**I have three questions:**

(1) do I stand a better chance at applied math PhD programs or operations research PhD programs?

(2) what “level” of OR program should I look at?

(3) What are some examples of some programs I should consider?

(1) do I stand a better chance at applied math PhD programs or operations research PhD programs?

(2) what “level” of OR program should I look at?

(3) What are some examples of some programs I should consider?

Here is my background:

**Undergrad Institution:**Liberal Arts College

**Major(s):**Mathematics (NOTE: I will be graduating with both masters and bachelors degrees)

**GPA:**3.8+ (my grades junior year were straight 4.0’s), major GPA of 3.9+

**Type of Student:**Domestic Asian Female

**GRE Revised General Test:**N/A (will take in fall)

**GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:**N/A (will take in fall)

**Program Applying:**Operations Research PhD

**Courses:**

Analysis 1/2, Algebra 1/2, Graduate Analysis 1/2, Graduate Topology, Graduate Complex Analysis, Math Modeling, Numerical Methods, Scientific Computing, Linear Optimization, Probability, Differential Equations, Multivariable Calc, Linear Algebra, Discrete Math

**Research Experience:**

Freshman summer, did research with prof. at school plus local gov’t office in integer programming applied to budget planning. Presented work at poster presentation at school in fall.

Sophomore summer, did an internship in which I developed a customizable program through linear optimization for scheduling employees based on preferences and staffing requirements.

Junior summer, attended a brief research program in applied math, presented on work to faculty and students at program.

Junior summer, will be attending top 3 pure math REU. Hope to present at a conference, and would be great if I could have work published but we’ll see, of course.

Senior year, will be working on masters thesis, topic to be on specific application of optimization to a sustainability issue (cannot give more details for privacy, but I’m sure anyone who knows me in real life recognizes this profile).

**Awards/Honors/Recognitions:**

Received several-thousand-dollar grant from school freshman summer to conduct research.

Receieved schoolwide award for fostering sense of community on campus.

**Pertinent Activities or Jobs:**

TA for multivariable calculus (held tutoring sessions, assisted in labs, graded student work, and took notes for student use).

TA for linear optimization (held tutoring hours, graded student work, assisted in labs)

Organizing weekly mathematical talks in math dept.

Have major organizational role in math dept.

**Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:**

One of my recommenders has a PhD in Applied Math from Cornell, and I’d like to apply to Cornell (not sure if CAM or ORIE)

I’m a woman

To clarify, I will be working on a masters thesis in the fall and will be graduating with both a bachelors and a masters.

**Programs I am Interested In:**

Cornell (QUESTION: is my application more competitive in applied math or operations research here?)

Georgia Tech OR

Northwestern OR

U Mich OR

MIT OR (long shot but like I might as well try, their program is incredible)

U Wisconsin Math

U Wash Applied Math

**Again, my main questions are:**

(1) do I stand a better chance at applied math PhD programs or operations research PhD programs?

(2) what “level” of OR program should I look at?

(3) What are some examples of some programs I should consider?

(1) do I stand a better chance at applied math PhD programs or operations research PhD programs?

(2) what “level” of OR program should I look at?

(3) What are some examples of some programs I should consider?

Any other constructive comments would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks to those of you who took the time to read through and respond to this!