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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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What is the difference between a cover letter and statement of purpose? [duplicate]

I am applying for a postdoc position and the application requires two documents - a cover letter and statement of purpose (statement of objective). I am assuming that a detailed research plan would go ...
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Write up on preparation for pursuing a PhD degree in your subject of interest

I am applying Ph.D. in Mathematics. In the form I found the question. Please write about your preparation for pursuing a PhD degree in your subject of interest? How should I write the answer? What ...
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PhD personal statement include controversial past

I grew up in an abusive family wherein some family members continuously manipulated and exploited me. And around 10+ years ago I engaged with some violent resistance. Later I reflected on this ...
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Reasons for Applying vs Statement of interest

When applying for math masters programs in graduate schools in the UK, how different is "reasons for applying" compared to "statement of interest"? If they are very different, then ...
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What can I write on my personal statement applying for PhD position when I have no recent research experience?

I am currently working as a senior computer vision engineer in a startup. Two years back I worked as an intern at DRDO (national defense institute) where I published two papers related to ...
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Computer Science PhD Application Process Confusion

I am looking for PhD programs in CS in the US. I am currently a junior at a liberal arts college in the US. I have started looking at programs that I am interested in by reading some of the research ...
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Do only faculty members mentioned in the Ph.D. application system review that particular application? [closed]

Some departments in US STEM universities require the applicant to mention the names of faculty members with whom they are interested in working with within the online Ph.D. application system. So do ...
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How should I approach writing my statement of purpose if I intend to apply for PhD in CS without a master's degree or any relevant research?

I have an undergraduate degree in CS from UK. I have a good GPA and a decent GRE score (164 Quantitative, 159 Verbal). I hope to apply to some PhD programs, most in the US, but am afraid that my lack ...
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Can I include another university's name in my SOP?

I am writing my SOP for MSc in computer science, in a paragraph, I'm explaining about things I did to learn more about the field of study I am interested in. Is it alright to write that I watched a ...
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Forgetting to use a title when referring to professors

When I was checking my SoP for grad school, I noticed that I didn't use a title when referring to specific professors. For example, instead of writing: "I spoke to Prof. X and Prof. Y" I ...
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Is 2500 words an appropriate length for Statement of Purpose?

Usually, for Statement of Purpose (Ph.D. application), the standard length is 1000 words or 2 pages. However, the University of California, San Diego asked for a 2500 words limit. Does this mean I am ...
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Does footnote in personal statement make it look less formal?

I am finalizing my application materials for graduate programs in both the U.S. and the U.K. universities. Due to the word limit, in my statement of purpose, I didn't include the title of my ...
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Mentioning Masters GPA vs Undergrad GPA in SOP?

I'm applying for Astronomy/Astrophysics PhD programs in the U.S. My undergrad GPA at UT Austin is 3.1/4, but my Master's GPA with all graduate-level classes is 3.85/4 so far, which is a very big ...
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Potential supervisor didn't reply to my email, can I still show my interest on my SAP?

I am an undergraduate student applying to graduate schools. I tried to get in touch with a potential Ph.D. supervisor (in Electrical Engineering) but haven't heard back from him. In my application ...
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How broad/narrow can research interests be on statement of purpose?

I cannot understand how broad is too broad of a research interest. Honestly, I have a lot to learn and it is difficult for me to narrow it down on my statement of purpose. I know that I want to ...
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I left a PhD program to take a permanent position that offered full funding for my education. How to explain this when re-applying for PhD programs?

I am an international STEM major graduate. Immediately after I obtained my BS degree in the spring semester, I went on a funded Ph.D. program in the following Fall semester. However, 2 months into the ...
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Citing literature reference as a statement of purpose title

I'm currently putting the finishing touches on a few grad school applications, and some of them require that my statement of purpose has a title. For one reason or another, I decided that the title of ...
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Mention incomplete PhD in Europe in the Statement of Purpose for PhD in USA?

I started a PhD project in Europe. However, as the project was going in a direction quite different from what I had expected, I spoke to my supervisor and converted it into a research position for a ...
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Does one have to mention every single publication they have worked on, in their SOP? (PhD CS USA)

Background: Undergraduate applying to PhD CS programs in the US. I currently have quite a few posters/publications and manuscripts under review for a domain X. I have structured my SOP around the fact ...
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References or Citations in Personal Statement to Papers/Research [duplicate]

I have a paragraph in my personal statement where I describe potentials areas in a subfield of computer science that I'm most interested in contributing research in. For US applicants, especially to ...
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Using first person pronouns in a statement of purpose

I am writing a statement of purpose for Ph.D. applications in the US and Europe. In doing so, I have come across the idea that I should not use first-person pronouns in formal writing. Does this apply ...
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SOP: mention that I am considering two different areas for PhD?

I'm applying to PhD programs in Physics in the US. I have two fields of interest: Particle physics and complex systems. I'm currently doing research projects in both of them. However, I'm still not ...
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Contents of the CV for master's application

I am applying as an international student for master's in computer science at the United States. I am preparing my CV for the application and I have mentioned my academic and work experience. Should i ...
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Should I use bold text in my personal statement?

I'm an undergraduate student applying to the graduate programs in the U.K. I'm preparing the personal statement and have a question about the format. From the website, there are no general ...
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Company name in SoP

I am applying for an MS in CS in USA. Is it fine to mention the name of a company in the SOP? Eg. I want to work on exciting problems like the xxx Project in xxx company or yyy Project in yyy company.
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Should I mention results that have not been peer-reviewed in my application?

I am a master student trying to pursue PhD in mathematics. I have submitted an article to some journal, the result is about something is true. Now I want to mention the result in my personal statement ...
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Is it good idea to mention the names of the professors in a Statement of Purpose? [duplicate]

I am applying for a a Master's in Computer science at United States as an International Student. If I mention the names of a couple of professors of the university in my SOP, and indicate that I find ...
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Does being a corresponding author add extra value in SOP of PhD application?

I work in a private research organization. After completing one of my projects, when I send it to my supervisor for review, he said- he doesn't want to put his name in that project and asked me to be ...
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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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