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    2020 Fall
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    Statistics PhD

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  1. Honestly, in terms of academic reputation, I don't think these two schools are even in the same tier.
  2. I have a fourth recommendation letter from a Postdoc. I have directly worked with him on a research project for about a year. He knows that I'm going to apply for PhD programs, so he wrote the letter before I even asked. I'm sure that the letter is strong and offers a new perspective. My first three letters are all from professors. It seems that I can fill out more than three recommenders in most application systems. But I'm not sure if I should send the additional letter. If the adcom would just randomly choose three letters to read, or if this would annoy the adcom since they only want
  3. Unlike basic math courses like linear algebra and differential equations, you don't need to recite formulas or methods for any advance math exam. I also struggled in my first analysis course. There is no secret trick. Just spend enough time on thinking the problem sets and understanding the concepts.
  4. Thank you all. I'll go with the physics professor.
  5. Hi guys, I'm thinking about this matter for days but cannot decide. I have 2 options for 3rd recommender: 1. An experimental physics professor. I worked in his condensed matter research group during my freshman/sophomore year. We talked a lot and he knew me very well, and I co-authored in a paper. However, there is no way he can evaluate my ability in doing advanced math since my job is purely doing experiments. 2. A very well-know math professor, also the editor-in-chief of a top math journal. I'm currently taking this graduate real analysis, and I got 100% in the midterm (average a
  6. Thank you! This is very helpful. Another thing I'm worried about is that I have taken very few courses in statistics (not even Intro to Stat). Will this weakness concern the admissions committees?
  7. Hi, I'm a rising senior and planning to apply for PhD programs in the coming fall. My main focus will be Applied + Computational Mathematics programs. I also want to apply for several Statistics programs since I like working with analysis, though my background in statistics is weak (have not even taken Intro to Stat yet ). Undergrad Institution: Johns Hopkins Majors: Physics, Mathematics, Applied Math & Stat (I'm in a BAMA program, so I will graduate with a MS in Math) GPA: 4.0 / 4.0 Type of Student: International Asian Male G
  8. Thanks for replying. My major concern is that whether my missing grades of Spring 2020 will weaken my math background. You see, I was occupied by physics courses (Quantum Mech, Statistical Mech stuff) in the first two years of my college. So I only started taking advanced math courses in my junior year. Before Spring 2020, I only have Honors Analysis I and Honors Algebra I plus the common seqence (Linear Algebra, ODE, Calc III). How can adcoms fully trust my ability in doing advanced math if they don't know my math grades for this semester? Especially for top programs that have applicants with
  9. Hi, I'm a rising senior from Johns Hopkins, and I'm going to apply for Statistics PhD in the coming semester. My institution just made an announcement that the grading for Spring 2020 would be Mandatory Pass/Fail. Instructors will only submit pass/fail to the registrar and there will be no way to uncover it. I'm shocked and have no idea what to do. Please give me some advice on how to minimize the negative impact of this grading policy. Having only Pass grade for the semester right before my application is definitely devastating. Some Background: My majors are mathematics and physic
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