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  1. Statistics. I figure I'll just ace the second semester of the course anyway and it will all average out to an A-. Thanks!
  2. Hi--so I was really pissed about one of my grades last semester (B+...missed an A by ONE QUESTION) and I'm concerned because this was in my area of focus. Now I've heard grades don't matter in PhD programs. But at the same time, I feel like I should have an A in this class if I'm doing research in the field. I'm thinking about retaking this class in my fourth or fifth year when I'm done with all my other courses--what do you all think?
  3. Also I'm a minority (black) if that helps. Graduate institution: Berkeley. My concern is that my UG GPA (3.52) puts me out of the running for the NSF and NDSEG. Can anyone provide some insight on this and also about possible fellowships to apply for outside of those two?
  4. Hi guys, I have a fellowship stipend for $28500 a year for the first two years in my program. Does anyone know how much I should put aside for taxes? I'm a US citizen in California. Also, how could the IRS find out if someone used the stipend for room and board (taxable) vs books (not taxable). Are there any tips and tricks for minimizing the taxes I have to pay? All advice is appreciated!
  5. One of my semesters, I may end up taking five classes. However, two of those are refresher courses. I took the classes in undergrad but it was so long ago and they're important for my field so I'm retaking them to brush up. I know people say five classes is hell but has anybody here done it? How did it go? I'm thinking my situation won't be nearly as bad since I'm retaking a linear algebra and computer science course so, since I won't deal with new material in those courses, it will feel more like four classes instead of five. Thoughts?
  6. How common is it to pursue an internship after the first year of graduate study? Is it preferred that students stay around campus for the first year for purposes of attaining residency? Or is it preferred that students wait until the summer before their fourth or fifth years to do an internship?
  7. You have an excellent shot at Stanford/Berkeley/Harvard/Washington stats programs. I had a background similar to yours but with a lower GPA (3.5-3.6 range) and I'm starting Berkeley in the fall. Also most of the math people go for math PhDs. There's less competition for stats, in my opinion.
  8. Sounds good to me! Also I'm thinking about getting a masters in computer science as well. However, I could just do a "Designated Emphasis in Communication, Computation, and Statistics" instead. My big question is whether or not the masters in computer science would add that much value if I already have a statistics PhD. I figure some job listings are anal about requiring a "masters or above in computer science" too, sadly.
  9. Hi everyone, what's the academic job market like for statistics PhDs? I want to become a professor ideally, but if the academic job market is as saturated as it is for math, then I'd like to know sooner than later so I can start making contacts with people in industry. I don't want to be toiling for a decade in low paid postdoc positions after a PhD. Ideally I would spend a year or two as a postdoc before moving to a tenure-track assistant professorship. I'm very risk averse since my math degree was fairly useless for anything except for programming jobs, and I don't want a repeat of
  10. What about quantitative finance? Thinking about that field as well.
  11. I'm probably going to Berkeley in all honesty even though I really like Madison (as a town too). New experience and it's kind of hard to beat Berkeley...
  12. Could someone give some insight on the differences between the two programs. I'm excited about attending either program but I haven't seen any significant differences between the two besides the fact that Berkeley's weather is way better than the cold of Madison, Wisconsin (I currently live in Madison so I'd know...).
  13. Info about me: Single, 23 year old male in Berkeley stat phD program. Getting full support possibly in the form of a fellowship that is 27k a year with the option to TA for a semester for $8k on top of that. I'm thinking about saving $5000 before I start (if I end up entering this fall and not deferring for a year). What's an ideal amount to have saved up as a cushion. Do you all think that would be enough to live comfortably? I hear too many horror stories about people struggling financially and this scares me a bit. I guess the better questions are How much did you save before
  14. This is part of the reason I'm considering deferring my acceptance for a year. I'd rather enter with 15k saved up instead of the 5k saved up that I will have by August. Also I'm in the middle of a solo work project for a client that may not be done until November, so...
  15. I'm currently trying to save some cash before entering my stat phD program in the fall. Hopefully I'll have $5000 saved up by August, but I was wondering if most people have a hard time getting by with the grad student stipend. What have your experiences been with this? Has having some extra money made your life much better as a grad student? Or only marginally? I know I'll be extremely busy in graduate school anyway but it would still be nice to know if a grad student generally lives a paycheck to paycheck lifestyle. Are there ways to intern over the summers somewhere (a hedge fund, et
  16. stats. they said about 20 people are on the waitlist.
  17. Yeah I didn't tell my boss I was applying. I think he expected me to stay on the team for about five years. The other upside to deferring is I'd be able to save up more $$$ before entering but that's not the main reason to defer. The main reason's because I'm the sole person behind an analytics project that nobody else on my team understands very well.
  18. How common is this? I was thinking about deferring for a year to fall 2014. I definitely want to attend this program (Berkeley stat phd is really hard to pass up), but I'm currently working on a major project at my company that will likely go into the beginning of 2014. The main problem is that if I were to leave, there isn't anybody who could step in and finish what I've begun so I would burn a bridge with my current employer. I don't want to do that, but I still want to enter the stat phd program the year after. I guess the other question I have is "what is the general process for requ
  19. Nope I didn't post. But yes I got an acceptance letter yesterday. Also I wonder if I got waitlisted because I sent in one of my recommendation letters incredibly late (professor was slacking). They reviewed my app after they'd already sent out some acceptance letters.
  20. Anyone else besides me get waitlisted? They're only taking 12 ph.Ds this year. Also does anyone know how large these waitlists normally are? If there's a low chance of getting off of it, I'll probably just accept UW-Madison's offer (unless I get into Berkeley) and be done with it.
  21. Oh I had 2 out of 3 letters submitted. Applying for stats not biostat.
  22. I'm not sure what to make of this. I heard back from Univ. of Washington after I pinged them to ask if they received all of my stuff. =============================================================================== Dear XXXXXX, Thank you very much for your application, voicemail message and interest in our graduate program. The Biostatistics Department forwarded your email message to me. Our Department of Statistics Admissions Committee made some offers to PhD applicants last week and plans to send more offers later this week or early next week. I checked your application to our de
  23. Nah, she's talking about stat 110 (the probability course). And I agree with the deservedly so with mediocre grades, I've taken college math classes at different places and Harvard's math classes were by far the hardest. Not even a freaking question.
  24. Still haven't heard anything from Washington...
  25. I'm wondering the same thing. How will I fare for top 20 stat phd programs (UWashington, Berkeley, UW Madison) if I got a C+ in math 25 (harvard's real analysis class and eff my professor) but mostly A- and A grades in all my other math/stat classes except for linear algebra, algebraic combinatorics tutorial, and graduate probability (B+ in all three). I should mention that I got As in the graduate real analysis class and undergrad probability (with the highest grade in the class for the latter) although I got a C+ in undergrad analysis. And if it helps, I have excellent rec letters and
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