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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi All,

I know this gets posted allot, I just feel I need some external feedback on my chances.

I'm primarily considering programs in Elementary Particles and Mathematical Physics, and am particularly interested in the mathematic underlying physics.

I am a mathematics and physics double major at a small (<700 student, second tier) private Boston-area university.

My cumulative GPA overall: 3.77

My physics GPA: 3.65

My math GPA: 3.9

My school requires allot of extraneous courses that I did fairly well in, but not great. Does this hurt or help?

Research experience:

I've done two REU's.

One, was at Harvard University studying some effects that occur in nanoscale superconductors (Macroscopic Quantum Tunnelling). And did allot of work on high vacuum systems, e-beam lithography, and SEM. (Also, this is where I decided experimental work wasn't for me, wasn't too bad, just enjoyed the math more)

The second, was at Indian University's Cyclotron Facility, I did some nuclear theory work in computing bound states and resonances in 2-d systems.

I don't have any publications, but may be able to publish soon in one of the undergrad math journals. Do these kinds of journals help at all?

I've also TA'd for several classes, and graded homeworks. Including General Physics, Mechanics, and Discrete Math.

I also was awarded a freshman achievement award in physics.

GRE scores:

Verbal: 550

Quantitative: 790

Writing: 4.0

Subject: don't know yet, expecting 700-750.

Which schools do you think are accessible to me?

Thanks,

joe

I know this gets posted allot, I just feel I need some external feedback on my chances.

I'm primarily considering programs in Elementary Particles and Mathematical Physics, and am particularly interested in the mathematic underlying physics.

I am a mathematics and physics double major at a small (<700 student, second tier) private Boston-area university.

My cumulative GPA overall: 3.77

My physics GPA: 3.65

My math GPA: 3.9

My school requires allot of extraneous courses that I did fairly well in, but not great. Does this hurt or help?

Research experience:

I've done two REU's.

One, was at Harvard University studying some effects that occur in nanoscale superconductors (Macroscopic Quantum Tunnelling). And did allot of work on high vacuum systems, e-beam lithography, and SEM. (Also, this is where I decided experimental work wasn't for me, wasn't too bad, just enjoyed the math more)

The second, was at Indian University's Cyclotron Facility, I did some nuclear theory work in computing bound states and resonances in 2-d systems.

I don't have any publications, but may be able to publish soon in one of the undergrad math journals. Do these kinds of journals help at all?

I've also TA'd for several classes, and graded homeworks. Including General Physics, Mechanics, and Discrete Math.

I also was awarded a freshman achievement award in physics.

GRE scores:

Verbal: 550

Quantitative: 790

Writing: 4.0

Subject: don't know yet, expecting 700-750.

Which schools do you think are accessible to me?

Thanks,

joe