How to write a CV!

What is a CV?

A curriculum vitae (CV) is an academic resume that includes a written summary of a person’s education, professional experiences and other qualifications.  The CV is a crucial component to graduate school applications.

A CV should always include the following:

  • Full name
  • Email address and current position
  • Education
  • Research experience
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Awards
  • Teaching experience
  • Other relevant experiences

In addition to content, there are a few helpful strategies for producing a stellar CV…

Proofread!  Errors in spelling and/or grammar may disqualify you as an applicant.

Clarity!  Make your CV as easy to read as possible. Lines, spacing and headers can help organize your awesome accomplishments!

Font Size!  Select a readable font (e.g., Times New Roman) and stick to size 12 or larger.

Bold!  Put your name in bold to emphasize your role in research projects and publications.

Consistency!  Choose a standard format for citing your publications and presentations, and remain consistent throughout your CV.

Details!  Add helpful details such as page numbers, and arrange your experiences from least to most recent.

Here is an example, belonging to a *somewhat* neurotic young scientist…


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