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  1. Hi all, I started this topic for Stanford Design Impact program. I submitted my application before Dec 1, but still haven't heard anything yet, I saw someone got an interview already.
  2. Country - US but international Chinese student Undergrad Institution: Top 10 US Major: Math; Statistics GPA : 3.88/4.00 Master’s Institution: No master GRE: 155+170 (Q) +4 Didnt take the math subject Coursework (all took in my undergrad, including master and phd level courses) Statistics- All undergraduate courses are A. Also took all first year statistics PhD courses you know in any legit phd programs. Got all A(s), except A- in probability measure theory, and a pass in time series analysis (switched to pass/fail due to covid) Mathematics- All undergraduate courses are A. PhD courses took real analysis (B+, sick for the covid semester), measure and integration (a pass for pass/fail due to covid), functional analysis (A) Research experience: Methodology paper received minor revision from JMLR (top 1st journal in ML, with a very reknowned professor "citation ~50000", 1st author: Just me and the professor, did 100% percent of the work) Submitted (under review) a theoretical statistics theory to JASA (top 1-4 journal in stats) with a super famous professor (someone that everyone knows, "citation ~60000". 1st author: Just me and the professor, did 100% percent of the work) Published A patent during a summer industry research Drafting another computational biology patent (from my startup) Drafting another computational biology research manuscript (from my startup) some other summer research that resulted in APP/Posters etc. not very serious... Professional experience: Goldman Sachs quant full time for a year Tencent research intern Deloitte research intern Co-founder of biotech startup Awards: - MCM/ICM got meritorious (6% out of 14000+) for consecutive 2 years - Best mathematical research award in college math department every year - A bunch of other stuff Research Interests : 1) Computational Bio, 2) Statistical Inference Theory, 3) Dynamical System Recommendation Letters : 1)Top 1% letter (Very strong) for the 50000 citation prof. Talked about research 2) Top 1% letter (Very strong) for the 60000 citation prof. Talked about research 3) Top 10-25% (Strong) from my academic advisor prof (~17000 citation). The score is low but the letter (to my knowledge) is pretty strong. Taked about my startup and everything other than research and academic. ALSO: prove my significant GPA drop in one of the semesters was due to sickness Programs: 1) Stanford Stats, 2) Berkeley Stats, 3) Harvard Stats, 4) UChicago Stats, 5) CMU Stats, 6) UW Stats, 7) UW CS, 😎 Princeton ORFE, 9) MIT EECS What is my chance?
  3. Hey everyone! I'm a recently graduated law student who is looking for grad schools abroad. I got accepted to some of my top choices in Europe last year but couldn't go because of financial issues. I also applied to the US but the closest thing that I came to an acceptance was getting waitlisted by Duke. However, I really wanna try again this years and I'm vry determined. So if anybody can help me wih my SOP it would be greatly appreciated, thank you!!
  4. I'm a current MA student at Stanford's International Policy Studies (IPS) program and want to extend a warm congratulations to admitted students! I know decision-making can be tough; I remember being in your shoes last year. If you or any potential applicants for next year have any questions, you can post them here. I can also put you in touch with a current student whose interests align with yours.
  5. Hello everyone, I want to email professors for Ph.D. programs but I have various concerns. First of all, I am a foreign student and not a USA citizen. My BA is in English Language Education and I graduated as the valedictorian (GPA; 3.74, from a no-name university). I am doing my master's in Foreign Language education, and I am also working as a full-time research assistant at a state university. I have only 1 research article published, 3 oral presentations (+1 seminar speaker), 1 Springer book chapter (accepted), and 2 submitted articles. I have experience as a reviewer, one is in a Q3 journal. My interests are technology in education, gamification and computational social sciences. I know Stanford is a long-shot for me but I want to try it. Amon Stanford CTE programs, I am interested in 2 Ph.D. programs; Literacy, Language, and English Education and Education Data Science. I am sure that I will send an e-mail to LLE, but I am not sure if the Education Data Science program is suitable for someone who does not have any statistical or engineering background (I have a manuscript that is a methodological review of quantitative research in my field but that's it). I don't want to limit myself to just Stanford as well because I doubt I will be accepted, so I look forward to your Ph.D. program suggestions in the USA. I am also curious about your views on whether I have a chance at Stanford.
  6. I'm not sure which program to decide on as they both seem to be great programs on paper. The draw of UCB is that it is a 1 year program, but I don't think they touch on the fundamentals as much as an MS degree would. If anyone has any insight, it would be very helpful!
  7. May I ask how would everyone compare Berkeley and Stanford in terms of their programs in computational geomechanics? I have been admitted to both MS programs but applied to both for a PhD program at first. Since I am working towards a PhD degree, which one will offer more research opportunities and be more suitable to acquire such trainings? Also, what will the chances of getting into a PhD program after graduating from these two programs (either stay at the same uni or apply to another one)? Many thanks in advance!
  8. Hello, all. I was recently placed on the Stanford STEP waitlist for teaching secondary English. Does anyone know likelihood of me being accepted? I was looking over past years on GradCafe about the subject, but there weren't many questions or answers. Please let me know if you have any information at all; it is much appreciated!
  9. I was just wondering, if an applicant is invited to interview, what are some "Dont's" that could cost them admission? If someone answers all of the questions and articulates their research and interests clearly... it seems like a no brainer right?
  10. The website says decisions will be published late february, however a lot of people have already been accepted on the 4th. So if you were not called for an interviews you have no chances basically?
  11. Relative to the other Biosciences Programs, is it true that Genetics is the most / one of the more competitive programs in Biosciences?
  12. I heard that Stanford Biosciences is more competitive (acceptance rate wise) than its peer institutions, e.g. MIT Biology, Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS), UCSF, GSK. Why so?
  13. Hi, first of all pardon me for anypresumptuous remarks. I am trying to understand the process for graduate school admission. Will an undergraduate student be in disadvantage with above-average/good (not extraordinary) credentials to get into Caltech, MIT, or Stanford for Grad school, if he/she completes Bachelor's from a school that's Top<10 in aerospace-ranking(usnews) for Undergraduate and Graduate, but a Top<=30 in overall-engineering graduate school ranking, and 110 in National College ranking by UsNews? I know that a high GPA, an internship/research experience here and there may look good, but the competition to get into these top graduate programs are so cutthroat on a global scale that I here students always say you need a bit of luck as well. How much does quality of peers where the student completed the bachelor's degree matter to the Aerospace department/academics that evaluate applications for their respective graduate schools in Caltech, Stanford, MIT? I see a lot of incoming grad students are from the Undergraduate student body of their (MIT, Stanford, Caltech) own. I assume a valedictorian with an national fellowship like Goldwater, Fullbright, or NSF from a unbeknownst engibeering program will have better shots at those programs at CMS(Caltech, MIT, and Stanford), but I want to know the average of that bell curve, not the exceptions. It would really hurt to see a mere chance of competing being mitigated from the get-go because of the ranking as it shows the quality of students academic credentials. Thank you for any advice and insights.
  14. Hello everyone, I've heard back from most programs I have applied to and have been given around one month to make final decisions. I'm an American-European dual citizen and have lived in Germany, France and the United States (and am fluent in those languages). I was admitted to 1) one-year program in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies at Stanford University without any funding. I'll get FAFSA and have another scholarship that will pay around ~10,000$. Pros: name recognition (!), small cohort (~5-7), very interesting classes and great professors, chance to learn more regional languages Cons: no funding, relocation to the West Coast, high cost of living in Cali, "only" one year - is this enough time for me to get the most out of the project? 2) dual degree between the Fletcher School (MALD) and the College of Europe (European Interdisciplinary Studies) with 12,000$ at Fletcher (and yet unknown sum) at the College. Pros: amazing schools, some funding, I know Tufts/Fletcher already and have contacts there for internships/TA positions etc., degrees from two continents, mandatory internship, professional school, contact with military fellows and many international students, Boston Cons: name recognition is not as high as at other schools, only one semester is spent at the College of Europe, strong transatlantic focus which isn't necessarily my primary region of interest but surely very important, maybe too professional in focus? 3) MPhil in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University with yet unknown funding. Two-year program. Pros: amazing school with great name recognition, research focus, great opportunities and languages (Georgian, Russian etc.) Cons: Brexit situation and unclear future, relocation to the UK, less classes of which I have taken some already, less guidance and focus on independent work/research 4) Masters in International Security at Sciences Po Pros: cheaper than the other programs, name recognition, great and interesting classes, flexible third semester (exchange, thesis, internship) Cons: I did my bachelor's here (am I boring to go there for my master's as well?), no large focus/expertise on Russia/Eastern Europe, I enjoy the American system a lot more than the French system I'm still waiting on a decision from a one-year program at the College of Europe I am considering applying for the dual degree between Sciences Po and MGIMO, but unsure if this dual degree is as good as the other options that I currently have or if I'd even consider going there (see reasons not to attend Sciences Po again). Which program do you think would be best? Does name recognition outweigh financial considerations? Should I still apply to the dual degree Sciences Po-MGIMO? Thanks a lot!
  15. Hi all, I don’t have an admit for Stanford’s MS CS yet — but it’s perhaps the only programme that would make me second guess accepting UIUC’s MS CS. Can you guys help me make the decision early? I’m certainly leaning towards UIUC, and I might decide later on to potentially move to a PhD. Tuition is not an issue for either. UIUC Interesting research topic lined up — could potentially start early? The Midwest is cheaper Seems to be more straightforward to enter PhD? Stanford Name recognition Cheers!
  16. Hey everyone! So I was accepted to Stanford's Aero/Astro MS program which was really exciting news two months ago. Since then it's been a constant struggle of looking for funding from the department, getting more stressful by the day! I actively pursued a couple backup universities, and have full funding for my degrees at University of Arizona (PhD), Tucson, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (MS), FL. I really want to go to Stanford though, but the more that I read about it, the more it seems that it's not worth getting into so much debt to go there for a Master's degree. It's all made harder by the fact that as an international student I don't have access to so many other sources of funding in the United States. The research at Stanford directly aligns with my goals: I want to study controls on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and during my visit to the campus, I was thrilled to find out about the awesome research they do there. The research at the other universities is focused more on Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, both strong secondary interests of mine. They do some controls research as well, but it's nowhere near as good as that at Stanford. The situation is obviously made harder by a two body problem with my long time girlfriend in Tucson. And for that reason, it really is a choice between University of Arizona, Tucson and Stanford. I suppose my questions are: is it worth it to get into so much debt? As an international student, the aerospace industry is rather unforgiving in the United States. Will I give myself a chance for a better career by going to Stanford vs. any of the other universities? I am willing to work as hard as I can to get funding once I am at Stanford, but it seems counter-productive to be taking on so much stress when I should really be focusing on learning and getting more experience.
  17. I am an international applicant (Indian). Mechanical engineering undergrad and I wanna apply for aerospace engineering masters. I have solid research experience. I am working on a journal paper. But I will not know anything regarding acceptance/rejection before the application deadlines. Which means I probably can't fill it in my application. My GPA is 8.53/10.0. I am in the top 20 of my class of 132. And an institute academic merit scholar. (i.e. full scholarship based on academic performance) Test scores: GRE general test 330/340 (164q (87th percentile); 166v (98th percentile); 5awa) TOEFL 118/120 LoRs: I will have very strong LoRs from two research project guides and one faculty adviser for non-academic research/ projects. But the lack of publications is really stressing me out. School list: For M.S. in Aerospace. All schools have been selected based on availability of profs/ labs in my research area of interest. Reach: Stanford, M.I.T, Princeton, CalTech ( Is this borderline stupid on my part? Do I have any chance at all? Am I just wasting ~400 USD on these applications in total?) Hopefuls: UMich, GeorgiaTech Safeties: UCLA, Penn State, UToronto Is this feasible at all? If not can you suggest a few realistic options?
  18. Hi, I am pursuing my CSE UG (sophomore year) from one of the top 3 IITs in India. I would like to do my graduation in a top CS program, preferably in US. Can you please guide me to what should I do build my profile so that I get into one?
  19. Hi all, I'm applying to PhD programs for entrance Fall 2020. I'm in the process of narrowing down which programs best suit my research interests, but even after viewing faculty research profiles and general descriptions, I'm having trouble parsing the finer details of each choice from this readily available info, such as, what's it like to be a student there? How strong is their research in the areas I'm interested in? Etc. My research goal has been the same for the past 20 years: to find a cure for HIV infection... or a vaccine... eventually, both. I had the idea as an undergraduate when I studied Immunology and also took several Calculus courses. I thought, why not approach a cure or vaccine from a mathematical standpoint? What if the biological problem of random mutation (and other issues making HIV hard to eradicate in the body) could be modeled mathematically, then computational methods (data science) and new engineering techniques (such as CRISP-R) could be applied to come up with a solution, or at least a more detailed description of the problem? Giving this info as background to help clarify what I'm looking for, and what programs may be a good fit. Also, in the event that a cure and vaccine are developed, I am still very interested in applying the same principle (mathematical modeling of biological systems and pathology to aid in development of disease treatments) to other areas of medicine. I have a B.S. in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt ('01), and an M.A. in Biostatistics from UC Berkeley ('12). I'm a white female, 40 years old - kindly asking please no disparaging comments on my age, I don't care so much that I'm ancient compared to many applicants! I won't go into the finer details of my background, because in this post I am interested in which program would truly be a good research fit, not my chances of getting in (I'll cross that bridge when I come it it - suffice to say, I have the basic prerequisites to apply to all of these programs). I have good research experience, wrote a paper on it for publication (not published... long story), have worked in the health sciences and data science & analytics since I graduated from Berkeley, did outreach work for people living with HIV/AIDS in college, am generally a humanitarian type with a curious, scientific mind, and I LOVE math. Did one year of med school before dropping out due to a serious illness in my early 20's. Since I'm more research-focused, I'd like to get a Ph.D. or an MD/PhD (but, I'd really like to avoid taking the MCAT again, TBH). The programs I'm curious about are: 1) Harvard-MIT MEMP (this seems a great fit to me, very interested in Arup Chakraborty's work as well as Bruce Walker's) 2) Stanford Biomedical Informatics - seems to be the right program at Stanford for what I'm after, but I also looked at Bioengineering and Immunology... anyone's opinion on these and their fit with my research goals is most welcome! 3) Harvard BIG or BBS - they both look awesome, I can't tell which is a better fit, but possibly BIG... though I like the sound of the interdisciplinary nature of BBS and how much students seem to love that program. That said, the research fit is really the crucial piece. These are the ones I've looked at but have been unable to really tell which is the best fit. I mention Harvard-MIT MEMP because it seems so ideal for my goals, but I just learned about the program this past year, so I'm curious if anyone has been more involved in it and/or knows what it's like to be a grad student there. Thank you whoever read this whole thing for your help, I truly appreciate it!! If anyone is a current or past student in any of these programs, I would love to get your perspective. Also, if anyone is a student in a program that would be a great fit based on my research interests, I'd also love to hear about it.
  20. I am extremely grateful to be accepted into both these schools, however, I now need to make a decision! I need to choose between the MA in Teaching of English at TC Columbia, or the STEP program with a focus in Teaching of English at the Stanford GSE. Both programs are one year in length - with Stanford beginning this Summer, and TC beginning this Fall. I am a qualified teacher from Australia. The STEP program will provide me with a teaching credential in California, whereas the MA from TC is non cert. At this stage, I am undecided about what I will do after I complete the one year program (whether to return to Australia or go elsewhere). Stanford is looking like it will be around 20k cheaper based on tuition - please correct me if I'm wrong (I am yet to hear back from TC regarding financial aid). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  21. I have applied to 2019 philosophy MA in Stanford and it has been radio silence since then. My application status is always 'submitted', making me wonder is there even an 'under review' status? I have checked past results posted on this site, the only information I get is that in 2016 someone recieved their MA offer on May 4th and someone else said Stanford forgot to send the rejection letter. I am really anxious since this is my first choice and I have turned down Tufts(and any other funded masters) before April 15th. Anyone heard form Stanford's philosophy MA now? Anyone knows whether there is an 'under review' status in their online application system? Should I solicit their decisions? Any advice/comments/information? Please say something to me! Thank you so much!
  22. Hi everyone!! Recently I have been admitted to the Stat MS program at Stanford & U Chicago and am struggling. I will try to advance to PhD after MS, but I don't know which school will offer me a better chance? I heard that Chicago has a good PhD prep and many research opportunities. I am not sure how Stanford is. But Stanford Stat ranks higher than U Chicago... Chicago Pros: - Tuition reduction (25%) - Good preparation for PhD - More research opportunity Cons: - Not as well-known as Stanford - Location is not as good. Stanford University Pros: - 1st in the country - So many well-known professors, a potential for recommendation letters and research opportunities Cons: - Not sure about placements - A lot of MS students, not sure if the professors will be willing to offer research opportunities. - Maybe the PhD prep is not as good as that in Chicago.
  23. I am planning to apply to Stanford's Earth System Science for PhD program next year. I am an international student but, I received both my Bachelor and Master degrees from the United States. My undergrad college was a small college from Midwest but, relatively well known. I did my Master at the OSU. My GPA was below 3 during undergrad due to medical conditions I was going through. I took 2 years off after graduation and worked as lab technician for those years. I worked my butt off during Master degree and finished it with GPA 3.95. I will have four 2 peer review papers as first author and 2 extension publications (one as first author and one as second author) which will be published or at the stage of being reviewed by the time I apply the school. There is another public policy paper that I will be writing in collaboration with an developmental organization from Asia but, I don't know it will be published by that time. My previous GRE score was 305 for verbal and quantitative but, I am retaking it again soon. Do you guys think my very low undergrad GPA will be a problem for Stanford when I have 3.95 from OSU? Please let me know if there is anything I can improve my stat.
  24. Hey guys! (First post) Program: Masters in EducationGRE Score: VR:152 Q:160 AWA:3.5 (I will be taking it again)GPA: 7.8/10 undergraduate Work Experience: 2 years with Teach For India after my undergraduation Undergrad/Grad Institution (Public, Private, Ivy, etc..): One of the best universities in India with an Economics major I am interested in pursuing my masters in education policy and I am looking at HGSE, Standford and UPenn (in that order) as of now. I would love some tips for my SOP, schools which I can apply to and the kind of work experience which Ed.M. looks for. Should I get more work experience and maybe apply in 2021? I am especially keen on HGSE's EPM and L&T Program. Thank you!
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