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    Biostatistics

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  1. I'm biased because this is where I'm headed, but I did a lot of homework and it seems that UChicago has a great program. If you look up the recent alumni (linkedin creeping hehe) they are either at good phd programs or high-paying jobs. It seems very well regarded in the stats community.
  2. I didn't apply to Berkeley so not sure about their program, but I'm also considering Chicago and they are super well-regarded for a theoretical curriculum. Don't forget to email current students questions (did the advisor send you a list of addresses?) and consider the weather too--Chicago is about as wintery as it gets and Berkeley is much calmer.
  3. A program I'm considering sent the email addresses of current MS students who agreed to answer questions. What should I ask them? So far I've considered: Program preparedness for PhD vs. job market Degree of mentorship for thesis/final project Living situation in neighborhood by University
  4. There are a couple of programs I was accepted to for my masters (math related) that I'm considering declining, but I'd still like to apply for a PhD later down the road. Will it affect a future PhD application that I declined attending the school once before? If it's relevant, the school in question is a top 3 in my field.
  5. Hey all, What are your perspectives on the viability of entering a Statistics PhD program with a Biostatistics MS? I'm considering this option but am not sure whether or not I'd be considered 'qualified' (even though the curriculum at top biostats schools is pretty stats-heavy), or if choosing biostats to begin with kind of pigeonholes you into sticking with that application. Any perspectives at all are very welcome
  6. Hi all, I'm deciding between UChicago and Harvard for statistics and wanted to gather some opinions on which program would help me be more competitive for PhD applications. I don't have a strong preference in field right now, although biostats is a possibility and maybe something in public policy too. Let me know what you think! Thanks
  7. I don't have an expert opinion by any means but I'll throw my 2 cents in If you're interested in an academic career then connections are everything, and Berkeley carries more weight than Emory. But even for industry, I think a higher ranked school would yield more interest too. If finances are a concern then you should take the PhD, but if not then maybe consider doing Berkeley and preparing to apply for PhD programs there and elsewhere in a couple of years. Good luck!
  8. I know this is late, but for future people looking at this thread keep in mind a lot of schools give every accepted MS student a scholarship. Chicago Stats gives $15k, Duke Biostats does $10k, UCLA Biostats will let you have in-state tuition ($12k/year) after the 1st year.
  9. Definitely Stanford and UC Berkeley for statistics, UCLA has a great biostatistics program too but I don't know about straight statistics
  10. Hello fellow applicants, anyone heard from Stanford about decisions for their MS Stats program? The PhD rejections were posted in early February--on last year's timeline the MS acceptances came 4 weeks later so I suppose it's a few days late this year, but just wanted to see if maybe someone's heard back without posting the results yet.
  11. Haven't heard either, US applicant
  12. An MS in Biostatistics does actually prepare you quite well for the workforce and PhD programs (just look at the alumni updates page from top schools, all of the graduates from even the past year go on to work at awesome places). UCLA is so affordable compared to other programs (12k tuition for residents), and I know that their faculty and staff is very supportive and invested in their students. Plus, they're the top rated of the programs you've listed. All the advice I can offer, don't know anything about the other schools.
  13. Hi all! I'm looking to attend University of Chicago and would really appreciate any perspectives on university graduate housing. Safety and proximity to the shuttles are my main concerns, price won't be prohibitive. I'm wondering which of these are the "nicest" (i.e. recently renovated) too. Most of the university apts offer street or city permit parking, how difficult is it to actually find a spot close to the building? I'm limited to pet-friendly options and 1 bedrooms, so I've narrowed it down to: 1401 E. Hyde Park Blvd ("Carlson") , 5110 S. Kenwood Ave (Shelbyrne), 5301-23 S. Kimbark Ave, and 6052-57 S. Drexel Ave. (906-14 E. 61st St). Any stories--positive or horror--about these properties or grad housing in general? Most of the university apts offer street or city permit parking, how difficult is it to actually find a spot close to the building? Thanks Reading through the posts here has been really helpful!! Hope everyone is excited about their moves
  14. Hello! Haven't visited these schools and will also be matriculating (elsewhere) this fall for either statistics or biostatistics. That being said, you can evaluate post-degree opportunities on their websites where they list updated activities of alums. I don't think you'd have problems doing anything with a degree from any of these, but Harvard carries the most weight name-wise outside of academia. Email the schools to ask about research assistantships. Friendliness of faculty is a tough one though, no suggestions there. I have friends at Hopkins, and the area is bad (muggings are common, my very large footballer male friend has experienced them too). The school is fantastic though, and people have made it through unscathed for years haha, so I would try to ignore that if possible. If you have the money, look into living in a nicer part of baltimore and commuting to work via car so you don't have to do too much walking on the streets around campus. If you're interested in biotech and doing an internship or something outside of the school, they all have great options but I would argue Harvard's are most accessible because Boston is so close and the Harvard alum network is good about helping students out. UNC has the research triangle nearby, and Hopkins has NIH. My impression is that there are more options to choose from in Boston, but I could be wrong so perhaps you should ask this question in the city forums Good luck!
  15. If it helps ease your mind, I haven't heard anything from the masters program either!
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