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  1. Hey everyone, I am applying next fall to Econ PhDs, shooting for something in the top 15. I had a 3.8 in undergrad in International Affairs - although had a B+ in a Principles of Macro class, and I'm finishing up a Master's in Development Economics with a 3.9 including a few A+'s in upper level theory and econometrics classes. 95th percentile quant GREs. About 2 years of solid RA experience and an internship at a leading development research group. My math backround is as follows: A in Calc for Business and Economics (UG), As in several statistics courses (UG), A in Elementary Linear Algebra (UG), A in Introduction to Formal Methods (UG), A- in Real Analysis (Graduate), A- in Math for Economists (Graduate). I decided to take Calc III this semester despite never really going through the normal calc sequence to try to check the calc box for admissions committees, and the class is killing me!!! I think that there is a very small chance I'll get anything more than a C. My question is how much would a W hurt my application? Given time and money constraints I won't be able to take another calc class before its time to apply next fall. Thanks for any advice you have.
  2. I'm a junior (pure) mathematics and physics double major and I have decided to pursue a masters degree in computer science upon graduation. One of the professors at CMU exposed me to Python during high school, and he basically planted the seed. Taking a course in computational physics last year reinvigorated my love for the computer science and programming, so here I am now! My general question is: what can I do to best set myself up when I start applying to schools next year? Here's some background (just so you know what credentials I have as of right now): 3.91 GPA I've been doing research in particle physics for about a year. Trying very hard to publish before I graduate. I will be doing an undergraduate thesis in physics based on this research My advisor (full professor, had him for two of my courses) thinks very highly of me and will write me a solid letter of recommendation 2 academic awards for physics 2 research fellowships I will be able to complete a computer science minor (and then some) before I graduate. What should I be doing to make my application more attractive? Projects? More coursework? Will my physics research be seen as favorable, or should work a computer science internship instead? Would it be bad if I got my letters of recommendation from math/physics professors and not computer science professors? These questions immediately come to mind, but there are many, many more questions to consider. Any advice at all would be helpful!
  3. GRE question

    Hello everyone, I recently took a diagnostic GRE practice test and scored a 156 on verbal and 154 on quant. I was wondering what the likely hood of getting above a 165 on both sections would be. Have any of you been able to increase your score more than 10 points per section? I will be taking the GRE on October 7th. Thank you
  4. GRE Scores

    How many points did you improve your GRE score? What did you start at and what did you finish with?
  5. Hello, I am looking for honest advice about graduate programs that I might have a chance of getting accepted to. I am an upcoming senior majoring in pure math at a small mid-tier private institution. I nearly have a 4.0 GPA (except for an A- in philosophy) and will be taking both the general GRE and math GRE in October. I have taken a variety of proof-based math classes, two comp sci classes, and will be taking probability and statistics soon. I've participated in an REU at my home university and am currently doing research with a different professor at my home university (both these projects were for pure math). I recently submitted a paper (not yet accepted) to a respected journal. I have a strong relationship with many of my professors and I will hopefully have a few good letters of recommendation. I am planning to apply for three fellowships, including the NSF-GRFP. Looking into PhD programs in Statistics, I am unsure if I would be a competitive applicant given that my school is not well-known. I have talked to a Statistics professor from my school who suggested that taking more stats classes would help my application. Because I am pessimistic about getting into a top-tier program for Statistics, I am wondering if anyone has any advice about what schools I could apply to. I don't want to aim too low and prevent myself from getting into a good school. But I am afraid that I might not get into any school at all if I aim too high. Honest feedback and responses are welcome. Thank you!
  6. Hi everyone, I am an international undergraduate student at a US university in Chicago. I am majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science and planning to apply for PhD programs for Fall 2018, focusing on Machine Learning/Deep Learning. I have been doing research in Machine Learning with one of my Math professors for the last couple of months (we were awarded a grant for two terms). By the time of the application deadlines, I will have done approximately one year of research and hope to have written a paper. Here is my profile: Major: Mathematics and Computer Science GPA: 3.95 LORs: All from tenured professors, one is my current research supervisor. (See Question 3 below) Research: As stated above, I have research experience. GRE: V154 (65th%), Q168 (94th%), AWA5.0 (93rd%) Here are my questions: 1) Do you think my overall profile (considering I will have good letters and SOP) would be a strong fit for top 20 schools? 2) Should I take the GRE again in order to get a better Verbal score? (Considering that I want to get into a T20 school) 3) So, my major is NOT a double major. It is a joint major, called Mathematics and Computer Science. Since math and CS have a lot in common, they made it into one single major. However, this major is not offered by the department that offers the Computer Science major. In short, for the last four year, my faculty advisor has been a math professor and I have been doing the ML research with a mathematician/researcher/professor. Although I got A's from all of my CS classes (except for one A- in my first quarter) and the professors of those classes know that I am an A student, I have not done any research or extra activities (e.g. competitions) with them. On the other side, my faculty advisor (who is a Math professor), my research supervisor, and a Math professor who is a graduate of Harvard and MIT (who wanted to try to get me an internship at one of the best software companies through her contacts because she thought I should be hired) can provide me with strong recommendation letters. In this case, considering that I am applying for PhD programs in CS, do you think it would be bad to have all the letters from these Math professors? As I said, although all of my CS professors know me and think that I am a good student, they will probably not be able to state any strong sentences about me in a recommendation letter other than just saying I was a "hardworking" student and received an A from their class. (Also consider that my school runs on a quarter system, meaning that each quarter is 10 weeks. So, when I take a CS class, the professor has 10 weeks to get to know me, rather than 4 months in a semester system). Therefore, who should I ask for recommendation letters? 4) Do you guys have any program/researcher recommendations for me for the PhD? (AI/ML/DL) Thanks in advance.
  7. GRE: To Retake or Not

    Hi all, I recently got my GRE Scores: 165V / 163Q / 4.0AW Those are decent scores but I am wondering whether I should do a retake. I am quite happy with my Verbal . However, I am not sure about my Quantitative. 163 is a high score, but then again, I am applying to Applied Math programs which require high quant scores as minimums. I am also an international applicant; so I am assuming my requirements are even higher. Any advice?
  8. Hi everyone. I should preface my situation and aspirations with the fact that I realize the following is most likely a pipe dream. That being said, I have been feeling this way for some time and willing to do whatever it takes to change my current situation. Anyway, here it goes... I am in my late 20s and I'm currently a humanities teacher living in Massachusetts. I moved here for my wife's job (which is unique). I love living in this area, however, my career has come to a breaking point. I am no longer happy teaching to middle/high schoolers. I've been teaching for 5+ years and, by standard metrics, I would consider myself a successful teacher. As many of you know, being successful at something does not necessarily have a direct correlation to satisfaction or happiness. I have taken a few Math courses (calc) in undergrad but received low grades in these classes due to lack of effort. I graduated undergrad with a BA in English and grad school with an MA in Education. I am interested in a career within the math field now, but I am completely lost how I could pursue it at this point. Is it at all possible to pursue an advanced degree in Mathematics at this point. Where would I even start? How could I obtain the necessary prerequisites to have a chance? Would you recommend taking classes at a local CC to fulfill some of these requirements? I know research experience is also a key component. Is there any way to have an experience in research? As always, time and money are restraints in this equation. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!
  9. Hi everyone! I am new here so serious help will be greatly appreciated. I am graduating next year with my Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics and I was wondering what is the next best step for me to do. I am determined to get into grad school but I've heard that, for applied math, you have the option to either take a master's or go directly to getting a PhD. My ultimate goal is to get a PhD but getting a master's was what I was expecting to get first. Either way, I just wanted to know what most of you suggest I take: master's or directly get into PhD program? Also, what is the best school that offers a great graduate programs on Applied Math? As of right now, I don't have a specific concentration so a general best school will be fine. Thank you in advance, everyone!!! Have a great day!
  10. Does anyone know anything about the MS program at Miami University in Ohio? It's a terminal, funded Masters, and it seems like a good option for people with unconventional backgrounds who would eventually like to pursue a PhD. I'm trying to gauge what sort of PhD programs Miami graduates get accepted to. The department website doesn't provide this info.
  11. GRE Quant Perfect Score?

    Hi everyone, As a math major looking to get into a quantitative-heavy graduate program (engineering/computational finance/statistics/computer science), I am determined to get a [near] perfect quantitative reasoning score on the GRE. I would be happy with a 165-167 and absolutely thrilled with a 168-170. My question is: how exactly does one achieve these scores? I am still early in my GRE experience, but it seems to me no matter how much GRE math you know, there is usually at least one or two of the 40 (or 50) questions I have to guess on or stumps me with time. Additionally, there are still questions I get wrong from silly mistakes. If you or anyone you know has gotten 90+ percentile quant scores, please elaborate on any of the study methods, preparation, or books used. Thank you! Philip
  12. Hi everyone! So, who's applying for Maths PhDs? Which general field of interest, backgrounds...introduce yourselves!
  13. Hi guys, I'm in a bit of a weird situation. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science (Outside U.S) 1 year ago and since then I've been working as a software engineer. I decided I am going to apply to an Applied Mathematics grad program. The reason being that I've always wanted to pursue my interest in the field of mathematics but due to external factors I could not. Anyway, my background in terms of courses taken is quite insufficient. In the country I studied engineering in, we only have 2 math courses (Engineering Mathematics - 1 and Engineering Mathematics -2). While these do cover Calculus 1,2,3 and some extra topics, it does not go into linear algebra at all and only touches the surface of real analysis. (Although I used to watch linear algebra and various other lectures online out of my own interest during the 4 years of engineering) Since this was the case, immediately after graduating, I decided to self study these topics using online courses and some textbooks and take the GRE Mathematics subject test. Surprisingly I got a very high percentile and this has boosted my confidence for grad school. The question is, will 2 good LORs and a good GRE subject test score be enough to get admitted into a good program/school? How do I explain my lack of courses taken? Is there anything I can do to satisfy these missing credits? If anyone has been in a similar situation or has any advice, please let me know. Thanks in advance.
  14. Hello, I have noticed that a few interview results have been posted over in the admissions results and that someone also denied an interview. Has anyone over here received any results? This is my number one school and I have not received any correspondence yet. Thanks!
  15. Hello There, Currently, I am a post-baccalaureate student in University of Arkansas, Little Rock and I need to take the GRE test within December 2016 to apply for Grad schools. I am just starting to prepare for the test, besides I had to take five courses this semester, which is terrifying. I have three months to prepare and I would like to have a serious study partner who can motivate me and join me in this terrifying three months of journey!!! I am following Magoosh, Manhattan Textbooks, and ETS guides. Email: [email protected] Skype: tiupoma Thank you. -Ishmam
  16. Hi all, long time lurker and first time poster. I am currently a sophomore at one of the best schools for pure math in the country and am relatively advanced in pure math, with a 3.95 GPA overall and graduate coursework in mathematical statistics. However my research experience so far is totally nil and I am not so far ahead at CS, though I am playing catch up big time, as I'm taking algorithms + data structures + ML this spring semester. So you can see how my lack of research is a problem when it comes to my goal: admission to a selective ML PhD program. I am wondering if pure math research experience would be good experience to get for my PhD program app. This summer I have three options. First, I could do a finance internship where I walk away with some nice cash but do no research at all. On the other hand, I could probably do pure math research with a professor at my school. But I simply don't know enough CS to start research in CS this summer, so the third option is just to spend most of summer on MOOC-type stuff getting super far ahead in CS and trying to really crush the research game junior and senior year. What do you recommend?
  17. Hi everyone, Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I'm wondering how I stack up against other applicants to an engineering grad school program. Current programs I'm looking at include petroleum engineering masters at Penn State or University of Texas at Austin (or other relevant schools in Texas). Other engineering programs I am looking to consider, such as nuclear engineering, but I am unsure of what schools to apply to yet. I am a senior graduating from a top public state university in New York with a 3.3 GPA. I am studying BS Mathematical Sciences with a minor in Education. I plan on taking the GRE sometime within this Spring 2017 semester. I am hoping to receive a 165 (hopefully higher) out of 170 on the quantitative section. My verbal wont be nearly as good but I will strive to get a 155 or higher. My writing is good so I'm hoping to receive a 5+. My resume includes 4 years of retail experience, an internship at an insurance company, and plenty extracurricular clubs at my university. Please give me any feedback, suggestions on schools/programs to consider, or any other relevant information regarding what schools I can get into (or how I stack up to the applicant pool for other prospective graduate engineering students). Thank you, Transcending
  18. How about being poor in math?

    I'm an international applicant planning to apply to MA/PhD programs in Philosophy. I wish to specialize in phil of mind, especially consciousness, and have heard that few people including this forum say good math grade is a good sign. Then how about bad math grade? I have poor math grades(about 3.5/4.0) whereas a little bit nicer Philosophy grades (about 3.8-9/4.0). It's not just a problem of my first two years at university. I have got so many Bs throughout all the undergraduate years. So I'm worried that my poor math grades signal my lack of abliity to learn about abstract things which, I think, is crucial to graduate student.
  19. Hi there, I'm just trying to get an idea of what kind of graduate schools I have a chance at. I'd really appreciate any feed back. Undergraduate Institution: Penn State Main / Statistics Major, Math major, econ minor GPA: 3.33/4.0 really bad gpa freshman year but I brought it up. kind of went down last semester a little lol. Around 3.5 average for math and stat classes. Math Courses: Calc 1, 2 (A-), Calc 3 (C), Diff EQ (A), Combinatorics (A-), Into Discrete Math (B-), Into Real Analysis (A-), Intro Probability (A), Matrices (B+), Linear Programming (A), Numerical Computations (A) Stat Courses: Into to Statistical Inference (A), Stochastic Modeling (A), ANOVA (A-), Regression (A), Time Series (B), Non Parametric Stat (B), Survey Sampling (A), Intro to Sas (B+), Intermediate & advanced SAS (A-) Type of Student: Domestic asian female with white person name (so I guess I could put do not answer under ethnicity, not sure if it'll look better as a white or asian female) Research Experience: Did an REU where I learned Bayesian stat. Not very much actual research. So I got recommendation letter from one of the professors who is in charge of it. Currently doing research in the psych department where I'm doing data cleaning in R Letters of Recommendations: 1 probably decent from professor I did reserach with over the summer 2nd one probably decent from adviser who i've known for around 3 years. Got a B+ in her matrices class 3rd one from professor who I didn't do much research with. Got an A in his probability class but a B+ in his stochastic modeling class GRE: V: 155 i think 78% Q: 166 i think 90% W: 4.5 probably 80% Schools I'm planning on Applying to: Penn State Cornell Pittsburgh Iowa State Columbia Purdue I'm really trying to find a school that I can get out with a Masters in one year. If anyone else has any idea what schools I would have a chance at, please let me know. I think I have a pretty good chance at Penn State since that's my undergrad institution but I'd really like to know what my chances are at the other ones on the list, particularly Cornell.
  20. SO the deadline is Dec 1st, my checklist shows that my GRE, TOEFL, Transcripts are still unofficial,,,, I'm worried,,,, what else can I do now?
  21. Hello, So I'm currently taking a linear algebra course which is mostly doing proofs, which I absolutely suck at. I will be applying to one or two graduate schools for an Applied Statistics Masters degree which is a professional degree and different from a masters of science in statistics that focuses on proofs a bit more. Linear algebra proofs don't really have much to do with statistics, but it is a higher level math course and it is my senior year so I worry it will look bad to get a C during the fall semester and be applying to graduate schools in the spring. Please advise because I can take the course in the spring and will probably get a C, but it won't matter because they make decisions in March. It will just kind of screw up my class schedule in the spring because there's a lot of interesting classes I want to take, but it's not a huge deal. Thanks in advance.
  22. Hi guys, For those of you struggling with GRE, especially GRE math, I am holding a meetup event this Sunday to talk about great tips and advice about GRE math test with one-to-one consultation. I am currently a graduate student at Columbia University. I took GRE twice last year and scored 100% on math, which has definitely helped me to get accepted into Columbia University. Many of my friends asked me tips - I have used Magoosh but I made my own problem book and I keep refreshing them and practice looking for keywords. With the right strategy and preparation, I believe everyone can score very high in GRE and especially in math. This Sunday I'm going to talk about how I prepared for GRE, within a short period of time, that would work for people even with little math background. If you're around in New York, please come by, it's for free. If not, you can also contact me or further help at [email protected] Please see my Craigslist post for further informaiton at http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/lss/5722106731.html Good luck! Daitong
  23. I am working on my B.S. in chemistry and I am wanting to go to graduate school for some field of engineering (probably mechanical or electrical). I have already completed a minor in physics and I plan on taking extra math classes to better prepare me. I am also taking a C++ class this fall. I have two more years remaining. My current GPA is about 3.4 but I hope to raise it to around 3.6. I have research experience at my school in inorganic chemistry and astrophysics and also experience at an industrial biofuels job. How do I go about finding schools that accept applicants for a Masters of Engineering or PhD that have different bachelor's degrees? I have had almost no luck so far. Thanks all
  24. Hello, everybody. I am very new to this forum. Now, I am an International sophomore in Korea. We have to choose our majors, and this decision is very hard to make. Now, I have Physics as my major and Computer Science as minor. In few days, I have to come up with the decision and I was going to change my major and minor(Computer Science as major and Mathematic as minor). I am trying to change my major to Computer Science because I believe it will be safer and gives more freedom to earn money, and it is important because I need to help my family(btw, first generation college student from very low-income family). I don't want to risk and I believe with good grades I can have the good opportunity to live well. (No major in Computer Science) Here's the thing. Don't laugh pls. I am very ambitious and always have been. I want to devote my life into the many sciences. Many of you can probably recognize want to understand the mathematics, nature(physics), want to help prolong life and study biological sciences. I am thinking of taking prerequisites for Med School, and take Math as my minor and Computer Science as my major. Let's say I can have 2 years of experience in researches(1 year Math, 1 year Physics(for myself)). Let's also assume I will have very good scores in GRE Subject test, TOEFL and in General GRE. Can I then be considered as a good candidate for top schools in the US for Math or I have no chance if only my minor is Math(6 classes only 18 credits)? I will try to study math by myself(but, how can I prove it, though?) I know some of you could say focus on something, and I agree that it would be much easier if I had only passion. However, I want to give a shot, and try devoting my youth to studying. May be, who knows, this worth to do once in life? The reason I am choosing Math is that I think there are many examples that after being a mathematician, people tend to contribute a lot to physics too. However, not so many examples the other way around. Also, I would like to know how it is hard (1)to get accepted for two PhDs and (2) if you're accepted to study that. I can put my energy if I am allowed to study two PHDs simultaneously. I would love to get accepted for two programs in Ph.D.(One, in this case, will certainly be Biology. I want my parents live very long ). I really think, at least for now, that intellectual prosperity is the most important thing. For Biology PHD I will have only MCAT(let's assume very good scores), GRE and TOEFL, prequisites. Projected GPA: 3.75(converted to 4. In fact, we have 4.3 as maximum) Projected number of credits:153 Projected length of my undergraduate study:3.5-4 years Please, share your opinions. Detail answers would be very welcomed. I would love to read each of them Thank you a lot, and I hope you'll have a nice day!
  25. Hi guys, Sorry to bother I just would appreciate opinions. This is my second time applying for phd in mathematics. This time I got accepted =) . Problem I applied to 6 phd programs 5 pure 1 applied. I got accepted for applied mathematics. I know it sounds bad but I want to do pure mathematics, but I am afraid that if I decline next year I will not be accepted anywhere. My background is rough, as undergraduate I had 3.4 gpa and from a small school. I went and got MA in math with 4.0 gpa and soon good publication, nonetheless I cannot do well on the gre. It is hell I know calc and linear algebra to a good standard but I scored low the two times I took the exam. Please advise should I accept and do applied or try one more time for pure. I know that for med schools, the third application is not even looked at.