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Writing a personal statement

  1. 1. Writing A Personal Statement
  2. 2. http://www.princetonreview.com/grad/statement-of-purpose.aspx
  3. 3. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/642/01/
  4. 4. Dr. Simon Blakey’s Advice• Discuss research experience, expectations, career goals• State who you would like to work for and display an aptitude for the type of research taking place at the university• Display a passion for science and a vision for where you see the field progressing over the next couple of years• Show how past experiences have driven their personal goals and how those experiences will help in graduate school• DO NOT include personal hardships• DO NOT make general statements
  5. 5. Research Summary vs Personal Statement• Research Summary – Detailed scientific accomplishments• Personal Statement – Educational scientific experience – College experiences – How your interest in science began
  6. 6. Northwestern University UC Berkeley
  7. 7. UNCEmory

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