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  1. lyonel_

    2019 Applicants

    To your first question, no. It's just that Rice has a 2 page (double-spaced) maximum, so there's not a lot of wiggle room with the SOP file. I believe they are doing this to see if applicants can discuss research interests concisely. While the space to elaborate further is where I'm just going to include the few finer points I had to leave out in the file. And, yeah, there's going to be, and I think there should be, some overlap. For the SOP file, I'm basically just going to synthesize my intro paragraph and the more in depth research paragraphs, while still keeping the paragraphs in their respective place (just reducing length). After this, I will then expand on my research and include anything I may have had to omit from original SOP in the space they give you. This is the initial plan, but we'll see how it turns out when I decide to do it next weekend.
  2. lyonel_

    2019 Applicants

    Luckily, in the Rice application portal, there is a section to type out your research interests, fit, etc. with an additional attachment location for your SOP file. So there's ways to navigate this short page limit (which I'm still figuring out how to do) without omitting some of the content in your SOP!
  3. I'm actually curious about your question, too. As I have paraphrased a couple general arguments from theorists, so should I footnote these? But then this leaves me concerned with page count expanding slightly, as I am just on the line for page count with nearly every SoP.
  4. lyonel_

    2019 Applicants

    Seems to be quiet around here as of late, so I thought I'd throw in an updated post. After having discussions with various professors about my initial SOP drafts, I basically went back to the whiteboard, so to speak. My final list of schools is set, as my SOP has finally come together in terms of my research focus/potential project(s). I'm taking my GRE on Friday. I'm still tinkering with my WS, even though it's "technically" done, as I want to make some minor theoretical and structural adjustments to my argument. Blah. I came into putting together my PhD application expecting difficulty, but I still underestimated how insane this whole process is! With that said, it has been, and I imagine will continue to be, equally nerve wracking and exciting! Good luck!
  5. lyonel_

    2019 Applicants

    Hi! I thought I'd throw my hat in this ring here for 2019 applicants. My summer has been nowhere near as productive as I would have liked it to have been. But, I'm hitting the ground running this past week in terms of creating a few outlines for my SOP and finishing a third draft of my WS! Being as broad as possible with my interests, I intend on researching multi- cultural and multi-ethnic U.S. literature, music and film, among other mediums, with a focus on their relationship to legal and de facto citizenship (or, more broadly, membership). I'll post my list of schools once I'm completely certain; as of now, Duke's Literature program, Rice's English department and USC's ASE are at the top of my list.

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