Profile Evaluation, Fall 2019
Hello to fellow posters. I'm applying sometimes this year, so I'm hoping to receive some thoughtful responses to help narrow down my application list. I plan to apply for Fall 2019 to test the waters, but understand that my profile will likely benefit from another year of math classes / that I may need to reapply for 2020. I am especially unsure about my choices for mathematics courses, as I had limited slots for elective courses and chose instead to self-study a lot and take a series of classes I thought would be suitable to show my mathematics skills (especially notable are the complete absence of the Calculus series and Linear Algebra).
I welcome feedback on what would have been better for me to do to apply for PhD programmes, specifically because I have a first-year friend in my university who also wishes to apply to PhD schools.
Type of Undergrad: Top 5 UK
Undergrad GPA (Social Sciences with Statistics): First Class Honours
- Undergrad-level: Mathematical Analysis (A-), Measure Theory (A+), Algebraic Topology (A-)
- Grad-level: Advanced Mathematical Modelling (A+), Probability (A+)
Econ Courses: Intro to Economics I & II (A+), Economics of Public Policy (A+), Economics of Education (A-), Economics of Children and Families (A-), Social Inequality and Mobility (A+)
Statistics Courses: Intro to Quantitative Research Methods (A-), Principles of Social Science Research (A-), Data Analysis (A-), Causal Analysis (A-), Advanced Topics in Quantitative Data Analysis (A-)
Courses taken in Harvard Summer School: Microeconomic Theory (A+), Macroeconomic Theory (A-), Intro to Econometrics (A+)
Other Courses Taken: lots of Sociology and Social Policy courses, all As and one B
Other Academic Stuff: skilled with mathematical modelling and programming in Python, Java, and Bash, sat-in on Mathematical Methods 1 and 2, Experimental Economics, Logic, Game Theory, and Behavioural Economics
Letters of Recommendation: 1 econ professor that I RA'ed for (will be excellent), 1 econ lecturer (will be very good), 1 grad maths professor (should be strong).
Published 2 papers on game theory in mid-level journals and co-authored a paper on environmental economics with another econ undergraduate, RAed for two different professors on game theory and microeconomic theory
Game theory, market design, microeconomic theory
- Not much formal math classes, lacking especially in basic maths
- Only intro-level econometrics
- No serious internships
- Perception of math grades, especially the lack of Multivariable Calc. and Linear Algebra
- Not a ton of research done in internships; all research published independently
- Non-degree seeking programme (Harvard Summer) figures too prominently into my resume, maybe degree resume is too weak independently
Schools I'm looking at:
Top 10 PhD programmes with particular focus on Stanford