khsf45 Posted September 19, 2016 Share Posted September 19, 2016 Undergrad Institution: Large State UniversityMajor: MathematicsMinor: NoneGPA: 3.4 Overall; 3.6 major Undergrad Institution: Large State UniversityMajor: MPH in BiostatisticsGPA: 3.97 Type of Student: Domestic female Courses/ Background: Undergrad: Calc 1-3, Differential equations, linear algebra, advanced calculus, proof writing, complex variables and applications, abstract algebra 1 and 2, real analysis 1, probability theory, methods of optimization, number theory, programming course (python) Grad: statistical programming, probability/statistical Inference, generalized linear models/categorical variables, survival analysis, linear mixed models, externship, thesis, and some public health/epi related courses. Grades: all As except for one public health seminar course (A-) Currently ongoing: real analysis 2, stochastic processes The dip in my undergrad GPA mostly comes from one really bad year in undergrad. My lowest grade was a C in abstract algebra 1, but then I got an A in abstract algebra 2. My grades in the rest of my undergrad math courses are A/A- and a few B+s. My classes now are going well so far, and even though it’s a bit early to tell I think I can manage As in both (fingers crossed!). GRE scores: 160 Q; 160 V; 4.5 W (Didn't study the first time; planning to retake next month. Based on practice exams, I think I’ll do much better) Programming Languages: R, SAS, SPSS, Python, C++, MATLAB, Open/WinBUGS, STAN Research Experience: Research assistant working with survey data for an epidemiological research group, 2 analysis projects, 2 data management. No publications. Externship for MPH: 3 stats projects. 2 basic analysis projects, 1 project working with trajectory data (submitted for publication). Thesis for MPH: Working on manuscript, first author. Might not be submitted by the time I submit applications. It was an application of joint mixed modeling and latent class models. Current: Have been working as a biostatistician for a research group for one year. Work consists of: genomics, functional data analysis, wavelets, Bayesian analyses, mixed models, joint modeling of longitudinal outcomes, and analysis of neuroimaging data. No publications yet, but there are a few manuscripts in the works. Other Relevant Experience: Teaching Calculus for four years (2 years TAing during undergrad, 2 teaching university classes after graduating undergrad). Math tutor (from arithmetic through graduate level courses) for 6 years. Covering some lectures for a graduate stats course. Honors/Awards: Some scholarships in both undergrad and grad, teaching award from undergrad, a couple of small departmental math awards from undergrad (nothing exciting, just little competitions in our department) Letters of Recommendation: Current boss (biostatistician – also my thesis advisor) Another stats professor (biostatistician) Externship supervisor (biostatistician) Chair of department All know me very well and have either taught me or worked with me for a while. On list to apply to: University of Michigan University of Minnesota Emory Purdue Colombia (either PhD or DrPH in biostatistics) UCLA (either PhD or DrPH in biostatistics) UNC Chapel Hill University of Washington Brown Johns Hopkins University of Illinois Chicago I know I’m reaching with some of the schools (especially considering my undergrad GPA). I would appreciate suggestions for any schools to add/remove from the list based on my profile. I am not set on applying to all of these schools, I want to narrow the list and make it more realistic before I submit my applications. One more question: I’m working as a biostatistician right now. If I don’t get in to a school I’m happy with or don’t get enough funding, what should I do in the upcoming year to increase my chances for the next time around? Hopefully I would have some publications by then, but I’m usually not the stopgap in the process of getting the manuscripts finished, so there is not much I can do to speed up that process. I'm open to taking more courses if you have suggestions. Thank you so much! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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