The Statement of Purpose is a brief statement outlining your reasons for applying to our graduate program, particular area of specialization within the major field, past academic work and academic goals. You may also include names of UCSB EEMB faculty whose research field interests you most. Basically, we want to know why you want to pursue a graduate degree, how you know that (through your specific experiences), and why our program.
The Personal Achievements / Contributions Statement should describe aspects of your personal background, accomplishments or achievements that you feel are important in your contribution to a diverse population at UCSB. For example, include any economic challenges experienced while achieving higher education, any unusual or varied life experiences that might contribute to the diversity of the graduate group like fluency in other languages, experience in living in bicultural communities, academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal or educational problems as they affect underserved segments of society or evidence of an intention to use the graduate degree toward serving disadvantaged individuals or populations.