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trynagetby reacted to a post in a topic: Statistics PhD 2020 Applicant Profile. Where should I apply?

With your profile, I would apply to mostly top 10 programs. I don't see reason not to apply to all of the top 10. I think undergrad institution counts for a lot  most people I know with decent GPAs from an ivy league school got into most of the schools they applied to. Btw I had a similar profile, feel free to PM me

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Undergrad Institution: Ivy Major(s): Statistics and Mathematics Minor(s): Computer Science GPA: 3.88/ 4.00, major: 3.93 Type of Student: Domestic Asian GRE General Test: Q: 168 V: 162 W: 5.0 GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: n/a TOEFL Score:n/a Programs Applying: Statistics PhD Research Experience: 1. 7 months research on spectral methods for estimating parameters of network models, culminated in senior thesis 2. physics REU Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 1. school level awards (magna cum laude, highest honors, etc.), award for being top 10% of the class Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 1. two internships  one in tech, one in finance 2. TA for 4 semesters: data science, linear algebra, machine learning, and grad level GLMs Letters of Recommendation: 2 from well known professors in the field (one from research), 1 from teaching faculty. All should be good. Math/Statistics Grades: Math: real analysis (A), linear algebra (A), complex analysis (A), topology (A), dynamical systems (A), abstract algebra (A), combinatorics (A) Stat: probability (A), inference (A), machine learning (A), stochastic process (A), data science (A), nonparametric stat (A) grad level stuff: machine learning for NLP (A), GLMs (A), advanced probability (A), advanced inference (A), market design (A) misc: E&M (A), Mechanics (A), quantum mechanics (A) Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: took 5 grad classes, TAd a grad class, good recs, good grades at a top school, low GRE (took it cold) Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome) Harvard  Stat PhD/ admitted  Declined Wharton  Stat PhD/admitted  Declined UWashington  Stat PhD/admitted  Declined UCLA  Stat PhD/admitted  Declined Wisconsin Madison  Stat PhD/admitted  Declined Columbia  Stat Phd/ waitlisted / admitted  Attending Duke  Stat Phd / admitted  Declined CMU  Stat Phd / rejected Stanford  Stat PhD / rejected (no math GRE...) Berkeley  Stat PhD / rejected Michigan  Stat PhD / pending / withdrew Chicago  Stat PhD / pending / withdrew Toronto  Stat PhD / pending / withdrew I decided to apply to PhD programs very late, and didn't have time to take the math GRE. Applied to Stanford anyways based on advice from my professors, but it didn't work. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results though.

JHU PhD Biostatistics and Columbia PhD Statistics
blehperson replied to Gill1990's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
I don't know much about JHU, but I chose columbia's stat phd over my other options (harvard and UW). I think they are stronger in applied research than many other top stat phd programs, and have a broader definition of statistics research than many other schools. A handful of faculty work in computational biology and neuroscience, and they have a strong machine learning community that is integrated with the stat dept. At many other schools (such as UW) machine learning is dominated by CS, so this was a major factor for me. 5 replies

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ducky500 reacted to a post in a topic: What to Do After Waitlisted

My unqualified opinion: it can't hurt to write a letter to the admissions committee stating your continued interest and intention to accept the offer if accepted, and updating them with any news since you submitted your application. I'm not sure about contacting the professor directly, but maybe ask an admin to add the letter to your application?

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blehperson replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
^I was waitlisted by Columbia yesterday, and accepted today. Seems like they're accepting more people. 
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From what I can tell, Stanford grads completely dominate the academic job market (just looking at the education of profs at top schools). How quickly do the chances at academia drop as you move down the rankings? Harvard seems to produce a decent number of amazing academics (like Avi Feller, Peng Ding, Shane Jensen), but for Washington I can only find two (Drton and Volfosky).

I have a related question, which is: how steep is the talent gradient going from the very top schools (Berkeley, Stanford) down to the second tier (such as Duke and Washington)? I feel like having very talented and motivated peers should definitely be a consideration, reputation of the program aside. Based on the student profiles, my first impression is that there is a fairly noticeable gap between Berkeley/Stanford and everyone else.

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blehperson replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
did anyone else not hear back at all from Chicago? 
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blehperson replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Also rejected from CMU 
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blehperson replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
I got in Harvard 
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blehperson replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
I got into UPenn just now! Also UCLA and Washington over the weekend. 
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blehperson replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Anyone else not able to view UCLA decision? I get a system error 
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blehperson replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Official rejection from stanford just now 
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blehperson replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Was it an official decision? Still nothing for me... 
PhD vs. Microsoft applied scientist
blehperson replied to blehperson's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
@theduckster Applied scientist is actually different from research scientist. Research scientists work at MSR and essentially function the way they would in academia (i.e. publishing papers). Applied scientist is essentially data science  the job is to improve Bing/ Windows autocomplete. It is very rare for an undergraduate to get a full time position at MSR as far as I know.