Deadline: extended to Friday, March 01, 2013
For full consideration, please ensure that all application materials
are received by this deadline, including the letters of recommendation.
- Complete and submit the
online application form.
- Send the following additional information
as e-mail attachments in PDF format:
Please put your name, academic department/major, name of college/university,
e-mail, and phone on top of the personal statement.
To help us save these attachments accurately, please have your last name
together with "resume" or "statement", respectively, in the filename,
as in Lastname_resume.pdf and Lastname_statement.pdf for instance.
- A current resume.
- A personal statement that
describes in approximately two to three pages
(1) your background in mathematics, statistics, and programming
(please be clear and specific about programming language/packages
and say what you did with them);
you may want to explain here also, if you have an
unusual career path (such as via attending
a community college or not starting college immediately
after high school);
(2) your interest in applications of mathematics and/or statistics;
(3) your previous research experiences (if any);
(4) your experience with or interest in team work
(this can be in an academic or in an extracurricular setting,
e.g., a campus club).
- Letters of recommendation:
Arrange for two letters of recommendation
to be e-mailed directly from the letter writer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ask each letter writer to discuss
(1) your background in mathematics, statistics, and programming;
(2) your written and oral communication skills;
(3) your experience with and/or potential for research;
(4) your experience in team work, if any.
Ideally, we ask that the attachment from letter writers
include both the student's and the letter writer's name in the
filename of the attachment,
as in StudentLastname_byFacultyLastname.pdf for instance.
What will happen in the application process?
If you have questions about the requirements and/or the process,
do not hesitate to contact us by sending e-mail to
We will read the application material for each applicant as it arrives.
The first step is to form a short list of candidates with the best
fit to the program.
If you are selected for the short list, we will contact you by e-mail
and ask for a transcript (inofficial is sufficient)
and a proof of U.S. citizenship (passport, birth certificate, or similar)
or permanent residency ("green card").
The best is to scan these documents and e-mail them as attachments;
please choose sensible filenames for the attachments that
include your name and indicate the type of document.
Please do not send any transcript or proof of citizenship/residency
initially, as it overflows our system unnecessarily.
Also please understand that U.S. citizenship / permanent residency
is a requirement for NSF-funding; we cannot change or waive it.
We try to have an exchange of communications
with all candidates on the short list.
Then offers are made to the candidates selected.
Selected candidates will have to return a formal acceptance.
We will ask for this with a very short timeline, so that we are able
to tell other candidates their status as timely as possible.