I intend to apply for a masters program in the coming months. A parent is a professor in the same field at a nearby institution and is also an adjunct in the department I am applying to.

Do I have any ethical obligation to “disclose” (or, for that matter, to avoid) this fact in my application? If I do not address it, could it be seen as trying to hide a conflict of interest? If I do address it, will it be seen as inappropriate name-dropping? If I must mention it, what is the proper way to do this?

I have an uncommon last name which will probably be recognized, and some members of the faculty already know that I am the child of their colleague.

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