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  1. Schoolwiz

    Stats 101

    I need help solving my final question on this problem. Question 4. Section E and F. Can anyone give me some direction. Thanks MA 321_Exam 3_Spring 2018 CAROLINE WILCOX.xlsx
  2. Hi all, I am currently deciding between the SAIS MA and Fletcher MALD programs. Though Fletcher has offered some funding, and is close to my family in Massachusetts, SAIS still holds a lot of appeal for me in its lofty reputation, harder analytical 'edge,' and the opportunity to spend my first year in Bologna. However, I am worried that as a mediocre-to-poor math student, the quantitative requirements could really overburden me. Hoping for an insider's perspective! Basically, I really do not do well with math, much less enjoy it. I avoided stats and calculus in high school, and took zero math classes in college, so my most recent math coursework was "finite math," trig, and pre-calculus about 10 or 11 years ago. Even with a considerable review, I got a 155 on the gre quant section. I'd like to think I'm not quite the 'math defeatist' I once was; I am willing to put in the work, and I think having practical applications for learned skills readily available would help motivate me. But suffice it to say, the mathy stuff would at least be stressful, and at most, overshadow the whole experience. I am more comfortable with, and interested in Econ than straight math. I took introductory micro and macro classes last summer as I was preparing to apply to IR programs, earned A's in both, and enjoyed the material quite a bit. However, they were conceptually based courses, and I do not know how I would get by in a calculus-based econ course at SAIS. So that's it really. If I'm spending the time and money to go to grad school, I do want to acquire hard skills. On some level I want to have that requirement imposed upon me. But I am worried that with no real math background, I might be setting myself up to fail at a program like SAIS. I would love input from anyone in a similar situation, and especially any current or former SAIS students who have been through it! Thanks everyone, and good luck with your own decisions.
  3. Hi all, I am currently deciding between the SAIS MA and Fletcher MALD programs. Though Fletcher has offered some funding, and is close to my family in Massachusetts, SAIS still holds a lot of appeal for me in its lofty reputation, harder analytical 'edge,' and the opportunity to spend my first year in Bologna. However, I am worried that as a highly mediocre math student, the quantitative requirements could really overburden me. Hoping for an insider's perspective! Basically, I really do not do well with math, much less enjoy it. I avoided stats and calculus in high school, and took zero math classes in college, so my most recent math coursework was "finite math," trig, and pre-calculus about 10 or 11 years ago. Even with considerable review I got a 155 on the GRE quant section. I'd like to think I'm not quite the 'math defeatist' I once was; I am willing to put in the work, and I think having practical applications for learned skills readily available would help motivate me. But suffice it to say, the mathy stuff would be at least a struggle, and at most, an actual detriment to the overall experience. I will say I am more comfortable with and interested in Econ than straight math. I took introductory micro and macro classes last summer as I was preparing to apply to IR programs, earned A's in both, and enjoyed the material quite a bit. However, they were conceptually based courses, and I do not know how I would do in a calculus-based econ course at SAIS. So that's it really. If I'm spending the time and money to go to grad school, I do want to acquire hard skills; on some level I want to have that requirement imposed upon me. But I am worried that with no real math background, I might be setting myself up to fail at a program like SAIS. I would love input from anyone in a similar situation, and especially any current or former SAIS students who have been through it! Thanks everyone, and good luck with your own decisions.
  4. iceman007

    Fall 18 applicants OR/ISE/MSE

    Hi Everyone! Saw a very informative thread with some active discussion for Fall 17 (link above) so thought I should replicate it for Fall 18. Lets get to know each other better!
  5. Let me first start off by saying that I am not doing poorly in linear algebra because I don't understand it, rather there was a misunderstanding with my professor. I had my first linear algebra exam last Wednesday. I was up very late studying for the exam, however, at around 3 am I got super sick (it was something I ate). I was legit puking every 20 minutes, I couldn't make it to my morning exam. I don't have insurance so I didn't see a doctor and get a note. I went to the dean of students, and because of that my professor gave me an offer to replace my zero exam 1 grade with 2/3 of my final exam grade. ex. if I got an 100 on the final exam, my zero will be replaced with a 66. However, the exam averages in this professors class are in the low 70's, so going off of that I will either end up with a low B or C in the class, and thats assuming I score around 10 points above average for the rest of the exams. I currently have two W's on my transcript-- one in computer science from my second semester (retaking next semester) and one in actuarial science from my third semester (he curved the class so only the top 40% passed, also changed my major so I didn't need the class). I am currently in my fourth semester, so this means that if I drop this course I will have a W on my transcript for the third semester in a row. I think this creates a poor representation of who I am as a student, as it shows that I won't be able to handle a graduate school course load because I keep dropping one course every semester. I want to get into a good graduate school for economics. I am currently double majoring in math and econ. I am a transfer, My first semester at my new school was last semester, where I got a 3.3 GPA. I am trying to get this up by getting straight A's this semester and my last two years. If my GPA still isnt high enough, I would be willing to do an extra semester or two to take extra courses. Now, I do believe that I will get A's in all of my other courses, however, I think getting a 'W' in linear algebra will make this look not as impressive. I'm thinking about staying in the course, getting a B or C, and just retaking it over the summer online. The original grade will still be on my transcript, but it won't count towards my GPA. Would grad schools look past this? What should I do? This is such a terrible situation... :/
  6. Switouski

    ASU Math PhD TA

    Hi All, new here. Facing a dilemma, (and I apologize if this is the wrong section of the forum as I wasn't sure but I figured as it pertained to TAs I would try here). January 30th I was accepted to ASU Math PhD program, with no word on funding. Apparently, according to their website, that is how they do it. They accept people, then a few weeks later they go about offering TAs. It is now February 23rd, and I still have no word on a TA position. I have seen 5 or so people post on here in results that they have been accepted by the department as well, and none of them have heard anything about funding either. So I guess the question I have is, what do I do? I should say that I am going regardless of funding (it happens to be the top school on my list regardless), but the finances obviously makes a huge difference on whether I rack up more debt or can breathe safely. Has anyone had experience with this before? Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you all so much in advance.
  7. If you receive an acceptance letter into a Ph.D. program (in this case, math), including funding details, from the department chair, is there any chance you will still be denied admission by the graduate school admissions committee? The line in the letter reads: "This offer is contingent on your being accepted for regular admission into the Graduate School." Is that secondary acceptance just a formality, or do the grad schools sometimes override the particular dept/program to which you're applying? Thank you for any and all insights!
  8. Hi everyone, I was accepted into an excellent PhD program in Statistics in 2015 and I completed a full year of the program. At the end of the year, first years take a basic exam which determines their eligibility to continue on in the program. I took the exam and passed at the Master's level, not the PhD level. I was then informed I would have to retake several courses and needless to say I was depressed. I wasn't in the best place in my life during this time anyway and I made a poor decision to leave and search for a career as I had a great resume already from my undergrad in math. Well, life happened and I became extremely ill and bed-ridden due to pregnancy (sorry if this is TMI) but since then (summer 2016) I have been a full time mom. I'm now trying to take accountability of some of the decisions I've made in my life and I would really like to go back and get my PhD. I have always loved school and I have come a long way with my mental health/stability since then and feel confident in my decision to go back to grad school. That all being said, do you think that I have a shot in getting into another PhD program given the fact I left a program back in 2016 and have since not worked, not been in school, encountered a "slump" in my life, and just been taking on a mom role the past 2 years? Please offer any advice or general comments if you can. I hope this doesn't come across as too desperate but I would like to know what my chances are given my circumstances.
  9. Not sure if this is the right place to post my question, but if there are any biomath/math/bio people hanging around your help would be very appreciated. I am a second-year undergrad at a large state university trying to plan out a course of study that will prepare me well for graduate school for biomathematics. I am considering doing a double-degree in math and biology. I am also involved in undergraduate research. I'm trying to make sure I take all the classes I need, and also that I graduate in a timely manner. I have heard that five years is ok as long as they don't think you're doing it to reduce your courseload (I'm not, but there's only so many STEM courses you can take in one quarter... ) What are some class recommendations that you have? How few credits is too few?
  10. Hi! Starting a new thread just in case. I have a bachelors in ECE from an international university, a Masters from UCSD in Signal and Image Processing and been working in the industry for close to 7-8 years in Video Compression and more recently in 3D Computer Vision. I want to apply for a PhD in AMATH(Applied Math) starting Fall 2019(mostly). I am aware that I need to take the GRE Math Subject Exam and the General GRE as well. I do not have any research papers so far. I did lots of high school math competitive exams(dont think they count anymore). I am only hoping to do well in Math Subject test to prove myself. How realistic are my chances of a PhD Admit in AMATH? Will my work experience cost me a lot? Anyone else in the same boat?
  11. Complete Mastery of GRE Quantitative Comparison (and it's free!) https://events.genndi.com/channel/GRE-Workshop Tuesday, January 9th, 7pm EST / 4pm PST / 12am GMT
  12. Hey all, I'm applying to a mix of math and computer science PhD programs and took the October mGRE. I was wondering, since most computer science programs don't require it, what would be a high enough score to consider it a positive addition to my application? I got around the 75th percentile, which from what I can gather is just on the bottom end of what top math programs are looking for. I'm applying to some very competitive schools and don't want to put anything on my application that won't help.
  13. I skyped one of the professors there last month. Both sides were quite positive about the possibility of admission. However, I am still a little bit concerned about the graduation rate and the courses, since I do not consider myself having a strong math background. Both my BS and MS are in engineering and I have some experiences and basic courses in PDE. Wonder if this is enough for a start. Thanks.
  14. Hi everyone,Kindly advise on my chances of getting into the following MFE/Quantitative Finance programs:-Baruch-Columbia-Cornell-NYU-University of Chicago-Georgia Institute of Technology-MIT-University of Washington-Boston University-Fordham-NYU Tandon-UCLA-USC-North Carolina State-North Carolina at Charlotte-RensselaerGender: M. Ethnic Background: White/European. American Citizen.Here are some of my accomplishments and skills:-May 2017 BS Mathematics graduate, 3.35 GPA (courses in Calc 1-3, DiffEq, Real Analysis I&II, Complex Analysis, Probability Theory, Topology, Advanced Linear Algebra, and few actuary courses [FM, P, MLC]). Top 100 ranked from US News National University in New York.-Full time work experience as a Pricing Analyst for an aviation engineering company. I've been there for 7 months already immediately after graduation and looking to stay for a year until I get in a FE program for fall 2018.Job summary: Develop integrated pricing models and cost analysis for aircraft component repair Forecast revenue/profit margins and present analyses and recommendations to executive management team Prepare business proposals, validate bills of material pricing, and leverage budget analysis to maximize revenue and mitigate risk -GRE Score: Q: 166 (91 percentile), V: 153 (61 percentile), Writing: 4.5 (82 percentile).-Financial representative internship at Northwestern Mutual during my undergrad.-Letters of Rec: 1) Calculus 1 & 2 Teacher's Assistant. This professor, who is the director of calculus at the university I graduated from, is writing my recommendation letter. 2) My math professor for advanced probability/stats, and 2 actuary courses in MLC (part I and II). I did very well in his classes. B, A-,A respectively in that order. 3) My former business development manager who was the previous pricing analyst as well and trained me. He now is in a different office for the same company; this left me to run the business development department on my own. I expect strong letters from all 3.-Limited knowledge of C++, Python, and Access. Haven't formally learned programming but I plan on getting take Baruch's C++ for Financial Engineering pre MFE course for C++ certification before starting in the Fall. -Working with the IT developer at my job to create a C++ program that predicts stock price volatility. He's doing the coding, I'm doing the math. -Advanced Excel skills, as I use it heavily at my job every day. -Private math tutor for Wyzant.com with over 95 hours of tutoring and 5/5 star rating for all levels of math up to calculus 1.Please let me know if you think my profile is strong enough to gain acceptance for certain schools based on my experience. If you have any more questions to evaluate my profile do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your time and I appreciate your help.-Transcending
  15. Hey New gradcafe user and prospective MS applicant for an MS in Operations Research / Statistics / Management Science for Fall 2018. Please evaluate my profile and whether I'm being too ambitious/do I stand a chance here? Key features of my profile - Low undergrad GPA, high quant GRE score, related work ex Here's my profile followed by an initial university shortlist GRE 324 - Q 166 (91st percentile) V 158 (80th percentile) (Might give again to offset low undergrad GPA) TOEFL - Yet to give Undergrad CGPA - 6.3/10 from the National Institute of Technology Warangal in Mechanical Engg - Top 10 India for engineering Work Experience - 3 years 1.5 years - Data Analyst for a Fortune 200 MNC (1 promotion) + 3 good projects - Quantitative Sales/Marketing analytics 1.5 years - Senior Analyst for a Loyalty Card company (jump in designation from previous org) Fair amount of projects on quantitative modelling work Research papers/Publications: None Certifications: 1. SAS certified base programmer 2. SAS certified statistical business analyst: Regression and Modelling 3. Machine Learning from Coursera Recommendations: 1. HOD from work - ex prof at a premier MBA school in India - Strong 2. Team Leader from previous org - Moderate 3. Professor from college - Moderate SOP structure: Considering that my weakest point is my undergrad GPA, I'll bring in a point about how I messed up the first year but post that my gpa has been increasing plus ever since starting work I've been really driven and talk about my projects as proof. Programs I'm looking to apply for: 1. Statistics (with electives from the CS department) 2. Operations Research Not applying for "Analytics" or "Data Science" masters because I feel such programs have breadth but seriously lack depth. Current university shortlist: 1. Columbia 2. University of Chicago 3. UCLA 4. Georgia Tech 5. University of Michigan 6. John Hopkins 7. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 8. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 9. Duke 10. Cornell Questions: 1. What is my profile like? 2. How would you categorise the above universities considering my profile as Safe, Moderate, Ambitious and reasons for the same? 3. Thoughts on the SOP structure?
  16. Hey all, I didn't study a lot for the general gre because of a busy semester. Anyways, I ended up verbal-153, quant-157, aw-4.5. So I'm pretty upset about my quant score. Should I retake the gre? I am planning on applying to master's programs in stats/applied math at UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UCI, and UCLA. I have a 4.0 GPA, two summers of research experience, three years of leadership experience with the math club at my school. Thanks, any input would be much appreciated.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. freakaleke

    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
  20. freakaleke

    GRE Scores

    How many points did you improve your GRE score? What did you start at and what did you finish with?
  21. 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!
  22. Aye Aye Maung

    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?
  23. 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!
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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