yosemitesam Posted September 12, 2017 Share Posted September 12, 2017 (edited) Undergrad Institution: Top 20 US Major(s): PhysicsMinor(s): Jazz StudiesGPA: 3.85 Type of Student: US White MaleGRE General Test: (took June 2017) Q: 170 (97%)V: 170 (99%)W: 6.0 (99%) GRE Math Sub: Taking in October, aiming for 70th percentile Programs Applying: Statistics PhD/MS Research Experience: Working now on an independent project developing a model for a private company, will write a paper and submit with my applications as a writing sample Developed a decently performing model for a challenge, think I'll have my name in a published paper as a result (http://www.fragilefamilieschallenge.org/) Worked in a physics lab as a year for a sophomore (It was pretty good but I realized I didn't have a passion for working in labs, and that was about ten years ago now (!), so pretty sure I can't get a reference letter) Worked as an RA for a humanities professor over a summer (just pretty simple clerical stuff; again, this was about 8 years ago) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Phi Beta Kappa, graduated with College Honors in Arts and Sciences, Dean's List every semester, National Merit Scholarship recipientPertinent Activities or Jobs: Developed a simple algorithm for my friend at a large company to make predictions (have to talk to him but I think I'll be able to characterize that as an internship and put it on my CV); 8 years of tutoring math/physics/test prep Courses: Math/Statistics: Honors Calc 3 (took in high school at a top 30 university, A), Matrix Algebra (A), Diff EQ (A), Probability (took this summer at a top 25 university, A+), Mathematical Statistics (took this summer at a top 25 university, A), Real Analysis (taking this fall at a meh state school, was my only option unfortunately) Computer Science: Intro to Computer Programming (A+), Computer Science I (A) Other courses with heavy math component: Intro Microecon (A-), Intermediate Macroecon (took this summer at a top 25 university, A+), many physics classes of course (all A+/A/A- except one B+) Online courses (MOOCs): Econometrics (Coursera), Statistical Learning (Stanford Lagunita, Hastie/Tibshirani), Machine Learning (Coursera, Ng), a few SQL classes, a few classes on R/Python Letters of Recommendation: Undergraduate advisor who I took a math class with and got an A in; mathematical statistics professor who I got an A with; still figuring out third (could be advisor for research project I'm working on now, although I don't get a lot of face time so not sure as of now how strong that letter would be; humanities professor who I worked as a summer RA for who liked me a lot and I tutored her kids for over a year afterward, or possibly one of two graduate students (one who was a TA, one who taught a class) who like me a lot and can speak to my mathematical ability). Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: My research interests are more on the applied side rather than theory Programs considering: PhD: Duke Penn Wharton UNC NC State Columbia UCLA USC Marshall (Data Science and Operations--Statistics) CalTech (Computing and Mathematical Sciences) NYU Northwestern MS: Berkeley Harvard Chicago Concerns: I graduated just about 8 years ago (graduated a semester early). I will turn 30 just before programs start next fall. Not sure how this will affect me? I've taken the GRE, Probability, Mathematical Statistics, and Intermediate Macroecon this year, and will take Real Analysis and the GRE Math Subject test this fall. Plus I've been tutoring all these years. So I'm hoping that will show my readiness to go back to school. I know my math coursework is a little thin. And based on my practice I'm not sure I can count on a math GRE score much past the 70th percentile. I'm hoping that will be enough to be in the running at the programs I'm looking at? I think I'll have two reasonably strong letters, but I'm not sure what to do about the third. Any advice would be appreciated. Any advice on how I can best spend my time between now and when applications are due? I will be taking this Real Analysis class and working on my research project/paper, as well as wrangling rec letters of course. The impression I'm under is that out of the things I can do now that are within my control, the most important things would be maximizing my GRE math subject test score, securing the best rec letters I can, and making this research project/resulting paper as good as possible. Edited September 12, 2017 by yosemitesam Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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