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SOP biology research program [Nov. 28th, 2008|07:40 pm]
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This is an SOP for a pre-senior-year undergraduate research program that I really want to attend. I'm posting it here in the hopes that someone will tear it apart (hopefully not too much). The problem is, where I live/study (Russia) no one actually writes SOPs... So, I pretty much have NO idea what to write....Read more...Collapse )
Thank you all in advance and good luck with getting all your stuff in on time... The deadlines are creeping in.
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social work/anthropology sop [Nov. 11th, 2008|10:16 pm]
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[mood |busy]
[music |Yellowcard - "Breathing"]

Yet another statement of purpose to review, if you please!
This one is for the joint PhD program in Social Work & Anthropology at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. It is my top choice so I want this statement to be really freaking awesome - any & all suggestions are welcome.

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Please take a look [Oct. 31st, 2008|12:20 am]
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This is the fourth draft or so of my SoP for an economics PhD. I'm freaking out a little bit over it since I hate not knowing what the reviewers want. I'm applying to seven schools, so forgive the "(Talk about interesting research specific to that school’s department)" in the last paragraph. I have a few interesting papers to talk about for each school prepared, and I'm not worried about that part. Please take a look and tell me what you think!

A few pointed questions about it:
1) I'm currently taking Real Analysis, should I try to fit that in somewhere?
2) At the end of paragraph 4: is "embrace challenging experiences and responsibilities" too cheesy/obvious, or is it about right?
3) The main reason I mention being in the Queer Alliance is because a lot of the schools I'm applying to want to know how I will contribute to their "diversity missions."  I assume being gay counts?  Should I Make it more obvious? Should I drop it?  


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Feedback please - SOP for history PhD [Oct. 1st, 2008|09:37 pm]
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Read more...Collapse )This essay is geared towards Yale, but I am trying to come up with a template that can be used for other schools as well. I've also deleted names. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

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SOP [Oct. 1st, 2008|07:57 pm]
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One school wants a 3-4 page SOP. They have got to be kidding me. They do, kindly enough, provide some guiding questions:
• Why do you want to undertake graduate work?
• What do you expect to derive from your program of study?
• If you have a concentration in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.
• What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently as a member of the profession?

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One of my other problems is that this school is probably last on my list in terms of how much I want to go. Is it obvious that it's not a fabulous fit for me?

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(no subject) [Sep. 25th, 2008|12:21 pm]
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Hey everyone,

this is a really great community...I have been looking for something like this for a long time!
I'm going to apply for a Masters in Economics in the UK and have just finished the first draft of my statement of purpose. I have no idea whatsoever whether its ok, bad or really really bad. I'd really appreciate any comments...be brutal ;) Thanks!


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Microbiology Statement of Purpose [Sep. 22nd, 2008|08:13 pm]
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Hi all, this is my first foray into the world of live journal and if my at-work usage of Facebook is any indication, it too will represent a dramatic decrease in my ability to get things done.  This is my personal statement.  I will be applying for PhD programs in Microbiology and Immunology.  Any thoughts or critiques would be greatly appreciated.  Here it is.
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SOP Draft One, the first of many [Sep. 13th, 2008|09:04 pm]
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Name: Rachel
Schools: Fordham University, SUNY Stony Brook, other schools you may think would be great for British modernism
Program: English PhD

This is draft number one. I fear I may be not specific enough in my interests or why I want to work with the professor who I name. I have plenty to say about why I want to work with her and experiences I've had with her, but will that information fit? Of course, as you'll be able to decipher, this draft is for Fordham, where I'm working on my Masters. I'd love to stay there, but I can make small changes to the SOP that will make it work for other schools. It's all yours...

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Advice on a SOP for Earth and Planetary Science [May. 20th, 2008|10:59 pm]
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I applied to a few earth and planetary phd programs with this statement without any luck.  After getting over the disappointment, I have decided to give my statement a polish.  I should note that in submitted form I would include a paragraph or two tailored ( ie my specific interest in a profs research or a particular lab I am attracted to) to the program I was applying to .  Let me know what you all think, any advice is greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance. 

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Please review my sop [May. 5th, 2008|07:47 pm]
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Hi guys! I really need your help in this: 

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