University-Facilitated Research Instructions
Application Building Blocks
A complete application consists of following components
1. Personal Statement
2. Literature Review
3. Two Faculty Recommendations (one MUST be from your faculty supervisor)
4. Complete CUHK Application
The three-part statement of purpose is the most important part of the application. It is reviewed by the International Programs Committee for clearly articulated:
- research, academic and/or intellectual goals;
- informed interest in the culture, REQUIRED: do some RESEARCH and CITE your sources.
- preparation to face the cultural challenges in the community;
- maturity, motivation, and flexibility.
REQUIRED: do some RESEARCH and CITE your sources.
Address each of the following parts in a double-spaced essay of no more than 300 words each.
Part 1 – Country and Culture
Why this particular country and culture? Why do you want to engage with an international cohort of researchers from around the world? Why are you interested in doing research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong? What is your selected research area? What research topic or projects have you identified as your top three choices and why?
Part 2 –Research Track
In contrast to the other research tracks, which features of the university-based research track will advance your goals for research abroad? How? Which features create challenges and how will you meet those? Describe any experience you have that is directly relevant to this program.
Part 3 – Growth and Development
How will research abroad contribute to your development (intellectual, cultural, career, or otherwise) or overall life plans? What do you plan to DO upon return to Oxy and beyond graduation with your degree . . . and how do you hope research abroad will help?
A literature review is an opportunity for you to explore your research idea. A literature review is a short paper that critically analyzes a published body of knowledge through summary, classification, and comparison of prior research. It offers an overview and assessment of the current state of knowledge on a topic and will help you insure that research on your topic has not already been done. Unlike an annotated bibliography, a literature review is presented as a structured critical paper rather than a listing and description of bibliographical works researched.
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You will be required to submit two faculty recommendations. One of the recommendations MUST be from your supervisor. Oxy's on-line application system will assist you in requesting these and IPO will forward the forms for approved applicants to our partners—no need to fill out program-specific forms. Be SURE to discuss your proposal and/or send a copy of your essay questions to your recommender. They cannot complete the form unless they know your reasons for research abroad.
CUHK Project Lists
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Social Science
* It will not be necessary for you to turn in a project overview at this time. Based on timing and program updates we would like you to move forward with the application process.
- Complete the CUHK application on the following website link by January 19th, 2015. This will be submitted directly to CUHK. (note: ignore the posted deadline on the CUHK website, you must adhere to our internal deadline)
- Now that the project list and information is also available on the CUHK website, you should begin to work on your Richter application components. The requirements and instructions remain unchanged above. (Note: The Richter application online link will become live over break) The deadline is still February 1st, 2015.
- Both the CUHK application and the Richter application will need to be completed by the above deadlines in order to be considered for the University Facilitated Track.
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (323) 259-2533
- Visit: McKinnon Center for Global Affairs Johnson 102