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  1. Just the professor in charge of all TAs.
  2. As a part of my assistantship, I would in a tutoring center for a few hours a week. Most of my cohort does the same thing. Multiple people work at the same time, but some of my coworkers are regularly skipping or coming in extremely late (20 minutes out of two hours). When people don’t show up the students have to wait and they have gotten frustrated. It’s also caused me stress because I have to help more people than I would if my coworkers were actually there. I’m busy too as a fellow first year dealing with three difficult classes. I’m frustated but I don’t want to make them mad because they are in my cohort and I will be spending 4-6 years with these people. Any suggestions on how to deal with this? Should I keep quiet or is it time to contact the professor in charge after a week of 5 no shows and only 2 people out of 6 there for the first 20 minutes three days in a row.
  3. Domestic Female students tend to have pretty good chances compared to other demographic groups, and your profile is definitely good enough to get into a Ph.D. program. I know Texas A&M has some machine learning people but that is probably a reach but if they do a free application again this year I would definitely apply because it's free and a good fit. I don't know much about which programs have professors in computational statistics / machine learning, but I am going to list some places that might be good starting points. UT Austin is going to be tough since their program is tiny. I would not recommend getting a masters if a Ph.D. is what you really want unless you have a way to fund it. The places that do funded masters are also places you could get into their Ph.D. program if they had one. Standalone master programs are also possibilities but they probably aren't going to help you much when you apply for Ph.D. programs. I think if you applied to 8-10 programs with most of them falling in the 20-50 range you will get an offer.
  4. Bayesian1701

    Statistic Research ?

    If you are applying for this admission cycle you can not get meaningful research experience in less than three months. Even if you apply for next year, I highly doubt you could get enough before you graduate to be competitive at a place like Stanford. Stanford is the #1 program in the US. A 4.0 and a 170 Math GRE with a perfect subject test isn't going to get you into Stanford. You have to have research experience on some level to be competitive in probably the top 10 programs.
  5. Bayesian1701

    2019 Stat/Biostat Phd Profile

    I second that you have a chance at a top tier program but you might want to add some safer options. You could alternate your third rec letter depending on the program, but I don't think it matters much either way. I doubt the couple of Bs/Cs would stand out given your other grades, and I wouldn't bring attention to them in your SOP. Your GRE verbal and writing scores are low but I think their function in stats programs is to gauge your general english abilities since you aren't going to write a lot of 30-minute essays or take vocabulary tests in graduate school. If english is your native language, I don't think those scores really matter that much. If you think you could easily increase your scores then its maybe worth retaking.
  6. I'm a first-year Ph.D. student (now) and I have discovered that I am behind in my linear algebra skills. I took the class online over the summer two years ago. It wasn't taught well at all and was completely applied and covered no theory. Basically, I know how to find the column space, rank, determinant, etc., but if you ask me to prove anything about those operations I am clueless. I'm following the proofs in our review material we were given fine, but I am not at the point where I can make similar proofs independently. I made the naive assumption that since I have the skills to perform the matrix algebra in a regression that my background was fine, and I am kicking my self in the foot for not learning it this summer. Any advice at learning linear algebra at a rigorous level and while taking linear models at the same time?
  7. Bayesian1701

    Fall 2019 Stat PhD Profile Evaluation

    I wouldn't email professors until after you are admitted. It's not likely it will improve your chances or even that you will get a meaningful response. I sent some readmission emails and no one answered me. After visit days I did get some responses. I am not familiar with what your specific research interests but Florida, UT (like bayessays said), Texas A&M, and Missouri have a few Bayesians.
  8. You don't need to major in math, but multivariable calculus, linear algebra and a statistics class is usually recommended or required. Additional classes like real analysis can help. I think we would need to see a full profile to give any advice. You can find a profile evaluation and copy/paste the form.
  9. Bayesian1701

    Can I Request A Campus Visit?

    I visited one of my top choices before I applied, fell in love and was then waitlisted. It was heartbreaking for me. It would not have been so hard if I hadn't meet the people and seen the area. I would definitely not pay to visit now (because they will likely pay for a visit if you are accepted) unless you want to make a trip to the area for fun. I hope you do get in, but you may not.
  10. You wouldn't negotiate the fees exactly, but you would negotiate for a better scholarship or grant. You could maybe negotiate with Maryland for more funding, but the general rule of thumb is don't negotiate unless you would take the offer you were asking for. Asking Hopkins for more aid is probably not going to work because you have no leverage. If Hopkins wanted to give you more money they probably would have done it in the initial offer.
  11. Bayesian1701

    Do you feel lonely as a PhD student?

    A cat is lower maintenance than a dog since you wouldn't have to worry about letting it out or walking it. You would basically just have to feed it, clean the litter box every couple of days, and play with it a little each day. You could even leave the cat alone for a weekend if you had to.
  12. Bayesian1701

    2019 Statistics PhD Applicant

    Your GRE writing score is good, and your statistics coursework is sufficient. Most undergraduates going into statistics Ph.D. programs don't have defined research interests. Your profile is great. Your biggest disadvantage is the fact that you are an international student. At the top programs you are going to be competing for a very limited number of spots with international (and some US) applicants with masters degrees. You have the potential to get into a top program, but adding a few safeties couldn't hurt. You will probably get a lot of rejections with that list but you should get a funded offer somewhere. Duke has great admissions statistics that you can use to better understand your chances. I would suggest adding Texas A&M if their application is free again this year because they are big, a great program, and easier to get into places like CMU and Stanford. I would do some more research on where to apply. I think you could remove some of the top programs by looking into the program structure, research fit, and even minor things like location. UNC and NC State are pretty realistic. UT is a small program which makes it a little harder to get into, but is still realistic. The first five programs plus Duke are going to be very hard (but not impossible) to get into. You might get into 0-2 of those. I don't know much about the other schools.
  13. I move in two weeks, but I have been planning for my furniture for over a year and looked at apartments as soon as I was admitted to different places. I looked around at multiple cities so I could gauge the cost of living since I new rent was going to be most of my stipend. I made an apartment hunting trip right after I decided to pick out a place in person. I started looking at furniture early because I wanted to estimate how much money I needed to furnish a one bedroom apartment (I am spending about $3000). I also loved planning my new apartment and it was stress relieving for me through this crazy process. I am ordering some furniture online and having some Ikea stuff delivered. The only thing I haven't picked out is a couch because I am not sure what size I want. I have bought some smaller items (bedding, decorations, etc.) that I can easily transport.
  14. Bayesian1701

    2019 Stats PhD Profile Evaluation.

    I think footballman was talking about this list. The rankings are a decent (but far from perfect) indicator of the competitiveness of applications to programs. In that range, there are a few places that are more competitive than their rankings suggest: Yale (which is a small program and highly competitive), the UCs (a little bit more competitive since some people prefer their location), Northwestern (small and desirable location), and UT Austin (a new program that is small). I would apply to as many places you can afford to pay application fees. It may take two cycles to get a funded offer. Some places will admit international students without funding, partially because some of the international students have some sort of external funding and also partially because they can sometimes get people willing to pay.
  15. Bayesian1701

    2019 Stats PhD profile evaluation

    Your research will help, but you would ideally have two semesters of Real Analysis before you applied. Like bayessays said you don't really a lot of proof intensive courses. For the very top programs, you would ideally have graduate level real analysis a probability and statistics course that used multivariable calculus and some proofs. More applied grad classes are good, but not as helpful as theoretical ones. You need to show you can handle advanced coursework and material. Coming from a small state school is going to make it harder for you than someone coming from an R1 university and combined with limited evidence of mathematical maturity is going to make getting into a top tier program hard. I would pick one program out of Stanford, CMU, Duke, Columbia, and Michigan and add some middle-tier programs. Your list is pretty top heavy and risky.

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