leviathan23 Posted July 17, 2020 Share Posted July 17, 2020 (edited) Undergrad Institution - Reed College Major - Math w/ Concentration in Statistics, graduating Spring of 2021 GPA - 3.7 GRE - I'm taking the General Test in August, and the Math subject test in October. From practice tests, I expect to get high scores on at least the general exam. Math Courses Taken - Calculus I (A-), Discrete Math (A), Intro to Analysis (A), Linear Algebra (B+), Vector Calculus (B), Intro to Probability and Statistics (A), Combinatorics (A), Data Science (B+), Algorithms and Data Structures (A-), Abstract Algebra (A). I will be taking Statistical Learning, Real Analysis, Probability and Mathematical Statistics classes in my senior year. Other Relevant Courses - General Physics 1 (A), General Physics 2 (B+), Intro to Comp Sci (B+), Logic (A) Type of Student - Domestic White Male Research Experience - In my senior year at Reed I will write a Math/Stats thesis. Work Experience - Math tutor for High School math, Grader for Intro to Statistics. Letters of Recommendation - 2 letters from Statistics professors at Reed, one being my thesis advisor. I will have taken multiple classes from both and graded for one of them. The final letter will be from another math professor I have taken a class with. Concerns - I'm worried mainly because of my lack of research experience and the math classes I got B's in. The program I want to get in most is either the University of Washington PhD program in Statistics or the University of Washington PhD program in Applied Math. Would these programs be a reach in my case? Other places I'm considering are Ohio State and University of Wisconsin for statistics PhD programs. I also may apply for the UW Statistics master's program if I find I'm unable to get into the PhD program there. The main question I'm also considering is whether or not I should wait a year to apply to grad school, to have a chance to pull my GPA up some, get more research experience, and maybe find a better 3rd letter of rec writer. Thanks for any feedback! Edited July 17, 2020 by leviathan23 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Spaghettini Plot Posted July 20, 2020 Share Posted July 20, 2020 Since Reed college is known for grade deflation I would think Washington statistics is possible but a reach. This is provided you score well on the Math GRE. I can't really say as far as applied math goes. Otherwise I'd say Wisconsin is also a bit of a reach but I think you should have a very good shot at OSU and a UW masters. Certainly if you are set on a PhD, I would look at some more places between OSU and Wisconsin depending on where your research interests are bayessays 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

bayessays Posted July 21, 2020 Share Posted July 21, 2020 Is there a particular reason your second choice is the applied math program? If being in Seattle is important and you want to study statistics, apply to both the statistics and Biostatistics departments. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

leviathan23 Posted July 21, 2020 Author Share Posted July 21, 2020 (edited) Thanks again for the advice, I will definitely look into applying to the UW Biostatistics program as well, along with other statistics graduate programs. Now that I think about it more I would probably rather be in a statistics program, even if it was a master's, than an applied math program. Edited July 21, 2020 by leviathan23 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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