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Master’s Degree Sample Admission Statement: Biostatistics

One of the reasons why I am very proud to be from XXXX is the enormous quality and prestige of our flagship educational institution, the University of XXXX. Furthermore, given the fact that my chosen area for graduate study is Biostatistics, the University of XXXX is a very natural choice for me as an applicant to graduate school. I keenly look forward to learning from and working alongside very hard working and well-trained biologists at the U of XXXX, to better understand the way the human body works when numbers are plugged into biological theory.

Nothing excites me as much as studying the driving forces that are responsible for the occurrence and nature of physiological phenomenon and the creation of mathematical models for human physiology and improved human health. I cannot imagine ever feeling bored while exploring these areas and my passion for the intersection of Biology and Mathematics is so great as to leave me feeling most confident that I have chosen the right career path for me. I have taken several courses in Biomathematics courses, currently hold a mathematics degree and I am in the process of earning an undergraduate degree in Statistics as well so as to be optimally prepared by my undergrad studies hit the ground running and excel in your program at the University of XXXX.

I have experience with the math program Latex, R - and SAS - statistical programming languages, as well as Matlab and C++.  I also have a solid background in Human Physiology and Neurology. I have invested a great deal of my free time over the years reading about arthritis, schizophrenia, and dementia and contributing towards the realization of a cure in these areas – or at least a highly effective treatment - would be a special triumph for me.

I can think of no more noble work than investing one’s professional lifetime laboring to enhance the effectiveness of medicines and other medical treatments. Using accurate mathematical models, we may be able to screen medicines and other medical treatments before human and animal trials which would be more cost effective, humane, and efficient. I believe that my background in both statistics and mathematics will help me to make the most out of my graduate studies and position myself further on for making importance contributions to increasing our understanding of the human brain using mathematical modeling. I got off to a slow start as an undergraduate student and my grades during the first two years of my studies were far from stellar. By my third year of studies, however, the underlying causes of these problems had been remedied and my grades improved considerably. I am confident that my more recent work more accurately reflects my potential for excellence as a graduate student.

I thank you for considering my application to Biomathematics at the University of XXXX.

Biology and Professional Ethics

I take particular delight in the way in which the study of biology has an immediate relevance to our daily lives. It is important for everyone to develop an informed sense of how we may individually and collectively continue to fit into the complex ecology of our planet without rendering horrendous destruction. Some of the greatest engineering feats of the future are likely to involve bioengineering projects, particularly concerning the disposal of municipal and industrial wastes and the development of renewable resources.

Biology, as the Queen of the Physical Sciences, provides special opportunity for creative statements that are carefully tailored to your long term career plans. The Master’s Degree in Biology is a preferred strategy of prospective dentists and doctors alike, as a way to beef up their credentials for entry into Dental or Medical School. Oh, the struggles that I have had with cancer on paper, helping people gain admission to dedicate their lives in this battle. It is a privilege and I would be honored to help you as well.

It is a special honor for me to help you, to empower you to help clarify and eloquently express your goals, the contribution that you will be capable of making if accepted to the program to which you are applying in Biology. Together, we are building a tomorrow that will slowly be freed from disease and suffering. My contribution will be helping you to get accepted, on the basis of an especially eloquent explanation of your long term plans concerning your contribution to the study of biology. After you fill out my Online Interview Form, I will ask you some specific questions by email if I need any further information. Please also send your resume/CV and or rough draft if you have one.

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Statements of Excellence for Admission to Graduate School in Biology

As someone with a PHD in Religion and Ethics, I am especially concerned with the way in which ethical judgments may heavily influence the success of applications that develop from many avenues of biological research. Sequencing the human genome, gene localization and identity, gene therapy, the creation and release of genetically engineered organisms, bioengineered pharmaceuticals, and ecosystem management of marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments, are all current and lively areas of applied research that call for cooperation and partnerships between biologists and many other professional and cultural groups in the community.

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Sample 1st Paragraph for MS Molecular Life Science, Korean

I was born in South Korea in 1979 to a family of humble farmers. Fortunately for me, as is the Korean way, my parents invested everything in their children’s education. Immigrating to the USA in 2002, as have many of my countrymen; what probably distinguishes me most from the pack of applicants is that I am fluent in written as well as spoken Chinese, along with English and my native Korean. It is my sincere hope that my language capabilities in Chinese will open doors for me in terms of future professional opportunities as a scientist because of the critical importance of Korean/Chinese collaboration on scientific endeavors.

Sample 1st Paragraph Masters Biomedical Engineering

I look forward to a career in biomedical engineering because of the depth of my commitment to research. My short term goal is to complete your distinguished Masters Program that will provide me with the optimal background and experience to make important contributions to the development of bioinstrumentation, especially insofar as my native Nigeria might be able to contribute to this noble enterprise. My country, like the rest of Africa, is in desperate need of economic development and I would like to devote my professional lifetime to helping Nigeria to develop new directions and initiatives in the manufacture of biomedical engineering, especially bioinstrumentation, devices.

The Heroines of Biology

Time to check out the current heroines of biology! Oh, there are so many. Here are just a few for you.

Patricia S. Goldman-Rakic 

Patricia S. Goldman-Rakic is a neurobiologist and Professor of Neurobiology, Neurology, and Psychiatry at Yale University. The persistent firing of neurons in the prefrontal cortex is the "glue of consciousness," says Goldman-Rakic. "It allows one event in time to connect to another and forms our memory."

Her pioneering studies show that when this circuitry breaks down because of, for example, fetal damage or substance abuse, and we're easily distracted and confused. "The inability to keep a coherent line of thought is one of the cardinal symptoms of schizophrenia and other memory disorders like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and childhood attention-deficit disorder," she says. 

Rita Colwell

Rita Colwell is Director at the National Science Foundation. Her day job takes up her time, but she says she would feel "starved" without her research on cholera, which she´s now been involved with for 25 years.

"We took this elegant, interdisciplinary research involving molecular biology, oceanography, remote sensing, and clinical medicine and came up with a very simple technique to prevent the disease: filtering water through sari cloth," says Colwell. That strategy, she found, reduces the number of cases by around 50 percent. "This is the kind of holistic approach we need to solve complicated scientific issues," she adds. 

Elizabeth Blackburn 

Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at University of California at San Francisco, Elizabeth Blackburn discovered telomerase.

Each time a cell divides, its chromosomes shorten slightly. To protect vital genes from being lopped off, chromosomes are capped with telomeres, blocks of DNA and protein.

Telomeres are maintained by telomerase, which biologist Carol Greider and Blackburn discovered in healthy cells. In most healthy cells, telomerase production eventually ceases, telomeres whittle down, and the cell then dies.

Blackburn's research has shown that in cancer cells, the enzyme never shuts off, and cells become immortal. "Telomerase is reactivated in about 90 percent of tumors. It is a great favorite of cancer cells," says Blackburn. And thus a target for new drugs. 

Anna K. Behrensmeyer 

Anna Behrensmeyer is a Research Paleobiologist at the Smithsonian Institution. She has spent almost three decades at Amboseli Park in Kenya watching animals disintegrate and fossilize as she researches taphonomy—the science of burial.

"There is a bias in the fossil record caused by all of the factors that determine whether or not something becomes a fossil. Did it have hard parts, did it die in the water where it could more easily be buried and preserved?" That bias, says Behrensmeyer, only gives us a relatively small window to the past. "My work tries to illuminate what we can see through that window," says Behrensmeyer. 


Flossie Wong-Staal 

Flossie Wong-Staal is Chief Scientist at Immusol, San Diego. In 1985, this molecular biologist and her colleagues were the first to clone HIV-1 and create a map of its genes, which led to a test for the virus.

Today, she´s looking for new drugs to fight AIDS and other diseases. Her most recent strategy for combating HIV focuses on understanding genes in humans that help the virus enter cells and successfully infect the host. Attacking HIV directly has failed, because the virus is a moving target and can readily develop resistance, she says. 

Terrie Williams 

Terrie Williams is Professor of Biology at University of California at Santa Cruz. Although Williams studies the physiology of large predators, she specializes in marine mammals. Her innovative use of video cameras and computer modeling has offered new insights into the behavior of species previously unobserved in their daily routines.

She has shown that dolphins and other marine mammals spend a lot of time gliding rather than swimming, in order to reduce oxygen consumption. This finding solved the mystery of how they manage to stay underwater as long and dive as deeply as they do. 

Shirley Tilghman

Shirley Tilghman is President at Princeton University. Tilghman steals away to her molecular biology lab every Friday to study genetic imprinting (the strategy mammalian parents employ to further their competing reproductive interests).

Tilghman says that fathers who have no investment in the nutrition of their offspring, want them as large as possible because large offspring survive better in the wild. Mothers want them smaller.

So fathers silence genes that slow down growth, and mothers silence genes that promote growth—a genetic arms race! What is optimum for the species is balancing those opposite inclinations, says Tilghman. 

Maxine Singer 

Maxine Singer is a molecular biologist and President at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, says that during her research career, she has investigated the organization of the human genome and helped draft the first safety guidelines for genetic engineering.

Now, in addition to leading Carnegie, Singer has set up training courses for teachers in Washington, D.C. so that children get science education when they are little. This way, they learn that science is fun and learn how to think about the natural world, says Singer. By and large, teachers are just not equipped to do this, she adds. 

Geraldine Seydoux 

Geraldine Seydoux is an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University. Using the worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, Seydoux is deciphering the earliest stages of their development—when germ cells that become reproductive tissues first form. This knowledge is crucial for understanding reproduction and may lead to cures for infertility. "This work also has a bearing on stem cells," says Seydoux, "which of course have enormous therapeutic potential." 

Mercedes Pascual 

Mercedes Pascual, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Michigan, is a mathematical ecologist.

The complex systems models developed by Pascual help make sense of complicated, irregular cycles that exist within ecosystems. Two years ago, she found that El Niño climate patterns can help trigger cholera outbreaks in Bangladesh.