Archive for January, 2010

Make your Statement of Purpose Perfect

Monday, January 18th, 2010

This article is forwarded by -

Raihan Masud

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Make your SOP perfect

So now you have your statement of purpose. After correct it grammatically, you should read it and correct it several times to make it a coherent and unique essay that get you the admission offer.

Put your Statement of Purpose away for a while. Then, put yourself in an admissions committee’s place and start to read it in about 30 seconds. Be aware that you are going through a few hundred applications and classifying them into `accepted’, `maybe’ and `not accepted’ groups. Think of how you would look at SOPs and try to read yours through a stranger’s eyes.

Use this check-list to be sure that you have mentioned all critical information in your SOP in an honest and interesting manner. Your SOP should contain information that demonstrates:

· Interesting commence.

· Areas that you are interested in.

· The reasons of your interest to those areas.

· These interests are based on academic or job experience that the school may find useful.

· How these interests related to your anticipated future career.

· How do you think further studies will help you?

· Additional experiences that may help

· Your college and work projects were instrumental in confirming your interest in the field.

· Your teamwork ability that is very important in North America.

· The essay has been written about your personality. It should look like that it cannot be about anybody.

· The reasons that you have applied particular school. Talk about these reasons in a manner that demonstrate you have searched
about the school. Show the officer that you have applied to  the school wisely.

Your essay should flow smoothly. You should go through paragraphs coherently. The SOP should be grammatically correct and end well to leave the officer with a sense of completion.

This self-checks will yield a few ideas for improvement. We recommends you to use it at least 3-4 times during this last stage of making your SOP more perfect. After these checks you may have some people to review your SOP. Experienced and professional people may help you a lot. For the last time check your essay for a spelling and grammar error. Try to type your SOP and use appropriate margins, font, and size. Avoid underlining, boldface and italics. Do not use special letterhead. Finally print your SOP on a good quality white paper.

As we mentioned before, do not tell your advantages, show them. That is, do not say how dedicated or committed you are. Show it by describing your accomplishments. Use positive language and avoid the passive voice.

Why GRE and TOEFL scores are important ??

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Raihan Masud

http://ix.cs.uoregon.edu/~raihan/

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I am writing for those who are planning for higher studies. Probably the most frequent question comes to applicant’s  mind is “What is most important for admission?” There is no common parameter that what I understood form my application and admission experience. For US/Canadian universities it seems applicant’s GPA, class rank (merit position), Statement of Purpose (Why interested in MS/PhD), GRE [as a standard measure for all applicants' admission test] and TOEFL for international students are important, research papers are very important when someone is applying for PhD or Research Assistance ship [one way of funding when one work for one professor's project and get tuition fee waiver and stipend for living].

For admission in US and most Canadian universities GRE act as an admission test which is required for all applicants including American or Canadian students. Why GRE is important because the applicants are from all over the world and when applicant’s university is unknown to graduate admission committee they look to the applicant’s GRE score for evaluating the applicant (and GRE act as a standard for all applicants as everyone has to take it no matter form where applicant did his undergrad/MS from). If GRE score is low and the university is pretty unknown then the chance become very low for acceptance.

Then TOEFL especially the spoken part is really important for those who wish to have a funding as a form of teaching assistant ship. TA ships are very competitive and given only to few applicants including American, Canadian or students coming from English spoken countries. If someone’s GPA or all other parts of profile are superb but TOEFL score is very low then chance of getting TA ship is rare because as a TA one has to interact with undergrad students and has to help the labs or grade their projects/quizzes and answer their queries.

Students have to submit both GRE and TOEFL scores for a application not either one. GRE and TOEFL are different exams and both are required for north American universities.

If you do bad or do not even participate in GRE and TOEFL then even if you get your admission, you might face problem getting your visa if one visa officer ask you for your GRE and TOEFL score. You may get admission into some low profile universities in US/Canada with low GRE or TOEFL score or even without appearing at GRE and TOEFL but when funding or good university is a concern then GRE and TOEFL matter. When you have admission but no funding offer form a university then it would be real hard to get a visa. But those who have funding offer VISA is nothing to worry about especially in US unless it is a real bad luck. I know US embassy is even arranging seminar (I attended on in US Emabassy of BD) for attracting more students to apply for US as because last couple of years number of applicants decreased in alarming rate to US regarding VISA hassles. But now visa is real easy if someone has funding offer from a good university but they will definitely look to your profile for finding whether your sole goal for going to US is study.

Once students cross the minimum requirement of GRE score of one university say 1300 or Toefl iBT 100 then other factors become important like research paper (if applying for research assistantship or PhD), GPA and class position. Overally it is a whole package of your profile to make a successful application to get funding and admission.

If you have good scores in GRE and TOEFL then the whole world is open to you. So why not work for GRE and TOEFL from your early student life? It would hardly take 6 monts for GRE and 1/2 two moths for TOEFL to make good scores. Work hard for building your future. Good luck.

Step by Step guide for graduate admission in US

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

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Raihan Masud
Graduate Student
Department of Computer Science
University of Oregon, USA

http://ix.cs.uoregon.edu/~raihan/

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1. Mind Setup for MS or PhD

2. Choosing country to pursue your Graduate(MS/PhD) Degree

3. Knowing the general requirements (GRE, TOEFL/IELTS, etc)for Gradute Admissions to universities of that country

4. Choosing the Reseach Areas where you want to perform reseach in your Graduate Study

5. Appear at GRE, TOEFL/IELTS Exams

6. Choose Universities- those meet your demand and where you meet the minimum admissiom requirements

7. Write to professors and the current graduates students of selected universites to determine the funding status

8. Collect Transcripts & Certificates (True Copy) from your BSc(Undergrad) University- KUET

9. Collect Recommendations from your supervisors and course teachers (Generally 3 recommendations required)

10. Write Statement of Purpose – Your reseach interest & credentials

11. Prepare an Academic Resume for Graduate Admission

12. Apply to Universities- Send Application Packet, Pay Application Fee

13. Check online status of your application- Whether all documents are in

14. Remind the professor that you applied, whether he can review the file for funding

15. Wait some days for review of your application & Get the Admission with Funding

16. Don’t stop working- A lot more things to do

17. Prepare all necessary documents ready for Visa

18. Pay the SEVIS Fee

19. Get I-20 & Apply for VISA

20. As you get the visa book/purchase the Air Ticket

21. Purchase Clothings, some important books & pack your baggage

22. Fly to your university

23. Congratulations!!

24. Now it is your turn to help the juniors by guiding them for Higher Study

25. Best wishes for your Graduate Study

KUETians at higher education level in Canada

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Abdur Rahman

ME-2k2 Batch, KUET.

This is a partial list of KUETians currently studying in Canadian Universities. Beside of this list, a lot of KUETians already finished higher education and are doing job or business in Canada. The most highlighted point is that a lot of KUETians (more than 20) already have PEng (Professional Engineers Ontario) licenses and more than 30 are trying to achieve it. It’s a matter of great proud. But as compare to BUET, still now we have huge lack of populations in higher education level. Hopefully, our juniors will be motivated & fill up the gaps and will increase the prestige of our University.

Best wishes for everyone.

No. Name Batch Level of study Department University Email address
1. Mahmud Hossain 84 Masters EEE Ryerson University kmmhossain@yahoo.com
2. Amirul Islam 88 Masters CE Concordia University amir0101nar@hotmail.com
3. Jafar Iqbal 92 IEEQB ME Ryerson University iqbal_aj@yahoo.ca
4. Khusru Zaman 94 Masters CE Ryerson University zamankhusru@yahoo.ca
5. Asgar Khan (Warsi) 94 PhD ME Concordia University warsi94536@yahoo.com
6. Habibur Rahman 95 PhD ME Concordia University mdhabib95@yahoo.com
7. Lutfor rahman (Sajib) 95 Masters ME Concordia University lutfor@kuet.ac.bd
8. Khaled Chowdhury 96 PhD CE Memorial University mdkhassan@yahoo.com
9. Rizwan Khan 96 PhD EEE Universite du Quebec rizwan.khan01@yahoo.ca
10. Refaul Ferdous (Pabel) 96 PhD ME Memorial University pabelctg@yahoo.com
11. Jahangir Alam 97 PhD EEE Memorial University jahangir_kuet@yahoo.com
12. Aurup G M Moshiuddin 97 Masters ME Concordia University gmaurup@yahoo.com
13. Kazi Tayubul Haque 97 PhD ME Memorial University tayubul_bd@yahoo.com
14. Zahir Uddin Ahmed 97 Masters(done) ME University of western Ontario sohel_02me@yahoo.com
15. Farhana Shirin 98 Masters EEE Memorial University farhanashirin@yahoo.com
16. Sahabul Alam 98 Masters EEE Concordia University -
17. Nur Hossain (Kakan) 98 Masters ME Dalhousie University nhossainkuet@yahoo.com
18. Foizul Islam Chowdury (Umel) 99 PhD CSE University of western Ontario umel80@yahoo.com
19. Suruz Miah 99 PhD CSE University of Ottawa suruz12000@yahoo.com
20. Rahima Afrose (Rony) 2k Masters ME University of western Ontario kuet_afrose2k@yahoo.com
21. Nazrul Islam (Rajib) 2k PhD CSE University of western Ontario nazrul_research@yahoo.com
22. Golam Kibria 2k1 Masters EEE McMaster University kibria076@yahoo.com
23. Jahidur Rahman (Sumon) 2k1 PhD EEE University of western Ontario sumon308@yahoo.com
24. Rafiqul haque (Rubel) 2k1 Masters ME Concordia University rubel_62@yahoo.com
25. Jhumur Debnath 2k2 Masters CE University of Guelph jhum27_deb@yahoo.com
26. Sumita Biswas 2k2 PhD EEE York University sumi_sanjoy@yahoo.ca
27. Tanjila Haque 2k2 Masters EEE Memorial University mit_eee@yahoo.com
28. Gazi Habiba 2k2 Masters EEE Dalhousie University gazi_happy@yahoo.com
29. Khademul Islam (Russel) 2k2 Masters EEE Memorial University russel_kuet@yahoo.com
30. Manjurul Islam (Suman) 2k2 Masters ME UOIT mi_suman2003@yahoo.com
31. Abdur Rahman 2k2 PhD ME Ryerson University rahman_kuet@yahoo.com
32. Tanay Dey 2k2 Masters CSE University of Regina dtanay2004@yahoo.com
33. Ayesa Khatun 2k3 Masters ME Universite de Sherbrooke engg_moni_0007@yahoo.com
34. Suborna Datta 2k3 Masters ME Ryerson University bonna_034@yahoo.com
35. Rothin Paul 2k3 Masters ME Ryerson University paul_rothin@yahoo.com
36. Zubair Ahmed 2k3 Masters ME University of Manitoba za_017@yahoo.com