PhysicsKid Posted April 30, 2021 Share Posted April 30, 2021 Hey everyone! I am about to start a Masters in Statistics at Stanford where there is a fair amount of freedom in terms of what courses to take. I really want to get a PhD in Statistics after my Masters, but took very little Pure Math in Undergrad. I had done lots of Physics and Chemistry, but I think that the lack of Real Analysis on my transcript made it difficult for PhD applications. I really really want to challenge myself and was thinking of trying to take the courses for the intro PhD sequence but I heard on this forum in other places that some places actually view having already taken intro PhD classes as a bad thing for PhD admissions (to my dismay!). My profile in general is a bit weird though so I guess I am just wondering what would look best on a transcript in terms of coursework. I am actively looking to join a more statistics oriented research group after mostly doing research in Physics in Undergrad. Student Type: Domestic Asian/White Male Undergrad: Mid-tier Ivy Major: Physics GPA: 3.84 Undergrad: Honors Calculus (A), Partial Differential Equations (A), Probability (A), Accelerated Intro to Comp. Sci (B), Graduate Statistical Mechanics (Chemistry) (A), Graduate Statistical Mechanics (Physics) (A), Graduate Quantum Mechanics A & B (As), Graduate Solid State Chemistry (A), Graduate Biological Physics (A) GRE: 170 Q/ 170 V/ 5.0 W Research: 3 years of research in Computational Physics and Chemistry labs, no publications but lots of experience applying various ML algorithms with Tensorflow Other Experience: MITx Statistics (A, but online so I get that it is kinda jank but this was a really rigorous and mathematical intro to Statistics), MITx Data Analysis in R (A, also a great course but was also online), work experience at an AI Cybersecurity firm I want to go to a very good PhD program in Statistics after my Masters and I had a couple interviews with PhD programs this year (Columbia among others) but didn't get accepted I believe partly because of my lack of real analysis on my transcript. Should I just take fun courses for the required Statistics Courses and not do the intro PhD sequence, make sure I take as much Math and CS as possible and then hopefully find a research position in some statistics or statistics adjacent lab? In terms of the math i should take, would it be weird if I still didn't take their undergrad Honors Real Analysis I class and instead tried to take Lebesgue integration and Fourier analysis (basically their Real Analysis II). Would it make sense to take Math classes other than real analysis? Sorry for all the questions! I really would appreciate any input! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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