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  1. I'm an international student from India and I've been offered admission to Duke and USC for an MS in BME. I've spoken to a lot of people from both colleges, and I seem to get the general idea that USC is a great place primarily because of its location in California where there are a lot of BT/Biomed companies. But I'm still pretty torn between them, since Duke has a great program and offers me the flexibility to really explore what I like. As somebody who wants to enter the industry, I'm not sure if I should pick the much lower ranked program/good location, or great program/okay location. Any sights?
  2. I am currently trying to decide between Yale, Harvard and Duke, and I have the best tuition package by far from Duke. My question is whether the classroom experience is as rigorous as it might be at Harvard or Yale-- assuming Harvard and Yale classroom experiences are all that rigorous. Does anyone have any insight?
  3. Hey all, I've been accepted into Umich (MS in Applied Statistics) and Duke (MA in Economics) while still waiting for news from Cornell. Anyway I am hesitating a lot between these two schools...Duke probably enjoys a better reputation worldwide but to be honest I prefer Statistics than Economics. Another great thing about Duke I heard is that students are allowed to get enrolled in a wide range of courses and I don't know yet if this is the case in Umich. I also have the desire to continue my study in a doctoral level after Master and I suppose both programs will offer me some opportunities regarding to this? Please give me some input on this regard and any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much!
  4. Hi all, Decision day is right around and wanted this forum's insight on making this decision. Both of the school has offered me equal scholarships ~30k per year, so in case of financial bit, both are equal (I know folks who got more than this). Even though Yale seems to have a loan from university for international students as well to cover the balance of the cost, so that is a plus. However for Energy specialization, program wise Duke seems better. Also, the internship support is better I hear (Stanback and others) but would need further verification on this. I want to primarily go into consulting so I would ideally like to look into Business specialisation as well - some of its electives seem to be interesting. Hence, Yale's flexibility seems to more fit for this compared to Nicholas. Certainly Yale name recognition is higher, since I am from Nepal - I know a lot of Yale FES graduates alumni here in high positions but didn't find any for Duke/Nicholas. I would love to hear what others think of this.
  5. AnanjayaTyagi

    Is MS in ECE at Duke worth the debt?

    Hello everyone, I have received admits from both DUke and NCSU. In Duke I have been offered MS in ECE whose cost is $77,000 for one academic year but the program rank is in top 20's according to USNEWS. The other admit is from NCSU for MS in Computer Engineering. Now, though the rank of the program is in top 40's but the program cost is $45,000 ish. Living expenses are similar due to them being close to each other. I am in a dilemma, whether to go for the better program with high cost, for which I will be taking loans or to go for the low price and okayish program. Also, Duke has a very strong alumnus and reputation. It's ECE program offers various software courses of my interest. My question basically is that which University is better in terms of placement? In which University will I get better returns?(keeping in mind the cost of the programs) If you guys have more points that I should take into consideration, kindly feel free to post it. Thank you
  6. Hi everyone! Just heard back from Duke that I got admitted into the CMB (Cell and Molecular Biology) program. I’m glad to go back to where I did a wonderful summer internship before, but as I got another offer from the CMDB (Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics) program at Johns Hopkins previously, it turns out to be a tough decision to make. I am an international student from China and my research interest is developmental biology/stem cell. It seems that both programs will be a good fit for me (several PIs I want to work with, comparable stipend, great resources in academia), but not a perfect one that I can directly say No to the other. They share a lot in common actually, but there are some differences that could be important to my grad study in the future. *Pros: JHU: solid training for grad students, more chances to publish high IF papers, smaller lab size, a prestigious school in cell biology, low cost of living Duke: close relationship to the medical school, more familiar with Durham, more research on stem cell/regenerative medicine, amazing school spirit *Con: JHU: Baltimore, know little about the vibe and cohort, less connection to the medical school (Research in Johns Hopkins medical school is well-known, but faculty in the CMDB program are mainly in the Homewood Campus), less research on regenerative medicine Duke: Fewer big papers in recent years (in my field?), fewer rotations, lower ranking in biology (I know ranking doesn’t mean anything but might indicate something?) If anyone has been admitted or is currently in these programs and know these programs well, please let me know! Any help will be much appreciated! Thanks!
  7. TalkPoliticsToMe

    Funding Considerations - Advice Needed

    Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission to an MPP program? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it, however, I am not sure I can do that much better. This is the one portion of my application that is causing me anxiety. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major) and I will have five years of work experience by the time I enroll. Most of my experience is in private sector within the healthcare industry. Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  8. Hi Everyone, I have been admitted into UT Austin's MSBA and Duke's MQM program but I'm unable to decide which one would be better. Any thoughts?
  9. Goals/Interests: Econometrician/Biostatistician, or a Statistician/Data Scientist with domain/research focus in the biotech venture capital industry. (Or, some ‘correct’ combination of these or related labels that might be more appropriate…) Beyond market/industry research, I would also like to focus on understanding the underlying statistical methodologies and techniques being applied in medicine/biotechnology/health science (i.e. machine learning's application etc. etc.…) My goal is to convince a biotech venture capital firm that they could benefit from employing a statistician/data scientist with these particular domain interests/research experiences. Ideally, I would love to have experience on the funding side of early stage start-ups in the hopes that I could build on my academic + industry experiences in order to one day veer down an entrepreneurial path of my own (…ideally in the biotech sphere) Location: Ideally VC firms in 1. NYC, 2. SF or LA (or… firms with a combination of both NYC and a California location…) Also, I want to note these are my “perfect-world/have-my-cake-and-eat-it-too” scenarios. I recognize they are lofty Should note, re-evaluating obtaining a PhD at some point in the future would not be unthinkable (especially if it might tie in well with the other above-mentioned goals) On a side, I feel I have a decent tie back to NYC having interned in the city, and having completed the course-work equivalent of Columbia University's major requirements in their joint Mathematics-Statistics major. (Completed through a non-degree post-baccalaureate program after graduating with a degree in economics from a separate institution). I mention this as I am not sure whether Berkeley or Duke has higher employer standing in NYC...and whether or not it will matter given I already have (what I think) is already a decent tie back to the city Berkeley States the program prepares for industry rather than PhD One year Capstone: team-based learning experience on real-world problem I think strong industry placement Incoming class of 40 No financial package, mention of guaranteed research assistant positions, or internship requirement I would assume because the program is so short/condensed Duke: States the program is attractive to industry employers and for bridging to Ph.D. 2 years Financial package, guaranteed TA and RA positions, required thesis or portfolio of work, required internship Bootcamp orientation Research Assistant-ship may or may not be used in thesis requirement Incoming class of 40 Alumni review: statistically rigorous, globally recognized faculty, Bayesian and ML approaches, modeling and computation (creates better career options), small class size, class projects with real data, in-house career counseling and advising, collaborative and collegial environment Areas: PhD/Research, Data Science, Health Data Science, Finance & Economics, Marketing Research and Business Analytics, Social Science & Policy Formal Mentoring in the first year (faculty) meet once a month 3 faculty serve as advisory role, at least 2 full-time primary faculty in Statistical Science, 1 committee chair Admission statistics look very similar to Berkeley’s Strong Industry and Academic Placement My intuition: Duke is a better fit. I feel two years would be ideal in gaining the technical skills + research experience + internship experience I am seeking (and I am not in a break-neck rush) It seems there is more emphasis on mentor-ships, and on academic + career development Prestige in industry seems equivalent at Masters level (maybe Duke is ‘winning’?) Prestige in academia – at the Masters level – seems 'Duke > Berkeley' Duke seems to be slightly more expensive on an annual basis (after factoring in the financial package offered) (however, I would be paying twice as much as I would for Berkeley in total because I would be paying for the extra year at Duke that I already desire…which ultimately is OK with me) Question/Advice: Any advice, thoughts, questions on anything mentioned would be greatly appreciated! Or, if you know of anyone that might be worth speaking to, please PM me! The Big Q: Am I wrong in assuming that Duke is the clear choice for me given the goals I’ve mentioned? Is there something I am completely missing about Berkeley that I should be taking in? Or, is my take utterly wrong in every possible way 🤣😅) Other relevant Threads: https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/89766-ucb-vs-duke-vs-yale-vs-usf-analytics/ Duke vs. UCB vs. Yale vs. USF Masters https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/39107-stats-program-by-tiers/ (Not sure if this by master or PhD? If it was mentioned in the thread somewhere and I missed it, then I apologize!)
  10. Hi everyone! I'm trying to decide between statistics doctoral programs. My top choices at this point are Duke, the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (with a fellowship that exempts me from teaching/service obligations for my first year and two additional semesters of my choice), and NC State (with a fellowship for the first year). Duke and Michigan offered comparable stipends. NC State's stipend was slightly lower, but they suggested that they could try to match other offers. I'm interested in the research at all three schools, even though there are major differences. I am finishing my Bachelor's in math, and I haven't yet delved heavily into any specific area of statistics. However, I have really enjoyed that probability theory classes I've taken as well as the applied statistics and computer science projects/research that I have undertaken. In essence, I could foresee my future research taking a variety of directions, so this is less of a deciding factor (at the moment). In terms of my career goals, I have always wanted to become a professor, so I hope to pursue a tenure-track faculty position eventually after I finish my doctoral studies. As of now, I'm leaning towards Michigan, Duke, and NC State in that order (which is very tentative). Michigan's fellowship was very appealing, and they also offered to cover relocation expenses and dental insurance. I might be biased because I am originally from the Midwest, and it's honestly my favorite part of the country (unpopular opinion). The weather is not a problem for me, but the isolation of Ann Arbor is slightly detracting (whereas the proximity of SAMSI to NC State and Duke is very appealing). I just visited Duke and NC State, and they both had beautiful campuses and very friendly faculty and students. However, I was slightly concerned that NC State seems to have a high percentage of domestic students who fail the qualifying exams. My questions mainly are: 1) Is there a major difference between Duke, Michigan, and NC State in terms of rigor and/or potential for landing a post-doc at a strong program? 2) I'm also considering offers from lower ranked programs: UNC Chapel Hill, Purdue (with a fellowship), Emory (biostatistics), UC Davis, and Texas A&M. Is there a notable difference in the prestige of these programs compared to Duke, Michigan, and NC State? How accurate/reliable/useful are the US News rankings? Thank you so much for any input!!!!!!
  11. How do I select between the following- 1. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor- School for Environment and Sustainability- MSc in Natural Resources and Environment- Specialization in Sustainable Systems 2. Duke University- Nicholas School of Environment- Master of Environmental Management- concentration in Energy and Environment 3. Penn State University- MSc in Energy and Mineral Engineering concentration in Energy Management and Policy 4. Cornell University- MSc in Mechanical Engineering- concentration in Energy and Sustainability 5. Carnegie Mellon University- MS in Energy Science, Technology and Policy concentration in Civil and Environmental Engineering with Integrated Studies in Computer Science 6. University of California Davis- MSc- Energy Systems concentration in Energy Policy and Management 7. TU Delft- MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology- cluster in Solar and Economics
  12. Anybody who is applying to MEM programs in Yale FES, Duke Nicholas School, UCSB Bren, etc.?
  13. Hello I am a prospective MPA/MPP/M.Dev student and I have applied to a couple of policy and administration programs for the Fall 2019 session. My grades in my earlier education are not good especially in Statistics and Calculus. I am not too hopeful that I will be getting admits at good colleges this session as my essays were also not upto the mark. I am ready to put in serious efforts for the next year application cycle and I want to start with the prerequisite courses (Stats and Calculus). I was wondering where can I take such courses for which credit are accepted by colleges like HKS, WWS, Chicago, Sanford etc (Coursera and eDx are not accepted as mentioned in the college websites). Although open to both online/offline, my preference remains online courses as I am located in India. Please let me know Thanks
  14. TalkPoliticsToMe

    MPP GRE Score: 307 low?

    Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major). Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  15. Hi all, I'm thinking about applying to Duke (both ThD and PhD), Chicago, and Fuller for a PhD in theology (with an emphasis on theological ethics, political theology, modern theology (19th century European)). I would love to hear feedback from some people with experience regarding my chances for acceptance. I have two major concerns about my credentials, but I'll lay out my profile to provide some context. B.A. in Philosophy from Rutgers University. (GPA 2.0) <-- first major point of concern-- I was NOT in a good place at the time, struggling with depression and probably generally was too immature. M.Div Westminster Theological Seminary (GPA 3.65) M.Th University of Edinburgh (67.5% -- 2:1 honors) According to the Fulbright UK-US Commission, the UK mark conversion to US goes something like this: 65-69 --> 2:1 honors --> 3.7 GPA, 70+ --> 1st Class honors --> 4.0 GPA I received a 70 on my dissertation portion. I had one rogue negative mark (48%) in one of my classes due to severe illness. Without this one class, my cumulative average jumps up to 70% which would have made me eligible for graduation with distinction and 1st class honors. I was also the Postgraduate Taught Masters Programme Student Representative I've received feedback from two professors who know me well, one of whom is a very well established scholar in the field of theology and society/politics (David Fergusson) at UoE and they both said they are happy to write a strong reference for me. Fergusson especially was one of the markers for my dissertation and I also received a 71 in his class. The prof for whose class I received the low mark told me he'd be willing to write a note to explain that my mark would have been significantly higher if not for the late penalty for a paper submitted due to illness. I have presented 2 papers at two separate academic conferences, and I have 1 published book review. I have not yet taken the GRE, but I will be taking it in a week. The Practice Test from ETS PowerPrep marked me at 163V, 151Q and a practice test from Princeton Review at me at 163V, 150Q, 5.5AW. That was from about 2 months ago, and I've been studying aggressively since then to brush up on my math, so I believe both my verbal and my math would see some improvement when I take it next week. I also have, as part of my M.Th degree, a 15,000 word dissertation written. I've worked hard since finishing my undergrad to make up for my past flaws, but that one negative mark on my Edinburgh record is haunting me. I know that both Duke and Chicago are extremely competitive, so I don't know to what realistic extent I can actually compensate for my undergrad record with my UoE record. The negative mark doesn't help either. Does anyone with experience at either of these schools have some honest, blunt feedback for how competitive (or not) I'd be as a candidate? Sorry for the long wall of text and thanks in advance for any feedback you guys can give me!
  16. I’ve been accepted to a number of masters programs, of which I’m seriously considering the following: - LSE's Msc. in Economics (2 year programme) - Duke's MS in Economics and Computation (40% tuition waiver) - Columbia's MA in Economics - NYU's MA in Economics - Tufts' MS in Economics (80% tuition waiver plus TAship) I currently work as an analyst for a government agency with a pretty heavy research component. My goal is to eventually pursue a PhD, though I’m not as competitive a candidate as I’d like to be quite yet (missing certain courses, eg real analysis, and less than stellar grades during first half of college). The plan is to use this degree as a sort of Econ post-bacc, and maybe a launching point for a better RA position (I’ve applied to a ton, but never made it past the final round). Any thoughts on where I should go? Leaning towards Duke currently.
  17. I have been accepted into the Duke MS Economics and Computation program. I wanted to know the reviews of this particular program. What is the cost of the attendance? Also I wanted to know about the funding, financial aid and availability of student jobs.
  18. I saw that someone posted that they got into the Master of Environmental Management program for F17, and if someone is willing to claim it, when did you submit the application? I spoke with the office and they said admissions was rolling so I wanted to see when I should expect to hear back.
  19. Hi everyone! I recently applied to sociocultural anthropology masters programs as well as east asian studies masters programs because I was interested in studying east asian countries through an anthropological lens. I was accepted into Duke (interdisciplinary), Columbia(socio anthro), Oxford (socioanthro), and UPenn(east asian). I already rejected UPenn because their east asian studies program seemed to be focused on history whereas I wanted to focus more on contemporary. To be honest though, I am not completely set on whether or not I want to study east asian cultures just yet and was hoping I could figure that out in the master's program before I apply for PhD in the US for anthro (which is the plan for the future). I've been getting different advice from different professors and different PhD students about their experiences so it's been really hard for me to choose, especially because I don't want to regret my choice later. On the one hand, Duke seems to be a good choice because I know they are known for race and gender within the anthro department and that's something I'm really interested in and would allow me to work with great advisors. Not to mention that the interdisciplinary would give me a chance to study race/gender in East Asian countries. But on the other hand, Columbia and Oxford would allow me to look at things in a broader perspective- afterall, I AM Asian American so wouldn't the interdisciplinary track kind of make me look like I tried to find the easy way out as a potential PhD candidate later? I'm so conflicted and would love the general opinions about the anthro masters programs in these schools. I really appreciate it everyone :) thank you in advance!!!!
  20. Help! The decision is right around the corner, and I need to start mentally preparing for this (huge) life change/decision. For anyone who has considered, attended, or decided - where do I pursue my MEM, Duke or Yale? I visited Duke, and I could tell it was a great program. The administration is clearly willing to help students out financially, supportive with research and work opportunities, and they consistently tout their alumni network as one of the best. Many people seem to say Duke really emphasizes building concrete technical skills, and that it might be easier to find a job upon graduation. HOWEVER, I don't know if I felt like I "fit". Maybe because I'm an introvert and prospective student weekends are always overwhelming. Also, I love cities and Durham felt quite small when I visited its campus*. On the other side: Yale has always been my dream school. I love the idea of how much flexibility they offer, and in some ways, their classes sound more exciting to me (I'm a sucker for more qualitative, theoretical classes). I've heard some criticism that Yale F&ES students might not as well prepared, but from my conversations, Yale has many client-based projects that students can work on. I know they are introducing required professional skill workshops this year, and it seems like I could select classes that are more focused on skill-building. Yale has been the goal for a few years, but Duke also offered me a bit more money (and my impression is that cost of living would be less). How much weight do I give to anticipated loan debt? Do I choose the school based on what "feels right", or one that has a better reputation in terms of professional skills? *Caveat - I will be visiting Yale in a few days, so maybe this clarify my thoughts.
  21. Hello guys, Iam a 2018 MS in Data Science aspirant, and have received admission offer from UIUC and Duke University. Based on the following points, can you share your thoughts on which university should I finalize: The program at UIUC is "MS in Statistics with a concentration in Analytics", offered by the Department of Statistics, and the Duke program is "MS in interdisciplinary Data Science", offered by Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and Information Initiative at Duke (IID). Curriculum wise, I like both the programs equally well. The only difference is that the Duke's program offers greater flexibility and includes a capstone project during second year of Masters. The UIUC program is an established, old program. On the other hand, Duke's program would have it's inaugural class in Fall 2018. Both the programs are 2 years long. The total tuition fees for UIUC would be $55000, whereas at Duke it would be $94300. The class size at Duke would be 30-35 students, compared to 60-70 students at UIUC.
  22. Hi everyone, I am currently in the process of deciding which grad school to attend and could really use some advice. I know I have some great options but each one seems to have its pros and cons. I was accepted into MIT and Duke's mechanical engineering PhD program and Georgia Tech's Robotics program. My interest is medical robotics and as of now I plan to go into industry after graduation. Listed are the pros and cons of each school. Georgia Tech: pros - I received a prestigious medical robotics 2 year fellowship. This fellowship would let me choose who I work with and I have already met, and like, some of my potential advisers. There is plenty of research I am interested in. I plan to go into industry eventually and the school has affiliations with some companies I would be interested in working for. I really like their Robotics program and I like the location and the people generally speaking. cons - Georgia Tech does not have the same prestige and name recognition as MIT. Also, if I were to change my mind and decide to stay in academia, I've been told it would be much harder to get a postdoc position. Duke: pros - Similar to Georgia Tech. I received a really nice 2 year fellowship. I know who my adviser would be and like him (based on the brief time I talked to him on visit weekend) and am very interested in the research. It is my ideal place to live and I really liked the other grad students I interacted with. Also, basketball (just kidding). cons - Duke is not known for robotics and there aren't as many options lab-wise if something were to not work out with my adviser. MIT: pros - The name carries a lot of weight. MIT guarantees funding. Because MIT makes you get your masters first, then PhD, if I am unhappy there, I could always leave with my masters. There is a lot of research I am interested in. It would set me up well for an industry position or an academia position. cons - It seems that most of the RA offers go out in the summer so I have no idea who I would be working with or what research I would be doing. Several grad students said there is a chance you end up having to work in an area you are not interested in, which is concerning. I really did not like the campus or the area and just did not have a good over-all feeling. This may be due to the fact that I was only able to visit for one day and was very rushed. Also Boston is very expensive. My professors say I would be crazy to not go to MIT but so many other people have told me that adviser is THE most important thing. If I turn down MIT, would I be throwing away an amazing opportunity for something not as good? Which factors should I put the most weight on? Any pros or cons that I am missing? Any advice would be greatly appreciated especially since the deadline is fast approaching!
  23. I am deciding between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill for a Chemistry Ph.D. I know UNC has a stronger chem program overall but I am looking to do more chem bio with biomed applications, and Duke has one of the best med schools. In terms of research groups, they're pretty balanced with 2-3 groups at each school that I could work for. So in re: pros/cons, UNC and Duke are tied for me. My question is: are students happier/less stressed at Duke or at UNC? I get that UNC has a top program and that likely comes with additional stress, but is it so bad I should choose Duke instead? I know that the programs at Columbia, Stanford, etc. are pretty cutthroat and stress-inducing and I am wondering if that is the case at UNC.
  24. brainlass

    Duke 2018

    Hi everyone! Has anybody else going to Duke for Fall 2018? (I see that there's a new Duke thread on the board, but I wanted to make one that is not program-specific.) I'll be accepting my PhD offer for the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program.
  25. I'm fortunate to have been accepted to both programs. Based solely on research faculty and rankings, which is stronger? I can't find much information regarding the biostats program. Is it clumped together with the bio, med, or stats dept? In addition, if I'm looking for industry work which would look stronger? If you have any info regarding internal PhD conversion rates or on whether Duke's program has been on the up and up please let me know!!
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