**Undergrad Institution:**UCLA.

**Post-bacc:**University of Oregon, UCSD, UCLA

**Major:**Economics

**GPA:**3.4 Overall, 3.85 last 100 credits (senior year and post-bacc)

**Math Courses by year:**

**1st--**Calc 1 (B-), Calc 2 (B), Calc 3 (C)

**2nd--**Calc 4 (C-)

**3rd--**None

**4th+--**Linear Algebra (B+), Differential Equations (A-)

**Post-bacc:**Real Analysis

**(A)**, Graduate Topology 1

**(A)**, Graduate Real Analysis 1/2/3

**(A/A/A)**, Extremal Combinatorics and Graph Theory

**(A)**, Mathematical Modeling

**(A)**, Abstract Linear Algebra

**(A)**, Electrodynamics Optics and Relativity

**(A)**, Probability Theory 1

**(A)**, Abstract Algebra 1

**(A)**, Optimization

**(A)**, Introduction to Networks

**(A)**

**Programming:**Python (1 yr professional + neuro research/coursework), R, Stata, Excel.

**GRE Q/V/W:**168/164/4.5

**GREm:**N/A

**Programs Applying:**Applied Math PhD (computational biology/neuro specialization, optimal control, networks/graph theory)

**Research Experience:**over 1 yr neuro research at excellent lab with solid writing sample to show for it, extensive programming, data analysis and literature reviews. About 1 year with business school professor at high-ranking program with 2 coauthored papers in behavioral psychology.

**Work Experience:**Close to 1 year work experience as Analyst where I did ARMA forecasting, market research and data automation for a startup. Part-time grant proposal, data visualization and analytics pipeline work (for business school letter-writer).

**Letters of Recommendation:**One rec from Graduate Real Analysis 1/2, one rec from business school professor, one rec from head of neuroscience lab.

**Research interests:**Computational neuroscience, networks and complex dynamics, graph theory, optimal control theory

**School List (so far):**

UC Boulder

UC Davis

Ohio State University

UCSD

UW

USC

**Concerns:**

Calculus grades, overall gpa. Let's just say I did not have it together in early undergrad... I'm wondering if it's a good idea to take mGRE, or should I use my time to take more probability and abstract algebra?