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Acceptable format of a Research Staement?

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I have read online that a research statement should follow an essay format.
However, I am having a hard time transitioning from my introductory paragraph into my main body paragraphs. So, I was wondering if it would be possible to section my essay as follows:

[Introductory Text Here]

Academic Profile
[Paragraphs]

Professional Profile
[Paragraphs]

Research Interests
[Paragraphs]

Conclusion
[Paragraphs]
Would this be acceptable, or should I re-work my essay to not include headings?
Since I am writing about 3 pages, I feel like headings help clearly identify the topics that will be discussed and generate white space to make the paper easier to read.

Also, is there specific paper formatting I need to follow? (Double space vs. Single etc.?)

Thank you for your input, I highly appreciate it !

Edit:
I am writing this as part of my application to a MASc. in Civil Engineering. I will be submitting it along with my application to the University (Canada). The university I am applying to does not have any particular outline/format to follow.
 
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I have read online that a research statement should follow an essay format.
However, I am having a hard time transitioning from my introductory paragraph into my main body paragraphs. So, I was wondering if it would be possible to section my essay as follows:



Would this be acceptable, or should I re-work my essay to not include headings?
Since I am writing about 3 pages, I feel like headings help clearly identify the topics that will be discussed and generate white space to make the paper easier to read.

Also, is there specific paper formatting I need to follow? (Double space vs. Single etc.?)

Thank you for your input, I highly appreciate it !
This is VERY vague. What are you writing this for, or to where are you submitting this?

If you are writing a journal paper, then the journal will have its own specific requirement. There is no single universal style!

If you are writing this to seek funding, then look at the requirement of that funding agency.

Otherwise, you need to include a lot more information in your post than what you had already written.

Zz.
 
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Thank you Zapper, I am writing this as part of my MASc. in Civil Engineering application for graduate studies at a Canadian university.
 
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Thank you Zapper, I am writing this as part of my MASc. in Civil Engineering application for graduate studies at a Canadian university.
Then you should get the info on the format and style from them.

Zz.
 
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Then you should get the info on the format and style from them.

Zz.
Can I ask the format/length you followed in your statement ?
 
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Can I ask the format/length you followed in your statement ?
My statement?

I applied for a Ph.D, not "MASc", and it was in physics, not engineering, and I went to a university in the US, not Canada. And I also did this in 1993, not 2018. How relevant do you think the format (there was no format) of my statement will be to your case?

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