How to craft a reasonable list of grad schools - Physics
Our older son wants to pursue a physics PhD (AMO). He is double majoring in math and physics at a big state university. He has taken the GRE (167V,170Q), has a 3.9 GPA, does research in math and physics labs, has presented his math research at a regional conference, will present his physics research at a conference later this fall and expects to have some physics research published soon. He will take the physics GRE this month. The professor who is advising him is encouraging him to apply to some big name universities. I know he's a very good student, but I'm sure that there are lots of other fantastic students applying to these schools. Should he also have the grad-school equivalent of a "safety?" Any resources for crafting a list? So far, he has checked out Grad Cafe. Suggestions appreciated!