GREady: Get Ready for Graduate School

Do you want to attend graduate school? If the answer is yes, shift the gear in drive. This blog will help you 1) stay informed about graduate programs, 2) decide on graduate schools, 3) apply for graduate schools (including the GRE and personal statements), 4) prepare for interviews, 5) find funding and lots more. Although this site cannot guarantee a masters or doctoral position, it does promise that you will be a very competitive candidate for your desired program!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Anatomy of a Résumé

In addition to test scores, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and application fees, graduate school programs will also require a résumé detailing your education, extracurricular activities, awards, research, etc.. Programs such as Microsoft Word ® have résumé wizards that can aid you in the formation of your own personalized résumé.

Resumes should have all or nearly all of the following sections:

-Summary (also called a Background Summary)
-Job History with descriptions (reverse chronological order)
-Education and Continuing Education
-Special Skills
-Summer Programs and/or Internships

Summary- This section is not necessarily required in your graduate school résumé. If included, summary should state a brief description of skills and research interests.

Job History- This section should only include jobs that are pertinent to graduate school, such as tutoring, teaching, researching, etc.. However, you may choose to list unrelated jobs if your grades are low and wish to highlight and explain why (i.e. had to take on numerous jobs to pay school bills) later in your personal statement and need résumé as supporting evidence.

Education- This section should list the degree earned and institution you attended. Also, be sure to write G.P.A. and if you received honors. If continuing education classes were taken, write which field classes were listed under.

Awards/Scholarships/Honors – List these in different headings under this and place them in chorological order.

Special Skills – List any skills that you have gained while researching that may set you apart from other candidates.

Research – Write where and when research was conducted. Also, include the major research advisor.

Summer Programs and/or Internships – Please see research.

Below are two examples of résumés. Please note that résumés typically do not go beyond the first page; however, in case it does be sure to write your last name and the page number in the right hand corner so that they program knows it is more than one page. The below résumés are to be used only as examples and are not to be copied. Remember the graduate school program wants to hear about you and your accomplishments. Final Note: Do Not Even Think About Falsifying Any Information As This Could Led To Serious Consequences To Your Graduate School Career.


University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Bachelor of Science, cum laude, May 2006
o Major: Chemistry Minor: Biology
o GPA: 3.472/4.
Honors/Scholarships/ Awards
· Students of Excellence Award, Spring 2005 and Spring 2006
· Dean’s List for Academic Excellence, Spring 2004 and Fall 2004
· Simpson Scholarship, Fall 2003- present
· Sorenson Scholarship, Fall 2003
· American Indians into Science and Engineering Society Scholarship, Fall 2002-May 2003
· Bureau of Indian Affairs Scholarship, Fall 2002-present
Research Experience
· Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, 2005
o Faculty Mentor(s): Richard Hart, Ph.D., and Gary Bufford, Department of Chemical Engineering,
University of California-Davis
o Research Project:
“Polymers Used For Synthetic Tissue.”
· McNair Scholars Program, 2003-2004
o Faculty Mentor: Kim Liu, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
o Research Project: “D-serine Detoxification.”
· Native Americans into Medicine, Summer 2002-2003
o Center for American Indian and Minority Health, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota-Duluth
o Research Project:
“Myocardial Infarction.”
· High School Super Star Program, Summer 2000-2001
o Faculty Mentor(s): M. Sid, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry, University of Minnesota
o Research Project:
“The Effect of Copper (II) sulfate on Coliforms found in Lake Superior.”
· Smith, Jane. & Liu, Kim. (2004). D-serine Detoxification.
The McNair’s Scholars Journal of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 5, p.1-13.
Foreign Language Skills
· German, 1997-present
· American Indians into Science and Engineering Society, 2002-present
· Alpha-Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honors Society, 2003-present
· Students of Science Organization, 2002-present
· Honors Program, 2003-present
o Earned 12+ honor credits in Chemistry
· The McNair’s Scholar 6th Annual Poster Session of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, October 4, 2005, Superior, Wisconsin
· The Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Chemistry of the University of California-Davis, August 4, 2005, Davis, CA.
· The Committee on Institutional Cooperation SROP 2005 Conference, July 15-17, Madison, Wisconsin
· The 13th National Ronald E. McNair Scholars Research Conference, November 5-7, 2004, Delavan, Wisconsin


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