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I am looking for Ph.D programs in Different universities. The application process in most of universities requires 'A Statement of Research Interest'. I just want to know if this is different from reserach proposal and if so what should be the format of it? I would appreciate if someone can help me here.
this is usually a 1-3 page summary of what your interests are with regard to research. You must not consider this something that is written in stone. You are always free to change your mind, especially as you learn more. Basically, just write about the things that interest you. For example, cell biology.....perhaps you find protein secretion fascinating and you would really like to learn more about how proteins are made and shuttled out of the cell. This basic science can easily be associated with medically relevant projects such as how antibodies are made and secreted. You are also not tied to one thing. If you find several things interesting, by all means go ahead and write about them. I would suggest you keep it to no more than three as you don't want to be painted as being totally diffuse. Keep it relatively brief (1-3 pages) and include if you have had any previous research experience and how that may have shaped your interests in various topics. Be sure to write the document in such a way as that it does not exclude you from acceptance, i.e. if the dept you apply to has a strong program in virology, you don't want to be negative about virology. Also, this statement should be used by you to help narrow down schools and depts that offer projects of interest. ONE THING: don't start with the "my brother had cancer and now I want to devote myself to finding a cure" line. That is standard filler and everyone will just gloss over that. Instead, you could say that having a family member etc.. who had to deal with cancer, you learned a lot about the disease and you think that the molecular workings of cancer and tumor development are things you might be interested in. See the difference?
I have been looking for PhD programs in Europe countries. My undergraduate thesis study and master study haematology and epidemiology of thalassaemia disease. However I am deeply interested in immunology and want to pursue PhD in this field. how should I write my research interest's statement?
What facts do I need to back up my research interest
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I think it's more important that you explain how you came to be interested in the topic as well as what you've done to pursue this topic. No one really expects you to have concrete facts on your career timeline but you should show that you have more than just a shallow interest in the field.
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