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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
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    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    ^I was waitlisted by Columbia yesterday, and accepted today. Seems like they're accepting more people.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

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

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Also rejected from CMU
  10. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    I got in Harvard
  11. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

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

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

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

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Official rejection from stanford just now
  14. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Was it an official decision? Still nothing for me...
  15. 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?
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    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.
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    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    anyone get a Chicago PhD decision today?
  18. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

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

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

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

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Anyone hear from Duke stats PhD yet?
  21. 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.
  22. blehperson

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

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

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Did everyone get a fall transcript request from Wisconsin?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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