statapple Posted August 29, 2021 Share Posted August 29, 2021 Undergrad Institution: Top 10 Public University (USNews)Major(s): Statistics GPA: 3.47 after transfer, 4.00 in community college Type of Student: Domestic Asian MaleGRE General Test: From ETS Practice Test, Taking in AugustQ: 169V: 170W: 5 Math/Statistics Grades: Lower division: AP Calculus BC: 5; A in Calculus 3 (multivariable), Linear Algebra, Elementary Differential Equations, discrete math, introductory statistics Upper division: Introductory statistical computing (R). A- in Numerical Analysis 1. B+ in second (proofs-based) Linear Algebra, Real Analysis 1, Intro Probability Theory, Mathematical Stats. In progress (Fall 2021): Complex Analysis, Mathematical Optimization, Linear Models, Stochastic Processes Research Experience: None, but applying this semester. Did a procurement internship (business). No teaching experience. Letters of Recommendation: I will ask for LoR from my numerical analysis professor, mathematical stats professor, and then real analysis professor. I've gone to their office hours a lot, but I think they will be weak because I did not have insightful questions (questions were about coursework). Applying: I want to go to a PhD program, but I don't think my GPA is nearly good enough. If PhD programs are unrealistic, please recommend some thesis/research-based master's programs to prepare for PhD. I looked at UMichigan's bridge program, but I don't qualify. In any case, I don't think I am qualified for any top 50 PhD program. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Stat Assistant Professor Posted August 30, 2021 Share Posted August 30, 2021 You are right that if you want to have a chance of getting admitted into a PhD program, you need to primarily aim lower (as in the 60-100 range of the USNWR rankings for Statistics). The other option if you want to aim a bit higher is to do a Masters in Statistics where you retake Real Analysis and get an A in that and show that you can get A's in Casella & Berger Masters level mathematical statistics classes. Then you might be able to aim as high as 30 or so of USNWR, though I would not recommend applying to many schools above that (you should still aim for mainly schools in 40-80 or so). With a strong Masters performance, schools like UConn, UF, FSU, UIUC would not be totally out of the question. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

statapple Posted September 4, 2021 Author Share Posted September 4, 2021 If it helps, I attend UC Berkeley. But thank you for the honesty. For an academic master's program, would it be inappropriate to seek a letter of recommendation from my manager at the procurement internship? The work had nothing to do with statistics; she would be able to provide only a character reference. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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