SAMPLE-1 “STATEMENT OF PURPOSE” TO ACCOMPANY GRADUATE APPLICATION Statement of Purpose Name: First Last January 4, 2010 Civil Engineering (Geotechnical specialty)
I am a senior at the University of Missouri. I am studying Civil and Environmental Engineering, with an emphasis in Structural Engineering. I expect to graduate this upcoming May, 2010, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with honors from both the College of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences. I am proud to say that I am among the very best in my class. During my undergraduate career, I have gained knowledge and experience in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in practice. I wish next to enter XYZ University’s graduate program in Civil Engineering (Structural specialty). Structural engineering is the intersection of the fields I find most interesting, exciting, and intellectually and practically satisfying, namely Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics. I have worked diligently these past four years to increase my understanding and mastery of these subjects, and I have greatly enjoyed the process. I wish to study Structural engineering at XYZ University so I can further investigate and contribute to the understanding of various physical phenomena encountered in Civil Engineering, which will lead to more accurate assessment and use of the engineering characteristics and potentials of materials, sites, and processes. My specific interests include Continuum Mechanics, Computational Mechanics, Multiscale Modeling, and Geomechanics. Over the summer breaks of 2007 and 2008, as well as the winter break between them, I worked as an engineering intern at Engineering Design Source (EDSI), Inc., which is a Civil Engineering design and consulting firm in St. Louis, Missouri. During my time at EDSI, I performed various tasks, including computer aided design with AutoCAD and Microstation; private site investigations, evaluations, and cost estimates relating to...
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