Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

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Integreat
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Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by Integreat » Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:36 am

Applications are coming up, channel your nervous energy here!

Currently finishing up my NSF GRFP app and asking professors for letters of recommendation! Also started working on scholarships for Part III b/c I need that sweet, sweet funding

pugaixia
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by pugaixia » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:49 pm

Any one knows how long it takes to get Sep 2019 test score? Literally 5 weeks? Couldn't be any sooner? :D

gx34
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by gx34 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:39 pm

My April results took about 3 weeks.

Integreat
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by Integreat » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:10 pm

pugaixia wrote:Any one knows how long it takes to get Sep 2019 test score? Literally 5 weeks? Couldn't be any sooner? :D
I took it in April (4/6) and received the email saying scores were available on 5/3. So for me, just under four weeks.

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by pugaixia » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:37 pm

Thanks for the info guys.

Integreat
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by Integreat » Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:36 pm

Anyone else applying to NSF GRFP? They seem very strict about formatting (e.g., using Word), but I found out some people submitted their applications in previous years in TeX. Not sure what I should do now!

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by Cyclicduck » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:41 am

Technically they don't require it to be in Word, as long as you follow the font/size/etc. guidelines. This can be done in TeX, but personally I'd rather just be safe and use the template they give because, as you say, they're very strict. After all Word is sufficient for what I need to express in this case, so my only concern would be with my personal loss of integrity and morality by using Word for something mathematically related.

MathParent
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by MathParent » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:58 pm

Anyone knows if there is any harm in reporting both general and subject GRE score, if they state on the department requirements that only subject is mandatory? It is not always clear, whether "just subject" is the Math department requirement, and whether or not there is some general grad school requirements for this university (and they indeed do expect general GRE as well). Is it safe to just sent both?

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by Cyclicduck » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:41 am

There's no harm in reporting both unless the general score is worryingly bad. However, it is doubtful that the general score will help in such cases.

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by 6ix9ine » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:27 pm

Hey yall, I'm a current first year grad student at Purdue with an interest in AG, CA, and AT. Feel free to ask any questions!

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by yhimanshu484 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:28 am

6ix9ine wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:27 pm
Hey yall, I'm a current first year grad student at Purdue with an interest in AG, CA, and AT. Feel free to ask any questions!
What is this AG, CA and AT?

MathParent
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by MathParent » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:40 am

yhimanshu484 wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:28 am
6ix9ine wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:27 pm
Hey yall, I'm a current first year grad student at Purdue with an interest in AG, CA, and AT. Feel free to ask any questions!
What is this AG, CA and AT?
Let me make a wild guess...
Algebraic Geometry, Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Topology??
Come one, yhimanshu484, you are a mathematician. I am just a mother of one (well, I am an Engineer, too).

6ix9ine
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by 6ix9ine » Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:50 pm

MathParent wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:40 am
Come one, yhimanshu484, you are a mathematician. I am just a mother of one (well, I am an Engineer, too).
Yup 3 for 3! Oof...no need to end this user's career in math before it even starts

MathParent
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by MathParent » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:58 pm

6ix9ine wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:50 pm
Yup 3 for 3! Oof...no need to end this user's career in math before it even starts
Sorry, yes, you are right. It is nervous time! I am on edge too. And you see, unlike you guys, I cannot do anything about it! If I were applying myself, I'd be in a position to influence things. When you are a parent - you just watch - and trust me, it is more difficult than actually doing...

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by yhimanshu484 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:21 pm

6ix9ine wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:50 pm
MathParent wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:40 am
Come one, yhimanshu484, you are a mathematician. I am just a mother of one (well, I am an Engineer, too).
Yup 3 for 3! Oof...no need to end this user's career in math before it even starts
Hey ! I am just a student of mathematics, not a mathematician :D.
6ix9ine I am interested in topology and geometry, can you suggest me some universities which can be a good safety school.
As of now I have shortlisted these 7 universities:
UCB
UCLA
University of Texas Austin
Cornell
University of Wisconsin Madison
Rutgers
SUNY Stony Brook
The last three are my safety schools. But I need some more safety school to apply for.

6ix9ine
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by 6ix9ine » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:53 pm

Isn't Stony Brook like the garden of Eden for those interested in geometry/topology? I probably wouldn't consider UW-Madison or Stony Brook a safety school unless you know for a fact that you're god-tier. One school I do know of that wants more students interested in geometric aspects of topology is UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago). They have some very good faculty (Kevin Whyte, Julius Ross, David Dumas, Daniel Groves, and more) in these areas. I definitely also recommend UIC for people interested in Algebraic Geometry and Logic.

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by yhimanshu484 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:39 am

6ix9ine wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:53 pm
Isn't Stony Brook like the garden of Eden for those interested in geometry/topology? I probably wouldn't consider UW-Madison or Stony Brook a safety school unless you know for a fact that you're god-tier. One school I do know of that wants more students interested in geometric aspects of topology is UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago). They have some very good faculty (Kevin Whyte, Julius Ross, David Dumas, Daniel Groves, and more) in these areas. I definitely also recommend UIC for people interested in Algebraic Geometry and Logic.
I have talked to some professor here at my institute and they said that I can consider them safe, but I doubted it, given such good reputation of these institute the competition will be quite tough. But the reason behind their recommendations is that some of my seniors have been selected in UW-Madsion and other good institute and their profile was quite same to mine. However, I am still looking for some safe institute to apply. UIC is also highly ranked, so how can one consider it a safe place to apply.

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by Integreat » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:23 am

6ix9ine wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:53 pm
Isn't Stony Brook like the garden of Eden for those interested in geometry/topology?
My advisor also thinks very highly of Stony Brook. He got accepted there and to Cornell, and said he went chose SB over Cornell in a heartbeat despite the latter's name value. I also know of someone who got into Princeton but was rejected from SB.
yhimanshu484 wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:21 pm
I am interested in topology and geometry, can you suggest me some universities which can be a good safety school.
Consider Duke, NYU, UPenn, Notre Dame (off the top of my head, Mark Behrens is there), UNC. The latter two might be considered "safety" schools.

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by yhimanshu484 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:58 am

Integreat wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:23 am
6ix9ine wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:53 pm
Isn't Stony Brook like the garden of Eden for those interested in geometry/topology?
My advisor also thinks very highly of Stony Brook. He got accepted there and to Cornell, and said he went chose SB over Cornell in a heartbeat despite the latter's name value. I also know of someone who got into Princeton but was rejected from SB.
yhimanshu484 wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:21 pm
I am interested in topology and geometry, can you suggest me some universities which can be a good safety school.
Consider Duke, NYU, UPenn, Notre Dame (off the top of my head, Mark Behrens is there), UNC. The latter two might be considered "safety" schools.
UNC Chapel Hill is also high ranked, so why is it considered safe?

MathParent
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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by MathParent » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:54 am

6ix9ine wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:53 pm
Isn't Stony Brook ...
6ix9ine - what would you say be large safety schools for someone who is into Algebra? Is Stony Brook a geometry heaven only, or Algebra too? The list of reach and fit sorta exists already, but I am trying to push my kid to add more safeties...

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by 6ix9ine » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:52 pm

MathParent wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:54 am
6ix9ine - what would you say be large safety schools for someone who is into Algebra? Is Stony Brook a geometry heaven only, or Algebra too? The list of reach and fit sorta exists already, but I am trying to push my kid to add more safeties...
What type of algebra are we talking? I really only talked to professors interested in classical algebraic geometry (my advisor was a Joe Harris student), commutative algebra (F-module, D-module, and local cohomology) and algebraic topology (Derived algebraic geometry and Homotopy Theory to be specific) so I really only know about schools who have people in those areas. There's other big areas of algebra such as algebraic number theory, arithmetic geometry, representation theory, geometric group theory, and a few others. While I may not know much about school for these areas, I do have friends who particularly looked for schools in these areas.

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Re: Fall 2020 Sweat Thread

Post by MathParent » Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:38 am

6ix9ine wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:52 pm
What type of algebra are we talking? I really only talked to professors interested in classical algebraic geometry (my advisor was a Joe Harris student), commutative algebra (F-module, D-module, and local cohomology) and algebraic topology (Derived algebraic geometry and Homotopy Theory to be specific) so I really only know about schools who have people in those areas. There's other big areas of algebra such as algebraic number theory, arithmetic geometry, representation theory, geometric group theory, and a few others. While I may not know much about school for these areas, I do have friends who particularly looked for schools in these areas.
Algebraic Topology and Algebraic Geometry mainly. May be Representation Theory. Thank you.



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