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Sample SOP for computer science #5

My four years of undergraduate studies in CS at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and my exposure and penchant for research have made the choice of further study, for me, an obvious one. My goal is to pursue a career in research, either in industry or in academia. Ten years from now, I envisage myself as a full-fledged research professional in an organization, or a faculty member at one of the leading universities.  The first step towards my objective would be to pursue Masters Program in Computer Science. My ultimate degree objective would however be a Ph.D.

Throughout my student career I have been a top ranking student. I was in the top 0.05% of all engineering aspirants in my state, which secured me a place in PSG College of Technology- one of the premier institutions in India. I have done justice to my potential by contributing notably to the research works in our college as well as maintaining my academic rank within the top 5% of the students in my class.

Over the past two years, my liking for research has burgeoned especially in the fields of security and distributed computing.
I started by studying various information hiding techniques. After extensive literature survey in the fields of Steganography and Watermarking, I published my own technique for efficient information hiding in low resolution images using Newtons Forward Difference in Springer-Verlag LNCS.  I have also worked with watermarking techniques especially audio watermarking and echo hiding and my paper titled “A Novel Embedding System For Efficient Watermarking In Auido In Echo” tests the fitness of the NFD Technique in this field of research. I used the NFD Technique to compress uncorrelated frames in a video file by establishing a relationship by generating a Correlation polynomial. This proposal was well acclaimed when I presented in the International Conference of Human Machine’s Interface (ICHMI 04) at Indian Institute of Science (IISc Bangalore).

Two of my courses Distributed Component Architecture and Client Server Computing interested me a lot. I was very keen on doing some research work in these areas and devoted quality time towards an in-depth understanding of these subjects and tried to implement my own ideas in these fields.

My urge and potential for research was identified and I was chosen to lead the team for a research project, “Code Optimisation in Middleware-based Distributed Embedded Systems”. We built a security framework for CORBA – based applications providing 6 security services, which includes authentication, authorization, non-repudiation, data integrity, auditing and security while transmission. We designed a 128-bit symmetric key crypto algorithm G- MAP to be used in all the security services. During the course of the project, I had the opportunity to design an N-tier for the distributed nature of the framework and implement them in java. Our originality and substantial work in the project was appropriately recognized and the project was given ‘The Best Project Award’, in the department.

My academic pursuits have not however, prevented me from participating with interest in various co-curricular activities including organizing seminars and serving as representative of the class. These activities have led to the development of a multifaceted personality and have equipped me with strong interpersonal skills. My academic achievements, research work and inter personal skills were well acknowledged and I was given the ‘Best outgoing student’ award in our batch.

I am currently working with Computer Associates and I am working on the project “Security and Device Management of Smart phones”. Apart from managing smart phones, this project deals with designing security policies for them and implementing the same using Java technologies. My work spans across all the tiers of the project, which includes building the GUI using JSTL and JSF, implementing the business logic using Enterprise Java Beans and designing the database using SQL Server.

If admitted I plan to carry on with my advanced studies in the fields of security and distributed computing systems.  Considering the pioneering work going on at your department labs Distributed Systems Software Lab (DSSL) and Information Systems Security Lab (MISSL), which perfectly match with the field of my interest, computer science department at University of Maryland, is the ideal choice for an exciting research career. At the same time, I am confident of contributing originally to the ongoing work at your department. By working under the guidance of distinguished faculty at your department, I am certain that I will be able to exploit my potential to the fullest.

I look forward to joining University of Maryland as a graduate student at your esteemed department.

Sample SOP for computer science #4

My aspiration to pursue a graduate program in xxxx University is underscored by the fact that it offers the flexibility needed for an in-depth understanding of the vast and rapidly changing field of computer science.

My under-graduate syllabi at College of Technology, one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, exposed me to all the core areas of computer science like operating systems, relational database management systems, networks and network security, data structures and algorithms, software engineering. These courses have given me a good foundation in the core concepts.  I have presented papers in national level technical symposiums, on data hiding and compression techniques. This has kindled my desire towards innovation and has motivated me to be involved in research activities.

In my final year I worked on a research project titled “Security Framework for CORBA architecture”. The project was selected as the best project in the category client server applications. It aims at providing six security services for a distributed environment adhering to CORBA specifications. We proposed a novel symmetric key crypto algorithm.The implementation is in Java with Oracle used in the back end. This project has given me a profound understanding of the various standard security services like authentication, authorization, non-repudiation, data integrity, auditing and security while transmission and how it can be effectively provided for applications. I was also exposed to the practical nature of programming and building N-tier architectures.

Currently, I am working with xxxxxx Consultancy in the Security Services stream. My work has helped me to gain knowledge about how networks are designed, how vulnerabilities on networks can be exploited by attackers and how secure networks can be designed. In addition, it has introduced me to the challenges of building middle ware for distributed systems and designing databases. The inter-disciplinary nature of the work is one of the major reasons for my interest in the fields of Networks and related protocols, Database and Security.

I enjoy doing investigative and innovative work, especially when it leads to practical applications. My ideal vision of a career has always been a job that involves creativity, innovation and flexibility. I am confident that higher education would give me the desired push towards a career in research and an opportunity to do well in my chosen field of interest.

I am eager to work under the guidance of the distinguished faculty members of the xxxxx University. I am convinced that the facilities in the department of computer science in your university will be very useful for dedicated involvement in research projects. I believe that a graduate program, in Computer Science in xxxxxx University, will help me reach my goals.

Sample SOP for computer science #3

The notion of pursuing Masters started when I was working on the project LOGON during my undergraduation. ( Is THAT A GAMING ONE? WHAT DID U DO IN THAT? – Avoid CAPS)…The visceral design and development of computer games  …. Grabbed the opportunity to work in this burgeoning field through one of the pioneers in gaming industry, EA games. Working on very popular games, Tetris, Fifa Street 3, Sims2, SimCity, Godfather, NFS pro street, Burnout gave me a good exposure to the world of [game design ]. Love of games combined with intellectual challenge of designing them using Artificial Intelligence motivated and kindled my passion to explore further in this field

The professional experience after college helped me develop new techniques in the [world of gaming] and boosted my confidence in managing different level of tasks. Worked on porting games from one mobile to other( revise sentence). Working with other passionate gaming engineers [gave me a chance to work in a team]. I am (confident) that these skills will give me a tremendous edge over the competition and keep me in good stead during the demanding years at your graduate school

[I would also like to add that the interdisciplinary nature of Computer Gaming fascinated me in taking this decision]

[Depending on Univ. I would like to XXXX my skills in gaming by taking courses related to Gaming Design, Artificial Intelligence and Graphic Algorithms offered by Computer Science Department at SJSU. I have looked at the courses and work being done by so and so profs]

(I worked on many present popular games of EA like FIFA Street 3, Sims, Tetris, Godfather etc. My work mainly concentrates on porting the games from one mobile to another rather than developing them. )
My grades throughout my high school and college reflect my aptitude. I can strongly say that getting awarded and recognized in a State Level Science Talent Search Examination during my high school had significant impact to take on [additional challenges]. Expanded my horizons and discovered my inner potential by organizing various science fairs. Eventually, was ranked amongst the top 2% of 10,000 students that appeared for a State Level Engineering Entrance test. Under Graduation in one of the reputed colleges of the state xxxxx( Revise the sentence). The core concepts of Computer Science Operating xxxxx …. With an internship in S/w Company have helped me XXXX. I have constantly demonstrated the yearning to go beyond the requirements of the curriculum and carried my [interest] in the practical application of concepts. Working with a team of four had given me a new perspective on the various software management skills and quality measures. I had always been aggressive in meeting deadlines while assuring the assuring the quality of the project.
[Any seminars/the work that you have doen with ur chapter caught attention of CS faculty
The web based tool u developed for the CS dept…] The approvers commended the complexity and the detail that I have included in the software

[Do you want to mention abt any certifications you were planning to give?

Helped me involve in various technical and non-technical( use curricular and extra – curricular) related activities during Undergraduation ( don’t use undergraduation, instead use Bachelor’s degree). Was one of the key members in starting a Computer Science Tech Forum (as part of Computer Society of India Chapter). The forum involved conducting seminars and workshops on Computer assembly and Practical Programming. Organized a workshop on PC assembly and Ethical Hacking for new graduates. These activities helped in improving my inter personal and team management skills. Have given seminars on Cyber and xxx. Was one of the key members in organizing a Cultural Fest and Art Exhibition during my under graduation. Volunteered to donate the funds collected for Art Exhibition to a Child Heart Surgery. This xxx my