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    Profile Evaluation for RA/Possible PhD 2019

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    US T40 public school
    Undergrad GPA: 3.72
    GRE: Havenít taken
    Math Courses: Calc 1/2 (AP), Calc 3 (B+), Linear Algebra (A), Proofs (A-), Prob/Stats (computational) (A-), ODE (A-), Analysis (C+), Probability (A), Mathematical Statistics (B+), Algebra (A-), Stochastic Optimization (B), plan to take advanced linear algebra and intermediate analysis
    Econ Courses: Intro micro/macro (A/A-), Intermediate micro/macro (A/A), Econometrics (A), Game Theory (A), Advanced Macro (A), IO (A), plan to take two more econometrics classes
    Other Courses: assorted social science, some physics
    Letters of Recommendation: 1) Professor I worked for as an RA for a year, who is advising my thesis. Should be good.
    2/3) Unsure. There are a few professors whose classes I have done well in, but Iím not sure if their letters would be informative enough for admissions, since they havenít observed me in a research setting.
    Research Experience: One year of RA experience. Will spend this summer working as an RA (for letter writer #1) and starting my senior thesis, which I expect to be a decent empirical piece but nothing amazing (although itís very early to say).
    Teaching Experience: NA
    Research Interests: Most likely applied micro (labor), although I am interested in political economy, macro, and development as well
    Other: I worry that some of my less-than-stellar math grades and lack of strong letter writers (for 2/3) would prevent me from being accepted into a decent program, so hopefully I can secure an RA position and work hard to improve my profile in those two years. Iím wondering what my chances are in applying for NBER/Fed positions. Any other advice is more than welcome.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for RA/Possible PhD 2019

    That might suffice for top 20.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for RA/Possible PhD 2019

    No, a top 20 is not reasonable for this profile

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