Jump to content

blehperson

Members
  • Content Count

    23
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by blehperson

  1. blehperson

    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?
  2. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    ^I was waitlisted by Columbia yesterday, and accepted today. Seems like they're accepting more people.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    did anyone else not hear back at all from Chicago?
  6. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Also rejected from CMU
  7. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    I got in Harvard
  8. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    I got into UPenn just now! Also UCLA and Washington over the weekend.
  9. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Anyone else not able to view UCLA decision? I get a system error
  10. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Official rejection from stanford just now
  11. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Was it an official decision? Still nothing for me...
  12. Hi all, I've been holding onto an offer from Microsoft as an applied scientist (in Bing Natural Language Understanding). I also applied to PhD programs, and am waiting to hear back. As I'm looking at the alumni profile page of some of these schools, it seems like a large number of people don't really land top tier/ high paying industry positions even after completing their PhD. I feel like doing a PhD will be fun, but in case I don't make it in academia, do you think it would hurt me for applying to industry positions? What are your thoughts on weighing industry positions vs PhD in general?
  13. blehperson

    PhD vs. Microsoft applied scientist

    @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.
  14. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    anyone get a Chicago PhD decision today?
  15. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    accepted to duke as well just now (no interview)!
  16. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    I'm also wondering what happened with Duke
  17. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Anyone hear from Duke stats PhD yet?
  18. blehperson

    Whether to Report Fall Grades

    Also not sure whether to report. I did it for Wisconsin because they asked for it, but none of the others.
  19. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Did anyone hear from Duke? In past years they sent out interviews around this time.
  20. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Did everyone get a fall transcript request from Wisconsin?
  21. I know this is similar to another thread, but I thought my situation was different enough to warrant another post. In the fall of my sophomore year I suffered a bad concussion during a sports game, and was out of school for a few weeks. In order to have time to recover, I withdrew from my course on Russian literature but stayed in my Electricity and Magnetism, Probability, and Abstract Algebra courses. I hadn't fully recovered, but I took my final exams as scheduled for these classes and did well, so my transcript says: A, A, A, WD, for this semester. However, due to chronic headaches as a result of the injury I took the following semester off in order to focus on recovery. The injury never really impacted my academic performance besides having to withdraw from the literature course (the following year I received an academic award for ranking in the top 10% of my class) and the headaches are gone now. Should I mention this in my application? If so, where should I include it (SOP, personal statement, or in an uploaded document)? Will the semester off and the WD negatively impact my application? Thanks in advance for your help.
  22. blehperson

    Explaining semester off and a WD

    Thanks. My concern is that reviewers might wonder whether it was due to academic dishonesty or something like this.
  23. Hi all, Would appreciate any feedback / School suggestions Undergrad Institution: Top 5 (According to US News) GPA: 3.87/4.00 Major GPA: 3.93/4.00 Major(s): Statistics and Mathematics Type of Student: Domestic White/ Asian Male GRE General Test: 162V, 168Q, 5.0 W (rip) Programs Applying: PhD in Statistics Research Experience:  1. Summer research program at a national lab (summer 2016). This was my introduction to statistics, coming from a physics background. No significant research accomplishment though. 2. Senior thesis on statistical inference for network models. I believe the result of this work is not yet publishable quality, but my advisor is happy and wants me to continue with the goal of publication. 3. Two course projects for graduate level courses. One manuscript on NLP research. 4. Economics research where I programmed and ran simulations. Nothing special came of this. Industry Experience: 1. Data scientist internship at a top tier tech company. I worked on some causal inference problems 2. Two other tech internships Teaching Experience: I was a TA for 4 semesters. I received 2 teaching awards. I also am a TA for a graduate level course on GLMs. Research Interests: Graphical and network modeling, high dimensional inference, theoretical machine learning Letters of Recommendation: Two strong letters from accomplished professors; one from a graduate level course, and one from my senior thesis. One letter from teaching faculty who taught intro stat courses Math and Stat and CS Courses: Real Analysis / Linear Algebra (A- /A) Abstract Algebra (A) Complex Analysis (A) Probability (A) Statistical Inference (A) Combinatorics (A) Stochastic Processes (A) Data Science (A) Dynamical Systems (A) Machine Learning (A) Quantum Mech. (A) Mechanics, Electromagnetism (A, A) Graduate Level Statistical Inference (A) Graduate Level GLMs (A-) Graduate Level Probability (A-) Graduate Level ML for Natural Language Processing (A-) Applying to Where: CMU, Washington, Columbia, UC berkeley, UChicago, Duke, Wharton, UToronto, Michigan, UCLA, Wisconsin Madison, Harvard Questions I have relatively weak research background, and did not take the Math GRE but I am aiming for top schools. Though I am passionate about research, it would be hard to turn down good job offers for a lower ranked school. Also I slipped up in some graduate level courses and got A-, which might look bad. I also slipped up during my freshman fall in real analysis and got a A- (but this was a long time ago). I think my main strength is that I will have accomplished researchers who supporting my application. My cumulative GPA is lower because I got B+/ Bs in some other courses like psychology and writing. Thanks!
×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.