Sample Statement of Purpose

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dasgut
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Sample Statement of Purpose

Postby dasgut » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:29 am

Anyone know of any good sample statements of purpose? Anyone willing to share their SOP?

dasgut
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Re: Sample Statement of Purpose

Postby dasgut » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:53 am

On another note, how important is the SOP in math and stat admissions?


owlpride
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Re: Sample Statement of Purpose

Postby owlpride » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:18 pm

For a traditional math grad school applicant (i.e. straight out of college with a strong undergraduate math background), the SOP probably doesn't matter much. All of the professors I have talked to said that pay barely any attention to SOPs at all because they all read alike. I imagine that the SOP is more important for applicants from a non-traditional background.

That being said, I took care to customize my SOP for every graduate program. For example, the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook is rumored to have fellowships for incoming graduate students, so I was going to apply as a prospective geometer rather than a topologist. For departments with VIGRE grants, I expressed an explicit interest in working with undergrads. And so on and so forth.




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