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					How to Apply for OGS
What’s Included in the Application
  Summary Sheet (ranking done by department)
  Application Pages 1 and 2
  Checklist
  Official Transcripts
  Report 1 – professor most familiar with work
  Report 2 – professor familiar with work
  1 page listing academic accomplishments (i.e.
  publications, patents…)
  1 page study plan (PhD) or statement of interest
  (Master’s)
  List of scholarships and awards
Things to Consider
  All applicants have an A average
  To make your application stand out,
  you need to focus on:
     Reports 1 and 2 (references)
     Your plan of study / statement of
      interest
     List of academic accomplishments
     List of scholarships and awards
How to Get Good References
(Reports 1 & 2)
  Give referees plenty of time
  When you approach a prof for a reference, ask if he
  or she feels able to provide you with a strong
  reference
  Provide the referees with the form (with your
  information completed); your personal statement
  would also be helpful for them
  Ask the referee if he/she would like any additional
  information (i.e., your CV, transcript)
  Choose referees who are able to comment on your
  abilities within an academic context
  Choose referees who are able to comment on at least
  most of the characteristics on the form
Preparing Your Plan of Study
(for Doctoral Students)
  Keep it to 1 page, single-spaced
  In some Divisions, the application may be reviewed
  by someone outside of your specific discipline
  Don’t go into too many details about your thesis
  design or get too technical, but don’t be too sketchy
  either
  Don’t rely on “motherhood” type statements and
  generalities
  Don’t claim to address or fix all the problems in your
  discipline
  Be grammatical and avoid words or technical terms
  that exceed your grasp or the scope of potential
  reviewers
Plan of Study Dos: Example
I plan to study how school environment and social
   support variables relate to social adjustment in
   adolescents with health related activities limitations.
Research suggests that …
I plan to administer a survey to students within a cross-
   sectional sample of high schools in Ontario. The
   survey will include measures of…
I will use structural equation modelling to test an
   hypothesized model of the relationships among the
   school environment, social support, and social
   adjustment constructs measured in the survey.
Plan of Study Don’ts: Example
It is important to understand adolescents with
   health related activity limitations.
To date, no good research has been conducted
   in this area. The research is limited
   because…
I plan to conduct a study that will help answer
   many questions about this population.
My study will be very important in helping
   adolescents with disabilities achieve positive
   social adjustment.
Preparing Your Statement of
Interest (for Master’s Students)
  Keep it to 1 page, single-spaced
  In some Divisions, the application may be reviewed
  by someone outside of your specific discipline
  Avoid platitudes and warm fuzzies about the
  importance of your interests or the importance of
  your chosen discipline
  Avoid grandiose claims of how you’re going to
  improve the world
  Focus on tangible aspects of your interest
  Be grammatical and avoid words or technical terms
  that exceed your grasp or the scope of potential
  reviewers
Statement of Interest Dos: Example

 I chose to pursue graduate studies in
    occupational therapy because I am interested
    in studying and working with children who
    have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI). In
    particular, I am interested in how assistive
    technology can be used to support children
    with TBI in participating in typical childhood
    activities.
 …
Statement of Interest Don’ts: Example
 “I chose to pursue graduate studies in
    occupational therapy because the profession
    of occupational therapy and my personality
    are undermined by the same values.”
 It’s important for all people to engage in
    meaningful occupations and I plan to
    complete my graduate degree in occupational
    therapy so that I can help people do the
    things that are important to them.
List of Academic Accomplishments &
List of Scholarships/Awards

  Make sure you include all relevant
  accomplishments and awards
  Avoid “embellishing”
  Use point form lists
  Provide brief explanations for awards
  that may not be clear
  Highlight scholarships and awards that
  are competitive
General Advice
 Grammar counts
 Spelling counts
 Neatness and fluency count
 Clarity is essential
 Strong references are important
 Keep your potential “audience” in mind
 Get someone (ideally, a prof or more senior grad
 student) to read over your application and give you
 feedback
 Allow yourself and your referees enough time to do a
 thorough, careful job

				
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