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BabyScientist last won the day on August 15 2018

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  1. You're applying for way too many competitive schools (and generally too many schools). I think your application could be totally solid, and you could reasonably get in to graduate school, but your list is made up entirely of reach schools. If you're committed to going to one of those schools, I would recommend taking a year or two to work full time in a lab, get some publications under your belt, etc.
  2. Definitely not too late. I recommend emailing the people you're most interested in so you know they have room in their labs and you aren't wasting the application fee money.
  3. GRE score isn't that important. It'll only matter if they're on the fence about you. Your application looks strong, and your school list has a good range. It'll all depend on LORs and SOP.
  4. There's a mathematics and statistics forum under applied mathematics. They'll be able to help you better.
  5. Doesn't really matter unless they specify. I believe I went with 1.5 spacing just to make it easier to look at. I'd say they're usually no more than 2 pages, just long enough to say what you need to without droning on
  6. What have you tried? When I applied I essentially sent emails that explained that I had loans and financial constraints and didn't want that to limit my educational goals. From my experience public schools and very unlikely to give fee waivers and private schools do it no problem.
  7. That's a big assumption, and no one can count on that. No one can be confident enough to only apply to top tier schools - I know people with 3.9 GPAs and multiple publications who didn't get interviews at many of those schools. I, too, think you have good odds at getting interviews at a bunch of those schools, but if you definitely want to go to grad school next year, I recommend broadening the range of schools. If money is an issue for application fees, contact the schools and ask for a waiver.
  8. That's a lot of top tier schools... You're going to want to broaden your range a little.
  9. It's not required, but suggested. It's more for your own benefit, though, than for your application. You should contact the people you're most interested in, express your interest in their research, and ask them if they're even taking students. If they're not, maybe you don't want to apply. If they are, having a conversation with them will give you an idea of if you like them as mentors or not. I finalized my schools in August and started working on my SOP. Didn't finish my SOP until October, probably. Requested letters of rec in September, sent them my CV and SOP once I was done with it, followed up in November to make sure they met the Dec 1 deadline. The only thing that has to be done Ina timely manner is requesting letters, because you want to make sure they do it in time. You can start writing your SOP a few weeks in advance and be okay if you write well. Make sure to have people review it for you though. That's a huge improvement! Good job. You can either throw a sentence or 2 into your SOP about how you were struggling for the first half of college but improved greatly, or you can write a whole supplemental document explaining it. Or not say anything at all, because the improvement is apparent in your transcript. Up to you!
  10. Knowing someone can help skew things in your favor, but it's still a committee. They have to convince everyone else that you're worth accepting. Tbh if you declined Pitt after your PI pulled for you, it makes him/her look bad. They essentially wasted a slot on you they could've given someone else.
  11. I agree with @mcfc2018. The goal for you in emailing a PI is getting to know them/their research/their opinions of the program. If it goes well enough, you might build a relationship with them, and they might ask you directly about gpa/shortcomings, but don't bank on it.
  12. Definitely not bad form, I'd encourage it. Get an idea of if the people you want to work with are good people and if they're even taking students. Reach out and express your interest in their work and that you're applying and would love to hear more about their work/the program. I had a few phone calls with faculty of interest. EDIT: this won't necessarily help your chance at admission, but is more for you to know what you're getting yourself into before you apply.
  13. Definitely normal to contact PIs. I don't know if any places to get examples of the 2, but an SOP should be more based on your research interests and experiences that lead you to want to pursue a PhD, and why you want a PhD. A PS is more of a who are you and what brought you here, academically relevant or otherwise. SOP is more about your academic life and a PS is more about your whole life.
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