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  1. Hi everyone, As a math major looking to get into a quantitative-heavy graduate program (engineering/computational finance/statistics/computer science), I am determined to get a [near] perfect quantitative reasoning score on the GRE. I would be happy with a 165-167 and absolutely thrilled with a 168-170. My question is: how exactly does one achieve these scores? I am still early in my GRE experience, but it seems to me no matter how much GRE math you know, there is usually at least one or two of the 40 (or 50) questions I have to guess on or stumps me with time. Additionally, there are still questions I get wrong from silly mistakes. If you or anyone you know has gotten 90+ percentile quant scores, please elaborate on any of the study methods, preparation, or books used. Thank you! Philip
  2. Hi all! I graduated with a BS in Physics in 2010, and I feel ready to go back for a Master's for a number of reasons (mostly lack of employability and dissatisfaction with what positions I am able to get, feels like I'm at a dead end with my current education / skills). What subject to study has always been the difficult part for me, but I think statistics is "the one," if you will. I've always been great at math, but I never was a fan of how theoretical it was, and I'd really like to learn an applicable mathematical skill that grants a much better income and in a growing field. The BLS handbook has an amazing outlook for Statisticians, and everything else I read suggests that it's a very in demand skill. Statistics seems to meet this blend of what I'm good at with what I'd like in a future career. I actually took a civil service exam for a Statistician recently. Afterwards, they sent a letter requesting my resume, and I was astonished at the starting salary of $87,500! The most I've ever made was $47,000, with $31,000 and $37,000 positions as well (in the NYC metro area sadly). I've been working mostly in laboratory testing, but unfortunately I discovered I have a good deal of anxiety working with hazardous chemicals. I'd like to get more of a "white collar" position, even though my chronic wrist tendonitis is going to be a nuisance (hopefully workplaces would provide a very ergonomic setup). I've decided that it's the lesser of two evils though. After browsing some other topics like this, I'll try to follow suit and list applicable courses I've taken: College Overall Undergrad GPA: 3.76 ( 3.91 in junior / senior year though ) Calc I: A Calc II: C Calc III (Multivariable Calculus): A Differential Equations: A Engineering Math / Fourier Series Transforms: A Linear Algebra: B+ Computer Programming for Engineers (class was Mathlab and MatCad software): A Programming Logic (class was an intro in programming logic using Javascript): A GRE: I've never taken it but am looking in to scheduling / studying for it now. I have a published research paper (2nd author) in the Astronomical Journal working with a professor at my undergrad. I won an award for it and gave presentations at a couple conferences and at my college to the faculty and students. It involved analyzing / cleaning an image of a galaxy (we were looking in the radio wavelengths for Ultra-Dense HII regions, which are star formation regions) and comparing our radio images with images at different wavelengths to classify candidates. Operated in Unix command line software and used LaTeX to make tables. The summary of this research was my undergraduate thesis and was about a 30 page paper. Possibly Relevant Work experience: Job 1: 1+ year (Laboratory Analyst position) · Analyzed over 100 sets of raw test data using Excel calculations, formulas, and graphs (relatively small samples, ~2000-3000 pieces of data for each set) · Created over 100 analytical reports in Excel and Word · Prepared data for processing by organizing information, checking for any inaccuracies, and adjusting the raw data · Identified relationships and trends in data to draw conclusions of test performance Job 2: 1+ year (Equipment Calibration position at a pharmaceutical company) · Analyzed raw data of approximately 15 validation cycles and calculated sterility assurance levels (relatively small samples) · Analyzed sets of raw data utilizing Excel formulas and graphs · Created over 100 reports in Word and Excel for performed calibrations Questions: 1) I've never taken a statistics or probability course, how much will this hurt my chances at getting accepted to a statistics program? I'm wondering if I should take a class or two at my local community college to beef up my qualifications? For example, Carnegie Melon University has some probability and statistics classes listed as pre-requisites, so it sounds like my chances of getting accepted there are 0 atm. Other universities have less specific requirements. 2) It's been 6 years since I've been in college, and I feel really rusty on my calculus and programming skills, which I haven't had to use at all since graduating. Well, my programming skills were never above beginner to begin with. Hopefully studying for the GRE will refresh some of it, but do universities look unfavorably upon someone who has been out of school for awhile? 3) I'm really interested in an applied statistics program, as opposed to a theoretical. At this point in my life, financial and job security is my number one priority, and I'm concerned that a program that is too theoretical or geared for future PhD students isn't going to teach me the skills needed to secure employment. What programs are out there that are more "professional" degrees? Or does any Master's in Statistics program provide enough applicable training to secure gainful employment? As I previously mentioned, CMU's one year Master's program was advertised as a professional degree, so it looked appealing. 4) Speaking of CMU, are there pre-reqs flexible? It didn't sound like it. 5) I'm very blessed to have enough money saved to spend $50,000 or so for a degree, but I'd rather not spend that much if possible. What are the chances of full/partial funding for a Master's program? I've read that UMass, Berkeley, and UNC are known for providing some support, are there any others I'm missing? I haven't gone through each program on the rankings list. 6) Are there any online Master's programs for Statistics? Thanks so much if you've made it this far lol!
  3. I am an undergrad interested in differential geometry. Can anyone suggest an institute with a good differential geometry department that offers a funded Masters program in Mathematics?
  4. I am looking to start a PhD program in applied mathematics during the Fall of 2018. I have some realistic concerns that I would like to vent on this forum. I created this post because I am unfamiliar with academia and don't want to create a plan that would lead to failure (my personality is INTJ). Background: I am a normal student who is quiet and studious. After I obtained my undergraduate degree, I worked for five years as a software consultant. During those five years, I have a gained a lot of experience in mathematics by reading books and studying math in my spare time. My undergraduate degree is in an unrelated subject, I have a MS degree in applied mathematics. I have taken a fair amount of courses relevant to my goal. These include calculus 1-3, introductory physics 1-3, linear algebra, advanced linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations (two courses), mathematical modeling, complex analysis, thermodynamics, object orientated programming, data structures, econometrics, dynamical systems, numerical analysis, engineering mathematics, number theory, Riemann zeta function, and more. I don't think I will be rejected due to a lack of course experience. I have some research experience but have not published any of my work. For my MS degree, I wrote a MS project about the computational methods of the Riemann zeta function. I know how to program and included both mathematics and computer code in my MS project. I cannot objectively measure the strength of my MS project (if length matters, it was near 100 pages long). I did not publish any of my work. In 2013, I also spent a couple of weeks doing independent research in astronomy. Astronomy is a side interest of mine and is something that I read about. Similar to my MS project, I didn't publish any of my work. Concerns: What are realistic expectations for someone in my situation? Will graduate programs look negatively on my application because I didn't publish the work done in my MS project or astronomy research? Will they also see my five years of experience in industry as something negative in my PhD application? Since I plan to start graduate school in the Fall of 2018, I have plenty of time to plan and study more material (although, that probably isn't going to help me if I don't publish anything). I am not super concerned about my GPA (it is between a 3.4-3.5 for undergraduate study and 3.7-3.8 for graduate study). I have been looking at the rankings of PhD programs and have spent some time looking at advice for future graduate students. Since I have roughly 1.5 years before I would start graduate school, I have been proactively learning new material. I have signed up for proof based mathematics courses (including abstract algebra and real analysis) so that I can strengthen my application. I'm not sure if taking these courses is necessary, although I hate to waste time at night doing unproductive activities or just reading math books on my own without any sort of credential. I am in my late twenties and am very aware of my chances for an academic job (statistically near zero). I would like to work in industry after I graduate. I am not opposed to the possibility of becoming a professor, although it seems impossible given the supply of younger students and my background. Questions: 1. Do I have a good chance of getting into graduate school in applied mathematics? How could I figure this out? 2. My primary reason for going to graduate school is because I want to learn more. Some of this could be accomplished on my own (by reading math books or taking online courses at MIT OpenCourseWare). I would like to dive much deeper than my MS project. 3. Do you think that my plan is insane given that I probably wouldn't end up as a professor? The alternative is to stay in industry and work in software for the next 30+ years. I would like to try something different and would presumably be good at academic research.
  5. Hi everyone, Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I'm wondering how I stack up against other applicants to an engineering grad school program. Current programs I'm looking at include petroleum engineering masters at Penn State or University of Texas at Austin (or other relevant schools in Texas). Other engineering programs I am looking to consider, such as nuclear engineering, but I am unsure of what schools to apply to yet. I am a senior graduating from a top public state university in New York with a 3.3 GPA. I am studying BS Mathematical Sciences with a minor in Education. I plan on taking the GRE sometime within this Spring 2017 semester. I am hoping to receive a 165 (hopefully higher) out of 170 on the quantitative section. My verbal wont be nearly as good but I will strive to get a 155 or higher. My writing is good so I'm hoping to receive a 5+. My resume includes 4 years of retail experience, an internship at an insurance company, and plenty extracurricular clubs at my university. Please give me any feedback, suggestions on schools/programs to consider, or any other relevant information regarding what schools I can get into (or how I stack up to the applicant pool for other prospective graduate engineering students). Thank you, Transcending
  6. I have Bachelors and Masters Degree in Economics with very limited mathematics (college algebra, calculus for business, two week review of calculus I and linear algebra) but I am applying for a PhD in Economics. I have contemplated taking math courses(Calculus, Multivariate calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations) in the summer as a Non-Degree student but I live in a country where math courses are only offered as part of a degree program. I would like some advice on how I can take the math courses I need to strengthen my PhD applications or what programs I can apply to that can admit me and allow me to take math courses in the summer before the program begins.
  7. Hi everyone, I would really appreciate an honest review of my application. I graduated as Class of 2016 as a math major and came back to my home country to take a gap year (for personal, family reasons). I am applying for only PhD programs this year (cannot afford MS) and would greatly appreciate a review of my application and even some suggestions about my current list of schools I am applying to. Undergrad Institution: Mount Holyoke College Major(s): Mathematics, Economics Minor(s): n/a GPA: 3.83, Major GPA: 3.9 Type of Student: International female GRE General Test: (did not have much time to study and will take on 11/20, but I am expecting around V:165, Q:165+, W:4) Q: V: W: Programs Applying: Biostatistics PhD Research Experience: independent research project with faculty (course credits) the whole senior year in statistical genetics (longitudinal, mixed modeling of biomarkers after injection of LPS, testing for significant snps using anova and score test statistic) \ Computer Programming: R Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Magna Cum Laude Letters of Recommendation: 1 math professor (Real analysis) 2 statistics professors (one of which was my ind. research project supervisor) Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took Real analysis (A), Linear Algebra (A), all 3 calculus classes (A), discrete mathematics (A-), complex algebra (A), abstract algebra (a-), ode (a-), stochastic processes (a-), probability (a), regression (a), mathematical stats (a) Also, the reason i do not have research experiences for the summer following my soph and jr year and why I came back to korea to take a gap year after graduation has to do with health problems of a family member... I really hope this does not put me at a great disadvantage. Should I talk about this somewhere in my application? The list of schools is not final. I know that there are a lot of really competitive and smart ppl out there and my application is not a WOW material so I really need less reach schools and more safeties... Please please help me! Thank you!! Schools: Reach: JHU (reach) UNC (reach) Umich (reach) Columbia (reach) Uwash (reach) UCBerkeley(reach) Emory UCBerkeley Uminnesota UCLA UCDavis BU Upittsburg Yale Utexas UIUC
  8. Hello, Please is it possible to apply for an Economics PhD with a Mathematics undergraduate degree? Please check out my stat Undergraduate: BSc Mathematics CGPA:3.45/4.00 GRE 318(Q160 V158 AWA 3.0)
  9. Hi all, I'd like to know which German universities' mathematics or statistics departments have the strongest reputation in the area of probability theory and mathematical statistics. I'm currently applying to a variety of German master's programs in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics, but -- not having been immersed in research myself -- I don't know which of these has the best reputation (particularly internationally) for research in the areas that I'd like to pursue. If anyone out there has a bit of insight, I'd really appreciate your feedback.
  10. Greetings, First post in the forum, sorry if this is not in the correct board/ needs some reformatting. I'm an undergraduate Junior in Computer Sciences. I'm about to finish my CS program but I have taken a great interest some fields in pure math while studying for CS. That being said, I'm leaning towards in getting in a MS/PhD program in math rather than CS at the moment and wish to get some research experiences in math. However, most professor I have talked to about this does not show a general interest of taking me as a volunteer research assistant due to my relative lack of experience in mathematics (I have taken 2 advanced level course and need 2 more to finish the math program). One of the instructor whose class I excelled in told me straightaway that given my current level of knowledge, there is not a lot I can do assist him. Any suggestions that I can take to get an opportunity at getting a research program in pure math? Or should I settle for CS/ Applied math at the moment and make a transition in grad school?
  11. I'm thinking about returning to grad school after an 11 year absence from studying and advanced mathematics. Statistics is the field I am most interested in, and I have the right undergraduate prerequisites (Calc I-III, Linear Algebra, Prob & Stat). However, I'm worried about being rejected because of how long ago my coursework was. I've been in education since that time and haven't really used or reviewed any upper-level mathematics. Ideally, I'd like to get into a mid-tier program. Application deadlines for Fall 2017 are coming up and I'm trying to decide whether or not it makes sense to apply this year and how programs would view a mid-life career-change candidate with my background. My undergrad GPA (in EE) was 3.7 and my GRE scores are good (top 5% verbal and math), but I didn't take the GRE mathematics subject test this year. The programs I'm looking at do not require the subject test. Would I have any chance of being accepted if I applied this year, or should I spend a year reviewing math, take the GRE math test (to demonstrate to programs that I still can remember how to do the upper level stuff) and wait to apply until next year? If I were accepted for 2017, I'd spend the summer reviewing mathematics anyway. Are first year courses in MS stat heavily reliant on advanced calculus, or do programs just want to see that you have ability in math? It seems like some people have gone on to study statistics even after doing some undergraduate degrees in completely unrelated areas. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.
  12. Hey guys, I'm really worried about my third letter of reccomendation. I'm a math student applying for stats grad programs, but I also study German and haven't taken a math class in a year, so I'm sort of short on potential letter writers who can speak to my ability to comprehend higher level material. I'm considering asking my grad-level Topology professor from last fall, but I'm really nervous about this. I got an A- in the course, which really isn't that good as grad courses tend be graded easier. Most worryingly, I had my worst ever exam result in this course. On the second midterm I did really badly. It was a take home exam and while I can't remember exactly what I got, it was easily below average, tending towards the bottom of our 20 person class. I did however do well on the first exam, score respectably on the final, which was also a take home exam, and go to office hours a decent amount, so he knows me and my work ethic. Basically, my only other option is my complex analysis professor from last fall who essentially doesn't know me, but who I got a solid A from. Any thoughts?
  13. My general GRE Scores were 164 V (94%) 163 Q (85%) 4.0 (59%). I thought these were fine albeit not brilliant scores and that I shouldn't worry about it anymore, but speaking to a prospective advisor today I got the following message: "Those gre scores will not make it easy to be admitted. You might try it again- scores usually go up on retakes. " That scared me a little bit. Is this a fair assessment or is this particular school just crazy about the GRE? The remainder of my file should be pretty strong, but is this score a liability?
  14. edit: reposted from math/stats forum, I thought this place might be a better section for answers and responses Hello everyone, I hope that you're all well right now. I noticed this forum whilst performing some research on what a graduate program looks like. Right now I am a community college student with plans to transfer soon to UC Santa Barbara with hope to double major in mathematics and statistics. My GPA is sort of low, at 3.4, but with the transfer admission guarantee or (TAG), I should be able to make it in next fall. I'm actually already 24 years old, (turning 25 in two months), and am nervous about going forward with my plan of action. When I grew up people would tell me that I was a smart person, although I didn't always act that way, and my grades in school failed to demonstrate the comments from people I've known growing up. After high school I made some mistakes in community college and wound up in jail along with drug rehab. After some poorly informed decisions about the meaning of spirituality, I learn to calm my mind so that I could stop fooling around, and pay attention in the classroom instead. I started getting A's and B's for the first time in 2013, and my confidence in my ability as a student increased dramatically. I was born with disabilities that make my competitiveness as a student deteriorate, and being awoken to my brain power in a healthy way has transformed my desire to learn brightly as a student. I've had friends growing up who people ordinarily may think are genius, considering their acceptance into quite prestigious universities in California. I've wanted to follow in their foot steps for quite some time, but it's only been until recently where I've been able to witness myself shining as a student rather than struggling as a kid barely present in class. Despite my improvements as a student, which aren't quite up to the level that I secretly wish I could achieve (3.6+), I still feel that my chance in the university system in California is giving me a chance to excel academically, rather than wander around not really knowing anything in great depth. My problem as of now is that as an older student who's returning to college from being a drop out, what issues do I face trying to work towards a M.S. or even a Ph.D.? I'm planning to do my double major first at U.C.S.B., which I may finish in two years ideally after next fall. Then my plan is to apply for graduate school in statistics. I learned about statistics from an old classmate who's in a similar boat, and after taking a course in it a chat with the professor inspired me to continue along this path as well. Statistics seems to be an inspiring way for me to contribute to others, as doing work for people such as the government could help me in doing work that I enjoy. Are there any issues with trying to approach graduate school at such a late age? I know that there are many older people that do go into graduate school with work experience, but I'm wondering about people such as myself who might've dropped out of school and are trying to get their degree for the first time. Is it unrealistic to think this way? I live at home with my parents, and my father's a dentist so he's made enough income to send two children to university. My eldest sister has received her master's degree already, and after talking to my dad he said he was willing to keep working until I finished my schooling. One step at a time he says, however, and I'm seeking out advice for whether or not this "late stage" plan to become accepted into graduate school makes anyone else nervous. I feel a constant need to prove my worth as an intellectual person, rather than someone who's just simple. If a post-grad degree and a profession that can truly contribute to society would do it, then I'd probably give an arm and a leg so that it could happen.
  15. Hi, I want to apply to a MsC./PhD. program in applied statistics in the US. Is there something like a list of universities and the term (spring or fall) in which they offer scholarships? If so, can you provide the reference. BTW, if you are answering this, can you take a look at this too? Best, R
  16. I am working on my B.S. in chemistry and I am wanting to go to graduate school for some field of engineering (probably mechanical or electrical). I have already completed a minor in physics and I plan on taking extra math classes to better prepare me. I am also taking a C++ class this fall. I have two more years remaining. My current GPA is about 3.4 but I hope to raise it to around 3.6. I have research experience at my school in inorganic chemistry and astrophysics and also experience at an industrial biofuels job. How do I go about finding schools that accept applicants for a Masters of Engineering or PhD that have different bachelor's degrees? I have had almost no luck so far. Thanks all
  17. Hello, I'm a rising sophomore who is very interested in mathematics and my future career goals are in math. I'm at a Big 10 school for math currently, but here's the problem: 1) I struggle with anxiety and certain mental health issues over the past year 2) I pull good grades in non math classes. I have pulled straight B+s in my math classes (the introductory calc sequence). Is it time already to stop thinking about graduate school due to such a terrible record? I'm up for taking linear algebra next. When should the indicator be to quit with math and start looking for something else? The issue is I don't want to be doing something else because I can do mathematics for hours. I can wake up at 4AM for it and keep playing with it and enjoying it, but I suck at taking tests. I make silly errors, get anxious and blank out sometimes and the rest is history. For my entertainment, I also read texts and self study number theory, a little bit of group theory and proof writing, as I didn't intend on being a math major until my 2nd semester. Any advice? I don't want undergrad to be the end of the road for me. I'm also not as eligible for research experience as I am not a US citizen/PR so NSF funding runs very thin. Plus these grades won't really help me get any stellar REUs because I will be up against the people who have obviously done a lot, lot better than I have in these classes, and have a leg up on me in terms of already starting analysis and upper level content. It worries me how all these forums mention a 3.9+ with research, etc. is probably one of the only ways to be considered. I'm not even looking at a tier 1 school now, not even remotely, but I want to chart out a smart way of getting into things. I'm giving myself one semester - if I do bad in linear algebra, I will accept that I'm just not meant for math, study it for fun and end up doing some other major half assed so I can be a grown woman after college, get myself a job and not regret anything. Any advice from you guys would be appreciated. All professors and graduate students currently tell me 'calculus means zilch' but it obviously affects my major GPA, and overall GPA. If I finish with straight 3.8s/4.0s till I graduate, I'll be up to a 3.8, otherwise a 3.6 will be my heaven. My math GPA will never cross a 3.5 because of this streak of Bs, unless only upper division courses matter. I'm clueless, and I'd love to know. (sorry to be the munchkin creeping up on grads only territory. I know how much you guys hate this )
  18. Hello, everybody. I am very new to this forum. Now, I am an International sophomore in Korea. We have to choose our majors, and this decision is very hard to make. Now, I have Physics as my major and Computer Science as minor. In few days, I have to come up with the decision and I was going to change my major and minor(Computer Science as major and Mathematic as minor). I am trying to change my major to Computer Science because I believe it will be safer and gives more freedom to earn money, and it is important because I need to help my family(btw, first generation college student from very low-income family). I don't want to risk and I believe with good grades I can have the good opportunity to live well. (No major in Computer Science) Here's the thing. Don't laugh pls. I am very ambitious and always have been. I want to devote my life into the many sciences. Many of you can probably recognize want to understand the mathematics, nature(physics), want to help prolong life and study biological sciences. I am thinking of taking prerequisites for Med School, and take Math as my minor and Computer Science as my major. Let's say I can have 2 years of experience in researches(1 year Math, 1 year Physics(for myself)). Let's also assume I will have very good scores in GRE Subject test, TOEFL and in General GRE. Can I then be considered as a good candidate for top schools in the US for Physics or I have no chance if my major and minor are not really related to Physics? Only test scores with different major and self-study of Physics(How can I prove it, though?) I know some of you could say focus on something, and I agree that it would be much easier if I had only passion. However, I want to give a shot, and try devoting my youth to studying. May be, who knows, this worth to do once in life? The reason I am choosing Math is that I think there are many examples that after being a mathematician, people tend to contribute a lot to physics too. However, not so many examples the other way around. Also, I would like to know how it is hard (1)to get accepted for two PhDs and (2) if you're accepted to study that. I can put my energy if I am allowed to study two PHDs simultaneously. I would love to get accepted for two programs in Ph.D.(One, in this case, will certainly be Biology. I want my parents live very long ). I really think, at least for now, that intellectual prosperity is the most important thing. For Biology PHD I will have only MCAT(let's assume very good scores), GRE and TOEFL, prequisites. Projected GPA: 3.75(converted to 4. In fact, we have 4.3 as maximum) Projected number of credits:153 Projected length of my undergraduate study:3.5-4 years Please, share your opinions. Detail answers would be very welcomed. I would love to read each of them Thank you a lot, and I hope you'll have a nice day!
  19. I am an international student and I applied to the ms of math from courant, nyu in late Feb. Since the deadline is April 1, and I saw a few acceptance after the 4.15 years before. So does anyone know when can we hear about the decision? I am afraid the decision may be later than 4.15...
  20. I would like to take the upcoming Mathematics subject test, more so for practice than anything else. I am confident I could get a decent score, but not an excellent one. Will grad schools see this score even if I perform better at a later date, or do I only have to submit the best scores I get? I still have almost a year before I apply to grad schools, but I'd like to get things done early if possible.
  21. After 5 months of the work world I have decided that applied work is not for me and I must go back to the more "pure" form of math and otherwise. I would like to apply for grad school in mathematics (interested especially in set theory and mathematical logic) this year in order to attend next fall. I have started studying for the general GRE and will soon begin studying for the math subject test. Over the summer I am planning to take the first semester of Advanced Calculus and take the second semester in the spring. There are a few questions I have that I was hoping you guys could help with! First, I have taken the following math courses: Calc I & II Multivariate Calc Linear Algebra Complex Analysis Probability Theory Math Statistics (Statistics Theory) Abstract Albebra I & II Along with my math courses I had a minor in philosophy (including a formal logic class) and worked as a math tutor during my senior year. Are there any courses that I should consider taking over the next year? Second, I have not done any research or participated in any extracurricular math stuff. Are there any research programs that are available to post-undergraduate but still pre-graduate? I have done a little searching but have been unsuccessful in finding such programs. Third, I am uncertain as to whether applying to a Masters or a PhD program would be the best choice. As of now I fully intend to complete a doctorate, but I am a little worried that I may not have the credentials to initially be accepted to a PhD program. Any suggestions of programs, websites, etc. to look at would also be appreciated, thank you!
  22. Hello there, Just finished my Oral defense for my MS in Math...looking forwards towards PhD in Statisitcs (have a BS in Stat)...I seriously want to get back to school this fall...I have already missed deadlines for most of the schools...Are there any other schools with late deadline and fairly competitive when it comes to funding...
  23. Hello there, I am waiting to hear from the graduate schools in Statistics/Biostatistics for Fall 2012. I am not a high achiever. My undergraduate (major: Statistics) gpa is 3.59 and my graduate(MS in Math) gpa in 3.39, gre (750+490)...I have done research in statistics and working towards getting a paper published...I have "a little below expert" programming skills in R... I have applied to schools like UC-Riverside, Utah State University, University of Kansas, and George Washington. I was wondering if anyone could guide me through my chances of getting funded at any of the above schools...I am quite stressed about it....
  24. How important do you guys think it is to talk to a faculty member before applying to a grad school? I am planning on applying to MS/PhD in Statistics. I have been reading a lot of papers written by the faculties at several universities, and I find myself quite apprehensive about writing to a professor, to whom I am a stranger, and asking him about all sort of things. Some of the FAQ's in universities clearly stated that inquiries about admission chances to faculties are at best frowned upon and at worst detrimental to applicant's chances of being admitted. So, I was hoping if any one in here had some advise for me. I did look into a lot of programs, and most of the top ones have statistics with heavy Bayesian inclinations. Although I come from a econometric background, application of Bayesian statistics is quite exciting. I am particularly interested in application of Bayesian statistics in policy analysis. Although this method is quite common in law, this seems to be a relatively unexplored territory for other public policy development and evaluation. Do you guys think, it is right to chat with a professor about my expectation and his thoughts about it? My rationale is that it is better for me to get a view from the faculty about my idea before applying because many posts in here have stated clearly the dangerous misfortune of getting into a program with different faculty research interest. Thanks in advance. Cheers.
  25. I already posted this in the Applied Math forum and got no response, so here it goes. First of all, let me state that I'm writing an SOP for a PHD in Statistics for the Fall of 2012. I'm just wondering what everyone's thoughts on the SOP are? I know that you should display your research abilities since a PHD program is all about research. Do you think listing professors is relevant or required? Should I also address any deficiencies I have - for example, I have a few poor grades. How detailed do I need to be in my research interests and any relevant projects I've done? Also, I've been working for a year and realize that it's not for me. I have various reasons - I want to be more creative, I think working 9 - 5 kind of sucks, I feel that I'm not being intellectually stimulated. Are these good reasons to list for my reason to pursue the PHD, or will it be looked down upon? I can see how professors might translate this as meaning that I'm not focused, and can't deal with drudgery. Lastly, has anyone else experienced a lack of motivation to write their SOP? Today is the 2nd time I've sat down and really tried to write one, and failed again. For me, it's such an intimidating thing to write. Maybe I need to stop thinking about it so much... Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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