1. In the last year of my bachelor degree I was required to write a research paper. That research paper won the first award from about 1000 research papers submitted by students in my university.

  2. Also, that paper got published in a top research journal in my field.

  3. Also, in terms of my bachelor degree grades, my grades were the highest in my college when I graduated.

Should I mention these three facts when contacting a potential master’s (by research) supervisor?

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    I would find a way to include them in your resume/CV but not mention them in your cover "letter"/email unless your paper directly relates to your proposed graduate research. Aug 5, 2017 at 13:42

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Yes, you can (and should) mention that you already have research experience (did you also do the writing yourself?). This is an appealing skill when choosing between master students who want to do their thesis project with a senior researcher. However, I would formulate it more humbly. For example, "I already have some first experience with academic writing and conducting research, so I hope this will benefit the work for the upcoming thesis project. I attached my first manuscript to give you an idea of my previous work."


Yes, it is ok to include your awards in contacting your potential supervisor. As long as it is relevant to your future work in Masters degree. It is ideal to include that in your CV in "Awards, recognition..." section and if it is a published paper you can include that in "List of Published Papers...". In your correspondence, it is good that you discuss your research interest, your past experience, and why you are interested to be in his/her group. Your potential supervisor will read your CV for sure.

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