State University of New York at Geneseo (Liberal Arts, State School)Major(s):
Bachelor of Science in MathematicsMinor(s):
3.12/4Type of Student:
(Domestic White Male)
(Didn't study at all for any of these, so I'm pretty happy with these results!
)GRE Revised General Test:Q:
3.5 (42%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:M:
560 (26%) 10/29/16 (Senior)M:
470 (08%) 9/17/16 (Senior)M:
470 (08%) 9/19/15 (Junior)Program Applying:
Mixed areas that involve computation in any sense, like PDE's, Computability Theory, Modeling, etc.
All Mathematics PhD programs (except Carnegie Mellon, a Machine Learning PhD program)Research Experience:
Physics research at my school, which includes the overseeing and supervision of the research of five other undergraduates.Honors/Awards:
Mathematics department memorial scholarship recipient, Dean's List one semester.Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Math learning center tutor, general physics lab instructor (involves independently running a section of physics lab, including making and grading quizzes and tests)Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
Programming and Data Science Club of Geneseo VP, Treasurer, and Co-Founder.
I have also completed 16 upper level undergraduate mathematics courses with a collective GPA of 3.44, with 3 more planned for the spring.
I scored 1/120 on the Putnam exam as a sophomore.
Finally, as an interesting point, I submitted my subject scores to every school I'm applying to, whether pure or applied. I also didn't have my fall grades on my transcript, because I had some major things happen outside of my classes, and didn't want schools to see the awful grades.Notes
I've marked schools in the SUNY (State University of New York) system accordingly.
I've also marked which department I'm applying to (if applicable)
I hope that my profile becomes an inspiration for other awful-looking applicants, so that they know that there is hope for them
It seems like it is the case that even if you suck and have a terrible GPA and test scores, there will be places that will at least consider you, and (like Clemson for me) may even be places that love you from the get-go!
These schools are roughly ordered by preference, and I will keep the list updated as regularly as possible.
These results were updated by me on: 4/15/2017Applying To:Reach:Duke University
- Rejected (poked with an email 2/22, rejected on 2/23, official result on website on 3/13)University of Notre Dame
(Pure Math) - Rejected (poked with an email 2/6, 2/27, rejected 3/3)Johns Hopkins University
(Applied Math) - Rejected (poked with an email 2/22, rejected 3/9)Stony Brook University (SUNY)
(Applied Math) - Rejected (email on 2/21, accepted to unfunded Master's)Carnegie Mellon University
(Machine Learning) - Rejected (email on 2/20)University of Oregon
- Rejected (poked with an email 2/6, rejected later on 2/6)University of Washington
(Applied Math) - Rejected (Accepted to unfunded online Master's, email on 1/25)University of Rochester
- Rejected (poked with an email 2/6, 3/3, rejected 3/7)Less-of-a-Reach:Claremont University
- Rejected (poked with an email 2/6, admitted to Master's on 2/8, no tuition waiver but a $10,000 fellowship)Clemson University
- Accepted (With likely funding on 2/5, offered $17,000 TA-ship on 2/8, visited on 2/28-3/1, offer accepted 4/14) ATTENDIN
GRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Accepted (poked with an email 2/6, 3/3, waitlisted 3/6, poked again and sort-of-kind-of unofficially accepted 3/21, actually accepted 3/24 (no funding yet), visited 3/29-3/30, and offer declined, still with no funding, on 4/13)University of Buffalo (SUNY)
- Rejected (poked with an email 2/6, rejected by email 2/28)Worcester Polytechnic Institute
(Applied Math) - Accepted (poked with an email 2/6, 3/3, asked to visit (but no acceptance yet) on 3/21, visited 3/28-3/29, accepted with $18K TA-ship on 4/4, offer declined 4/10)Binghamton University (SUNY)
- Accepted (with no funding, 1/25, declined 2/8)Clarkson University
- Accepted (poked with an email 2/6, accepted on 2/22 with partial tuition assistance of $8,070, but no tuition waiver, on 3/13 on waitlist for full TA-ship, offer declined 3/27)
In similar vein to what the user bsplitter wrote, I want to leave a couple tips for applicants in future years. I don't have the best applicant's profile; poor GPA, math and overall, poor test scores, non-math research, and so on, and I was still considered for a fair number of PhD programs given my stats. Be proud of your accomplishments and let yourself shine through in your application, and you'll get into somewhere that will value you as a person, and know that some of these ‘negatives’ from your past aren’t actually negatives at all; my first semester GPA being a stunning 1.98 made me less afraid to take courses that might hurt my GPA, and so I took all the math courses I could, regardless of the consequences. I made my love of mathematics as a broad field apparent in my application, and this was what caused Clemson to accept me among their first bout of acceptances! I’ll always remember being on my visit to Clemson, sitting down with the chair of the department, and having his eyes light up when I said who I was, because in that moment he said that he remembered my application particularly, because the level of breadth across all of mathematics that I had in my coursework had especially caught his eye, and that he had felt it perfect for the program at Clemson, which emphasizes this breadth.
I also wanted to recommend to people who plan on posting profiles to this site; don't be afraid to chat to people in messages or on the forum; bsplitter is going to be my roommate at Clemson this coming year, all because I had noticed that he was applying to Clemson too and decided to message him!
We're all people, and so I definitely think that everyone should get connected with the other users on here, especially since we're all going to be a part of the same small network of mathematicians one day (hopefully, at least )