Philip Guo (Phil Guo, Philip J. Guo, Philip Jia Guo, pgbovine)

Statement of Purpose Examples from Ph.D. Program Applications

Here are the statements of purpose written by myself and some of my students for our Ph.D. program applications. These are mostly for computer science and HCI (human-computer interaction) Ph.D. apps, but the structure generalizes to other fields as well.

For the rationale behind how these statements are organized, read A Five-Minute Guide to Ph.D. Program Applications.

  • My statement of purpose and one page of additional info for Stanford computer science Ph.D. (applied in 2005)
  • Xiong Zhang became my Ph.D. student at the University of Rochester (applied in 2014)
  • Mitchell Gordon was my undergrad student and went to Stanford computer science Ph.D. (2015)
  • Jeremy Warner was my undergrad/masters student and went to UC Berkeley computer science Ph.D. (2015)
  • Ian Drosos became my Ph.D. student at UC San Diego (2016)
  • Sean Kross became my Ph.D. student at UC San Diego (2016)
Created: 2017-11-14
Last modified: 2017-11-14