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BMD 380: Research Methods and Scientific Literacy for the Biomedical Sciences

What is a Personal Statement?

"A personal statement tells people, such as program directors, admissions officers and potential employers, who you are.  While resumes tell reviewers what you have done and how to locate you, personal statements describe the experiences and events that shaped your personality, values, and goals."

Tysinger, J. (1999). Resumes and Personal Statements for Health Professionals. Tucson, AZ: Galen Press.


Anastasia's Personal Statement. (2012). Exceptional Parent, 42(3), 24-25.

This article provides an example of a personal statement.  Notice the writer tells a story.  She gives specific examples of what influenced her to choose her career and describes events in detail.

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