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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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Statement of Purpose, should one say “I did X …” or “My advisor and I did X .. ”?

In a statement of purpose for PhD applications, should one talk about their undergrad research like I did X ... or, should one (rightfully) say My advisor and I / we did X ... Would ...
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Statement of purpose for PhD admissions

In the statement of purpose, I have research work that's in progress and will be part of a manuscript to be submitted likely after applications season. How should I go about describing my current ...
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Can I mention multiple faculty members in my SOP?

I'm applying for PhD and thesis masters programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In one of the schools, there is a specific faculty member I'm extremely interested in working with. However, ...
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What is meant by a Personal Interview for Junior Research Fellow

I have been invited for a personal interview for the recruitment of Junior Research Fellow in Mathematics in Space and Application Center. I read about personal interview questions for jobs in ...
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Stackoverflow reputation - worth mentioning in personal statement? [duplicate]

It is going to be my last year in school, and I am thinking about studies abroad - I would love to study computer science. Lately, I started participating more in Stackoverflow, answering to PHP, ...
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Scholarships and SOP

Should I mention that my work is providing me with a full scholarship to study my masters in my Statment of purpose?
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Applying for second PhD after quitting first one after 2 years on same topic

I left my first PhD program after two years and after that took up a teaching job for two years and now I am planning to apply for the PhD on the same topic again. In my first PhD i was not a failure ...
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Mentioning my clinical depression in a statement of purpose [duplicate]

I have been struggling with clinical depression for over an year now and that has affected my grades. Is it a good idea to mention that in a statement of purpose while applying to a university (for a ...
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What should I cut out from my SOP for master's programs?

I have written my Statement of Purpose (SOP) for the graduate programs that were Ph.D. or M.Sc.+Ph.D. (the American doctoral programs), but I am also applying for some only M.Sc. programs. They often ...
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Is it appropriate to include actual maths in a mathematics personal statement?

So, the title speaks for itself, but essentially over the course of the last few weeks I've been doing a course in complex analysis, and some of the identities that pop up are immaculate, and I think ...
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Should I include information about my mental health in my masters personal statements? [duplicate]

I graduated in 2016 with a 2:2, which I feel was lower than what I could have achieved. I had had some minor issues before starting university, however I had an amazing support system and managed to ...
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Statement of purpose: how to give motivations for applying to a certain graduate school without stating the obvious or gratuitous flattery?

In a statement of purpose (for graduate admission, in mathematics), how can one address the question of "why do you want to attend this university?" without making it sound like I'm stating the ...
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How to write a personal statement for a “PhD orientation program” (in mathematics)?

I'm about to apply for a short "visiting and orientation program" at a large prestigious university where I may be interested in applying for graduate school. This program lasts a couple of weeks ...
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Is it worthwhile writing about previous experience with courses, which will be taught in masters program, in motivation letter?

I am applying for a masters program. I have read about the courses, which will be taught at the program. In fact, I think that I have had a lot of such courses in my bachelors program. Does it help to ...
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Should a Statement of Purpose cover Purpose or Capability or Both?

I am applying for OMSA degree from Georgia Tech and the application requires me to submit a 4000-character long Statement of Purpose. My question is this: Should a SOP cover my capability and show me ...
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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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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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How to “tailor” the statement of purpose for a particular grad school

A prospective graduate student is normally not hyperspecialized and inflexibly hyperfocussed on a certain well-developed research line (like a more mature mid-career researcher could be) just yet. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...