was just wondering what are my chances of getting into a top 20(or top 10) statistics graduate school. I know it's really hard to answer but I'm just looking for some opinions.
Undergrad Institution: Penn State (University Park)
Majors: Math (Graduate option), Physics ( computational option)
GRE: 164(Q)(kind of feel this low 86% percentile), 157 (V)(76% percentile), 4.0 W (59%percentile)
Type of Student: domestic white male
Relevant Courses: Graduate Abstract Algebra (B), Undergrad Abstract Algebra (A), Real Analysis I & II (A-/A) ,Intro to Real Analysis (B), Functional Analysis (A), Complex Analysis (A), Linear Algebra (A), Statistical Thermodynamics(A), Intro to Stat (Honors) (A), 400 level Differential Equations (A), Differential equations (A), Calc II, III (A/A), Game Theory (A), Number Theory (A-), Topology (B+), Intro to Probability (A-), Lagrangian Mechanics (B)
Currently Taking: Measure Theory, Numerical Analysis I, Electricity and Electrodynamics, Programming, Anthropology.
Honors/Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Schreyer Honors Program, Dean's List all semesters, Departmental math scholarship, 2 Physics Scholarships, Sigma Pi Sigma
Research: Sophomore year I did research by analyzing single pulse plots to detect pulsars.
Junior Year: Working with statistics professor in functional data analysis my project is on Gaussian Regression with MCMC methods ( also my undergrad thesis)
Programming: R, Python, Matlab and Latex(?)
Misc: - playing the piano since I was 4 years old
- Languages: English(Fluent), Arabic(Fluent), German (proficient), French(elementary proficiency)
Now I will probably not apply to any of the top 5 schools such as Uchicago, Berkley, Harvard. But I will try to apply to Duke, Upenn, nc state, UNC which are some very competitive programs.
What would a "safety" school be for me? I think Duke, Upenn are reach schools for me.