University of WaterlooMaster's Institution:
University of CambridgeMajor(s):
Pure mathematicsUndergrad GPA:
90.41% CAV; 93.27% major averageType of Student:
Canadian white maleGRE Results:
(From last year; I did not retake the tests this year.)GRE Revised General Test:Q:
4.0 (59%)GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:M:
840 (87%)Program Applying:
Pure Math PhDResearch Experience:
Three summer reaserch projects and one publication.Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
TA for two calculus courses.Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
No grades <90 in pure math. Eight graduate courses in undergrad. Strong background in physics and computer science. I participated in varsity Nordic skiing and currently row for my college.Applying to Where:Toronto
- Deferred from last year. 19.25k direct PhD entry. Four years of funding. Declined. (13/4)CGS-M funding
- Informed that I was selected by the university. 17.5k awarded once. NSERC will formally announce the result at the end of this month. (8/3) Declined. (13/4)OGS funding
- Can't hold OGS and CGS-M concurrently.Cambridge
- Interview invitation (12/1). Interview (29/1). Rejection (5/2).Gates funding
- RIPCCIMI funding
- RIPCopenhagen: Symmetry and Deformation
- Interview invitation (10 students invited in total). (18/12) Interviewed. (23/1) Negative result for reasons specific to my application and potential supervisor.Berlin Mathematical School
- Interview invitation. (22/1) Interviewed in Berlin. (19/2) Offer; funding waitlist. (26/2) Scholarship offer! (8/4) Declined. (15/4)Bonn
- Rejection, no interview (2/2).Oxford
- Rejection (9/3).Chicago
- Rejection (8/2).Cornell
- Rejection (15/2).Columbia
- Rejection (5/2).Berkeley
- Rejection (22/2).Stony Brook
- Expression of interest. (1/3) Non-technical interview. (5/3) Offer. (13/3) Offer letter. (3.14... 159265) 22.5k teaching fellowship (for 9 months of the year, i.e. I'll do internships in the summer) + health insurance. Six years of funding. Accepted. (13/4) N.B. Unconditional.
And with this season wrapped up, I will share officially the most detailed interview summary document (with excess personal details) found on this website
(The only updates to that document are that I was offered BMS funding, and had a bunch or correspondence with many professors as to inform a decision.)Retrospective:
Either way, doing Part III was a very
good decision for me, personally. This should be noted with some disclaimers
The course has no continuous assessment and there are few telling checks of progress. I haven't written exams yet, and can't predict what result I'll get.ii)
Essentially all of the math I learned this year I did alone. Course and their lectures served the purpose of setting a syllabus.iii)
If you have severe hitherto undiagnosed ADHD albeit a steady supply of amphetamines in North America, then note that what happens when one removes stimulants, deadlines, structure, and a expedient medical system, is not pretty, and also highly ridiculous, although if you're in this position then that's probably already a very good description of many things in your life. >_> (If this actually applies to you in the sense that you are in serious need of an ADHD assessment while in the UK or at Cambridge, then maybe track down my email (I probably won't be checking PMs on this site next year) as there is a correct way to navigate the system and this information could have saved two months of beautiful thoughts.)Counterdiscalimer
: Very cantab. Super srs mathmo. Much tripartite. Such career. *Rainbows encircle CMS.* It's a nice place to study math.
This was a formative experience as a person and mathematician. I am happier than I was last year, but mostly because I'm less unhappy. Previous unhappiness stemmed from very individual factors, the overcoming of which largely involved learning how to better manage my life. I think that I will fundamentally do math better in subsequent years for reasons that do not necessarily generalise to you.
My PhD application was much stronger this year. Goodbye application stress. About fourteen months ago, I was pulling 1-2 all nighters every week, subsided mostly on Soylent, and checked GradCafe at least 25 times a day. I checked GradCafe fewer than 10 times in this entire application cycle and have mostly fixed my diet and circadian rhythm.
Apply all over Europe; interviews are a valuable experience (there were US students at BMS days; they cover travel, also most continental European schools don't have an application fee)!