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2017 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results for Statistics/Biostatistics

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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

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Undergrad Institution: Top 100 USNWR Private

Major(s): Economics
Minor(s): Mathematics

GPA: 3.81

Type of Student: DWM

GRE General Test:
Q:
 164 (87%)
V: 159 (73%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
N/A

TOEFL Score: N/A

Grad Institution: Top 20 Stats.
I took more than a few PhD classes here, which might have actually hurt me in the end (what's the point of applying to programs if you've already taken all the courses)?

Concentration: Statistics
GPA: 3.67

Programs Applying: Biostatistics (PhD)

 

Research Experience: 1 year RA at undergrad with economics professor; 2 year RA at international organization in applied econometrics.

 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Fellowship at grad institution
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for one year. Instructor for one semester

Letters of Recommendation: 1 from very well-known economist for whom I was an RA; one from a wel-cited biostatistician whose class I took; one from current program’s professor who’s a “rising star”.


Applying to Where:
UNC -
Accepted
Michigan - Rejected
Minnesota - Rejected
Berkeley – Rejected
Emory - Rejected
UCLA Waitlisted
Pitt - ???

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Undergrad Institution: Public Ivy – USNWR Top 50

Major(s): Biology & Sociology

Minor(s): N/A

GPA: 3.60

Type of Student: Domestic Woman

 

GRE General Test:

Q: 161 (79%)

V: 163 (92%)

W: 5.5 (98%)

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:

M: N/A

 

TOEFL Score: N/A

 

Grad Institution: Public Ivy – USNWR Top 50

Concentration: Certificate in Public Health

GPA: In Progress

 

Programs Applying: Biostatistics (6 Master’s, 1 PhD)

 

Research Experience: RA for PhD dissertation on sociological methods

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Multiple university and departmental leadership awards

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for several courses, Volunteer in hospital and medical clinic, Intern with federal entity in Washington, DC (research & exposure to biotechnology, environmental health, and health policy issues)

 

Letters of Recommendation:

(1) Multivariate Calculus professor

(2) Intro to Biostatistical Methods (CPH course in SAS) professor

(3) Research PI

(4) Supervisor from federal internship – only submitted to schools which specifically asked for a professional reference

All letters were very strong.

 

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I applied to all programs with Multivariate Calculus (Fall 2016) and Linear Algebra (Spring 2017) in progress. I had not taken these courses during undergrad and so I took them concurrently with my CPH classes in order to be eligible to apply to Biostats programs. Most programs were able to make a decision without any information on my Linear Algebra course. A couple waited until I took the midterm exam; my professor sent them information regarding my performance on the exam and in the class overall.

 

Applying to Where: 

University of Michigan – Admitted on 2/6 (MS)

University of North Carolina – Admitted on 3/2 (MS)

University of California, Berkeley – Admitted on 2/1 (MA)

Minnesota – Admitted on 2/7 (MS)

University of Carolina, Los Angeles – Admitted on 2/23 (MS)

Emory University – Admitted on 2/2 (MSPH)

University of Pittsburgh – Waitlisted on 3/3, Rejected on 3/14 (PhD)

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Undergrad Institution: Large public
Major(s): Applied mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.8
Type of Student: (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?) Domestic

GRE General Test:
Q:
97%
V: 99%
W: 99%
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: N/A

TOEFL Score: N/A

Grad Institution: N/A
Concentration: 
GPA:
 
Programs Applying: Biostatistics PhD
 
Research Experience: Was involved in research at my school pretty much every year of undergrad. Mostly statistics-related, no publications.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Did an honors thesis
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Lab assistant
Letters of Recommendation: All 3 letters from professors I did research with, two in statistics.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Harvard - Admitted
Washington - Admitted
Johns Hopkins - Probably waitlisted/rejected
Berkeley - Rejected
UNC - Admitted
Michigan - Admitted
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3 hours ago, shill said:
Undergrad Institution: Large public
Major(s): Applied mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.8
Type of Student: (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?) Domestic

GRE General Test:
Q:
97%
V: 99%
W: 99%
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: N/A

TOEFL Score: N/A

Grad Institution: N/A
Concentration: 
GPA:
 
Programs Applying: Biostatistics PhD
 
Research Experience: Was involved in research at my school pretty much every year of undergrad. Mostly statistics-related, no publications.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Did an honors thesis
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Lab assistant
Letters of Recommendation: All 3 letters from professors I did research with, two in statistics.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Harvard - Admitted
Washington - Admitted
Johns Hopkins - Probably waitlisted/rejected
Berkeley - Rejected
UNC - Admitted
Michigan - Admitted

Really surprised Berkeley rejected you. Congrats on your admits!

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16 minutes ago, statbiostat2017 said:

Really surprised Berkeley rejected you. Congrats on your admits!

I got admitted to Berkeley's Master's program and a professor from the department told me that most of their PhD students are taken internally-- Meaning MA students go through a petition process to continue on for a PhD. According to the prof, this is so that students are sure that they want to do a PhD and that Berkeley is the right fit for them. Very few students are accepted into the PhD program through the external application process.

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4 minutes ago, bookworm45 said:

I got admitted to Berkeley's Master's program and a professor from the department told me that most of their PhD students are taken internally-- Meaning MA students go through a petition process to continue on for a PhD. According to the prof, this is so that students are sure that they want to do a PhD and that Berkeley is the right fit for them. Very few students are accepted into the PhD program through the external application process.

Ah thanks, makes sense. I heard that but assumed Shill was flat out rejected vs given acceptance to MA instead

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Undergrad Institution: Big State (top Honors College)
Major(s): Statistics
Minor(s): 
GPA: ~ 3.85
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE General Test:
Q:
 167
V: 161
W: 5.0 
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: N/A

TOEFL Score: N/A

Grad Institution: N/A
Concentration: N/A
GPA: N/A
 
Programs Applying: Biostatistics PhD
 
Research Experience: 2 years statistics research with well know prof. 1 year biology lab research (not relevant).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Honors College, Internal Research Grant
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 
Letters of Recommendation: 2 well known, 1 less well known.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:

Applying to Where: 
Medical University of South Carolina - Admitted, attending.
 
One and done :)
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Already shared in the other thread, but oh well.

Undergrad Institution: Private top-tier research university in the US. Often ranked #1 in applied mathematics. Also known for not having a statistics department. -_-
Major(s): Mathematics, Physics.
Minor(s): None!
GPA: 3.2 :(
Type of Student: Domestic male
 
GRE General Test:
Q: 170
V: 164
W: 5.0
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 670 (did not send anywhere)
 
TOEFL Score: N/A
 
Grad Institution (MS): Tiny state school, doesn't provide a PhD in mathematics or statistics
Concentration:Mathematics
GPA: 4.0
 
Programs Applying: Statistics, Machine Learning, Data Science
 
Research Experience: Tiny research project over the summer as an undergrad, no publication, involved stochastic modeling of problems derived from physics. 15 month research assistantship at a data science research center that's contracted by the USDA, paid for tuition and living expenses while doing my MS, no publication.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: $25,000 stipend + $2000 scholarship that got me through my MS. 
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Taught at a public high school for a year after finishing undergrad. Worked at DEKA as a QA software engineer/developer for a bit before starting grad school. Worked as a data mining research assistant while at grad school. Currently employed as a data scientist at a San Francisco data science startup that was bought out a couple years back. Current job is research-oriented (as far as industry work goes, anyway).
Letters of Recommendation: One from my current boss, two from professors from my MS program, one of whom I keep in touch with regularly (we're Facebook friends).
 
Applying to Where (Stats and related only):
New York University, Data Science Waiting (but definitely a rejection since I wasn't invited to the campus visit event)
Stanford University, ICME Rejected
Indiana University, Statistical Science Rejected (but accepted to the MS program)
UNC INSTORE Waiting (but notified that they already sent out their first round of acceptances)
 
Also applied to Computer Science and Information Science programs
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Undergrad Institution: Small Unknown University
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Statistics
GPA: 3.16
Type of Student: DWM

GRE General Test:
Q:
 156 (63%)
V: 145 (26%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
Did not take

TOEFL Score: (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) (if applicable)

Grad Institution: Larger New York School (Online while working full time still)
Concentration: Applied Statistics
GPA: 3.33
 
Programs Applying: Statistics/Applied Mathematics
 
Research Experience: None
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 Years in Banking and Manufacturing Industries - Various Analyst Positions
Letters of Recommendation: Hopefully good ones
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Nothing Special - I am a somewhat non-traditional student. Graduated with a BS in Mathematics in 2 years while having 3 children and working full time.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
School - Indiana University Bloomington - Statistical Science - Submitted/Pending
School - University of Louisville - Applied Mathematics - Submitted/Pending
School - University of Memphis - Statistics - Submitted/Pendin
School - University of Missouri - St. Louis - Computational Mathematics - Submitted/Pending
School - University of Kentucky - Statistics - Submitted/Pending
 
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Undergrad Institution: Top 115 USNWR, Public
Major(s): Mathematical Statistics
Minor(s): Biology
GPA: 3.63

Type of Student: DWM

GRE General Test:
Q:
 166 (91%)
V: 156 (72%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
N/A

TOEFL Score: N/A

Grad Institution: N/A
Concentration: N/A
GPA: N/A
 
Programs Applying: Variety, see below.
 
Research Experience: Nearly two years of research in physics/physical chemistry, with multiple conferences (including American Physical Society March Meeting) and multiple publications in excellent journals(impact factors above 4).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Handful of honor societies and scholarships.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: N/A
Letters of Recommendation: 
(1) Research professor who more than likely praised the research; decent name in physics
(2) Statistics professor and adviser, spoke more to aspirations and character I assume
(3) Biostatistics professor who probably wrote a basic letter, but is a pretty big name
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 
Biggest thing that helps my application are my publications, plus I was able to finish my undergrad in 2 years.

Applying to Where: I think its clear I wanted to be back in the South :-)
Vanderbilt University -- Biostatistics, PhD -- Accepted [Will Attend]
University of Kentucky -- Statistics, MS -- Accepted
University of Louisville -- Industrial and Applied Mathematics, PhD -- Accepted
University of Alabama -- Applied Statistics, PhD -- Accepted
University of Tennessee -- Mathematics, PhD -- Withdrew
University of Memphis -- Applied Statistics, PhD -- Withdrew

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Undergrad Institution: University of California
Major(s): Psychology
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.35  :angry:
Type of Student:  Domestic Woman

GRE General Test: excuse: no time for study because of crazy work schedule..
Q:
158 (70%)
V: 156 (72%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
NA

TOEFL Score: NA

Grad Institution: NA
Concentration: 
GPA:
 
Programs Applying:  MS Statistics
Research Experience: 1 Year RA with undergrad professor
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Not really
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Environment Consultant (3 years)

Letters of Recommendation: 1 from Undergrad professor, 2 from current supervisors
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: (Such as connections, grad classes, etc...)I did not take any prerequisite classes in undergrad. So I took classes (Integral, Multivariable, Linear Algebra) online.

Applying to Where:

Iowa State University - Admitted on 3/17 with TA offer :lol:
American University (Statistics) - Admitted on 2/10
American University (Biostatistics)  - Admitted on 2/10
Loyola University - Admitted on 2/10
Depaul - Admitted on 3/1

George Washington University  - Rejected on 3/3
Oregon State University - Rejected on 2/22
University of Pittsburgh - Probably waitlisted/rejected
U Mass Amherst (Statistics) - Pending

 

I feel absolutely terrific/shocked/surreal after getting accepted from ISU.

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Undergrad Institution: Mid/low-tier midwest state flagship (Big 12)
Major(s): B.S. Econ and B.S. Math
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.94
Type of Student: (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?) DWM

GRE General Test:
Q:
170
V: 163
W: 5.0
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: nope

 

Programs Applying: M.S. Statistics. Limited to schools where I had a good chance at being accepted w/ possible funding in order to cut down on application fees/time.
 
Research Experience: nope
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: a few scholarships and minor departmental academic awards in undergrad
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: currently working in an analytical/semi-quantitative role at an internationally renowned consumer goods company
Letters of Recommendation: 1 department chair and a couple of other professors, I assume they were pretty favorable
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: not much, my undergrad institution didn't have a stats department so most of my experience was with upper/grad-level math and econometrics. Work experience may have helped since I tried to make it reasonably clear I'm not using Masters as a bridge to a PhD.

Applying to Where:
Iowa State - M.S. Statistics / Admitted + TA / Likely to Accept
Ohio State - M.S. Statistics / Admitted + ??funding / Likely to Decline
Kansas State - M.S. Statistics / Admitted + TA/ Likely to Decline

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58 minutes ago, RogMexico said:
Undergrad Institution: Mid/low-tier midwest state flagship (Big 12)
Major(s): B.S. Econ and B.S. Math
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.94
Type of Student: (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?) DWM

GRE General Test:
Q:
170
V: 163
W: 5.0
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: nope

 

Programs Applying: M.S. Statistics. Limited to schools where I had a good chance at being accepted w/ possible funding in order to cut down on application fees/time.
 
Research Experience: nope
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: a few scholarships and minor departmental academic awards in undergrad
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: currently working in an analytical/semi-quantitative role at an internationally renowned consumer goods company
Letters of Recommendation: 1 department chair and a couple of other professors, I assume they were pretty favorable
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: not much, my undergrad institution didn't have a stats department so most of my experience was with upper/grad-level math and econometrics. Work experience may have helped since I tried to make it reasonably clear I'm not using Masters as a bridge to a PhD.

Applying to Where:
Iowa State - M.S. Statistics / Admitted + TA / Likely to Accept
Ohio State - M.S. Statistics / Admitted + ??funding / Likely to Decline
Kansas State - M.S. Statistics / Admitted + TA/ Likely to Decline

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