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  1. Hello, I am an international student but currently staying in the USA. I pursued my Masters Program here in USA. I am in the process of applying for a PhD program in Statistics or BioStatistics. Undergrad Institution: International University (Outside USA) Major(s): Economics and Mathematics GPA: 3.57 Grad Institution: US University Major(s): Mathematics GPA: 3.8 GRE General Test: Q: 157 V: 139 W: 3.5 Program Applying: PhD in Biostatistics or Statistics Research Experience: None Awards/Honors/Recognitions: TA Assistantship for Master's Program Courses at Grad Level: Partial Differential Equations (A), Abstract Algebra (A), Advanced Differential Equations (A), Combinatorics and Graph Theory (B), Theory of Statistics (A), Introduction to Numerical Analysis (A), Analysis I&II (A-), Applied Statistics (A), Statistical Computing (B+), Discrete Modeling and Optimization (A), Actuarial Science (A), Complex Analysis (A-), Experimental Design (A), Assistant : Teaching Assistant for two years Letters of Recommendation: -Assistant Professor in Statistics (Strong) -Professor in Applied Mathematics (Strong) -Associate Professor in Mathematics (Strong) I am aware that my GRE score isn't the best and I have no research experience (but let's overlook that). I am interested in universities based in Atlanta Georgia. Based on my profile, what are my chances of getting admission into the following universities? I need your suggestions and advice. Thank you. Schools: University of Georgia (PhD in Statistics) Georgia State University (PhD in Biostatistics) Augusta University (PhD in Biostatistics)
  2. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Hi, Thought I'd start this topic for 2018 fall applicants specifically for Public Health. I realise there is a general one for all applicants, but thought it might be useful to have one for just a Public Health field (in the most broad sense). I apologise if this post is redundant. I just wanted comments on whether my choice of universities were too strong. Although these were the only programmes which matched my interests. Feel free to comment/share your experience so far. Undergrad Institution: Imperial College London, UK (Top for science in UK)Major(s): Biomedical SciencesMinor(s): n/aGPA in Major: no GPA system in UK (Upper 2nd class)Overall GPA: n/aPosition in Class: Type of Student: International female Postgrad: MSc in Public Health (GPA 3.88) at London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 160 (76%)V: 167 (98%)W: 4.5 (82%)B:TOEFL Total: n/aResearch Experience: 2 years in health services researchAwards/Honors/Recognitions:Pertinent Activities or Jobs: some teaching assistanceAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points:Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:Applying to Where:Harvard, John Hopkins, UNC, UCLA, UCSF, Northwestern, Brown, Ohio State, Iowa, Standford
  3. The University of Waterloo has a Masters program called MMath in Biostatistics. They seem to cover 7 courses and a thesis dissertation. From their website, it is not clear what the duration of their program is (two years?). On the other hand, the University of Pittsburgh has a reputed public health school which offers a 40-credit MS in Biostatistics from the Department of Biostatistics that includes thesis dissertation and two years of coursework. I'm wondering which of these two programs might be a better preparation for a PhD in Biostatistics. I have found positive responses from the professors of both programs, although that doesn't guarantee admission, I'm just thinking ahead.
  4. Specifically for PhD programs in Statistics, is there a consensus on when (if ever) extra letters of reference should be submitted? I have 5 potential letters, and I think they'll each be quite strong. If the schools I'm applying to allow for additional letters, do you think it's a good idea to submit all 5? It feels awkward talking about my research experience with a particular professor in my SOP and then not having a letter of reference from them. On the other hand, I don't want to irritate the committees with so many documents to read through. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
  5. Greetings *waves* I'm new to the forum and just wanted to introduce myself, and maybe get some feedback about my graduate school pursuits. I am currently enrolled in a public health certificate program, completing the core competencies and would like to transfer these credits into an MPH program. My main concern is the employment outlook, both for supporting myself through grad school, and after completing the degree. So before pursuing public health, I got a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I was always interested in neuroscience but iffy about the kind of career it would entail (i.e. getting a PhD and taking more biology and chemistry classes when I didn't like half the ones I'd already taken; and biology courses keeping by GPA down). I am from NYC (Queens) and the job market is supersaturated and ultra-competitive. Maybe that goes without saying, but being in the eye of the storm I don't know what it looks like from the outside so maybe that isn't common knowledge. Dramatic relocation is on my agenda. It's been fairly evident that my economic worth here is virtually 0. Bit of a catch-22: I was raised here and want to get out, but need the financial means to do so, which seem to lie elsewhere... After graduating, I looked for research assistant jobs (or something similar in the realm of health/medicine) for upwards of a year. Since graduating the only actual job (as in $$) I've had was at the end of 2015, when I worked on two research projects on a temp assignment. Since spring of 2014, I've interned as an online consultant for a company that specializes in health IT. At the advice of others last summer to find something that will give me credentials beyond a Bachelors, in fitting that to my own career goals I decided an MPH might be a good option. I've always been curious about bioinformatics and enjoyed my stats classes (and I'm not math-phobic). Leaning biostats or epidemiology, and also something mental health-related would be cool. I should mention I have other internships now as well that are more public health-relevant, but still leave me part-time availability (in the event I ever find employment before starting an MPH program..) I will be completing the certificate program this spring, basically it's all the core/general competency coursework for an MPH ([email protected] credits). For fall of next year, I'm looking at the Colorado School of Public Health. It is my first choice given that I fell in love with Colorado when I went there before, and the job market both in general and for PH, health, and biotech fields in particular seem promising. Supposedly it is not at all saturated either (or so I just read on another forum, though I think that was said 2-3 years ago). Other programs I'm considering are Rutgers, Drexel, SUNY Buffalo, U. Pittsburgh, and U. Michigan. Don't know if that's too many schools to apply to (I know for PhD programs, that's not a large number of prospects). My primary concern aside from getting into CSPH is being able to find work there to support myself. I know housing is getting pricey there, probably not on par with NYC but still. Is it reasonable to expect I will be able to find work more easily there compared to where I am now? Or am I completely screwed if I don't find anything before next fall? As far as academic stats: Undergrad GPA 3.27 (higher in later semesters, mostly Biology classes kept it down as I got a few C's) Grad courses completed so far: 2 A's; Enrolled this semester: biostats and epidemiology core Undergrad mathy/sciencey courses: 1 year of calculus, 1 year of statistics within the psychology dept, 1 semester being upper division, 1 year of chemistry (yes, my school required this amt of "hard science" for a Psych BS), and the biology minor. i.e. minimum requirements met for many MPH-biostats programs. If I have to go back and take linear alegbra, retake calculus so it's more recent, or whatever else before actually starting the Master's, at this point I don't think it's worth it. I mean I do have to eat and pay rent.. 2 professional conference presentations and 3 publication co-authorships w/ the company mentioned above GRE: N/A, will be taking in a few months most likely
  6. Hello, I did a bachelor's in biology and environmental science, with only one 400 level statistics course. I'm taking further math classes at a community college right now, before applying for an MS in Biostatistics. I know my limited math background already puts me in a bad spot, but I'm unsure about my picks for recommendation letters as well. I was wondering if it matters that my writers dont all have PhDs, esp since only 1 is in math. Right now, I have one biology professor (PHD bio), one environmental science professor (MS env sci) and the stats lecturer (he wasnt a professor. MS applied math) They all know me well, but is that good enough?
  7. Hi guys, it's my first post here. I plan to apply for PhD program in Biostatistics in 2018 Fall. Can anyone help decide which programs to apply for? I understand that my profile doesn't look good as compared to others that I have seen on the site. Thanks in advance! Undergrad Institution: Ordinary institution in Asia (2011-2015) Major(s): Statistics GPA: 88/100 Type of Student: male, international GRE General Test: Q 170; V 160; AW 3.5 Programs Applying: PhD in Biostatistics Graduate Institution: Private research institution in New England, ranks 40 (2015-2017) Major(s): Biostatistics Degree: Master of Public Health GPA: 3.8 Research Experience: A few projects in undergrad, published a working paper for a conference, participated in project reports drafting. I worked as RA in my masters program under a research center at School of Medicine. After graduation, I was employed full time as Statistical Data Analyst at the same center. I have done 14 projects with 10 collaborators, mostly physicians at the university teaching hospital. I have submitted 4 manuscripts, and they are under review now. But I'm not sure how many of them would be published by the application deadline. Also I have an oral presentation on APHA annual meeting in Atlanta in November this year. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some awards in college, and a scholarship in UW summer institute 2017 (SISBID) Pertinent Activities,Jobs: I took many math classes in undergrad, algebra, probability theory, advanced calculus, nonparametric statistics, real analysis, multivariate statistics, etc. Most of them were above 85/100. My graduate courses are more applied statistics. Now I'm a full-time employee as Statistical Data Analyst. Letters of Recommendation: One from my statistical courses in grad school, one from a clinician from the teaching hospital who I collaborated with during masters program, and one from my graduate mentor, current employer. They should all be good. Computing Skills: R, SAS, Stata Applying to Where: Boston University, Vanderbilt, Ohio state? Am I too ambitious?
  8. Hi, all, This might be some kind of unusual application. I've been out of school for more than 5 years, and been a data analyst for that long. And I got very low under GPA(2.4) but good MS GPA(3.9). I'm wondering what my chances would be of getting into a phD program, or where should I aim based on my profile. Should I retake my GRE (since only 148 in verbal), or should I take a GRE math subject test even it's not required? Any suggestion would be appreciated, thanks! Below is my profile Undergrad Institution: Top 1 university in my country GPA: 2.38 (very low...) Type of Student: international, female GRE General Test: Q 170; V 148; AW 3.5 Graduate Institution: Top 1 university in my country Major(s): Epidemiology Degree: Master of Science GPA: 3.95 Research Experience: 3 journal publications, but all not first author Pertinent Activities,Jobs: 5+ years data analyst (3+ biostatistician) Letters of Recommendation: 1 from a professor of biostatistics (my master advisor), 1 from my former employer and 1 from current employer. They should all be good. Computing Skills: R and SAS Programs Applying: PhD in Biostatistics/Statistics Want to Apply to: - John Hopkins (Biostat) - U Michigan (Biostat and Stat) - U Minnesota (Biostat) - Emory (Biostat) - Iowa State (Stat) - NC Stat (Stat) - UC Davis (Stat) - U Pittsburgh (Biostat) or any other suggested institution
  9. Undergrad Institution: Low-ranked non-flagship state school Major: Mathematics, CS minor GPA: 3.95 (4.0 in math) Type of Student: DWM Upper Division Courses: Real I/II, Mathematical Statistics, Categorical Data Analysis, Abstract Algebra, DEQ, Set Theory (grad level) GRE: 169V/170Q/5.5W Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Generic math department awards/ high gpa awards Research experience: Past summer at top 15 biostatistics department in clinical trials, two working papers in stat, one r&r in graph theory Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Student teaching assistant in math department Letters of Recommendation: Math department chair, young stat professor from department, leader of data coordinating center from top 15 biostat department Research Interest: Clinical trials, specifically Phase I and Phase II (I want small grant hell for the rest of my life), and structural neuroimaging (Plan) to apply to (PhD Biostatistics Programs): Harvard Johns Hopkins UNC Michigan Emory Minnesota Florida State (hopefully safety) SMU (hopefully safety) Possibly (PhD Statistics): Purdue Texas A&M South Carolina (safety) Random: Notre Dame AMSC (one adviser in particular) I worry I may be aiming too high on the biostats side. I would love anyone's opinion/advice! Thank you all in advance.
  10. Hi, I am currently preparing my application for master's ( and Phd ) degree in Biostatistics. I am wondering if my background is good enough to apply for a few top ten programs. Also which are safe/ambitious for MS/ Phd. Undergrad/grad Institution: One of the old IITs Major: BS MS (dual degree) Mathematics and Scientific computing GPA: 3.8/4.0 (MS), 3.2 ( BS ) Type of Student: Asian Male Relevant Courses: Except for C in Probability & Statistics, all A, A* or B in: Probability & Statistics, Applied Stochastic Process, Time Series Analysis, Regression Analysis, Non-Linear Regression, Inference-I, Mathematical modelling, Numerical computation, Theory of Computation, Ordinary/Partial Differential Equations, Complex Analysis, bioinformatics and computational biology Data Structures & Algorithms, Probabilistic Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Financial Engineering GRE: V152 Q170 W3.5 TOEFL: Awaiting score Research Experience: Did an intern at IISc Bangalore, related to Markov Chains ( after my 2nd yr, so not much significant ); Will be starting my MS project on biostats this semester Recommendation: All from home school (1 strong, 2 moderate) Awards/Honors: KVPY fellowship awardee School of Interests: Johns Hopkins UMich Wisconsin Madison Columbia Yale Brown Boston University UNC Georgetown University of Minnesota, Twin Cities University of Pittsburgh UBC and SFU (joint) Waterloo UToronto McGill Thanks for your help!
  11. Hi, I am currently preparing my application for master's degree in Biostatistics. I am wondering if my background is good enough to apply for a few top ten programs since I received a C in Calculus I, which worries me a lot (however, I received A+ in Calculus II: Multivariate Calculus). I appreciate any advice, thank you! Undergrad/grad Institution: The best university in my country Major: Psychology BS GPA: 3.86/4.0 Type of Student: Asian Male Relevant Courses: Except C in Calculus I, all A+ or As in: Calculus II (Multivariate Calculus), Linear Algebra, Intermediate Statistics, Advanced Statistics I & II, Multivariate Analysis, Theory of Probability, Intro to Stochastic Modeling, Numerical Analysis, Computer Programming in Statistical Analysis, Applied Linear Statistical Models, Discrete Mathematics GRE: V162 Q169 W4.0 Research Experience: currently finding... Awards/Honors: Academic Excellence Award*2 Dean's List School of Interests: Johns Hopkins UMich Columbia Yale UCLA Brown Boston University Thanks for your help!
  12. Hey, I am a Canadian looking to apply to (Bio)statistics programs for the Fall 2018 term. I think my profile would do pretty well at some Canadian universities, but I have no clue what my chances are at US universities and I don't want to spend too much money on a bunch of schools that will likely reject me. So here's my profile. Please let me know what you (honestly) think. Undergrad Institution: One of the big Math/Statistics schools in Canada (one of U of T, U of Waterloo, UBC) Major(s): Statistics and Math Minor(s): GPA: Cumulative: 3.89/4.0, Major: 3.93/4.0 Type of Student: Canadian Male Calculus 1-3 (A+, A, A-). Linear Algebra 1-2: (A, A-). Advanced calculus / introductory real analysis (A+). Abstract Algebra 1-2 (A+, A+). Mathematical Logic (A+). Mathematical Statistics (a la Bain/Engelhardt, A+). Regression (A+). Computational methods in Statistics (A+). Introductory stochastic processes (A+). I haven't taken the GREs yet. GRE General Test: N/A Q: V: W: Programs Applying: Statistics and Biostatistics Research Experience: One part time RA with a Statistics professor. One full time RA with a different Statistics professor. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: NSERC USRA (I believe this is similar to REUs in the US) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked as a Software Engineer at a couple tech companies and as a Junior Statistician at a medical institution. Letters of Recommendation: Probably 4. Did research in some capacity with all 4. At least two of them should be very good. Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Dropped a math course to make time for part-time research. This might be seen as a bad thing. Also, I am currently working on a paper but it likely won't be published until after I submit my application. However, one of my letters of rec will likely speak about it. Applying to Where: Have not decided yet. I'm looking for input here. I am heavily biased towards universities in (or close to) larger cities and schools that accept many applicants. As such, I've currently thought of: (All Statistics and/or Biostatistics PhD) Columbia Harvard UWashington-Seattle University of Minnesota - twin cities UCLA Boston University Emory North Carolina State University UChicago UPenn I'll also apply to a few Canadian schools. Thanks for your help!
  13. About me: I graduated 5 years ago with a BA in English & Spanish. After working in public health for about a year I went on to do a MS in Epidemiology, which I loved and did well in. Both degrees were done in the UK. Moved back to the US 2 years ago thinking I might want to go to medical school, so have been working in clinical research at a large academic school and taking med-school pre-reqs (bio, physics, chemistry, biochem, etc) on the side. After working closely with physicians and getting to see a lot of different elements of clinical medicine/research, I am reconsidering my career path (again...), and am becoming more interested in the research/bioinformatics side of medicine. Luckily my MS was quantitatively strong and I have taken classes in calculus, biostats, bayes, and infectious disease modeling already. For those accepted to, pursuing, or graduated from a PhD in stats/biostats...what do you think my chances of acceptance are? If 0, what would improve them? Thanks for your advice!
  14. Hello all, So my name is John Thomas, rising senior at Ursinus College. I am doing undergraduate research at both Ursinus and Temple, and doing an internship at a national taste testing facility known as RDTeam. I created my own major in Statistics here and am the first of my kind. Starting out as Bio, I had grades in the mid 2's , speaking GPA. I have climbed up to a 3.12 cumulative and will be taking probability in the fall. This is also when I will be applying but my fear is that I will not be considered since I will not have taken 3 courses in my major (Differential Equations, Mathematical Statistics, and Linear Regressions) at the time of my application. I would ideally like to get into a PhD program right out of college but I fear without these courses on my transcript I will not be able to. What are some ways I can overshadow this, or should I just put all my marbles into starting out as a Masters student? Also, if anyone has any east coast theoretical statistics programs, please list! Thank you all -John
  15. Well, I promised in the other forum that if no one else did this I would. Follow the template below, and post your profiles / results. These posts have been indispensable for future applicants and are extremely helpful for prospective students that have no idea where they should apply / have a shot. Also note that TGC limits the time in which you can edit your post, so you may wish to post your results in your signatures so you can change it (if you haven't already heard back from everywhere / almost everywhere). Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school (such as Big state/Lib Arts/Ivy/Technical/Foreign (Country?)) Major(s): Minor(s): GPA: Type of Student: (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?) GRE General Test: Q: xxx (xx%) V: xxx (xx%) W: x.x (xx%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: xxx (xx%) TOEFL Score: (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) (if applicable) Grad Institution: (school or type of school?) (if applicable) Concentration: GPA: Programs Applying: (Statistics/Operation Research/Biostatistics/Financial Math/etc.) Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications or conference talks etc...) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, etc...) Letters of Recommendation: (what kinds of professors? "well-known" in field? etc.) Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: (Such as connections, grad classes, etc...) Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome) School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
  16. I've narrowed down my final two choices for a PhD beginning Fall '17 to Johns Hopkins University's Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (School of Engineering) and Brown University's Department of Biostatistics (School of Public Health). I've been accepted at both. I'm interested in applied statistics (I have work experience in data science and an M.S. already), so biostatistics sounds like a natural fit. I'm curious about the reputation of the Brown program. It seems small but mighty! My concern is that by going to Brown, I'm throwing away the opportunity to rub shoulders with JHU Biostatistics (they rejected me), but I suspect it's better to like the department you're in rather than the department you're near. I haven't heard much about JHU AMS. Thanks in advance for your $0.02.
  17. Hello! I have applied to multiple Statistics and Biostatistics Ph.D programs and have begun hearing back (either admission or interview) from some of the programs! Though I know it is still early in the process and I don't need to decide on a program until the spring, I would love a bit of advice regarding my decision. Currently, I have been admitted into the University of MN Biostatistics Ph.D Program and received full funding + stipend (huge relief). I am very excited about this program and the work they are doing. However, I have an interview with Dartmouth's QBS program in a few weeks and, though I know I have not yet been admitted, I am curious how it stacks up against some other large institutions. I know it is a fairly new program and does not appear in most Biostats program rankings. However, it seems like they are conducting a lot of very interesting research and cultivate a great environment. Does anyone have any insight regarding this program? Is it largely unranked because it's new? Would it be much more beneficial to my future to choose a program such as the UMN? Any insight would be wonderful! Thanks!
  18. I am an international student from the subcontinent with almost four years of job experience in academia and a few publications in internationally recognized biostatistics and public health journals. I couldn't prepare for GRE adequately by January of this year and scored around mid 310s. I applied to several US universities for PhD in Biostatistics with that score. Later, I reappeared for the GRE and scored 328 (Q: 168, V: 160). I reappeared for GRE immediately because I thought none would take me this year and that I didn't want to wait and let the vocabularies fade away from my memory. But I couldn't submit this score anywhere as the deadlines of most good schools were already over. Recently, I have got a fully funded offer of admission from UPitt Biostatistics. I am really surprised at that. But at the same time, now I have a feeling like I should decline the offer and wait for the next cycle. Because with my latest GRE score I may find higher ranked schools. But I am extremely confused if that will really help or just be a gamble. Because from this year's experience, I think it is difficult to get admission in a PhD program as an international student. So is it worth taking the risk? The other thing I can do is accepting the offer and then try to switch next year. But that seems `unethical' to me to some extent because accepting a program means giving them a commitment. Moreover, the other schools where I wish to apply may take it negatively if I want to switch from another US institution. Your thoughts on this can help shape my decision. Really looking forward to hearing from you!
  19. Hi everyone, I have been admitted to a few M.S. programs in biostatistics, but have narrowed my choices - for a variety of reasons - to the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Even though I might be interested in obtaining a Ph.D., I wasn't ready to commit to that yet so my preference was for an M.S. first. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with or observations of the two programs. I know Michigan is ranked slightly higher than Penn (~#4 vs #8), but not sure if that really makes a big difference? Penn's program is housed in the Medical School, while Michigan's is affiliated with the School of Public Health. Seems relevant even though course requirements look about the same. Penn requires a thesis and comprehensive exams even if you're not applying to the Ph.D. program - thoughts? Both programs seem to accept people into their PhD programs from the M.S. (application required of course) but it seems more common or more likely at Michigan...? The biggest issue: I have been notified that I'll get funding at Michigan, but no word yet from Penn. Does anyone know how likely Penn is to fund M.S. students? I am leaning toward Michigan for that reason, but Penn's location is a bit better for me personally. Thanks in advance for any comments. BTW, in case it matters, I am a US citizen just graduating from undergrad (Stat major, bio minor, top 10 research univ.).
  20. I have been accepted to the master's program in biostatistics at University of Texas Health Science Center. If anybody can share their insights about the program, and also about the job scenario in Houston then it would be really helpful. I urge all the experienced members to kindly share their thoughts. Thanks in advance.
  21. For those of you who are currently enrolled or have completed a PhD in math/stats/biostats how was your time split up during your first year between: Coursework Teaching Research Other(?) I know not every program is the same and that some students may have teaching duties waived so I am just trying to get a general sense of what to expect.
  22. I got several official letter in biostatistics phd program. After Ph.D., I hope to continue my biostatistical research as post-doc and professor. I'm wondering the future career in biostatistics after Ph.D. as follow universities. NYU, Miami, Indiana, Arizona, Wisconsin-Madison, South Carolina, Penn State, UC San Diego, University of Florida. The thing is that they are not included in the ranking of biostatistics phd program because those programs are belonging to medical school.
  23. Could you advise or comment me any evaluation and information in below universities? Those all are Biostatistics Ph.D. Indiana University - Purdue University (IUPUI)/ NYU/ Virginia Commonwealth University(VCU)/ University of Illinois-Chicago/ University of Florida Let's talk about that. Thank you very much.
  24. I'm fortunate enough to have been accepted into both Harvard and the University of Washington's PhD programs for biostatistics. I'm not entirely sure whether I want to go into academia or industry; while UW has a reputation for being much more rigorous/theoretical, I'm fairly confident you can go either direction in both programs if you make the appropriate curriculum/research choices. A lot of the people in my life are pushing for Harvard-- but the most often cited reason is that the lay prestige of Harvard is that much greater (which would come into play especially if I went into industry) and the opportunities to network and so forth in the non-tech sector are better in the Harvard/the Boston area. Fair points, to be sure. But does anybody in this forum have any thoughts about the pros/cons of either of these two programs, or about the value of attending a school with more lay prestige? (Once again, this is really the nicest of possible dilemmas and I realize I'll probably be fine wherever I end up.)
  25. Hi everyone, I have been recently admitted to some master programs in biostatistics: UW, Pittsburgh, Michigan, JHU, Minnesota, and Yale. I am not sure if I would love to go for a Ph.D. after graduation, or probably I would choose different programs, e.g. epidemiology. Currently, I am choosing from JHU and UW, both of which are prestigious and well-known in the field. The costs of attendance are similar since JHU provides some fellowships. Seattle seems a better place to live but would be more expensive than Baltimore, whereas Baltimore has some reputations for the crime. I would appreciate if you would provide some insights or share some experience of living in both cities. Thanks!