Do you hope for a lateral move?
Type of Undergrad: Unranked
Undergrad GPA: 3.0
Type of Grad: Top 50
Grad GPA: 3.25
GRE: 740Q 600V
Math Courses: Calc I-III (Bs), Linear Aglebra (B), ODE (B), Linear Programming (B), Control Theory (B), Proofs (B), Intro Real Analysis (A), Real Analysis (A), Theory of Matrices (A)<br> Econ Courses (grad-level): PhD core, Econometrics and a few field courses (mostly Bs) (Note that my school has no grade inflation; this is the standard grade)
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): All As
Letters of Recommendation: Good ones.
Research Experience: Yes (after failing)
Teaching Experience: Yes
Research Interests: Micro
Concerns: Failed a prelim. Dominated the other prelim.
Other: Good thesis.
Applying to: No Idea.
I will only be applying to schools that are in or very near a city so my significant other will have job opportunities. I'm interested in micro, math, and metrics. My school has a pretty high attrition rate, so I don't necessarily think I'm not cut out for it (based on a lot of factors). The upper-division math courses were taken after exams. I also prefer warm places. I was a last-round admit, anyways, the first time. Truthfully, a lot of my first year was spent caring for a loved one who had a lot of sudden, acute health issues, and I think my absence may have upset one or more professors (I kept the situation to myself because I didn't want to make excuses). The issues have now stabilized. I did not retake the GRE because my problem is speed - I'm computationally slow and obsessively check my work. I'm generally very solid at math and one of the best in my cohort. Just slow.
Last edited by hotdogday; 12-11-2011 at 04:39 AM. Reason: Browser messed my formatting up.
Its hard to say given your interests: I wouldn't go to university of new mexico. If you were in a legit top 50 (top 40 on US World News), then I think you can probably manage a top 75 move if you can get some good letters from professors at your program. The story your saying is common. Micro try Rice, Clemson, Dallas, Texas A&M, Georgia State (Atlanta). Texas A&M probably is the best fit. I don't know micro as well as I do macro. Its not an urban area, but is in commuting distance of 3 big cities.
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