Sample 2: Post-Doc Fellowship Application

Before:

As a former high school debate team captain in Taiwan, I was trained in logical thinking and public speaking. While most of my friends and relatives thought I would major at law, I choose Oceanography because I was more fascinated by discovering the unknown in the marine environment. I was especially interested in Zooplankton Ecology because zooplankton are the connections between primary production and fisheries yet it is comparatively understudied than either area. In particular, I found jellyfish especially interesting because they affect both higher and lower trophic levels in a marine food chain. Following my curiosity, I studied the relationships between climate changes and jellyfish blooms, ultimately publishing my first peer-reviewed paper during Master’s study and graduating with honors.

After:

As a former high school debate team captain in Taiwan, I am well versed in logical thinking and public speaking. My friends and relatives thought me well suited to become a lawyer, but I chose oceanography as my college major because I was fascinated by the mysterious aspects of the ocean. I was interested in Zooplankton Ecology, and especially in jellyfish, which affects both higher and lower trophic levels in the marine food chain. Following my curiosity, I studied the relationships between climate change and jellyfish blooms in my master’s program, and ultimately published my first peer-reviewed paper on Hydrobiologia in 2009 and graduated with honors.