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Statement of Purpose for MS in Computer Science

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MS in Computer Science, University of Illinois

Being naturally intrigued about Computers, I pursued my undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering at College of Engineering Trivandrum, University of Kerala, India. I intend to do my higher education in Computer Science and would like to get enrolled into the Masters Program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign starting Fall ‘14.

My Interest in science started in early childhood. I was fascinated by the magic created by the new generation equipment called the computer. I was fortunate enough to get one for myself and that was the happiest day of my life. As I began exploring it, I learnt that programming is the best way to make computer do whatever you want.

I completed my schooling in Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Ernakulam, India. My school played a vital role in developing my interest in the field of science, right from the initial stages, by providing me opportunities to participate in different techno fests and science expos. I pursued my 12th grade CBSE Intermediate Board Exam securing 98% marks in Computer Science and 92% in Mathematics.

My interest in Computer Science grew way back in school days and I began to expand my skills in programming and development. My interest and passion towards Mathematics and Computer science, particularly programming, gained me an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering, in one of the most reputed colleges in India - College of Engineering Trivandrum.

In the early years of my undergraduate studies spanning 4 years, I gained in depth knowledge of the basic programming languages C, C++ and Java. The key features of each language made me realize that one was an improvement over th...

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An excellent exposure to Machine Learning and basics of Neural Networks in the past 4 years, has motivated me to continue my studies further at your university, as I believe it is the most resourceful department that caters to my interests. I look forward to a career in research under your tutelage, which will assist me in applying my academic knowledge to make noteworthy contributions in the field of my interest. I believe that graduate studies would provide me with opportunities to attend advanced courses and would be the stepping stone in my career. The active researches carried out by Prof. Timothy W. Bretl and Professor in the field of Machine Learning also have encouraged me to apply here.

I would regard my admission to your esteemed University not only as a great honour but also as a great responsibility and challenge to prove myself.