grae313 wrote:Of course, if any of the projects are more relevant to your proposed area of study in graduate school, favor them as well.
What if none of your projects are relevant to your proposed area of study? Does that mean you should change your proposed area?
I sort of did this for my SOP. I did a lot of research in UG involving nonlinear dynamics and chaos. I usually found some research going on at the schools that involved NLD or chaos and mentioned it in my SOP (basically to me it was my justification for why I was applying to that particular program). I don't know whether or not it really helped my application, but I'd like to think it did.
Side-note: I believe schools are just interested in whether or not you are actually interested in their program. If you can justify your application to their school, then that probably benefits you. That being said, they don't admit you with the expectation you will follow whatever research path you mentioned in your SOP; it's not a contract written in blood.