I'm about to apply for a short "visiting and orientation program" at a large prestigious university where I may be interested in applying for graduate school.
This program lasts a couple of weeks and consists of
- several courses that present the research done by every research group in the math department;
- meetings with the faculty members and current students.
For the admission, I'm required to submit a statement of purpose.
Now, the scope of statements of purpose written for graduate admission is quite clear: they need to show research potential and experience in an area of interest.
However, I'm confused about what makes a good candidate for a PhD "visiting and orientation program".
That is, what kind of information, qualification, and motivations may admission committees be looking for in a candidate for such a program?