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  1. I am scared I will have no admits. Everything I have read suggests I should have multiple funded offers, but I don’t have a backup plan right now so I am freaking out (probably for no reason). I am graduating in three years, but I don’t know if that is helpful. Institution: Tier 1 State School with Math PhD program (no stats) Major: Mathematics GPA: 3.79 overall, 3.86 upper-level math Type of Student: Domestic White Female GRE General Test: Q: 167 V: 160 W: 4 Research Experience: over 2 years of research experience on a independent project Work: research Honors Award : undergraduate researcher of the department twice (both years in college), honorable mention in national undergraduate paper contest Courses : Calc 1/2/3 (A,A,B), linear algebra (A), intro to proof (A), real analysis I (A), numerical analysis (B), Math stat 1/2 (A,A), Diff Eq (A) , Likely As in Econometrics and Real Analysis Teaching: basically none Letters of Recommendation: math stat professor, research advisor, and either real analysis prof (to show mathematical maturity) or honors seminar prof (to show my collaboration skills and passion about teaching statistics) Programs: UT Austin Texas A&M Baylor Kansas State Missouri Duke Columbia Florida State Virginia Tech
  2. Tax Change Impact - Tuition Waivers Taxed!

    Some updates: The goal is to have a bill passed by Dec. 18 now. I wanted to add a new easy way to contact reps, just enter your email and address and it will email all 3 for you, and tell you some good news. A letter about removing the waiver tax is gaining support among congressmen. Glad my rep is on the letter (maybe someone read my 10 emails to him).
  3. How to strengthen my application (STEM)?

    You might want to repost this as a profile evaluation in the appropriate field sub-forum. I have no idea what that would be since I know nothing about Neuroscience but maybe Biology or Psychology or something like that. Although I know nothing about Neuroscience PhD programs your profile seems highly impressive.
  4. Tax Change Impact - Tuition Waivers Taxed!

    My apologies, and thanks for pointing it. I wasn’t aware of the new bill. The actual tax bill doesn’t include this but instead a new unpassed bill. At least it isn’t finalized yet.
  5. Tax Change Impact - Tuition Waivers Taxed!

    As soon as they agree and they will probably want it done before the holidays. I am going to guess you are talking about student loans. EDIT: The tax bills don’t touch that program but a house bill reauthorizing the Higher Education Act does. The senate bill still allows deductions on student loan interest. The American Council on Education has a post here on the senate bill. The house bill cuts deductions on student loan interest. IMO, the senate bill is better for education. But in order to keep the education credits and pass with a simple majority the final bill probably needs the individual mandate repealed (saves government money on subsidies) and the senate tax brackets. I think the house is going to be ok with the individual mandate repeal but I am not so sure they will like the brackets. Both bills are really close to the limit of the deficit increase then can have to pass with a simple majority which is my main concern. Taxing tuition waivers isn’t a substantial revenue source but it may be “necessary” for the other parts of the bill. More and more news articles are being published about the differences in the progress. I don’t want to link anything because things are going to probably change. But you can probably find something from one of your favorite organizations easily. Edit: Typos, removed incorrect statement abo
  6. Tax Change Impact - Tuition Waivers Taxed!

    The senate bill passed. The passed version didn’t touch the education credit and still has tax free tuition waivers for grad students. Now both the senate and the house have to agree on an identical bill. Hopefully in the end the senate education provisions will stay. The senate bill relies on the individual mandate for health insurance to be repealed and a different tax bracket structure to afford to keep the education benefits. As a prospective graduate student, I am hoping universities will fund me with scholarships to cover tuition. For what I understand if universities don’t fund every admitted student and make the scholarship independent of being a RA/TA then a tuition scholarship would be tax free. If a university funds all of its PhD students why not make tuition cheap/free and then waive it. I hope universities can come up with a solution because I think they have options if tuition waivers become taxable. If you want an easy way to contact your representatives you can use the countable app on a smartphone. Through the app you can message, call, or video message your representatives. Here is a form letter that I wrote that you can easily customize. As a potential graduate student, I am concerned that the final tax reform bill will include a provision that would make tuition waivers for employees of universities taxable. In most cases receiving a funding package for graduate school that includes a stipend for work and a tuition waiver is competitive. Students never receive the tuition waiver money in their bank accounts. Graduate stipends are small and most of them are at or under $30,000. I have been running the numbers on what taxable tuition would mean for me (insert). Graduate education increases the earning potential of individuals and education incentives encourage higher education which in the end raises government revenue through higher incomes. This provision only increases revenue by 65 million over 10 years according to the house committee’s estimate. But this provision would discourage graduate education which will have negative effects on our future as a nation. I believe this provision would especially impact our nations competitiveness in STEM. America needs more STEM graduates and I believe this provision would lower the STEM workforce. I do not think the small increase in revenue is worth the cost to our great country. I urge you to fight for tax-free tuition waivers in the final bill.
  7. Fall 2018 Admission

    The waiting is already awful. I have sent 4/9 applications, and I am waiting to submit my other 5 until I have fall grades since 3 of my classes are related to my field and I am expecting As in them. I couldn't wait for grades for the first 4 because the deadline was before my semester was over. I have checked the results surveys to get an expectation on when I should hear from each school and it's going to be a long 2 months or so. I guess I am going to learn patience.
  8. PhD Statement of Purpose swap

    Yes. PM me if you want to swap.
  9. PhD Profile Evaluation

    I am also an applicant so I am not an expert. I have however read the applicant profiles for the past few years and studied the results survey. I don't understand the GPA scale so I can't comment on that. Your math grades are good. Your GRE quant score is perfect which is great, but your verbal and AWA is a little low for an international student applying to top programs. There is a thread dedicated to the relative unimportance of SOP for stats programs at the top of the forum. If you are applying for programs in this cycle I don't know how you can get meaningful research experience in a month or two. Your list is long but it consists of mainly top programs. A lot of the schools on your list (U Wash, Columbia, etc.) highly suggest the Math GRE but it is too late for you to take it for this cycle. Your current lack of a TOEFL score may exclude you from most programs. Take the TOEFL ASAP if you are applying for this cycle. Almost all of the schools on your list are highly competitive, especially for international students. Consider adding some less competitive programs to your list and removing those which have early deadlines and require the TOEFL. If you don't have a valid TOEFL by the deadline it is probably not worth applying since some programs can not accept you without a TOEFL above the threshold. Read up on the TOEFL requirements before you submit the application. Some schools with later deadlines include: Florida State (2/1), Kansas State (1/15), Missouri (1/15), Baylor (1/15), Virginia Tech (1/15). If you don't require funding consider applying to MS programs they have later deadlines and are less competitive. You could apply to PhD programs after you get a US Masters.
  10. Tax Change Impact - Tuition Waivers Taxed!

    Can anyone explain if giving out scholarships instead of waivers is an option in general? Scholarships are still tax exempt if they are used for tuition. I figure it is too late for universities to do anything with aid packages for the spring 2018 semester, but is it possible that universities give scholarships instead of waivers for future semesters? Scholarships do have to be merit-based and can't require work, but would scholarships be a viable option? I found a Forbes Op-Ed that makes it sound like scholarships are an option. I am still not sure if the bill will pass but I might be overly optimistic.
  11. Statistics PhD profile evaluation

    I am also an applicant for this cycle so I am not an expert. However, since you are an international student and you need funding I would focus on middle-tier and lower-tier programs. How much math do you have? Do you have any experience with proof based mathematics? Also are you interested in Bayesian statistics? My suggestions on schools to start are: Virginia Tech, Missouri, Kansas State, Florida State, and Baylor to start.
  12. I am also an applicant for this cycle so I am by no means an expert. I am not sure if you want to apply to both the MS and PhD program at the same school or mix up your applications so that you only apply to MS programs at some schools. Columbia and Duke consider you for their MS if you get rejected from PhD and check that box on your application, and I imagine most other schools would do this as well. I would definitely not apply to both the MS and PhD programs at the same school, and I would go for the PhD program. I would imagine funding would be difficult to get as an MS student for top programs so you might want to consider that if you apply to MS programs instead of PhD programs at certain schools. I have read the applicant profiles and results survey to better understand my personal odds. From what I have read, you have a shot at getting into a top program. You have some research experience, good math grades, and your GRE looks good. But you can not guarantee acceptance to a top program. If you want to add some more safety schools then go for it. I don't think people regret applying to safeties like some regret aiming too high. Your list right now is very competitive and I would personally add a few less competitive programs but it ultimately up to you.
  13. Tax Change Impact - Tuition Waivers Taxed!

    I think getting a tax bill to pass in the senate is going to be difficult. Honestly I think there are at least 3 republican senators that could be successfully persuaded to vote no (not necessarily for this reason but in general) because they do not like the plan. The tax exemption on tuition waivers isn’t cut in the current senate bill. Hopefully it will stay that way. My fear would be that the senate would cave on this position in conference (if it even passes the senate) and cut all the education tax benefits. Not in grad school yet, but if this does actually happen it will definitely influence my decision. I might add a few more lower tuition schools to my application list to be safe.
  14. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Definitely considering emailing them and asking any questions you have. They are very responsive and helpful. They paid for my hotel and gas (it was impractical for me to fly but they offered to buy me a plane ticket). They confirmed 6 spots for this cycle (all funded) and they start sending out responses in February. Baylor's average gre scores of admitted students (from the department) are about 90% quant and 70% verbal (they don't care about AWA). Also, 1701 is a star trek reference. Assuming the rest of your application is good and you aren't exclusively applying to top programs your GRE score shouldn't ruin your chances. Totally agree that the waiting game sucks. Also anyone want to trade SOPs? Mine is done.
  15. Profile Evaluation, Stat PhD

    I am also applying to stat PhD programs for this cycle so take my advice with a grain of salt. I would try to work on your list quickly since deadlines are approaching. Duke's deadline is coming up quickly (December 1) and Columbia's is in early January. I think your profile looks great but a lot of the programs on your list have low acceptance rates. Maybe pick 6-8 competitive schools and add a few less competitive schools. Virginia Tech might be a good school (they have a track in computational statistics) to add to the list that wouldn't be as competitive as the more prestigious schools on your tentative list. My list is 3 competitive schools (Duke, Columbia, UT Austin) and 5 more middle tier programs, but I am definitely on the cautious side. If I had that subject GRE I would not send it if it is optional. Your math grades are great and I think better reflect your mathematical maturity than your subject test scores. Could you get a rec letter from a math professor that could speak to your mathematical maturity for programs that want applicants to have strong math backgrounds? I hope this helps.