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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Difference between “letter of motivation” and “research statement”

I am applying to a PhD position (theoretical physics, Austria) and the application asks for a letter of motivation, a CV, and a statement of research interests. Given that I have no publications/...
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Getting accepted to present at a conference, but choosing not to go - including this in SoP

I am a masters student who has just had my extended abstract accepted to the largest conference in my field, however, I am faced with a very difficult decision that requires perspective. The Problem ...
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Failed in PhD candidacy and applying to a new graduate school [duplicate]

I failed in PhD candidacy and planning to apply in a new graduate school. Should I mention or hide the failure in my SOP as it is a negative in my profile. Please help
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Discussing diversity and underrepresented groups in personal history statement for PhD application

I am applying for a PhD program in US. The university has asked to address the following in personal history statement: How your perspectives or activities contribute to social or cultural ...
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How to write a statement of purpose for a PhD project you do not understand?

I am trying to write a statement of purpose for a PhD position in physics in the UK. I have a master’s degree in physics which is the standard requirement for such a position. I have been interested ...
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Is re-using parts of one's own SoP (or research statement) considered self-plagiarism?

Are the following considered instances of self-plagiarism? Re-using parts of one's own statement of purpose (submitted as part of a graduate admission application) in SoPs submitted with other ...
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Several questions regarding the writing of SoP

I have several questions regarding the writing of SoP (for math Ph.D. admission to some US universities), which are written down sequentially. There may be some vague questions. I will be helpful in ...
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I submitted the correct personal statement to the correct schools, but I realized I left highlights in my submission what should I do?

I wrote my personal statements for two schools and they had the correct information for each school and submitted each statement to the correct school. But in my excitement to be completing my final ...
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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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A question related to writing of SoP [closed]

I am going to apply to some US universities. So SoP is one of the important things in the application procedure. My question is related to this topic. So, after completing the Ms degree (from ...
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How do you differentiate STAT/ML/DS in SOP?

I'm going to apply to graduate programs in both Statistics and Data Science. To me, Statistics, Data Science, and Machine Learning essentially refers to the same subject, but some universities are ...
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Grad School ~ Submitted Personal Statement Instead of Statement of Purpose

I submitted my applications for United States doctorate programs in computer science with a personal statement. This statement detailed the meaning of research, academia, and AI to me, as well as my ...
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Structuring the statement of purpose

Problem I am now applying for the Ph.D. program in electrical engineering. Now I have a 3-page (2500 words) SOP that should surely be reduced to 1.5 to 2 pages. Now the structure of my SOP looks ...
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What are acceptable purposes in Statement of Purpose?

I understand that honesty is the best policy, but is it a good idea to say "I have no clue" when the SOP explicitly asks me to describe my "intentions relative to graduate study and life beyond the ...
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I am finishing my bachelor degree and want to apply for grad school. How to covince them of my research interest when I have done none before?

I am a computer science major aiming for an Ivy League university. I want to pursue research so getting a master's and Ph.D. is only natural. The thing is, I have 0 researches. The reason why I want ...
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Using Fiverr for proofreading/editing essays [closed]

I have written my Statement of Purpose all by myself. Now, I am planning to use Fiverr to proofread the essay since I come from a country where English is not widely spoken. Does it count as ...
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Should my SOP mention self-funding? [duplicate]

I'm applying to PhD programs in departments with very little funding, especially for their grad students. I've also read that it would help my application if I could subtly mention that I wouldn't ...
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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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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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Can I mention professors' names in the statement of purpose?

For PhD applications, I have mentioned that I am interested in some research areas. Besides, I am thinking about mentioning some professors' names, so that it shows I have read their websites and I am ...
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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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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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What tone to use in the personal statement?

The guide in Berkeley states: The personal statement should give concrete evidence of your promise as a member of the academic community, giving the committee an image of you as a person. So what ...
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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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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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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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Mention of Open problems in statement of purpose

I graduated with a first class honors in dual degrees (bachelor of electrical engineering and mathematics) from Australia and would like to study for a phd in USA. One of my dreams is to work on a ...
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Should one avoid erudite vocabulary in statement of purpose?

I am not a psychology major. I came across this paper that shows that using erudite vocabulary will not do one good. What makes me want to ask here is a case study in the paper. Long story short, a ...
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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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