Questions tagged [statement-of-purpose]

Concerning an individual, what influences them, professional interests, and plan for the future, typically described as part of a college applicant's application for admission.

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Poor College Grade on Statement of Purpose (SoP)?

I am applying to master's courses in theoretical physics. I see that good grades, especially in foundational courses, are important when it comes to having a good application. I have had good to great ...
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What things must international students take care of while writing a Masters SoP for a US drama school?

I am only looking for tips on how to best direct my SoP in the right direction so as to not digress and stay on point with my material.
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Can I add hyperlink in the personal statement document?

I'm an undergraduate student studying physics and I'm applying to graduate programs in both the U.S. and the U.K. In my personal statement, I tried to explain the research I'm doing and I included the ...
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Is a 1000+ word Statement of Purpose too lengthy?

I plan to apply for an MS in CS in the United States as an international student. While some universities provide guidance on the Statement of Purpose word limit, I can see that most don't. In such a ...
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Forum to get SOPs/Draft Emails/CV reviewed

Is there a forum (comprising of grad students, maybe even postdocs or PIs) which would help me review drafts of my SOP or the cold emails I wish to send to prospective PIs or my academic CV? I am ...
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Mentioning informal talks with current PhD students in SOP (USA PhD CS)

I am drafting my sop for CS PhD Programs. For this X college, I have had 3 short calls with their current PhD Students discussing about the program. Would mentioning this in the SOP (no names of the ...
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spelling out numbers in formal writing [closed]

I am writing a statement of purpose and wondering how to write "26" in my SOP. Do I have to spell it out "twenty-six" or can I write it as 26? I am confused by web searching. ...
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Will errors in using articles harm the chance of getting admission?

I have applied to a university in the US that has a ranking of 130-150. I have just found that in my Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose, I have made two mistakes using the definite article in ...
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Childhood "story" on my master's SoP?

I am currently preparing my applications for various theoretical physics/physics master's programs in Canada and Europe. Canadian institutes typically require you to write a 1000+ words SoP. Now I am ...
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Is it okay to mention a mathematical fact that intrigues me in SOP when I don't understand its technical details?

I'm applying for Ph.D. in Mathematics and I'm writing a statement of purpose (or SOP) where I plan to express my interest in geometric representation theory and categorification. To me, an intriguing ...
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Should I add figures to my Statement of Purpose for PhD in STEM?

Is it a good idea to include descriptive figures/diagrams from previous poster presentations and publications in a statement of purpose?
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Writing about injury-induced gap in my resume (statement of purpose for graduate admissions)

I'm currently working on adapting my statement of purpose from the 2020-2021 admissions cycle for use in the current cycle. Since the last cycle, much has changed. As a result of a severe ulnar nerve ...
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Formats for writing and/or submitting Statement of Purpose

I am going to submit my SOP for the Ph.D. application. I just want to know if there is any standard format for organizing the SOP such as should I include a title, do I have to write my name, page ...
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How specific should one be when mentioning research interests and prospective advisors?

I'm currently in the midst of drafting up my statement of purpose for the upcoming application cycle in the USA, and am feeling very confused as to how to go about the part where I mention how my ...
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Mentioning publication venues for SOP (FALL 2022 CS PhD USA)

I am writing my SOP for CS PhD Programs in the US. I have a few experiences to note down in the SOP and those works have resulted into posters/publications. Question: Is it necessary to mention the &...
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Which option should be prefered in my Statement of Purpose for PhD application?

I am a new applicant and I am going to apply for Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering in the US. I am a bit confused about how to write down my intended subject in my SOP. My intended subject, Biochemical ...
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Can I use common abbreviated words in my Statement of Purpose?

I know that since SOP is a formal letter, abbreviated words cannot be used. But can I use commonly used abbreviated words such as GPA, COVID-19, BSc, USA directly in my SOP? It seems that writing the ...
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Can I mention the names of three professors in my Statement of Purpose even if I don't get any response from them?

I am going to apply to the US universities for the fall, 2022 for PhD. I have decided to include the names and research interests of three professors in my SOP with whom I would like to work, if I get ...
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Do I have to apply to the department or to the graduate school for PhD application in the US universities?

I am going to apply for PhD in Cancer Cell Biology at West Virginia University. But before starting my application, I have come across a confusing problem. At WVU, the PhD in Cancer Cell Biology is ...
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Should I mention conducting training programs in my Statement of Purpose for PhD admission?

I have conducted two hands-on training programs. I cannot decide whether or not I should mention this training experience in my SOP. I have quite a few publications, some conference papers, and 2 ...
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Do US PhD applicants have flexibility in research area even if they have a Masters Degree?

I have seen other similar questions, but this one is specific to applicants with a Masters degree. Because it seems that US PhD applicants with Masters are held to a higher standard. Background I have ...
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What is the role of Personal Statement in phd application?

I have found that most top US CS PhD programs don't require a personal statement (PS). Only a few schools put the PS into their application checklist. As for the requirement of PS, take an example ...
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Should you briefly discuss your research proposal's framework/objectives in your personal statement for your PhD application?

I am drafting my personal statement for my application to a PhD program at a university in the US. This university, like many other universities in the US, does not require PhD applicants to submit a ...
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Would it be necessary to justify in my SOP, a course which I had withdrawn?

Our university has the option where a student can withdraw from a course within the first month from the commencement of the course. This would lead to 'W' grade and is generally not equated with a '...
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How should I explain why I am leaving my current PhD and looking for a new PhD?

As I mentioned in this question, I am unhappy with the way my PhD is going. For the sake of completeness, I will summarize my condition in this question too. I am a 2nd-year PhD student in ...
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How to draft a SOP when one wants to work on a sub-domain they have never worked on before? (CS PhD USA)

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs (USA) I have experience in a certain domain X. Within X, there are multiple application based sub-domains. Example Domain: Deep Learning Example ...
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Should I mention future works in my SOP? (CS PhD Fall 2022 USA)

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs I am working on my senior thesis and have thought about 2 major chapters. Assuming I apply to my preferred universities by dec 1st I will only be ...
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I am so stuck in the second year of my PhD. Should I leave?

I started my Ph.D. in September 2019 from University-X under the supervision of Prof-A. The sole reason for me to start a Ph.D. under the supervision of this professor was that I was (still am) very ...
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Writing Statement of Purpose As a Bachelor Student (Physics)

I'm a third-year bachelor of a science student. I'm shortlisted for an interview for the Integrated Ph.D. course. I'm Physics major student. It's asked by the institution for a Statement of Purpose. ...
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Why would an international applicant with a perfect GPA and an undergraduate thesis get rejected from 16 grad schools? [duplicate]

I applied to 16 graduate schools for this coming fall. I am a transfer student at a Top 10 Public US school. I had GPA 4.00 at the time I applied (Not yet took graduate course yet, but I wrote that I ...
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To what extent should I mention unpleasant undergraduate experience in a graduate school statement of purpose? (pure math)

I have not enjoyed my undergraduate math program, primarily because it is not challenging enough - not enough advanced courses offered, too few research opportunities, classes are just not at the ...
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Is it okay to talk about a topic you want to research in but haven't done anything beforehand in your sop?

Background I am writing my sop for PhD Admissions. (Currently an undergraduate) I want to mention a prof's name because I am really interested in his research but the issue is that I don't have any ...
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I am willing to apply for advertised PhD position in Sweden. Whom should I address my cover letter?

I am willing to apply for advertised PHD position in Sweden. In the instructions to apply they have mentioned about the required documents which include CV, cover letter, transcripts. I have two ...
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Does a Statement of Purpose really matter for Graduate Admissions in 2021?

I'm International Student applying for technical courses to universities in the UK and the USA, this might seem like a frequently asked question but I'm genuinely curious in knowing whether a ...
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Mentioning graduates names in the SOP?

I found many questions that ask about mentioning professors names in the SOP. However, this doesn't address my question. Is it a good idea to mention the name of a program's graduate in the SOP? I am ...
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Citing papers in Statement of purpose

I am citing papers in Statement of Purpose. I am only using - "first author et al". instead of the recommend cite as per the paper's norms. Would that be okay or should I just use the normal ...
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Is it okay to keep my margs as 0.9 inch instead of 1 inch for my SOP [closed]

My SOP is extending the general 2 page limit by exactly 2 lines. Will it be okay if use a 0.9inch margin (all sides) instead of 1inch? I am using an overleaf template so all the other norms are being ...
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Can you be co-advised by 2 other faculty instead of 1 for PhD [closed]

My primary research interest is in computer vision and deep learning so I will be applying to the CS department. But I also want to be co-advised by a prof who is in the radiology department and work ...
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When applying to grad school, where should I discuss my medical issues that led to poor grades during my first two years?

I graduated this December from a major public university with a major in social services. I received a 3.02. I have about four Ws on my transcript and two FS, and quite a few Cs. Two semesters in my ...
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Do PhD admission committees prefer prospective professors over practitioners?

I am about to submit my application to a PhD in Statistics and I was wondering whether writing in the SoP about being willing to work in the industry to make a tangible impact would downgrade my ...
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Statement of Purpose conventions in Canada and Europe

I'm applying to universities in Canada and Europe (The Netherlands, Belgium and France) for admission to their computer science/mathematics master's programmes. I showed my statement of purpose to a ...
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My main research advisor refuses to give me a letter (to help for apply US physics program). What should I do?

By "main" research advisor I mean: with him, I got my most valuable research experience, greatest results and of course I invested most of my research time. Our field is Physics and I am ...
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"Statement of purpose" vs "Research proposal" in the context of graduate studies?

After consulting google, what I am able to understand is that a statement of purpose is a document that is used when applying for graduate studies and it mentions the aptitude and motivation for ...
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Should I sound needy in my Statement of Purpose?

I am going to apply for a Ph.D. position in Europe and I am asked to write a 1200 words statement of purpose (SoP). I was wondering whether I should be cold and objective about past experiences and ...
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I know it is bad to mention the name of a faculty in SOP, but would it be bad to mention the name of a paper he has published

From reading this forum, I know that it is a bad idea to mention the name of a faculty. However, can I talk about he/she indirectly. For example, I could say something like this: "I have always ...
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Can I write the diversity statement around my ADHD?

I am applying for PhD in physics, and realized that a lot of schools have the option to provide "diversity statements" or "personal statements". As a foreigner, I can't seem to ...
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Mentioning a professor's work in the statement of purpose when they aren't the first author

I am applying to graduate school (USA, computer science/machine learning), and one potential PhD advisor is Bob. Many of the papers that he coauthored overlap significantly with my interests. One of ...
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Do you have to follow the instructions for a statement of purpose/personal statement? [closed]

I'm currently preparing for PhD applications (CS) and had a question regarding the SoP/PS. Many people have advised me to follow the guidelines prompts ("Why are you applying...," "What ...
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How detailed are you supposed to be w.r.t. your research interests in a SoP?

I'm applying to PhD programs in CS this round and was finishing up my application materials when I had a question regarding the SoP. Many people have advised me to state why I want to pursue study at ...
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Should I explain my "NP" grade in my statement of purpose?

Here's my situation. I am struggling with it for weeks. I am a math major applying to Ph.D. programs (pure math). I have a 3.94 major GPA, but in my sophomore year, I got an NP (no pass) in a math ...

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