### Applying to PhD 5 years after my MS

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**Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:19 am**Greetings. I am considering applying to a few PhD programs in the next year or so. I am seeking some advice on beefing up my resume before then. Here is my background:

Bachelors 2007: major: math minor: physics

Masters 2009: Mathematics

My grades in all of my math courses are B or A (with the exception of a C in my first linear algebra course). Since finishing my MS I haves been teaching at a two year college. The courses I primarily teach are pre-calc, Calc 1-3, and ODE.

Some thoughts I had to help my applications:

1. take math GRE (didn't need this for my MS)

2. take a few refresher courses at a university close by as non degree seeking (this university will also be one i apply to for PhD).

3. Attempt to get to know some professors with similar research interests.

Also, I know I will need letters of recommendation. Its been almost 5 years since i have much contact with some of my professors from my undergrad and master programs. How and when should I go about asking them for their help?

Thanks for any advice.

Bachelors 2007: major: math minor: physics

Masters 2009: Mathematics

My grades in all of my math courses are B or A (with the exception of a C in my first linear algebra course). Since finishing my MS I haves been teaching at a two year college. The courses I primarily teach are pre-calc, Calc 1-3, and ODE.

Some thoughts I had to help my applications:

1. take math GRE (didn't need this for my MS)

2. take a few refresher courses at a university close by as non degree seeking (this university will also be one i apply to for PhD).

3. Attempt to get to know some professors with similar research interests.

Also, I know I will need letters of recommendation. Its been almost 5 years since i have much contact with some of my professors from my undergrad and master programs. How and when should I go about asking them for their help?

Thanks for any advice.