least in the U.S. (where I'm pretty sure I want to stay---although that's not set in stone). A few British universities, a few German ones, and the Perimeter Institute of course. But I'm feeling kind of ignorant as to how to even start the search for others. It seems like this would be common knowledge among the right circles, and I'd get more reliable results just by asking---so here I am!

    Some details: all of the details are on my http://domenicdenicola.com/Resume/Research.aspx".

    I have some connections at the Perimeter Institute from such research, and plan on applying there---although spending ~4 years of my 20s in a male-dominated institute with like 15 grad students seems a bit hazardous to my social life. I'm also planning on applying to Caltech for a Ph.D. as well, since the direction of my work with Professor Marcolli this summer really seems like it'd be worth doing a thesis on, plus I love the community. Other than that, though, I'm not really sure where I should be looking. I'd kind of like to stay in the U.S., and especially near a metropolitan area (Boston, LA, NYC, etc.) but maybe I could get used to England if e.g. Imperial College is the place to go.

    So, yeah... help? And thanks!
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