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PHD Chemistry, Chemical Analysis Research Example

May 7, 2014

I will complete my bachelor degree in Chemistry, Polymer Option, and mathematics minor at the University of XXXX in December. My research experience as an undergraduate has not been extensive but has been sufficient to persuade me that the pursuit of a higher degree that involves substantial research is the most suitable path for someone with my skills and characteristics. My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. program at Purdue in Analytical Chemistry with an emphasis on Mass Spectrometry. After that I want to work for a while in industry and finally to become a full time researcher and teacher in China.

 I have carefully researched the available programs that involve the applications of mass spectrometry and have concluded that Purdue’s program is the most appealing and suitable. I intend to be the best in my field, so I want to be taught and supported by the best faculty available. I know there are several professors in Purdue whose work is focused on research in mass spectrometry and would be very excited to be guided by these experts in my research projects.  

 As stated, my special interest is in mass spectrometry and I hope to undertake research into its applications, I am very excited at the prospect of working in this exciting area of study. I have worked for two years assisting in the research of Dr. XXXX group that focuses on mass spectrometry work such as ESI, MALDI and GPC in polymers. I have found the work deeply fascinating and absorbing. There is no area of work that appeals more to me.

 My professional plans and career goals are to successfully complete my Ph.D. and initially to apply my knowledge in industry and, finally to return to China and become a full time researcher and teacher. I will be very happy if I can find more and more applications for my area of expertise and assisting students to do so. Mass spectrometry studies are not well developed in China and I hope to be a pioneer in applying and sharing advanced skills in this area. I enjoy passing on knowledge and skills to others and look forward to being able to do so during the program and beyond it.

 I have excelled in my undergraduate studies and have been on the Dean’s List on five occasions. I was awarded the ACESS/OMNOVA scholarship award in 2010 and the Stratka Scholarship for women in fall 2010. I have also acted as Vice President of the Akron Chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. I am certain that I can profit from admission to the program and that I will ‘add value’ to the department by enthusiastic and successful participation in its research endeavors. 

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