Statement of Purpose 3 - Humanities
Attending the graduate program at _______ has given me the opportunity to prepare for doctoral work and an academic career. During this time I became more efficient with my time, more comfortable with leading class discussions, sharing my own ideas and collaborating with others. My success as a teaching assistant and graduate student during my first year has made me a mentor for incoming graduate students, especially new teaching assistants.
Research and teaching in the university setting is my ultimate goal. I enjoy the collaboration aspect of academics as well as the freedom to pursue my interests individually. Attending the University of
________________ will prepare me for the life of an academic as well as provide more employment opportunities in the future. I would also like to be in the position to give back to certain institutions that helped me with my education, particularly the
________________. I plan to accomplish this by conducting research pertaining to Native American issues and mentoring minority students. My research interests include gender, sexuality, family, race, health and urban studies; particularly how these topics relate to each other.
Having lived in _________________ for most of my life, I think it is important for my career as a sociologist to experience other regions. Though both of my parents earned college degrees, they were both non-traditional students and the only ones from their immediate and extended families to graduate from college. I helped pay for my own education through scholarships and research jobs.
Throughout my three years of undergraduate and two years of graduate education, I have taken advantage of opportunities to work with several professors with different interests through research projects and paid research positions. These projects have built my skills in transcription, content analysis, survey research, telephone interviews and data analysis using SPSS. If additional funding is awarded from the NIH grant, I will also have the opportunity to go out into the field to conduct more in-depth interviews. Many of these projects have possible journal articles in progress.
In addition to research and teaching training, I have played an active leadership role within the department as Historian of Alpha Kappa Delta my first year and President this year. Serving as the graduate representative to general faculty meetings has given me insight to what my future will be, as well as chairing a session for a conference on campus and attending other conferences to present my own work. Talking to professors at every stage of seniority has allowed me to pick up on some of the nuances of the profession.
An introductory level sociology course first introduced me to the subject, but it was in the upper level courses where I realized that sociologists studied social phenomena I had always wondered about. The graduate program at
____________ allowed me to take several courses and discover my research interests while learning more about sociology as a career.
My future research ideas include utilizing my quantitative skills supplemented with qualitative methods when appropriate to understand the relationship between concepts as fully as possible. Of particular interest is analyzing the way in which families and gender roles change as demographic changes, such as an influx of Americans reaching retirement age and older and younger generations not matching or exceeding the standard of living achieved by their parents, occur in our society. Also, with women having fewer children, the care of elderly parents will become a growing concern. I would like to compare the way American only children respond to the health needs of their elderly kin to the Asian tradition of family care. The General Social Survey can provide an initial glimpse of the American trends. After finding a source for comparison in Asian cultures, I would seek out caregivers living in the United States but from different cultural backgrounds to understand the changes better.
After researching the graduate program at the University of _____________, I found that the work of
_________________ on family and gender most closely matches my proposed research goals. I hope that
with the NIH grant, I will also have the opportunity to go out into the field to conduct more in-depth interviews. Many of these projects have possible journal articles in progress.
I hope that the Graduate Committee at the University of ____________
considers my potential for success in your Ph.D. program in sociology.
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