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prospective math grad student

Are there any graduate students in the math department in this community? I'm a junior right now, and Brown is my dream school. I'd like to know how competitive admissions are and what, if anything, helped you get in. I have fine grades in math, I'm beginning graduate courses, and I'm really close to a few professors in my department. But that applies to a lot of undergraduates. What sets us apart? I suppose the same could be answered by grad students in any other department.

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vitrailmiroir
Aug. 31st, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
In the geo department, a lot of getting in is recommendations from professors you've worked with. Also, if you haven't, start e-mailing professors you'd like to work with. Definitely have read their papers and cite them when you say why you'd like to work with them.
thedan
Sep. 11th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm a grad student in math!

I'm not sure anything set me apart, but I was wait-listed, so maybe those are connected. (I got in anyway because we had a small class my year, but this doesn't always happen).

If you can work on any research projects, that may help you stand out; ask said professors if they have any research an undergrad might be able to contribute to, even on a coding/number-crunching level. Showing evidence you've taken initiative to do independent work is a good thing. Though not completely necessary, since I didn't, and I was accepted.

If you have any more specific questions about the math department, feel free to drop me a line at [LJ-username] at brown.edu.
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