Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM

Professional Development


Statement of Purpose

What is the difference between a statement of purpose and personal statement?
Statement of Purpose: Highlights why you are applying to graduate school with a specific focus on your academic and professional goals
Personal Statement: Highlights your personal background, which is not necessarily academic or professional

Some resources that may help you:

Writing a Winning Personal Statement
Presented at the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
St. Mary's College-- 26 Oct 2013

LSAMP Personal Statement Checklist

Sample Statement of Purpose
Taken from


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