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  1. If your school isn't #1, I think you'll be okay if the name carries weight, in my opinion. As for your list, I think you may be underselling yourself a little bit. I would look at adding a few more mid - top tier schools. Schools like Michigan, Penn State and Minnesota may not be bad to add. Personally, I can speak a lot to South Carolina. I think it is probably a safe bet given your profile. Currently, my brain is split between a proof I was working on yesterday and writing this (damn your Dirichlet distribution!) so I'm sure I'll write a follow up later with more schools. Hope this helped a little.
  2. I think omicron is spot on with their recommendation. Given your math background and clear passion for health and medical areas, I think epidemiology might be a more suitable and interesting choice for you. I may be wrong, but I think that your overall background is also better suited for that path, unless you have taken (at a minimum) calculus (through multivariable) and linear algebra.
  3. It would be nice to see a mathematical statistics sequence (Hogg, Tannis, or similar), but I that shouldn't be a dealbreaker. I actually have a 19 y.o. in statistics Ph.D. cohort and she didn't have a mathematical statistics sequence as her undergrad didn't offer it. In my opinion your math background is adequate, and a CS background is certainly not necessary. Being familiar in computer science is undoubtedly helpful (my own python and R experience has been tremendously helpful) but it will not be looked upon negatively. Kudos to you on taking the initiative and having the drive at such a young age. I wish you all the best in your application process and into the future.
  4. Absolutely, imo the more you see the better off you'll be. Best of luck and keep us posted!
  5. the experience is different for everyone. I understood algebra intuitively, and did have a very solid background in pure math. the mathematical rigor comes solely from the "theorem, proof" style in which most texts are outlined. the concept of a binary operation and a collection upon which you're working is not too difficult.
  6. It certainly can't hurt. I did the same thing. I did okay in linear algebra, and then got an A in both abstract algebra and group theory. It definitely helped alleviate concerns. Additionally, I personally think that seeing more math helps. Thinking of things algebraically does help make certain topics more intuitive. It also helps you understand and reinforce concepts like bijections (for isomorphisms) properties of matrices (non commutative, i.e. non abelian), etc. which will surely come up in graduate school, albeit in a different way of thinking.
  7. Plenty of courses! It's always good to see (in my eyes) some extra high level math classes to show your understanding and ability to succeed in high level proof classes. There's certainly nothing you need. Only thing I can think of is grad school level courses. Something like a measure theoretic probability or linear models. These are certainly not expected and would be very impressive if you did well in them. There's nothing you need but if you do well in high level, high powered statistics courses, your application will be that much stronger. Hope that helps.
  8. Absolutely agree with @Bayequentist, I think you'd have a very good shot of getting funded at Oregon State. Perhaps even South Carolina (they do fund M.S. students as GA's), UVA (not sure on their funding situation with M.S. students) and UMass Amherst are all decent spots that can set you up well into a better Ph.D. program or, if you like the program, you can stay there for the Ph.D.
  9. Hi Jasmine, Those definitely will help your profile without a doubt! As I'm a Native American, I don't know much about the TOEFL requirements so maybe someone else will help weigh in below. You may still be required by some programs to show proficiency in the TOEFL, even though you have taken some ESL classes, but I'm not positive!
  10. Jasmine, how have your TOEFL scores been? Assuming your TOEFL meets the requirements to the schools you're applying to, then the Verbal score may be overlooked in favor of a very good TOEFL.
  11. For example, PSU does joint admission. Meaning, those who get admitted into their masters program must have passed the admissions guidelines for the PhD program as well. At least, that's what they wrote in my rejection letter last year, lol.
  12. Just to note, that is, in fact, n = 1. I agree with the other posters above regarding the OP's school choices. Omicron and Bayes are spot on.
  13. I agree with Daniel. You should also look into the Ph.D. programs at South Carolina, Virginia and Florida State. There's a high chance that if admitted to FSU, you won't be funded. I'd consider a few more lower ranked school as well.
  14. This is a great question! In my experience, admissions committees can sniff out if you're being fake, especially about research interests. It's okay to not have a specific research area you want to focus on, that's why there is time in the program to "advisor shop" after the qualifier. It sounds to me like you should stick to generics. Why you like statistics, how you think there is an interesting intersection between statistics and social issues. How your lived experiences have set you up to actually have a desire to solve those issues, etc. Hope this helps!
  15. From my experience during the application cycle, I was not encouraged to submit my math GRE subject score unless it was above 70% (or even 75%). I think I was in the mid 60's. Most of my advisors and participants here, on the forum, (from things that I have read) said that as it is not required, it should only be included if it will significantly aid your application, hence the slightly higher "cutoff." I think that the schools that postdoc recommended on your last profile post still stand. Unfortunately, I don't think that the MGRE score will aid in your application unless you can bump it well in the 70%ile range. Hope this was of some help and best of luck on your retake!
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