In my country, Bangladesh, there is a
stereotypical conception that if a student doesn’t accomplish his undergraduate
degree from a renowned government university, he is incompetent. But I always
begged to differ and rather believed that if a person is genuinely meritorious
and diligent, he will flourish in every aspect of life and this perception is
what transmuted my life. I have completed my Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honors) from
one of the best private universities of Bangladesh, ‘University of Asia
Pacific’ with the highest CGPA (3.99 out of 4.00). I have not only completed my
Bachelor’s degree with full tuition waiver but have also been honored with
several awards for my tremendous academic performance. Now, I yearn to build up
my career as a pharmaceutical scientist and pursuing a Ph.D. degree will be the
staircase to my dream.
My aspiration of becoming a researcher
inflamed when I have chosen pharmaceutical sciences as my course of study. Back
then I used to believe that paracetamol is just a medicine that alleviates
fever but never thought it through that it takes a pharmacist so much more-
from the mechanism of COX inhibitors to packaging science- to manufacture a
single piece of tablet. Every course, whether it is pharmaceutics or
pharmacology, is interlinked with each other which ultimately heeded me toward
exploring and learning more. Since that day, I realized my passion toward my
dream and have never seized to offer my best at everything, along with any
given platform that provided me the opportunity to utilize my knowledge in
terms of the pharmaceutical field.
I always crave to explore the wide array of
pharmaceutical disciplines to discover, design and develop new drugs and
therapies. Although I scrutinized all the generalized and existing knowledge of
pharmaceutical disciplines during my undergraduate days, I still felt like I
had limited opportunities that ultimately hindered me from focusing on my
interests and learning more profoundly. Among 74 courses in my undergraduate
curriculum, pharmacology was the first subject that made me realize the worth
of studying pharmacy and what it means to be a pharmaceutical scientist. I
sought to study further to gain comprehensible insight into pharmacology.
Recognition of potential drug targets and novel treatments for diseases that
still lack effectual treatments will be my objective as a researcher. Being
admitted to the Ph.D. program will not only help me be trained in high-end
research skills but will also prepare me to conquer difficult tasks that will
come to be of great assistance in my research career. The inspiration and
desire both come from the fact that pharmaceutical jobs in Bangladesh are
generic-industry oriented, which basically means that we neither have any scope
for research that embraces the diverse focuses of pharmacology nor do we have
any pharmaceutical scientist who can guide our pharmaceutical sector in this
research field. After completing my Ph.D. degree, I will step forward and create
a research team where together the students and the trainees will work toward
the superiority healthcare of my country.
To gather advanced understandings in my
preferred research area, I enrolled in the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical
Technology and have successfully completed my post-graduation from University
of Asia Pacific with CGPA 4.00 out of 4.00. For my graduate thesis work, I
investigated the role of SMAD1 polymorphisms as a genetic modifier of risk for
individuals with Colorectal Cancer as susceptible genotypes in the Bangladeshi
population. For my research, I used different molecular techniques like DNA
Extraction and Quantification, Polymerase Chain Reaction, and Electrophoresis.
Now, I am writing my manuscript for publication in a journal about a high
impact factor like ‘Tumor Biology’. Although the purpose of pursuing a Master’s
degree was to gain depth knowledge and research experience in the field of
pharmaceutics and pharmacogenomics, short duration, and fewer curriculum was
insufficient to explore the other focuses of pharmacology which ultimately
heeded me toward chasing a Ph.D. degree.
I want to be a part of the Ph.D. Program in
Pharmaceutical Sciences at North Dakota State University since it will provide
me the lively intellectual environment and rich facilities for an extensive
variety of research approaches. The reason I prioritized North Dakota State
University’s School of Pharmacy as my graduate school is because it offers
highly published and cited faculty who conduct world-class research projects.
After going through the faculty directory and their research interests, I
discovered that each research project is propitious whether it is on the
identification of novel targets for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases or
on human lung diseases, therefore I am confident to both render and learn a lot
from them. I also realized that the students and faculties are contributing as
authors on high-impact; peer-reviewed publications and I am just as longing to
be like them. I also went through the courses and found a few courses similar
to my Master’s curriculum which makes me all the more confident to excel in my
desired field. I am confident that your university will guide me towards my
vision and mission in the same way it leads their thousands of former students
to accomplish their dreams.
The overall goal of receiving a Ph.D.
degree would excessively aid me in my proficiency, thoughts and innovative
ideas as a research scientist both in the field of academy and industry. I have
the greatest passion for learning and I can prove to be one of the bests if I
am given a chance to exhibit my potential.