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  2. First of all... this is probably a better way to identify how competitive you are than a service. People working the services are former admissions officers or HR start ups, which in normal times would work fine, but in the era COVID, everything has gone weird.
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  4. OH yes, I will only be doing one Masters. I was just wondering if I can apply to two programs from the same university, as in I weren't to get accepted into one but maybe get accepted into the other program.
  5. Admissions is mostly based on grades, test scores, and letters of recommendation. Industry experience can indicate some programming experience and some general life experience that I think could be viewed positively, but it's not going to be a major factor. But, if you're not in school taking hard math classes or doing research that will get you papers and letters of recommendation, what is there to lose? Go make some money.
  6. In my experience, applying to 2 programs at the same university is fine. I applied to two PhD programs at the same school, and was accepted to both. As long as you can justify your choice to apply to both programs, and show clear interest in each program individually/separately, you should be fine.
  7. Internships do not matter much unless you produce high-quality papers, which is rare for undergraduate students. Your ability to do mathematical proof is the most important so I would take proof-based courses in mathematics or statistics.
  8. Yes! This is exactly the way to do it. I really hope more schools follow suit...mostly so I can save some $$$ haha
  9. most people I knew of first hand applied to like 3-5 at most, I think the 10-12 estimate is more of an american thing. I think focusing on a few places where you're a strong fit might fare better than applying everywhere for the sake of applying (sounds like a $$$ drain).
  10. I aimed for average, took it twice, and fell short. Even with below average scores I got into half the schools I applied to with a good GPA! I would say try your best but if you don't get average dont give up!
  11. id say don't give up, some people are bound to drop out. i have a lot of friends who want to defer graduate studies with the pandemic going on, so i imagine it'll be the same even at npsia. sounds like you're on a waitlist which is still good!
  12. Would statistics-relevant work or internships be relevant in graduate admissions? I'm thinking something like data science-related tech internships or quantitative finance positions that use statistics? Or would it be much better to try to focus up and study some Math/Stats? For context, this would be during a gap-year taken for COVID-related reasons.
  13. Okay, thanks. I think I'll wait for the summary statement before emailing. It's somewhat disappointing that the institute I applied to (NIAAA) appears to be particularly opaque, as I was able to find FY2020 impact score paylines (even for Fs) for some other institutes like NIAID... but alas. If you wouldn't mind sharing, what IC are you funded through and what was your score? Were you funded A0 or A1?
  14. does anyone know when on july 10 registration is open to all? or is it literally start at 12
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    Hey Ivan, this is great. Many thanks! You are all so inspiring with your study, research and work history! I actually just found about the online Ed. M programme last week and am rushing to get it all completed ... Also congrats to all those who have been accepted! Its a shame the finances thing is such a hurdle - same here really.
  17. "In order to truly eliminate the use of GRE scores, the program is not allowing any applicants to submit GRE scores with their admissions materials." DePaul University is doing it right!!
  18. I would also suggest that some faculty aren't always keenly attuned to the administrative parts of any department. While I was still in graduate school, both of my supervisors were very much of that mold. TT or tenured faculty have many important things on their plates at any given time. Bureaucracy usually is not among the more important elements.
  19. Hello everyone! First poster here. I have a few questions and jumping from forum to forum has not helped. I am a non traditional student (40 y/o) graduating this fall with a BA in Art History. Since I am older and have a family which includes a 5 y/o child I can't really apply to many programs. To top this off, there is no Art History graduate program where I live in North Florida, just one at 1.5hrs away and it is an MA at a very standard university. The ideal program for me would be Emory because I can easily move to Atlanta. Outside of that I don't have plenty of choices, just an MA at Georgia State. Emory does not offer a terminal MA, and that is fine because I do not have a lot of time being the age I am so I would love to be able to make it to a PhD without having to go through an MA which seems to me a waste of time when I could do everything in one program. However, I am doubtful of my competitiveness. For instance, my CV would not have any academic work or publications to list, just regular work experience and not in museums or universities, etc. What could I list as relevant? Also, I want to know whether it is useful to reach out to faculty in the program. I know that after an MA when considering a PhD it is advisable, but since I would have to take academic courses for the MA on my way to the PhD I doubt it is necessary or even advisable. Thanks so much in advance!
  20. I feel like 10-12 might be around what I end up applying to as well, but finding profs with research fits is the biggest thing for me first and foremost. Anecdotally, I know people in previous years from my uni who apply to just one program and get in, but that also might be because they're really strong applicants. Personally I'm going with that higher value because I need to shoot my shots to as many places as possible since I'm not as strong of an applicant (86ish GPA, haven't even done my honours yet (doing it this upcoming year), but really strong volunteering and professional experience). Unlike what most people seem to think about the place, I would actually love to go to a program like Lakehead - Thunder Bay is pretty much the same vibe of city as where I'm from (it's a bit bigger but yeah). So I think I'll focus most heavily on that one but try the other ones too because living in a bigger city and going to a bigger uni would be a nice experience
  21. Plenty of people go to good programs coming from schools like yours - it might make it harder to get into a top 10 program, but I think you can pretty much reasonably apply anywhere if you keep getting As this year and do well on GRE. Your research seems pretty ideal to me, actually. I think doing an applied math REU is more useful than data analysis research lots of people have. You will absolutely get into well regarded PhD programs. I think you can probably focus on applying to programs in the top 50 on US News - you have a good shot at places like Ohio State, and I think schools like CMU and Cornell that you mentioned are definitely reasonable to apply to. There are some fields where it is possible to do applied stats research - economics, psychology, education, and sociology in particular. But if you want to be an expert in applied statistics, I think the best option is probably to get a PhD in biostatistics. A lot of these programs have epidemiology/survey/social science research, so I wouldn't dismiss them even given your research interests. I don't think you need much to improve your profile. You can't help that you don't go to a top school, but I know plenty of people from such schools going to top departments. Focus on getting As, especially in analysis, make sure to get as close to 170 on the GRE math as possible, and most importantly, form closer relationships with your research advisors and professors from tough math classes who can write you the best letters possible.
  22. I completed my postbacc prior to applying. I had to take just 1 prereq class since the USU postbac course didnt cover it. It was Neurological Bases of Cognition, Behavior, and Communication. I think you either have to have your prereqs done beforehand or take NYU's prereqs. Online live sessions are once a week, but you take about 2-5 classes depending on if you are on the part time or full time track. Morning and evening class times are offered and the times are selected to accommodate students on the west and east coast. I think there are generally more afternoon/evening class than morning. If you are on the east coast, then the classes are evenings, usually 7pm EST or 8pm EST, more often 7pm. For west coast, that would be 4pm-5pm PST start times. I'm on the west coast and a night owl, and I remember always selecting evening EST hours, so my classes started anywhere from 1-5pm PST. But I remember seeing some 10am EST available sections for some classes. These start times I mention vary by class and semester and # of students. Class offerings generally fall between Monday-Thursday and usually offered for 1-3 of the days, not all four days. I've never seen an offering for Friday. Currently, I have one class on Monday 2pm, another on Tuesday 3pm, and another on Wednesday 4pm. Each student is given a plan of study, and you usually have to adhere to the plan of study. The plan of study for each individual helps inform class offerings. I wonder if that is for class sizes, which are very small. I think my largest class size was 12 maybe? As for scholarships, I think students are considered for merit-based scholarships automatically? I remember I received a scholarship letter shortly after my acceptance letter. I did not formally apply to scholarships. With the additional prereq class, I was still about ~10K or so over Emerson's tuition. I also got accepted into Emersons but chose NYU at the time because Emerson's program was so new and NYU allowed me to start earlier... and at the time, I read that NYU would expose me more to adult populations in my clinical experiences. I wanted that just in case I changed my mind about working with children during the program. Also, congrats on getting into NYU! The biggest con is the expensive tuition. Otherwise, it is a great program. I don't know much about Emerson other than that they are big on child/school-aged children/early intervention. It might also be worth factoring in the kinds of population you want to work with into your decision.
  23. Hi everyone! In March I submitted my applications and was accepted to Speech at Emerson (online) and was thrilled. I decided to move forward with them since they are a top choice of mine. However, I had my hopes up for NYU and after finally submitting I recently heard back that I was accepted. Now I am conflicted. 😕 I truly love both programs and what they have to offer seems relatively similar. I admire each program and feel I would fit with both, but the COST is really conflicting me (both are high, but NYU much higher). I am so thrilled to have these options, however am feeling overwhelmed in this decision and truly can use ANY advice from anyone who's currently at NYU and/or Emerson or graduated from either. I feel it is SO worth it to pay for a good education, so I'm not opposed to either school.... Is it worth it to go to NYU even though I'll be taking on more debt? Or for long-term is it better to go with the school that cost less? Any advice will be so helpful!
  24. With the hope that this policy is adopted at more consulates and embassies elsewhere, my family is working toward this route. That is, preparing to file for an emergency appointment whilw watching out for new slots opened for people in our category. Thanks for this encouraging news!
  25. Loads of schools are getting on board, resisting and denouncing the move. See this thread (up and down) for a comprehensive and updated list: Also: my local consulate has had this info posted next to the instructions regarding emergency appointment requests since earlier this week. "The first available date would be 7/14/2020." Meanwhile, the first available regular appointment was October 7th. So it seems like they recognize the need for earlier interviews, at least for students' cases. This is encouraging.
  26. Hey! I'm asking for some advices to become 100% fluent in english, indeed i'm a french student and i'd like to improve my skills very quickly because it begins to be very important haha. So please give me tips so to become really good at it :)
  27. Hi everyone, New GradCafe member here. I am currently a rising junior undergraduate who will potentially begin applying for Statistics PhD or related programs next year (applying for programs that start in Fall 2022). Although this is still a ways away, I am posting my profile here in order to get some advice about what sort of graduate program I should look for and how I can improve my profile for a better chance at admission before I apply. I am pursuing a PhD because my main goal is to become a professional researcher. I have several questions, so I will include these at the end. Undergrad Institution: State university (under top 200) Major: Data Science Minors: Mathematics, Economics Current GPA: 4.0 Type of student: Domestic white male GRE: (have not taken yet) Relevant Courses (current GPA is 4.0 so all either A or A+) Math / Stats: Calculus III, Discrete Math (proof-based), Linear Algebra, Scientific Computing, Probability, Math Modeling, Exploratory Data Analysis, Mathematical Statistics [graduate-level] **Taking this year: Advanced Calculus I, II (aka Real Analysis), Numerical Analysis I, Matrix Methods for Data Analysis (aka Advanced Linear Algebra), High-Performance Scientific Computing [graduate-level], and at least one more graduate course CS: Object-Oriented Programming II, Data Analysis and Visualization, Software Design, Algorithms and Data Structures, Machine Learning **Taking this year: Databases, possibly another graduate course Economics: Principles of Micro, Macro **Taking this year: Intermediate Micro, Econometrics I also plan to take a few more economics and math classes before graduating in order to complete my minors. Recommendations: I am confident that I will be able to get reasonably strong recommendations from math and CS professors Research: -Worked for about 18 months on various public policy projects as a research assistant. These were client projects, so not published unless client made the report publicly available. I also won an undergraduate research grant from my university to work on one such project doing a workforce gap analysis. -Completed a first-author paper in collaboration with CS department with applications to mathematics and epidemiology, which was accepted at an IEEE conference (If all goes to plan, I will be presenting virtually). -Currently working on mathematical ecology research through an REU, which hopefully should be published before I graduate. -A semester-long research project related to spatial statistics and political science in my math modeling class (not published) **Now that I have more experience, I plan to submit at least one more first-author paper for publication before graduating. Geographic Preference: Northeast or Midwest, possibly West coast Program Interests: I would really like to focus on applied statistics – that is, using or developing statistical or mathematical methods to solve practical problems in other fields, especially in economics and public policy. In terms of specific areas, I am interested in spatial as well as computational statistics. Other topics I have mildly considered include real-time machine learning, game theory, and dynamical systems (though these are not necessarily all statistical in nature). My Questions: 1] With this profile, would I be able to get into top PhD programs? Or at least, programs that are fully funded and reasonably well-regarded? I am planning to go straight from undergrad to PhD since master’s programs are typically not funded, to my understanding. My main concerns are the prestige of my undergraduate institution and the interdisciplinary nature of my coursework and research. 2] Given my profile and interests, what sort of programs should I be considering? For applied stats, should I focus on programs that have faculty members from other departments? For example, I noticed that the Stats department at Cornell has a number of faculty members in the economics department also listed on the “Faculty” page. Or, should I apply to other graduate programs such as CS, OR, economics, or “interdisciplinary” programs like many of those offered at CMU (assuming I could get in)? 3] What should I do to improve my profile? My university has few statistics professors and courses (the data science major is run jointly by math and CS), and the math department is mostly focused on numerical methods (applied math). Should I try to organize a directed study of a certain subject, or should I take some graduate courses in my department’s specialty or in another department such as public policy or CS? Do I need to publish a more statistics-oriented paper? Should I wait a year to apply in order to get my senior thesis published? Please let me know what you guys think. Thank you!
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