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  1. I've never heard of anyone caring about a Ph.D's GPA, in any setting. I have a Ph.D, and honestly don't even know what my GPA was.
  2. The above advice is good. Particularly if your work colleagues don't have PhD's, which would make their letters much less helpful.
  3. Calling Berkeley/CMU particularly mathematical is a bit of a reach. While they can both be mathematical if you want, you can also graduate from Berkeley without taking a single probability/measure theory class. CMU also requires all students to do a faculty-supervised data analysis project over two semesters... not many departments have that. Fully agreed on Stanford though - to them, if there isn't a mathematical proof, it isn't statistics
  4. Also sorry OP that this thread has gotten distracted - I did an applied stats PhD at a top school, and got some exposure to admissions, feel free to DM me if you have any other Qs.
  5. Lol so uhhhh this guy just spam downvoted all my recent posts again? If you agree this is childish, can you just stop it? Or maybe some mods can do something... I sincerely have no interest in this sideshow.
  6. I'll just add - if I were OP, I'd ignore most of what's being said in these past couple of posts. There's certainly some truth to it, but also some reaches... I'm not going to engage beyond that.
  7. This guy has a history of posting... offbeat takes. (The last time I downvoted one of them, he actually went back through my history and downvoted every one of my posts). If you want to be a statistician, it's probably a good idea to go to a stats program. While your advisor is important, so are your required courses/quals/classmates/seminars/etc. Most of the profs he listed are pretty theoretical (makes sense they're in a math dept), OP seems more applied. For stat ML generally, they're a fine school but putting them at the same level as Berkeley/Stanford is a bit much. I hear
  8. For OP - pick whatever programs you are interested in going to, irrespective of ranking, and apply to 5-10 of them. You won't get into all of them, but you'll certainly get into some. If you want stats programs with a decent applied group (which I'm guessing you do, based on your research), I'd particularly recommend Berkeley, UW, CMU. Maybe UW in particular, if you want strong biostats exposure.
  9. If top 5 means Waterloo/Toronto/McGill/maybe UBC, it's worth throwing in an application to Berkeley/Stanford. FWIW, Berkeley has accepted otherwise remarkable students without real analysis, though it is rare. Columbia is less competitive than CMU/UW, they'd be worth a shot regardless your undergrad school.
  10. The main purpose of letters is to demonstrate your research potential. So, it's a good idea to get letters from people you did research with. If you co-authored something with them, surely you spent time with the hospital prof, or one of their students/postdocs. Particularly given you have no other research letters.
  11. Unless you had a whole bunch of deep conversations with the COPSS winner, go with the hospital person you did research with for your letter. I'd add a school or two to your list, but it looks reasonable (Maybe a "dream" school, and one or two lower ones). You've got great grades from a great school, don't stress.
  12. All domestic students can get in state tuition after one year, so I doubt saving one year in state (~$10k) matters too much.
  13. Just to add some anecdotes (independently of OP), in my experience top students from Waterloo/Toronto/McGill don't have much trouble getting into top-5 PhD programs. UBC may be in the same tier, idk as many people from there.
  14. This is good advice. I'd encourage you to apply to 1 or 2 "dream" schools, even if your odds aren't great. Mix that with some Canadian masters (where you'll have no trouble), and 5+ lower ranked schools, and you're set. My personal approach would be to stay in Canada unless you get into a top (Berkeley/Harvard) program. Admission rates are ~3x lower for international students at top schools in the US, so you're likely to get into a worse school there than in Canada. Places like U of T are great, probably better than a 10-25 ranked PhD program in the US. Plus, America isn't the best p
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