많은 사람들이 놓치는 부분인데 미국 대학원 프로그램의 경우 논문을 작성해야 되고, 이를 지도하는 교수님을 찾는 것이 매우 중요합니다. 또한 논문의 성공적인 완성뿐만이 아니라 본인이 지원하는 원서에 명시한 주제가 과연 지원하는 학교에 적합한지 여부를 판단하는 기회로서 Contact Email이 작용하기 때문에 반드시 대학원을 지원할 경우 이를 사전에 제출해야 됩니다.
이 부분에서는 교수님을 명시하고, 왜 대학원에서 공부를 하고 싶은 지와 현재 재학중인(졸업한) 학교명 및 전공, 그리고 지원자의 academic background를 간단하게 작성해야 됩니다.
“Dear Professor Kelsky, I am a student at XXX College and I’m thinking about graduate school on xxx and I’m getting in touch to ask if you can give me any advice or direction about that. Sincerely, student X”
“Dear Professor XXX, I am a student at XXX College with a major in xxx. I am a [junior] and will be graduating next May. I have a [4.0 GPA] and experience in our college’s [summer program in xxx/internship program in xxx/Honors College/etc.].
이 부분에서는 본인이 정확히 무엇을 공부하고 싶은지, 그리고 왜 대학원에서 이를 공부하고 싶은지를 명시해야 됩니다. 또한 본인의 연구주제를 왜 공부하고 싶은 지와, 이러한 연구를 통해 무엇을 이루고 싶은지를 작성해야 됩니다.
I am planning to attend graduate school in xxx, with a focus on xxx. In one of my classes, “xxx,” which was taught by Professor XXX, I had the chance to read your article, “xxxx.” I really enjoyed it, and it gave me many ideas for my future research. I have been exploring graduate programs where I can work on this topic. My specific project will likely focus on xxxx, and I am particularly interested in exploring the question of xxxxx.
지금까지 자신의 소개와 앞으로 공부하고자 하는 주제에 대해 설명을 하였다면 이 부분에서는 왜 해당 교수님으로부터 지도를 받고 싶으며, 왜 지원하는 대학원프로그램이 앞서 언급한 내용들을 성공적으로 수행하기에 가장 적합한지를 언급해야 됩니다.
I hope you don’t mind my getting in touch, but I’d like to inquire whether you are currently accepting graduate students. If you are, would you willing to talk to me a bit more, by email or on the phone, or in person if I can arrange a campus visit, about my graduate school plans? I have explored your department’s graduate school website in detail, and it seems like an excellent fit for me because of its emphasis on xx and xx, but I still have a few specific questions about xx and xxx that I’d like to talk to you about.
마지막으로 다시한번 지원자가 전공하고자 하는 주제를 언급해주고, 왜 이 학교에 가고 싶은지를 설명하고, 감사하다는 이야기로 글을 마무리하면 됩니다.
Dear Professor *******
Hello, my name is *******, an applicant to the Ph.D. program at University of Texas Austin for the academic semester of Fall *******. I have received my M.S. and B.S. in physics from *******, dedicating my research on understanding the fundamental nature of graphene and its applications through the research endeavors at the ******* (the list of publications and participated projects is stated under the attached CV). Therefore, through the research activities at the *******, I manifested my experiences on materials and devices: as a researcher, I believed that robust foundations to existing materials, devices, and tools were mandatory prerequisites for developing practical materials. Therefore, during this process, I not only familiarized myself with existing research methodologies but also experimented with novel tools, helping me to build the necessary foundations to my ultimate goal of developing new materials.
In particular, at the *******, I focused on using ******* as the *******. In order to reduce the time and cost associated with existing transistors characterized by complex process, I developed sources, drains, and gate electrodes by utilizing the *******. As a result, I was able to successfully create a ******* (“Title of Paper”). Furthermore, I also expanded the project to utilize *******. While conventional graphene exhibited the characteristics of *******, I wanted to overcome the inadequateness of this structure by performing *******. In addition, because of the difficulty in creating an *******, I had *******. Therefore, in order to overcome these difficulties. I applied a general defect on *******, which in effect helped me to enhance the semiconducting function as well as overcome the structural application limitations (“Title of Paper”). Also, I even went further to simultaneously applying the *******. Therefore, in order to guarantee this ******* (“Title of Paper”).
Despite these research endeavors, I was also faced with a reality where despite exhibiting *******. Also, while extracting metallic characteristics is possible, due to the high resistance level, it is *******. Therefore, many researchers have focused on *******. Therefore, initially, I too applied the post treatment method in the development of *******. While I was successful in producing the performance level similar to or slightly better than existing researches, it was insufficient to replace them. In fact, while some researches have utilized direct synthesis for the production of *******, we can safely presume that the performance of these *******, this helped me to realize the possibilities of direct synthesis, going beyond the limitations of post treatment, and I want to explore ******* through the ******* Program.
To this end, I am writing this email to inquire whether you are accepting new *******, and whether you will be able to serve as my supervisor if accepted to the program. I am very much excited to pursue my studies under your supervision and hope to hear back from you soon.
Ps. For your reference I have attached both my CV and SOP.