I'm not worried about and don't mind being identified, so I'll include some details from my CV. I've also posted this to the corresponding stat/biostat thread at http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/8981 ... tatistics/Undergrad Institution:
Private research university, 30th–40th national university in US News.Major(s):
3.64 (3.89 freshman and sophomore years, 3.07 junior and senior years).Type of Student:
Domestic Asian male.GRE Revised General Test:Q:
5.0 (93%).GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:M:
750 (71%). Since I'm applying to stat PhD programs, I chose not to submit this because I took this after a 2.5-year break (details below), so I felt it was not representative. Submitted only to UC San Diego, who required it and ended up being the only school that admitted me.TOEFL Score:
Ph.D. in statistics.Research Experience:
– Astronomy research during and between two REU summers at home institution; one of 10+ coauthors in ApJ paper.
– One summer of computing-based research between HS junior and senior years; regional finalist in Siemens Competition.Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
– Goldwater Scholarship, both eligible years.
– $10,000/year external scholarship awarded each year at home institution to one STEM major with research aspirations, both eligible years.
– $3000 external scholarship for one semester of study at Oxford.
– Four-year full-tuition merit scholarship from home institution.
– 90th–95th percentiles on Putnam Competition in freshman and sophomore years.Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Research assistant during the aforementioned period. Competitive-application research talk and award at home institution, research talk at undergraduate physics research symposium, invited lecture for NSF-funded high-school math circle, research talk/poster/paper for Siemens Competition, two misc. academic talks.Any Miscellaneous Points that M̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶H̶e̶l̶p̶ Hurt:
Due to illness from my junior year onward, my academic performance deteriorated rapidly and I stopped working on research. In my junior year, I failed a course during study abroad, and received a D in 'Monte Carlo methods' in my second semester, where I had a GPA of 2.95. In my senior year, I completed a total of three courses and withdrew from all others. After my senior year (may 2014), I took a 2.5-year gap for treatment, during which I achieved nothing and was not employed, and in fact I had not yet graduated at the time of application because I still had to submit an essay to satisfy a writing requirement. I have fully recovered, but schools have little more than my word for it.Applying to Where:
(results as of 2017-04-12)U of Washington
- Stat PhD / Rejected on 2017-01-19
.UC San Diego
- Math PhD with specialization in stat / Admitted in first round on 2017-03-01
, $35k 1st year ($10k from 25% TAship), then $20k 2nd–5th year (all from 50% TAship).UC Berkeley
- Stat PhD / Rejected on 2017-03-07
- Stat PhD / Waitlisted on 2017-03-10
. Withdrew application on 2017-04-12.U of Michigan
- Stat PhD / Rejected on 2017-03-14
.UNC Chapel Hill
- Stat PhD / 'Waitlisted' by inquiry on 2017-03-07, I expect rejection
. Waitlisted by email on 2017-04-04
. Withdrew application on 2017-04-12.UMass Amherst
- Math PhD with specialization in stat / 'Waitlisted' by inquiry on 2017-03-07, I expect rejection
. Withdrew application on 2017-04-12.UCLA
- Stat PhD / No response to inquiry on 2017-03-07.
One admission out of eight applications is unimpressive, but evidently it's possible to be admitted even with abysmal junior and senior years. I hope this information helps, and good luck to you!
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regardless of whether you accept them or not. This will help applicants and students, like us, gauge departments, schools, and offers. Thanks!