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Should I stay for a fourth year/ where should I apply? (Analysis/Mathematics)

CauchySchwarzCauchySchwarz Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited June 2014 in Graduate School
Hello All,

I currently have finished my 2nd year as an undergraduate and I will have a very easy time graduating from my school in a year. I started out somewhat rocky these first 2 years and I was wondering whether it would be better for me to stay in school an extra year or apply this coming fall semester. I'd also like to ask at what level of graduate school I would be seriously considered.
I'm a Caucasian male.
I've taken:

At a Top 50 school:
At an Undergrad level:
Fundamental Proofs
Real Analysis
Complex Analysis
Differential Geometry
Probability
Linear Algebra
Graph Theory
Abstract Algebra
Ordinary Differential Equations
Independent Study
with all A/A-'s except for Diff Geo and Complex and Fundamental Proofs. Those were a B-/C+/B- respectively.

Advanced Undergrad Level:
Lie Algebra
A B+

Graduate Level:
Real Analysis(self-studied and passed qualifying exam)
General Topology
Harmonic Analysis
Logic
All A-'s

Current cumulative GPA: 3.30
Current Major GPA: 3.53

My GRE Math score is a 910.

I also have experience as a grader, a TA, and separate on-campus job during my second year.
I have a well-known advisor in his field writing a letter of recommendation and I'm not sure who else to ask.

I have attended an REU at a top 10 school this summer.
I have co-authored a paper in analysis and did additional research in a separate field in computer science.
My personal statement will most likely talk about a love of harmonic analysis or something. I'll ask my advisor about that. I plan to specialize in harmonic analysis so I would appreciate if you could advise some programs with good programs in that direction. I'm only 19 so it won't hold me back all that much to apply next year; however, it would also be pretty expensive for me to do that. I could just use the next year to blow through my school's grad classes if I need to. Also relevant may be the fact that I double-majored physics as well.

I've also just started to buckle up and work since I received a wake-up call. The only reason any of my undergraduate grades are underneath flat A's is missed HW assignments which I understand is incredibly stupid. If I were to stay for another year, I'd probably average a 3.8ish in some Grad courses. Although I'd definitely only take like 3 each semester and an additional undergrad course in a foreign language, since I know that's a requirement for most schools.

I'd also like to ask if it's a good idea to self-study a course over the summer, like I did last year for Graduate Real Analysis. As in, do Grad schools look at it fairly positively. Thank you preemptively for any responses. I know I'm a slightly ridiculous case, but I greatly appreciate the advice.

One last point, when talking about possible acceptances to schools, what are my chances for UCLA and UChicago, I know they're probably dismal, but two of my ideal advisors are at those schools. Again, thanks for any advice you may provide.

Replies to: Should I stay for a fourth year/ where should I apply? (Analysis/Mathematics)

  • xraymancsxraymancs Forum Champion Graduate School Posts: 4,567 Forum Champion
    Your GRE is strong but your GPA might make it hard to make the first cut at a highly selective program. One thing you might be able to do is to get a Masters in your fourth year. That would put all of your graduate courses in a separate GPA calculation and demonstrate your ability. having the Masters would make you ready to walk in start research without too much coursework.
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