Senior interested in machine learning, data science, AI seeks advice on research, grad school

I am a mid-year junior gradating in Dec. 2018. I double major in computer science and mathematics. My interests lie in machine learning, algorithms, combinatorics, natural language processing, data science and AI. I have had an internship experience in software engineering and coursework related to machine learning. Currently I am actively seeking summer research or industry internship opportunities in ML. In the long run, I am thinking about getting a PhD. Any advice you have regarding the following questions would be great!

1. I want to find a research area that lies in the intersection of computer science and mathematics.
2. I am deciding between getting a ML related job vs applying for graduate school directly.
3. I am wondering what are most important things to do to be a competitive ML job candidate or grad school applicant.

I am happy to connect with industry professionals or researchers whose work involves ML, data science, or any fields above. Insights, advice or past experience would be greatly appreciated for a new grad entering these fields.

Thank you so much!

Name: Athena Xiao ’18 (Dec)
Majors: Computer Science, Mathematics
Hometown: Nanjing, China
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