Ph.D.

Statement of Purpose(Essay)

今日の朝、もう削除したと思っていた essay を見つけた。

これは、前も書いたけど、今まで勉強したこととかそういったことをアピールするいわば作文だ。

僕は専攻も大幅に変更するし、大学院では色々あったのでこれはすごく書きづらかった!

僕は特殊な例だから、載せても恥をかくだけであまり参考にもならないと思うのだけれど、まあ折角だし記念にここにアップします。


大学毎に多少変えたけど、大体は以下のような感じ。

I studied mathematics and physics when I was in undergraduate, and in graduate school, I have been doing research of ultra discrete system. Recently, I am most interested in mathematical physics, especially quantum mechanics. In the future, I want to be one of the best mathematicians in this field.

In advanced undergraduate, I mainly studied mathematics, physics, and programming. In the junior year, I had a class of Professor *****’s mathematical biology. The subject in this class included cellular automaton, chaos, and nonlinear system. I was so fascinated by this class that I was absorbed in programming, and enjoyed analyzing chaos, dynamical system, synchronization, and percolation theory. In the last year, I read a book titled “Hilbert Space and Quantum Mechanics” with Professor *****, and studied the spectral theory and its application to quantum mechanics.

In graduate school, I have mainly done a research of ultra discrete system, which is a special case of cellular automaton. The ultra discrete system is the central theme in my laboratory, but this did not interest me very much. The reason that I selected the laboratory is because I was fascinated by the simulation of cellular automaton, and wanted to make mathematical theory of it. By the end of a year, I found out that it was simply impossible, so I have been doing research on ultra discrete system instead.

Now I have interest in mathematical physics, especially in quantum mechanics, which I studied in undergraduate. I want to pursue it in Ph.D. and to work with Professor ***** in your department.

I’m confident that I can do well if I get TA-ship. I have five year’s experience of teaching mathematics to high school students in a cramming school in Japan. Although I am the youngest among the teachers, I have been teaching the most advanced classes, and I am always one of the best in teaching evaluation. Also, I am confident that I will be fluent in speaking English very soon once I get there. I have been studying English so hard ever since I decided to study abroad, that my TOEFL score went up more than 20 points in a year. My present English skill is not perfect, but I am sure that I will be able to improve it much more by September.

I am highly desirous of the opportunity to do research at your university. I am hoping that you will give my application favorable consideration.


今見返しても、なーんかビビョーであんまし力のない essay だけど、でも当時の状況を考えるとこれが精一杯かなという気もします。

難しい表現を使わずに平易な英語で書いたのはやっぱし正解だったかなあと思います。


***追記(2019年2月)***

このページ、結構アクセスがあったので念のため補足します。

今読み返してみると、この essay は相当出来が悪いです。(英語は当然としても)書いている内容も全然ダメです!なので、テンプレート代わりにしないことを強く勧めます!

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