A good science student has a natural interest in their subject, a passion for learning, an inquisitive mind, an ambition to succeed, and is keen to develop and apply their analytical skills in a contextual environment, says Dr Paul Jones, award leader for the Forensic Science courses at USW.
Five ways to a stand-out statement
- Make it personal: Research the forensic science course on the website, attend an Open Day and relate the course to your career aspirations. Also, be clear about why you want to study Forensic Science at USW and what you hope to achieve from your studies.
- Work experience: Show a desire to learn outside of the classroom. You may have experienced a working laboratory environment, had some kind of work experience in industry, or have a part-time job where you are developing and applying the transferable skills required by forensic scientists, such as working as part of a team, communication, planning and organisation, evaluating situations etc.
- Commitment: We are looking for students who have a career ambition to be a forensic scientist or analytical scientist. You’ll need to demonstrate an awareness of the field of forensic science through being able to quote examples. Also, evidence how you keep up-to-date with what is happening in the forensic science sector. The best way to do this is to read scientific articles and news items.
- Strengths: Emphasise your strengths and qualities by providing relevant examples. Tell us what you can do, and sell yourself positively. Show us how you use initiative to solve problems and how you enjoy the practical aspect of your studies. Which experiment has been the most interesting to you, and why? What did you learn?
- Skills: Tell us about your hobbies and interests, and what skills you are acquiring from them. Are you a member of a sports team, for example? How do you think that is similar to a role in the workplace?