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Awards and Honors, CVs 
9th-Dec-2012 07:02 pm
1) I've been looking through the tags, and it seems that it's pretty standard to include e.g. Dean's List and admittance to an Honour's program down in the "Awards and Honors" section of an application... but what about scholarships? Do we also include scholarships we've received (as an award)? And would it make a difference if the scholarship is one you have to apply for vs. one you have to be nominated for?

2) What does one include on a CV, anyway? I keep seeing conflicting information, so I figured I might as well ask outright. Education, obviously, and any publications or presentations, but what about languages? Relevant internships? Scholarships? I'm applying to MA program, so my CV is only about 1/2-3/4 of a page right now and about half of that is scholarships (I got a bunch of small scholarships over the course of my undergrad). That said, I've got the impression that it's normal for a CV to be fairly sparse when you're just starting out.
9th-Dec-2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's normal for your CV to be pretty sparse. I've finished one Master's and am in the middle of a second, and what I've got is:

- Degree attainment by program (still including level/GPA status)
- Info about my MSc dissertation
- Awards (dean's list, etc)
- Scholarships
- Related experience (TA, internship, etc.)
- Languages spoken and level spoken at
- "Other" (which includes my most interesting non-academic work experience, etc.)
- A supplementary list of my undergrad courses (because I'm still relying on that transcript and the course titles are generic for what are actually highly specific seminar courses)

This year I expect to add conference publications to the list and so on, but basically, it's still pretty sparse.
9th-Dec-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
1) Yes, include scholarships. Generally the things you did in undergrad will come off after a few years in graduate school, but at the moment, include them. You may want to include a brief parenthetical note with the amount and a description of what the award is ("Full four-year scholarship given to 5 incoming first-year students; $120,000 over four years" or something like that).

2) It depends. It's a stylistic choice and it depends on where you are applying. If you are applying to programs where language is important, then including languages spoken and read may be useful. I include the statistical packages I can use and the level at which I can use them. My CV was also really short when I first applied, but as a fifth year doctoral student it's about 2-3 pages long. IIRC I have

-Honors and Awards
-Research experience
-Teaching experience
-Other related experiences (where I include internships)
-Relevant training experiences (where I put the stats institutes I've been to)
-Special skills (those statistical packages, interviewing skills, etc.)

When I go on the market of course I will revise this - I think I moved Honors and Awards down this year to below my experience, but I can't remember - and maybe add a section about my research interests and classes I can teach.
10th-Dec-2012 01:46 am (UTC)
What goes on a CV, and in what order, varies from field to field, so your best bet is to look for available CVs of graduate students and postdocs in your field, and see what they put on there. Most people who have academic websites will have their CV on there, or you may ask a grad student in your field at your current institution or anyone you've been speaking to at institutions you're considering, if you really can't find any grad student's CV in your field.
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