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  1. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Just wanted to give a quick update: I finally got the courage to go to my professor's office to ask him why I haven't heard anything from the department yet. He asked me if I had accepted any offers yet, and I told him that I hadn't yet, but I did have an offer from Berkeley. I also told him that I would choose UChicago over Berkeley in a heartbeat if given the choice. He told me, "I'll see what I can do." Hopefully this is a good sign...
  2. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Anyone else haven't heard anything from UChicago yet? I'm a student here, and I haven't heard a word from the department... No acceptance, rejection, waitlist, or any indication of decision whatsoever. I'd go see them in person, but I'm afraid they'll tell me that I've been rejected and just haven't updated my application portal yet. The PhD program here is my top choice by far since I really want to stay in Chicago.
  3. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Thanks! I applied to the Statistics program at Berkeley.
  4. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Got an email from Berkeley to check the status of my application... and there was an acceptance letter waiting for me!!! I'm in disbelief right now.
  5. I was just admitted to Berkeley Statistics! I'm so incredibly relieved, given that my own department (UChicago) has been keeping me in the dark. So now I guess I actually have to make the decision of whether I want to spend my next 5+ years in a Statistics department or a Math department. So far, I've also been accepted to UCLA and Michigan Math, which are fantastic programs as well. This will be a really difficult decision...
  6. Thanks for the advice! One thing I've heard is that getting a tenure-track position is easier in Statistics than it is in Mathematics. Is this also the case for those in a Statistics department focusing mainly on probability theory or more theoretical topics in Statistics? Another thing I've heard from several sources is that it is significantly harder to be accepted to a top mathematics program than it is a top statistics program, as the competition for the top 10 mathematics programs is intense (I applied mostly to top 10 statistics programs but I applied to mostly programs ranked around 10-15 in math). I've heard that higher-ranked programs correlate strongly with finding a good postdoc position, so will both of these have similar outcomes, or will one have slightly better outcomes than the other? Also, is it possible for a Statistics PhD to get a postdoc in math department, or vice versa? I was also wondering about the culture of Statistics vs. Mathematics departments. For instance, I get the impression that Statistics PhD students are not quite as interested in theory as Math students. Looking through the profiles of students in Statistics departments, it seems that the vast majority of them are listing research interests in methodological/applied areas rather than theoretical topics, and I couldn't find too many that are explicitly interested in mathematics topics like probability theory. I'm a little worried that if I go to a Statistics department, I'll have a hard time relating and discussing my research interests with the other students, while I'm fairly confident that I will have a lot of shared interests with students in a Math department. Is this a valid concern, or am I overthinking this?
  7. Like the title states, my question is whether a mathematics or statistics department would be better to study and ultimately do research in probability theory. My interests are mostly in things like random graphs, random matrices, stochastic processes, and other related topics (the theory side rather than the applied side). I've applied to both statistics and mathematics departments that have faculty working in these areas, and I am wondering if I ultimately have to decide between the two, which one would be the preferred route? My current goal is to end up as a tenure-track faculty member, but I know how difficult and unlikely this outcome can be. To make my question more concrete, I guess I'm asking: What are the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing research in probability theory in a math department vs. a stats department?
  8. Thank you guys for all of your help! I'm finally starting all my applications, and I decided to update my list with several math programs and remove a few stat programs (due to my unexpected subject test score... Hopefully a 900 will make me competitive for the top 10 statistics programs and I'll need less "safety" options). Does this list look reasonable given my profile? Are there any programs that I'm missing or that aren't a great fit for me? Right now, my list has 14 schools, but I'm trying to cut it down to 12 if possible. Statistics Programs: UChicago Stanford Berkeley Harvard Washington Carnegie Mellon UPenn UNC Mathematics Programs: (all of these programs have faculty working in probability theory) UCLA Michigan Columbia NYU Yale Cornell
  9. PhD Stats Profile Evaluation

    I'm assuming you got an 800 on the subject test if you got 79th percentile? This is purely anecdotal, but I have a friend who got an 800 on the Math GRE subject test last year, and he applied for math PhD programs and was accepted to quite a few schools, including Berkeley and Caltech. Of course, the GRE isn't everything, but I think it's safe to say that you'll be fine, given that Math programs are generally much more competitive than Stat programs, some of which explicitly say that they do not consider subject test scores. I think an 800 is high enough that you shouldn't be focusing on the subject test anymore, and instead on the other aspects of your application.
  10. Wow, this score came completely from out of left field, and now I'm re-evaluating my applications... I originally was planning to apply to mostly stat programs, since I didn't feel competitive for math programs with my lower grades (I've been told that math PhD programs are absurdly competitive), but now I feel like I might have a fighting chance. Would my new subject test score make me competitive for even the top math programs?
  11. I just received my GRE Math Subject test score, and I can't believe that I got a 900 (95th percentile)! I'm in shock right now... I never expected to have scored that high with all the guesses I made during the test... Does this substantially change my chances of being accepted into Statistics programs?
  12. @marmle Thank you! Are you sure Stanford's average Math GRE score is 75th percentile? On their FAQ page, it says "Average Math Subject GRE score (percentile) of admitted applicants: (PhD only) 82%," but this could be old data. Have you heard otherwise? I feel like the Math GRE could be more important to me since I'm primarily interested in Probability Theory, which is usually seen as more of a math-y subject (as opposed to more applied or methodological areas of research in Statistics) Congrats for being accepted to UChicago's Stat program btw! I must admit that I'm a little jealous.
  13. @dkwijbw You copied the formatting and and even language verbatim from my post... Also if the Numerical Linear Algebra course you listed is STAT 24300, that is definitely not a graduate Statistics course, even if it is cross listed as one (unless you actually took the cross-listed version STAT 30750, which I don't think they usually allow undergraduates to do).
  14. Hey guys, I will be applying to PhD programs in Statistics this fall, and being as neurotic as I am, I just wanted to put my profile here for you all to comment on my chances. Undergrad Institution: UChicago (reasonably known for its grade deflation, hopefully?) Major: Mathematics, Statistics Cumulative GPA: Between 3.6 and 3.7, probably higher than my major GPAs, unfortunately Type of Student: Domestic male Math Courses: Undergraduate: Honors Calculus (3 quarters, A, A-, B+), Analysis in Rn (3 quarters, B+, A-, B+), Basic Algebra (2 quarters, this is what UChicago calls its abstract algebra sequence, A-, B+), Abstract Linear Algebra (A), Basic Complex Variables (B), Point Set Topology (A-), Basic Theory of ODEs (B+), Markov Chains, Martingales, and Brownian Motion (A-) Graduate: Brownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus (B+), Computability and Complexity Theory (A-) Statistics Courses: Undergraduate: Statistical Theory and Methods (2 quarters, A-, B+), Pattern Recognition (B+), Intro to Mathematical Probability (A), Applied Regression Analysis (A-), Time Dependent Data (B), Multiple Testing, Modern Inference, and Replicability (A-), Optimization (A-) Graduate: Measure-Theoretic Probability (A-) GRE: Q 170, V 164, W 5.0 GRE Mathematics Subject Test: From April, 760 (73rd percentile - I was told by my departmental adviser that this score is rather low. Retook it this September, but man, that was a hard test, so I'm not expecting much) Research Experience: Not a terribly lot, I did the Math REU at my school over the summer and I've worked as a research assistant at the Booth School of Business (doing data analysis, one paper submitted to a low impact factor journal in econometrics, really hoping that it gets accepted). I was also an intern at a relatively well-known data analytics company, but I don't think this counts as research experience. However, I am much more interested in theory than application, and I think it's harder to do research in statistical/probability theory as an undergraduate. Awards: Nothing out of the ordinary, Dean's List, etc. Recommendations: 2 from professors who taught my courses in math & stats (one is rather well-known, the other is a junior faculty member), 1 from supervisor for my RA position Programs I'm Interested In: I'd really like to be accepted to a top 20 Statistics Department (the higher-ranked, the better) although I don't know how likely that would be with my frequent Bs in my math and statistics courses. I would prefer a program that would let me focus on theory rather than application. Schools in particular are: UChicago (I don't know how likely it is that my own department will accept me, but I really like its emphasis on theory) Stanford Berkeley Washington Harvard Carnegie Mellon Duke UPenn Wisconsin Columbia Yale UCLA I might also apply to some math departments that have faculty working in probability theory and theoretical statistics Would anyone like to speculate on my odds of being accepted to one of these programs? Is my Math GRE score not competitive enough for the top programs? Will UChicago's reputation for grade deflation hopefully make up for some of my lower grades? Thank you!