The data found in this forum is incredibly helpful, and assisted me ichoosing my school list in terms of which school is match, safety or reach. Hopefully my data will help others next year just like the ones before us helped us this year.

**Undergrad Institution:** Top 10 Private in the US

**Major(s):** Mathematics, Physics

**Minor(s):**
**GPA:** 3.896/4.000 (math gpa: 3.942, lowest grade is C in a upper level physics course)

**Type of Student:** Domestic/International Asian Male (US and Canadian dual citizenship)

**GRE Revised General Test:**
**Q:** 169 (xx%)

**V:** 166 (xx%)

**W:** 5.0 (xx%) I'll add the percentiles later have to check, this isn't important anyways

**GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:**
Cannot take.

**TOEFL Score:** (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) (if applicable)

Not Applicable

**Program Applying:** Pure Math

**Research Experience:** Did an arguable competitive REU, and we ended up with two papers - one of them has already been published; the other one was rejected by the first journal we submitted to, and is currently being reviewed in the second journal. Also, did independent work with a professor at my university in the area of homological algebra and resulted in a paper published, in which I was a primary author. Tried doing some research in physics but did not end up with any publications or results, guess physics is just not my cup of tea. Senior thesis is a requirement at my school, and I'll be doing it in differential topology. To sum it up, 2 papers published as authors and 1 paper submitted in review (it's been over a year don't know what to expect at this point).

**Awards/Honors/Recognitions:** I did receive a major scholarship for my undergraduate studies in the US, otherwise my family can never afford the tuition charged by American universities. I participated in some high school math contests but never finishes in the top. I took the Putnam but never got any honorable mentions or fellow, I did score double digit twice on it. My advisor told me to put it down as an 'accomplishment' when I am applying to doctorate programs but I have my doubts.

**Pertinent Activities or Jobs:** Did some tutoring in my department and at the library, graded for calculus for two semesters and analysis for another two semesters (the four semesters are disjoint)

**Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:** Took 9 graduate courses in mathematics and 1 in physics. Currently taking 2 graduate courses in math and probably 3 more before I get my degree.

**Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:** I finished secondary school in Canada but I am a US citizen (from one side of my parents) so that probably helps. I am getting my letters from my REU supervisor, my current thesis advisor and the professor I did independent research with in commutative algebra. So I should have 3 strong if not very strong letters, hopefully. Ironically, all 3 of the professors are from MIT from a certain point of view (technically, one of them was an MIT undergraduate not PhD graduate, so 2).

**Applying to Where:** (Color use here is welcome)

Reach!!

Harvard - submitted Oct 14

MIT - submitted Oct 14

Princeton - submitted Nov 16

UCLA - submitted Nov 16

Cornell - submitted Nov 19

Berkeley - submitted Nov 19

Match?

Alberta - submitted Oct 20,

accepted Nov 15!! + funding CAD 35000 but no tuition remission, extended reply deadline from end of year to end of March
UC San Diego - submitted Nov 12

UC Santa Barbara - submitted Nov 12

Minnesota - submitted Nov 12

Ohio State - submitted Nov 16

Toronto - submitted Nov 16

UC Davis - submitted Nov 19

UIC - submitted Nov 24

Texas A&M - submitted Nov 24

Indiana U at Bloomington - submitted Nov 25

Arguably Safeties

Calgary - submitted Oct 15,

first unofficial acceptance Nov 12 + supervisor of choice + funding around CAD 48000 (no tuition remission)
Louisiana State - submitted Oct 16,

withdrawn Nov 17
Oregon State - submitted Oct 21+-3 days,

withdrawn Nov 16
Boston U - submitted Oct 22,

withdrawn Nov 16
Iowa - submitted Oct 25,

withdrawn Nov 17
Kansas - submitted Oct 25,

withdrawn Nov 17
Probable Safeties (last line of defense or gap year)

Concordia - submitted Oct 16,

withdrawn Nov 17
Kansa State - submitted Oct 21,

withdrawn Nov 14
Nebraska - submitted Oct 22 or 23,

withdrawn Nov 14
I definitely applied to too many programs, if I knew the Canadian programs I applied to get back to me that quickly I would have waited. Being a Canadian citizen definitely helps with my Canadian applications, but I do think Canadian schools are overlooked by applicants, especially the ones from the US. I am the only person I know at my college applying to Canadian schools no one seems interested. There are some very strong programs out there i.e. UBC, Toronto McGill and Alberta, not sure why no one wants to apply there, maybe it's the cold climate that turns people away. Being a lifelong resident of Alberta we are used to very cold temperature