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statement of purpose

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:50 am
by ray-happy
Hi, could anyone recommend me some website which have sample statements, in particualr for physics school? does anybody have a list criterion for a strong statement? I really have no idea what i should write and what to avoid, please help, really appreciate!

Personal Statement Article

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:49 am
by Grant
Hi ray-happy,

This might be worth a read:

There aren't examples of personal statements in the article, but hopefully the article has pretty good advice:)

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 7:03 pm
by ray-happy
thanks, Grant, that really helps, although a sample essay may help further.

I do have another question to ask for help. I'm wondering whether a detailed research proposal would help, either as part of my statement of purpose or as a separate sheet? also, should an applicant try to approach his potential supervisor? I'm worrying a famous professor might take this as a harassment.
thanks again,