Graduate School Application
Webinar on "Applying to US graduate schools in STEM fields"
On August 23,2021, Prof. Sossina Haile and Dr. Iwnetim Iwnetu Abate presented a webinar on "Applying to US graduate schools in STEM fields". Here are the slides that Prof Sossina Haile and Dr. Iwnetim Iwnetu presented during the webinar.
The video recording of the webinar can be found here.
Section 1: The Application Process
Shows that you have had research experience, participated in more than just coursework
Section 2: Identifying Programs
Section 3: Timeline for the application process
Section 4: Statement of Purpose (SOP) Samples
The SOP is where you articulate why you want to PhD at X university and why you are a good fit. The main components of an SOP are as follows. Please refer to documents at the bottom of the following list for details on the application process.
Introduction of applicant/interests and motivation.
Be practically ambitious, changing the world through research, relating your background with what you want to do in the future
Summary of undergraduate and previous career.
Talk about your research/work experience and relate that to what you want to do in PhD.
Relevance of recent and current activities; how they influenced you and what you want to study during PhD
Talk about how the institutions have the resources and the focus you need to achieve your goal. (How it is the best fit for you)
The figure below summarize how one can prepare for these exams.
Section 7: Funding your education