I am trying to write me Personal Statement for applied mathematics graduate admission in the US. I did an independent study course when I was a senior. The topics were about mathematical foundations of image processing and reading papers. This is definitely something that I would like to mention in my personal statement.

But I am not sure how detailed it should be. For example, should I just say: "we read two papers", or should I go deeper and say: "the first papers use variational calculus to develop an active contour model for detecting edge"? Should I mention some of the specific books my professor assigned to me, or do I just say: "I read about functional analysis"?

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    If the statement has a limited word count, write up by the word count. If you have enough room to go into details, go for it. Also, is your independent study ground-breaking and unique, or is it fairly bog-standard and will not stand out of the crowd of applications?
    – G-E
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 17:09
  • @G-E What could I say? My whole life and person do not stand out ╮(╯_╰)╭ Otherwise I would be chilling on some island right now
    – 3x89g2
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 17:13
  • I'll take your word. I was not judgemental, just asking questions to help with your reaching an answer to your own question.
    – G-E
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 17:14
  • @G-E I was just kidding. It was a two-quarter independent study, mostly reading books, going through derivations and writing Matlab. There was no original research going on. I did that mostly because I would like to see what applied math is like (outside the classroom)
    – 3x89g2
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 17:19
  • Would you agree my first comment as a good answer to your question then? ;)
    – G-E
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 17:20


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