Type of Undergrad:
Omnibus Entry Science at University College Dublin 2003-2006Undergrad GPA:
1st Year: Computer Science, Pass Maths, Geology, Mathematical Physics
2nd Year: Pass Maths, Statistics, Computer Science
3rd Year: 8x Statistics, 2x Maths
42.8% (3rd Year)Type of Grad:
Higher Diploma in Statistics at University College Dublin 2007-2008Grad GPA:
MA Qualifier in Economics at University College Dublin 2010-2011
MA in Economics at University College Dublin 2011-2012
HDip: 3.08 out of 4.2
MA Qualifier: 4.17
MA: No grades yet
Booked for the 29th of AugustMath Courses:
Pass Maths 67.6%
Mathematical Physics 50% (repeat exam)
Pass Maths 74.2%
3rd Science Maths:
Graph Theory 66%
Combinatorial Mathematics 18%
3rd Science Stats:
Statistical Theory I Probability 83%
Survey Sampling 62%
Statistical Theory II Statistical Inference 45%
Statistical Theory III Bayesian Statistics and Stochastic Processes 44%
Statistics and Visualization 40%
Data Analysis and Statistical Software 40%
Statistical Methods II 17%
Statistical Methods I 13%
Higher Diploma in Statistics:
Probability Distributions A+Econ Courses (grad-level):
Survey Sampling A+
Linear Models I A
Statistics and Visualization A-
Statistical Inference I B+
Actuarial Statistics I C-
Design of Experiments D+
Linear Models II D
Statistical Inference II D
Categorical Data Analysis D-
Actuarial Statistics II E(C) (pass by compensation)
Welfare Economics and Public Finance
Econ Courses (undergrad-level):
MA Qualifier in Economics:
Advanced Macroeconomics A+
Advanced Microeconomics A+
Applied Econometrics I A+
Financial Economics A+
Game Theory A+
International Monetary Economics A
Computer Science 88%
Computer Science 45.6% (repeat exam)
Letters of Recommendation:
I was the most participative student in each of my economics modules so I think the letters will be good.
PhD Georgetown, American(?)
Lecturer for macro. Stopped me after a lecture and said if I need a reference I should ask him. After that I spotted a misstake in one of his problem set solutions and got 100% on the module, which can only impress more (A+ = 76.67%). Nice guy.
BA Toulouse, PhD AutÚnoma de Barcelona, French
Lecturer for micro, MA micro and MA research skills, also director of MA. Asked a question and offered to write a reference if anyone could answer the question correctly, which I did. Really nice person. Got 97.9% in her module.
Thinking of asking another young lecturer - PhD Oregon, American
Got 91.5% in his game theory module. Another friendly lecturer.
Some martial arts teaching experience.
How the money supply (reserves at the central bank and transaction account liabilities of commercial banks) enters circulation (via spending by the CB and spending by the commercial banks) and what would happen if the only entity that could spend additions to the money supply were the government. So, a real-time 100% reserve requirement on transaction accounts and no more central bank operations other than crediting the government's account, something like this
Other interest is Modern Monetary Theory
Maybe something about how my work could reduce private and government indebtedness? I don't have conventional interestes so I'm worried about how to write a SoP without putting adcomms off.
Whether I would get into a better programme if I were to wait till next autumn when I will have all the grades from my masters, a dissertation, and possibly some useful experience lined up for the gap year. I'll turn 29 in March 2012.
How I'm going to do in the masters, especially the dissertation.
The writing sections of the GRE - I'm slow to decide exactly how I want to say something and slow at typing.
My unconventional interests.
I'm Irish. I moved around Europe when I was young. Rome 3 years, Dublin 3 years, The Hague 4 years, Dublin 2 years, Vienna 5 years. That said, I really only know one language (maybe a little bit of German).Applying to:
Not sure, suggestions welcome.
Thinking about the European University Institute and MIT (because I'd regret it if I didn't even ask).