I've been accepted to GVSU, denied from Clemson, and still waiting to hear back from everyone else. I'm wanting to hear back from Michigan-Dearborn pretty soon but doubt it'll happen; I asked them and they said about two weeks from this past Friday. As soon as I accept an offer (in the next two days) I'll mark myself "off the market" on mathprograms.org to save time for everyone involved.
ElectronicGeek wrote:I've received offers from the GVSU REU and the WPI Industrial REU. Does anyone have any advice which one I should accept? I'm interested in both pure and applied math, so I don't have too much of a preference either way.
Nice! We may end up meeting each other pretty soon in Michigan!
For anyone wondering what my application looked like:
Home institution: University of Arizona
Major: Mathematics, Computer Science
GPA Overall: 3.86
Math GPA: 4.0
Awards: Dean's List for 4 semesters, missed Dean's List this fall though. Two poster presentation awards, one from JMM and one from the Shenandoah symposium. A few random computer science competition awards.
Experience: One past REU
In my essay, I tried to answer as straightforward as possible the three questions they asked. My essay was almost exactly 1,000 words long. I also tried to convey as much personality as possible and try to portray myself as the type of person you'd want to hang around and work with for an entire summer. I think (and this is pure speculation) that that plays a larger role in the selection process than anything else.
My transcript has quite a few blemishes (including a C in a physics course the semester before I applied
), I come from a large research based university, and I found several pretty embarrassing typos in my essay after I submitted it. The imposter syndrome is real, but I'm going to approach it like I try to approach everything else; with enthusiasm and thankfulness!
**Edit to appease starlord37: I've taken graduate level linear algebra, ordinary diff eqs, applied math, group theory, and currently in ring theory.