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Sample Admission Statement for the PHD in Computer Science, Applicant from Jordan

A computer scientist from Jordan, I am now in the USA for a year of intensive English language instruction prior to entering a doctoral program in my field. My research interests and long-term goals lie in the areas of security management, networks, risk assessment of cyber physical control systems and cybersecurity generally speaking.  The PHD Program in Computer Science at the University of XXXX is my first choice for a variety of reasons, most of all academic, since I see your program as one of the leading research institutions in the world in the area of information assurance education. I admire your program enormously for serving as one of the initial seven Centers of Excellence in Information Assurance Education. I am also enormously impressed by the University of XXXX's XXXX lab, a unique, cutting-edge effort in cyber security experimentation and research. Finally, I am very much attracted to the larger community of XXXX and hope to spend much of my time on the bike paths when I am not in the commuter lab - as I am an avid bicycle enthusiast who enjoys nature more than the hustle and bustle of a big city.

At Al-Balqa Applied University, I studied Software Engineering broadly speaking, from an interdisciplinary perspective including related areas. Throughout the course of my education, I gained a constantly and incrementally increasing passion for research and development (R & D), especially in the area of network security, Cloud computing, and cybersecurity.  I worked in a research project for my senior year dedicated to prevent cross-site scripting attacks by developing a sublanguage of HTML. Moreover, in the last semester during summer school I was awarded an internship with the National Information Technology Center (NITC) for 4 months, where I learned a great deal about all of the areas that I am most interested in professionally, fully confirming my career choice and focus.

Upon graduation, motivated by my thirst for ongoing training and professional advancement as well as a sense of patriotism, I joined the Jordan Armed Forces so as to work with the Directorate of Cyber Security and Information Technology, where I remained until coming to the United States only recently. I also plan to return to work with the same governmental agency of the Armed Forces of Jordan upon my return, after earning my PHD, hopefully at the University of XXXX. My ideal job at some point would be to lead the agency. In my time with the Directorate of Cyber Security, I have made a great deal of progress in my capacity to contribute to research and have cultivated a strong aptitude for the type of problem solving and problem discovery skills that enable a cyber security expert to excel. It was a special honor for me to be selected to join a group working on security implementation of e-government cloud environment. In addition, I served as an instructor at the Information Technology Training Institute (ITTI) for more than five years teaching (Oracle, VB, CCNA, and network security). I also served as a part time instructor at XXXX University, teaching computer center staff how to make the best use of the latest information and communication technology techniques like Cloud Computing to help them do their jobs to the best of their ability. I have also had the privilege of teaching network and information security courses at Mutah.

Earning my MSC Degree and writing my thesis on using cloud computing environment for e-government services in Jordan was well received. We proposed a hybrid cloud computing model for Jordan’s e-Government using a Genetic Algorithm (GA) and Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm to test the proposed model. This experience will help me to excel as I continue in graduate school. I have immensely enjoyed a variety of intensive trainings and courses related to network security and cyber security as part of the Jordan Armed Forces and I have also now been awarded a full scholarship from JAF to study towards a graduate degree in the USA in Cyber Security. Upon my return to our agency, I will be serving as an instructor. I have also had the privilege of being trained by U.S Army and NATO personnel in the areas of Security management, learning increasingly sophisticated ways of identifying vulnerabilities, assessing threats, preventing and tolerating malicious and harmful activities, mitigating and recovering from attacks, etc. These trainings and courses, along with my graduate study and 5+ years of an on-hands experience provides me with a solid knowledge base and skill set to excel in my studies towards the PHD at the University of XXXX.

I thank you for considering my application.

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Sample 1st Paragraph for a Master’s Degree Application in CS, Indian from South Africa

A young Indian who completed my undergraduate studies in my home country in Engineering studying everything having to do with computer technology, I hope to be admitted to your distinguished Master’s Program in Computer Science at XXXX University for a variety of reasons, principal of which is your great strength and creativity in my area of special interest, Human Computer Interaction. I now have 2.5 years experience working for one of the largest banks in South Africa, on the cutting edge of African banking development as it relates to computer technology. Thus, I have many recent, valuable experiences to share with my peers from all over the world who make up your highly diverse student body at XXXX University.

Women In Computer Science

Heroines in Computer Science

It’s a well-known fact that there are fewer women in digital and computer technology than men. But that doesn´t mean that there aren´t some awesome female digital and computer pioneers! Let´s take a look at some of the most interesting now.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace is widely recognized as the world’s first computer programmer. She was born in 1815. After attending the University of London, where she studied math, she found herself working as an inventor for Charles Babbage. This is where she created the concept of a computing operating system. Ada sadly died early, at the age of 36, but her lasting legacy has made her a role model for girls and young women. She has managed to become such an inspiration that she now has a day dedicated to her, on October 16th.

Janie Tsao

Janie Tsao co-founded the company Linsky and built is in her garage at home. Linsky became the leading company in wireless and networking for retailers and e-commerce, and eventually, it was bought by Cisco for half a billion dollars.

What happened next? Cisco asked Tsao and her husband to continue to lead the brand!

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper is often referred to as a ‘pioneer computer scientist’, known for creating COBOL (the first computing language).

In 1969, she was named ‘Computer Science Man of the Year’ by the Data Processing Management Association, even though she was a woman! Hilarious, and sad at the same time.

However, in 1991, she was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor within engineering and technology available in the United States. Hopper was the first woman to receive the award and did not stop working and sharing her knowledge until the day she died in 1992, aged 86.

Marrisa Mayer

Aged 37, Marissa Mayer is a modern day woman, and the latest CEO of Yahoo. She earned her stripes at Google as an executive and key spokeswoman. She attended Stanford University, graduating with honors in symbolic systems and computer science. The Illinois Institute of Technology granted Mayer an honoris causa doctorate degree in recognition of her work in the field of search in 2009. And quite rightly, too.

Shafi Goldwasser

Shafi Goldwasser is a two time Godel Prize winner in theoretical computer science and winner of several other awards for her outstanding computer skills. She has helped to pave the way for other women within the technology industry, and is currently the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer science at MIT and a Professor of Mathematical Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Goldwasser´s biggest and most noted achievement to date is her work on interactive and zero proofs, which serve to allow secure transmission of information over the internet.

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is Facebook’s first female board member. She´s also the owner of almost $1 billion invested stock in the company. She balances her high profile job alongside bringing up her family. In the past, she has worked with former President Bill Clinton and has managed Google’s online global sales and operation. She has one of the highest roles in digital technology, and is really rocking it for womenkind.

Caterina Fake

Co-creator of Flickr, Caterina Fake created one of the first photo uploading websites. She also led Yahoo’s technology development group – which nurtured new ways for people to interact on the internet, and is on the board of Creative Commons.

But she’s not stopping there: now she’s venturing into a new development called Hutch, which will work in developing ways to make decisions based on multiple data inputs.

Anita Borg

Anita Borg was able to combine her technical expertise, fearless vision and high level of motivation to create the Syster online community. Communities like this were not mainstream across the internet before she arrived to shake things up.

She founded the institute for women and technology and being commissioned by former President Clinton in 1999 on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology. She continues to serve on the committee of National Research Council on Women in Science and Engineering.

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller was not only a nun, but the first woman in the United States to receive a Ph.D degree in computer science in 1965. She then went on to found the computer science department in Iowa and establish a master’s degree program for applications in computer science. She died in 1971, but left a big legacy in computing and education behind her.

Mary Lou Jepsen

Mary Lou Jepsen is most widely known for her One Laptop Per Child project. She believes that everyone should have access to a laptop, and uses her expertise in computer science and other areas to run this nonprofit organization.

She created a low cost and low power laptop to send out to third world countries, and it’s the greenest and cheapest laptop ever made. Over 2.4 million children and teachers now have her to thank. She is still going strong and continues to grow her company, making laptops that work out at less than $200. She was named in The Times as one of the top 100 most influential people in 2008. Inspiring women will never cease to do great things. 

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Master’s Computer Science Sample Statement of Purpose

I have been working hard in various ways both in school and outside of school to prepare myself to excel as a Computer Science major. Firstly and most importantly, I am working hard to acquire, practice and reinforce the computer science skills and knowledge required of me in the lower-division courses in order to excel rather than to merely succeed. I have also constructed a challenging but realistic timetable for private study to which I strictly adhere. This provides an excellent exercise in self-discipline and reinforces what I have learned in classes. I am determined to continue to apply this in my future studies as a computer science major and in my career but retain an awareness of the need for proper rest and recreation.

In order to prepare myself for excellence as a computer science major, I took programming courses online, learning a great deal about basic programming, data structures and algorithms. These courses help me to apply computer skills into real obstacles, not merely academic/theoretical assignments. I do programming projects through Project Euler and Leetcode to reinforce my programming fundamentals. I believe “practice makes perfect”. I also strengthen my math skills through books and online resources because fundamental math skills are essential to produce excellent and efficient programming codes. I have attended several computer science events in which speakers from various information technology companies talk about how computer science and machine learning apply to different fields. To be ready and succeed in my upper-division courses, I have borrowed textbooks relating to upper division studies and so have some awareness of the challenges that lie ahead and that I shall need to familiarize myself with new concepts and acquire new skills at a rate and to a depth exceeding that to date. I am not deterred by this awareness which has only increased my determination to apply all my diligence and enthusiasm.

I had no experience of C++ programming until introduced to it during my course study last year. I was aware that it is the most popular language and that it has many advantages over others. I was excited and very interested that I was beginning to learn the language. My initial impression was that this very important subject was an easy one, but I failed to appreciate that I was acquiring only a superficial understanding of it. I started to fall behind my classmates because I was ‘coasting’. I was not going deeply enough into the new concepts being taught to me. I seemed to become stuck at a stage of understanding the theory of a function without grasping its purpose and scope properly. This came home to me during group discussions where my superficial understanding was exposed to others and, more importantly, to myself.

At this point, I resolved to remedy the situation. I realized that I had some serious catching up to do. My confidence was slightly shaken but I reassured myself with the knowledge that if I excelled in mathematics, as I did, then this vital area of study was certainly not beyond me. I went back over topics already covered and reviewed all new information very carefully. Re-reading material and watching video lessons online from other institutions until I was sure that I had grasped both theory and the practical applications of each of the concepts covered. I also went to my professor’s office hour constantly, asking for help and advice. Besides this, I found some practice questions to strengthen the concepts. After taking my final examination, I have a grade of A in the class. I was very proud of myself because all the hard work had paid off. This has taught me that understanding theory is essential, but it is equally important to grasp practical implications and applications. I always review class materials and work on additional practice problems during free time. I am confident that this will help me to suceed academically in preparation for my career.