2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

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2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by confused.graduate » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:31 am

Allow me to start the party! This is certainly an unusual year, stay safe everyone. :D

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[b]Undergrad Institution:[/b] (School or type of school (such as Big state/Lib Arts/Ivy/Technical/Foreign (Country?))
[b]Type of Student:[/b] (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?)

[b]GRE Revised General Test:[/b]
[b]Q:[/b] xxx (xx%)
[b]V:[/b] xxx (xx%)
[b]W:[/b] x.x (xx%)
[b]GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:[/b]
[b]M:[/b] xxx (xx%)

[b]TOEFL Score:[/b] (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) (if applicable)

[b]Program Applying:[/b] (Pure Math/Applied Math/Statistics/Operation Research/Biostatistics)

[b]Research Experience:[/b] (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications or conference talks etc...)
[b]Awards/Honors/Recognitions:[/b] (Within your school or outside?)
[b]Pertinent Activities or Jobs:[/b] (Such as tutor, TA, etc...)
[b]Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:[/b] (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
[b]Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:[/b]

[b]Applying to Where:[/b] (Color use here is welcome)
[u]School[/u] - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
[u]School[/u] - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
[u]School[/u] - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined

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Re: 2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by confused.graduate » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:59 am

Undergrad Institution: Private university in Pennsylvania
Major(s): French, Mathematics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.58 out of 4.00 (Math 3.55)
Type of Student: Domestic Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 159 (69%), 163 (79%), 163 (80%)
V: 160 (85%), 159 (82%), 157 (75%)
W: 4.0 (57%), 4.5 (80%), 4.0 (57%)
Not submitting unless required to

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: Cannot take due to human malware

TOEFL Score: Not Applicable

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: Nothing worth mentioning. Have been offered an undergraduate research scholarship for this summer but turned into an independent study class. Applied to this REU really close to home but was ghosted. :evil:
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: On the dean's list almost every semester, received 4 math departmental scholarships. Studied abroad in Europe for one semester, it wasn't a math study abroad just a regular study abroad.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutored college algebra and precalculus in my deparment.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Some of the classes that I will be taking this year are undergraduate/graduate cross registration classes, 2 of which (advanced calculus and modern algebra) will be on my Fall 2020 transcript. They are technically not graduate classes but there will probably be graduate students in the class. Will have 4 of these classes (adv calc 1/2, modern algebra 1/2) by graduation assuming I don't drop the ball. :D
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: One of my professor is a semi-close friend of my mom - when in high school she invites her over for events and dinners. So I am expecting at least one very strong letter. I am also diagnosed with test anxiety under ADA, which might help with my lower GPA. Being female (under-represented minority) definitely helps my application.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)


Ohio State
Stony Brook
Texas Austin
UNC Chapel Hill
UW Madison
Washington (Seattle)

Michigan State
Penn State
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Santa Barbara

Would be nice if they have common app for graduate schools :P
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Re: 2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by lebesgueboy98 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:26 pm

Strange year, indeed. Best of luck!! 8)

Undergrad Institution: Public Liberal Arts
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: Major 4.00/4.00, overall 3.95/4.00
Type of Student: Domestic Hispanic Male

GRE Revised General Test: N/A
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: N/A

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Both pure and applied (PhD) programs!

Research Experience: 3 NSF REU programs (one online due to COVID) in noncommutative geometry, applied analysis, and applied linear algebra. Summer research internship at MIT, senior honors thesis in functional analysis and applications to signal processing, McNair research project in computational and applied astrophysics with fluid mechanics (writing mathematical models). Currently have 1 publication, and working on 4 more that I should have submitted by the time applications are due! :D

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Goldwater Scholar, McNair Scholar, and 14 other scholarships specific to my university/local organizations including 2 multicultural and 12 other mathematics related academic awards.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Teaching assistant for topology, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and real analysis. Summer mentor for math tutoring program at my university, and co-organizer for Sonia Kovalevsky day at my institution (an event to for middle and high school girls and underrepresented students interested in mathematics). President of my university's math club and mathematics honor society for the 2018-2019 academic year, lots of volunteer service in the math department as well (assisting with book sales, pi-day events, the high school mathematics competition etc.).

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Graduate Fourier analysis class and 3 other graduate level classes at my institution (measure theory, functional analysis, and commutative algebra). Hispanic-American member of the LGBTQ+ community, connections at MIT, Cornell, Texas A&M, U of Minnesota, WSU, and KSU. One letter writer is a faculty at MIT, letters should be "very strong" according to those who have red them in the past.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Summer program in geometric analysis at Princeton and in commutative algebra at U of Notre Dame during the summer of 2018. Over 20 oral presentations in various research areas as well as 6 posters. Have presented work at the Joint Mathematics Meetings since my first-year as on campus, gave two talks at YMC, and presented research at an MIT conference this summer. Programming experience in MatLab, Python, Maple, and Mathematica.

*NSF GRFP Application Submitted on 10/19/2020*

Applying to Where:

Yale - Applied Mathematics (submitted 9/10/2020)
Rice - Applied Mathematics (submitted 10/04/2020)
Rice - Mathematics (submitted 10/03/2020)
Princeton - Applied Mathematics (submitted 9/17/2020)
Washington State University - Mathematics (submitted 9/9/2020)
Kansas State University - Mathematics (submitted 9/13/2020)
University of Minnesota - Mathematics (submitted 10/6/2020)
MIT - Mathematics (submitted 10/6/2020)
Cornell - Applied Mathematics
Harvard - Applied Mathematics
MIT - Computational Science & Engineering
MIT - Physics
Brown - Applied Mathematics
Texas A&M - Mathematics
CU-Boulder - Mathematics
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Re: 2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by pkzrd » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:33 am

Taking this down. Good luck. :D
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Re: 2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by jeffreygreenschtein » Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:49 pm

toots mcgoots
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Re: 2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by sqwylfthsk » Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:27 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small Public University
Major(s): Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering (Dual Degrees)
GPA: 3.1 / 4.0
Flavor of Student: Vanilla (DWM)

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (80%)
V: 167 (98%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
Cancelled. This is probably a huge negative for me; I usually test pretty well.
Program Applying: Applied, Ideally interdisciplinary. Logic, Topology, Probability, Differential Geometry. Hopefully PhD, though funded masters would be alright in the short-term - especially since I definitely have some rust around the edges

Research Experience: Semester at a lab, otherwise nada
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A few deans lists, A few course awards, some Putnam points, a bunch of irrelevant ECs
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Graded for a semester, 2 Engineering Internships, 4 years working as an engineering consultant in industry
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I have some solid work experience, hopefully can wrap that into a decent story. It's ultimately my industry experiences that've pushed me to get the degree. No idea how that'll play out in admissions - any advice from you folk is much appreciated.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I never worried about GPA at school, and it's had ~0 impact on my professional life but here we are. In my defense, I ran a gauntlet of nonstop technical courses finishing two degrees while dealing with ECs, girlfriend, etc. But this is obviously the hurdle to overcome in trying to convince an admissions committee I'm not a goober. Have some solid recs from industry folk, but reaching out to professors from ~4-6 years ago has been a grab bag. This process sucks, but I get it.

Applying to Where:
Not sure where these rate on the donations/delusions/decent scale. Also looking for more programs that might suit my profile, ideally in the Midwest

Michigan, Ann Arbor - PhD, AIM
Michigan State- MSIM
CMU - PhD, Pure and Applied Logic
Notre Dame PhD, Mathematics
Indiana Bloomington PhD, Mathematics

Hawaii Manoa - M.A., Mathematics
Alaska Fairbanks - M.S., Mathematics

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Re: 2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by lovisharora » Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:27 am

Undergrad Institution: Top Tier College in India
Major(s): Computer Science, Economics (Dual Degree)
GPA: 4.0/4.0
Type of Student: International (India), Male
GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 156 (72%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 680/990 (54%) :(

TOEFL Score: Yet to give

Program Applying: Masters in Pure Math/Applied Math

Research Experience:
I did my undergraduate thesis on applications of number theory in Blockchain Technology under supervision of instructors from Economics and Mathematics department of my university.

Was awarded 80% scholarship on Tuition fee every semester in my undergraduate studies for exceptional performance.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
I was a part of Mathematics Special Interest Group(MSIG) involving 15 students across all undergraduate students of university.
I was a part of Mathematics lecture series on Combinatorics.
I was an online tutor of Mathematics for close to one and a half year.

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
I took a course on Number Theory with Maths students and ended up second out of 160 students taking that course.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I got a positive feedback from my peers during my stay at Hostel for my teaching abilities. Tutored a large number of students for quant section of General GRE.
Got A's in all Mathematics related courses.

Applying to Where:

Georgia Tech
Wisconsin Madison

Oregon State

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Re: 2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by saucy_marmalade » Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:39 am

Undergrad Institution: Medium(?) State
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): CS
GPA: 4.0/4.0
Type of Student: Domestic

GRE Revised General Test: N/A
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: N/A

Program Applying: Applied Math PhD

Research Experience: REU in graph and number theory, resulted in three published papers. REU like thing at top university in applied math/machine learning, paper in progress.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Hired as contractor at well known lab due to success in summer research.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Strong recommendations.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Studied at BSM.

Applying to Where:
Harvard SEAS
University of British Columbia
University of Colorado - Boulder
University of Washington - Seatlle

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Re: 2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by lazy.student » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:24 pm

Undergrad Institution: University of California != LA or Berkeley
Major(s): Mathematics + Computer Science
Minor(s): Linguistics
Cumulative GPA=3.83, Math GPA=3.94, CS GPA=4.00
Type of Student: White boy

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (80%)
V: 149 (31%)
W: 4.0 (55%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: N/A

Program Applying: Ph.D in Mathematics

Research Experience: One REU and 3 quarters of independent studies in combinatorics and algebraic topology. By the time of graduation I should have a senior thesis in algebraic combinatorics. No publications.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: University (local UC only) scholarship, dean's list every quarter. I also got a scholarship from my high school for the duration of college for having the highest weighted GPA in mathematics.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Graded for college algebra, calculus, linear algebra and real analysis.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: My thesis supervisor and independent studies professor seems to have connections at other University of Californias (so do other faculty members I believe). They both strongly recommended me applying to UCSD and Washington so I assume they both have connections there (yes that gives away I'm also not at UCSD lol). Not sure if this helps but I'm local from California (elementary/middle/high school as well as college). Both my parents are graduates of USC. My parents house is actually in Pasadena and I've lived here since childhood but I doubt that would increase my chances at Caltech or UCLA.

I completed the first year graduate analysis and algebra sequence, as well as three quarters (our school uses a quarter system) of higher graduate algebra, analysis, algebraic topology and differential geometry. Also taken two seminars in representation theory and differential topology. I should have 6 more quarters of graduate courses upon graduation.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I prefer to stay in the west coast so I am only applying to schools here. Not sure if that's a good idea, but my professors did say I definitely will get into at least 1 if not half of them. There are couple schools on my list my advisor literally told me 'oh you will get in'. Maybe I am just not confident enough. :lol: but I am certain at least 2 of my letters will be very strong.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Caltech - Pure Math / their application is still not open .... :shock:
Oregon - Pure Math / Submitted 2020.10.08
UC Berkeley - Pure Math / Submitted 2020.10.08
UC Davis - Pure Math / probably will apply
UC Irvine - Pure Math / Submitted 2020.10.12
UCLA - Pure Math / Submitted 2020.10.10
UCSB - Pure Math / Submitted 2020.10.07
UCSD - Pure Math / Submitted 2020.10.10
USC - Pure Math / Submitted 2020.10.12
Washington - Pure Math / Submitted 2020.10.10

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Re: 2021 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by nguyen99 » Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:53 pm

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
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
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
Cannot take.

TOEFL Score: (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) (if 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!! 8)
Harvard - Pending on October 14
MIT - Pending on October 14
Princeton - Pending
UCLA - Pending
Michigan - Pending

UC San Diego - Pending
Maryland - Pending
Toronto - Pending

Oregon State
UC Santa Barbara

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