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Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2023 1:28 pm
by mezai
I’m finding it difficult to increase my list of potential PhD programs so I’d appreciate some suggestions of schools which have a good discrete math department.

More specifically, schools with professors in Enumerative combinatorics, Graph theory, or Ramsey theory.

Please suggest schools with a range of competitiveness as I’ve found many of the schools which fit this criteria are extremely competitive.

Thank you!

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2023 8:29 am
by mathph
mezai wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2023 1:28 pm
I’m finding it difficult to increase my list of potential PhD programs so I’d appreciate some suggestions of schools which have a good discrete math department.

More specifically, schools with professors in Enumerative combinatorics, Graph theory, or Ramsey theory.

Please suggest schools with a range of competitiveness as I’ve found many of the schools which fit this criteria are extremely competitive.

Thank you!
UCSD and UIUC comes to mind that's probably not 'extremely competitive' relatively speaking

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2023 11:24 am
by mezai
mathph wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2023 8:29 am
mezai wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2023 1:28 pm
I’m finding it difficult to increase my list of potential PhD programs so I’d appreciate some suggestions of schools which have a good discrete math department.

More specifically, schools with professors in Enumerative combinatorics, Graph theory, or Ramsey theory.

Please suggest schools with a range of competitiveness as I’ve found many of the schools which fit this criteria are extremely competitive.

Thank you!
UCSD and UIUC comes to mind that's probably not 'extremely competitive' relatively speaking
Cool, thank you! UCSD was on my list already and I‘d consider it one of my reaches lol. I’ll definitely look into UIUC though.

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2023 12:05 am
by thewitness
You can have a look at the University of Waterloo, UC Davis, and Rutgers University.

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2023 8:05 am
by anticategories
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2023 12:05 am
You can have a look at the University of Waterloo, UC Davis, and Rutgers University.
Seconding UWaterloo!!

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2023 12:30 pm
by mezai
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2023 12:05 am
You can have a look at the University of Waterloo, UC Davis, and Rutgers University.
Thank you for the suggestions! Do you recommend applying to Waterloo without a masters? I believe it says something about requiring an “Honors” Bachelor degree. Is that referring to a degree from a higher ranked institution. If so, I definitely don’t fit that.

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2023 12:31 pm
by mezai
anticategories wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2023 8:05 am
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2023 12:05 am
You can have a look at the University of Waterloo, UC Davis, and Rutgers University.
Seconding UWaterloo!!
Thank you! Are you familiar with the school? If so, would you be able to answer the question I asked above regarding their minimum admission requirements?

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2023 9:04 am
by anticategories
mezai wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2023 12:31 pm
anticategories wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2023 8:05 am
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2023 12:05 am
You can have a look at the University of Waterloo, UC Davis, and Rutgers University.
Seconding UWaterloo!!
Thank you! Are you familiar with the school? If so, would you be able to answer the question I asked above regarding their minimum admission requirements?
Sorry I don't know much about their admissions process, I know a couple professors there not in combinatorics but I've heard good things about them from other schools and the industry.

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2023 2:34 pm
by thewitness
mezai wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2023 12:30 pm
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2023 12:05 am
You can have a look at the University of Waterloo, UC Davis, and Rutgers University.
Thank you for the suggestions! Do you recommend applying to Waterloo without a masters? I believe it says something about requiring an “Honors” Bachelor degree. Is that referring to a degree from a higher ranked institution. If so, I definitely don’t fit that.
Sorry, I have no idea about their admission process. I mentioned Waterloo because one of my professor did their PhD in graph theory there (under U. S. R. Murty) and mentioned to me that it is a great university. I don't know if U. S. R. Murty still takes students, but I believe that they have quite a large group of faculties working in Combinatorics.

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2023 2:06 am
by mezai
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2023 2:34 pm
mezai wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2023 12:30 pm
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2023 12:05 am
You can have a look at the University of Waterloo, UC Davis, and Rutgers University.
Thank you for the suggestions! Do you recommend applying to Waterloo without a masters? I believe it says something about requiring an “Honors” Bachelor degree. Is that referring to a degree from a higher ranked institution. If so, I definitely don’t fit that.
Sorry, I have no idea about their admission process. I mentioned Waterloo because one of my professor did their PhD in graph theory there (under U. S. R. Murty) and mentioned to me that it is a great university. I don't know if U. S. R. Murty still takes students, but I believe that they have quite a large group of faculties working in Combinatorics.
No worries. Thanks again!

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2023 11:24 am
by anticategories
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2023 2:34 pm
mezai wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2023 12:30 pm
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2023 12:05 am
You can have a look at the University of Waterloo, UC Davis, and Rutgers University.
Thank you for the suggestions! Do you recommend applying to Waterloo without a masters? I believe it says something about requiring an “Honors” Bachelor degree. Is that referring to a degree from a higher ranked institution. If so, I definitely don’t fit that.
Sorry, I have no idea about their admission process. I mentioned Waterloo because one of my professor did their PhD in graph theory there (under U. S. R. Murty) and mentioned to me that it is a great university. I don't know if U. S. R. Murty still takes students, but I believe that they have quite a large group of faculties working in Combinatorics.
I knew who the number theorist Murty is but didn't realize he has a brother. Now I know.

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2023 4:31 pm
by fiveier.analysis
anticategories wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2023 11:24 am
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2023 2:34 pm
mezai wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2023 12:30 pm


Thank you for the suggestions! Do you recommend applying to Waterloo without a masters? I believe it says something about requiring an “Honors” Bachelor degree. Is that referring to a degree from a higher ranked institution. If so, I definitely don’t fit that.
Sorry, I have no idea about their admission process. I mentioned Waterloo because one of my professor did their PhD in graph theory there (under U. S. R. Murty) and mentioned to me that it is a great university. I don't know if U. S. R. Murty still takes students, but I believe that they have quite a large group of faculties working in Combinatorics.
I knew who the number theorist Murty is but didn't realize he has a brother. Now I know.
Are you talking about M Ram Murty?

I've tried reading through his Algebraic/Analytic Number Theory books and I couldn't even get pass the first couple pages. The material is dense. :(

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2023 12:57 am
by emptiest.set
In addition to schools already mentioned, I would look at Georgia Tech, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Washington

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2023 12:58 pm
by mezai
emptiest.set wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2023 12:57 am
In addition to schools already mentioned, I would look at Georgia Tech, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Washington
Thank you! I will definitely look into those.

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2023 10:59 am
by anticategories
fiveier.analysis wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2023 4:31 pm
anticategories wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2023 11:24 am
thewitness wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2023 2:34 pm


Sorry, I have no idea about their admission process. I mentioned Waterloo because one of my professor did their PhD in graph theory there (under U. S. R. Murty) and mentioned to me that it is a great university. I don't know if U. S. R. Murty still takes students, but I believe that they have quite a large group of faculties working in Combinatorics.
I knew who the number theorist Murty is but didn't realize he has a brother. Now I know.
Are you talking about M Ram Murty?

I've tried reading through his Algebraic/Analytic Number Theory books and I couldn't even get pass the first couple pages. The material is dense. :(
Yes. He's at Queens Uni in Kingston, ON.

Re: Program Suggestions for Combinatorics

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2024 6:07 pm
by Helpmepls
Although I'm late here's a list of some good schools that I'm aware of (restricted to U.S. and Canada):

Princeton, MIT, UCLA, Berkley, Yale (more comp sci type stuff), Waterloo, UIUC, Michigan, Michigan State (Sagan retired so idk how good it is anymore), Rutgers, Georgia Tech, UCSD, Emory, UIC, UGA (discrete analysis), Rochester (analytic combinatorics)

Some odd balls that aren't very highly ranked overall but have strong faculty:

University of Memphis: Béla Bollobás, University of South Carolina: Laszlo Szekely


If you look abroad, my understanding is that there's a few schools in Eastern Europe that are very strong in combinatorics; Budapest is an epicenter for combinatorics in some sense.