DJamesSC Posted March 2, 2014 Share Posted March 2, 2014 After much recommendation from a friend who frequents this site often, I thought I would go ahead and post to see if any of you could help me at all. I am currently applying for the brand new Sport & Entertainment Management PhD program at the University of South Carolina for this coming fall. For a little background, I attended the University of South Carolina for both undergraduate and graduate school, with my minor being Sport & Entertainment Management in undergrad and then getting my Master's Degree in the same field in graduate school. I have been corresponding with the head person that was brought in specifically for this program, which has been since I graduated with my Master's in May 2012. These conversations have gone very well and he told me of a few professors, which I knew from attending, that could fit well with my potential research interests. I contacted these and have found one professor who has pretty much agreed to mentor and work with me if I get into school, which I am told is a major hurdle and even more important than the academics side, according to the head of the department. Now, I am in the process of actually applying and the application requires a Research Statement, which I've never actually done before. I've done my personal research on how to write one of course, but there are varying recommendations on them. Some say to discuss your prior research history, which I do not know if that can include research projects in classes, since I have no other experience. One professor told me that this is mostly just to show my interests in the field and that the program will obviously be the one teaching us how to go about this, since we shouldn't have much of any experience at this point, but I could never get a straight answer on if I should discuss prior research for classes in graduated school, which resulted in 50 page papers and presentations. The actual professor that I am going to be working with, if I get in, recommended that I start by doing a literature review, but I am still not sure the best resources to use to go about that either. It's one of those cases where I have asked questions to this professor, but I don't want to bug him or anything since he is supposed to campaign on my behalf to get me into the program after I apply. As a result, I was hoping to see if anybody that has applied for a similiar program or had to do a research statement, rather than the usual statement of purpose, had any advice for me whatsoever. I've done statement of purposes in the past, but with this being different I want to make sure I do whatever I can to make it sound right. Also, the description of the research statement from this actual application is as follows: A one to two page Research Statement that is inclusive of your research interests and how these research interests might assist you in reaching your Career Objectives. Please discuss how the USC PhD Sport & Entertainment Management can support you in these manners (e.g. list a faculty member, research institute, etc.) I know this got a little long winded, but I wanted to make sure I explained everything well enough. I appreciate any advice that you guys have at all. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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