Type of Student: Domestic Male

Undergrad Institution: Unknown liberal arts school on the west coast

Major(s): Math, Computer Science

GPA: 3.91, Math GPA: 4.0

GRE Revised General Test:

Q: 170 (98%)

V: 164 (94%)

W: 5.5 (98%)

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:

M: 740 (68%)

Program Applying: PhD in Pure Math

Research Experience: An REU at a California State University sophomore year on graph theory, an REU at Cornell junior year on fractals

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Highest departmental scholarship for a non-senior awarded my freshman year

Recommendations: A strong letter from Cornell, a strong letter from my home university's advisor, a good letter from Math in Moscow

Additional Information:

A paper from the California REU is under review

The Cornell REU resulted in a talk at the Young Mathematicians Conference, but no paper

I did the Cornell REU without funding. Maybe that shows dedication.

Participated in Math in Moscow junior year

Reading courses in algebraic topology, algebraic number theory, functional analysis and category theory because graduate courses aren't available to me

I completed the standard analysis/algebra sequence by my sophomore year and ran out of things to take

Math tutor for 3 years for topics ranging from calculus to topology

Applying to Where:

A wide list ranging from MIT to University of Oregon. Cornell is my top choice optimized for quality and chance I'll get in.

Will my GRE score and the fact I don't come from a well-known school with graduate courses cut me out of the competition? Is it worth my time to apply to any place in the top 5?