kingsdead Posted March 24, 2019 Share Posted March 24, 2019 Hi everyone, I graduated in 2017 and am planning on applying for PhD programs in statistics and biostatistics this year, for admission during fall 2020. I was just wondering if anyone has a sense of what I can do between now and when I apply to boost my chances for getting into top programs. Would appreciate any advice at all! A bit about me: I have a decent math background (real analysis, measure theoretic probability, other upper level undergrad/intro grad level courses in analysis and algebra that are probably not very relevant to stats), mediocre CS background (a few courses where I haven't done too great), spent time after graduating working as a data analyst for a public health program, have a couple of math publications from an REU, and currently am in a volunteering program abroad. I'm done with the GRE + GRE subject test and am comfortable with the scores. I'm just wondering whether there's anything I could be doing right now to help my chances. Some more concrete questions: 1) I don't know much about stats (my background in school was very much pure math). In particular, I have no clue about potential research interests. What's a good way to go about learning more about potential research interests? How important is it to have informed research interests during application season? 2) Related to the first question, would it be worth spending time learning more stats before applying? I'm wondering about something like going through Casella Berger or other stats books to make up for the fact that I don't know much beyond a stats 101 type course. Ideally I'd take courses at a local university (I've read people suggesting similar things on this forum) but that's not an option for me given the fact that I'm living in a very rural part of the world right now, and will be here until summer of 2020, right before I hope to start school. Would schools care about me taking the time to go through such books? I'm probably going to do so regardless just because I want to learn more but I'm curious how schools would perceive it. 3) As I mentioned I didn't do too well in a couple of CS courses I took in college (B-, B+, etc). I posted about this a while back and some people commented that my experience programming as a data analyst should be enough to offset any potential concerns there. Would it be worth taking some courses on something like Coursera to show schools that I'm serious about improving as a programmer? Would they care at all about that? Thank you all for listening! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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