For academic CVs, should/how do/how might I indicate leadership/group work when describing certain research projects?

  • Option A: Use words

Project A, Subject X11, Date



Project B, Subject X12, Date



Project C, Subject X12, Date

Group, Leader


  • Option B: Use letters


G for Group but not leader

I for Individual

L for Group Leader

Project A, Subject X11, Date, G


Project B, Subject X12, Date, I


Project C, Subject X12, Date, L


  • Option C: Do not indicate on academic CV, but describe in application how many research projects are included, how many were by group and how many were led

  • Option D: Other

Couldn't find any samples/templates with clear indications or articles discussing such or maybe I missed in the templates or articles I've already read.

If the answer may vary, please indicate source of variance eg depends on whether or it's not for PhD applications. Then pretty please provide conditional answers. =)


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  • Could you indicate that you were the group leader in the project description?
    – Dawn
    Oct 7, 2017 at 16:43
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    Don't use option B, it is very confusing.
    – Davidmh
    Oct 8, 2017 at 7:25
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    @JackBauer I don't have a good way. It is uncommon to include this kind of information in normal situations, but I see your point in including it.
    – Davidmh
    Oct 8, 2017 at 7:32
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    I am assuming that Option A includes some sort of bulleted text in the description. If so, you can include phrases like "Led a group of ...." The description can cover not only the project but also your role. This would eliminate the need for an additional line. Or, you could include the names of group members with (Project lead) after the lead. This more closely mimics how papers are shown. I agree that Option B is bad because interpreting a key requires more work by the leader. It is not a lot of work, but reviewers have to go through so many documents, any additional work irritates them.
    – Dawn
    Oct 8, 2017 at 13:08
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    You can always include it like A (or my modified A) on the CV and then also tally it up in the personal statement or letter. I don't think it has to be an either/or.
    – Dawn
    Oct 8, 2017 at 18:17


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