How specific do my interests have to be for grad school?
September 3, 2009 4:10 PM Subscribe
I'm applying for grad school for a PhD in Integrative & Evolutionary (aka Ecology & Evolutionary) Biology. I don't know exactly
what I want to study. How specific do I need to get on my application/statement of purpose?
posted by Dilemma to Education (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I can narrow my interests down to these general themes: Conservation, Animals, Marine Animals or Primates, Evolution, Biodiversity...
I know that a lot of the grad school admissions process has to do with getting a specific faculty member/members to want you in their lab/s, and I have identified faculty whose research interests me. But when it comes to writing the Statement of Purpose, I can't write about any really specific thing or question that I want to study. Will this hurt my chances of getting accepted?