My DD is now a rising college senior (Chemistry major, with a minor in Math) who has definitely decided to go to graduate school (she loves being in a lab) to get a PhD in a Chemistry discipline (most likely Analytical Chemistry or Biochemistry) and she has a long list of 25 schools that she is wanting to pare down. She is required by her undergraduate scholarship to apply to 13 graduate schools and I have been asked to help her gather information since this search will not be like her undergraduate search (since she will not be able to visit most of the schools on her list and one of the deciding factors will be where she is accepted and the research being done in the various labs). Stats and research wise, she has a 3.9 GPA at her East Coast HBCU, with summer research done at a top 20 USNWR National University (her oral research presentation won in her research category at a National Biomedical Research conference with 2500 total presentations), 3 semesters of research at her school) and she is current doing summer research at a top 125 USNWR National University and has been offered an opportunity to get on her name on a paper this summer. She has prepared for the GRE and will take this fall (based on prep class and practice, she is looking for a perfect Quantitative score, but would be happy with a 168+ for Quantitative, 162+ on the Verbal, and a 5.0 in Analytical Writing). With such a large list of competitive schools, my DD has a back-up plan if things do not go the way she wants (Applying to a few post-bac programs as well). Here is the very early preliminary list of schools she came up with (which have some foreign institutions):
UNC Chapel Hill
U of Miami
U of Sydney
Nanyang Technological University
National University of Singapore
The most important criteria includes location (besides NYC and British schools on her list, she wants to be in a locale that doesn’t get very cold), resources, and cutting edge research in her chosen discipline. She will work on researching those criteria, but I am hoping to get some help on CC on the campus “atmosphere” at some of the schools on the list and little things that may end up swaying her decision. One thing we have found early on is that there have been strikes with grad students at some of the California based schools due to the cost of living on the West coast. Are there any other schools that she may want to consider? Is there anything about the schools above that she should watch out for? Any advice or experience on how to cut the list down to about 15 or so schools?