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  1. Hey! I've been way too stressed out obsessing over my SOP and would love any feedback from a fresh pair of eyes. Many thanks. After completing my bachelor’s in linguistics at ------ and three years of national service with AmeriCorps, I now seek a master’s in speech-language pathology in order to pursue a career in early intervention services. I am most interested in working with a nonprofit or state program such as Early Start to provide therapy to children and families free of charge. Working with AmeriCorps has been invaluable in developing my awareness of both how important social justice and working with children in early childhood are to my professional and personal goals. Throughout this work, I have confirmed the importance of using my strengths to serve my community in the most effective and equitable way possible. My freshman year at ------- I began working with -------, which trains teams of young people to implement a literacy-focused curriculum in under-resourced preschool classrooms. I loved my mornings with the group of preschoolers assigned to me, and I relished the challenge of tailoring the ------ curriculum to students with varying language abilities due to age, learning English as a second language, or different rates of language development. I spent another year with --------- where I took on the role of Family Involvement Coordinator, in which I ensured families were informed about their child’s educational progress. I currently work with the education nonprofit ---------, where I have had the opportunity to expand upon existing tutoring and mentoring skills while also growing in leadership skills. I work closely with a partner teacher in a third grade classroom to provide academic and behavioral support throughout the school day. Four times a week I pull out groups of children at least one grade level behind in math and English for targeted intervention. Thanks to --------, I have had the chance to work on a diverse team of 16 other Corps Members, build relationships with educators, school administrators, and the speech-language pathologist who works with two students in the classroom I serve. Looking back on my years in education, there is no doubt that I love working one-on-one and in small groups with children. Speech-language pathology gives me the chance to do this while also incorporating linguistics into my future career. After taking -------'s Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology as a required course for the linguistics major I was in awe of human speech and hearing physiology. Wanting to learn more, I looked into the department’s Linguistics Research Apprentice Practicum and was immediately drawn to the dissertation project of ---------. The spring of my sophomore year I began to work with ------, work that I continued until after graduation. I assisted with her dissertation on the effect of altered auditory feedback on articulation of the American English [r]. I helped with acoustic analysis in the program Praat and used R to process data. I conducted a literature review of similar projects to inform the experimental design. I ended up discovering papers that also discussed altered auditory feedback, but instead of investigating articulatory compensation, these experiments showed the value of altered auditory feedback for people who stutter. I found the results fascinating and I started to read more and more about speech and language disorders. I confirmed my interest as I took coursework -------- offers at all related to the field. I took a language acquisition class in which my favorite parts of the curriculum discussed phonological development and childhood language and developmental disorders. I went on to take a linguistic field methods course in which I worked in a small group of students with a speaker of Kana, an Ogoni language of Nigeria, to describe the language, addressing everything from phonetics to semantics. The course was invaluable for real world practice transcribing using the IPA and identifying non-English speech sounds. Finally, I took an introduction to neurobiology to inform my interest in language and the brain and a speech and communication disorders course in which I received an introduction to aphasia and fluency disorders. These courses, as well as my research experience with --------, have inspired an interest in pursuing research and a PhD after I practice speech-language pathology for some time. My research interests include early childhood language development and multilingual populations. ---------’s program will give me the opportunity to complete a thesis and continue to grow in my research skills. The program’s strong multicultural focus is essential as I plan to continue to work with diverse populations. The wide range of clinical practicums available, including the Child Clinic at the ---------- Center for Communication Disorders housed right in the department, will allow me to gain relevant experience that is directly related to my career goals.
  2. Hello, all! I was wondering if anyone would be willing to give me some feedback on my SoP for a terminal MA program in Classical Studies. It's due in February, so I have a bit of time to make corrections before I send it off. Thanks in advance!
  3. I am confused. If there is no upload location for the letter of intent that is required for a school, do I include/attach it to my curriculum vitae pdf? It's U of Nev.
  4. This is pretty last minute, but hopefully this will be of use to other people applying down the road as well. This is my current version of my essay for the University of Virginia. I'm specifically interested in feedback on the strength, or lack thereof, of the introduction. Any and all feedback is welcome. “The Annals of Rome were the mirrors into which revolutionaries constantly gazed in search of self-recognition”, observes Simon Schama in his history of the French Revolution. His statement highlights two themes which occupy my research: the eighteenth-century’s fascination with the fashioning of identity, and the receiver’s role in the production of historical meaning. The great Roman orators these men “recognized” in the mirror were in part effigies of their own making, a synthesis of historical fact and politicized projection. Reception scholars have recently grappled with this issue, and the metaphor of history as a mirror reflects a prevailing trend in the discipline, abbreviated by Charles Martindale’s dictum that meaning “is always realized at the point of reception.” This perspective marks an intriguing shift of emphasis from historical “fact” to the interpretation of historical events and objects by subsequent audiences. In this spirit, my research explores how Enlightenment political consciousness shaped, and was shaped by responses to antiquity. A sojourn in Berlin sparked my interest in the phenomenon of German philhellenism, the origins of which I would trace in my summa cum laude thesis on the politics of aesthetics in the work of Johann Joachim Winckelmann. Drawing on my training in art history and Early Modern philosophy, I examined Winckelmann’s decision to vilify the Romans and embrace the Greeks as the true model of antique perfection. Following threads started by Alex Potts and Moshe Barasch, I reasoned that this preoccupation reflects a deep antipathy towards the Roman imperial political model, which Winckelmann blames equally for the inferiority of both ancient Roman and modern Baroque art, with its paternal institution of ancien regime autocracy. Expanding on the work of several German scholars, I argued that Winckelmann’s contributions in historiography and aesthetics constitute a radical social critique which would come to color the emergent neoclassicism of the Enlightenment. Winckelmann’s image of antiquity, much like that of the French revolutionaries, was part of a discourse in which the present seems to define the past as much as the reverse is true. The methodology I utilized for this work was influenced by my research under Steven Ostrow and Matthew Canepa in the Art History department at the University of Minnesota. Steven Ostrow’s work on the religious function of post-Tridentine sculpture and public spaces has trained me in the study of iconography, topography and patronage, as well as the power of art to seamlessly integrate ideology into public life. Under Matthew Canepa I pursued questions about how the production, re-use and appropriation of artistic and religious history is used for self-fashioning and legitimization of political authority through techniques ranging from spoliation to ritual performance. In 2014 I focused on the Hellenistic Near East, contributing a term paper on the adoption of Babylonian rulership practices and rituals by the early Seleucids in Hellenistic Mesopotamia for a graduate level course. Later that year I was awarded with a research grant during which I studied aspects of art theory in the French academic circle and their (quite imaginative) basis in antiquity under the direction of Steven Ostrow. These research methods were formative in my approach to art history, fostering my preoccupation with the power of the past and its expression in the visual arts. The McIntire Department of Art is uniquely well-suited to support me as I continue to address a variety of current issues in Early Modern visual culture. Along with the late Mary Sheriff, Sarah Betzer’s work has been formative for my study of gender and viewership in the Rococo. Betzer’s forthcoming book will certainly present new questions relevant to my focus on the reception of antique sculpture, and converges with my extensive training in Early Modern philosophy, topics that could be expanded upon and developed in my future research under her guidance. Anastasia Dakouri-Hild’s approach also dovetails significantly with my past study of how ritual performance and space (both architectural and topographical) can be used to shape political identity in the ancient world, issues which have significantly guided my approach to art history in general. In addition, the prominent inter-departmental strength in the classics is a major incentive to study at the University of Virginia. Classical reception, central to my interest in the eighteenth century, quite obviously requires close study of antiquity. My background in Latin will provide the requisite skills to refine my understanding of the Roman sources which exercised immeasurable influence upon the artistic and literary figures of the Enlightenment. In this area, I plan to draw on the expertise of faculty such as John Dobbins and John Miller whose expertise in Roman literature and reception will be invaluable as I progress in my doctoral work. The University of Virginia thus provides the ideal atmosphere for me to engage, and ultimately contribute to, ongoing conversation about receptions of antiquity in the Early Modern world.
  5. Hi Guys, I'm going to apply in an European MA program in Continental Philosophy. Someone can show me some examples of WS and PS (SoP) related to this area? Thanks for the replies, Stefano
  6. SOP for chemistry PhD program

    Hi everyone, I am applying to PhD programs in the US for the Fall 2018 semester but I am not confident that my SOP is good enough. As an international student, I have little knowledge on this since writing SOP for graduate schools is not common my country. Can someone review my SOP and tell me what could be changed to improve it? Any advice is welcome I tried to keep it 1 page long because I heard that faculty members in the US do not like to see statements any longer than that. However, I had to omit that I have one manuscript in preparation, one poster presentation, voluntary activities etc. What do you think? Should I replace any information on my SOP by those? Thanks To the admissions committee, I am writing on behalf of my application for the Doctoral program in Chemistry at the University of X. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil) in 2015 and a Master's degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 2017. The strong research on catalysis and new synthetic methodologies conducted in your institution made me very interested in pursuing graduate studies at your department. Since sophomore year in college, I have been involved in research projects in the interface between organic and inorganic chemistry, studying new ways to transform abundant and cheap substances into valuable compounds using less toxic reagents and generating less waste. In my Master's thesis I managed to transform compounds extracted from pine trees into biologically-active amines in a one-pot procedure using ethanol instead of toluene as a solvent, a greener approach to the synthesis of amines that led to higher yields and selectivities than the traditional systems already used. In addition, I had the opportunity to take graduate-level courses about group theory, advanced mass spectrometry, nanotechnology and experimental nuclear magnetic resonance which contributed to my understanding of core concepts of my research area. I have also spent the 2012-2013 academic year in the U.S performing research at the University of California Davis as a recipient of the Science Without Borders scholarship. Studying abroad has introduced me to state-of-the-art science and allowed me to operate new instruments and learn new techniques not available in my home institution, besides the rich cultural exchange. In 2016, the American Chemical Society awarded me with a scholarship to travel to Panama, where I received intensive training on scientific outreach and communication. This opportunity has impacted the way I think chemistry can serve our society and made me realize I can do more for my country than I ever expected through science. Brazil has numerous economic and social inequality problems,and I think one of the most powerful ways to overcome them is through international scientific cooperation and knowledge exchange. Research experience combined with extensive theoretical and practical training received during the baccalaureate and graduate-level courses encouraged me to take a step further in my career as a scientist. My professional goal is to become highly qualified in the field of catalysis and teach at an institution committed to social, economic, environmental and scientific development in my country. The PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Utah is a very good fit for me since it has a structure with all the resources I need to advance in my research, with Dr. X and Dr. Y and Dr. Z groups being very active and relevant to my field. The NMR facility have the capability of multinuclear detection, which is indispensable for my work in the frontier of organometallic chemistry and synthesis, as well as modern mass and optical spectrometers. I am confident that the aforementioned characteristics make me a viable candidate for this graduate program. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my candidacy with the department faculty and provide further information. Thank you for your time and consideration.
  7. Trade SOPs?

    Hey everyone! I was wondering if anyone was interested in trading SOPs? This is my first time applying and I want to make sure I am hitting everything I need to for this document. Please PM me if you are interested! Thanks!
  8. Hi everyone, I wonder if anyone is willing to have a look at my SOP. I am happy to trade as well. If you are interested, PM me!
  9. I have currently started working on my statement for MPH and while English is not my first language, I'd like to think I have a decent grasp of the language. I'll primarily be applying to Canadian universities and was wondering how I'm supposed to write which streams of mph I want to study in. For example, in the University of Alberta program, they offer several streams such as Epidem, Health Policy and Management, Environmental etc. I want to mention in my statement that I primarily want to study in epi, however wouldn't mind if I got chosen for Health Management either. Now this might sound stupid, but I'm from Bangladesh and have never worked on applying to a university before. I'm assuming I need to select a particular stream which I want to study in and write about it in my statement? I want to write down other streams as a Plan B in case they don't have any more seats in the stream I want. I'm just curious as to how I'm supposed to word it properly. I'm interested in multiple streams with more emphasis on a few particular ones which interests me. On a side note, I'm writing down some fieldwork and volunteer work which I've done here in Bangladesh but that got me thinking. I'm writing down my experiences but have no proof of what I did. How will the University know I'm telling the truth and not just making up false information just to beef up my chances? The information will be written in my CV as well and I'll write down my references as well but even then, is that viable enough? Any feedback would be appreciated to this foreigner!
  10. Statement of Purpose The number of areas in which Computer Science plays a vital role is astonishing and I feel lucky that my passion and skills lie in it. My undergraduate course in Computer Engineering and my experience in the software industry has helped me set a clear goal for my near future – mastery in the field of Computer Science. With an aim to study in one of the best universities in the USA, I wish to apply for the Master of Computer Science (MCS) course at XYZ State University. I have always found myself indulging in research activities and it delights me to know that XYZ State University gives high importance to research and has so many labs to facilitate the same. In my four years of experience in the software industry, I had the opportunity to work on multiple challenging research project. · At my first job for Calsoft Inc, I worked on the research project 'Federated NAS’. We as a team of 3 designed and developed the architecture for distributed and federated filesystem framework which allows global namespace for the data stored over several sources (Cloud sources, remote filesystems etc.). I actively participated in developing the design and architecture of the project and later was the leading developer to implement it. For this project, I developed a virtual filesystem and an object filesystem, an on-disk cache and an in-memory cache. · While working on the project – ‘In-band NFS XATTR support’, I researched for ways to develop the support for extended attributes in NFS (Network FileSystem) protocol in its data path. I proposed a novel way of its development and the idea was accepted. It helped me fetch an opportunity to guide a group of final year students for its implementation. · In Seagate Technology, I worked on the research project 'Parallel Data Mover (PDM)’. The work focused on developing a Data Mover which can migrate data at a high speed for HPC (High-Performance Computation) use-cases and is capable of working with multiple storage tiers spanning Lustre, GPFS, and Cloud Storage. Owing to the high quality of education, I believe studying at XYZ State University will be highly rewarding and satisfying at the same time being extremely challenging and competitive. I am fortunate that challenges excite me and bring the best out of me. · When I got the opportunity to guide a group of final year engineering students for the ‘NFS XATTR support’ project for the intra-company project competition, I was contending against other project guides who were senior to me by more than 8 years. This did not deter my confidence but instead motivated me to participate and try to win the ‘Best undergraduate project’ title. In spite of being occupied by other projects, my and my team’s dedication and positive attitude resulted in us winning the title. · Calsoft Inc organized a company-wide coding competition – ‘Code gladiators’. Even though I knew I would compete against top-notch Architects, Principal Developers, Director of Engineering among others, I believed in myself and spent more than a month preparing for the competition. I stood 1st and received applauds from everyone. There are no words to describe the happiness I felt when I was lauded by seniors who I greatly admire and respect. XYZ State University’s initiatives like ‘ABC’ speaks volumes about the importance the university gives to philanthropy. I believe I perfectly fit into this culture as I try to give back to the community in whatever ways possible. · A good education at a young age plays a vital role in deciding the future of a child. To reciprocate the effect education had on me onto others, I volunteered for ‘BHUMI’ NGO. There I taught Mathematics and English to orphan kids who never had the opportunity to study in a school. Even though I joined the NGO with a humble aim of teaching the kids, I ended up learning much more from them. Being part of the NGO for a year had a profound impact on my life. XYZ State University is a community formed to solve the world’s most challenging issues and I want to be part of this global group. The group which is bringing positive changes to the world and making it a better place to live in.
  11. Like most of you, I'm here because of uncertainties regarding some aspect of the grad school application process. I've read every credible article I could find about crafting the perfect Statement of Purpose. I've read through a dozen examples of what is considered a great statement. My problem is this: I'm not sure if a lot of the suggestions for writing style are applicable to the kind of program I want to study. Of all the statements I read, my favorites are the ones that are conversational and descriptive. They're the ones that read like a story. But is that style suitable for every major? My favorite statements were written for history and English degrees, but I want to go to grad school for International Relations (IR). The general style of IR publications is anything but vivid. It's careful, clear, and concise. It eliminates adjectives and adverbs, replaces gut-punching verbs with their emotionless equivalents, and speaks in the stilted manner of a indifference. Neutrality is key. So, at last, my question. Should my statement of purpose be written in the style of IR--because that's the degree I want to pursue--or should it be written to captivate the reader--because I want to grab their attention and be memorable? Note: I also have to include a writing sample on an IR topic. I wrote three complete versions of my statement (1,000 words each): #1 is written like a story #2 is written more like an article in IR #3 is a combination page one is my "story"/background, and it's written like #1 page two is my reason for choosing that school and that program, what I would like to learn, from which professors, and what I want to do after graduation. It's written like #2. _________________________ #1 - colorful My bleary eyes snapped open at the flash of the overhead fluorescent lights. Seconds later, my retinas drank in the scene and clarified the unusual predicament I had awoken in. I was surrounded by strangers. Surrounded, in fact, by 10,000 miles of them. I puzzled over the shifting words slithering across the LED displays and clung to my bag. I stretched my tired legs and crept out of the narrow tunnel into my new life. My 17 hour flight to Chongqing had arrived. To understand why I was in Chongqing--and why I am applying your prestigious university--it is instructive to know the experiences that shaped me.Before Chongqing, there was Tokyo. I grew up tending to the delicate leaves of my bonsai tree and reconstructing the gnarled lines found in my calligraphy book. At 13, my hazy lifelong interest in Asia took shape in the form of an academic interest: Japanese. I was drawn to the curvy loops of Hiragana, the jagged edges of Katakana, and the serious pictography of Kanji. I promised myself, “When I’m in college, I’ll study Japanese. I’ll even go to Sophia University!” I dreamed of the day I could move to Tokyo, that bustling city lit by the grotesque light of a million flickering billboards and crammed with overworked businessmen, young fashionistas, and everything in between. On the first day of registration, I took my first step and signed up for Japanese. From that day forward, I grabbed every chance I could to immerse myself in the language. Then, seven years after I picked Sophia, Sophia picked me. _________________________ #2 - IR version My interest in Asia originates from my childhood experiences. At that time, being exposed to Asia primarily meant taking care of a bonsai tree and trying to replicate the character strokes in my calligraphy book. Today, my interest is more academic in nature. By the time I was 13, I had already decided that I would learn Japanese. I even decided that I would study abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo. Once in university, I joined Elementary Japanese, Japanese Club, and the Language Exchange Program. Seven years later, I was the sole candidate selected from my university to attend Sophia. _________________________ Thanks in advance for your help!
  12. Hi! I've posted in this forum previously, and since then I've gotten a near final draft for my statement of purpose. However, I have been given specific feedback for my statement that I'm not sure how to fix. Here's the feedback I've gotten so far: I wrote in my statement "[research program] was my gateway into the research world and fostered my love for it that has only grown since" and I've heard from others that using emotional words like "love" is a general no-no. Does anyone know what words I could use to replace it? "I feel like the way you put so much detail in your experiences, it seems like your future goals are an afterthought. it's okay if you really don't know exactly what you want to do in the future; becoming a professor in any field is even more competitive than getting into a clinical psych program. Additionally, your future goals may change while you're in the program. So when talking about your future goals, I don't think you mentioned this in your statement, but why you're choosing a clinical psychology program vs any other program like gender studies or general psychology. What do you want to do with a clinical psychology degree? I do think you did a great job explaining why you want to apply to these specific programs though." I'm struggling to show why I'm interested in clinical psychology in particular (though I have very specific research interests that I talk about in my SoP) and I'm wondering if anyone else had trouble with that and how they ended up explaining why they want to be a researcher in their field of choice (doesn't have to be clinical psych). Thanks in advance!
  13. Can someone suggest me for any low-cost online courses associated with biomedical engineering? Since i don't have any research papers i planned to rise my sop using online courses. Will online courses really help in improving my sop??
  14. I think the more that I work on my applications and my statement of purpose, the more layers of anxieties arise >____> I am wondering - what if the research interest I am delineating in my statement of purpose changes later on, if I get into a program? Does anyone know to what extent things like that are flexible? I've heard that programs expect you to develop/change your interests anyway, so its okay. But then if schools accept you according to how they see you fit into their program - then if those interests change, what happens?
  15. Word/page count guidelines - SOP, Writing Sample

    Hello, I have a question regarding word and page count guidelines. Some Statement of Purpose guidelines say to keep it under 500 words, but people on this forum have indicated that it is not necessary to strictly adhere to these restrictions. Some program websites have also gone out of their way to say it is not a strict cutoff, while others don't specify. The same applies for word/page counts on writing samples. If this is the case, what would you say the limit is? For example, for a 500 limit, is 600 too far over the threshold? 700? 800? I typically follow the rules provided, so I automatically don't feel extremely comfortable submitting anything over 500 in this case. My current letter as stands is ~700 words and I am not eager to cut any of it down any further, but I am also hesitant to submit something ~40% larger than requested. Thanks!
  16. This might be a really dumb question, but I was still wondering. I just really want to know if my SOP reflects a fit for that particular program (Sociology). And I was thinking of emailing the listed contact reference for graduate applications (not some random professor I mean lol) - so then it wouldn't be completely inappropriate right? What do you guys think? Thanks!
  17. Hey! I'm looking for some critiques on my SOP. Anyone willing to help me out? I'll gladly return the favor!
  18. Hey all, Anyone willing to review the first draft of my SoP? I will send you a message of my SOP text. This for Masters in Human Computer Interaction and Design. Cheers,
  19. Hi everyone, For some of the programs I'm applying to, a "diversity statement" or "personal statement" is required in addition to the standard Statement of Purpose. However, for schools that only ask for the Statement of Purpose, there is a field where I can attach additional documents. Would it be wise to provide a diversity statement to a school that isn't asking for it? Similarly, if a school is not asking for a writing sample, what are your opinions on providing one in the space to upload supplemental files? Basically, long question short is: to what extent should you/should you not upload supplemental files not specifically requested? Could it ever hurt to provide more? Thanks!
  20. Hello, Is anyone willing to critique a rough draft of my SoP? I'm terrible at writing about myself and would appreciate any feedback.
  21. Hello! I was just wondering if anyone would be interested in giving some feedback on my purpose statement? I'll be applying for a Master's degree in Computer Science in a month or so. Please PM me (or reply here) and I'll reply back with a PDF link.
  22. Hey, guys! I was hoping to find someone interesting in trading their SOP, especially for a public affairs/government related program. Let me know!
  23. Hey all, Anyone willing to review the first draft of one of my SoPs? I can offer an exchange and/or virtual brownies. This is for a Communication PhD program.
  24. Hello Is anyone willing to critique my SOP and suggest changes? Thanks!
  25. Hello guys, I am new to this forum. I want to apply to U.S. Universities for Fall 2018. I have written the first draft of my SOP. I would be really grateful if you could go review my SOP. I am attaching it here. I know everyone is really busy so I thank you in advance for taking time of your busy schedule to read this. Sayani. SPACE SCIENCE SOP.doc