### I would like help figuring out graduate school (2024, anything helps lol I am lost)

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**Tue Aug 08, 2023 3:29 pm**Hello anyone kind enough to search through profiles. I would like some help deciding what my next move should be. Unlike the majority of people here I have much more normal qualifications. I would like to know what you think I could and should do. I would like to get a PhD in Math, but I am open to other possibilities if they are better fits.

I have been looking at other posts and I will try and put what they had in my post so you can make an accurate assessment.

Undergraduate Institution: Medium State School (U.S)

Major: Mathematics (pure)

GPA: 3.85

Math GPA: 3.85

Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE (updated, took very recently)

V: 153

Q: 160

AW: ?

GRE Math Subject: Haven't taken. I will take it if the school I want to go to asks for it.

Research Experience: I have been working on two projects. The first one I started with the math department head at my institution last January and we are continuing it through this fall. We are trying to push for a submission into an undergraduate journal but as of now I don’t know if that will work out. The second is new this summer. I am working with a professor at another state school, and we are mostly just working to figure some things out with parameter recovery of different partial differential equations.

Recommendations: I should have 4 or 5 letters of recommendations. I have had three research advisors at my current institution as well as one professor that I am very close with who has been a great mentor to me when I needed one. I have one more potential recommendation from the research this summer as mentioned above.

Teaching: I have been a tutor at my school for about two years now. Starting with lower-level math classes and freshmen general electives. I now tutor most if not all 300 and lower math classes my institution offers with some 400 classes sprinkled in. I am trying to be a TA / Grader, but the professor hasn’t gotten back to me.

Coursework: Calc I, Calc II, Calc III, Advanced Calc I, Advanced Calc II, Linear Algebra, Ordinary Differential Equations, Probability and Stats, Complex Analysis / Variables, Mathematical Proofs, Numerical Analysis, Numerical Methods with PDE’s, Intro to Programming, Three semesters of Undergraduate Research, and a short coding in math course. I think I got everything, but it’s been three years in the making.

Coursework I plan on taking: PDE’s, Abstract Algebra I - maybe the second level, Number Theory, Geometry, and Mathematical Modeling.

I was not able to take Applied Stats and Topology on account of me being an athlete for my school and the conflicting schedules, math professors don’t typically have to worry about that so no worries.

Extras: I have gotten a few honors and third-party scholarships, an athletic scholarship -after being on a team for a year, as well as a merit scholarship out of high school. I am also trying to become the representative of the math major at my school, I have an interview in the coming days -not guaranteed.

Clarifications: I don’t have any graduate work or publications -yet, hopefully- and I am not doing a senior thesis, to my knowledge, because of the research I have already been working on.

I do think I have a competitive application to some extent though not top tier. If there is anything that needs to be clarified, please ask and I will do my best to answer. I appreciate any help I can be offered as far as program suggestions or things to do to boost my resume.

This is kind of an extension off of the above post. As you can probably see I don't have a direction I want to go in, so I looked up happiest Universities in the U.S. and saw Tulane was number one. Among the other program suggestions, you may have if someone could tell me what I need to do to get into Tulane for a PhD I would greatly appreciate it. Again, it doesn't have to be math if I simply cannot bridge the gap. Anything helps and thank you for your time.

I have been looking at other posts and I will try and put what they had in my post so you can make an accurate assessment.

Undergraduate Institution: Medium State School (U.S)

Major: Mathematics (pure)

GPA: 3.85

Math GPA: 3.85

Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE (updated, took very recently)

V: 153

Q: 160

AW: ?

GRE Math Subject: Haven't taken. I will take it if the school I want to go to asks for it.

Research Experience: I have been working on two projects. The first one I started with the math department head at my institution last January and we are continuing it through this fall. We are trying to push for a submission into an undergraduate journal but as of now I don’t know if that will work out. The second is new this summer. I am working with a professor at another state school, and we are mostly just working to figure some things out with parameter recovery of different partial differential equations.

Recommendations: I should have 4 or 5 letters of recommendations. I have had three research advisors at my current institution as well as one professor that I am very close with who has been a great mentor to me when I needed one. I have one more potential recommendation from the research this summer as mentioned above.

Teaching: I have been a tutor at my school for about two years now. Starting with lower-level math classes and freshmen general electives. I now tutor most if not all 300 and lower math classes my institution offers with some 400 classes sprinkled in. I am trying to be a TA / Grader, but the professor hasn’t gotten back to me.

Coursework: Calc I, Calc II, Calc III, Advanced Calc I, Advanced Calc II, Linear Algebra, Ordinary Differential Equations, Probability and Stats, Complex Analysis / Variables, Mathematical Proofs, Numerical Analysis, Numerical Methods with PDE’s, Intro to Programming, Three semesters of Undergraduate Research, and a short coding in math course. I think I got everything, but it’s been three years in the making.

Coursework I plan on taking: PDE’s, Abstract Algebra I - maybe the second level, Number Theory, Geometry, and Mathematical Modeling.

I was not able to take Applied Stats and Topology on account of me being an athlete for my school and the conflicting schedules, math professors don’t typically have to worry about that so no worries.

Extras: I have gotten a few honors and third-party scholarships, an athletic scholarship -after being on a team for a year, as well as a merit scholarship out of high school. I am also trying to become the representative of the math major at my school, I have an interview in the coming days -not guaranteed.

Clarifications: I don’t have any graduate work or publications -yet, hopefully- and I am not doing a senior thesis, to my knowledge, because of the research I have already been working on.

I do think I have a competitive application to some extent though not top tier. If there is anything that needs to be clarified, please ask and I will do my best to answer. I appreciate any help I can be offered as far as program suggestions or things to do to boost my resume.

This is kind of an extension off of the above post. As you can probably see I don't have a direction I want to go in, so I looked up happiest Universities in the U.S. and saw Tulane was number one. Among the other program suggestions, you may have if someone could tell me what I need to do to get into Tulane for a PhD I would greatly appreciate it. Again, it doesn't have to be math if I simply cannot bridge the gap. Anything helps and thank you for your time.