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About edward130603

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  1. I would just go through the schools that are well-ranked and see which have applied stats MS programs. And see if they have good placements in industry. If the program isn't housed in a ranked statistics/other department, it probably isn't very good.
  2. I think your chances with harvard biostat are very low, so I wouldn't bother applying there (unless your REU mentor really wants you to). Don't think it makes sense to apply to harvard, berkeley, and then also schools that aren't ranked/very new like usc (is that south carolina or california) and ucsd.
  3. I don't think lack of stat research is a huge deal. A few admitted students I talked to had 0 or fairly minimal research. What classes are you taking fall semester? Ideally, it would be real analysis, linear algebra, probability, but at the same time, that is a very tough courseload, especially if you are new to proof-based math courses. Your second semester courses/grades will not really matter since the grad schools won't see them during the admissions process. Don't think getting rec from an employer where you do something that's not really related to stats is good.
  4. 1. With a strong GRE score, I think pretty good shot at top 15 schools (e.g. ncsu/ mich). Not sure about berkeley (I didn't apply there). 2. No idea, haven't seen any profiles like that. From my experience as a standardized test tutor, students who spend ~3 mo. seriously studying and take ~8 prac tests have all gotten at least 90 percentile (more often 95+ percentile scores).
  5. but is your goal to get a phd or to get hypsm on your resume people applying for master's mostly won't even have a single real analysis class, while op has take 2 and gotten A+s I think this profile looks pretty good, but at this point I'm just curious how grade inflation is at Canadian schools. OP as well as the other post on front page from @statscan9 (also Canadian) both have nearly perfect GPAs, so either they are both truly exceptional students, or schools hand out free A's in Canada?
  6. i think your profile looks solid aside from the low gre scores, definitely would advise studying more and retaking
  7. Will you be able to take algebra, analysis, and probability? Linear algebra will probably be required. Analysis and probability will likely be somewhere between recommended and required depending on the school. Without these by the time you apply, you will not be successful at more competitive programs. I'd say only about half the incoming/prospective students I met at visit days were college seniors, so you definitely won't be out of place if you wait a year. I was always pretty interested in biology / public health (was pre-med before). I worked pretty closely with some biostatisticians in research and currently doing a data science internship at a big pharma company. I don't think doing biostat rules out more data sciency careers in your future. A lot of biostats depts do interesting research in statistical learning and big data, and pharma companies are looking to upgrade their informatics/machine learning capabilities now so the outlook is good imo.
  8. With a master's, you will probably be able to skip some or all of the first year of classes in the PhD program. I agree that it is a good idea to take up to a 5th year of undergrad to get your math core in. If you've already basically finished your major, one more semester is probably enough. Also, would recommend math minor over stat. P.S. I actually studied chemistry too and made the decision to apply to biostat and stat phd programs in the spring of my junior year. By the end of senior year fall, I had done a calc sequence, linear algebra, one real analysis class, numerical analysis, probability, and a few applied stats classes. I was accepted to 1/4 stat phd and 4/6 biostat phd programs (all well-ranked). So coming from a science background, it may be a good idea to consider biostat programs if you have any interest in that.
  9. Given your previous schools, i'm assuming you are looking for a well ranked program, which will most likely require multivariable calc and linear algebra. Are u planning to apply this year? Don't think you have time to take both of those.
  10. I think you should be looking at NC State and some other schools in the 15-30 range (lower for safeties). And if the adv math classes / gre subject go well, apply to top schools too. Also, I'm assuming you've talked to your research mentor about this? I'd trust whatever he says over anyone on this board.
  11. grades in the math classes? (analysis, algebra, prob, and calcs)
  12. 1. a little bit 2. prob not
  13. what are u planning to do with this potential math degree?
  14. yes, retake. 164 is <90th percentile
  15. u sure a phd in stat is what you really need for that type of a job?