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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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Can I mention interest in two somewhat different research areas in my SOP?

I am applying to 8 schools in research area X of applied physics. I have some research experience in a very closely related area and one publication in a solid journal. One of those schools has a ...
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Statement of Purpose or Statement of History?

I am applying for graduate programs in Physics (at the US universities) for Fall 2018. I am writing my Statement of Purpose and I read a few successful SoPs before writing my own and it made me all ...
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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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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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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, ...
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Is it a good practise to involve a child in a statement of purpose?

Is it a good practise to involve a child in a statement of purpose to say how my point of view has changed since the birth?
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Should I mention the title of my published paper in a personal statement even though this paper is not in a top level?

The personal statement is for a scholarship. I want to write about my achievements to prove I am a qualified candidate. But only one of my papers is related to the research area I am applying. I ...
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Should I submit a personal statement even if the program doesn't require one?

One of the programs I'm applying to doesn't even mention a personal statement, but I have one written for other programs that do require it. Should I submit it anyway under the document upload section,...
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How much a statement of purpose can help with PhD admission? [duplicate]

If I can write a convincing Statement of purpose which conveys why I choose the PhD program and show that I am well-prepared for the field, will it save other parts of my application? I read somewhere ...
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SOP: Talking about the university

I am writing my statement of purpose for a PhD in mathematics for various universities. I know that it is a good thing to motivate why you want to go to that university in particular, but I was ...
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Referring to a movie concept in Statement of purpose

I'm writing my statement of purpose for computer science master's program. Can I refer to the concept of a movie that I have watched and kept me wondering and aroused my curiosity? I'm talking about ...
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Popular Science References in Statement of Purpose for Ph.D

I am currently in the process of writing my SoP for applications to PhD in Physics programs starting Fall 2018 (in the US schools). I am definitely writing about the content that I have studied ...
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How do US Ph.D. applicants without research experience convince admissions committees that they are interested in a particular field?

My question is mainly for mathematics Ph.D. application in the United States. However, the answers from any other field (or other countries) where undergraduate/master research doesn't play a critical ...
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Is it okay to be undecided in b/w industry or research in one's SOP for grad school?

I am a little unsure about whether I will end up doing research or being in the industry, after my masters. A good part of me wants to be in academia and I really liked the little research projects I ...
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Explaining Poorly Chosen Major and Average Grades

I am a Mechanical Engineering major applying for Ph.D. programs in Physics (in the US) who was always interested in Theoretical Physics but chose Mechanical Engineering due to a poor career choice at ...
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When one does not have well-defined research interests for PhD Programs

I'll be applying to tier II PhD programs in Mathematics. I've made a switch from another field to Mathematics, and, given that my primary major was not mathematics during my undergraduate, I don't ...
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Talking about career plans given short supply of academic jobs?

Context: I am asked for my career plans and aims for development after graduation if I were accepted into a PhD program in pure mathematics under government funding from Country A. Dumb question: I ...
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Applying to PhD programs when you have two research interests

I am in the process of trying to formulate my statement of purpose/intent for a PhD in criminal justice. I’m not sure how to go about this when I have two distinctly different areas that I’m very ...
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How can I answer the question: “What do you hope to achieve during your studies at University X?”

Currently I am writing (Statement of Purpose) for Phd applying. and they asked me this question: What you hope to achieve during your studies at the XX university? How I can answer this question, I ...
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Is it appropriate to compare myself with other students in my statement of purpose for U.S. graduate school application?

In my statement of purpose(for U.S. math graduate school), I said something like: "compared with my classmates, I believe I am more capable of ..." One of my professors pointed out it should be my ...
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How do I justify dropping out of a Ph.D. program in my personal statement?

I am in a Ph.D. program for the past year and a half and I am very disappointed by the level of work, the agenda, and the graduate school. I want to apply for a new Ph.D. and have told to my professor ...
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Should the desire to go back to one's country after graduation be written in the statement of purpose?

I wish to apply to public universities in the US for a PhD in the near future and at this point I am drafting my statement of purpose. Having been exposed to how research (majority of which is ...
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Is it wise to mention any personal struggle in a statement of purpose (for doctrate program)?

If there is a gap in my CV, or perhaps an anomaly due to some personal struggle, is it worth explaining the situation? Or just not saying anything in the SOP? If one was perhaps wrongfully accused or ...
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Personal statement vs letter of intent

I am applying to PhD programs in different universities and while for some universities it is asked that I write a personal statement (PS), for other universities I have to write a letter of intent (...
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How does the family background mentioned in the statement of purpose affect a PhD application for admission in U.S.?

Suppose there are two students applying for math PhD programs in U.S Student A mentioned in his statement of purpose that he was born in a well-educated middle class family with both parents ...
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What is a good length for the statement of purpose in a U.S. PhD application?

Certain schools give you specific details about their statement of purpose. For example a maximum of a certain number of words, double spaced, two pages maximum, etc. If a school does not provide any ...
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Should GitHub repositories be included in a resume or statement of purpose?

I am applying to a MS in information technology program coming from a BS in computer science and have worked on several projects over the last couple of years. I have 3 projects on my GitHub account ...
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Can one switch from the declared field of study in his SoP to another after acceptance?

The question is fundamentally about technical fields, e.g., EE; however, any other experience related to top-ten schools is welcome, especially MIT. I've heard that the acceptance to graduate schools ...
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How do I explain work experience in a different field on my SOP?

I want to pursue a masters degree in Electrical Engineering. I have a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, but I have two years experience as a software engineer. I want to ...
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Prospects for an older student with a roller coaster of grades [closed]

Apologies for my verbosity. There have been more than a few questions from applicants with less than stellar grades. My situation is significantly different from those I have read, but I believe ...
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For Grad School Statement of Purpose, do I have to precisely state what research theme I'm interested in?

I am applying for a MSc research degree. So far, I haven't secured a supervisor, but I am interested mostly in cardiovascular research and there are only 3 of them in the entire department. Since ...
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Should I be 100% truthful while writing my Personal Statement for Graduate application?

Let us think about this question in my online application. Personal Statement: Please describe your specific area of academic interest, and explain what motivated you to choose this area. In ...
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Should I mention my interest in teaching in SOP and recommendation letter?

I'm currently thinking of applying to PhD in Economics, after much consideration and reading through answers in my previous question: Should I do master or phd to teach in community college. ...
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Is it a good idea to email a potential grad adviser a modified motivation essay after I have submitted my application?

I am applying for a master's program in electrical engineering/applied physics. After I submitted my motivational essay, I felt that I could have talked more about my experience. Is it a good idea to ...
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Grammar mistakes in a PhD application

I just submitted my SoPs for PhD programs in Earth Science and I realized I wrote "for these reason" instead of "for this reason". I also wrote "this inquiries" instead of "these inquiries". Now, I am ...
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Writing Statement of Purpose after answering prompts in the application that already cover the material

I apologize in advance if my question wasn't very clear. It only allowed for 150 characters. I was wondering how to approach writing a statement of purpose after answering prompts or short answer ...
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First impressions: CV or research statement?

When hiring PhD students, what document is used most frequently for a 'first impression': the CV or the research statement/statement of purpose? Context: I am currently in the process of applying to ...
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What should one look for in a statement of purpose (from the admissions side) in mathematics?

I'm a youngish (recently tenured) faculty member at a reasonably, but not extremely prestigious university in the mathematics department. While I've looked at some graduate admissions files, this is ...
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Length of statement of objectives [mathematics / MIT]

While most other schools seem to have some recommended length (e.g. 1000 words) for the statement of purpose, MIT (maths) simply states Please explain why you are a good candidate for graduate ...
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What's the difference of personal statement for funding and for admission?

I am applying for a Ph.D. position in the UK. However,after I submitted my admission application, I found that the funding application requires another personal statement. What's the difference? Could ...
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Will mentioning that I'm considering a PhD to start a company hurt my chances?

I would like to do a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences. I love doing research but I'm not sure that I want to become a professor and stay in academia. I would, however, like to commercialize the research ...
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Does this statement seem arrogant? How do I put this humbly?

This is somewhere in my conclusion. I do not want to expand further; just state it without sounding boastful. My undergraduate result shows that I am diligent, intelligent and focused. Does ...
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Unintentionally disrespectful in the Statement of Purpose/Academic essay

I am applying to Master's program in Computer Science. In my Statement of Purpose, I mentioned the names of a few Professors with whom I would like to work. However, accidently, I failed to address ...
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Should I mention that I will be opting for the non-thesis option in my statement of purpose?

I am planning to apply for Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have prepared most of the application requirements (GRE,TOEFL,transcripts,LORs,Resume). The only thing left is my SOP. I ...
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How should one address negative circumstances with past advisor in a Statement of Purpose?

I am referring to a situation described in a previous question of mine: How to deal with an abusive advisor? To summarize for those who don't want to read the lengthy story: I had a difficult ...
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Unoriginal research in Statement of Purpose

I am applying to phD programs in statistics and I wanted to include my work on a project I had completed in the school year. Unfortunately everything I did in the project had been published almost 20 ...
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Should I mention professors in a Masters application?

I am wondering if I am supposed to mention in my statement of purpose/research objective/reason for the masters program that I like the research of Prof X. Lets assume for example a Master in ...