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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How to start abstract of previous research activities for a PhD position

I know that's a very simple question but I just don't know how to start it? What will be the introductory paragraph? I am applying for a Ph.D. position related to my field and luckily I am fulfilling ...
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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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How negative to go in a statement of purpose?

Okay yes I know another 'I'm a bad candidate help me' post sorry. I was in grad school years ago but I quit because the program wasn't good for me. The exact program doesn't matter. It was a small ...
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Should I address my GPA declination in my personal statement?

Basically, my last two years GPA is much lower than my first two years: I got almost straight 4.0 in first two years but my junior year is a mess (one semester is 2.7) and my last semester GPA pump up ...
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research statement for assistant professorship (W1, pure mathematics in Germany)

What should a research statement for an application for an assistant professorship (W1, Juniorprofessor) contain (pure mathematics in Germany)? How long should it be?
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The school's guidance on SOP doesn't match to what I know about it. What should I do?

In the application form of the school I'm applying, there is a short definition of SOP: Your statement of purpose should explain why you want to study your proposed course and how it will help your ...
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Do Europe committees care about my community service for GRE learners?

I have finished applying into US schools, and now I turn to other countries. Since I don't think that there is much different between US and Europe (more specifically, UK) in the requirements in the ...
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How to write in the SOP that I need funding?

I am applying into a taught postgraduate program in UK. The professor suits me very well and he also says that he is interested in me. The problem is my research area is theoretical and he has no ...
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Is cover letter another name for the statement of purpose for a PhD position?

US Universities typically ask for a formal "Statement of Purpose" while European universities have no such specific requirement. Instead, most of the times they ask for a cover letter. I've been told ...
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PhD application SOP - include several research ideas or just one?

I'm an older PhD applicant (Business-Marketing) with 20+ years of industry experience. In my SOP, should I include the several research projects I have already started, or should I focus on just one ...
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Can I include a note on extra-curricular activities in my SOP?

I am a Molecular biology graduate, aspiring to do my doctoral study in U.S. Currently I am applying for several graduate programs. So far, my statement of purpose (SOP) mentions about my academic and ...
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Including a non-relevant work experience in Statement of Purpose for higher studies abroad

After completing my undergraduate studies in Biotechnology, I switched to a career in Banking services where I have worked for a year. But now I would like to pursue higher studies abroad in ...
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When to use the word “Prof.” in an SOP?

When should I call a professor in my SOP as Prof. X, or just leaving their name as X? All I want is not to be disrespectful, but also not to make unnecessary repetition. I think the natural way to ...
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Would it be a poor choice to focus on disability in both my personal history statement and diversity fellowship response?

I am working on my application to UC Davis. It requires a Personal History Statement separate from the Statement of Purpose. I've been through this process with UC Berkeley, and the prompts are almost ...
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When to explain poor performance in a Statement of Purpose

I know there have been similar questions asked, but the most recent question was focused on the transcript and the less recent question was focused on courses not relevant to the major. My general ...
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Is it bad to copy and paste from your SoP to other questions on a grad school app?

There was one school that asked to explain any breaks in university enrollment. Well I took a year off and was really active in research so I talk about that in my SoP. The question asked to explain ...
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Would having some flaws in a perfect English SOP be bad?

I have my native friend who is willing to check my SOP. I just have added a part to present the reasons why I want to pursue in department X. Unfortunately my friend is on their vacation and I don't ...
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Is it a bad thing if my Personal History Statement reveals my intention to immigrate?

I am an international student applying for Computer Science PhD in US. Some universities I plan to apply to require Personal History Statement in addition to Statement of Purpose. I believe that I ...
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University does not explicitly request either a motivational letter or recommendation letters

I am applying to University of Helsinki for Master degree, just filed the application. But the weird thing about it - they do not explicitly ask neither for letter of motivation nor recommendation ...
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I forgot to rename the school when applying my SOP to another school. How bad is this?

I just realized that I referenced my desire to go to school A in a letter to school B (in fact, I did this by mistake for 2 schools!). Most unfortunately, I have already submitted the applications for ...
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How important is it to tailor personal statements to different departments, in mathematics?

I'm applying to math graduate programs at the moment. How important is it to tailor the personal statement to the different departments to which I'm applying? It is difficult to understand precisely ...
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Can I write in my SOP that I want to join labs which aren't belonged to the department I apply? [closed]

I want to work on a research which requires both field A and field B. On the school I want to pursue, both lab X and X' from department A work on A+B. If possible, I'd like to work in both lab because ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Different Statement of Purpose to the same advisor in two programs?

First I have to make it clear that I understand the SOP is not just written for my potential advisor to view; it will certainly be presented to the admission committee first. However, my potential ...
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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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Would creating an online flash card deck for GRE study help overcome a weak TOEFL score?

My TOEFL score is 85, but the minimum requirement of the school I'm applying to is 90. My GRE verbal score is also not very good. However, I have dedicated a month to contribute to the community of ...
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Asking for help regarding Statement of Purpose [duplicate]

I am a Masters' student applying from India to US graduate schools for a Ph.D. in Mathematics(some of them are top departments like Stanford, MIT, UCLA, Berkeley, Illinois Urbana-Champaign). I wish to ...
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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

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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...