9 Choosing Your Recommenders How familiar are they with your work? With you?Are they invested in you as a student?Will they write you a strong letter?Are they well-connected?Can they open doors for you?
12 Statement of Purpose Things to Consider: Field of Study Page LimitationAesthetic ValueAcademeseHonestyWHAT do you want to do?WHY do you want to do it?WHY are you a good FIT?Field of StudyDissertation IdeasFacultyPrograms, Seminars, or CentersExperiencesGoalsResponsibilities as a graduate studentExpertiseExperiences that scaffold why you’re pursuing this field
13 Words of Advice“Remember your statement of purpose should portray you as (1) passionately interested in the field; (2) intelligent; (3) well-prepared academically and personally; (4) able to take on the challenges of grad school; (5) able to have rapport with professors and fellow grad students — in other words, collegial; (6) able to finish the graduate degree in a timely fashion; and (7) a potentially outstanding representative of that grad school in your future career.” –University of Northern Iowa
14 Ideal Organization Adopted from V.Gotera (UNI) (1) passionate hook;(2) segué to your background in the field;(3) specific classes by title and professors you have had (especially if well-known in the field);(4) related extracurricular activities (especially if they hint at some personal quality you want to convey);(5) any publications or other professional accomplishments in the field (perhaps conference presentations or public readings);(6) explanations about problems in your background (if needed);(7) why you have chosen this grad school (name one or two professors and what you know of their specific areas or some feature of the program which specifically attracts you).
16 Let’s Get Personal WHO are you? HOW have you become this person? HOW have your experiences molded this identity?HOW does this identity FIT with the school?HOW does this identity contribute to the school?ConciseExplanatoryNot saccharine sweet
18 Writing Sample Do’s: Don’ts Field & Subject Specific Know Your AudienceHave Several Versions (10pg, 15pg, 20pg)Conform to Style/Field RestrictionsEdit, Review, & ShareCitations & ReferencesDon’tsBe ControversialBe Arrogant/FacetiousBe Off-topicMake AssumptionsSend more than requested
20 Relevant Work Experience Publications Presentations Languages EducationAwards/HonorsResearch ExperienceRelevant Work ExperiencePublicationsPresentationsLanguagesResearch InterestsCVMost professional CV’s include the following: