edwood wrote:Hello, I have been stalking the decisions thread on here for a long time and next year it's finally my turn to apply. Most people seem to have a slightly different background than mine so I was hoping to get some feedback and reality checks. Here's my profile:
Undergrad Institution: Lower-Tier Ivy
Major: Mathematics (Was engineering before switching in sophomore year)
GPA: ~3.7/4 (~3.8 Math)
Demographic: Domestic white male
Test scores: Haven't taken but should be decent to good.
Courses: Took some CS and statistics classes. Might take actual grad classes in senior year. Nothing impressive.
Experiences: NO RESEARCH AT ALL. However, landed quantitative summer position in top hedge fund.
Looking to apply to Applied Math programs. Should I be looking at top 5-15 schools or is that too ambitious?
korobeiniki wrote:Research for sure is helpful, but unless you're in the running for the Morgan prize I would guess that what you will personally gain from it plus possible rec letters from your research supervisors is more important than the actual research.
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