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Feb 27, 2012 by Caroline Eisner
For many academic jobs, not only do candidates need to include a teaching statement in their portfolio, but more and more, candidates also need to include a research statement. This statement offers the opportunity for you to provide more information than what is stated in your CV, course list, and publishing record.
The research statement needs to be short and robust. Most research statements are around two pages, unless directed to be longer. In this short space, you need to be as concise and convincing as possible. A strong two-page statement, in the end, will be more forceful than a rambling five-page statement.
Fortunately, most research statements can follow a fairly specific template that allows you to include the novelty and impact of your research plans. Your goal is to set yourself apart. This document is about you: who you are as a researcher, what interests you, where you see your research moving in the future, what your accomplishments are and how they propel you towards new goals.
Use the form at the right to download a template to use in constructing your research statement. Your statement should include the following:
After reading your statement, your readers should be able to summarize the following points:
Without a doubt, make clear to your readers that you can carry out research, in the discipline area you propose, given the resources that are and will be available to you, and based on your academic record to date.
Once you are satisfied with the content of your research statement, review the document to make sure that you avoid jargon. Remember those who read your statement may not be experts in your particular research area. Also, avoid fancy formatting and make sure that the document has no grammatical and mechanical errors.
As is true with other components of the ePortfolio, ask others to read your Research Statement for content, clarity, conciseness, and correctness.
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