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PhD/MA/MSc programs for graduates with weak-ish profiles

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:54 pm
by IllestGorilla
The title says it all. I chose my undergrad college because of its geology program. The math program was pretty damn weak (three permanent professors, only granted undergraduate degrees, only offered one semester of modern algebra and real analysis). My math background is weak and I'm looking for funded PhD/MSc/MA programs where my application would be competitive. Here is my profile and some of the schools I already plan on applying to. I am mostly aiming for AMS Group II and III schools. Do I stand a chance at getting in to any of these? Are there any others that I should consider?

Undergrad Institution: Rural open-enrollment college in US
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): Applied statistics, geology
GPA: 3.8
Type of Student: domestic white male

Program Applying: pure and applied math

Research Experience: Three regional conference papers in plain-old geology. Two geophysics internships at a NASA center, one culminated in an internal report and the other resulted in a major publication.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Fellow for two years. Top of my cohort in math department.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math tutor for three years. College algebra SI leader for one year.
Misc: I was a geology student for four years before realizing I was mostly interested was in math. I was obsessed with the idea that geology could be more abstracted and quantitative than it already is. Once I took modern algebra I pretty much gave up on geology.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
PhD Programs
University of Wyoming
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Oregon State University
University of Rhode Island
Colorado State University
Texas Tech University
Washington State University
University of Georgia

Master's Programs
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
Lakehead University
Wake Forest University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Re: PhD/MA/MSc programs for graduates with weak-ish profiles

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:32 am
by temporaryacct
You might want to consider post bacc programs. There are a few funded ones if you Google it. They're a good intermediate opportunity for people who want to bolster their math background and be more competitive for grad school applications. You seem to have done well in your other stuff and just haven't had time to do much math, so a post bacc is perfect for you. After doing well in some more math classes you'll have a lot more options for PhD programs.