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Cientifico Latino Guides

What are they? How do I apply?

Written 2020 by Yessica Santana

Everything you need to know to start applying to STEM graduate school programs.

 

Written in 2020 by George Iskander

What is it and how to write one?

Written 2017 by Marisa Rubio, PhD

 

Graduate School Personal Statements

STEM Graduate School Personal Statements

Biochemistry

CELL BIOLOGY

Sample #1
Written in 2012 - Yale University Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ph.D. program

BIOSCIENCES

Sample #1
Written in 2016 - Rockefeller University Biosciences Ph.D. program

Sample #2 

Written in 2017 - Georgia Tech Quantitative Biosciences Ph.D. program

Sample #1
Written in 2015 - Yale University Molecular, Cell Biology, Genetics Ph.D. program

Sample #2
Written in 2016- Yale University Molecular, Cell Biology, Genetics Ph.D. program

 

Sample #3, Research Statement
Written in 2018 - UChicago Development, Regeneration and Stem Cell Biology Ph.D. program

ecology & Evolutionary biology

Sample #1
Written in 2019 - University of  Michigan Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. Program

Sample #3
Written in 2016 - University of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences

Sample #4, Research Statement
Written in 2016 - University of California at San Francisco Tetrad Graduate Program

GEOLOGY

Biophysics

Sample #1
Written in 2019 - University of Wisconsin at Madison Biophysics Graduate Degree Program

Sample #1

Written in 2019 - Missouri University Geology and Geophysics Masters program

MICROBIOLOGY

Sample #1
Written in 2019 - Yale University Microbiology Ph.D. program

NEUROSCIENCE

Sample #1Breakdown
Written in 2013 - Georgetown Neuroscience Ph.D. program

Sample #2
Written in 2017 - Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Ph.D. program

Sample #3
Written in 2019 - Boston University Graduate Program in Neuroscience

See also Sample #1 under Biosciences

PSYCHOLOGY

Sample #1
Written in 2016 - Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program

PUBLIC HEALTH

Sample #1
Written in 2019 - University of  Louisville MPH

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Sample #1

Written in 2019 - Emory University Neuroscience Ph.D. program

Sample #2

Written in 2019 - Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering  Ph.D. program

 

STEM Summer Research Program Statements

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Sample #1
Written by Kenyon College undergraduate 

Sample #2

Written by Yale University undergraduate

 

Sample #3

Written by Yale University undergraduate

ASTROPHYSICS

Sample #1
Written by Yale University undergraduate

BIOengineering

Sample #1
Written by University of Georgia undergraduate

 

Sample Graduate School Application CVs

Sample #1
Written in 2012 - Yale University Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ph.D. program

Sample #3
Written in 2019 - Old Dominion University Biophysics Ph.D. program

Sample #5

Written in 2019 - University of  Pittsburgh Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. program

Sample #2
Written in 2016 - Rockefeller University Biosciences Ph.D. program

Sample #4

Written in 2019 -  Boston University Graduate Program in Neuroscience

 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Personal Statements

Sample #1
Written in 2015 - Yale University Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ph.D. program

Sample #2

Written in 2017 - Yale University Molecular, Cell Biology, Genetics Ph.D. program

Sample #3

Written in 2015 - Yale University Neuroscience Ph.D. program

Sample #4

Written in 2014- Yale University Neuroscience Ph.D. program

Sample #5

Written in 2019 - Yale University Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ph.D. program

Sample #6

Written in 2018 - 2nd year at Rockefeller University Biosciences Ph.D. program

Sample #7

Written in 2017 - 1st year at Oregon State University Microbiology Ph.D. program

Sample #8
Written in 2014 - Senior Undergraduate at New Mexico State University, applying to Rice University Electrical Engineering Ph.D. program (
Reviewer Feedback)

Research PROPOSAL

Biochemistry Sample #1
Written in 2014 - Yale University Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ph.D. program

Biochemistry Sample #2

Written in 2017- UC Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology Ph.D. program

Biochemistry Sample #3

Written in 2019 - Yale University Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ph.D. program

Bioinformatics Sample #1

Written in 2014 - Yale University Bioinformatics Ph.D. program

Chemistry Sample #1

Written in 2015 - Yale University Chemistry Ph.D. program

Electrical Engineering Sample #1

Written in 2014 - Senior Undergraduate at New Mexico State University, applying to Rice University Electrical Engineering Ph.D. program (Reviewer Feedback)

Neuroscience Sample #1

Written in 2014 - Yale University Neuroscience Ph.D. program

Neuroscience Sample #2

Written in 2018 - 2nd year at Rockefeller University Biosciences Ph.D. program

Physiology Sample #1

Written in 2017 - Yale University Molecular, Cell Biology, Genetics Ph.D. program

Social Sciences Sample #1

Microbial Biology

Written in 2017 - 1st year at Oregon State University Microbiology Ph.D. program

See our blog post on how to write a successful NSF-GFRP application. For more examples and support for the NSF-GFRP, check out this list of examples and website both maintained by Alex Lang.

 

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans

NEW AMERICAN ESSAY

Sample #1
Written in 2014 - Yale University Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ph.D. program

Sample #2

Written in 2014- Stanford University Genetics MD/Ph.D. program

CAREER ESSAY

PhD student (STEM) Sample #1
Written in 2014- Yale University Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ph.D. program

MD/PhD Sample #1

Written in 2014 - Stanford University Genetics MD/Ph.D. program

MD/PhD Sample #2

Written in 2014- UChicago Biophysical MD/Ph.D. program

 

NIH F31 Diversity Fellowship

Applicants Background and Goals for Research Training #1

Written in 2018 - University of Miami Cancer Biology Ph.D. program

 

Ford Predoctoral Fellowship

Personal Statement #1, Previous Research Statement #1, Research Plan #1

Written in 2016 - Yale University Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics, and Development Ph.D. program

Ford Dissertation Fellowship

Personal Statement #1, Previous Research Statement #1, Research Plan #1

Written in 2020 - Oregon State University Microbiology Ph.D. program

Personal Statement #2, Previous Research Statement #2Research Plan #2

Written in 2015 - Rice University Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Program
 

Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship

Personal Statement #1, Research Plan #1

Written in 2016- UCLA Postdoc in Biomedical Engineering

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