Hi guys, I have a couple questions -- I appreciate your responses -- I don't have a real firm grasp on the difficulty of getting into certain programs.
#1 Am I wasting my money applying to any of these schools (Pure Math):
3.9 GPA, 55% on Math Subject Test, 20 on Putnam, Excellent Personal Letters of Recommendation, No Research Experience, From Small Unknown School, Teaching Experience, (Courses to Note: 2 Quarters of Abstract Algebra, 2 Quarters Advanced Calculus (Single Var), 1 Quarter of Complex Analysis, 1 Quarter Topology) - So no Real Analysis.
North Carolina State
Second Question: If I get a masters degree at somewhere like Arizona State, Oregon State, Kent State, or University of Idaho -- and I do well, how easy is it to transfer to a better school for a PhD program? (My Eventual goal is to teach, so I won't to go to the best school I can to be competitive in the pool of many applicants.)