I've been looking at tips and articles about how to create a successful CV for applying to graduate school in the US, but I'm getting confusing results about certain things. I plan on applying to Bioengineering/Materials Science and Engineering programs. My undergraduate degree is in Physics at a small liberal arts institution. Am I to include basic descriptions for what undergraduate research I've done? What about for TAing and tutoring? Should I include a short description of my responsibilities? I looked at some that have descriptions and some that only have titles. I don't have any publications. For extracurriculars and leadership, I have had leadership positions in SPS, so I was definitely going to include that, but I'm also captain of the rugby team. Is that something that I should include, even though it's not related to my academics? It shows leadership, but I'm also afraid graduate programs won't take me seriously if I put it on there... Are descriptions (for everything mentioned above, plus awards, etc.) a good or bad thing on a CV?