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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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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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Please review my SOP for MS in cyber security in UK [closed]

I introduce myself as a Computer Software Engineer. I use this opportunity to elucidate my career objectives and give in quintessence of my educational background. The last couple of years have been a ...
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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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How should I address in my Ph.D SOP the research experiences that are not related to the field I am applying to?

As a master student, I have been working on 3 summer projects, and all of them seem okay. The problem is that they are not related to field I am applying to. I know this is weird to some of you, but ...
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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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Mentioning depression history in personal history statement for Ph. D? [duplicate]

I am working on my applications for multiple schools' biology Ph. D. programs in United States, some of them including UC system schools and Michigan ask for a personal history statement besides the ...
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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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Where should the personal statement be placed in a thesis? [closed]

I know the declaration and acknowledgement are placed at the start. It’s not my thesis. I am editing (novice proofreader & editor) it for a client who claims that it should be in the Appendix?
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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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Could mentioning too many POIs in your graduate-school application hurt your chances? [duplicate]

I've been advised by many people not to mention only one professor of interest (POI) in my statement of purpose (SOP) for graduate-school application. There is a school where there is a professor, ...
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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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It is a good idea to say in my personal statement for masters admission that I want to get a research-oriented job in industry?

I am applying for Masters Program in Canada and I hope to do industry-sponsored research after graduation. Should I put like I am considering pursuing phd after masters or not?
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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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Is it acceptable practice to cite research papers in Grad School Statement of Purpose (SOP)? [duplicate]

Is the following way of citing from research paper acceptable in SOP. In my Research interest portion of my CS Grad School SOP, I am writing the following sentence. "For example, according to the ...
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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 ...
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How to condense a 2 page statement of purpose to 500 words?

I have a well written statement of purpose that is about 2 pages in length, single spaced and 12 point font, which were the requirements of a few programs that I applied to. One of them, however, ...