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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What tone to use in the personal statement?

The guide in Berkeley states: The personal statement should give concrete evidence of your promise as a member of the academic community, giving the committee an image of you as a person. So what ...
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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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How to structure the personal statement?

Note: personal statement is a different to SOP/research statement. Some universities require this, while the others don't. Unlike the research statement (SOP), the personal statement fragments into a ...
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Previous interests in a subfield which is different from your perspective advisor's

Assume that I'm interested in a certain broad field of mathematics (say A). Also, assume that have done a honors thesis during my BSc in a certain narrow-ish subfield (say A.1). Suppose that I'm ...
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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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Should I explain change of major in my statement of purpose?

During my masters program I changed my major from Molecular Biology to Biotechnology. Should I explain in my statement of purpose for PhD programs why I changed my major?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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I think that I can have the scholarship. Is this confidence or arrogance? [closed]

I will have an interview for my scholarship to study grad school in US next month (taken 30 in total 122). In this month me and other 6 candidates have been gathering together to mock the interview. ...
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Found errors in draft of researcher's book. Is it acceptable to ask for a review of my statement of purpose if I contact him regarding the errors?

This researcher says something along the lines of "I welcome all contact regarding this book".
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What are the differences between the Statements of Purpose for Terminal Masters and Ph.Ds?

When applying graduate schools, what is the difference in the elements that go into writing a SoP for a Masters program vs. writing a SoP for a Ph.D. program. As background, I'm looking into Computer ...
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Publications in personal statement

What is the best way to include publications in my statement-of-purpose which I want to submit to a university? Should I give a full description of my publications, or just list them?
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Does 'securing letters of recommendations' count as one of legitimate reasons of going abroad for one semester?

I am going to apply for one semester of study abroad at a more prominent university than the one I am currently enrolled in. One of my true motivations to apply is to secure letters of recommendations ...
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Lack of mathematical training for a CS Ph.D

I've graduated and I'm looking to apply to a Ph.D. program in computer science. However, during my undergraduate years I did not take math courses other than the ones required for the CS major (i.e., ...
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Is it advisable to talk about “learning things I don't know in the field” as one of the plans for future in statement of intent?

I am going to have a slight change in my field of study which is acceptable by the faculty I'm applying in for Master's. But because of this difference, I assume, I probably know less about the field ...
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Mentioning a published paper from a current team member in a PhD letter application

I am writing a motivation letter for a PhD position related to antibody analytics. While I was researching the current research group I read a paper published by current team member "A" which I found ...
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PhD dissertation different from master thesis; What might I be able to do about methodology?

I understand that it's possible, thankfully, to have your dissertation in a different topic from your master's thesis, but I seem to have a problem (see below). Do you know any other problems might I ...
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Reflecting bad experience with previous graduate program in statement of purpose

I am applying to master program in computer engineering, but I have some concerns and not sure how to present them in my statement of purpose. First, my undergrad was in computer engineering but ...
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Is it OK to mention dreams and future plans for a specific company in my SOP when applying for master's degree?

I am about to apply for Master's degree at a University in US that specializes in game development. I have been playing and I am a huge fan of Blizzard games for almost 15 years and the reason I ...
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Which of the items below are worth mentioning in my admission documents?

I really worried about what should I write in my admission documents, such as resume/CV, statement of purpose, informal email communications with professors. From the list below, please tell me what ...
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What to look for when doing research for an institution-specific statement of purpose

I am applying for a taught MSc programme in software engineering. I understand that my SoP should be specific to the programme/institution I am applying to. However the guides I have read so far only ...
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I have an unfinished translation of a speciality book. Should I write this down on my CV/SOP?

When I was working on my dissertation, I had translated some first chapters of a book that I was using into my native language. The reasons I do this because I could consider myself pretty good at ...
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Typos in Statement of Purpose of PhD application.

I am an International student, I applied to universities in US for PhD in High Energy Physics (theory). I just realized that I have made a couple of typos in my statement of purpose/writing sample. To ...
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What is the difference between the various documents that are part of an application?

I am applying to serveral undergraduate research programs this summer. Each of them ask for certain documents including: CV personal statement statement of interest cover form cover letter research ...
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Is putting the statement/conclusion first considered to be cliched?

This question was inspired by the following comment by Johanna on another question: I just had to say: including the idea "I believe I was born for scientific research" is a terrible idea. Did no ...
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Do I need an introductory paragraph in SOP?

I'm about to write a SOP. I have sketched some points that I want convey through it, then I will develop them to their own paragraphs. Here they are: I believe that I was born for scientific research....
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Is it a good idea to mention previous rejection and subsequent improvement in motivation letter?

I am applying to a Master's degree in Finland. Last year I applied to the same programme and unfortunately I was not accepted. While I am writing my motivation letter I wonder if it would be a good ...
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Can an emotional letter of motivation be harmful in a PhD application?

Today some of my friends were discussing a motivation letter. One friend's application was rejected. One reason his friends find out is that the letter of motivation is very emotional. So I was ...
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Applying to masters program to further explore my interests, should I mention specific areas of interest in statement of purpose?

I am currently revising my statement of purpose for several applied math master program. I wounder if I should mention some specific area of interests or specific name of faculty? The problem with me ...
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What If the announcement for a Tenure-Track position in a research-intensive university does not request a research statement?

If a TT position is announced in a medical-related field in a research-intensive university, and they request to apply using 1) a letter of interest and 2) a CV (No research statement is required). ...
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Should I mention that I am interested in developing bioinformatics tools in my SOP for a “Software Development/Engineering” Master's program?

The program I am applying for is "Software Engineering/Development" master's program, I am really interested in this field of study, and I have already mentioned in my SOP that I wish to follow the ...
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When applying to a PhD program whose strength is not my concentration field, should I adjust my statement of purpose to match their area of strength?

I am applying to a PhD in Economics; I am a big in Macro Economics as my background is entirely in macro. One of the schools I am interested in is more focused in game theory. They have some ...
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Mentioning courses taken on coursera.org in the statement of purpose

Is it of any value to mention a course one is following on www.coursera.org, in a SOP? For instance, if I have a Bachelor of Computer Science and want to apply for a Geoinformatics Master program, ...
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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 ...