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    Profile evaluation - fall 2019

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    Type of Undergrad: top 10 undergrad/econ department

    Undergrad GPA: 3.9
    Type of Grad: N/A
    Grad GPA: N/A
    GRE: 167 Q, 166 V, 4.5 AWA
    Math Courses: multivariable calc (A), proof based linear algebra (A), real analysis 1 & 2 (A, A), probability (A-), statistics (A), stochastic processes (A), measure theoretic probability (A)
    Econ Courses: intermediate micro (A), intermediate macro (A), econometrics (A), ML and inference in economics (A), honors thesis (in progress) PhD micro 1 (A), PhD micro 2 (game theory) (A-), PhD metrics (A-), PhD market design (A), PhD experimental economics (A)
    Other Courses: mechanism design course in CS department (A), intermediate computer science (A)
    Letters of Recommendation: strong letter from honors thesis advisor (tenured, well known theorist whom I also RA'd for in the past and who taught me in multiple courses), very strong letter from another tenured prof (RA for around a year, taught me in a class), decently strong letter from another prof (RA for around a year). All letter writers have strong connections to top 10 programs (PhD there, used to teach there, etc)
    Research Experience: see LORs
    Teaching Experience: N/A
    Research Interests: applied micro theory
    Applied to: top 10s, a couple of top 20.

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    Re: Profile evaluation - fall 2019

    We go to similarly ranked undergrads. I know several past graduates who had basically the same profiles as you (all As in math including advanced courses, As in grad econ courses, undergrad research experience but no full-time stint) who are/were at MIT, Stanford, Priceton and Chicago. Youíll likely place very well.

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    Strong all around, with math, research experience, and undergrad institution. Very strong indication that you will do well in first year courses. No glaring weaknesses. Top 10 seems like the right place, with a strong shot at top 5 depending on LOR. I expect to see you announcing lots of acceptances with funding in the 2019 Sweat Thread =P
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    Solid top 10 I think, top 5 maybe I think.

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    That's encouraging, thanks! I was worried by the general trend in advice of "must be a full time RA to crack top 5" since I'm not extremely fond of the prospect of being a full time RA.

    Out of curiosity, does anything stand out as less strong in my profile?

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    Well I think ur transcript and background is already strong enough. Now it all comes down to the letter. A letter indicating that you can do good research is definitely better than a letter saying that you are doing good as an RA, even better than a letter saying that you have good grade in a phd class.

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    Roughly 50 percent of students at top 5 have been RA after college. So it's clearly not necessary.
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    Would be shocked if you didnít place top 5, honestly. RA job not really necessary especially since you wanna do theory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by startz View Post
    Roughly 50 percent of students at top 5 have been RA after college. So it's clearly not necessary.
    Isn't this because the other 50% come in with masters? I'm guessing it's not much of a constraint for OP anyway because they took a fair number of grad courses

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    Quote Originally Posted by startz View Post
    Roughly 50 percent of students at top 5 have been RA after college. So it's clearly not necessary.
    Quote Originally Posted by mathenomics View Post
    Isn't this because the other 50% come in with masters? I'm guessing it's not much of a constraint for OP anyway because they took a fair number of grad courses
    My bad. Should have said: Roughly 50 percent of students at top 5 with American undergraduate degrees have been an RA after college. Very few American students have masters.

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