Poisson Posted August 11, 2010 Share Posted August 11, 2010 I completed the first year of a top 20 economics PhD program, and I really am unsure if I want to continue. My program is very large, so there is not very much in the way of faculty support, I have found that I am not that interested in economic research. In undergrad, I studied statistics and economics and I enjoyed my statistics coursework much more than economics, I went into economics because I was interested in public policy-that interest has dissipated. I will post my profile below and would appreciate recommendations as to coursework for the fall and places to apply. Type of Undergrad: Decent Private University Undergrad GPA: 3.95 GRE: 560v 790Q 5.5 AWA Grad GPA: 3.1 (they rarely give out A's in my program) Undergrad Courses: Standard Statistics Degree (Calc I-IV, Linear Algebra, Regression, Data Analysis, Advanced Calculus, Analysis, Math Stats I-III (at the level of Hogg and Craig). Standard Undergrad courses. A's in all Math/Stat courses Grad Courses: Standard Year long sequences in Micro, Macro, and Econometrics. Research Experience: 1 years as RA on an applied econometrics project in undergrad. 1 year as RA on an empirical project as grad school. Letters of reference: I plan on getting 2 from undergrad stats professors, 1 from graduate school (I think this is acceptable by most schools). Research Interests: Applied/Computational Statistics specifically biostatistics and high frequency finance. I plan on applying to: SUNY Stony Brook, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan, Toronto, University of Western Ontario, Purdue, North Carolina State and Washington. Questions: 1) Should I add/remove any schools from this list? 2) Should I take any courses in the fall to shore up my profile? (Thinking of Time Series Analysis and Stochastic Processes) 3) Will adcoms look past my subpar graduate GPA? I am hoping to improve it in the following semester, since grading is a bit more lenient in field courses than the core. Thanks in advance Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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