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Applying for an REU - "Mathematical Background"

  1. Feb 18, 2015 #1
    I'm working on my applications for summer REUs (math). I've got my recommendations, my CV, a couple of cover letters, various personal statements, but there is one personal statement giving problems. It asks me to write about a page detailing, among other things, my "mathematical background." What does that mean? Surely they don't want another list of my coursework. They've got 2 already. Should I discuss why I got into math? Should I discuss a particular area of interest?
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  3. Feb 19, 2015 #2
    Just like you said you may enter the data to questions such as
    What all courses you have enrolled ?
    Why did you enroll in those topics?
    What all topics do you like and why?
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