Ph.D, Mathematics, UC Berkeley

Falling in love with number theory dates back to Prof. YoungJu Choie’s number theory course in 2014. The most attractive part of number theory for me is using a variety of sophisticated techniques to solve problems which are easy to understand, such as Fermat’s Last Theorem and the Prime Number Theorem. Based on this lesson, I tried to take as many courses I learned about as possible, which broadened my view of the mathematics.
Modular forms, ’my favorite object in mathematics’, came to my life by reading the last two chapters of…

(Excerpted from SOP, 920 words)

My love and passion for math began when I was in the fourth grade in an elementary school where I took a math course for gifted children in a college in my province. I learned ‘new’ mathematics which was different from what I learned at school, and there I came to have a dream which has never changed so far. I kept on studying math through the science high school and POSTECH and I couldn’t find anything more interesting than math.
I have met many math geniuses online and offline so far. …

(Excerpted from PHS, 483 words)

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SOP: http://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/apply/statement-purpose/

PHS: Please describe how your personal background and experiences inform your decision to pursue a graduate degree. In this section, you may also include any relevant information on how you have overcome barriers to access higher education, evidence of how you have come to understand the barriers faced by others, evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, evidence of your research focusing on underserved populations or related issues of inequality, or evidence of your leadership among such groups.

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