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How's Vandy's Math Major?

SamStanSamStan Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
Hey guys,

I'm a transfer student and got admitted by Vandy (hooray)! I want to learn statistics when I applly for graduate school, but Vandy only has biostats. My prof tells me I do not have to major in stats during undergraduate, so I want to ask how about math major in Vandy? Any famous math profs available to students during undergraduate years?

Replies to: How's Vandy's Math Major?

  • vandymanvandyman Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    Not sure if you're trying to be funny, actually. Why would you care about the fame of your profs when you're an undergrad? (Not to mention the fact that their fame might be in the future.)

    Anyway, Vandy math is very good. Here's the home page: http://as.vanderbilt.edu/math/ And yes, typically people who want to study stats tend to major in math for their undergrad degree.
  • SamStanSamStan Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Because applying for graduate school, it matters who writes your recommendation. THX anyway!
  • SoCalDad2SoCalDad2 Registered User Posts: 868 Member
    Any famous math profs available to students during undergraduate years?

    If they are famous, wouldn't a math student like you have heard of them?
  • LBowieLBowie Registered User Posts: 1,840 Senior Member
    A recommendation from a professor whose class you took, famous or not, is not very useful or impressive. Useful letters of recommendations come from professors who are research mentors for creative and conscientious students.
  • SamStanSamStan Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    I heard the admission office did not read your recommendation carefully at all if recommendation was from a not famous prof. That's the reason I'm concerned.@LBowie
  • SamStanSamStan Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    There are lots of famous profs so it's obvious there is no way you've heard all of them. @SoCalDad2‌
  • SoCalDad2SoCalDad2 Registered User Posts: 868 Member
    ^^^ I am not sure you understand the definition of "famous"!
  • LBowieLBowie Registered User Posts: 1,840 Senior Member
    edited May 2014
    Well if that was true then there would be no graduate students at all, or perhaps very few.
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    You should do a little more research into graduate school admissions if you're basing your transfer decision on it.
  • LBowieLBowie Registered User Posts: 1,840 Senior Member
    Oh and by the way, for graduate school, if you are talking about PhD programs, your application is not read by the "admission office." It usually goes directly to the department to which you are applying (e.g. Mathematics) and is read by a committee of maybe 3 faculty serving on the committee that year.
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