djysyed wrote:ALG1997 wrote:I emailed Berkeley and Clemson about if my application was still being considered, and neither has replied. It's been 3 days, and since I've been rejected by Chicago and MSRI, I'm getting worried. Why don't programs notify you if you've been declined? And I'm the top sophomore at my school, so what do they expect? If the people who have been accepted don't mind, what are your stats? What classes have you taken, have you done research before, etc?
Chicago is primarily UChicago students so don't be too worried. From what I've seen, REUs really just accept students with all sorts of backgrounds. Rise mentioned above that quite a few of his peers didn't really know much mathematics beyond group theory. If you're someone who has taken graduate courses, then you attend an institution where there is research so, REUs will wonder why you haven't chosen to do research at your own institution.
I've taken the real analysis sequence, I'm finishing the abstract algebra sequence, and I'm also in graduate complex analysis. 4.0 Math GPA (3.8 overall), and a sophomore. There are no research opportunities at my school, except for masters students writing a thesis. Trust me, I've asked. What am I supposed to do if I don't get in anywhere? How can people who haven't taken most of these courses get into REUs but I can't? I feel like my hard work has been a waste.