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Profile Review/Where do I have a chance?!

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:55 am
by emerald123
Lost on which schools to apply for this fall, I can't seem to tell which ones I could actually have a chance for!

I plan to apply to Applied Math PhD programs only, since that is definitely what I plan to study.

Here are my stats:
Undergrad Institution: Liberal Arts, Top 5
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): None
GPA: 3.79, Math GPA 3.83
Type of Student: Domestic white female (low income, pretty sure this doesn't matter)

GRE Revised General Test:
-Have not taken yet, taking soon. I expect to score ok on quantitative, but not great on verbal (dyslexic here!). Overall scores not special/great.
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
NOT TAKING! I will bomb it I guarantee.

Program Applying: Applied Mathematics PhD. I am interested in biological applications.

Research Experience: 1 REU in biomathematics in disease modeling, with a publication from that REU. Honors senior thesis research for 2 years in dynamical systems applied to neuroscience (own completely original research).

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduating with honors
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for ODE, Calculus tutor, Quantitative Skills tutor, Middle school algebra student teacher
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Female??? Not much access to courses since I go to LAC, but one of the top LACs in the country
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: 3 letters all from Professors who know me quite well, 1 letter from my advisor who is *extremely* well known in biomathematics (this is going to be a really good letter)

I find all these schools I would love to apply to, like University of Washington AMath, Cornell, University of Maryland College Park, UNC-Chapel Hill, Carnegie Mellon, Brown... the list goes on and on but I just don't think I have a chance at these top places (all for applied math, no pure).

Any advice on more middle-tier applied math places that might accept with stats like mine?

Re: Profile Review/Where do I have a chance?!

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:38 am
by ponchan
Arizona and NC State, for example, have strong applied departments that you might want to check out. I know people with similar resumes who were accepted to both. These people had mGRE scores in the 50s. I'm not sure if their applications would have been weaker if they had not submitted these scores.

Re: Profile Review/Where do I have a chance?!

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:31 am
by Rise
You need to take the Subject Test for some (if not all) of those schools that you listed. You have a good math GPA, letters, and a publication. If you do well on the Subject Test you'll be competitive at all of the top schools.

Re: Profile Review/Where do I have a chance?!

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:15 am
by DDswife
What is LAC?

Re: Profile Review/Where do I have a chance?!

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:59 pm
by emerald123
DDswife wrote:What is LAC?

LAC=liberal arts college

Re: Profile Review/Where do I have a chance?!

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:35 pm
by DDswife

Why do you say that you would bomb the test? You got good grades. You were a tutor and a TA. I am a tutor myself, and a fellow tutor always says that you can only get better if you tutor. My husband used to say that you don't really know a subject till you have taught it several times. I tend to agree with both of them, and you have this advantage. For sure, I would use it if I was you.

You should be able to take it. Quit being scared and face it. You can do it. You still can retake it (many times) if it is not as good as you want it to be, or to stop the reporting of the grades to schools. So, go ahead and do it. You could do great and get accepted into the best ones.

I never took the MGRE but I have great respect for this test. I have studied for years and I have been getting better because of it. At least half of problems are easy or doable. Don't try to solve all of them. Concentrate in the one you can do. Instead of trying to solve 66 problems (or whatever number of problems there are in the test), just try to do 40 or 50, but do them really good. Time is a huge constraint. But this is like this for everybody.

While studying, concentrate on doing MGRE kind of problems by as many methods as you possibly can. The more methods you can think of, the more flexible you will get at solving them. That will help you quite a bit while taking the actual test.

Good luck.