Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Academic Resume & CV Workshop

Want to improve your resume to make yourself as competitive as possible for jobs, scholarships, research experiences, and graduate school? Wondering what the difference is between a CV and resume, and what the heck is an "academic resume"? This workshop is for you! Come learn the best practices for creating a winning resume or CV and leave with direct feedback on how to make your next application shine! Check below for more basic information, guidelines and our next workshop date.

What is a curriculum vita?

A Curriculum Vita, commonly referred to as a CV, includes a summary of your educational and academic background as well as teaching, research experience, publications, presentations,awards, honors, and affiliations. The CV establishes your identity as an academic, and includes all pertinent academic experience and qualifications.

Curriculum vita vs resume

The most noticeable difference between most CVs and most resumes is the length. Entry level resumes are usually limited to one page. CVs, however, often run to three or more pages. Keep in mind that length is not to the determinant of a successful CV. You should try to present all the relevant information that you possibly can, but you should also try to present it in as concise a manner as possible. A more subtle but equally important distinction is that where the goal of a resume is to construct a professional identity for the purpose of attaining specific employment opportunities, the goal of a CV is to construct a scholarly identity by summarizing the breadth and depth of expertise in a particular field. Therefore, CVs specifically reflect academic abilities as a teacher, researcher,and publishing scholar within your discipline.

What is an academic resume?

Because most students lack the experience to truly establish expertise in a field, and because our purposes in UROC are to help students gain specific research or creative activity opportunities, we use a hybrid model called an "academic resume". In essence an academic resume is a short and carefully tailored CV that is targeted to the programs and researchers you will be sending them to. It should contain all the information that is present in a CV, and will serve as the starting point for assembling a full CV in the future.

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