leafpile Posted February 5, 2017 Share Posted February 5, 2017 (edited) Hi everyone! I'm a junior majoring in maths (subtrack stats) and looking for some advice on what to aim for. I admit this is a strange post. I really don't know what to aim for though. Any help is very much appreciated!! ======= Undergrad Institution: Some uni in China (top 15 in China, known for its maths program) Major: Maths, in the statistics subtrack GPA: 3.84 (converted. Since we use the raw score, with 100 being the full score, it's not very informative. Rank: top 5 out of 70 students in the stats subtrack) Awards: Top scholarships in China GRE: (will take it next month) GRE Math: 80% (plan to retake next year) TOEFL: 118 ------- Courses: At my uni: Maths: Analysis I (good), Analysis II (OK), Analysis III (excellent), Linear Algebra I (somewhat bad), Linear Algebra II (very good), ODE (very good), Abstract Algebra (excellent), Probability (OK), Complex Variable (very good), Real Variable (basic Lebesgue measure, good) Others: Physics (excellent), Programming (good), Algorithms (good) Study Abroad (at UC Berkeley): Stochastic Processes (A+), Statistical Computing (Masters level, A-), Theoretical Statistics (PhD level, A+) ------- Experience: No research experience at this moment. ======= I have some interest in PhD programs, although not entirely sure. But because my undergrad institution in not among the most prestigious unis in China (Peking, Tsinghua, and a bunch in Shanghai), from what I heard it's very hard to get into top PhD programs in the US. So I'm thinking about trying to get into the top masters programs, work a few years, and then probably try to apply to PhD programs. I don't know if this is a good idea though. Basically my goal is to get into the top PhD programs. So given my current record (I still have a year before applying!), do I stand any chance getting into the top PhD programs? Is there anything I can do to enhance my application to top masters programs (or possibly not-that-top PhD programs)? Also a specific question: for top master programs (Stanford, Harvard, and UChicago are the few that's on my mind), do research experiences play an important role in the admission decision? Thanks for the help! If you are one of the students anxiously waiting for admission decisions, good luck to you!! Edited February 5, 2017 by leafpile Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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