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  1. yoh_rrg

    CMU Heinz 2018

    I was looking for a post for others applying to Carnegie Mellon and haven't seen one, but since I just submitted my app I figured maybe some other folks have too! I applied to the Data Analytics track-- I've already been accepted to UChicago's MSCAPP, but since I heard CMU offers a lot more funding I think it might actually be my top choice. (I thought the MSCAPP was, but I their funding offer was seriously underwhelming when compared to their high cost of attendance.) Specifically, I'm curious if anyone else completed the video interview thing? I opted not to since I felt like the rest of my application was pretty strong I really didn't want to risk messing that part up and throwing myself under the bus! I'd be interested to hear from anyone who did try it and might share what they thought.
  2. Anxious_Applicant

    GPA/GRE Scores - Can I still apply?

    Hey all! I know there are probably a lot of these posts already, but I still want to ask. I'm planning on applying to PhD programs next year that are strong for qualitative methods/ethnography. I graduated last spring from a small liberal arts college that's pretty rigorous, and I just didn't get it together in time to apply this past year. I've been really nervous about applying because of how I read on paper. I'm pretty confident that my letters of recommendation will be strong, as well as my writing sample(s), and hopefully after several drafts my statement of purpose will be as well, at least in terms of the writing (I'm between two different research ideas that I'll present in the statement). The downsides are that I don't have much research experience because my school was so small, my GRE scores aren't great (163 verbal, 148 quant - actually kind of proud of the quant since it's higher than I ever got in practice), and sadly I only have a 3.63 GPA. I'm worried about the GPA right now because I was looking at UCLA's website and they ask you to report your GPA for the last two years of your work. I mostly got As during that time in my main courses, but I was also taking French and Spanish for those years and I got a lot of Bs in those classes because I had read that grad school didn't really care about your grades in those classes. I demonstrated my proficiency in the languages during the final oral exam and thought that was fine. I was also going through a lot in my final quarter of college (i.e. was depressed, financially strained, and exhausted from doing college). So I calculated the GPA for the last two years and it was like a 3.3 or something! Now I'm really stressed because I don't think that reflects on the overall quality of what I did in college. Anyway, I know this is long winded, but will schools take time and actually look at my transcript so they can see I did well in the classes that were within the social sciences? And more largely, do I have a chance if the other parts of my application are strong? I think I have what it takes, and I also think that grad schools should consider that at my college didn't have summer breaks (we had work quarters where you still had to do classes online) so it required a bit of stamina to get through it all. Any feedback would really be appreciated. I'm super nervous and don't want to be rejected from everywhere
  3. Hi All, I am recently rejected by all 20 Ph.D. programs (mainly in statistics) to which I applied. Though a few considered me for their master programs after Ph.D. rejection, none ended up extending me a master admission. Unfortunately, I did not separately apply to other master programs. I am still quite interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in statistics (or related areas) to prepare for a research career (not necessarily in academia). I am looking for advice on what to do for the upcoming year(s) to better prepare for another round of application. Below are some of my stats. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Undergrad Institution: US Large State School (US News Ranked Top 50) Major(s): Mathematics, Statistics, Finance, Accounting Minor(s): Computer Science, Computational Science and Engineering GPA: 3.98/4.00 (Overall), 4.00/4.00 (Math + Stat) Type of Student: International Asian Male GRE General Test: Q: 170/170 (97%) V: 158/170 (80%) W: 4.0/6.0 (60%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: 860 (88%) TOEFL Score: (116 = R29/L30/S29/W28) Grad Institution: N/A Programs Applying: Statistics (14) + Applied Math (4) + Operations Research (2) = 20 Ph.D. programs Research Experience: No publications. No REUs. Several research projects and independent study projects at my institution. My senior thesis/project won a college-level research award of $1,000 ($500 for research grant, $500 for scholarship). Awards/Honors/Recognitions: - Within institution: Overall GPA < 3% of graduating class. Dean's list every semester. Student president of an honor society. A few small amount scholarships. - Outside institution: A 2nd place price of a midwest local data science competition. A leadership award by the national chapter of an Asian student org. Pertinent Activities or Jobs: - Internships: one consulting, one actuarial - worked ~ 15 hours/wk at various university offices (as tutor, accounting intern etc.) during my sophomore and junior years - Some student org involvements Letters of Recommendation: - 4 letters: 2 from professors with whom I did research/independent study, the other 2 from professors with whom I took advanced classes - Pretty sure at least 3 out of the 4 letters are (very) strong - not sure if well-known, but 2 recommenders are department director/grad chair respectively at my institution Math/Statistics Grades: - All A/A+ for Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Computational Science and Engineering - Relevant Undergrad Classes Real Analysis (honor, A), Analysis on Manifold (honor, A+), Applied Complex Variables (A+) Abstract Linear Algebra (A+), Intro to Abstract Algebra (A+) Intro PDE (A) Linear Programming (A+), Nonlinear Programming (A+) Foundations of Data Science (honor, A+), Advanced Data Science (A+) Statistical Computing (A+), Artificial Intelligence (A+) Time Series (A), Regression and Experiment Design (A+) Probability Theory (A+) - Grad Classes (My school has many classes that enroll both master and Ph.D. students) Microeconomic Theory I (PhD, A), Theory of Asset Pricing (PhD, A+) Mathematical Statistics I (Master/PhD, A) Statistical Learning (Master/PhD, A+) Numerical Analysis (Master, A) Applied Stochastic Prosses = Markov Chain (Master/PhD, A+) Models of Dependent Risks (Master/PhD, A+) Concurrent (Spring 2018) in Machine Learning, Statistical Learning Theory, Mathematical Statistics II Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help Hurt: - International Asian Male - Interested in statistical learning - No noticeable research experience Research Interests: Want to learn statistics and mathematics and do some applied work. On the technical side, interested in statistical learning, computational statistics, and some traditional topics (e.g. model selection). On the application side, interested in mathematical finance, risk management, and econometrics. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Any advice on programs to apply, strategies to prepare, or other pertinent points will be much appreciated.
  4. Hi! I know its early. But considering the success of Fall 2017 forum, I thought we should start Fall 2018 discussion thread early! Good luck preparing for your applications!
  5. eighty8keys

    Fall 2018 Admission

    Didn't see a post here, so thought I'd start one.
  6. Hi guys! I’m applying to grad school this fall for next year (Fall 2019). Any advice is appreciated. I realize that no one can tell my chances, but I am curious about my chances based on some things. My major is currently English Literature, Language, and Criticism and my concentration is Linguistics. My school isn't heavily linguistics based and the field falls under the English department. I did discover my passion for linguistics a little late in my college career. I'm currently ending my junior year this spring and I discovered my love of linguistics in the second semester of my sophomore year. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and just received an undergraduate research fellowship for my senior year (2018-2019). Unfortunately, I won't be finished with my research project for the fellowship until Spring 2019 so I wouldn't be able to submit that as a sample. I am thinking of doing an Independent Tutorial this fall and perhaps using whatever comes of that. My top schools for a PhD in Linguistics (particularly sociolinguistics) are the University of Chicago, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, U of WA, and U of Rochester. However, I don’t think I’ve written an amazing research paper for any of my Linguistics courses that would be good enough to submit as part of an application. I also haven’t taken the GRE yet but I plan to this summer. Any thoughts on how a mediocre paper would look with a (so-far) perfect GPA for these schools?
  7. Hey all, hope I'm at the right place for some advice. I'm a computer science and math double major. In short, I didn't do so well my first two years. I took a gap year after sophomore year to collect myself. During that time, I decided I wanted to go to graduate school for computer science (machine learning) and focused all my efforts towards that. Fast forward a year and half and that's where I am currently. I've been working like hell to make up for the first two years, and I have 2 - 4 quarters left. Here are the details: GPA Ended the second year with a 3.26 cumulative, over 18 classes. From when I returned to now, a 3.85, over 20 classes. Current cumulative is a 3.56. Coursework All my classes since have been upper division major related courses. I've taken a couple graduate classes and plan to take more. Normally students at my university take 3 classes per quarter, I've been taking 5 per quarter for the past few and plan to increase that. Research Experience I've been working at a genomics lab for the past year working on 3 projects. First one was an introductory, welcome to the lab sort of project. Second one was more involved and didn't really go anywhere. Currently on the third one, which I received a scholarship to work on. Letters of Recommendation Took two classes with one professor, and did exceptionally well in both of them. I plan to ask to do research with them, and I'm confident I can count on a solid letter. I have options for the remaining two to meet the minimum, but these would likely just be average letters. GRE: Composite 329, Verbal 163, Quant 166, Writing 5.0 Overall a solid score I think. That said I could've prepared more. I plan on retaking it, though it is a lower priority. What more should I do, in addition to the above? It does feel like I'm fighting an uphill battle, and I don't know if I'm taking the right steps.
  8. Hi Everyone, After graduating with a BS in 2015, I've been working at a stealth medical diagnostic start up in the R&D department for over 2 years and I'm planning to apply to some phD programs fall 2019 focusing on microbiome/immuno/cancer . I have a question regarding how much my industry experience will help me in my applications. Some context: I have a pretty low uGPA: 3.13 from burning out during one quarter which resulted in me receiving a 2.97. I tried really hard to bring it back up... and I sort of did, but by the time I figured out how to study well, it was too late.... My GRE scores are mediocre 157/158/4.0. I can try to retake it, but I'd honestly rather not because I absolutely hate standardized testing. During undergrad, I did 2 summers of cancer research and 1 year of genetics research. The 1 year of genetics research included a short thesis and I received my BS with honors. During my time at the start up, I've made numerous key contributions to the product from its research phase to its soon upcoming product release (got my name in several pending IPs). Also, in the short time that I've been there, I've been promoted twice and 3 mid year bonuses. Because of my stellar performance and contributions, I'll definitely be able to snag great LoRs from the director of my team, the CEO(well known figure from stanford, 2 time forbes 30 under 30), and the CMO (practicing MD and professor at Stanford/Board member of various other small start ups/apparently knows everyone). My mentors tell me that it's a huge asset for me to be able to say that I played a significant role in a product from research to final product which is true in industry, but I'm not sure how it'll look for grad schools...especially with my poor grades and GRE scores. I don't have any publications either because.... well my company is in stealth mode. My work experience and research is really all I have going for me. I really appreciate any feedback you guys have. Thank you for your time!!!!! Also, I'm taking recommendations for which programs to apply for as I'm currently in the process of narrowing down my interests as well. Super interested in the interplay between the microbiome and immuno and potentially harnessing that relationship to develop clinically relevant therapies/tech.
  9. Hey everyone, I figured we should start a thread where we could report interviews and admissions results for 2018. That way, it won’t get buried in the other threads!
  10. Karessala


    Hello everyone! I wanted to start a chat about admissions. Has anyone received information on when we are supposed to find out about if we got in or not?
  11. Hello everyone, Just some quick background. Long story short, I went to college for undergrad full time up until my first semester senior year. Due to personal reasons, I left to take a 2 year break. I went back in Fall 2017 to finish up my requirements and graduated in December. I am planing to apply to graduate school in the next 1-2 years. The school that I am definitely interested in requires a writing sample that is 15-20 pages long from undergraduate work. I have a sample that meets the length requirement. However, it was written about 3 years ago and my writing has evolved since then. I don't have any other recent samples (the final classes that I took were in French and Math). So, I would like to edit the paper that I do have. I was considering reaching out to students in the English department at my local hometown college for assistance in editing my writing sample to make it application ready. Since it is a lengthy paper, I figured that I would likely need to pay said editor for their help. I am not a current student, So I am not eligible to use my alma mater's writing center. Has anybody ever gone this route before? Does anyone have other suggestions for help with getting my paper edited? Does anyone know what a fair price might be for someone to edit a 20 page (about 6,000 words) paper for graduate school admissions? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  12. Hey everyone! I got my first interview offer and I'm soooo excited!! Please feel free to post your interview offers, updates, and acceptances when they arrive! Optional info you may want to include in your post: What schools you applied to in California Schools you've received interview offers from and when they arrived Feedback on your interview and questions they asked you Any other info you want to add
  13. What better place to find people to share application anxiety with? I haven't seen another thread like this yet so here we go. Which programs are you applying to? Where are you from? What are your biggest concerns about applications? I'll start. I'm applying to a grand total of two schools (I'm obviously crazy) because I want to be on campus and I have to stay in VA. I'm looking at JMU and Longwood and honestly don't know what my chances are but I'm going to try to be optimistic. Figured I'd start applications early on CSDCAS but maaaan this process is waaay slower than I had anticipated! I'm so excited for grad school though!
  14. Hi! Recently I received an email from the reply from the program director of the applied PhD program. He said that: "We are still making decisions about admissions to the xxx. We will very likely admit you, but it is not yet official, OK? I think someone else will teach xxx next semester, but we will have plenty of time to discuss these readings :)" Does the message imply that I actually have been admitted or what he said about "very likely" meaning that I still could be rejected? Many thanks!!!
  15. Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone has heard anything from Jackson State Universtiy? Applications were due at the beginning of March. I've yet to hear anything, but I saw someone posted in the admission results that they got accepted into the program already. Thank you!
  16. Hi All! I am anxiously awaiting news about PSU MSW acceptance news and wondering if anyone has received news yet. Thanks!
  17. nagunagu

    Status update of UNC-CH

    Hi, has anyone received results for MS in CS from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill? I applied in the month of November and I am yet to receive any mail from them. When do they usually send the results? Is it time now for me to send a mail to enquire the status of my application?
  18. Has anyone heard anything from Tennessee State for graduate programs? Still waiting to hear from them!
  19. Hi all! My anxiety about applying to PhD programs next year is creeping in as my friends are now receiving decisions from this cycle. I want to research the the effects of racism and other forms of discrimination on health and evaluate policies to eliminate systemic discrimination as a means to better health. My biggest worry for admissions is that I don't have a Master's. I don't want to pay for an MPH when I already have pretty substantial research experience and did a public health undergrad major. I'm wondering if you could take a look at my credentials and let me know your thoughts on whether not having the Master's degree will hurt me in admissions? Undergrad: top 30 US News private university, GPA was 3.8-something, magna cum laude, did double major + minor all directly related to my intended PhD studies Research experience: 4+ years editing/drafting papers for a professor and doing some analyses, 2 years in a psychology lab, did an honors thesis (collected my own data, passed IRB etc.), 2 years working for top public health researcher post-undergrad. My LORs will all be from profs I have done research with and will be stellar. GRE: On ETS practice exam I got 170V, 154Q (I'm working to break 160 on quant in the real test) Additional: I'm expecting to have 2 empirical papers under review by the time I submit my applications, and I will have a couple of non-peer reviewed public health publications. I received a couple of rewards and research grants in undergrad, but nothing too impressive (no Fulbright or anything like that) So... what do you think? It is a waste of time to apply to PhDs without the master's or do I have a shot? THANK YOU!!!
  20. A school that I like a lot, but that is not my top choice, is pressuring me to accept by April 1. However, I am still waiting to hear back from my top choice, and am currently waitlisted at my #2...if accepted at either of these schools, I would almost definitely immediately say yes (pending some financial considerations)...is it ethical to say yes to #3, knowing full well that I may change my mind very soon? I like all three schools very much, they all have strong programs in my field, and if I only get into #3, I will certainly go there.
  21. Hi! I was just accepted to Worcester on Monday and am very excited. Does anyone know anything about the program? I saw that we have a short intro class in May.. is there any other classes this summer besides that one or do we begin in August?
  22. I interviewed at Midwestern University in Glendale at the beginning of Feb and they said it takes about two weeks to hear back. We passed the two week mark last Friday, has anyone heard back?! This waiting is killing me!
  23. Has anyone been notified from the University of Maine about an acceptance or not being accepted? Still haven’t heard anything from them or Tennessee State!
  24. So, those are the only two schools I got into. University of Maryland SPH, and Milken Institute SPH (GWU). Milken is significantly more expensive (about double UMD) but doable w/ loans if I work part time. I'm fine with both of the actual programs themselves in terms of courses offered, but is either one held in significantly higher regard than the other? Will the school's reputation matter much for an MPH in Biostatistics anyway? I talked to a couple of advisors but didn't get any definite answers.

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