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    Econ Courses (undergrad-level):
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    Type of Undergrad: unranked small private college (4 year)
    Undergrad GPA: 3.87 (will go upto 3.89 at the time of application)
    Type of Grad: n/a
    Grad GPA: n/a
    GRE: not yet taken (hopefully >165Q)
    Math Courses: Calc I-III, Linear Algebra, Ordinary Differential Equations, Linear Optimization, Discrete Structures, Advanced Calculus, Probability Theory, Statistics
    Econ Courses (grad-level):
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Introductory courses, Intermediate and Advanced Microeconomics, Development Economics
    Other Courses: Plenty.
    Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematics and Business Management, AA in Philosophy
    Letters of Recommendation: Letters will be great, but here is the thing. I only have one economist (junior faculty) writing a letter for me. The second one from a Mathematician (well known), and the third one from a professor of philosophy/english.
    Research Experience: Undergraduate Research Seminars, Senior Thesis (a topic in dev. econ.), worked as an RA for a Biology professor (I have not taken any biology classes)
    Teaching Experience: TA in three Math courses, one introductory econ course
    Research Interests: Development, Game Theory, Micro, Behavior (I am definitely into the first two, and sort of flirting with the last two)
    SOP: Should be great. I spent a lot of time writing them
    Concerns: Not too many advanced economics courses, recommendations are not from well-established economists (too bad I am from a small private college)
    Other: I got a full ride to college (does it matter?), a computer science/mathematics scholarship, a German Govt. scholarship. Also, I know C++ and R (sort of)
    Applying to: I have to wait for my GREs to explicitly state names, but I think I am playing a 3-7-2 game, 3 REACH schools (ranking#1-12), 7 MATCH (15-30), 2 "SAFETIES" (30+). Recommendations are appreciated.

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    Type of Undergrad: B.S. Economics and B.A. Math at large public school, top 40 econ.
    Undergrad GPA: 3.8 (3.84 Econ, 3.76 Math)
    Type of Grad: N/A
    Grad GPA: N/A

    GRE: 169Q 165V 4.5 AWA
    Math Courses: (Grades converted from numeric scale) Calculus III (A-), Diff Eq (A-), Linear Algebra (A), Intro Stats (no calculus) (A-), Linear Analysis (some PDE) (A-), Advanced Calculus I (=vector calculus) (A-), Intro to Proofs (A-), Probability I (A-), Real Analysis I (A). Taking Linear Optimization in the fall. Planning on RA II, Advanced Calculus II, Probability II/III the rest of the year.
    Econ Courses (grad-level): None yet, but Macro I and Econometrics I in the fall. Likely will continue Econometrics sequence through the year.
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A-), two Monetary Econ classes (A- and A), Econometric Applications (A), Economic History (A), International Macro (A), Advanced Macro (A), Advanced Micro (A-), Game Theory (A-), Development Economics (A-).
    Other Courses: Political science? Nothing relevant.
    Letters of Recommendation: 1. Associate prof and thesis adviser who I am also doing research for this summer. 2. Senior Lecturer, taught international macro and a seminar. Knows me very well. 3. Associate prof, taught my research seminar and had discussions regarding the thesis early on. Will teach grad macro in the fall. 4. Well-known professor (top 5% IDEAS), taught advanced macro. (Have not yet asked for letters officially, but first two people have written recommendations for me before and they should be great letters. Working on the other two.)
    Research Experience: 1-year Honors thesis with distinction; currently RAing for summer where I'm coauthoring a paper to submit to a field journal. Won't have results in time for admissions of course.
    Teaching Experience: Tutoring, nothing substantial.
    Research Interests: Urban/regional, labor (esp. migration), international macro
    SOP: I think it'll mainly be about how I got interested in each of my topic areas and why I want to do research in urban. Still haven't started...
    Concerns: GPA - especially math (freshman year courses weren't stellar) and a couple of the econ courses like game theory (3.6 in numeric scale). My first two recommenders are not too well-known, and the third and potential fourth don't know me well just yet. Lacking anything truly outstanding in my profile.
    Other: PBK, grading assistant for int'l macro. Will grade for that class and economic history this year.
    Applying to: Three or four big reaches (Harvard, Chicago, Penn - also Wharton Applied Econ), six to eight from the 15~30 range (Brown, Duke, Ohio State, looking for others), a couple ranked lower than that (Georgetown? UCI?). Still very much fluid, might even be swapping out the reach schools before I apply. Definitely still taking advice from all sources!

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    BA Economics (Highest Distinction) and Environmental Studies from top 25 school (top 30 econ)
    Undergrad GPA: 3.96 (3.95 econ, 4.0 math)
    Type of Grad: N/A
    Grad GPA: N/A
    GRE:
    168 Q, 166 V, 6.0 AW
    Math Courses: Calc II (A), Calc III (A+), Mathematical Probability (A), Mathematical Statistics (A), Linear Algebra (A), Diff Eq. (A-, taken abroad for transfer), Real Analysis (A+)
    Econ Courses (grad-level):
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level):
    Principles Micro (A+), Intermediate Micro (A+), Intermediate Macro (A), Environmental Econ (A+), Info and Uncertainty (A+), Auction Theory (A), Into to Econometrics (A-), Advanced Econometrics (W), Industrial Organization (A), Senior Seminar (A+), Senior Thesis (A+)
    Other Courses: Discrete Optimization (Systems Engineering class, A+)
    Letters of Recommendation:
    1 from RA advisor, fairly well-known in field, will probably co-author; 1 from professor from two classes who knows me very well, well-known in field; 1 either from thesis advisor (not well known) or senior seminar/thesis coordinator who has said he will write a good letter for me
    Research Experience:
    Senior thesis (earned highest distinction, submitting to journals), RA at leading econ think tank for a summer
    Teaching Experience: Uh...i tutored micro for a while; gave lectures on undergraduate research to students at conferences
    Research Interests:
    Applied micro theory, environmental, resource, energy, IO
    SOP: Should be solid.
    Concerns: A- in metrics followed by a W in advanced because of unforeseen health issues (yikes!); no grad level courses; letters aren't from superstars
    Other:
    Applying to:
    Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley ARE, Princeton, Northwestern, Yale, Duke, Michigan, Wisconsin, UCSD, Maryland, Davis ARE, UBC, Arizona, Arizona St.

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    Type of Undergrad:
    BS Economics and BS Mathematics From Well-Known Private Institution
    Undergrad GPA: 3.45 (3.8 Econ)
    Type of Grad: N/A
    Grad GPA: N/A
    GRE:164(Q) Retaking in Early September
    Math Courses: 3 Part Calc Sequence, Undergrad Differential Equations, Graduate Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations, 3 Semesters of Real Analysis, 2 Semesters Abstract Algebra, Intro to Proofs, Linear Algebra, Linear and Dynamic Programming, Numerical Methods, Number Theory, Algebraic Lattice Theory, Graph Theory, Cryptography, Algebraic Number Theory, Algebraic Geometry, Analytic Number Theory
    Econ Courses (grad-level): Micro, Macro, Econometrics, All courses that are offered here.
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): 2 Semesters Micro, 2 Semesters Econometrics, Macro, Computational Economics, Economic Growth, International Trade and Finance, Spectral Analysis, Social/Financial Network Theory
    Other Courses: Multiple CS courses (one course short of a minor), Russian, Chinese, Spanish if those matter.
    Letters of Recommendation: 2 Math Professors, 3 Econ Professors
    Research Experience: Economics RA for 3 years. 1 (soon to be) published paper, 2 working-papers, 2 papers in progress. All different fields. Mathematics RA for 1 year. 2 papers in progress. Presented one of our current research papers at a conference. Attending another conference next month. Hoping to get one more conference in before December. I am also working with Professors at other institutions on my current research.
    Teaching Experience: Undergraduate Macro TA for 1 year, Graduate Macro TA for 1 semester, TA Number Theory for 1 semester
    Research Interests: Economics of Information Security, Social/Financial Network Theory, Algebraic Geometry and Lattice Theory (Game Theory), Mathematical Economics, Macro Economics, Education Economics, Search Theory, Growth Theory, Economic Development (Child Labor Policy), Short-term Consumer Credit Lending
    SOP: Sell my Math and research abilities and hope that Grad schools will see my ability and not focus on a couple of grades from when I was battling illnesses.
    Concerns: GPA, I a couple of severe illnesses during my undergrad.
    Other: I like sports...not really sure what should go here.
    Applying to: Still changing, but at the moment it looks like Boston College, MSU, Cambridge, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M, U of Arizona, Pitt, Vanderbilt, UCSD, Iowa, Virginia, Brown, Boston University, and a Math Ph.D program as a back up.

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    Type of Undergrad: BA in Business Economics low-ranked UK university
    Undergrad GPA: 3.7
    Type of Grad: MSc in Business Management at medium-ranked UK university & MSc in Behavioural Economics at a top 6 UK department
    Grad GPA: 3.7 for both
    GRE: 166Q/158V/4.5
    Econ Courses (grad-level): Micro (B+) Macro (A+), Metrics (B+), Econ Data analysis (A-), Time series metrics (B+), Adv. Micro (B+), Behavioural econ (A+), Experimental econ (B+), Econ Research Methodology (A-), Thesis (waiting on results)
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Business economics (A), Intermediate Macroeconomics (A), Japanese Economy (B+), Chinese Economy (C+), EU Economy (B), Managing the Economy (B-), Business Environment [principles of economics] (A), Thesis (A+)
    Other Courses: business modules (marketing, hr, strategy, finance etc.)
    Letters of Recommendation: 1 from MSc thesis advisor, should be quite good (D. Phil Oxford), 1 from Experimental professor should be pretty good too, outline my capacity and skill for conducting experiments, etc. (PhD UEA), 1 from other experimental professor, should be OK (kind of lack decent interactions in the UK in large programmes unfortunately) (PhD Erfurt University)
    Research Experience: Small research paper for a class; one experimental paper where I had to design and conduct the experiments myself; BA and MSc theses, the latter was an experiment I designed and ran myself
    Teaching Experience: None
    Research Interests: behavioural, experimental
    SOP: Interest in economics, in teaching, in doing research. Some bits about how the targeted school would allow me to achieve those goals, etc. (standard in a way)
    Concerns: coming from the UK and given my applied econ bachelor, there are hardly any math class (in fact none in the traditional sense), but the econ classes in my MSc were very mathematics-oriented: Time series was proof-based, Micro/macro/metrics were all intensively math-based. Also my undergrad is terrible, which is solely because I had no idea what I wanted to do later and I just did f*** all for 3 years essentially. Thankfully my MSc somewhat mitigates that, but I’m painfully aware that this will stick in adcoms’ minds, and even then it’s not flawless
    Applying to: Chicago, UCSD, UCSB, Pittsburgh, Arizona, UT Dallas, GMU, OSU and TAMU

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    Type of Undergrad: Top 15 US undergrad, Top 25 Econ grad
    Undergrad GPA: 3.62/4.0
    Majors: Economics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics
    Minors: Financial Economics, Entrepreneurship & Management
    Type of Graduate: Same as Undergrad (4 year concurrent program)
    Graduate Degree: MS, Applied Mathematics
    GRE: Q170, V158, W4.0
    Undergrad Math Courses: Calc III (covered), Discrete Mathematics (covered), Linear Algebra (A-), Diff Eq (A-), Number Theory (A), Methods & Complex Analysis (B), Probability (A+), Advanced Algebra I (A), Statistics (A), Honors Analysis (A-)
    Grad Math Courses: Stochastic Processes (A-), Graph Theory (A-), Securities/Financial Markets (B), Commodities Finance (A+), Topology (B), Probability Theory (B), Statistical Theory (A), Optimization (B+), Optimization Algorithms (A)
    Undergrad Econ Courses: Macro (covered), Micro (A), Micro Theory (A), Macro Theory (B+), Investment/Portfolio Management (A-), Financial Market Microstructure (B+), Corporate Finance (A), Economics of Antitrust (A)
    Letters of Recommendation: Antitrust prof. (Princeton PhD), Statistics prof, and third will likely be my current supervisor (UCLA PhD)
    Research Experience: Currently working as private sector research analyst in antitrust economics doing demand estimations to evaluate mergers/acquisitions (1.5 years at time of applications).
    Teaching Experience:
    4 semesters TA/tutor in Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics.
    Research Interests: Industrial organization, antitrust economics, econometrics.
    SOP: Focusing around shift from mathematics to econ, should be good.
    Concerns: Lack of academic research experience, low GRE V/W, third reference from private sector.
    Applying to: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Chicago, Chicago Booth, Northwestern, Yale, Columbia, NYU, NYU Stern, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Brown, Maryland, BU, Hopkins, Georgetown, Rutgers, GW, Stony Brook

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    Type of Undergrad: top 20 in China (with renowned Econ program in China), Double Major in Engineering and Economics
    Undergrad GPA: 85/100 (Engineering 86/100, Economics, 82/100)
    Type of Grad: low nationally ranked university in US, located in Central Michigan area, Master of Art in Econ, and also Master of Art in Mathematics
    Grad GPA: 3.94/4.00 (3.96/4.0 for Econ, 3.92/4.0 for Math)
    GRE: Q 170 + V 155 + AWA 3.5 (non-native English Speaker)
    Math Courses:
    Undergrad level-- One Variable Calculus (equivalent to Calc I and II, 92/100); Multi-variable Calculus (equivalent to Calc III, 91/100); Linear Algebra (82/100); Probability and Statistics (92/100)
    Graduate level-- Advanced Calculus I and II (both are A-); Differential Equations, Point-Set Topology, Fourier Transformation, Real Analysis, History of Advanced Mathematics (all of these are A)
    Math and Stat courses that I am taking this semester: Advanced Linear Algebra, Linear Models in Statistics and Differential Geometry.
    Econ Courses (grad-level):
    Advanced Microeconomics I and II (both with A), Advanced Macroeconomics (A), Econometrics (A), Applications of Econometrics (A), Mathematical Foundations for Economists (A), Monetary Theory (A), Seminar on International Trade (A), Seminar of History of Economics Thought (A-).
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level):
    Microeconomics I (96/100), Microeconomics II (84/100), Macroeconomics I (83/100), Macroeconomics II (86/100), Econometrics I (67/100), Econometrics II (78/100), Financial Econometrics (92/100), Microeconometrics (100/100), Mathematical Economics (77/100), Mathematical Finance (85/100), Asset Pricing (95/100)
    Other Courses: C language for computer programming (92/100), and bunch of engineering courses...
    Letters of Recommendation: one strong recommendation from my Econ Plan B paper adviser (full professor but not very well-known) who has strong connections with MSU and IUB (I was also the number one student in his Adv Macroeconomics class and worked for him as RA for about one year); one decent recommendation from my Adv Micro class (I was the number one student in both of his Micro I and II classes); probably one recommendation from the Econ program coordinator. And also one decent recommendation from my Math Plan B adviser (I got A in his real analysis class and was among the top 3 students).
    Research Experience: 2 years of RA experience in Econ Department
    Teaching Experience: up to May, 2014, I will be teaching intermediate algebra course (MTH 105) for 1 year; also, 2 years of TA experience (grading and some lectures) in both Math and Econ department.
    Research Interests: International Trade, Comparative Economics (My Econ Plan B paper is about the comparison of income inequalities on growth between China and Russia), and also Economic Networks (Graph theory applications in Economic Networks, which is My Math Plan B topic).
    SOP: Still composing, I will talk about my plan B research in Economics (my adviser wants me to publish it in the Journal of Comparative Economics, but there is no way to get it done before my application). I will also talk about my interests in Economic Networks.
    Concerns: Mediocre undergraduate GPA and GRE AWA score, low ranked graduate school
    Other: Some undergraduate key courses are not good
    Applying to: IUB (with confidence) MSU (with some confidence), USC, UNC, Vandy, UT Austin, Ohio State, BU, UC-Davis, U Marryland, UCSD, UCLA, U Minnesota

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    Type of Undergrad: Small LAC with reputation for teaching, year abroad at top British econ school, Math/Econ double major
    Undergrad GPA: 3.9
    GRE: Haven't taken yet
    Math Courses: Real Analysis, Topology, Differential Equations, Math Modeling, Operations Research, Linear Alg., Abstract Alg., Vector Calc, Calc II, Math Capstone, Discrete Wavelets, 4 semesters of Game Theory including 2 at top UK school
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Econometrics, Research Capstone, Quant. Methods of Econ., Money and Banking, Micro, Macro, Principles, Corporate Finance (at top UK school)
    Letters of Recommendation: Prolific writer who has worked for the Joint Economic Committee in Congress, Class Teacher in OR at top UK school, Yale PhD (my adviser)
    Research Experience: 2 Summers faculty mentored research, Job at a student run market research company
    Teaching Experience: TA for Quant Methods of Econ., Various economics and mathematics tutoring jobs
    Research Interests: Game Theory, Political Economy, Macro
    SOP: Should be quality, based on my background as a first gen. college student
    Concerns: Relative unknown of my home college
    Applying to: Still working on list
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    Type of Undergrad: AS Science from Community College, BS Management from large state school ranked 60-100 in econ
    Undergrad GPA: 3.2
    Type of Grad: MS Finance and Economics from small regional school
    Grad GPA: 4.0
    GRE: taking soon
    Math Courses: Finite math(B), business calc(B), intro to stats(C), Calc I(A), Calc II(A), Calc III(B), Linear Algebra(A), Regression(A), Diff eq(C), Intro to Proofs(current), Statistical methods(Spring)
    Econ Courses (grad-level):Micro(A) Macro(A), Public finance(A) Econometrics(A)
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intro Micro/macro(B), Inter Micro(C)
    Letters of Recommendation: Should be strong, but from non prestigious universities
    Research Experience: Co authoring a paper with a professor
    Teaching Experience: Econ instructor for 1 year
    Research Interests:Public finance, monetary theory, urban/regional
    SOP: should be normal
    Concerns: bad undergrad. B in calc III and C in diff eq
    Other:
    Applying to: USC, UW, UCSC, UCI, UO, UU, UC-Boulder, Colorado State, UNM, UIC, UW-Milwaukee, George Washington, Minn-applied

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