I am recently writing my statement of purpose (or research statement, if you prefer this) for my graduate school applications (in the field of EECS). I have two conference publications,
paper_A in one mediocre conference (1st author) and
paper_B in one famous (but not yet top-tier) conference (2nd author).
I am completely happy with
paper_A, despite its publishing venue being mediocre, simply because I did it completely myself and knew exactly why I was doing that. So I had a great time talking about that work in my statement.
On the contrary,
paper_B, although accepted by a famous conference, really tortures and discourages me a lot while I am writing about it. Being the 2nd author, I now feel that there doesn't make much sense doing that work, and what we have claimed is weak and untenable. While elaborating on
paper_B in the statement, I even gradually lost all the confidence about myself, which I have gained from writing about
My targeted schools are those top-tier schools. So I am afraid this slipshod piece of research may even backfire, since the critical faculty may find my work lousy.
So should I simply delete that paper from my statement and CV? But, its publishing venue is indeed a famous and widely acceptable one. Or should I present the complete me to the committee with all my works? But, will that piece of slipshod research backfire and hurt me?
P.S.: One side information that may help.
paper_A is in the area that I wish to apply for, and
paper_B is more like a side work, which I don't wish to continue in my graduate research.