bob loblaw Posted September 26, 2020 Share Posted September 26, 2020 (edited) Hello! I was wondering if someone could advise me on whether to apply to Biostat or Stats given my weak-ish math background as UCLA makes you choose. The aim here is to try to maximize my admissions chances (obviously). I know Biostat applicants tend to be a bit less mathematically inclined. Here's my profile! Just for context, I'm a few years removed from undergrad and have beefed up my proof-writing background/rigorous math background since graduating. ______ Undergrad Institution: UC Berkeley Major: Statistics GPA: 3.85 Type of student: Domestic Male, in-state CA student GRE: Q: 166 V: 164 W: 4.5 Relevant Courses During Undergrad: Math: Linear Algebra - non-proofs (A) Single & Multivariate Calculus (A's) Stats: Mathematical Stats (A+) Time Series Modeling (B+) Statistical Learning (A) Statistical Computing (A+) Linear Modeling (B+) Misc: Intro CS (A), EE course in Power Systems Engineering (A), Physics (A's) Post Undergrad: Math: Linear Algebra proof-based (B+, took it 2 years after graduation super rusty) Elementary Analysis (A - from UIUC's NetMath program) Work Experience: 2.5 years as a quantiative analyst + data science internship Research: * 9 months in atmospheric science doing matrix factorization research * Working as a data analyst at the CA Dept. of Healthcare Services * 1 independent ML research project with well-known data scientist (PhD from UCSF) * 1 publication in a public policy journal as an undergrad. Letters: * Former UC Davis Professor (DPhil from Oxford) * Former Stats Professor at Berkeley * 1 professional reference Research Interest: Bayesian Methods, Spatial Statistics, Environmental Statistics Programs I'm Considering: Ideal: UCLA (Stats or Biostats), UCSC, UCD (Stats) Other: UC Irvine, UCD Biostats Safety: USC Keck, UC Riverside Edited September 26, 2020 by bob loblaw Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

StatsG0d Posted September 26, 2020 Share Posted September 26, 2020 I feel like UCLA is deceptively somewhat difficult to get into for both stats and biostats. This is anecdotal, but I applied to both and got waitlisted (ultimately decided to withdraw) from both despite getting into several schools ranked much higher. Maybe they'll prefer in-state for tuition waiver purposes. That said, I feel like your math background is pretty shallow. I'm not sure how an online analysis class will be viewed to the adcoms. I think you might have a shot at the other schools that are not UCLA, but I think UCLA will be pretty tough. At any rate, you can apply to both stats and biostats at UCLA / other schools to broaden your chances. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

bob loblaw Posted September 26, 2020 Author Share Posted September 26, 2020 (edited) Hey @StatsG0d, regarding the Real Analysis Class, yea I didn't have a ton of options because of Covid. But on the transcript, the course is indistinguishable from other courses at UIUC, which is a pretty good school so I think this is probably the best I can manage at the moment. Both my recs are from professors who are mathematically inclined (research on probability & manifolds) and I've been doing independent study with one of the professors for a full year so hopefully that would be a plus. Biostats + Stats: I dunno if it's not very well enforced but I've read on the admissions page for UCLA Stats that you can only apply to one program at a time. Did you not have that restriction? Edited September 26, 2020 by bob loblaw Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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