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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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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My SOP for PhD position [closed]

Here I want to have your advices about my SOP for geometry PhD position. The moment I'd be applied for PhD position in Canada or USA, I would be the luckiest person in the world, since it is all I ...
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Do you have to follow the instructions for a statement of purpose/personal statement?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the USA. One of my dreams is to work on a ...
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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 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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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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Unclear terms: Statement of Purpose, Academic Statement and Personal Statement

I'm so confused. I can't distinguish between them. It seems to me that sometimes the statement of purpose (SOP) is the personal statement (PS), sometimes it is not the PS, and by the definition I'll ...
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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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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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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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What should go in a diversity statement if I believe I have had no relevant experiences?

So I am completing the application for UCSB, and they ask me to write a Personal Achievements/Contributions Statement, however, I feel I have nothing to say, since I have never experienced anything ...
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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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Should I mention my blog in my SOP?

I did a bunch of code projects like implement a algorithm or use the code from a paper on a different dataset. These may not be unique (they may be, but I am not sure). I wouldn't say that these ...
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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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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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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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