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Rearch Capability - How? when there has been virtually no... [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2006, 23:27
Hi everyone,

This is tin tin writing, in :roll: . This forum has become one of my favorite and most inspiring places to visit ever since day one of preparation for the test in Nov. Have not come across specific threads on this topic, I am trying to raise my hands to see if there is any answer to the question.

Briefly: My mind has been set to go for a PhD three years ago while it is a shame that so far i have no project/paper to account for, in terms of research experience. Have been working for the past six years in industory after getting a master degree.

Wondering if there is anything I should/can put in SOP/PS to convince the admission committe that I am capable of (independent) research? If any, is there a way to convince people that I can, even there is hardly any established "emprical" evidence, accomplish the goals of a doctorate program?

I appreciate any of your insight and help. :idea: :idea: :idea:

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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2006, 01:26
Welcome!

What Master degree did you get?
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2006, 05:04
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Welcome!

What Master degree did you get?


Accountancy.

Thank you. It is always nice to swing by the Club.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2006, 22:08
Is your Master by research or coursework? Have you ever assisted a prof in a research project? Have you taken any research-based modules (e.g. research methodology, etc)?

Also, which schools are you targeting? Look at the profiles of their current students. Do they have publications before they joined the program?

Having some formal research experiences or publications would help to positive differentiate you from the other applications. However, not having these may not necessarily write you off. At least you have a Master degree - that should strengthen your app somewhat. For me, I have no master, no publication, no strong research experience....
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2006, 22:31
That sounds encouraging! Already.

Well, my master program is on course-base and everyone's (including professors) target was to get through the CPA exam :wink:

tkkoh, how do you convince schools that you are the one for their phd research program then? anything specifically inspiring you wanna share?

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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2006, 23:16
I don't know how well I have convinced the schools - will only know next March/April.

But on my part, I zoomed in on research fit, attitude (motivated, determined, etc.) and apptitude (academic achievements, abilities). (Those who have read my essay said that it is "strong".) My recommenders helped with the latter 2 items.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2006, 16:20
tkkoh,

Good shots - Thank you for sharing :o

The Best of Luck to you :-D Please keep us posted with your progress. I'll be taking Gmat in two weeks before a full speed catch-up with the app package. Hopefully it won't be too late. Will come in and post my bits here :roll:
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Took GMAT on Friday; the result is 750. Next step: application package.
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Congrats! With that GMAT + your strong quant background, I think you have a strong profile. You have about 1 to 2 more months for the app. Maybe you want to quickly connect with your recommenders, if you haven't.

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2006, 17:42
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Thank you and look forward to your share of progress there.
Indeed, I am emailing the test results to my recommenders.
Have a great weekend!
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