May Events – GC Writing Center

Statement of Purpose for the PhD Application
Wednesday, May 4 @ 12:00 PM; register here

Among the documents one has to craft for a PhD application, the statement of purpose is one of the trickiest to get right. On the one hand, you need to demonstrate that you have some kind of research agenda already in mind. On the other hand, you aren’t a PhD student yet, so how are you supposed to know what you are going to research? This webinar helps participants understand the expectations of the readers they are writing for and how to strike a good balance between personal narrative and academic certainty.


Writing the Academic Job Cover Letter
Wednesday, May 25 @ 1:00 PM; register here
The academic job cover letter is a crucial document in any candidate’s application material; often, it makes the first and most lasting impression on members of a search committee. In this webinar, participants will learn how to approach the writing of their cover letter in a way that makes a coherent and compelling argument about their suitability as a candidate rather than simply repeating information contained in their CV.

As always, we continue to offer individual consultations. You can get feedback on all forms of academic writing, from seminar papers and dissertation chapters to grant proposals and job materials. You can also meet with a consultant to talk over your progress and set goals. To make an appointment, just visit our website.

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