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SOP FOR IMMUNOLOGY

| Sample SOP for Immunology- This a Statement of Purpose of a student who got admitted to Harvard for the Masters in Immunology program. |
Sample SOP for Immunology

FIRST DRAFT of the SOP given by the Student:Sample SOP for Immunology

I was just 5 years old when my school taught us about sharing and how it made everyone happy. I decided to put it to use immediately and went to my grandmother with a chocolate. I offered her half the chocolate but to my surprise she turned it down. As a child, the fact that someone could refuse chocolate was enough to drive me crazy. But then she explained to me that she had an illness called diabetes and because of this she could not eat any sweets. This is when I began to notice that she did some very strange things. While the very thought of needles and injections would fill me with dread, she would prick her finger on a “machine” and often go to the hospital to take injections of “medicine”. This made me feel very sorry for her and made me think that maybe such medications could be given in different ways without causing so much discomfort to the patients. Although I did not know it, this would be the main reason for me to enter into the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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FINAL DRAFT of the SOP created by the Counsellor:Sample SOP for Immunology

As I listlessly laid down on the hospital bed after being diagnosed with dengue, my mind was plagued with defeating thoughts of no treatment for this illness. The death toll due to dengue in Mumbai was on the rise as this deadly disease was caused by not one but four individual viruses that made the development of vaccines and medicines a herculean task. As my platelet count dropped to life-threateningly low of 30 thousand, I resolved in my heart to fight back to life and find fundamental solutions for terminal diseases such as this. My career goal is to use my knowledge and expertise to improve treatment for epidemics like dengue, Ebola and diseases like AIDS that cause the entire world to panic. To this end, I wish to pursue Masters in Microbiology and Immunology from prestigious Johns Hopkins University. Sample SOP for Immunology

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SOP FOR MS IN CS

| Sample SOP for CS- This a Statement of Purpose of a student who got admitted to New York University Tandon School of Engineering for the Masters in CS program. |
Sample SOP for MS in CS

FIRST DRAFT of the SOP given by the Student:Sample SOP for MS in CS

The fruits of technological advances are conspicuously manifested into a cell phone in every pocket and a computer in every backpack but what’s less noticeable is the information that’s being generated along with these advances. With the huge amount of data being accumulated by the day, we can very well justify that we are living in a data-driven era and every day we face a data related problem. Just like every single thing in this universe has been bitten by the bug called evolution so has data, from being measured in bits and bytes the term of measurement has undergone a metamorphosis to an extent that we have units like petabytes and exabytes to measure the tidal wave of data being generated which can also be called as the Big data. I have been fascinated with the concept information and data ever since I played Scotlandyard. This game is all about finding the location of Mr. X, you need to work with all the pieces of information in your hand in such a way that when all the pieces come together they fit perfectly to solve the puzzle. This generated a sense of thrill in me with all the iterative trial and error methodologies, if I went wrong I would spend the entire day thinking about how I went wrong and how close I was to finding Mr. X. This made me realize that every data has the potential to reveal secrets if only we were willing to listen to it. Sample SOP for MS in CS

Today when I look back I realize that Scotlandyard is nothing but an analytical puzzle masquerading as a board game. Being curious and analytical by nature choosing Data Science as a major came naturally to me. As one chapter of my education ends and I open the door towards another I don’t see a destination as apt as your university to hone my analytical skills and broaden the horizons of my knowledge by giving me a more competitive and global platform (environment). I want to completely surrender myself to the field of Data science as data for me is a maze of information, and, I would like to apply my curious and perceptive acumen to scurry my way out from the redundant data towards the required information; Curiosity killed the cat! They say, but I think I’ll survive as my undergraduate education has laid a firm foundation to overcome the challenges I might face in my educational voyage. Sample SOP for MS in CS

As an undergraduate student I excelled in subjects like Data Structures and Algorithms, Data Mining and Business Intelligence, Database management, Advanced Database management and math scoring an average of 8/10 in all of these subjects. I have also obtained an award for scoring an absolute 10/10 in the subject of mathematics. These were the subjects that especially stimulated my interest in Data science as the practical sessions conducted for these courses awarded me the freedom to apply my logical skills and developed my aptitude towards analyzing a problem. These subjects also enhanced my programming skills in languages such as C, C++ and Java to an extent where I could create my own algorithms to find my way out of a problem definition, this is the part I enjoyed the most as I had to look into various facets and delve into various perceptions to come up with an optimal solution. Besides the practicals, the theoretical part initiated various concepts relating to storage and retrieval of huge amounts of data from a data warehouse as well as the operations that can be performed on them; these concepts intrigued me and acted as a strong driver for research on Data science as a subject. I deeply enjoyed the nature of these subjects as you just have to play around with a given set of information and that inculcated in me an enhanced reasoning expertise as well as a thorough understanding of how to work with data and garner knowledge from the vast spread of information. In addition to the skills conceived in me I developed a strong sense of appreciation towards the wide scope of Data Science as a subject stretching from business to healthcare and the infinite opportunities of further studies that it is going to provide me. Sample SOP for MS in CS

The seesaw of my educational career has been perfectly balanced with the right amount of extra curricular activities and project works along with my academics. I have had the opportunity to broaden my ken of knowledge and expertise through various projects during my undergraduate course. These projects helped me achieve a practical view of the theoretical subjects. I have been fortunate to be a part of projects in subjects like; Database management system where me and my group developed a database of a Drugstore storing the names of various drugstores along with the names of all kinds of drugs and their prices using the MySql database and fired queries to obtain relevant information, the fired queries had to deal with various constraints and accordingly give a relevant output. We also had computer graphics as a subject where me and my group developed an animated cartoon character that sat on a bench eating a doughnut and sipping a soda, this project was developed using blender which was a new software to us altogether. I also had web programming as one of the subjects in my undergraduate course and here we had a project to build a website so my group decided to build a website emulating Indian Tourism, we used languages like HTML, Css, Javascript, Jquery, we also used databases to transform the project into a dynamic website. All the above projects were very well received by the respective teachers. Currently I am working on my final year project which is 3D geometry using augmented reality; here we wish to implement an android application for teaching students 3D geometry using software like Unity 3D and Vuforia. My projects show diversity in their domain but they are all connected to each other with the fine thread of thirst for knowledge. These projects have instilled in me a strong sense of team spirit and helped me balance my temperament while working with different kinds of people. Apart from the academic perspective the projects have developed my understanding of the industrial world and helped me rank myself based on my skills and recognize my weak links. Sample SOP for MS in CS

I have made a genuine effort to break through the walls of the classroom and experience the outside world by taking part in extra-curricular activities as well as social services. I took part in the inter department dance competition held by my college; it was a group event and my group stood 6th in the entire college. I have also been actively involved in my college fest TRINITY as a creatives team member and was selected as the creatives team head the following year because of my innovative ideas and diligence towards the fest. Being a part of the fest instilled in me a sense of responsibility, it pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me tackle complex situations. It also developed my leadership skills as being the head I had to lead the team, motivate them and nurture their minds into thinking creatively. I even volunteered to celebrate republic day at an orphanage as a part of a NSS task, here I interacted with many orphan kids; we spent an entire day with the kids and played a lot of games together. This volunteering work developed my communication skills as I had to deal with kids having different frequency and also enhanced my confidence among people. I also volunteered for the clean the beach drive which made me recognize my responsibility towards the community. All these new experiences have shaped me in some way or the other and have made me strong to live up to the challenges of the new environment that I am heading towards. Sample SOP for MS in CS

Just like Martin Luther, I have a dream, to work in companies like Google, Facebook , Paypal where I would get a chance to work with one of the best data scientists and hone my analytical skills. Then I plan to apply that knowledge to the data science industry in my native country, where tough the hype about the industry is prevalent but the actual implementation is still in its nurturing stage. The only thing that could bridge the gap between my skills and my dream is your university, because I believe your university could award me with the power to carry forward this data driven era and highlight my native country as one of the leading data science industries in the world. As the university adorns me with knowledge and shapes me into a fine structure I would definitely like to give back to the university by actively participating in research works that would bring credibility to the institution as well as adorn other students with the skill sets I have gained, keeping the pyre of education burning through eternity. Sample SOP for MS in CS

FINAL DRAFT of the SOP created by the Counsellor:Sample SOP for MS in CS

“My life is better…. I bought a cow and used the remaining money to pay bail for my brother-in-law”, said Maureen, a 19-year old mother of one, when the GiveDirectly team followed up with her. Maureen is just one of the several thousands of people whose life was touched by GiveDirectly, a non-profit organization that uses mobile devices to transfer cash to low-income families in certain parts of Africa. The data scientists working at GiveDirectly used a completely novel approach comprising of four steps- Target, Audit, Transfer, and Monitor to facilitate this gracious endeavour. The colour of the roof acted as a parameter as they had already concluded that people with metal roofs were well to do as compared to people with thatched roofs. Using Google Maps, they would identify the location of a thatched roofed house. Then, the located house goes through an algorithmic image verification process to determine the level of poverty. Once the house has been identified as a genuinely intended beneficiary, the recipients obtain an SMS alert, post which they collect their money from the nearest mobile money agent. Finally, the recipients are monitored for successful delivery. The ingenious approach helped GiveDirectly eliminate manual inspection costs and help more families in need. A family in financial crisis could easily get money in an average of 32 minutes. Sample SOP for MS in CS

Reading about such interesting applications was when my fascination with the concept of data burgeoned. ‘If you torture the data long enough, it will confess’- I realized how true this statement of Ronald Coase was. With respect to making a wholesome career in this field, I intend on enrolling for the Master’s program in Computer Science at Stony Brook University. Graduating with a strong technical background after my Masters, I wish to establish myself as a competent Data Scientist, working with companies like Paypal, Facebook and Alphabet. In the long run, I intend to leverage the expertise gained through such impactful professional experiences to provide consultancy services to altruistic ventures like GiveDirectly that are working to make a difference in the lives of people in developing countries. Sample SOP for MS in CS

My undergraduate degree provided exposure to a multifaceted curriculum, thus laying a sound foundation for my plans for graduate studies. I gained in-depth awareness about concepts in calculus and statistical analysis through multiple courses in Applied Mathematics. Also, the courses in Data Structures and Algorithms, and Data Mining and Business Intelligence introduced me to different techniques for conducting searches, pre-processing data, as well as using clustering, classification and regression algorithms. In addition, the courses related to database management helped me gain knowledge about the nuances involved in storage and retrieval of copious amounts of data and normalizing it. Particularly significant was the course in Artificial Intelligence during which I learnt how to impart human-like thinking and decision-making capabilities to artificial agents through the use of techniques like partial order planning, forward and backward chaining, as well as search techniques like hill climbing, A* and simulated annealing. During the tenure of my undergraduate studies, I gained expertise in programming with C, C++, Java, and MATLAB and also actively participated in coding competitions on CodeChef and Hackerrank platforms. Having completed courses on Python and R programming at Coursera, I am currently pursuing an Oracle certification course on Advanced and Core Java to update my programming skills.

With my growing interest in the field of data science, I ventured into writing a Review paper on Security Intelligence with Big Data Analytics. The paper dealt with the working of Big Data Analytics and its usefulness in enterprise security by describing various intelligent software for security, and then preparing a comparative study on the two most widely used software developed by IBM called the IBM QRadar and RSA. The paper’s main aim was to describe how Big Data Analytics helps track the anomaly in operations performed on a company’s data to identify a potential intruder, even though the pattern of the anomaly might be alien in terms of previous records. The paper has been accepted for publication by the International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer and Communication Engineering. Sample SOP for MS in CS

Projects during the undergraduate program served to broaden my domain knowledge through application of classroom concepts. One of them involved developing an aggregator website for pharmacies which enabled a user to locate the nearest and cheapest drugstore, check the available medications and their prices, and place orders. The database for the project was developed in MySql, and the front-end was designed using HTML and CSS. This project gave me my first brush with database functionalities and enhanced my skills in operations relating to databases. Sample SOP for CS

Currently, I am working on my senior year project titled ‘3D Geometry using Augmented Reality’ which aims to develop an Android teaching-aid application using the Unity 3D and Vuforia software. The application will scan a drawing of a 3D figure that will act as a marker. This figure will get augmented on the screen and will provide the user with various functions to perform on the figure to develop a better understanding of the figure. The application also provides real-time videos and test series to evaluate an individual’s performance.

To develop a well-rounded personality, I actively engaged in various extra-curricular activities. I was a part of the inter-department dance competition held during my college festival ‘TRINITY’, a group event where we were awarded the 4th place in the entire college. Due to my innovative thought-process and technical skills, I managed to get selected as Head of the 50-member Creative Team for TRINITY where I was involved in developing the festival website. Through my creative inputs regarding website graphics, we were able to attract significant online traffic and registrations. As part of the National Service Scheme, I have organized several beach cleaning drives, blood donation campaigns, and campaigns to spread literacy among underprivileged children. Rewarding experiences such as these helped to develop my team and leadership skills, and the abilities to convincingly negotiate, resolve conflicts, and empathize with people. Sample SOP for MS in CS

At this stage, I believe pursuing a Master’s degree with focus on Data Science would catalyze my career progress, and the program offered at the Stony Brook University is perfectly tailored to my needs. I look forward to gaining a competitive edge through deepening my understanding of various statistical and analytical techniques and upgrading my technical skills through the well-structured curriculum. I am excited at the prospect of learning under erudite faculty like Professor Steven Skiena, whose numerous projects and research in the field of Sentiment, Text and Data Analysis has left me fascinated. Given a chance, I would hope to involve myself in his ongoing research endeavours. The excellent research facilities like the Data Science Lab would facilitate my research pursuits in my fields of interest like Data Mining, Data Analysis and Big Data. I look forward to mutually benefitting interactions with peers from culturally diverse backgrounds that would serve to broaden my perspective. Sample SOP for MS in CS

I hope the Admissions Committee recognizes my drive to excel in my academic and professional undertakings and issues an affirmative response. The honour of being associated with such an esteemed institution would be an additional motivation as I move towards realization of my ambitions. Sample SOP for MS in CS

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How to write a SOP

HOW TO WRITE A SOP

The Statement of Purpose is by far the most important document you will write for your study abroad application and therefore it is necessary for you to know the structure and learn some tips regarding-How to write a SOP. The Statement of Purpose, as the name suggests, requires you to state your ‘purpose’; in other words your ‘motivation’ behind attending a particular graduate programme. It’s absolutely necessary as well as crucial for you to come up with an original and exciting story which the committee hasn’t heard before. Your ‘task’ is to write an essay which is not just an engaging read but also include interesting facts that makes you come across as someone unique and exclusive. Usually, it takes approximately one to two months to write your SOP with an ideal length of 750 to 1000 words. How to write a SOP

What should your SOP comprise and what exactly is the admissions committee looking for?

  • Inclination to pursue Masters in the chosen discipline.
  • Aptitude for the course. How to write a SOP
  • Academically equipped for the course. How to write a SOP
  • What have you done so far that is in resonance with the course applied for?
  • Why do you want to pursue MS? How to write a SOP
  • Clearly laid out career plan — at least the short term goals.
  • Not just academic and technical capabilities but also mental preparedness for the rigors of the graduate programme.
  • Why this university? How to write a SOP
  • Why you? How will you enrich and positively impact the student bodies at the university with your talent and skill sets?
  • How you fit into the university’s expectation and that you will go on to become a good brand ambassador for the university

So, what should be the structure of an SOP?

  1. Introduction How to write a SOP

Here are a few suggestions for writing an appealing introduction:

  • Start with a global issue or ecological concern, which everyone can relate to and immediately connect with.
  • Begin your essay with a pressing social issue that has affected you personally and how you are determined to use your expertise to work for the realization of a social cause.
  • You can start with recent breakthroughs in the field you wish to pursue your graduate studies in and how those innovations have taken the world by storm.
  • You can also begin your introduction by writing an interesting anecdote as a preface to your passion and motivation for your choosing a particular field of study.
  1. Academic overview

Apart from being short and crisp, your academic information should convince the committee of your relevant academic background. This paragraph should demonstrate that your undergraduate education has effectively laid a firm foundation for your Masters and is in sync with your intended Masters. You must also talk about the specific subjects that are in tune with the academic requirements of your proposed Masters programme. If you have fared exceptionally well in any subject or course, it is worth mentioning it. If you’re seeking an IT or technology related course, highlight your proficiency in coding and programming.

  1. Projects and paper overview How to write a SOP

Your projects, internships and work experience together have to demonstrate your preparedness for the program and establish your long-term interest in the intended field of study. This makes it imperative to highlight all relevant skill-sets and experience, which qualify you for the proposed field of study. When describing your project,  try and include aspects which enhance your qualities, without making it sound overly technical.

  1. Work experience overview How to write a SOP

When describing your internship and work experience, you must talk about your roles and responsibilities, skills applied, skill-sets acquired, hands-on experience gained, experience in specific areas, accolades and recognition received as well as key leanings.

  1. Extracurricular overview

While speaking about your extracurricular participation, you must highlight your proactive engagement in the University committees, project competitions, robotics, orchestra/band/ choir, sports, dramatics and debates, music/literature/arts, community service initiatives, leadership initiatives. This will make the admission committee believe that you are not just proficient in academics but are also vested in creating a holistically developed personality.

  1. University-specific overview

Curriculum, infrastructure, faculty, student bodies, international community, location, research opportunities and USP of the college are the factors you must focus on while writing your college specific paragraph.

  1. Conclusion How to write a SOP

 It is important to convince the committee that you have carefully considered all aspects and done an extensive research before choosing this school over hundreds of choices available.

Please note that plagiarism is a serious concern and make sure that you do not indulge in this practice at any cost. Every college has plagiarism software, and you will get caught easily. Academic integrity is a vital part of the US education system and plagiarism is strictly prohibited in all the US universities. Indulging in plagiarism while editing SOPs/writing introduction for students can adversely affect their chances of getting into any US university.

PERSONAL STATEMENT VS STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

PERSONAL STATEMENT VS STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

|PERSONAL STATEMENT VS STATEMENT OF PURPOSE- This article is about personal statement vs statement of purpose, a crucial thing to remember during applications.|

To prove worthy of the desired program you wish to attend in the coveted college of your dreams and sound unique and exclusive at the same time is a daunting task. While SOP may fulfill the former requirement, personal statement creates the stage for the latter. Not every college will ask you to furnish both SOP and personal statement and in case they ask you to, please do not confuse one with the other and land up writing a confusing document that diminishes your chances of approval by the admission committee. Personal statement and statement of purpose may sound like the same, but there a few underlying differences involved. PERSONAL STATEMENT VS STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Read More

Sample SOP for MIS

SAMPLE SOP FOR MIS

| Sample SOP for MIS – This a Statement of Purpose of a student who got admitted to TAMU for the Masters in MIS program. |

The volume and diversity of data being captured by companies today is staggering. The abundance of data, coupled with the unavailability of powerful data analysis tools, has given rise to a “data rich but information poor” phenomenon. The widening gap between data and information has generated an urgent need for new techniques which will turn these vast amounts of data into “golden nuggets” of knowledge. This realization, spawned from four years of undergraduate studies, has motivated me to work towards becoming a veteran in the field of Information Technology. To this end, I look forward to pursuing a Master in Information Systems Management (MIS) at the Texas A&M University.

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material science sop

MATERIAL SCIENCE SOP

“My philosophy all my life has been the pursuit of excellence”. – John Kluge.

I share Mr. Kluge’s approach towards life. As an individual, I have always undertaken each and every endeavor with a sense of passion and commitment. I have been brought up to respect an individual based on his knowledge rather than his wealth. These moral values that have been instilled in me by my parents, will hold me in good stead in the years to come. These intellectual skills are the single driving force behind my zeal to study Material Science. The urge to learn more and contribute to the field of Material Science has driven the course of my academic career for all these years, including my current decision to pursue graduate study.

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Sample SOP for MS Financial Engineering

SAMPLE SOP FOR MS FINANCIAL ENGINEERING

| Sample SOP for MS Financial Engineering – This a Statement of Purpose of a student who got admitted to Columbia University for the Masters in Financial Engineering (FE) program. |

Over the last few decades, the landscape of the financial industry has transformed at a persistently rapid rate. The world as we know it has changed dramatically on account of the technology boom and the financial industry has been, in my opinion, the biggest beneficiary of this boom. Gone are the days when human intuition played the key differentiating factor in investment decisions. Algorithmic trading now comprises roughly one-third of total volume traded on many mature derivative exchanges. Today’s financial markets rely on innovative models and advanced quantitative techniques and strategies, executed by computer programs, for value creation. I witnessed this first hand during the two 10-week online courses, “Introduction to Finance” and “Computational finance and Financial Econometrics”, I took via the free online educational website, Coursera. These courses provided me with introductory knowledge on financial instruments, time series concepts, AR(1) and MA(1) models, Monte Carlo Simulation, Markowitz algorithm, and how to use the statistical programming language R for financial applications. Intrigued by the subject matter and realizing my aptitude for the same, I am eager to expand the knowledge I attained during these courses and pursue more a rigorous and thorough education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering at Columbia University.

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chemical engineering sop

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SOP

Working as a Research Associate with Avalon Global Research since the past six months has opened my eyes to the potential opportunities available in design and upgradation of plants. During my tenure, I have completed technical research driven projects for chemical and mining sector conglomerates such as Shell, RioTinto, Dow etc.  These projects dealt with identifying new technologies, techno-commercial analysis, develop criteria for selection of technology and elimination of non-optimal processes, etc. I realized that the potential scope for an engineering consultant tackling these issues is immense. To be an engineering consultant, I require an in-depth knowledge of process control, thermodynamics, transport operations, computer-aided design and reaction kinetics. Hence, I look forward to pursuing a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.

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Sample SOP for Biomedical Sciences

SAMPLE SOP FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

| Sample SOP for Biomedical Sciences- This is a Statement of Purpose of a student who got admitted to USC for the Masters in Biomedical Sciences program. |
Sample SOP for Biomedical Sciences
As I went up on stage to collect my award of merit on graduation day, amidst the loud clamor of applause, the Principal of my high school asked, “What do you see yourself as in the future?” I replied firmly, saying “Scientist”. When asked today, I stand by my statement. The past four years as a student of Pharmacy have only reiterated my desire to pursue a career in research. The idea of delving into the unknown has always enticed me. It is my passion for Human Anatomy, Pharmacology, and the Biochemistry that continues to propel me to the field of research. In this regard, I wish to pursue a PhD in the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences with advanced concentration in Physiology and Pharmacology, focusing on Neurobiology and CNS Disorders.
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