If you’re applying to a competitive PhD program (and really, which PhD programs aren’t competitive??), then you’ll want to read Plotting Your Way to a PhD: 6 Topics in PhD Admissions, our new special report geared specifically towards PhD applicants looking to map their way to their top choice PhD program.
The report is divided into six sections, each one covering a different topic in PhD admissions. The following excerpt is from the final chapter in the report, Minimizing Technical Jargon in SOPs:
Frequently, applicants in STEM fields are working on projects that are quite technical in nature. Field-specific jargon might show that you know the language of your field—which is important—but using too much of it can also make your SOP very hard to read. Aim for the middle road: you want to demonstrate your knowledge, but you also want to make your project accessible to readers outside your immediate area of specialization, and you need to be able to explain IN PLAIN ENGLISH why your work is important.
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