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PHD Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Indian

XXXX University is my first choice for graduate study towards the PHD Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology for a variety of reasons outlined in what follows. In particular, I think the big-city environment of Houston, complete with all the major resources of one of America’s larger cities, is especially appropriate for the study of I/O Psychology.

I have nurtured a special interest in the psychology of the workplace both as an undergraduate student in Psychology in my native New Delhi, India and as a graduate student at the XXXX School of Professional Psychology, finishing my MA Degree this year in the area of Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a 3.7 GPA. I feel strongly that my GPA is a much better reflection of my capacity to excel at XXXX University than my mediocre scores GRE examination.

I look forward to a long and productive professional lifetime doing research on employee motivation, selection and job performance models, and especially workforce team development. I have had only limited opportunity so far to engage in intensive research because I chose the internship track during my Master's Program in Chicago. I hope to make up for this by earning my PHD at XXXX in a research-intensive program. Your program at XXXX provides research opportunities in topics similar to my interest and solid training for careers in both academic and applied settings. I have communicated with current students and received positive feedback about the program. In particular, it would be a great honor for me to study under Drs. XXXX and XXXX because they have similar research interests as my own in a variety of areas related to the psychology of the workplace. I also appreciate the way in which your I/O Program at XXXX promotes a collegial working style and the way in which students receive the close support of their advisor for doctoral research and I especially hope that Dr. XXXX might find time to serve as my advisor.

Thus, your I/O Psychology program represents the ideal location for me to learn, in a large metropolitan area, in a collaborative positive environment. I hope to be selected for your competitive program on the basis of my leadership experience since I was the Founder/President of the International Student Association at The XXXX School of Professional Psychology. This experience not only helped me grow professionally but also personally. I learned to view things from different perspectives, more fully embracing and celebrating multiculturalism in increasingly creative ways. I created this student body to help international students voice their opinions and it was a huge success.

I also served as a mentor to a first year student in my second year of grad school. Our I/O psychology department had a peer mentor program where every newly admitted student was assigned a mentor. The purpose of the I/O peer-mentoring program was to provide support, feedback, friendship, and set a professional example for first year students. Participation in this program also helped me develop greater leadership competency. I also made the Dean’s List for my outstanding GPA as an undergraduate student. I have had a chance to work in many sub fields of I/O psychology during my Master's program and have gained versatile experience outside of the classroom.

I hope to teach I/O Psychology and to devote my professional life to research in a variety of subareas in our field which are not yet determined. My professional engagement so far as been primarily in healthcare, but I do not see my professional interests as limited to this area, at least for the future. I recently became employed by the VHA in XXXX, Texas, a national health care network of not-for-profit hospitals providing a broad range of healthcare services to members. Previously, I spent six months (July 2015- November 2015) with XXXX Healthcare, also in Irving, providing healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services.

Not only do I want to focus on becoming an inspiring teacher after earning my PHD at XXXX but I also want to start my own business, a company that focuses on leadership training and helps budding leaders to reach their maximum potential. There is a dearth of such consulting firms in India and the demand is really high. Indian companies rely on foreign trainers. Many Indian companies do not even have a training and development component to their business. After finishing my PhD, I would like to return to India and contribute to this sector of our economy. 

In conclusion, you will undoubtedly have applicants with higher GRE scores than mine. But I ask you to take into consideration my excellent grades combined with my extracurricular activities, since I feel strongly that this is a much better indication of my ability to excel in your program at XXXX University.

I thank you for considering my application.

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