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  1. Hi, I have received several math phd program offers including Wisconsin Madison, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Texas A&M. I am now interested in analysis and differential equations, having learnt some basic knowledge about viscous conservation laws and infinite dimensional Morse theory. Please help me about selecting a fit program for me. Any related information would be appreciated.
  2. Undergraduate Institution: State school Majors: Mathematics and Psychology (Double major) GPA: Cumulative GPA: 3.03/4.00 GPA at last school attended: 3.47/4.00 Math major GPA: 3.70/4.00 Type of Student: Domestic multiracial (white/indigenous/Latina) female Relevant Courses: Past: Calculus I,II,III, IV (all A) Discrete Math (A) Ordinary Differential Equations (A) Applied Statistics (C) Linear Algebra (B) Applied Abstract Algebra (A) Mathematical Modeling (A) Topology (audited) Directed Readings (Satisfactory/Pass) Current: Abstract Algebra I (currently A) Real Analysis I (currently A) Capstone (currently A) Programming Abstractions (currently A but it will likely drop to a B ) Future? (I graduate this semester and don’t yet know if I’ll be able to take these): Real Analysis II Data Structures GRE General Test: 318 (Verbal: 159 | Quantitative: 159 | Writing: waiting to hear) Research Experience: Participated in a reading course/looked at some open problems related to lattice cryptography for one summer. I also have about six months of experience in a cognitive neuroscience lab. Extracurricular stuff: Participated in an informal reading program with a grad student, where I studied the elliptic curve factorization algorithm and algorithms for Delaunay triangulation. I also gave a talk on Delaunay triangulation. Honors/Awards: LSAMP scholar, Dean’s List (multiple semesters), President’s List (once) Interests: cryptography, graph theory, number theory, mathematical biology, computational geometry Misc. Info: I dropped out of college a couple of times and failed an entire semester back in 2012. My grades the last couple of years, especially since switching to a math major, have turned around significantly. I also have years of irrelevant work experience, but a history of being promoted. Letters of Recommendation: A math prof that I’ve had several courses with and done research with haven’t asked anyone else yet, but will likely be asking my analysis, calc 3, and algebra professors and just seeing who feels they can write a strong letter, if any. I don’t know any of them well, but I’ve been to their office hours a couple of times and I have/had good grades in their classes. Schools I might apply to: UT Arlington, PhD or MS (not sure) UT Dallas, PhD University of North Texas, PhD Southern Methodist University, PhD Applied Mathematics University of Oklahoma, MS or PhD (not sure) Oklahoma State, PhD Pure Math University of Arkansas Kansas State University of Kansas General questions: Should I retake the GRE for a higher quant score? Is this an okay list of schools? Does anyone have any suggestions for other places to apply in this general region? @BL250604
  3. Do graduate schools look down upon applicants who do not immediately want to pursue a career in academia? If I want to do something in between graduating with my Ph.D. and my academic career, should I leave that out of my personal statement? Specifically, I am seeking admission to a Ph.D. program in mathematics. After getting my Ph.D. I want to enlist in the Navy and become a SEAL. After I leave operational capacity, I want to serve as a mathematics professor at the Naval Academy or the Naval Postgraduate School. Should I include this in my personal statement, or only mention wanting to become a professor one day?
  4. Out of the top Canadian schools and the University of Michigan, where would be a better place in the long run to pursue a pure math PhD?
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