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Naming another school on your statement of purpose

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:50 pm
by StewieVader
Sorry if this post comes across as a bit silly, but I'm applying to a school which has a dedicated lab run jointly with another school. Is it okay if I name both the schools on my statement of purpose?

For example, I'm applying to schools X and Y which run a research lab together. So would it be okay, if I write, "I really want to come to school X because of the awesome X-Y lab for blahblahblah" and something similar for Y? Or should I just say I want to come to this school because of the awesome lab run by X without naming the other school?

Re: Naming another school on your statement of purpose

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:42 am
by TakeruK
See how the School X department website and how the lab's website refers to its affiliation. If everything always say the "X-Y Lab of ZZZ" then call it that, or say that it's a joint lab. If School X exclusively refers to the lab as belonging to X, then you might not have to mention Y. If in doubt, probably just mention both. I only mention this because sometimes there are lots of schools mentioned by a lab but they don't really "run" it! (i.e. if you wouldn't really work with any faculty from Y if you worked at that lab, then don't mention it in your school Y app)