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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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SoP for applying CS PhD program with research experience that is not my interest

I am applying for a CS PhD program in the US, next year, as an international student. I will complete my CS undergrad in a few months. I already have research experience with my project advisor. Also,...
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Should I talk about my poor academic performance due to financial situation in my SOP?

Background So, I got into a premier institute of my country but had a hard time there. I always had to look for some sort of a job to support my family and as a result I graduated with six technical ...
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statement of purpose

I am currently finishing my MS in Economics and Finances and I intend to apply for a PhD in statistics. There are many reasons why I did not make an undergrad and grad in statistics but in economics, ...
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how is statement of pupose structured? [closed]

How is my statement of purpose? Please take a look and give me your feedback, Please help me: I'm applying at Concordia University in Actuarial Science program. There are two important reasons for ...
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How do the admission committees look at an applicant's profile if he has not yet figured out his area of research?

I want to go for masters admissions (and a PhD at some point too). The problem is I am not sure where exactly my research interests lie. As of now, I have almost equal research experience and ...
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How can I mention a personal tragedy in a statement for PhD?

I am currently applying for my PhD in pure math. I am also finishing up my masters. Unfortunately my brother passed halfway through the semester and I received an incomplete in one of my classes ...
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Can I directly use a professor's suggestion?

A professor that I have been emailing for advice on graduate school offered to read one of my works for applications (specifically my statement of purpose), and he offered some suggestions using a ...
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Should I include a short summary of my MS research in the Statement of Purpose for PhD position?

I am writing a Statement of Purpose (SOP) for a Ph.D. position and confused if I should add a summary of my MS research work. My MS research work is very much related to the advertised Ph.D. project. ...
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Should I use abbreviations for university names while writing my Statement of Purpose?

I am specifically asking for University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I am writing a Statement of Purpose for the university and have to mention it a few times. Should I write the complete name or ...
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Physics PhD personal statement: including a figure

My advisor suggested including a simple plot in my physics PhD personal statements for US universities in order to make the essay more interesting and give a bit more detail about a research problem I ...
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Is it reasonable to write the major part of my statement of purpose on machine learning for masters in data science?

I am an aspirant for masters in data science and I have mentioned in major chunk of my Statement of purpose about machine learning and my past experience with it. Is it okay or not ?
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Should I mention in my statement of purpose that I am applying because of my girlfriend [duplicate]

I am applying to a university for a PhD position because my girlfriend is a PhD student there. Our affair is quite serious and it is almost surely going to convert into a marriage. We might even get ...
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Putting an affiliate professor in statement of purpose

I was just wondering if, when discussing professors who would be interesting to work with as PhD advisers in the statement of purpose, one can also mention a professor who is an affiliate of the ...
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Statement of Purpose for going back to school years after graduating

Background It's a rather uneventful story, but I think nobody can come up with a relevant answer without knowing where I'm coming from. Thanks in advance for reading through this! I finished my ...
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Is it okay to mention family background in SOP?

I'm applying for MS in Mathematics. My grandfather was Math professor and my uncle is also Math professor. Such family background was one of my reasons to study Mathematics and I was wondering if I ...
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Mentioning unpublished research paper in Statement of Purpose/Resume

I graduated two years ago with a BE degree. At that time, I did not have any plans for Ph.D./higher education, so I did not put any effort to publish my undergrad research work in any conference. ...
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Professional goals in pursuing a doctoral degree - Statement of Purpose

I am a prospective Ph.D. applicant in the area of Robotics Controls and Biomedical Engineering (US universities). As a part of universities' SOPs, I am supposed to talk about my professional goals in ...
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What should I write in a personal history statement (diversity statement) if I am not at all diverse? [duplicate]

I am applying for a PhD program in Computer Science. The university asks each applicant to hand in an optional personal history statement. I have detailed my research experience, career goals clearly ...
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Dyslexia and the GRE

I am applying to math graduate schools this year. Hence, I had to take the General GRE and Math Subject GRE. Only recently has it come to my attention that I could have applied for 1.5 or 2 times more ...
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Small mistakes in research or personal statement

I have recently submitted required documents to apply for a postdoc position. One of the required documents was a personal statement. Unfortunately, after its submission, I found two grammatical ...
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Can I say I'm undecided yet in my statement of purpose ? (PhD in math) [duplicate]

I just started my 2nd year of master and it's already time to apply for a PhD in math, deadlines are in ~1+ month. In most samples, students had a clear idea of what they would like to study. They ...
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Statement of Purpose (MS/MA vs PhD)

Is there any fundamental difference between a statement of purpose for a masters and a PhD? In particular, I am talking about North American graduate schools and in the fields like mathematics and ...
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I have solid projects but the papers have not been published yet. How can I mention this in my SOP?

I have a few solid projects, however I have not yet been able to write papers on them. I am in my final year of Computer Science & Engineering. How can I tell them that I have done useful work ...
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Interested in research, not in coursework

I am in the last semester of my undergraduate degree in computer science. I plan to apply for masters and PhD positions thereafter. I did not have a good classroom experience in my bachelor's ...
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Can an application for a PhD after an undergraduate program be considered for MS if the profile fits it better?

I am applying for a PhD under a professor whose interests strongly match with mine and I don't want to lose an opportunity to work with her. My profile is not so strong for a PhD as compared to a ...
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Should I mention a professor's name in my SOP for MSc if the professor is only taking PhDs?

Some facts: I am applying for a Master's program in Computer Science at a university in US. My research interests exactly match with the professor's. I am applying to the university because of the ...
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Is it OK to use bullet points in the statement of purpose for graduate school applications?

Is it OK to use bullet points in the statement of purpose for graduate school applications? I'm applying for a PhD program in physical science. I want to organize some information in a bullet points ...
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Is it okay to change the research area of interest that I specified in my statement of intent after submitting an application for a PhD program?

I had submitted my application to the PhD program in Statistics, and in my statement of intent I specified that I would like to do a PhD research in Computational Biostatistics. I am in a Master's ...
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Statement of Purpose, should one say “I did X …” or “My advisor and I did X .. ”?

In a statement of purpose for PhD applications, should one talk about their undergrad research like I did X ... or, should one (rightfully) say My advisor and I / we did X ... Would ...
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Statement of purpose for PhD admissions

In the statement of purpose, I have research work that's in progress and will be part of a manuscript to be submitted likely after applications season. How should I go about describing my current ...
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Can I mention multiple faculty members in my SOP?

I'm applying for PhD and thesis masters programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In one of the schools, there is a specific faculty member I'm extremely interested in working with. However, ...
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What is meant by a Personal Interview for Junior Research Fellow

I have been invited for a personal interview for the recruitment of Junior Research Fellow in Mathematics in Space and Application Center. I read about personal interview questions for jobs in ...
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Stackoverflow reputation - worth mentioning in personal statement? [duplicate]

It is going to be my last year in school, and I am thinking about studies abroad - I would love to study computer science. Lately, I started participating more in Stackoverflow, answering to PHP, ...
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Scholarships and SOP

Should I mention that my work is providing me with a full scholarship to study my masters in my Statment of purpose?
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Applying for second PhD after quitting first one after 2 years on same topic

I left my first PhD program after two years and after that took up a teaching job for two years and now I am planning to apply for the PhD on the same topic again. In my first PhD i was not a failure ...
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Mentioning my clinical depression in a statement of purpose [duplicate]

I have been struggling with clinical depression for over an year now and that has affected my grades. Is it a good idea to mention that in a statement of purpose while applying to a university (for a ...
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What should I cut out from my SOP for master's programs?

I have written my Statement of Purpose (SOP) for the graduate programs that were Ph.D. or M.Sc.+Ph.D. (the American doctoral programs), but I am also applying for some only M.Sc. programs. They often ...
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Is it appropriate to include actual maths in a mathematics personal statement?

So, the title speaks for itself, but essentially over the course of the last few weeks I've been doing a course in complex analysis, and some of the identities that pop up are immaculate, and I think ...
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Should I include information about my mental health in my masters personal statements? [duplicate]

I graduated in 2016 with a 2:2, which I feel was lower than what I could have achieved. I had had some minor issues before starting university, however I had an amazing support system and managed to ...
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Statement of purpose: how to give motivations for applying to a certain graduate school without stating the obvious or gratuitous flattery?

In a statement of purpose (for graduate admission, in mathematics), how can one address the question of "why do you want to attend this university?" without making it sound like I'm stating the ...
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How to write a personal statement for a “PhD orientation program” (in mathematics)?

I'm about to apply for a short "visiting and orientation program" at a large prestigious university where I may be interested in applying for graduate school. This program lasts a couple of weeks ...
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Is it worthwhile writing about previous experience with courses, which will be taught in masters program, in motivation letter?

I am applying for a masters program. I have read about the courses, which will be taught at the program. In fact, I think that I have had a lot of such courses in my bachelors program. Does it help to ...
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Should a Statement of Purpose cover Purpose or Capability or Both?

I am applying for OMSA degree from Georgia Tech and the application requires me to submit a 4000-character long Statement of Purpose. My question is this: Should a SOP cover my capability and show me ...
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How to cite papers in my statement of purpose?

How to cite papers in my statement of purpose? The interview panel has asked me to cite the papers from which I have taken a general idea about my statement of purpose. Kindly guide me through the ...
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Reality check on advice for statement of purpose

I'm about to write a statement of purpose for graduate admission and my advisor passed along to me the following pieces of advice to keep in mind while writing (based on his style and experience in ...
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How to “tailor” the statement of purpose for a particular grad school

A prospective graduate student is normally not hyperspecialized and inflexibly hyperfocussed on a certain well-developed research line (like a more mature mid-career researcher could be) just yet. ...
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How to write a really short letter of intent?

My letter of intent for an MSc program is only 1000 characters (which is about 160 words). I was planning to begin with a short story about how I became interested in the field, how my academic ...
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How long is too long for a personal statement for undergrad research application?

Many REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) require a personal statement or related essay as part of the application. I am wondering, how long is too long? My essay is right now 1000 words (...
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Should I use bold fonts to highlight particular words in SOP?

Is it odd to use bold fonts to highlight particular important words in your SOP, such as the name of Professors I am interested to work with, or the name of a Lab? I have seen someone do this to ...
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When reapplying, does it pose negative effect in the admission process if you use the similar personal statement?

I was reapplying the same institution that rejected me last year. Last year, I didn't reach any potential supervisors and this year, one professor told me that he would assist me. I thought the ...