Anything thatcan give reviewersa sense ofyou as
a person belongs here; you can repeat information
about your experiences in your research statement
but any experiences that show your promise,init
iative.and ability to persevere despite obstacles
belongs here.This is also a good place to displa
y your communication skills and discuss your abili
ty to maximize effective collaboration with a dive
rse cross-section of the academic.community.I yo
u have faced any obstacles or barriers in your edu
cation,sharing those experiences serves both for
the selection process,and for your nomination for
fellowships.Ifone partofyouracademic record
is not ideal,due to challenges you faced in that
particular area,this is where you can explain tha
t,and direct reviewers' attention to the evidenc
e of your promise for higher education.
1.Part1Introduce yourself.your interests and m
Tell them what you're interested in.and perhaps.
what sparked your desire for graduate study This
should be short and to the point; don't spend a
great deal of time on autobiography.
2. Part 2 Summarize your undergraduate and previou
s graduate career
a) Research you conducted.Indicate with whom,the
itlel of the project,what your responsibilities
were,and the outcome.Write technically,or ir ith
e style of your discipline.Professors are the peo
ple who read these statements.
b) lmportant paper or thesis project you completed
,as well as anything scholarly beyond your curric
ular requ irements.
c) Work experience,especally ifyou had any kind
of responsibility for testing,designing.researc
hing or interning in an area similar towhatyou w
ish to studyin graduate school.
3. Part 3 Discuss the relevance of your recent and
Ifyou graduated and worked prior to returning to
grad school,indicate what you've been doing: com
pany or non-profit,your work/design team,respons
ibilities,what you learned.You can also indicate
here how this helped you focus your graduate stud
4. Part 4: Elaborate on your academic interests
Here you indicate what you would like to study in
graduate school in enough detail to convince the f
aculty thatyou understand the scope ofresearch i
n their discipline,and are engaged with currentr
a) Indicate the area of your interests.ldeally,p
ose a question,define a problem,or indicate a th
eme that you would like to address,and questions
that arise from contemporary research .This should
be an ample paragraph!
b) Look on the web for information about departmen
ts you're interested in.including professors and
their research Are there professors whose resear
ch interests parallel yours? If so,indicate this.
Check the specific program; many may require you
to name a professor or professors with whom you mi
c) End your statement in a positive manner,indica
ting your excitement and readiness for the challen
ges ahead of you.