sendnoodles Posted August 14, 2020 Share Posted August 14, 2020 I'm about to start my junior year and would like to gain some insight into how I can be a more competitive applicant for statistics and biostatistics PhD programs during my final two years of college. I plan on applying for Fall 2022 but am considering taking a gap year to gain more research experience. My profile: Undergrad: Top 150 large state school Major: Mathematics GPA: 3.96 GRE: aiming for 167 for quant and 162 for verbal Type of Student: Domestic Asian Female (US) Math Classes: Calc I (A+), Calc II (A), Calc III (A), Linear Algebra (A), Differential Equations (A), Intro to Proofs (A), Intro to Statistical Computing (A+) Research: 1 year of experience in a biochemistry lab, no publications. Currently cold-emailing professors doing statistics research and hoping to start sometime this upcoming semester. I also plan on applying to stat/biostat REUs for summer 2021. Activities/Jobs: TA for multivariable calculus. Looking for fall and spring internships in data analysis/data science. Tentative Schools UC Berkeley - Stat PhD UCLA - Stat PhD Columbia - Stat PhD Carnegie Mellon - Stat PhD UPenn - Stat PhD Texas A&M - Stat PhD UT Austin - Stat PhD Rice - Stat PhD UCSB - Stat PhD UCI - Stat PhD University of Washington - Biostat PhD Emory - Biostat PhD Harvard - Biostat PhD JHU - Biostat PhD Most of these schools are reaches and very competitive, but these are a general idea of where I'd like to attend. Questions I've switched majors a few times and recently decided on going to grad school, which is part of the reason why I don't have any relevant research experience. Will this hold me back significantly? Would it be better to take a gap year (doing research or working in industry) or apply for masters programs to strengthen my PhD application? I come from an unknown undergrad. How will this affect my chances for a top 20 program? What can I do to strengthen my application? How important is undergraduate publishing for PhD applications? Thank you for reading through! Any advice would be appreciated! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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