smurf

11-04-2010, 04:19 PM

I have been out of school for 4 years and working in the private sector, so my profile has typical and untypical elements... I'm even confused about what elements help, what don't.

Areas of Interest:

Financial Economics, Econometrics, Microtheory

Undergraduate:

School: International student, good LAC (good in science)

Grades: 3.8 overall, >3.95 Math but only 3.7 Econ

Courses: We do not have A+, but I did very well for all my Math courses (top or one of top scorers), including all Stat courses (including Probability Theory, Math Stats), Real Analysis, Advanced Real Analysis (including Lebesgue theory and measure theory).

Extra Math / Computer Science courses that might be helpful that I did: Math Modeling, Scientific Programming.

I had slightly more problems with Economics courses, especially those that are more 'subjective' (more essay writing / non theory classes). For standard classes, I got As in Micro, Macro, A- in Advanced Econometrics, also Finance. However, only B+ in Econometrics. To be honest, I feel like I didn't learn the theory in the Econometrics classes since all the math was skipped, and the grade depended on papers in which we just 'applied' techniques.

This is probably the reason that led me to try to do more Econometrics graduate courses to see if things are different then.

Graduate courses:

I took a few classes at a top 5 institution in my own time (while working) and got As in the following:

Econometrics I & II, Microtheory III & IV (I audited / self-studied Micro I & II)

Will take: Time Series

Research experience:

- Did an REU on an applied math project at a good institution outside of school and went to a conference

- Did an Economics honor thesis

I don't see this as a lot. This is probably a weak point. However, with regard to financial economics topics, my work experience does give me more ideas for research.

Teaching Experience:

I was the TA for various Math, Econ and even Computer Science classes. I would say that teaching is smth I do enjoy and can do well.

LORs:

Here is what I'm concerned about too. If I pick a Math prof from my undergrad, chances are that it'll be good as a few of them all said they wanted me to go to a top phd program (of any kind, Math or non-Math). However, I am not as certain about Econ letters, since I didn't do that much Econ research in undergrad and I don't think anyone of them is particularly 'famous' or 'known'.

Awards:

- Regional Math team contest, Phi Beta Kappa, some department award. Various national awards in high school.

GRE: 800 Q, 590 V, 6 AWA

SoP: will address my years out of school and graduate classes and desire to go back

Since I could deal with classes at a good (top) institution, I'm hoping I can get in one. However, my profile isn't exactly typical or all that well-rounded.

Opinions? Advices?

Areas of Interest:

Financial Economics, Econometrics, Microtheory

Undergraduate:

School: International student, good LAC (good in science)

Grades: 3.8 overall, >3.95 Math but only 3.7 Econ

Courses: We do not have A+, but I did very well for all my Math courses (top or one of top scorers), including all Stat courses (including Probability Theory, Math Stats), Real Analysis, Advanced Real Analysis (including Lebesgue theory and measure theory).

Extra Math / Computer Science courses that might be helpful that I did: Math Modeling, Scientific Programming.

I had slightly more problems with Economics courses, especially those that are more 'subjective' (more essay writing / non theory classes). For standard classes, I got As in Micro, Macro, A- in Advanced Econometrics, also Finance. However, only B+ in Econometrics. To be honest, I feel like I didn't learn the theory in the Econometrics classes since all the math was skipped, and the grade depended on papers in which we just 'applied' techniques.

This is probably the reason that led me to try to do more Econometrics graduate courses to see if things are different then.

Graduate courses:

I took a few classes at a top 5 institution in my own time (while working) and got As in the following:

Econometrics I & II, Microtheory III & IV (I audited / self-studied Micro I & II)

Will take: Time Series

Research experience:

- Did an REU on an applied math project at a good institution outside of school and went to a conference

- Did an Economics honor thesis

I don't see this as a lot. This is probably a weak point. However, with regard to financial economics topics, my work experience does give me more ideas for research.

Teaching Experience:

I was the TA for various Math, Econ and even Computer Science classes. I would say that teaching is smth I do enjoy and can do well.

LORs:

Here is what I'm concerned about too. If I pick a Math prof from my undergrad, chances are that it'll be good as a few of them all said they wanted me to go to a top phd program (of any kind, Math or non-Math). However, I am not as certain about Econ letters, since I didn't do that much Econ research in undergrad and I don't think anyone of them is particularly 'famous' or 'known'.

Awards:

- Regional Math team contest, Phi Beta Kappa, some department award. Various national awards in high school.

GRE: 800 Q, 590 V, 6 AWA

SoP: will address my years out of school and graduate classes and desire to go back

Since I could deal with classes at a good (top) institution, I'm hoping I can get in one. However, my profile isn't exactly typical or all that well-rounded.

Opinions? Advices?