Does my research in a reputed institute of India under the guidance of a Prof and sponsored by Microsoft count as an índependent research experience? The Harvard AM Statistics Application has one of the questions as ‘Describe an independent research experience’ and I wanted to be sure about what I write.
Hey, um so I noticed that you got into great MS Programs last year and was wondering if you could give us an idea about your profile? I am interested in the UChicago and AM Harvard Statistics program but my GRE Quant score is bugging me (165-Q, 163-V, 4-AWA).
A late congratulations again! Thank You!
Hey! Your GRE is pretty strong. Your verbal is good and I think 165 and above is good enough for the quant section. I think 4 and above is good enough for the writing.
Here is a message I sent to someone else on this same topic:
Domestic, Caucasian male
Majors: B.S., Psychology and Economics
Other: Completed basic pre-med courses and was one course short of minoring in math
Cumulative GPA: 3.77
Major GPA (Psychology): 3.94
Major GPA (Econ): 4.00
Graduated with distinction
Distinction in the psychology major
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
167 Q (94th percentile)
166 V (96th percentile)
4.0 W (56th percentile)
Calc I (AP)
Calc II (A)
Multivariable Calc (A)
Probability and Math Stats I (A) - Honors
Probability and Math Stats II (A) - Honors
Matrix and Linear Algebra (A)
Acc. Intro to Stats (A) - Honors
Intermediate Microeconomics (A)
Intermediate Macroeconomics (A)
Intro to Finance (A)
Investment Theory (A)
Game Theory (A)
Psychology Stats ( B ) - Honors
Experimental Psychology (A)
Intro to programming in R (A)
Intermediate programming in R (A)
Intro to Data Programming (Python) (A)
-2 summer internships, one being in market research
Academic research experience
-Research assistant in psychology lab; this was not very statistical in nature though
-Played club baseball for 5 years
-On the board of Psi Chi (psychology honor society) for a year
-Served as treasurer in an investment club
I should note that I completed my undergrad in 5.5 years because I changed my mind regarding what I wanted to do late. I should also note that I had a 4.00 in my final 3.5 years of school (my first two years weren't great). My profile shows that you can get in without having the strongest math/stat background. I actually think my diversity of academic interests may have set me apart from the pack-- having cognate knowledge is important for applied statistics. With that being said, I do recommend developing a stronger math/stat background than I did (the only reason I didn't was that I started late-- I took Calc II in my 5th year of school). I also recommend learning how to program in R and/or Python. These languages seem to be popular among statisticians/data scientists. Also, people say that the verbal section of the GRE doesn't matter, but I have a hunch that it's used as a tie-breaker in some cases and that a low score hurts ones chances or even gets people disqualified (definitely get above 150 and getting above 155 would certainly be better; for the quant section, get 165+; for writing, get at least a 4.0).
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions-- I'd be happy to answer.