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StatHopeful

How high to aim? (Biostatistics PhD)

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Undergrad Institution: Low-ranked non-flagship state school
Major: Mathematics, CS minor
GPA: 3.95 (4.0 in math)
Type of Student: DWM
Upper Division Courses:
Real I/II, Mathematical Statistics, Categorical Data Analysis, Abstract Algebra, DEQ, Set Theory (grad level)
 
GRE: 169V/170Q/5.5W
 
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Generic math department awards/ high gpa awards
 
Research experience: Past summer at top 15 biostatistics department in clinical trials, two working papers in stat, one r&r in graph theory

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Student teaching assistant in math department 
 
Letters of Recommendation: Math department chair, young stat professor from department, leader of data coordinating center from top 15 biostat department
 
Research Interest: Clinical trials, specifically Phase I and Phase II (I want small grant hell for the rest of my life), and structural neuroimaging
 
(Plan) to apply to (PhD Biostatistics Programs):
Harvard
Johns Hopkins
UNC
Michigan
Emory
Minnesota
Florida State (hopefully safety)
SMU (hopefully safety)
 
Possibly (PhD Statistics):
Purdue
Texas A&M
South Carolina (safety)
 
Random:
Notre Dame AMSC (one adviser in particular)
 
I worry I may be aiming too high on the biostats side. I would love anyone's opinion/advice! Thank you all in advance.

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This is shaping up to be quite the competitive year. Based on past years results I don't see how you don't get into one of those biostat departments.

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@cyberwulf - thank you for your input. Would you recommend applying to Havard/Washington/Hopkins even though I go to a poorly-ranked institution with no GRE subject? 

Thank you again!

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15 hours ago, StatHopeful said:

@cyberwulf - thank you for your input. Would you recommend applying to Havard/Washington/Hopkins even though I go to a poorly-ranked institution with no GRE subject? 

Thank you again!

With your profile you will be in the discussion EVERYWHERE. I can't wait to be the one reviewing applications one day to know for sure but for now I hypothesize there are less than 50 applicants with your kind of profile

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