Statements of Excellence for Admission to Graduate School in Computer Science

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.

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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. They can motivate us to follow our dreams and dream big! Will you be the next cool woman at the top of this field, or stand beside her? We hope so! Whatever kind of contribution you would like to make to computer science (or another field), please let us know if we can help you succeed through our services.