A. Consider the following questions in preparing your statement of purpose: What are your current research interests? The clearer you state your research interests (whether they are specific or general), the easier it will be to identify potential faculty mentors. Describe how previous research projects, coursework or other experiences have influenced your interests. Would you prefer to continue on a similar path of inquiry, or to engage in a different approach, technique or field of study? What are your future educational and career goals, and how does training as a researcher fit with your goals? What academic, volunteer or work experiences have best prepared you to engage in research? B. The statement of purpose should also respond to this important question: How do you understand the Leadership Alliance goal of developing a diverse research workforce?