I did have my profile evaluated a while ago, but there are some changes and updates and I'd like to know if the schools I've finalized are reasonable aims. A shout-out to @Stat PhD Now Postdoc and anyone else who'd like to comment.
Undergraduate Institution : In India (Not ISI)
Major : Statistics
GPA : 3.94
Graduate Institution : Duke University-- MS in Stats
Graduate GPA : 3.97
Calculus I,II (Both A), Discrete Math I and II (Both A), Calculus and Analysis I and II (Both A), Linear Algebra I and II (Both A), Computational Mathematics I and II (Both A).
Probability Theory (A), Statistical Estimation(A), Statistical inference (A), Linear Models I and II (graduate level; B+ and A; one grade really suffered due to illness, will explain this), Distribution Theory and Estimation I and II(graduate level, both A) and a bunch of applied stats courses with As.
Graduate Courses at Duke : Mathematical Statistics (A), Predictive Modeling (A), Bayesian and Modern Statistics(A-), Advanced Stochastic Modeling (A), Causal Inference (A), Spatio Temporal Modeling (A), Study Design (A), Probabilistic Machine Learning(A) and a couple independent studies.
GRE General : V :162, Q:162, AWA :4.5.
GRE Math: Not taken
Research Experience :
Wrote a Masters thesis, did some research work in Stat.genetics and Bayesian ML. Also some applied work in analyzing EHR data and stats education.
3 methodology papers in submission to reasonably good journals (~CSDA & Bioinformatics). First author on one, second and third author on the others. One conference presentation in stats education.
Currently doing research in environmental epidemiology at a med school.
Letters : One from thesis advisor (also submitted a 1st author paper with him), one from stat.gen research supervisor (third author paper with him) and one ind.study supervisor.
Biostat PhD--UNC, Michigan, UCLA, Emory, UPenn, MD Anderson, UPitt
Stat PhD -- NCSU, PSU, OSU, TAMU, UFL, UConn, FSU
1. Are any of the listed schools absolutely outside my reach? Do I need more safeties?
2. How will a B+ in linear models affect my application? I hadn't mentioned this in my earlier profile evaluation---but this is the only B I have which was a result of being ill on exam day. I got an A in part II of the same course the next semester.
3. Is it worth throwing an app to Washington Biostat? Or is it aiming too high?