hari Posted September 18, 2012 Share Posted September 18, 2012 I'm starting the application cycle for *hopefully attending graduate school next fall, but I'm running into a few questions that I hope someone can answer. I have an interest in both statistics and biostatistics, but I'm not sure which I'd prefer so I'm applying to schools in both fields. I'm pretty set on only applying to masters programs; I have no interest in a phd. Financing them isn't an issue, but I don't really have a clear idea of where I can get in and where I should be aiming. University: One of the largest public universities in US; stats program is pretty small and has been in a lot of flux the past few years Degree: Mathematics, BS in the honors college GPA: 3.63; lots of B+/A- in most of my upper division math courses, and one C. will take two grad courses in stats this year. Internship/Work: Summer Institute in Biostatistics Mathematics / SAT / ACT Tutor ~ for a national tutoring company "Research" in Math Ed ~ a lot of data cleaning, transcription, and admin work; am technically a paid worker on a NSF funded grant though, but no publications Research in Bioinformatics ~ as a freshman, a lot of data cleaning, no publications Community Scholars program ~ did two projects fresh/soph year encouraging public health, a third my junior year encouraging aiding the homeless in our town Honors Thesis ~ will be on bayesian methods in sports analytics Machine Learning Intern ~ developing implementations in matlab of algorithms for a professor this semester Coach ~ of a competitive academic team at my old high school (paid position) Honors: National Merit Scholar Recipient of another well-regarded school scholarship Research Funding Grant from School of Life Sciences Letters of Rec: I think I can get a good one from my biostats/regression professor, and another good one from my professors at SIBS. The third will be weaker and will either be a pure math professor or my thesis advisor, who does not know me well, really .. I can also get one pertaining to my public health community service from a big name at my university. Below are a list of schools that I'm considering: [biostat] harvard uw jhu uc berkeley columbia umich uminn uwm unc chapel hill yale bu upitt upenn [stat] stanford uchicago uw harvard umich cmu ncsu upenn uminn uc davis ucla cornell bu northwestern Even though this is for a masters, location and flexibility are pretty important to me. I'd like to be able to take some electives in machine learning / statistical computing classes, although I'm not sure how common that is. Are any/all of these places reaches for me? Should I be shooting for lower in the rankings? thank you for your time and help! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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