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U Chicago, Cornell or UIUC for experimental condensed matter physics?

  1. Mar 9, 2014 #1

    Grad school admissions are about over, and it looks like I will be choosing between UIUC, Cornell, or U Chicago for CME. I have research fellowships from Cornell and U Chicago, still waiting for financial details from UIUC. I'll visit UC and Cornell over spring break, but location isn't too important (big city vs farmlands).

    Does anyone have an opinion on these three places? I think they're all good in condensed matter but how else would you pick?
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  3. Mar 9, 2014 #2
    Your personal preference of where you want to live for more than half a decade and who and what you want to work by looking at professor bios and sending emails to see how many students they will take in.
  4. Mar 9, 2014 #3


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    Honestly, you can't go wrong with any of those institutions. They are top-notch in condensed matter, with UIUC and Cornell may be a nose ahead of UC on my personal preference. Whatever you will choose, you should have no regrets here.

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