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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References in statement of purpose

I'm applying to math PhD programs in the US. In my statements of purpose, should I include references to the literature? I haven't done so yet, but I keep thinking I probably should.
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Is it a good idea for a prospective MS student to mention in his SOP that he has good expertise on software like Microsoft office?

I heard that information technology is a great tool to do research.I have good expertise on Microsoft office (Office,Excel,Access,Power point,Output) and graphical software like Adobe Photoshop.Could ...
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Is it a bad idea to say in my statement of purpose that I want to pursue a PhD in applied mathematics primarily to work in industry?

I am seeking some general advice from applied mathematicians at American universities. In my statement of purpose, would my stating that I want to pursue a PhD in applied mathematics primarily for the ...
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Should a personal statement for grad school discuss large challenges in personal life?

"Large" includes "health issues", among other things. I know someone facing this situation. She has successfully used her story in applications to important programs during undergraduate, and it did ...
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In touch with a professor of a college I am applying to. I haven't mentioned his research work in my statement of purpose?

I am applying to College A where I found the research work done by two labs (Lab X and Lab Y) interesting. I emailed the professors heading these labs two months ago and I did not get a reply from ...
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Can I show my long-term research interests on SOP, which are very important topics but aren't constantly researched yet

I hope you can share your insights with me. I'm struggling to figure out appropriate research questions in my SOP. I'm trying to get into a top CS graduate school in the USA. I am a cs grad and have ...
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Is there a risk my Statement of Purpose will be plagiarized if I post it online?

I am currently looking to send my Statement of Purpose to an English TA for editing. The problem is that I am afraid my Statement of Purpose might get plagiarized. However, since my statement is ...
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Advice on conclusion of a purpose statement

I am currently applying to PhD programs in mathematics and need to complete a purpose statement as part of the application. There are several things I'd appreciate any advice you can give me on the ...
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Statement of Purpose, is it conventional to add a small title to each section?

The statement of purpose is for graduate school application. However, from several online samples, I see that the author added "small title" on top of each section. I personally like doing this ...
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Should a statement of purpose for a PhD application be single or double spaced?

I'm applying to several math PhD programs for the next fall term, and they all require a statement of purpose of 1-2 pages. However, none of them seem to give concrete spacing requirements. My ...
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What should a letter of motivation/statement of purpose contain? [duplicate]

I am applying for some postdoc programs and have come across a requirement called "motivated letter of application" which I assume is essentially similar to what many here refer to as statement of ...
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When changing fields, should I focus more on describing past research or connecting it to the new area in my statement of purpose?

I want to change my field from molecular biophysics to theoretical ecology. While they are basically required some same basic background (physics, math, programming), the rest is quite irrelevant. In ...
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Mentioning faculty member in SOP [duplicate]

I have been advised to mention faculty members in the area I want to apply for (ECE PhD). My Question is: how much of an effect would this have on my admission? Maybe that particular faculty will not ...
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What points should be included in SOP if the target program is industry focused and not researched focused?

I'm applying for MS in US, and for every university I'm making a tailored made SOP. I was applying for a program, which is industry focused and not research focused. And I am not sure what should be ...
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How to show that the department fits my research goal?

In the question about choosing research ideas to include in a statement of purpose, JeffE advised how to write the last paragraph of the SOP: How does my department fit your research goals? (If the ...
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Asking the primary professor of your target grad school to review your statement of purpose

I'm applying for a PhD in the US (I'm from Italy). I was thinking that maybe I could ask the primary professor of the school I'm applying for to review and give me his opinion about the statement of ...
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How should I format code words in my personal statement?

I'm applying to Master's programs for Statistics. In my personal statement, I mention the names of some R packages like car, ggvis, and effects when I talk about professors that I would be interested ...
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Should a program I have not finished yet be mentioned in the SOP?

I have followed a program three months ago, which I haven't get a satisfying outcome. It is in the field I am interested in, but the technology and skills required in it is something related not so ...
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CV and personal statement mutually exclusive?

Should the CV and statement of purpose for grad school be mutually exclusive, in particular if something is already in my CV, is it not necessary to mention it in the statement of purpose? For example,...
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How specific should I talk about my papers and projects in my personal statement for grad school? [duplicate]

I am applying for grad school and during my undergraduate studies I have some projects and papers. How detailed should I talk about these projects in my personal statement? Should it be like an ...
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Referring to paper from some other school when writing Statement of Purpose for Grad School

I am currently working on grad school applications to US Universities. Somewhere in my statement of purpose, I express my interest in working in a certain field. As a reason for that interest, I want ...
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Include Disability in Statement of Purpose [duplicate]

Should my disability be included in my Statement of Purpose? Background: I've recently received my masters degree in mathematics and I'm looking to transfer for my PhD. I had an undiagnosed ...
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Grad Application: Does a bad exchange semester matter?

My grades in my home university are good but I went to a top university in Europe for exchange during spring term in my junior year, and I did a poor job there. I took four courses at graduate level ...
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Graduate School Admissions: Is it worth mentioning in my personal statement for PhD that I have a low (3.3) GPA but a higher (3.67) Major GPA in CS?

If I should mention it then what should I write about it or how should I link it with the rest of my statement of purpose? (I just suck at courses like history and other core humanities and courses ...
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One professor advised me to apply to some top schools. How to use this advice effectively when applying to other schools?

Three months ago, I had a one hour interview with a professor in a scholarship. After the interview, she advised me to go to these places: the biology department of Harvard, MIT Media Lab, and Sante ...
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Should I explain how I identified a relevant supervisor in my SOP?

I spent time reading a professor's papers, and I developed an idea about how to expand the professor's work. I told the professor this and got the professor's approval. Now the next job is to persuade ...
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PhD Student reapplying to other PhD program, what to indicate in CV?

My advisor decided to move to Industry and it is likely that he might not come back. I do not have an option of continuing with my current PhD program or finding a co-supervisor as suggested. I am in ...
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Should I link my research in my SOP?

I have done some independent research that I wish to mention in my SOP. The full account of what I have done till has been published as an e-print on arxiv.org. Can I give a hyperlink to this e-print ...
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Should I include web links in my statement of purpose? [duplicate]

In my statement of purpose, I want to include a web link to give details on research projects that I've worked on. I was wondering if it's a good idea. JeffE recommended the practice, although I'm ...
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Personal statement to apply for graduate school with a change in major

I live in Vietnam and did a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) from an Australian university, Vietnam campus. I am planning to apply for statistics for graduate study in the US. I have ...
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Statement of Purpose: How much detail in describing one's research

I am currently writing my Statement of Purpose for graduate admission in mathematics. I am wondering how specific I should be when describing my own research. Should I merely include the (broad) ...
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What is a good ratio of “What I want to research” vs. “My experience that shows I can research” in a Statement of purpose?

I am composing my statement of purpose for U.S. Graduate schools in Mathematics and am struggling to determine the proper balance of what my research plans are, and giving background in terms of ...
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Saying thanks in the personal statement?

Should I include a small thank at the beginning of my personal statement? The thank can long for one line to three lines depends on the specifics it included. In the short version, it can be like this:...
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Which date should I include in personal statement?

I have just finished writing personal statement and as far as formal etiquette concerns, there should be a date at the beginning. Is this a date I started writing the statement or the date I am ...
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Should I use what the professor says to me in the email as a material to write in the SOP?

So a professor agree to accept me to his lab. I guess that I should write this down on my SOP to increase my chance. The question is: should I use what he said as a material to write in my SOP? Below ...
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Should I address all my research experience in my personal statment?

I'm an undergraduate applying for PhD in engineering, and I've been involved in 3 different research projects. The first project is rather unexciting for me, and I chose not to ask the professor for a ...
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I've applied an intership to prepare for grad school, but the acceptance result won't be sent before the deadline. Should I mention it in my SOP?

If everything goes smoothly, then before going to the grad school in fall next year, I will have an three-month long internship. The problem is, the admittance result will come after the deadline of ...
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Statement of purpose: How to state PI backup

I am a foreign Biology student applying to USA phd programs. I have contacted several PIs asking if they had an available position (because they work within my interests). I've got a lot of no ...
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Should the personal/research statement be technical?

Related: Choosing research ideas to include in a statement of purpose I know I must describe my past and current research in my personal/research statement or statement of purpose. But do I use ...
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Answering “Why do you want to become a research mathematician?”-type questions in a statement of purpose

How should one address the classic "Why do you want to become a research mathematician?"-type question that is normally asked in the statement of purpose when applying to Masters (and also) programs? ...
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Answering “Why are you applying to our university?”-type question in the statement of purpose

When applying to Masters programs, most institutions ask a "Why are you applying to our university?"-type question to be answered in the statement of purpose. Let's assume that one applicant is ...
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Style guide for statement of purpose?

I am worried that errors in the style of my Statement of Purpose (SOP) will count negatively toward me. By "errors" I mean choosing the wrong font, font size etc. My question: are there general ...
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Should the website contain information which is discouraged to have in the CV?

Here and there in this site, I get that you should have your own website. It is one way to networking, making you standing out of the crowd. It can also be your extended version of CV or SOP, helping ...
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Should I mention in statement of purpose that my undergrad degree is in a different field because my parents wanted me to do it?

Is it okay to mention in my statement of purpose for admission to grad school in math, that my undergraduate major is engineering because my parents wanted me to do it? I was initially wrote my ...
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In a statement of purpose for a PhD in computer science in the US is it better to express interest in a single subdiscipline or multiple? [duplicate]

It seems that if I were to just express interest in a single subdiscipline (computer networking for example), and none of the networking professors are taking on students, I would not be considered ...
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Should I mention that I'm able to self fund my degree in my SOP?

Should I mention that I'm able to self fund my degree in my SOP? I don't find anywhere else in the application process where I can communicate such information. I'm a prospective international ...
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Mentioning money in statement of purpose

I am currently working as a research assistant with a pay grade that is half of a typical entry level commercial job (computer programming jobs in particular). Is it beneficial to mention this in a ...
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As a grad student how to approach a possible breakthrough research?

I am in this peculiar position whereby I started off my grad school in subject X and got very boring projects in it and eventually around my 3rd year I started studying a new subject Y (partly ...
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Writing a research statement in mathematics without having any research experience

It's pretty common that European universities ask for a Research Statement when applying to a PhD program. The problem is that at my current university where I did my undergraduate and where I'm ...
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I have an article in the field I am just interest and has no overlap with my major. Should I mention it my SOP?

Related questions: Should one mention multiple, albeit somewhat unrelated research interests? Should I talk about a unpublished paper in my SOP? Besides physics as my major, my other interest is ...

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