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  1. GRE question

    I would probably submit the one with the (much) higher verbal score, since the Q scores only differ by 2 percentile points.
  2. Profile Evaluation, Statistics PhD/MS

    I have a hunch that you're the kind of applicant that programs may want to "take a gamble" on despite your relatively light formal math background. Things working most strongly in your favor include strong performance at an elite undergraduate institution and extremely impressive GRE scores. Also, through your physics courses you've likely been exposed to many more mathematical concepts and techniques than is suggested by your relatively short list of "named" math courses. I don't think your list of PhD programs is at all unreasonable; I wouldn't be surprised if you got into a couple of pretty highly-ranked programs.
  3. If you actually have meaningful research experience in a particular area (or areas), then it makes sense to target schools that specialize in those areas. Otherwise, I wouldn't spend too much time worrying about it.
  4. Submitting extra letters of reference

    There's really no reason not to submit extra letters unless a school explicitly says that they will not accept them. I'd guesstimate that about 5-10% of applicants to our program submit more than the required 3; usually, it has relatively little impact on their admissions results.
  5. GRE question

    I wouldn't take the GRE again; a few points on the Q is unlikely to make a big difference in your results.
  6. I think you should strive to have at least 2 letters from people with PhDs.
  7. I don't think there's any way to avoid the awkwardness of sticking around in a program after it becomes known that you've tried to leave. I would recommend that you only apply to transfer if you are committed to leaving your current program, which may even entail a step down in prestige level to find a program which is a better fit for you.
  8. Learning R -- is it worth it?

    Being able to write "proficient in R" (or Stata, SAS, etc.) somewhere on your resume will have virtually no impact on your chances of graduate school admission. The reason to learn R (or another language) is to better prepare yourself for graduate coursework or the post-graduation job market. R will definitely be the best prep for graduate work, as virtually all academic departments operate mostly in R. For some industries (like pharma), proficiency in SAS remains a marketable skill.
  9. Statistics/Social Science Fields?

    University of Washington Statistics is home to CSSS ( and offers a Masters degree with a Social Science track. At the very least, it's a starting point where you might be able to identify some keywords to search for other similar programs. Alternatively, you might look into sociology programs, some of which are quite quantitative.
  10. How high to aim? (Biostatistics PhD)

    That's a reasonable list on the Biostat side, given your profile.
  11. Given your geographical preferences, your obvious choice is University of Chicago. It is head and shoulders above both of the other Chicago options. Given your profile, it seems like you stand a pretty decent chance of getting in. Honestly, there aren't a lot of schools that are clearly better and you should consider leaving for; maybe Stanford and Berkeley?
  12. While transferring out of a top-level program isn't common, I don't see any reason why top stat programs wouldn't give your application serious consideration. This is one of the rare circumstances that the statement of purpose is really important; you want to be very clear about why you are transferring (and it sounds like you have good reasons to write about). Also, I would strongly recommend that you get at least one letter writer from your current program, and ask them to mention that you are leaving while "in good standing"; i.e., you aren't abandoning ship because you failed a qualifying exam, were caught plagiarizing a paper, etc. Basically, you want your advisor to say that they're really disappointed to see you go because you had a lot of potential.
  13. Biostat MS Profile Evaluation

    I wouldn't be surprised if you got into all of the programs you listed.
  14. Hi there! I wanted to ask for some advice about biostats PhD programs, but when I tried to PM you, it said that you can't receive messages. I was wondering if there was any way we could message privately about it -- completely understand if it's your preference not to!

  15. statistic phd chances

    Yeah, that seems like a fairly reasonable list. I would imagine your chances of admission are pretty good at UConn and BU, and you would likely be "in the discussion" at NCSU, Columbia, UNC, and UCLA. Duke seems like a pretty tough nut to crack, but with really good letters, it's worth a shot. Northwestern is very a small program with an admit rate much lower than its stat department's reputation would dictate, so it's hard to figure your chances there.