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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Bad research experience and PhD application

I am currently applying to PhD programs. I have worked as a research assistant for about two years now. Most of the time, I have been taking and studying for some M.Sc level courses. In terms of ...
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How much do graduate schools in Mathematics care about the Statement of Purpose? [closed]

Can a 'bad' SOP keep you out of a program? Can a 'good' SOP help you? Can the SOP only hurt you?
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Re-applying to the PhD Program after Illness

I started in a combinded MS/PhD program and was on the PhD track, but for mental and physical health reasons I had to switch to the MS track. I had not yet made it to the research part of the program, ...
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How should I refer to PIs in a statement of purpose (US)?

I am applying for PhD programs at graduate schools in the US and I am wondering how I should refer to researchers that I name in my statement of purpose? In particular, I am wondering whether to refer ...
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Listing expected graduation GPA along with current GPA for grad admission of senior undergraduate

I am a senior undegraduate CS student who is interested in applying for a good grad school (current GPA 3.76/4.00, distinguished in engineering competitions, written a lot of code, has 2 papers - one ...
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SOP for someone with low research experience

I recently completed my Masters in a particular domain from a university in India. Typically for most masters in India (as far as I know), research experience is hard to get by. I graduated in a field ...
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Talking about the topics I have independently studied in my statement of purpose

I'm applying to PhD programs in physics. However, there are no good research opportunities at my school. I have produced no original results that I can talk about so far, and I'm worried that I will ...
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Question about mentioning gap year in SOP

I took a gap year after my high school. It technically wasn't a gap year since I reappeared for my 12th grade(senior year) examination to increase my score. In 12th grade, I scored 62% in 2012 and ...
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PhD Application in Mechanical Engineering Research in Computer Graphics

I want to apply for PhD program in mechanical engineering at Stanford. Furthermore, I want to conduct research in the area of computer vision and computer graphics with application to robotics, ...
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Noting posters/presentations (formal project titles/dates/locations) essential for statements of purpose in US PhD programs?

I am applying to biomedical PhD programs in the US. I have taken part in 2 summer internships that resulted in poster sessions and presentations at local conferences. I have also taken part in ...
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Relating job hunting and PhD preparedness

I am applying for a PhD in neuroscience and one of the requirements on the application is to write a supplemental essay about a time you experienced failure. I wrote an essay about finding a job after ...
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How different should my Statement of Purpose be from school to school?

I'm preparing for my (second round of) grad school applications, and as such I am (re) writing my Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose. I am already tailoring them to the specific school I ...
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Discussing one's working ideas and possible research projects in PHD application

I am a senior year undergraduate student in Computer Science, graduating in a year and looking forward to pursuing a PhD. I have a good experience with the research topic I want to work on, with a ...
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Write about coursework/background or research first in letter of intent? (and misc. question)

I am graduating next spring with a Math and Statistics BSc, and am currently applying to graduate math and statistics programs. There is program in particular that has caught my attention. It's ...
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Regarding hiding depression during application

I had dropped out of a masters program because of depression in 2015. I free-lanced for a few years, co-founded a tech. startup and my depression diminished, but then I met with an accident in 2017 ...
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Order of a PhD application in the United States

I am applying to biomedical science PhD programs and have been working on personal statements for a while now. Many of the programs seem to have a very similar lineup with how they want the statement ...
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How can I express my motivation to join a Masters program if I have no experience in the area? [closed]

I am planning to apply to a specific master program in Finance. I do not have any experience in Finance and have never worked in any project related to Finance. But I am very interested to study it ...
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Should one introduce past work in PhD statement of interest?

I wrote my statement of interests where one paragraph is dedicated to discuss my past works. But I wonder if that is necessary because it feels like repeating abstracts from the papers. And probably ...
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Margin spacing on graduate school applications (PhD) in the US

I understand the standard margin spacing on personal statements is 1 inch, but I've read that 0.75 inches may be okay. Most of the statements specify 1-2 page limits and nothing else. I'm wondering ...
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Applying to a psychology PhD with only neuroscience research experience

I am currently unsure whether I want to do my PhD in psychology or neuroscience so I'm applying to both programs. The issue is that all of my previous research experience is exclusively in ...
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Should I talk about research done in a different field from the department I apply to?

As is, I am applying to CS grad school even though I studied math in undergrad and all my research is in math. The question is, in my personal statement, how sensible is it to talk in depth about my ...
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Writing multiple areas of interest in SOP

So first let me introduce myself. I am planning to apply for masters in mathematics in this year. I am student of bsc. 3rd year of Mathematics. Although my initial interest was to study about ...
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Explaining poor grades in application?

I am applying to a Masters Program at a top university. I already have a Bachelors and a Masters degree, in addition to work experience. I have strong letters of recommendation and my Masters degree ...
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Is start-up experience relevant to PhD applications?

I am a recent graduate in engineering, and I will be applying to graduate schools in the US (Ph.D.) and Europe (MSc) next year. I have some research experience- 3 conference papers, research role at a ...
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US postdoc application with one-page research statement (no cover letter!) [psychology/linguistics]

For a one-year postdoc position (extendable up to three years) in psychology/linguistics in the US, I'm asked to submit a cv, two published works, and a one-page research statement (so, no cover ...
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Advice for postdoc application

As part of applying to a postdoc fellowship, I need to write the following: "Please describe your planned research activities for your postdoctoral studies (up to 650 words)". I'm not sure whether ...
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Should I include accepted position information in the motivation letter for a grad school application?

I have recently accepted a PhD position offer in Germany for an advertised project. My prospective supervisor asked me to apply for the structured graduate school of the institute as well because it ...
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Should I mention in my SOP for PhD that I was accepted for an MS in the same university earlier?

I was accepted into an MS program at Stanford university two years ago and although it was my dream university, I decided to forgo it in favour of a fully funded MS in an Erasmus Mundus program simply ...
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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 ...