“Once
you stop learning, you start dying.” This quote by Albert Einstein perfectly
describes my view of life. I believe that learning is a lifelong process. This
insatiable hunger for learning has motivated me to apply for this graduate
program. After High school, my love for chemistry my altruistic tendencies led
me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. Attending a lecture by a guest who
spoke about materials used in drug delivery devices and advanced packaging
materials used for pharmaceuticals was the turning point for me. As I read more
about it, I realised that it the path I want to follow. My interest for this
subject has only grown in the past two years.

My
Bachelor’s degree being an industry and research oriented course rather than a
community pharmacy course focused more on chemistry and formulation aspects and
hence I learnt about biomaterials and polymers in my Pharmaceutics courses. Studying
at one of the premiere institutes in the country and having highly supportive
professors was an added benefit.  Academically I have always done well,
consistently being in the class top five rankers. Learning German on my own by interacting
with people online, taught me to persistent and disciplined and to always
strive to improve in some way. Being an inquisitive person, I have always
questioned things and looked for answers. I worked on a project with another
classmate during which we were confronted with an industry based problem about
developing a higher bioavailability product by utilizing a polymer coating. I
also worked on other projects on my own and as an assistant for PhD students in
order to broaden my knowledge. Working 16 hours in lab per week has made me
well acquainted with lab practices. Taking up the role of the president of
ISPOR and being a member of other organisations like DIA has imbibed in me the ability
to work under pressure. The industry internships that I took up during my
undergraduate studies helped cement my goals.

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My
pharmaceutical background has equipped me with knowledge about topics such as
different microscopes and the principle of their functioning, various polymers
in medicine, interfaces, catalysis, interaction of materials with tissues and
other topics relevant to this program. I also have done a course in biomedical
nanotechnology in order to learn more about the subject and expand my
knowledge. Hence, I would love to study about Biomaterials during this program,
though I am open to other topics as well. It is my belief that new
technological innovations in materials will have a huge impact on the future of
medical care and drug delivery. This ‘Advanced Materials’ program would serve
to give me the direction that I need in order to achieve my future goals of
working with biomaterials. In the future I would like to work on developing
more cost effective and efficient biomaterials to increase efficacy of drug
delivery and improve functioning of medical devices. Topics like nano robots
and special materials made for for targeting certain tumours have sparked a
great interest in me for this subject. The large number of opportunities that
exist for students like me who have multidisciplinary interests to work on
interesting projects and to become involved in active research programs at your
university is just what I am looking for.

I
fully understand the sheer dedication and determination that this graduate
program calls for; I believe that I have the passion and the ability to take up
this exciting challenge. Therefore I feel that studying in your University is
the logical extension of my current objectives. Thank you for considering my
application,

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