jazzrap Posted February 9, 2011 Share Posted February 9, 2011 Last semester when I asked my IR professor about grad school, he said the most overrated resume builder is a Senior Thesis. He advised against doing it. The logic is simple: the PhD students take years to finish a work that is not guaranteed to be good, so there is no point to take a look at any writing sample by an undergrad who probably only takes one year with many classes going on to write it. He said that your research interest and your writing ability usually is best demonstrated in the SOI. So basically he told me that he often times simply ignored the writing sample. However, two weeks ago. I asked my CP professor how important a quantitative method course is at an undergraduate level, and other stuff regarding the importance of mathematical background. Toward the end of his answer, my professor added another comment: "Actually, the more important thing for grad school is a good Senior Thesis. In your Thesis is where your research interest can be demonstrated and through the Thesis they can see how good you are as a potential researcher." Both professors are pretty famous within their fields, and also both have been on admission committee. I do not think there should be a difference between IR and CP regarding the importance of Thesis and Writing Sample. I therefore conclude that personal views really vary in the admission committee. So, I think we should write our Thesis and do it well even it is time consuming. Just in case. WorldMan 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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