College of Science

Curriculum Vitae

The folllowing is excerpted from Wikipedia with some editing:

"... a curriculum vitae In the United States is expected to include a comprehensive listing of professional history including every term of employment, academic credential, publication, contribution or significant achievement."

"... a curriculum vitae tends to be organized in a way that presents data about one's self in a compact fashion, with a clear chronology."

"... a curriculum vitae often includes complete and unembellished lists of data such as educational institutions attended, degrees received, positions held, professional affiliations, publications authored, etc."

"... a curriculum vitae usually implies that there are no omissions, and in particular, no temporal gaps between listed items."

The CV vs. The Resumé

One of the most frequently asked questions encountered from graduate students is "What's the difference between a CV and a resumé?" The chart that follows contains general guidelines intended to highlight the differences between the two.


What is the goal of a CV?
To clearly present your comprehensive academic achievements and scholarly potential.

What should I include?
Your full academic history, including undergraduate/graduate institutions, date(s) of attendance and graduation, GPA, teaching and research activity (including research topic and advisor), laboratory skills, meeting presentations, honors, awards, computer & language skills, and service. Most CVs are organized into categories - Education, Teaching and Research Experience, Publications, Presentations, Honors, Grants, Association Memberships, etc.

How long is a CV?
As many pages as needed, as long as the material is well organized.

What should I probably not include?
Activities unrelated to academic pursuits.

Should I list references?
Yes - list three references (after you've asked them!), with their title, affiliation, phone, and e-mail.


What is the goal of a resumé?
To provide a concise and targeted snapshot of your relevant skills, experiences, and accomplishments from both paid and volunteer work, and schooling.

What should I include?
Education; Positions you've held (listing school/company, position title and dates of employment) often with a bulleted description of your duties at each; Computer and Language skills; other categories as warranted.

How long is a resumé?
Generally one page, maybe more if you have over three years of relevant work/lab experience.

What should I probably not include?
Publications, presentations and classes you have taught unless they are related to the position you are applying for.

Should I list references?
Not on your resume. Send them separately if requested. If you are a finalist, the professor will contact you to request them later.

Modified from Syracuse University Career Center