Personal Statement for Graduate School for MS IAC

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(Last Updated On: April 4, 2020)

This is a personal statement for graduate school written by me for the program of MS Instrumental Analytical Chemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. You can use this personal statement for graduate school as a reference only so that you can construct your own.


What is Instrumental Analytical Chemistry?

Instrumental Analytical Chemistry is a branch of chemistry that deals with the analytical instrumentation used to analyze different chemical compounds, as the determination of structure and mass of organic compounds and biomolecules by X-Ray crystallography, NMR, mass spectroscopy all are instrumental analytical chemistry. It has great applications in different fields of Chemistry as well as Biochemistry. When it comes to design, instrumentation of different research processes and mechanisms, then it must be kept in mind that good design of instrumentation may lead to better results with the least errors in the procedures.

Personal and Educational Experience

As an applicant of the instrumental analytical chemistry program at your institution, i.e. the University of Southampton, I would like to provide snippet information about my own interest and ambitions in pursuing this graduate program at your esteemed university.

During my childhood education, I had a great interest in science subjects. I wondered, knowing the ability of carbon atom to form an astronomical number of compounds. My science teacher was so good and always motivated me and appreciated my work. Even I used to do small experiments in my home using simple chemicals like the formation of ammonia by mixing Ammonium chloride (found in dry cells) with calcium oxide, the formation of hydrogen gas by reacting zinc with the acid found in the battery, the formation of carbon dioxide by mixing baking soda with lemon juice. All these reasons were sufficient to drag me to this branch of science and I finally decided to choose chemistry as a major subject.

When I moved to higher secondary school, I decided to choose basic sciences as the major subjects and then got a chance to deepen my knowledge in basic sciences. During my higher secondary level, I did some experiments in my own room with simple chemicals like the production of chlorine, sodium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite, etc. by electrolysis and I enjoyed much more. One day I tried to produce hydrogen gas by putting sodium metal in the water contained in a narrow bottle of glass, but the large piece of sodium was exploded inside the bottle.

Research Experience

As a part of ambition, I joined B.Sc. Biochemistry program At Universal Science College (which is affiliated with Pokhara University) where I became familiar with different branches of biological and life sciences, like cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and various parts of chemistry including analytical chemistry and analytical biochemistry.

As a part of the degree requirement, I did small research work on protease entitled “characterization of protease isolated from different parts of Choreospondias axillaries (Lapsi) under the supervision of assistant professor Rubin Thapa Magar and I have published two papers in different journals. “Characterization of Protease Isolated from Root of Choreospondias Axillaries (Lapsi)”. Journal of Plant Sciences. Vol. 1, No. 3, 2013, pp. 39-42. And the next one is “Biochemical Characterization of Protease Isolated from Different Parts of Choerospondias axillaris (Lapsi)”. Biochem Anal Biochem Vol. 2, No. 3, 2013.

During my undergraduate study, I got a chance to participate in a workshop organized by the Nepal chemical society on the topic of “Refresher course on Spectroscopic techniques for graduate studies”. I have also taken short term training on “Molecular Genetics” from Kathmandu Center for Genomics and Research Laboratory, during which I got a chance to the exposure of extraction of DNA, DNA amplification by PCR, PCR fragment detection by gel electrophoresis.

Further Planning After Graduation

After finishing my graduate studies in this field, I want to do work in the research field where I can do different analytical research and to design the best possible instrumentation procedures regarding organic compounds for their structure and function including biomolecules too with the help of different analytical instruments. There is a really great demand of good instrumentation designs in the research area of chemistry.

As I said, this is a personal statement for graduate school for the program of MS Instrumental Analytical Chemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. You are free to use this sample as a reference, but do not copy-paste. Hope this sample of personal statement for graduate school will help you in constructing your own.

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