markean

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    US
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Statistics
  1. Undergrad Institution: Top 1 in my country(one of Japan, Korea, China) Major(s): Economics Minor(s): Environmental Studies GPA: 3.78 Grad Institution: same as above(expected to graduate in 2018) Major(s): Economics GPA: 3.87 Type of Student: International Asian Male GRE General Test: Q: 160 (86%) V: 170 (97%) W: 4.0 (60%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: Taking in October, aiming for 70th percentile or above TOEFL Score: taking this Sep.(I'm not worried about Toefl) Programs Applying: Statistics PhD programs Research Experience: 2 semesters of REUs(one on time series analysis, the other on input out analysis) Worked as an economics research assistant in government agency for two years. Helped with meta analysis, regressions, time-series modeling, data processing and visualization Graduate independent research on high-dimensional modeling, variable selection, classification(not published) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduated with Honors(cum laude), Superior Academic Performance Scholarship, Merit Based Scholarship, Lecture and Research Scholarship , and 5~6 academic scholarships awarded by other institutions and foundations Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for one semester(3 economics undergrad/grad courses) Courses: Undergraduate courses: Basic Calculus(A), Calculus for Social Sciences(A), Calculus 1(B+), Calculus 2(B+), Introductory Statistical Programming(A), Mathematics for Economics(B+), Economic Statistics(A), Probability Theory(A), Econometrics(A-), Mathematical Statistics(A), Linear Algebra(A), Real Analysis(A-) Graduate courses: Econometrics(A), Applied Statistics(B+), Economic Statistics(A), Advanced Econometrics(High Dimensional Models)(A-) Other economics course: almost all A Letters of Recommendation: I think I need more than 3 writers since I am applying many schools. Graduate advisor(Econ Prof.): I took 5 undergraduate and graduate economics classes and all got excellent grades and participated in 2 research projects involving economic and quantitative analysis. Undergraduate advisor: I took 2 independent study courses(REU) with him. Though his major is not related with economics or statistics, I think he can write something about my research potential and enthusiasm. Economics professor: I took his one graduate course(heavily stat/machine learning focused). I don't think I showed excellent performance in classes but I decided to apply for stat program after I took this course. I think he can highlight my research interests in statistics. Math/Stat professors who I got an A with: Have no personal interactions or relationship. Research Interests: 1. High-Dimensional Statistics, 2. Environmental Statistics Programs considering: University of Wisconsin—Madison NC State Pennsylvania State University University of Minnesota—Twin Cities Ohio State University University of California—Davis University of California—Los Angeles University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign Florida State University Colorado State University University of Connecticut Michigan State University Virginia Tech University of Georgia University of South Carolina NYU Center for Data Science Concerns: I am seriously worried that my background being not mathematics or statistics. I think my math courses are thin. I hope that getting high scores in GRE math subject test will slightly enhance my admission chances. Though I picked the above schools considering rankings and my research interests, I am not sure whether above schools list is realistic or appropriate for me. I don't want to waste my money and recommendation letters on some unrealistic, reach schools. I just have no sense of how competitive I am for stat phd programs... Is it too dangerous to submit recommendation letter from a professor of irrelevant field who knows me very well and has good relationship with me? Are there separate or stricter admission criteria for Asian applicants? Thanks so much!
  2. Thank you for your reply. I am finalizing my list.
  3. Hello, this is my first post here:) I am an international applicant and planning to apply for the 2018 Fall Statistics program. I am currently browsing each school website for some information which could be helpful for my school list. I have a question here: Though ranking is the most important aspect when deciding which school to apply, just in terms of admission strategy/possibility, will it be helpful or meaningful to apply for schools whose faculty and research fit me well and strongly emphasize that point in my SOP or CV? I heard stat/math phd admission process cares more about quantitative record(GRE, gap, etc.) than SOP/CV. Also there is possibility that my research interests may change over time and the information I get from websites seems somewhat uncertain and glimpse. I just don't know what would be a suitable strategy deciding schools. I need some advice and help from here.. Thank you.