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    Profiles and Results 2012

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    Since it seems like the season is coming to an end for some TMers, and because last year's thread was also started on the second Saturday of March, I think it's a good time to get the annual Profile and Results Thread started.

    I'll take a page out of Italos' playbook and quote asquare's post from the 2009 thread:

    "This thread is meant to be a reference thread only. Please fill out the information below, but post any comments or questions in a separate thread. Other comments will be deleted from this thread. Note that you can only edit your posts for about one hour after you make them. This means that if you are still waiting on admissions decisions, you should wait to post your profile on this thread. Otherwise, your profile will be incomplete."

    Without further ado,

    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    Undergrad GPA:
    Type of Grad:
    Grad GPA:
    GRE:
    Math Courses:
    Econ Courses:
    Other Courses:
    Letters of Recommendation:
    Research Experience:
    Teaching Experience:
    Research Interests:
    SOP:
    Other:

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances:
    Waitlists:
    Rejections:
    Pending:

    What would you have done differently?

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    Maybe we're ready for this now....

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    Attending: Michigan

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    BSc Top 5 UK, major in Statistics, minor in Economics
    Undergrad GPA:
    3.75
    Type of Grad:
    N/A
    Grad GPA:
    N/A
    GRE:
    Q780, V530, AW5.5
    Math Courses:
    Linear Algebra (A-), Real Analysis (A+), Calculus (B)
    Stats Courses: Introduction to Statistics (A), Further Statistics (A), Practical Statistics (A), Probability and Inference (B), Linear Models (B), Applied Probability (B+), Statistical Inference (B), Stochastic Systems (B), Decision and Risk (A+), Optimisation Algorithms (A+)
    Econ Courses: Microeconomics (A), Macroeconomics (A), Econometrics (A), Game Theory (A), Environmental Economics (B)
    Other Courses:
    Finance (B)
    Letters of Recommendation:
    Two unknown professors
    Research Experience:
    Undergraduate thesis
    Teaching Experience:
    None
    Research Interests:
    Development
    SOP:
    Linking research interests, relevant work experience, and undergraduate thesis
    Other:
    Lots of relevant international work experience (including 4 internships and one full-time job for a year)

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances:
    Yale MA International and Development Economics (IDE), UCL MSc Economics
    Waitlists:
    Cambridge MPhil Economics
    Rejections
    : UC Berkeley PhD Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oxford MPhil Economics
    Pending:
    Oxford MSc Economics for Development

    Attending:
    Yale MA International and Development Economics (IDE)

    What would you have done differently?
    Not too much, got into my dream master's program so am really very excited. UK schools rarely (if ever?) give TA/RA positions to undergraduates so I am not too worried about lacking experience there.

    If I had to mention something, I would say improve my grades. A's across the board, in difficult subjects, is absolutely essential.
    Last edited by intrepidtravels; 04-11-2012 at 11:09 PM.
    IN: UCL MSc, Yale MA IDE // OUT: Oxford MPhil, UCB PhD ARE // Waitlist: Cambridge MPhil

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    Zapzorred, by request.
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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad: Top 60 Economics UG
    Undergrad GPA: 3.75 (3.85 math & econ)
    Type of Grad: N/A
    Grad GPA: N/A
    GRE: 790Q/640V/5.5AWA
    Math Courses: Calc series; Linear Algebra; UG Analysis; Grad Analysis I; Grad Topology I-II; Dynamical Systems
    Econ Courses: Grad Macro; Grad Micro; Grad Metrics; standard UG classes
    Other Courses: Philosophy minor
    Letters of Recommendation: Grad Macro Professor; two economists at regional fed where I worked
    Research Experience: 2 Years at Regional Fed. Couple co-authored papers in the works. Felt this was instrumental to my intent/results
    Teaching Experience: Tutoring and Grading at UG
    Research Interests: Macro, Labor, Computational
    SOP: Customized for a little while then just got lazy and sent the same one
    Other: good to be moving on

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: NSF; UPenn(after NSF); UCLA($); Ohio State($$)
    Waitlists: Maryland (Accepted after NSF); WUSTL
    Rejections: Yale; Northwestern; NYU; Chicago; Stanford; Minnesota; Columbia; Duke
    Pending:
    Attending: U Penn

    What would you have done differently? Probably would have customized my SOP a bit more. It just got so dull. Second-guessing the past is easy...I guess work harder in UG is the easy answer; but I wasn't so sure that I wanted a PhD at that time.
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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad: Econ/Math BS double major. Small private Midwest university. Unknown econ dept.
    Undergrad GPA: 3.85
    GRE: 164 Q, 156 V, 5.5 AWA
    Math Courses: Calc I (B), Calc II (A), Calc III (A), Discrete I (A-), Discrete II (A), Differential Equations (A), Linear Algebra (A), Real Analysis (A), Probability and Statistics (A), Statistics (A), Abstract Algebra (A-)
    Grad Math Courses: Game Theory (in progress)

    Econ Courses: standard UG sequence with econometrics
    Letters of Recommendation: Nobody famous. Thesis adviser and guy I was an RA for, was very strong. Another econ prof I had a few classes with, was strong. Math prof w/ phd from Berkeley who taught me calc III and real analysis.
    Research Experience: RA, did a senior thesis that applied game theory to IO. Theoretical paper.
    Teaching Experience: tutored econ and calc for 3 semesters. Was a TA for diff eq and calculus.
    Research Interests: At time of application, game theory and IO. Now I've added behavioral and experimental.
    SOP: It was an SOP alright.

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: UCSD ($--will attend), UT-austin
    Waitlists: None
    Rejections: Kellogg MECS, Caltech, HBS, NYU, Boston U, Maryland, Penn State
    Pending: Funding decision from UT, but I don't care what it is. EDIT: No funding at UT.

    What would you have done differently? Applied to significantly more schools because I'm from an unknown and small econ program. We do not even have a PhD program. For anyone in a similar situation who doesn't wish to transfer, here is some advice. If you want to breach the top 25, you have to get very good grades. This isnt enough though. When your good grades are compared to the same grades from someone from Yale, guess who theyre going to choose. So you need something that separates you from the pack. For me, I think that was my thesis and my LORs were very strong (despite coming from nobody famous). Apply to a lot of schools as the variance for someone with this background will be high. Just look at my case--outright rejection from Penn State, but got into UCSD. I got lucky.
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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    BA Economics, minor in Mathematics (Rutgers: >50 econ department)
    Undergrad GPA: 2.9 (cumulative of four colleges); 3.7 (school I will graduate from)
    Type of Grad:
    Grad GPA:
    GRE:
    161Q, 159V, 4.0AW
    Math Courses: Calc I-III, Intro Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Intro to Proofs, Probability Theory, (Abstract) Linear Algebra, Intro Real Analysis
    Econ Courses: Intro/Intermediate Micro/Macro, Econometrics, Industrial Organization, Financial Economics, Market Discipline, Development, Game Theory
    Other Courses: intro stats
    Letters of Recommendation: All 3 from econ professors who I took 1-2 classes with
    Research Experience: none
    Teaching Experience: none
    Research Interests: game theory, io, labor, development
    SOP: brief
    Other:

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances:
    Warwick, Oregon, Western Ontario ($), Cornell ($$)
    Waitlists: Washington
    Rejections: Tilburg, Queen's, Cemfi
    Attending: Cornell

    What would you have done differently?
    For undergrad studies, not failing out of college twice would've been better. Also, it would've been nice to have taken more than two econ classes before the spring semester of my junior year. For the application process, I should've applied to more schools. But I am very pleased with the school I will be attending.
    Last edited by Gouverneur; 04-17-2012 at 01:21 PM.
    In: Warwick, Oregon (w/l), UWO ($), Cornell ($$) Out: Tilburg, Queen's, Cemfi, U Washington

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    Sorry, but I can no longer edit the original post. Can everyone please add what school they are attending. I think this would be helpful.
    Attending: Michigan

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    Math/Econ double major at a Top 40 Econ, top something US News... too lazy to check. We like experimental econ and college basketball.

    Undergrad GPA: 3.9
    Type of Grad: Just classes
    Grad GPA: 3.9
    GRE: 760Q/640V/4.0 Attempt #1, 165Q/161V/5.0 Attempt #2
    Math Courses: Calc 1-3, Intro to Analysis I-II, Abstract Algebra, Honors Linear Alg, Honors ODEs, Applied Stat, Probability Theory, Math Stat, Stochastic Processes, Grad Analysis I, Topology, Combinatorics, Number Theory. All A's except an A- in ODEs and a B in Grad Analysis
    Econ Courses (grad-level): Micro I, Micro II, Political Economy, Topics in Micro Theory. All A's except an A- in Micro II
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): A whole bunch
    Other Courses: A bunch of English classes
    Letters of Recommendation: 1 extremely well known (multiple publications in AER/'metrica/JET), 1 very well known (publications in AER, 'metrica, JET), 1 not as well known. All 3 are micro theorists and have had me for at least one grad Econ class and at least two are advising me with my thesis/research projects.
    Research Experience: 2 summer research grants from my university to work on independent projects in micro theory/game theory, another grant to work on that same project during this academic year, some independent studies over the years, all of which will be aggregated into a special degree/honors thesis
    Teaching Experience:
    Research Interests: Game Theory, Mechanism Design, Formal Political Theory, Algorithmic Game Theory. How information affects games and how mechanisms can incentivize information acquisition.
    SOP: Cookie cutter with one paragraph tailored to each place.
    Other: Varsity letterman/spent 4 years on a perennial top 15-25 Division I team in my sport. That made this all so much harder than it needed to be!

    RESUL
    TS:
    Acceptances: Caltech, Wisconsin, Kellogg MECS, UT-Austin, UCLA, NYU, Berkeley (no first year fellowship), Penn (wl for first year funding)
    Waitlists:
    Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Stanford GSB Econ Analysis + Policy
    Attending: Caltech

    What would you have done differently?

    Can't say I could have changed anything drastically. Maybe done marginally better in a course or two, or not messed up my first GRE. But those are ninth or tenth order concerns. RA or a Masters wouldn't have done anything for me. I'm thrilled and fortunate to be where I am!

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    BA Economics from a top 10 LAC
    Undergrad GPA:
    3.53 (3.1 freshman year, 3.8 sophomore-senior years)
    Type of Grad:
    Non-degree math coursework at a top 10 math department
    Grad GPA: N/A
    GRE:
    790 Q, 670 V, 4.5 AW (New Scoring: 164 Q, 164 V)
    Math Courses: Undergrad:
    Calc II electives (C+/B), Linear Algebra (B), Calc III (A), Diff Eq (A), Analysis (B), Bridge to Advanced Math (A-), Probability (B+) Grad: Probability (A-), Linear Algebra (B)
    Econ Courses:
    Econ Principals (A-), Intro Macro (A), Intermediate Macro (A-), Econ Stats (A-), Intermediate Micro (A), Intro Econometrics (A), International Econ (A), Advanced Macro (A), Thesis (A-/A), Advanced Econometrics (A), Advanced Micro (W)
    Letters of Recommendation:
    2 economics professors from undergrad, one of whom I was very close with (RAed, TAed, thesis adviser); economics professor at a top 50 econ department who's active in research (top 5% or something on IDEAS)
    Research Experience: RA for two summers for a professor in college doing labor research; senior thesis; worked for 3 years at a top econ consulting firm after graduation
    Teaching Experience: TAed for Intro Macro and Intro Econometrics during undergrad
    Research Interests: IO, ???
    SOP: Pretty standard; I didn't personalize it by department.

    RESULTS:
    Acceptances: Wisconsin ($), UT-Austin ($)
    Waitlists: UVA (withdrew)
    Rejections: Penn, Northwestern, Duke, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, Brown, Michigan, Wharton (after interview), Cornell
    Attending: Wisconsin!!

    There were plenty of things I would have done differently (not withdrawing from advanced micro, not taking analysis while taking 5 classes, working 2 jobs, and interviewing for jobs senior year), but there is one thing I definitely wouldn't have done differently. I made the decision to take a consulting job over a job at the Fed after college, knowing that it wouldn't be as good for my application, because it felt like a better fit. It turned out to in fact be a great fit for me, and I've grown from the experience in a lot of ways that have made me better prepared for grad school. My advice from this is that you should definitely make sure you have everything you need to get into grad school (math, research, etc.), but you shouldn't base all of your decisions on getting into grad school, because it may be the thing you do that doesn't help your resume that may indirectly make you better a better student in grad school or a better researcher later in life.

    Despite the painfulness of the process, I'm very happy with the end result. I can't say there weren't times when I wished I'd never heard of this forum (for example, when I was neurotically checking posts at 2 am), but I'm glad this great group of people was hear to take away some of the pain from the horror that is economics phd applications.
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