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  • Your educational history starting from primary school, with grades obtained (high school and university).
  • Your theoretical education. The strength of the BCCB program is the early exposure to the important topics - you have learnt more BCCB knowledge than in probably any other BSc program in the world. This is one of your strong points. One good way to demonstrate the depth of your theoretical experience is to list the title of your core BCCB courses and your scientific electives, and to provide - since these titles don't say very much - the name of one or two books that were used in the reading material.
  • Your practical training. This is another very strong point. List the names of the courses and the methods that you have come in contact with. If you have done any projects (as a student assistant, or during an internship), provide the title of the project, a one-sentence description of the scientific purpose, and list the methods that you used. 
  • If you are applying for an internship, it is OK to list the courses that you will do in the semester between the application and the start of the internship, since they are important for assessing how much you will know when you start. But of course, one has to be able to see from the dates that you have not done them yet. 
  • The student jobs that you have held and the internships that you have done. If they were nonscientific do not use more than one line.
  • Any scholarships and prizes that you have been awarded, including accession to the President's List and/or merit-based scholarships at Jacobs.
  • Extracurricular activities. Keep them short.
  • Skills: Languages (with level), software skills (esp. scientific) are the most important.
  • Referees' addresses should be provided on a separate sheet.
    • Unless you have been specifically asked for letters of references, you should simply list the referees' addresses (contact them beforehand!), and the potential employer will write to them to ask for a letter.
    • If letters of reference have been specifically requested, it is best to ask your referees to send theirletters directly to the prospective employer, independsntly of the application - this proves to them that you have had no opportunity to see the letter.
    • Sometimes, employers specifically request that sealed reference letters be included together with your application.


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