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What should an applicant include in their Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose?

Evidence that the applicant understands what a graduate degree will entail and that their career plans fit with the degree they plan to attain.

Hands – on lab experience and a passion for research.

Evidence for transferable skills such as time management, teamwork / collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, mentorship.

Success in research – which can be demonstrated by highlighting awards, scholarships, presentations and publications.

Ability to clearly describe a research project including background hypothesis, experimental design and outcome / impact.

Evidence that the candidate has thought deeply and carefully about our program and what we can offer them.

An idea of what the applicant will bring to our program and community.