snickers_bar Posted June 3, 2020 Share Posted June 3, 2020 (edited) Hi all, I'm planning on applying for Stat/OR/other stat-focused PhD programs next fall. I'm really unsure where I stand in terms of my application--there are a couple of odd quirks in play--and would love some feedback regarding the range of schools I'm looking at. Here's my profile: Type of Student: Domestic white male Undergrad Institution: Top 10 US (per USNews rankings) Major: Mathematics Minor: Statistics GPA: 3.81 Related Courses (undergrad) : Intro stats (AP credit), Calc I/II (AP credit), Intro Linear Algebra (B-), Multivariable 1 (A-), Multivariable 2 (B), Intro to Proofs (A-), Abstract Algebra 1,2 (B+, A), Galois Theory (A), Number Theory (A), Real Analysis 1,2,3 (A, A, A), Advanced Linear Algebra (A), Mechanics (A), Electricity&Magnetism (A), Waves&Oscillations (A), Mathematical Statistics/Probability Theory 1, 2, 3 (A, A, A), Regression (A-), Experimental Design (A), Programming Fundamentals 1,2 (A,A), Data Structures (A) Also have familiarity/competency w/ ODEs, although I do not have a formal course on my transcript. Listing physics courses since OR/applied math programs might care. Overall strong upward trend in grades. Have something like a 3.9+ over the last 60 credit hours, which include all the stat theory courses. GRE: actual score tbd; consistent 170Q/164+V in timed, appropriate condition practice tests. Experience/Other: 2 years undergrad research in experimental physics, fairly heavy programming emphasis Internship+(at time of application) work experience in quantitative finance (this'll probably hurt my app?) 2 years Physics/Calc/Linear tutor for university run tutoring program LORs should be decent--two math profs and a physics prof, all of whom I took at least a year of pretty small classes with, and research advisor Anyhow, onto the fun stuff. The biggest abnormality in play is that I took some time off university my freshman year due a health issue (which was in part responsible for that shitty first term and B- in freshman linear algebra...). I enrolled in a community college near home and took 5 or 6 classes just to stay engaged w/ school while recovering, and my grades were pretty meh--a mix of As and Bs in freshman level math/cs/physics courses. I think my GPA there was around a 3.6 or 3.7. I didn't use the courses for anything--the institution I will be graduating from this year does not accept community college credit in general--but I'm pretty sure I'll have to send in the CC transcripts anyway for most schools (a few places, most notably Stanford, state that they only want transcripts from places I was fully enrolled in for ≥1 year). Anyhow, right now my list of schools is looking something like: Super Reaches: Stanford (Management Science + Engineering--Decision Analysis or Optimization+Stochastics), Caltech (Computing + Mathematical Sciences), MIT (ORC) Still Reaches: Michigan (Statistics), Washington (Statistics), Cornell (Systems Engineering), UCLA (Statistics) Better Odds(??): CU-Boulder (Applied Math), UCSB (Statistics + Applied Probability), Waterloo (C&O, Masters), Maryland (AMSC) Safer (???): MSU (Statistics + Probability), UC Irvine (Statistics) I'd like to cut this list down to no more than 10 schools (especially if I can't get fee waivers), and hopefully make it a bit less top heavy (I feel like I'm shooting WAY too high right now...). My research interests are still developing, but they lean more towards theoretical than applied areas. As of now, preferences would probably be Stanford>UCLA/Caltech/Washington>UCSB/Boulder/Cornell>rest, but I'm not even sure how many of those places are realistic shots at all. Would really appreciate any input! Edited June 3, 2020 by snickers_bar Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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