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  1. The cost would mostly be a wash other than tuition since I can get higher paying jobs (I have one rn) in Minneapolis UMN that will earn enough for rent + the $450, basically tuition vs no-tuition. If I don't get a PhD, I would like to work at a medical device company or a hospital doing clinical trial work. And even if I do get a PhD I would still like to do work in clinical trials. I actually had a biostat internship for this summer at one of the big med device companies in Minneapolis, but they cancelled all internships due to covid 😕 And I had an interview with Mayo Clinic for another
  2. Yeah, I'm definitely not sold on pursuing a PhD since I've gotten pretty drained by coursework after this first year, but that's more due to external circumstances + two really really bad professors. But I've also really enjoyed the (little) research I've been able to do, which I hadn't honestly anticipated. Probably 50-50 chance of pursuing a PhD. My undergrad GPA was 3.76, Mathematics BA. Mostly theory based, but didn't take Real Analysis. GRE was 164Q, 168V, 4.5W (I think). Current UMN GPA is a 3.89, but it'll probably drop to a 3.72 after this semester, gonna get a B/B+ in a cor
  3. Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well during these trying times. I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands and wanted to see if anyone had some sage advice for me. I am a current 1st year MS student in the UMN biostats program. I've been somewhat unsatisfied with the program, specifically how little some of the faculty I've had in class seem to care about the students, Masters in particular. However I've enjoyed reaching out and meeting other faculty, and the research/career opportunities were plentiful and interesting before the pandemic. I've had little luck securing a RA/TA po
  4. No problem! And I totally understand that impulse, I'm excited at the prospect of teaching basic calc again lol. Best of luck in your program!
  5. I feel somewhat like the blind leading the blind since I don't know for sure, beyond what I've been told and seen on the UMN job boards, so take this with a grain of salt! But I think that that is a definite possibility. The UMN internal job search portal lists available graduate assistantships that anyone can view and apply for. They looked like normal job applications, you submit your resume and if you have the requisite skills potentially they'll hire you. So if you were to see a RA/TA position in the Chem E department and you have what they're looking for, I don't see why you couldn't appl
  6. I can't tell you exact figures, since they didn't provide those during my visit. But all the Masters students I met while visiting campus had some sort of graduate assistantship, whether as an RA or TA, and they indicated that it wasn't particularly hard to find them, especially since MS students are likely to have skills that researchers in other departments need, mainly using R/SAS to clean and analyze their data, but frequently don't possess themselves. The only issue with that is gaining those skills might take the 1st or 2nd semesters worth of courses, so that might not be an option until
  7. I can corroborate this being somewhat common, for UofMN at least. The biostats department and the public health career services department both bluntly stated that incoming masters students should essentially cold call professors that aren't a part of the biostats department and ask about opportunities, especially for the first semester. Since masters students aren't guaranteed assistantships, whatever you can secure for yourself is what you're gonna get. As far as harming your chances of getting aid, well, the worst that'll happen is being ignored. I'm planning on reaching out to math/bi
  8. Undergrad Institution: Top 60 Liberal Arts (according to super accurate USnews lol) Major(s): Mathematics Minor(s): Biology, Psychology GPA: 3.76 Major GPA: 3.79 Type of Student: DMW GRE General Test: Q: 164 (86%) V: 168 (98%) W: 5.0 (92-94%, Can't remember exact percentage tbh) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: N/A Programs Applying: (Biostatistics MS, Wisconsin Statistics MS - Biostats option) Research Experience: Lol literally none Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Magna Cum Laude, Dean's List most semesters, few academic scholarships Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
  9. @Stat PhD Now Postdoc okay, sounds like I will be poring through linear algebra done right and understanding analysis for the next couple months! And I'll just review Calc with some sort of open course ware, good to know I can ignore trig and polar coordinates tho haha. Coursera has a few R programming courses offered through JHUs Biostat department I can audit for free, but I think just jumping into would be a good idea too, that's usually how I learn best with programming. Maybe mix and match if I need more help/guidance. As an aside, thank you for all your help, both on this post
  10. Hello all! I have been researching topics to review prior to the beginning of my program, and wanted to know if these were good places to start? -Basics of Linear Algebra -Calc I-III, u-sub, chain rule, etc. -Gain familiarity with R -Dip toes into Measure Theory/Real Analysis if feeling particularly ambitious I took Linear Algebra 4 years ago, and have been reviewing the textbook I used (Introduction to Linear Algebra, Strang 5th ed) and it's coming back quickly. However, I'm (now) realizing it's mostly applied, and it seems a proof based text would be more approp
  11. I think UNCs honestly not too bad compared to those schools (especially Harvard/JHU/berkeley once cost of living is factored in), out of state is 15k a semester for UNC, far higher at the other places. I receive in state tuition to UMN, so it will be nearly half as much to get my MS, which is a no brainer to me. And that's assuming I don't get a graduate assistantship lol. Plus I'll be closer to my family and my dogs need cold weather! If the costs were closer I'd definitely consider UNC, but regardless I'm sure happy to get an admit!
  12. I guess the actual admissions email was just slow to arrive, I received it this morning. If the cost wasn't so prohibitive I'd love to go, but still nice to be admitted! Best of luck to everyone else waiting on admissions decisions!
  13. Did anybody get a weird email from UNC today? I reached out a few weeks ago about my MS Biostatistics application, and they responded with Hi [me], I am sure you have been notified of your admission! Congratulations! So that seems like an admit? But also that was all it said, the application hadn't changed on their website, and I haven't heard anything else from them lmao. It doesn't really matter since I'm going to UofMN, but it would feel good to know I got admitted to UNC too lol.
  14. I appreciate the advice! I ended up picking UMN, I just wanted some confirmation that it was the better option between the two.
  15. Hello all! I was admitted to both Emory and Minnesota's MS Biostatistics programs. Minnesota would be significantly cheaper, Emory would be roughly 2x as expensive. I would love to go to Emory, received a decently large scholarship (even that brought the cost down to only 2x Minnesota) but am having difficulty justifying the price. I know they're both ranked roughly the same, and I wouldn't be lacking for job opportunities from either school, would I? I want to go into industry but potentially pursue my PhD later down the road. If anyone has advice, insights or comments they would like to
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