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  1. I would also recommend University of Washington http://www.stat.washington.edu/statgen/ and University of Michigan http://csg.sph.umich.edu/ Pretty much any top-ten biostats PhD program is likely to have at least a few people working on applications to statistical genetics and/or cancer. You could also browse the CVs of researchers at major cancer research centers and see where they did their PhDs: http://www.fhcrc.org/en.html http://www.dana-farber.org/ http://www.mdanderson.org/
  2. I don't know anything about the programs at these schools, but here are a couple of other places that I believe have biostats PhD programs: - Vanderbilt - Virginia Commonwealth University - Rutgers - Rochester - Duke (brand new program, hence unranked) - University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston- I think this is affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Center, a strong place for Bayesian stats) Another possibility to expore- some higher ranked biostats departments have a separate, less mathematically rigorous track to a "Doctor of Public Health" instead of PhD. I think UNC and Em
  3. I would recommend contacting UW and finding out whether you can get a position as a research assistant as a masters student. I think that there are many projects beyond just the stats department that might be seeking RAs to help with basic applied statistics that could provide some funding.
  4. wrong forum. Use this one instead: http://stats.stackexchange.com/
  5. I'm familiar with the Georgetown program, less so for the other two. I agree that Georgetown's MS in math/stat is more "applied". You can tell this is true because they don't even require real analysis. It is not supposed to be preparation for a PhD in math/stat, but rather, a way for working professionals to gain some quantitative skills that they can take back and use in their jobs at financial regulatory agencies, advertising companies, consulting firms, etc. I do think however that it is a decent preparation for someone wanting to pursue a PhD in a quantitative, but not proof-based theoret
  6. I'm sure many of us on the forum are wrestling with choosing the right program. I've compiled a list of factors I am using to weigh the pros and cons of different departments. I'll just share them here, in no particular priority order, in the hopes that if there's a big factor I'm forgetting to consider, someone might point it out. Also, I hope that this could be a useful checklist for future applicants when they go to visit various department open houses. Academic Factors: * time to degree * course requirements- how many core vs electives, are they in biostat or stat department, are they r
  7. I think MD Anderson might have a PhD program. They are well known for Bayesian Adaptive trials. I agree that Michigan is not considered strong for clinical trials, even though they are #1 in statistical genetics. University of Washington is an extremely strong place for clinical trials. Other places to consider off the top of my head: Minnesota, Penn, UNC, and Columbia. I also think NC State's statistics department would have a number of faculty doing research in clinical trials that you could work with.
  8. After visiting a few biostats departments, and reading about a couple of others online, I've started to notice some interesting differences in the kinds of classes students need to take to be able to pass the qualifying exams. Since this is a prerequisite in most places to starting on research, the amount of time and energy one spends on this coursework is an important factor to consider in weighing different programs. Here's my totally subjective ranking of "coursework/ qual difficulty" from hardest to easiest. 1. tie between UW and Hopkins 2. Michigan 3. UNC 4. Minnesota 5. Harvard Fee
  9. There are several examples of recent biostat PhD graduates who have gotten jobs at places like Google and Etsy as "data scientists". However, I don't think this is the typical path for biostat PhD folks.
  10. I don't know anything specifically about the programs you are describing, but I did talk to one of the faculty at Harvard during the interviews who is from Europe. His comments led me to believe that there is not as much funding to support biostats faculty/ students in the UK and continental Europe, in comparison to the NIH here in the US. This made it seem like many talented researchers from Europe end up coming to the US. Also, I feel like if your ultimate goal was to work in the US, it might be advantageous to do a PhD in the US since you could more easily travel to conferences and network
  11. Undergrad Institution: Top 20 small liberal arts college Major(s): BS Biology GPA: 3.74 Type of Student: Domestic Male Masters Institution: 2nd-tier medium sized research university Concentration: MS Stats/ Applied Math (terminal masters, very applied, spread out over several years via night classes) GPA: 4.0 GRE General Test: I took the Kaplan class and contrary to my expectations it helped a lot. Q: 170(98%) V: 166 (96%) W: 5.0 (93%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: Did not take Programs Applying: Biostatistics, Statistics, Computational Biology Research Experience: plenty o
  12. Having gotten into several different biostats PhD programs, I'm now trying to decide where to go. One of the main factors I find myself contemplating is the importance of measure theory as a "required" part of the PhD curriculum. From what I can tell, there is an active debate going on in many biostats, and even pure stats, departments about whether measure theory should be required (ie, included on the qualifying exams) or whether it should be an elective. I can see good arguments on either side. For example: http://andrewgelman.com/2008/01/14/what_to_learn_i/ http://simplystatistics.org/20
  13. Just got an acceptance from Michigan Biostats! It was a really nice phone call from one of the professors there. I'm looking forward to attending their open house.
  14. Congratulations! I applied to Michigan as well, but haven't heard anything and don't know too much about the department. Out of curiosity, what would make you choose Michigan over Harvard (or vice-versa)?
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