I am passionate about studying chemical physics and I would like to go to a university that has strong courses because I would like to have solid understanding. I would also like to do research with good professors. All the websites that have rankings only rank by subjects such as chemistry or physics but I cant find a place that ranks “chemical physics”. I have looked up the ranking of physics and chemistry for Ohio state since the chemical physics program is a collaboration between both departments but I am not sure if this enough. I would also like to know how Ohio state in chemical physics compares to other places with the same program.

I recently accepted a PhD offer from a top Australian university. There are many things I like about it: my supervisors are excited to work with me and the topic is almost exactly what I want to work on.

My educational background is quite strong however and I am aware that I am making the decision to stay in Australia partly for convenience (partner works here) and that I may have had a chance at universities more well known in my field. I am worried that I am jeopardising my career from the start by staying here.

I would be keen for some advice. Given that I like my topic and supervisors and that the university is ranked top 50 world wide, should I even be concerned? Or could I be making a big mistake?

There are many international rankings for universities (e.g. QS ranking). However, I am interested in an science institute ranking or list that does not involve universities.

Let me give you an idea of what I am searching for: I am from Germany and I know that a major part of scientific progress is happening in universities. Nevertheless there are institutions such as Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics (Germany), or German Aerospace Center (DLR), or Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), or CERN (Switzerland), or Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada), with great significance in science. These institutions do not appear in any ranking, any list of science institutes, or my Google search for “science institutes“.

So where can I find a list of such institutions, e.g. by subject?

Question background: (1) I am curious in general to find a list/ranking that includes such non-teaching institutions too. (2) I went for several internships to science institutes, e.g. DLR/CERN. I am in my bachelor studies and currently searching for new internship opportunities during the summer vacation period. There are a lot of great opportunities in Germany, but I would like to spend this summer in some foreign institute (that is not an university) – to gain international experiences and because German scholarships (ironically) only financially support internships that are in foreign countries. However, in this context I am struggling to find such institutes… For example: I was looking for science institutes in Japan, but I only found the main universities.

There are many international rankings for universities (e.g. QS ranking). However, I am interested in an science institute ranking or list that does not involve universities.

Let me give you an idea of what I am searching for: I am from Germany and I know that a major part of scientific progress is happening in universities. Nevertheless there are institutions such as Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics (Germany), or German Aerospace Center (DLR), or Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), or CERN (Switzerland), or Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada), with great significance in science. These institutions do not appear in any ranking, any list of science institutes, or my Google search for “science institutes“.

So where can I find a list of such institutions, e.g. by subject?

Question background: (1) I am curious in general to find a list/ranking that includes such non-teaching institutions too. (2) I went for several internships to science institutes, e.g. DLR/CERN. I am in my bachelor studies and currently searching for new internship opportunities during the summer vacation period. There are a lot of great opportunities in Germany, but I would like to spend this summer in some foreign institute (that is not an university) – to gain international experiences and because German scholarships (ironically) only financially support internships that are in foreign countries. However, in this context I am struggling to find such institutes… For example: I was looking for science institutes in Japan, but I only found the main universities.

Currently a undergraduate student planning to apply for PhD programs in a year or less. I have been working with a professor at University of Houston (my current location) for almost a year on machine learning. Everything is great. Our research interests align, relationship is getting stronger. I have some people tell me a university’s ranking does matter a lot but heard quite the opposite from others. It makes sense to choose a PhD program by seeing what advisor wants you and how well you fit, which in my case is great. How would one speak of University of Houston? I am planning to join the industry afterwards preferably a big tech company but things change long way to go. Can and should one’s H-index be a means of quality measure? I have spoken to his past and current students, all of them said positive things which reassures me as a future possible candidate. Please help me out with some advice and facts that I can use to understand and evaluate my situation.

I’ve had applied to University A that is far away from my home, hoping my grades would be enough to guarantee finantial support but as they weren’t I’ve managed to to be approved in a graduate program that I could not attent.

I communicated my decision to decline the offer and applied to University B (which is sure to offer me the support I need, provided I get approved in their program and is better in some rank). Now University A asks me if I’d join provided they may support me, but now I may pass to another university that I’ll sure attent if approved. How to deal with this situation? How much should I pay attention to a university’s rank?

Thank you