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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To what extent should I mention unpleasant undergraduate experience in a graduate school statement of purpose? (pure math)

I have not enjoyed my undergraduate math program, primarily because it is not challenging enough - not enough advanced courses offered, too few research opportunities, classes are just not at the ...
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Is it okay to talk about a topic you want to research in but haven't done anything beforehand in your sop?

Background I am writing my sop for PhD Admissions. (Currently an undergraduate) I want to mention a prof's name because I am really interested in his research but the issue is that I don't have any ...
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I am willing to apply for advertised PhD position in Sweden. Whom should I address my cover letter?

I am willing to apply for advertised PHD position in Sweden. In the instructions to apply they have mentioned about the required documents which include CV, cover letter, transcripts. I have two ...
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Does a Statement of Purpose really matter for Graduate Admissions in 2021?

I'm International Student applying for technical courses to universities in the UK and the USA, this might seem like a frequently asked question but I'm genuinely curious in knowing whether a ...
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Mentioning graduates names in the SOP?

I found many questions that ask about mentioning professors names in the SOP. However, this doesn't address my question. Is it a good idea to mention the name of a program's graduate in the SOP? I am ...
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Citing papers in Statement of purpose

I am citing papers in Statement of Purpose. I am only using - "first author et al". instead of the recommend cite as per the paper's norms. Would that be okay or should I just use the normal ...
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Is it okay to keep my margs as 0.9 inch instead of 1 inch for my SOP [closed]

My SOP is extending the general 2 page limit by exactly 2 lines. Will it be okay if use a 0.9inch margin (all sides) instead of 1inch? I am using an overleaf template so all the other norms are being ...
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Can you be co-advised by 2 other faculty instead of 1 for PhD [closed]

My primary research interest is in computer vision and deep learning so I will be applying to the CS department. But I also want to be co-advised by a prof who is in the radiology department and work ...
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When applying to grad school, where should I discuss my medical issues that led to poor grades during my first two years?

I graduated this December from a major public university with a major in social services. I received a 3.02. I have about four Ws on my transcript and two FS, and quite a few Cs. Two semesters in my ...
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Do PhD admission committees prefer prospective professors over practitioners?

I am about to submit my application to a PhD in Statistics and I was wondering whether writing in the SoP about being willing to work in the industry to make a tangible impact would downgrade my ...
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Statement of Purpose conventions in Canada and Europe

I'm applying to universities in Canada and Europe (The Netherlands, Belgium and France) for admission to their computer science/mathematics master's programmes. I showed my statement of purpose to a ...
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My main research advisor refuses to give me a letter (to help for apply US physics program). What should I do?

By "main" research advisor I mean: with him, I got my most valuable research experience, greatest results and of course I invested most of my research time. Our field is Physics and I am ...
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“Statement of purpose” vs “Research proposal” in the context of graduate studies?

After consulting google, what I am able to understand is that a statement of purpose is a document that is used when applying for graduate studies and it mentions the aptitude and motivation for ...
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Should I sound needy in my Statement of Purpose?

I am going to apply for a Ph.D. position in Europe and I am asked to write a 1200 words statement of purpose (SoP). I was wondering whether I should be cold and objective about past experiences and ...
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I know it is bad to mention the name of a faculty in SOP, but would it be bad to mention the name of a paper he has published

From reading this forum, I know that it is a bad idea to mention the name of a faculty. However, can I talk about he/she indirectly. For example, I could say something like this: "I have always ...
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Can I write the diversity statement around my ADHD?

I am applying for PhD in physics, and realized that a lot of schools have the option to provide "diversity statements" or "personal statements". As a foreigner, I can't seem to ...
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Mentioning a professor's work in the statement of purpose when they aren't the first author

I am applying to graduate school (USA, computer science/machine learning), and one potential PhD advisor is Bob. Many of the papers that he coauthored overlap significantly with my interests. One of ...
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Do you have to follow the instructions for a statement of purpose/personal statement? [closed]

I'm currently preparing for PhD applications (CS) and had a question regarding the SoP/PS. Many people have advised me to follow the guidelines prompts ("Why are you applying...," "What ...
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How detailed are you supposed to be w.r.t. your research interests in a SoP?

I'm applying to PhD programs in CS this round and was finishing up my application materials when I had a question regarding the SoP. Many people have advised me to state why I want to pursue study at ...
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Should I explain my “NP” grade in my statement of purpose?

Here's my situation. I am struggling with it for weeks. I am a math major applying to Ph.D. programs (pure math). I have a 3.94 major GPA, but in my sophomore year, I got an NP (no pass) in a math ...
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Should you discuss childhood economic hardships in SOP?

I am currently filling out a few PhD applications for computer science, and I have noticed a strong pattern in Statement of Purpose (SOP) guidelines that try to incentivise you to discuss your ...
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Mention a specific potential adviser in the PhD statement of purpose who strongly suggest to apply and use his name in the SOP

I am writing my statement of purpose for my Ph.D. and I want to work in a specific field with a specific professor in the department that I am going to apply for. I sent an email for that professor ...
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Which CV format should I use? [closed]

I am applying to PhD programs this year. I want to know which CV format I should use: Here is something I found on pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/837036280728995057/ Here is something I ...
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Statement of purpose imposes word limit, but I already have a significantly longer version. Can I submit it as it is?

I am currently in the process of applying to a PhD program at a university in Canada. As part of the application, I need to submit a statement of purpose. The prompt for the statement of purpose is as ...
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Can I add a link to my ORCID Id in the statement of purpose?

Is it a good practice to add a link to the orcid ID in the statement of purpose for a PhD admission application? Also can I add a link to my published paper? Can I include an abstract as well.
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How can I use my mathematical background when applying to physics PhD program?

I am a senior undergraduate and I am in the process of applying to physics graduate programs in the US. Through my course of study, I've been excited about the interplay between physics and ...
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Should I mention in my statement of purpose that I did not attend lectures in my last two years of undergrad?

In my first few years of university I had very uneven grades because traditional classrooms just didn't work for me. My GPA was probably around a 2.8-2.9. I was able to turn my grades around by not ...
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Is it a bad idea to mention professor's name in the SOP [duplicate]

I am applying to several Ph.D. programs this year. I am not sure I want to work with this professor as I never know him before, but mentioning his name makes it seems that I have already done some ...
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What goes in a statement of objectives for a US university? [duplicate]

I've been in industry for the last five years working as a control systems engineer in the UK. I'm an Embedded Digital Electronics Engineer by trade and achieved a first class degree with about an 85% ...
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Mentioning professor's name in SOP [duplicate]

I have applied for a PhD program in USA. I have mentioned a professor's name in the SOP. Will the professor only get the application to review or the other professors will also be able to see my ...
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How to write an Statement Of Purpose for Masters' in Computer Science given it covers a broad range of topics?

All the guidelines for writing a Statement of Purpose emphasize on how you need to properly explain why you would like to pursue an Master's in the specific branch along with proper examples However, ...
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How to properly describe experience in exchange program in Statement of Purpose in Master Application?

I went to the international exchange program in a top CS university in Hong Kong, during 2020 spring, when the world was suffering from the pandemic. The Covid-19 affected the exchange program and ...
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Can I write that I had a phobia in my personal statement?

I am writing a personal statement for a Ph.D. position. I had phobias of animals earlier which I overcame during my in-vivo lab experiments (for which I am really proud of). Do you think its a good ...
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What is the difference between personal statement and statement of purpose? [duplicate]

I am planning to apply for a Ph.D. program in the USA. Some universities ask for personal statement whereas some for a statement of purpose. What is the main difference?
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Do we have any software to check plagiarism in SOPs and LORs?

Softwares like Turnitin and IThenticate serve the purpose for the plagiarism check of the documents, but they have their own databases to check from and compare with the provided document. According ...
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Applying for Applied Math PhD as a non-math major (Letters of Recommendation, etc.)

This is my first post, so I'm not be fully familiar with the etiquette of posting on this forum, but I'll do my best. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in May from a reputable university with a major in ...
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SoP - including a course I was strikingly successful

I'm writing a statement of purpose nowadays for my intended linguistics MA program. The first draft is about to end, which I will edit harshly later. What I'm curious about is this. When I was a ...
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Addressing Background Deficiencies In Statement of Purpose: An Initial Solution

Background: Did an economics major after switching out of physics and I did a math minor in university with somewhat inconsistent math grades (A+, A-, D, C+, ... ). The reason behind my grade spread ...
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A university's odd rule that inevitably affects students' final grades

My university had a quite strange rule that set an upper limit 78 on the average grades for each course. To be more specific, even if you're the number one student in your school, your GPA will still ...
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Should I explain about low undergraduate grades in my graduation application if I subsequently have had research and professional experience?

I am currently applying for a Master Degree in Mathematical Physics. In my bachelor degree in Mathematics, my grades were low. Since then, I have worked with a professor on a research paper as a first ...
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Length and details of a personal statement in postdoc positions?

I am trying to apply for postdoc position in the UK. During the application process, I found that the personal statement is a required file and cv is an additional document. So, the personal statement ...
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How to turn something negative to positive in SOP?

I did not pass my PhD candidacy twice and planning to apply at other institutes to pursue my PhD dream. In that case, should I mention my failure in candidacy to my SOP? If yes, how can I convert that ...
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What do postdoc advisors/hiring committee typically look for in a potential theoretical high energy physics postdoc candidate? [closed]

I want to get a rough idea of how much post-doc advisors/hiring committee give weightage to the following factors in a potential postdoc hire. If I have missed out some factor(s), please mention them ...
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US v/s European SOP (Motivation Letter) for Ph.D

Is there a difference in the kind of SOP you write for European Ph.D. vacancies/structured programs v/s US grad school? -- in terms of length, type of content to be covered (completely technical v/s ...
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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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