Resources › For Students and Parents How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae Share Flipboard Email Print Image Source/ Photo Disc/ Getty Images For Students and Parents Graduate School Choosing a Graduate Program Tips & Advice Admissions Essays Recommendation Letters Medical School Admissions Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Admissions College Life Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Tara Kuther, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Fordham University M.A., Developmental Psychology, Fordham University Tara Kuther, Ph.D., is a professor at Western Connecticut State University. She specializes in professional development for undergraduate and graduate students. our editorial process Tara Kuther, Ph.D. Updated March 06, 2017 Think it's too soon for you to prepare a curriculum vitae or CV? After all, you're in graduate school. Guess what? It's never too early to write a CV. A curriculum vitae or CV (and sometimes called a vita) is an academic resume that highlights your scholarly accomplishments. Although most students compose a curriculum vitae while in graduate school, consider including one in your application to graduate school. A CV provides the graduate admissions committee with a clear outline of your accomplishments so they can determine whether you're a good fit with their graduate program. Begin your curriculum vitae early and revise it as you progress through graduate school and you'll find applying to academic positions after graduation a little less painful. Unlike a resume, which is one to two pages in length, a curriculum vitae grows in length throughout your academic career. What goes into a CV? Here are the types of information that a vita may contain. The contents of a CV differ across disciplines, and your vita probably will not have all of these sections yet, but at least consider each. Contact information Here, include your name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail for home and office, if applicable. Education Indicate your major, type of degree, and the date each degree was awarded for each postsecondary school attended. Eventually, you'll include titles of theses or dissertations and chairs of committees. If you haven't yet completed your degree, indicate the expected graduation date. Honors and Awards List each award, granting institution and the date awarded. If you have only one award (e.g., graduation honors), consider incorporating this information within the education section. Teaching Experience List any courses that you assisted with as a TA, co-taught, or taught. Note the institution, role held in each, and supervisor. This section will become more relevant during your graduate school years, but sometimes undergraduates are assigned teaching roles. Research Experience List assistantships, practica, and other research experience. Include the institution, nature of the position, duties, dates, and supervisor. Statistical and Computer Experience This section is especially relevant for research-oriented doctoral programs. List courses that you've taken, statistical and computer programs with which you're familiar, and data analysis techniques with which you're competent. Professional Experience List relevant professional experience, such as administrative work and summer jobs. Grants Awarded Include title of agency, projects for which funds were awarded, and dollar amounts. Publications You'll probably begin this section during graduate school. Eventually, you'll separate publications into sections for articles, chapters, reports and other documents. Document each publication in the citation style appropriate for your discipline (i.e., APA or MLA style). Conference Presentations Similar to the section on publications, separate this category into sections for posters and papers. Use the appropriate documentation style for your discipline (i.e., APA or MLA style). Professional Activities List service activities, committee memberships, administrative work, lectures you've been invited to deliver, professional workshops you've delivered or attended, editorial activities, and any other professional activities in which you've engaged. Professional Affiliations List any professional societies with which you're affiliated (e.g., student affiliate of the American Psychological Association, or the American Psychological Society). Research Interests Briefly summarize your research interests with four to six key descriptors. This is best added during graduate school than before. Teaching Interests List courses you're prepared to teach or would like the opportunity to teach. Similar to the section on research interests, write this section towards the end of grad school. References Provide names, phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses for your referees. Ask their permission beforehand. Be sure that they will speak highly of you. Present items chronologically within each category of the CV, with the most recent items first. Your curriculum vitae is a statement of your accomplishments, and most importantly, is a work in progress. Update it frequently and you'll find that taking pride in your accomplishments can be a source of motivation.