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What is Brown Good At?

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  • franglishfranglish 2239 replies69 threads Senior Member
    1741QPartier, what could you possibly be basing your claim on? There is just no way you know anything about this school. Otherwise you would never say anything so silly. Brown is a wonderful school, but it certainly is not for everyone. The amount of personal motivation required to figure out the best way to use Brown's system productively precludes all but the best from applying to this wonderful place. It probably takes a good year, year and a half to hit one's stride. It is not alone because there are many excellent schools. But it is unique. If its philosophy is not for you, then, by all means, don't apply there. Believe me, the ad com has more than enough to read-- 25,000 this year-- without you.
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  • 174IQPartier174IQPartier 231 replies25 threads Junior Member
    I'm asking you to think about this: Where would Brown be if it wasn't part of the Ivy League, given everything else about it is the same?
    I can tell you that it wouldn't have 25000 (with at least 75% of them being resume-padding whores) applying...

    I'm not saying Brown is a bad school.
    I think more so that it is overrated.
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  • swangswang 128 replies14 threads Junior Member
    I personally could care less that it is an Ivy. I want to go to Brown because it's an amazing school.
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  • wolfmanjackwolfmanjack 1147 replies20 threads Senior Member
    It's okay everyone it's just the cyclical d-bag post from some young punk who has his head up his rear. No biggy. Don't feed the ****.
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  • icebox4icebox4 217 replies2 threads Junior Member
    /sigh

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  • kshields90kshields90 3 replies3 threads New Member
    Modestymelody- cut it with the catty (and inane) replies. I'm sure you find them witty, but they offer nothing to this thread. "If you've got nothing nice to say, don't say it at all."

    I'm looking to Brown as a transfer, and I'd say it looks good at practically everything. Granted, it is an Ivy, which, as 174IQPartier so aptly put it, may mean that it attracts an applicant base with 75% being "resume padding whores". But its being an Ivy also means that it attracts very brainy kids and very brainy professors (or at least one would hope). Its small class sizes and academic flexibility seem to make it a perfect place for those interested in a intimate and expansive education. Simply the fact that Brown has no undergrad. requirements should indicate that it is a school that does everything well. Being as I'm not actually there yet I can't offer any evidence to the contrary. Perhaps there is someone out there who can?
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  • kshields90kshields90 3 replies3 threads New Member
    Modestymelody- cut it with the catty (and inane) replies. I'm sure you find them witty, but they offer nothing to this thread. "If you've got nothing nice to say, don't say it at all."

    I'm looking to Brown as a transfer, and I'd say it looks good at practically everything. Granted, it is an Ivy, which, as 174IQPartier so aptly put it, may mean that it attracts an applicant base with 75% being "resume padding whores". But its being an Ivy also means that it attracts very brainy kids and very brainy professors (or at least one would hope). Its small class sizes and academic flexibility seem to make it a perfect place for those interested in a intimate and expansive education. Simply the fact that Brown has no undergrad. requirements should indicate that it is a school that does everything well. Being as I'm not actually there yet I can't offer any evidence to the contrary. Perhaps there is someone out there who can?
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  • modestmelodymodestmelody 4580 replies74 threads Senior Member
    kshields-- as someone who has written significantly on this web page about Brown, possibly sharing more information about the university than anyone else who has been on this site, it can be frustrating when people don't look back and find questions that have been asked 1500 times and answered extensively in the past. CC has some very strict policies about posting that ensures that our threads stay in existence as a reference source-- it'd be nice if users utilize the forums in that fashion.

    174IQPartier is a **** and I have little tolerance for ****. No need to be nice to them.

    The fact that we have no undergraduate requirements has little to do with how well or not we're doing. For more on that :
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/brown-university/385841-brown-curriculum-university-college-explained.html


    While I certainly feel we're strong across the university, as with anywhere else, there are some areas which have more prominence than others. Geology, neuroscience, and computer science, for instance, are three fields that we're certainly one of the top few in the country for undergraduate education.
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  • wolfmanjackwolfmanjack 1147 replies20 threads Senior Member
    2nded with everything modest said.

    kshields you should have a little more respect for people who have committed just a tad more (2,293 posts in modest's case, about 1,000 in mine counting my older username) to this board than you have.
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  • BrownParentBrownParent 12597 replies179 threads Senior Member
    In case anyone didn't know:

    Brown is one of the top in the country for Applied Math
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  • GabbaGabbaHeyGabbaGabbaHey 180 replies6 threads Junior Member
    ^^ Agreed with BrownParent -- any student interested in Applied Mathematics who does not check out Brown is missing the boat. Pure math may be interesting to some -- and those folks should check out Princeton, or better yet one of the very good 'techie' schools like MIT. But Brown excels at Applied Math.

    Applied Mathematics Department - Brown University

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  • icebox4icebox4 217 replies2 threads Junior Member
    And I'd be more than happy to fill in the details about applied math at brown :)
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  • GabbaGabbaHeyGabbaGabbaHey 180 replies6 threads Junior Member
    ^ Do you have experience with Applied Math at Brown, icebox4? Are you a student? If so, what's your take?
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  • icebox4icebox4 217 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Most definitely. I am currently a senior at Brown, and will graduate this May with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In my opinion, the Division of Applied Mathematics is extremely strong here; this is primarily derived from phenomenal lineup of faculty we have within DAM. (For instance, the current executive director of American Mathematical Society is a Brown professor. Or, we can also boast having David Mumford, a Fields medalist!).

    One of the best things about the division is the breadth of research that is conducted. Come to think about it.. last week I went to a talk about 'Rare Events in the Financial Markets' talking about how conventional asset pricing model is statistically flawed. Next week, I'll be going to another talk about 'BrainGate' project, which aims to create a system to decode brain signals and translate that into real commands (think about the benefits for paralyzed people). My friend is doing a project in computer vision that aims to extrapolate a person's body shape from, say a snapshot of the face.

    In this respect, Brown is truly a research powerhouse.. and it's amazing because you get exposed to all this fantastic cutting-edge ideas daily. Very much consistent with Brown's free-spirited education philosophy, I think majoring in Applied Mathematics opened my mind to boundless, cool applications of this discipline.

    However, I do have to say that it's rather difficult to obtain research positions within DAM as an undergraduate. We do have a sizeable graduate student population, and most of the money go to them. Not only that, many of these research projects are usually very specific and would require some mathematical training that goes beyond the suggested undergraduate core courses. But definitely, if you're persistent and can demonstrate potential, many professors are willing to do projects with you (UTRA is a good way to do this). It's just that they don't actively recruit for undergraduate research assistants.

    Now, what about classroom teaching? Well, at least from my experience, it has been overwhelmingly positive. I would say that having a great researcher as your instructor does not immediately ensure a great learning experience, but most of the time they are really passionate about their field and such energy is infectious.

    It's hard to kinda pin down everything that makes the program so highly regarded, but I hope what I said here can be a starting point. In all, I'm very satisfied with my undergraduate experience being an AM concentrator. I'd be more than happy to entertain more specific questions: classes, professors, fields of research, whatever.

    P.S. It's funny that you mentioned Princeton, Gabba, because I'll be heading there next year -- they do have an AM program, which is also strong!
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  • BescrazeBescraze 841 replies28 threads Member
    Brown is great at sex. I don't even mean Brown student's by that, just the school in general. Supposedly, its very free-spirited, liberal and just an all-around champ. I haven't heard any complaints yet.
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  • bobomiabobomia 2 replies2 threads New Member
    Linguistics, I think.
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  • GabbaGabbaHeyGabbaGabbaHey 180 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Thanks, icebox. Sorry I lost track of this thread and I failed to subscribe to it. Great info in your reply, and good luck at Princeton. Good to know they have a superb AM grad program.
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