Higher Stud y Abroad Presented B y: Syed Ishtia
Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (Kallol) PhD Student, Department of Information Science,
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA Fulbright Science and Technology Fellow (2011-2014),
US Govt. Ex-Lecturer, Department of Computer Science &
Engineering, BUET (2009-2011) HSC: NDC (2003), SSC: Ideal School & College (2001)
Outline Curriculum Vitae Statement of Purpose Recommendation Letters Email to Professors Evaluation Process Research That You Can Involve Yourself With Life in USA
CV Traditional Approach: 4/5 Pages Long Description of Every Single Good Thing You Have Done In Your Life. Same document often used for job interviews … and Often as “Bio data” for wedding purpose
Example 1: “I stood 7th in a Math competition when I was in Grade
Five” Example 2: “I completed a course on cooking shrimp in a local
CV 1 or 2 pages long (at most) Make sure most of the important data are on the first
page Professors won’t pay more than 30 seconds to 1 minute
on you CV Last 2 degrees, Work Experiences, Top Publications,
Outstanding Scholarships – should go there. Affiliations with big names count. Example: Google, World
bank, UNICEF, etc.
Statement Of Purpose (SOP) Traditional Approach: A written description of CV A new Einstein was born, and believe it or not, that was
me!!! I think about everything that can save the world. I got every possible awards I could get. I hit upon 5 totally new techniques, although I am not
sure why I am doing these …
But What Professors Think
Statement Of Purpose (SOP) No more than 1 and ½ pages long (standard font size) This should be story about what you want to do NOT WHAT YOU ALREADY DID -> That part goes to CV
Minimum overlap between CV and SOP A story that present you a focused researcher on a single topic.
You might have taken different approach to one big problem. Make Sure what you want to do in future Tell why that university can be a good choice for you.
Recommendation Letter Traditional Approach: This is the best student I have seen in my entire life. Get this guy, your life will change overnight. He is among top 2% in everything. I only taught a course where he was a student among 59 other
students; still I can certify his entire character and intellectual ability with my fullest confidence. I know he will be an outstanding graduate student at your
university, although I have no idea about your university. (even about your country)
What The Professors Think
Recommendation Letter 3 Key points: How much renowned that person is to the university you
are applying to. Big names do count. How much that person knows you. If you have a direct
research with him, that will help. What that professor if telling about you.
A story of a Yale Professorâ€™s recommendation letter
Evaluation Process GRE/TOEFL cut off Classification according to research interests Faculty Meeting Going back to the cut off Financial Offers Shortlist, Waiting List Interviews Offers Campus Visit
An audio on the evaluation process ď ľhttps://soundcloud.com/kallol-ahmed/admission/s-xQWrP
Research Everyone Can Be Involved With: Eve Teasing
Against Eve teasing Reporting on Website: www.protibadi.com Commenting on those report Mobile phone Application for instant help Education Policy Awareness Equality Development
Involved Institutions Cornell University, USA BUET, Bangladesh NSU, Bangladesh
How Illiterate People Use Mobile Phones How do they save the phone numbers? How do they search the numbers? How to they listen to music? How to they listen to radio? How do they play videos?
What We Are Doing Working with the rickshawpullers of Kamrangirchar Making their life stories Finding out the people who are helping them Finding out the locally constructed techniques for
using mobile phones Using those techniques to help them.
Involved Institutions Cornell University, USA BUET, Bangladesh
Repairing IT Products How do the technicians repair your broken mobile
phones? Where do they learn these things? What kind of tools do they use? Is it possible to help them with video tutorials of
Youtube? Or connecting them over facebook?
What We Are Doing ď ľVisiting IT repairing places and learning from them.
Involved Institutions Cornell University, USA BUET, Bangladesh University of California Irvine, USA Georgia Tech, USA INTEL Inc.
OpenStreetMap for Bangladesh We do not have any digital map of our country of our
own. We use maps given my Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc. Those are not free at large scale. Our map is not free! We have to make this free!!
OpenStreetMap for Bangladesh
Games for Autistic Children ď ľTo help them develop their Speech
Involved Institutions MIT, USA BUET, Bangladesh Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF), Bangladesh
Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) ď ľ https://www.facebook.com/groups/htibd/
Life In USA Depends on where you are. Key factors: Number of Bangladeshis House Rent Public Transport Weather City / Rural life Landscape
MIT Media lab
Skills You Need Driving Cooking Speaking English Working Hard Being Nice Loving Your Country
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