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  1. I know this probably isn't quite a usual post, but since a couple peers have suggested that the answer to the given rhetorical question might be "yes", I figure I should run it by the experts: I'm applying this upcoming year, and I anticipate graduating with 4 majors -- pretty much, I was double-majoring in Econ and Psych, and then added Math and Stat later on. Will admissions committees see my CV/transcript and think that, say, I have a hard time being decisive, or won't be committed to statistics long-term? Should I at least spend a portion of my personal statement explaining (in more words than above) how I came to have 4 majors, so as to help explain my situation and prevent any presumptions of waffling? While I'm at it, is there any chance admissions committees would think this is a positive? Most people here appear to be double-majors at least, so I'm assuming not, but if schools really look at GRE scores in any detail like this post (https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/99147-what-im-looking-at-when-i-review-applications/) would suggest, then maybe they would look at strange numbers of majors too? Well, have fun skewering me, hopefully at least I've made y'all's weekends more enjoyable by laughing at this topic.
  2. Undergrad/grad Institution: Vanderbilt Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology Minors: Scientific Computing, Chemistry, (maybe math, if I decide to take diff eq) GPA: 3.8 Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male Relevant Courses: Single variable calc 1 and 2 (5 on AP test), multivariable calc (A-), intro to stats and probability (A-), stats lab (A), biostats (A), genome science (A), thermodynamics (A-), calc-based physics lecture and lab (A), Data Science Methods for Smart Cities (A) Courses in progress: Foundations in bioinformatics (grad course), linear alg, real analysis GRE: Taking in a week, but I got 180 quantitative on all practice tests, 155-160 on verbal Career goals: Leaning towards industry. Interested in bioinformatics, and I want to get a solid education in the statistical theory behind it Programs Applying: Biostatistics PhD (only applying to MS programs if PhD apps don't work out) Research Experience: Two years worth of research at Vanderbilt (one project on RNAseq analysis, new lab focused on machine learning for genetics) One summer internship in industry focused on machine learning and medical imaging Just got back from 3 week Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics at UW. Mostly just attended lectures, but I luckily got to talk to the UW professors a little Recommendation Letters: One from biostats prof, the other two from PIs from two diff labs, one of whom is a big name in evolutionary genomics Coding Experience: R, Python, Matlab Applying to: University of Washington University of Michigan University of Minnesota UNC Yale UPenn MD Anderson Duke University of Pittsburgh Boston University University of Rochester I know my math background is lacking, but I only recently became interested in biostats, and I'm trying to make it up by taking more math courses senior year. Any tips? Or schools you would add/remove from my list?
  3. Pretty much all the profs I'm asking for a letter from I've done a fair amount of research under. However, I haven't spoken to a couple of these profs for a few of months and considering how busy they are I wouldn't be surprised if they've mostly forgotten about the specifics of what I did. So I thought it might be a good idea to attach a document summarizing my work with them when I ask for a letter, and I found a couple of other posts here that suggested doing the same thing. For this document, I was wondering if it would be a better idea to give a detailed page or so long description of everything I did or 5-6 bullet points summarizing my main contributions. The obvious benefit of the former is that I get to remind them of the details of everything I did, but it comes at the risk of them not wanting to read so much and pretty much ignoring the document. For people who have done this in the past/planning on doing this now, what does your summary's format look like and how long/detailed is it?
  4. 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!
  5. socialinsects4eva

    Mol/Cell Bio program competitiveness

    The individuals I'm very interested in working with for PhD research all accept new students under a variety of programs. I'm torn between a few general categories, primarily because I'm concerned about differences in competitiveness and qualifications for these programs. The options are something like ecology/evolutionary biology, and more biomedical science programs like molecular/cellular biology. My background is more molecular intensive, but I haven't taken as many chemistry courses as I'm sure others applying to those programs will. Do you think this would be an issue, or am I overthinking it?
  6. Nit Kul

    Wrong Dept. Code

    While sending scores, I have entered department code as 1204 (Electronics Engg.) instead of 1203 (Electrical Engg.) as most MS programs in ECE recommend. What should I do?
  7. Victoria Carvalho Salles

    Masters In Europe 2018-2019 Cycle

    Anyone applying to any masters in Europe this upcoming cycle? I thought we could discuss it here! I’m applying to Science Po and IHEID.
  8. Kanika2

    PhD admission chances

    So I've never posted on such a forum before so I'm sorry if some of the language is wrong. I am an undergraduate at UT Austin, graduating in December and stuck between opting for a masters or a PhD. Ideally I would love to do a PhD but those are tougher to get into so I was hoping to lay out my stats and get some honest opinions. I have plenty of research experience including a research assistant internship, research with two professors and two of my own research projects. I have also presented this research at three conferences and one those was the MPSA. I also have alot of experience working with sexual assault ngos (I want to focus my research on this in conflict zones) and I have training that allows me to directly work with survivors. I also have grant writing certification. Im hoping to have one publication done by the time I start applying. But the caveat is that my GPA is just a 3.4. This is because of science and other core requirements. My Government / Political science gpa is actually a 3.7 with mostly all As Do you guys think I have realistic chances of getting into a good PhD programs and if so, which ones? I haven't yet given my GRE but the diagnostic showed a 164 verbal and a 154 Quant which I'm sure I can raise significantly after prep. I also have very good professors that I'm asking for recommendations and am planning on working on my sop quite a bit. Sorry if this is a bit wordy and jumbled.
  9. Recent incursions by deep-sea fishermen into the habitat of the Madagascan shrimp have led to a significant reduction in the species population. With the breeding season fast approaching, the number of shrimp should soon begin to increase. Nonetheless, the population should not return to the levels before the fishing boats arrived. Because this trend is expected to continue over the next several years, the Madagascan shrimp will quickly become an endangered species. Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. The argument doesn't seem to be coherent, making several assumptions without reasoning through the various questions coming to mind. Firstly, it doesn't make clear as to why the species population fell sharply, merely saying that recent incursions by deep-sea fishermen into the habitat of Madagascan shrimp led to the drop in population. The argument doesn't say whether the fishermen caught shrimp or fishes that the shrimp fed on. We just don't know what caused the population drop. There could be other reasons for this that may not be linked to the fishermen's incursions in the area. For instance, global warming could have caused the water temperature to rise, making the area unsuitable for shrimps or there could have been an environmental catastrophe such as a big oil spill that killed the shrimp. Secondly, the argument says that shrimp population should not return to levels before the fishing boats arrived, adding that this may result in Madagascan shrimp becoming an endangered species. This statement isn't logically sound. Even if we assume that the shrimp's population declined due to the fishermen, what's to say the species will not become extinct if the population doesn't return to its previous levels. The deep-sea fishermen can still catch the remaining shrimp, and thereby reducing their number bit by bit every year until they go extinct. Thirdly, if we assume that the shrimp's number doesn't reach levels before the fishermen had arrived, they can still catch the shrimp and reduce their population drastically. Further, if the shrimps were not to increase in population and the fishermen were not to catch them, how do we know that their numbers will increase, not knowing how many times their breeding season occurs in a year and how much time do they take to muliply. These are all gaping holes in the argument. Unless these things are made clear we can't reach the conclusion that the argument has reached. Also, we are also not told how many times the fishermen come to the area. Do they come once in a year, six months, three months or every month? Before making any more deductions from this argument, we need to be told what is the population of shrimp in the region and how many shrimps have the fishermen supposedly caught. Without these numbers, the argument comes across as vague. Only when we know how fast do the shrimp multiply and how many are caught can we make projections about the extinction of the shrimps. These are some of the assumptions made in the argument and without answering the abovementioned specific questions, we can't reach this conclusion. To be cogent, the author needs to think through the argument.
  10. Universities should require students to take courses only within those fields they are interested in studying. Write a response in which you discuss your views on the policy and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider the possible consequences of implementing the policy and explain how these consequences shape your position. Although it seems practical for universities to offer courses within those fields that the students are interested in, it does itself no favours by doing so: becoming less flexibile in terms of offering diverse courses will only reduce students' choice, thereby limiting their creativity in research. In today's times, when interdisciplinary courses are encouraged, universities will limit themselves by clearly differentiating between various fields. There is an increasing need for students to think on multiple levels, especially as rapid technological advances are bringing togther, and not segregating, the sciences and arts to offer enriching experience to the consumer. For instance, laptops are not only a utility to crunch numbers, but a style statement with increasingly user friendly designs, courtesy Apple, taking the consumer market by storm. One can also see how technology and the medical world are coming together, wherein some doctors operate on patients located thousands of miles away via computer-operated robots. This will increase consumer welfare, with scientific innovations leading to cheaper products. Letting students study persuasive prose as well as mathematics will only open up their minds, enabling them to understand that there is mathematics in writing compelling prose and that mathematics requires good instincts. Some of the greatest innovations have come from America, where interdisciplinary studies are encouraged, helping students think creatively and breaking the mould. Who would have thought you could get everything under the sun, from the most insignificant items such as toothpick to expensive, top-notch laptops, at your doorstep at the click of a button. If it were not for Amazon, which took the lead and today enjoys immense market power, our lives wouldn't have become significantly easier! Amazon chief Jeff Bezos married latest techonology with keen business sense to come up with this revolutionary and simple idea. I am guessing his education at the Ivy League must have played a part in his original thinking. On the other hand, compartemtalising students into either science, arts or commerce fields at the age of 16, leaving little room for them to explore other fields have reaped no dividends for a country like India. At a time, when everything merges into everything, you can't have engineers with no communication skills or journalists not knowing basic arithmetic: after all, journalists will become better if they use quantitave techniques to back their stories with data, like The New York Times or other top newspapers do. My point is that in today's age, where the next economic boom will be primarily hinged on the next big idea, we need to keep ourselves and our education open and flexible, enabling the youth to think out of the box.
  11. hopefulslp_2be

    Low GPA--help?

    Hi! I am a student at UNC Chapel Hill and only started taking SLP pre-reqs my junior year, and in the years before this I was a nursing/PA student with a low GPA. My GPA in pre-reqs is a 3.7/3.8, and my overall GPA is a 3.1. My GRE scores are alright... 159 V, 153 Q, 5.5 W. I have lots of experience working with my desired community (children) and am looking to participate in research this coming semester (I will be a senior in Fall 2018.) I am also going abroad this summer to Belize and volunteering at a clinic there. I guess what I'm wondering is.. do I have a chance anywhere? With that low of a GPA, but good LOR, experience, and what not, can I still get into my desired programs? Programs I know I'll be applying to are UNC, UNCG, ECU, App State, U of Tenn, U of Memphis, FSU, U of Florida. Programs I may be applying to are UCF, Jacksonville, Radford, NC Central, Western, GWU, etc. Thanks for any help, I am very worried lol
  12. PJ9911

    Can someone please help me out

    I have a concern. I am in final year student of Mechanical Engineering. I wish to apply for Masters program in Physics. I have no prior experience in research in physics. However, I am currently preparing for GRE General and GRE Physics Subject tests. Assuming I get good scores in both the tests, what other things do I need to get admissions in good grad schools? P.S. My long term goal is to get a PhD.
  13. 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!
  14. eighty8keys

    Fall 2018 Admission

    Didn't see a post here, so thought I'd start one.
  15. I appreciate if someone can answer this question!!! Please share! this is of common interest!
  16. 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.
  17. antioxidant17

    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
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. Karessala

    BERKELEY MSW FALL 18

    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?
  24. 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!
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