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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?
  16. Duke is located close to NC's Research Triangle Park region, which has companies like IBM and Cisco. As for the other two, which employer wouldn't want a more serious degree?
  17. I agree that NCSU would probably be a bit of a reach. Low grade in linear algebra does not look good, since that is probably the first real proof-based math class you have. I think you definitely need to get a good grade in real analysis. Early January, NCSU asked me to send my fall grades (even though their website does says they don't want you to update them with fall grades). I'm guessing they really wanted to see how well I did in real analysis (other classes I was taking were pretty irrelevant), and apparently an A- was good enough. Would you mind sharing where you interned? Currently looking for some data/stat related internship for the summer and not having too much luck.
  18. I haven't actually done a REU so not too sure about that one, but I know a friend who did one and it was a combination of classes and research. I did the NIH summer program for two summers a few years ago and it is definitely a real research experience, but forgot it's not open to international students. If students are expected to present a poster at the end of the experience, I'd say it's legit (and depending on whether you find anything substantial in the poster, that will go towards a publication). Personally, I've been taking "independent study" courses the past 3 semesters that allow me to take 1 less class each semester and use that time towards research (in addition to full-time summers with the same research group). I think building strong connections with research advisor and getting good rec letters from them is a really nice boost to application. When I applied, I had rec letters from research advisor for epidemiology research (worked with ~9 months), advisor for genomics research (worked with ~2 years), and a statistics professor (took 2 classes with). So far, I'm having more success with acceptances at biostatistics programs and statistics programs that aren't as theoretically focused, so perhaps research experiences not in pure stat are less useful if applying to a more traditional statistics school.
  19. The NSF funds Research Experiences for undergrads (REU), though the deadlines might have expired for those. National Institutes of Health has a summer internship program. I think both of those should have some fairly quantitative/data-driven projects (though maybe not pure statistics) if you do some googling (baidu'ing?). Also just search for "statistics research undergrad". However, I think it takes longer than just a summer to build the connections with a research advisor. Can you try to find a professor at your uni who will take you on as a research assistant? At my school, faculty can post stuff in our student employment search to recruit students. Do you know R or SAS? Though I'm not sure how big undergrad research is in China, I remember going to a poster session in Beijing where a lot of high school students had solid research experiences, so I'd imagine it would be possible for you to get solid research going.
  20. My intro probability course used "A First Course in Probability" by Sheldon Ross. Has solutions in the back, and you can find pdfs of it online. Maybe also khan academy.
  21. I don't think it works (or at least I can't figure out how to navigate their site). The "Choose Duke" section doesn't even have the graduate program I applied to listed. But I didn't get an email, so I guess prob waitlisted/rejected.
  22. For those that heard back from Duke Stats, was it via email or on a website?
  23. I don't think there's a site that aggregates the admit stats that you would be looking for, and most programs don't list these on their website either. I think the best way to get more information is to email some stat departments that you are interested in, and ask for info like percent admitted, size of cohort, average GPA, average GRE, funding, etc. Personally, I asked my stat professor (who was going to write my LOR) about suitable programs and his suggestions were very helpful.
  24. I feel like as long as this isn't a for-profit school that hands out free (paid) A's this profile looks very solid, esp with strong GRE scores and relevant research/activities. I've heard measure theory would be a nice boost for an application (according to Wharton Statistics admissions), but not something u must have.
  25. Yes, just got the acceptance for UNC bios today so they don't send them all at once.