OK. I fixed it for you. Can you update your op now? You should also include the link where you found it.
Your Statement of Purpose is a critical piece of your graduate school application. If you haven't written your Statement of Purpose yet, the Purdue University Graduate School would like to make the process a little easier by passing along a few tips:
· Pay close attention to the directions as they vary across institutions and programs.
· Be unique. Talk about interesting and relevant experience. One way to do this is to talk about a subject in your field about which you are passionate.
· Write with skill. The Statement of Purpose may be the only writing sample you provide, so editing and organization are imperative. Be sure that you proofread your statement and have others, such as professors, teaching assistants, advisors, and peers read it. Ask for constructive feedback as well.
· Be clear and specific. Instead of providing broad generalizations such as “my research internship provided valuable experience,” write, “By transcribing interview protocols and coding the data, I gained a deeper understanding of how teenage mothers make attributions.”
· Give yourself enough time to write the Statement of Purpose, to get feedback from a variety of people, and to make the necessary revisions.
· Be yourself; avoid using too much jargon and too many big words that aren’t a part of your day-to-day vocabulary.
Because your Statement of Purpose is an important part of your graduate school application, you will want to make sure it is well written. If you haven't completed your Statement of Purpose yet, the following exercise will help you customize your Statement of Purpose by highlighting your relevant experience and focusing on why you wish to pursue graduate study in Purdue's Mathematics program.
1. First, list 2-3 qualities unique to Purdue's Mathematics program. Identify interdisciplinary opportunities and areas of specialization. What are the available academic, research and training facilities that will assist you in pursuing your degree?
2. Next, name the faculty that interest you and briefly identify their research projects.
3. Then, in 3-4 sentences, describe your research interests. Follow this by explaining how your professional goals can be achieved by pursuing your research interests at Purdue.
Mention the unique qualities and faculty members you identified in steps 1 and 2; show how they coincide with your interests.
Enhance your statement by considering the following:
· Have you had experience outside the classroom? If so, describe it in detail. Be sure to mention how it will help you in graduate school.
· Do you have any challenges that you would like to explain to the Admissions Committee (e.g., poor grades in a given semester, a low standardized test score, etc.)? Don't dwell on anything negative, but sum up the situation in a sentence or two and explain what you learned from it. Show how you have since improved or realized success.
· Showcase your abilities. As a graduate student, what will you be able to contribute to your graduate program? Give evidence of your strong work ethic - mention jobs held or organizations supported while earning a high GPA. Give concrete examples. Be illustrative.
· If providing a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV), don’t hesitate to reference it, but do not restate all of its contents in your statement of purpose. For example you could say, “As you’ll note in my enclosed CV, I have received several academic honors, which include the Young Investigator award at Institution X. Receiving this award was a shining moment for me as it served as recognition for long nights in the lab researching tomato viral stains.” After this sentence you should describe your research. Remember that you’re telling a story, not simply listing a multitude of facts.
While writing the Statement of Purpose can be a daunting task, engaging in this exercise can help you identify the most important elements you will want to include. Please note, however, that this exercise is based off of general guidelines. Your program may request additional information or recommend an alternative exercise to writing your Statement of Purpose. You should always defer to the instructions provided by your prospective program.
As part of the application process, you'll need to submit letters of recommendation. You can help your recommendation letter providers write effective and timely letters by following the guidelines below:
· Read any requirements for an acceptable recommendation provider. Most graduate programs expect at least two of your letters to come from faculty.
· Choose recommendation providers who can attest to your potential as a graduate student. Ask if they would be willing to write you a good recommendation letter.
· Coach your recommendation providers. Try to select recommendation providers who can talk about various aspects of your potential and suggest to them what they could highlight. For example, a research advisor could talk about specific research skills while a professor could talk about your academic potential. This prevents you from having three generic recommendation letters. Most recommendation providers appreciate knowing what they should discuss in their letters.
· Make the process as easy as possible. Provide your recommendation providers with:
· a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae
· a file that lists all of the institutions, program names, contact information, and application deadlines to which you are applying
· a list of details they will need to answer specific questions about you
· a friendly reminder of approaching deadlinesRemember to send a thank you note to all of your recommendation letter providers!
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nvm. just realized this section is not editable.