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 regarded 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 towards my dream and so I 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. Although I scrutinized all the generalized and existing knowledge on the wide array of pharmaceutical disciplines during my undergraduate study, it was inadequate to learn a specific subject of my interest with great profundity. Admission to the Ph.D. program will be not only my approach to be trained in high-end research skills but will also prepare me to conquer difficult tasks that will come to my research career.
After graduation, I had worked as an Analytical Development Executive for six months in an internationally accredited industry named Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited, Bangladesh to make myself more knowledgeable in the pharmaceutical field. I was the first female and novice employee who had been assigned with equipment qualification in the new General Block-FDA project besides my routine analysis work in the research laboratory. Although my supervisor was elated with my performance, yet I decided to sacrifice my job to give my full consideration to higher studies and to work on my research interests.
I always crave to explore the wide array of pharmaceutical disciplines to discover, design and develop new drugs and therapies. The inspiration and desire both come from the fact that pharmaceutical industries in Bangladesh are generic based, which basically means that we neither have any scope for research on drug discovery, design, and delivery nor do we have any pharmaceutical scientist who can guide our pharmaceutical sector in this research field. In past years, Bangladesh had to import Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) from India but now we are constructing API Plant on the native soil ourselves. If all of these are taking place right now, it’s likely that we can lead our pharmaceutical industries to conduct research on novel dosage and drug delivery systems in the near future. But for that to happen, all we need are merit scholars to revolutionize the industry for the better. On the other hand, I am also eager to research on the relationship between the modifications of DNA and the disease states to identify potential drug targets. I sought to involve in original researches that contributes to the reorganization of effective treatment for cancer, lung diseases and obesity. After completing my Ph.D. degree, I will step forward and create a funded research team where the students and the trainee will work together and aid in improved healthcare of my country. But if I ever get chance in someplace else as well, I would willingly take the opportunity to make a difference in whichever way I can.
To gather more knowledge and research experience in my desired research field, I enrolled for 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. My courses for instance-Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, and Modern Drug Delivery System-greatly enhanced my knowledge of drug delivery, development, and effectiveness. 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”. Even though my Master’s degree gave me the research experience and more specific knowledge in pharmaceutical field, short duration, and fewer curriculums were insufficient to explore the pharmaceutical sciences extensively which ultimately heeded me toward chasing a Ph.D. degree.
To make my dream and future plans true, I need to be a worthy academician and for that, I need to become an expert at the principles and theories of pharmaceutical sciences. And thus 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 vivacious academic environment and rich facilities for an extensive variety of research approaches. 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. My highest priority to select North Dakota State University’s School of Pharmacy as my graduate school because it provides 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 transdermal delivery of bioactive materials or on the influence of estrogens on the asthmatic airway, 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 M.S. curriculum which makes me all the more confident to excel in my desired field. I found from the university’s website that the Writing Studio is open to all students which I am very excited to be a part of. After thorough observations of the program, I think that your graduate program is the best fit for me.
I desire to pursue a Ph.D. degree as I have a genuine passion and fondness for research and I would like to make a difference by being a contribution to a innovative knowledge. 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 an opportunity to demonstrate my potential.