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  1. I've narrowed down my final two choices for a PhD beginning Fall '17 to Johns Hopkins University's Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (School of Engineering) and Brown University's Department of Biostatistics (School of Public Health). I've been accepted at both. I'm interested in applied statistics (I have work experience in data science and an M.S. already), so biostatistics sounds like a natural fit. I'm curious about the reputation of the Brown program. It seems small but mighty! My concern is that by going to Brown, I'm throwing away the opportunity to rub shoulders with JHU Biostatistics (they rejected me), but I suspect it's better to like the department you're in rather than the department you're near. I haven't heard much about JHU AMS. Thanks in advance for your $0.02.
  2. Well, I promised in the other forum that if no one else did this I would. Follow the template below, and post your profiles / results. These posts have been indispensable for future applicants and are extremely helpful for prospective students that have no idea where they should apply / have a shot. Also note that TGC limits the time in which you can edit your post, so you may wish to post your results in your signatures so you can change it (if you haven't already heard back from everywhere / almost everywhere). Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school (such as Big state/Lib Arts/Ivy/Technical/Foreign (Country?)) Major(s): Minor(s): GPA: Type of Student: (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?) GRE General Test: Q: xxx (xx%) V: xxx (xx%) W: x.x (xx%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: xxx (xx%) TOEFL Score: (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) (if applicable) Grad Institution: (school or type of school?) (if applicable) Concentration: GPA: Programs Applying: (Statistics/Operation Research/Biostatistics/Financial Math/etc.) Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications or conference talks etc...) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, etc...) Letters of Recommendation: (what kinds of professors? "well-known" in field? etc.) Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: (Such as connections, grad classes, etc...) Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome) School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
  3. Hello! I have applied to multiple Statistics and Biostatistics Ph.D programs and have begun hearing back (either admission or interview) from some of the programs! Though I know it is still early in the process and I don't need to decide on a program until the spring, I would love a bit of advice regarding my decision. Currently, I have been admitted into the University of MN Biostatistics Ph.D Program and received full funding + stipend (huge relief). I am very excited about this program and the work they are doing. However, I have an interview with Dartmouth's QBS program in a few weeks and, though I know I have not yet been admitted, I am curious how it stacks up against some other large institutions. I know it is a fairly new program and does not appear in most Biostats program rankings. However, it seems like they are conducting a lot of very interesting research and cultivate a great environment. Does anyone have any insight regarding this program? Is it largely unranked because it's new? Would it be much more beneficial to my future to choose a program such as the UMN? Any insight would be wonderful! Thanks!
  4. I am an international student from the subcontinent with almost four years of job experience in academia and a few publications in internationally recognized biostatistics and public health journals. I couldn't prepare for GRE adequately by January of this year and scored around mid 310s. I applied to several US universities for PhD in Biostatistics with that score. Later, I reappeared for the GRE and scored 328 (Q: 168, V: 160). I reappeared for GRE immediately because I thought none would take me this year and that I didn't want to wait and let the vocabularies fade away from my memory. But I couldn't submit this score anywhere as the deadlines of most good schools were already over. Recently, I have got a fully funded offer of admission from UPitt Biostatistics. I am really surprised at that. But at the same time, now I have a feeling like I should decline the offer and wait for the next cycle. Because with my latest GRE score I may find higher ranked schools. But I am extremely confused if that will really help or just be a gamble. Because from this year's experience, I think it is difficult to get admission in a PhD program as an international student. So is it worth taking the risk? The other thing I can do is accepting the offer and then try to switch next year. But that seems `unethical' to me to some extent because accepting a program means giving them a commitment. Moreover, the other schools where I wish to apply may take it negatively if I want to switch from another US institution. Your thoughts on this can help shape my decision. Really looking forward to hearing from you!
  5. Hi everyone, I have been admitted to a few M.S. programs in biostatistics, but have narrowed my choices - for a variety of reasons - to the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Even though I might be interested in obtaining a Ph.D., I wasn't ready to commit to that yet so my preference was for an M.S. first. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with or observations of the two programs. I know Michigan is ranked slightly higher than Penn (~#4 vs #8), but not sure if that really makes a big difference? Penn's program is housed in the Medical School, while Michigan's is affiliated with the School of Public Health. Seems relevant even though course requirements look about the same. Penn requires a thesis and comprehensive exams even if you're not applying to the Ph.D. program - thoughts? Both programs seem to accept people into their PhD programs from the M.S. (application required of course) but it seems more common or more likely at Michigan...? The biggest issue: I have been notified that I'll get funding at Michigan, but no word yet from Penn. Does anyone know how likely Penn is to fund M.S. students? I am leaning toward Michigan for that reason, but Penn's location is a bit better for me personally. Thanks in advance for any comments. BTW, in case it matters, I am a US citizen just graduating from undergrad (Stat major, bio minor, top 10 research univ.).
  6. I have been accepted to the master's program in biostatistics at University of Texas Health Science Center. If anybody can share their insights about the program, and also about the job scenario in Houston then it would be really helpful. I urge all the experienced members to kindly share their thoughts. Thanks in advance.
  7. For those of you who are currently enrolled or have completed a PhD in math/stats/biostats how was your time split up during your first year between: Coursework Teaching Research Other(?) I know not every program is the same and that some students may have teaching duties waived so I am just trying to get a general sense of what to expect.
  8. I got several official letter in biostatistics phd program. After Ph.D., I hope to continue my biostatistical research as post-doc and professor. I'm wondering the future career in biostatistics after Ph.D. as follow universities. NYU, Miami, Indiana, Arizona, Wisconsin-Madison, South Carolina, Penn State, UC San Diego, University of Florida. The thing is that they are not included in the ranking of biostatistics phd program because those programs are belonging to medical school.
  9. Could you advise or comment me any evaluation and information in below universities? Those all are Biostatistics Ph.D. Indiana University - Purdue University (IUPUI)/ NYU/ Virginia Commonwealth University(VCU)/ University of Illinois-Chicago/ University of Florida Let's talk about that. Thank you very much.
  10. I'm fortunate enough to have been accepted into both Harvard and the University of Washington's PhD programs for biostatistics. I'm not entirely sure whether I want to go into academia or industry; while UW has a reputation for being much more rigorous/theoretical, I'm fairly confident you can go either direction in both programs if you make the appropriate curriculum/research choices. A lot of the people in my life are pushing for Harvard-- but the most often cited reason is that the lay prestige of Harvard is that much greater (which would come into play especially if I went into industry) and the opportunities to network and so forth in the non-tech sector are better in the Harvard/the Boston area. Fair points, to be sure. But does anybody in this forum have any thoughts about the pros/cons of either of these two programs, or about the value of attending a school with more lay prestige? (Once again, this is really the nicest of possible dilemmas and I realize I'll probably be fine wherever I end up.)
  11. Hi everyone, I have been recently admitted to some master programs in biostatistics: UW, Pittsburgh, Michigan, JHU, Minnesota, and Yale. I am not sure if I would love to go for a Ph.D. after graduation, or probably I would choose different programs, e.g. epidemiology. Currently, I am choosing from JHU and UW, both of which are prestigious and well-known in the field. The costs of attendance are similar since JHU provides some fellowships. Seattle seems a better place to live but would be more expensive than Baltimore, whereas Baltimore has some reputations for the crime. I would appreciate if you would provide some insights or share some experience of living in both cities. Thanks!
  12. Hey this is my first post after wandering in this forum so far.... I am really stuck as to which program I should go. Definitely UW and JHU are big names, but I do not wanna just blindly head to the fame. Here are some of my thoughts: my plan is to go to industry after graduation: hear that UW tend to send grad to academia, and Duke looks to be very applied biostatistics... I dislike the rainy climate in Seattle..... I really love CA weather, and I hear North Carolina is pretty much similar; while safety around JHU also another concern.... I know genetics is promising but I have absolutely no bio background, maybe it is hard to pick up genetics I guess... I tend to choose between clinical trial and neuroimaging statistics, but maybe can explore more choices; Duke is pretty new, not much discussion found. but I am impressed by their effort put on student development through interviews and communication.... wonder if it is really a decent program and worth to go? Davis Stat seems to be bit lower in rank, but there are also great faculties like Jane and Jie. Wonder if this is a good choice compared to others.... I would really appreciate it for any advise!!
  13. I was recently accepted to the Berkeley's MA in Biostatistics and UNC's MS in Biostatistics. I am conflicted between the two-- Berkeley is the best public school in the nation while UNC has the #4 Biostatistics program and the #2 public health school. At this point, I am considering continuing on for a PhD after my Master's but this is something I won't be sure about until I begin the program. In calculating tuition (assuming that I do not get an assistantship at any point at either of the schools), Berkeley comes out to $50k while UNC comes out to $57k. After factoring in rent based on an average price, Berkeley comes out to about $94k while UNC totals at $75k. I am drawn to Berkeley because of its name and location; I have lived in a small college town for the past 5 years and was hoping to move to a busier city. Additionally, Berkeley stated in their acceptance letter than most students are able to secure an assistantship at some point. Finally, I have learned from current students that most students who wish to continue on for a PhD have the opportunity to do so. One main advantage of UNC is that the program is bigger; UNC has an incoming cohort of 11-20 students while Berkeley has 7-8 students. UNC has more professors in Biostats than Berkeley. This is especially important if I continue on for a PhD, in which case I will have more research areas to choose from. I would be much more interested in applied research rather than theoretical research-- In which case I believe UNC is a better fit. If I decide to finish with a Master's I am unsure of which school would be better. In that case, does the name of the school matter or the rank of the program? If I decide to continue on for a PhD, I am almost sure that UNC is a better choice-- due to rank, diversity in research, etc. But I would appreciate thoughts on that as well.
  14. Has anyone applied for MSc in Statistics/Biostatistics at UBC?? Checked with them two weeks ago, the secretary said they were still in the process of reviewing application ....
  15. Hey everyone, I still haven't heard back from some my schools, but I'm currently trying to choose between Columbia and UNC for a PhD in biostats. I'd appreciate any advice. I am 95% sure I want to go into academia, but I'm not sure what area of research I'm interested in so I want to be in a department with a wide variety of research, where I'm not cornered into one area. Does anyone know if I can find that at Columbia? I'm worried they are too focused on functional data and imaging. I know UNC is better ranked and has a bigger department, but I'm pretty apprehensive about living in the south. However, I don't really want to give up UNC if it would give me a bigger advantage on the job market, since it seems like UNC has more big name faculty and more opportunities for academic jobs post graduation. I visited both schools and really liked both departments/cohorts, so it's making it even more difficult to decide. Thank you in advance
  16. I am currently applying to biostatistics masters programs and would love any insight or recommendations or just a general evaluation of my profile, recommendations or advice please! Undergrad Institution: Boston University Major: Math + Statistics GPA: 3.31 Type of student: Domestic white female GRE: Quant: 162, Verbal: 160, W: waiting to hear Relevant Courses (in order of completion): Calc 1 - A ; Stats 1 - A; Calc 2 - A; Stats 2 - B; Linear Algebra - B+; Calc 3 - C+; Regression Analysis - B+, ANOVA - A; Probability - B; Java 1: - B+; Databases -A; Mathematical Stats - B-; Stochastic Processes - A; Statistical Computing - A-; Linear Models - A; R Programming - A; Biological Database Analysis - A; Practical Skills for Biostatistics - A; Clinical Trials - A-; Java 2 - B+ Letters of recommendation: Clinical Trials and ANOVA Professor - Strong SIBS + Statistical Computing Professor - Strong Computational Biology Internship Advisor - Strong Misc: 1 Summer of SIBS // 7 month computational biology internship at a pharmaceutical company // currently in my 6th month working as a data analyst at a small healthcare company // 3 semesters deans list Concerns: GPA and low scores in some classes... specifically Calc 3. GRE Scores may not be high enough to get into top schools. I feel good about my chances at UIC and CSPH but not sure about the others. Schools: Brown University; Boston University; Columbia University; Northwestern University; University of Illinois at Chicago; Colorado School of Public Health Thanks so much in advance!
  17. Hi all, I've been accepted to PhD in Biostat at Vanderbilt and I'm also on the waiting list of University of Minnesota. I like Vandy but it's a relatively new program. I know UMN has a great biostat program, but Minnesota is really cold and I'm not sure if I can stand it. Should I wait for UMN? Is there much difference if I choose Vandy instead of UMN? I really appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
  18. I got accepted to Columbia on Feb 8th, but I just heard back from UNC today morning. I had made up my mind to go to Columbia and even bought flying tickets to visit the campus for the admitted student day. Although UNC is ranked 2nd in SPH, at this point I'm a bit concerned about the overall school reputation. Just wanted to seek some advice before making a decision. I should still choose UNC over Columbia, right? Thank you in advance!
  19. Biostat_prof posted a few years ago about looking at ENAR student paper award winners as another factor in choosing a school. Just wanted to update for 2015 and 2016 and on my next study break do WNAR as well (I lied, I can't find the list of WNAR paper winners) So from 2014-2016 UNC: 11 Minn: 6 Harvard: 4 (2016 Van Ryzin award) JHU: 5 (2015 Van Ryzin award) Penn: 4 NCSU: 2 Columbia: 2 Michigan: 3 Wisconsin: 2 (2014 Van Ryzin award) Rice: 2 Pitt: 2
  20. Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for for being a great resource for future applicants like myself. Currently, I am gearing up to apply for the 2018 cycle in statistics and biostatistics masters programs. One topic I haven't seen touched on much through search was class size. How big are the classes at the top 15 schools? I understand we have epi students and non-biostat/stat students in some classes, but how big are the cohorts? Do they vary widely by school? Thanks, Future applicant
  21. I applied biostatistics phd at UW-Madison. and I just recieved official letter from UW-Madison. But, they indicated the admission without any funding... is it possible?? As we all know, application in UW biostat is managed by department of statistics. Should I ask the department of biostatistics about funding? UW-Madison is the top university I want... Could you help me as an advice?
  22. I am making a hard decision between UW and UMich, both MS program in biostatistics. UW ranked higher in statistics and biostatistics, while the SPH at UMich seems stronger. Could anybody tell if there is any significant difference between these two programs? Thank you in advance!
  23. I wanna get some information about ranking in Biostatistics Ph.D. program in the US. Furthermore, could you evaluate Ph.D. program in New York University, IUPUI(Indiana University), and University of Miami? Thank you very much, in advance!
  24. I tried to look up schools' websites about GRE score statistics, but they were either really vague or didn't give that info because they "look at the whole package". I tried to look at the Results Surveys, but in a lot of programs I'm interested in, the scores varied WILDLY (for the users that decided to provide their info, of course), so the variability was too high to discern a reliable pattern. So I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on how my GRE scores would look like to an adcom. 160 V (86%) / 162 Q (82%) / 6 AWA (99%) I'm mostly interested in mid-level programs (e.g. OHSU, UT SPH, Oregon State), so nothing like the Ivies or Johns Hopkins.
  25. I'm an international applicant for Ph.D. program in Biostatistics. I had selected for an interview in two universities, NYU and VCU. In the process of an admission, after pre-screening, is there the interview for all international applicants? It means, I'm wondering if there is an admision case without the interview in Ph.D. program of Biostatistics. In addition, I want to know how to prepare the interview. Please, share your valuable informaiton. Thank you very much, in advance.