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The MSc Degree Program in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at the XXXX University of Hong Kong is my first choice because I see it as the optimal springboard upon which to advance my career: becoming at once not only an engineering professional but also a fully-fledged research scientist. I seek a lifetime engagement with research in my field so I feel that I am a good fit with a rigorous program such as yours at XXXX.

After finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Soochow University last year, I decided to travel rather than starting work immediately, to see some of the world and expand my cultural and linguistic horizons. First, I went to Mount Jiuhua in search of inner peace, embracing great natural beauty while immersed in the Buddhist spirit. Looking back on my four years spent in college, I realized how much it has benefitted me intellectually and professionally; and this is especially true with respect to English, since all of my classes and group projects are in English. I especially enjoyed reading about materials and the big leap from the realm of necessity to the realm of freedom in my textbook of physical chemistry. Ultimately this provided me with a unique way to understand the core of life, it has also served as tool to create exciting new materials for our planet. 

Last year, I defended my Bachelor’s Degree Thesis: “Synthesis of imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine derivatives and its fluorine-boron compounds” under supervision of Associate Professor XXXX. I decided to focus on the synthesis of another molecule which had not yet appeared in the literature, I encountered a big difficulty with the separation procedure, however, which resulted in very low yield of target product. Thus, I chose to try to synthesize some new fluorine-boron compounds based on present synthesis routes, also owing to my good practice of column chromatography in laboratory.   I got the target product with a yield up to 80%. My classes in instrumental analysis and NMR spectroscopy also helped me a lot with product analysis and characterization. A visit to the production line of special coatings and films at the Eastman factory in Suzhou also strengthened my enthusiasm for applying to graduate school and earning my Master’s Degree so as to realize my dreams for both the scientist and the engineer.

I want to create new materials to help us solve severe problems that threaten our health and the health of our environment. I want to learn the logistics that drive the science. I hope to use what I learn to reduce social inequality and protect our environment at the same time. I look forward to teaching, spending decades teaching at a university; at the same time that I stay fully immersed in R & D. I hope in this way to serve society and to leave the world a happier, healthier, and cleaner place than it was when I was born. This would be my ultimate success.

For me, material science and the spiritual world are mutually interactive and I seek to make them complimentary. An avid reader, I love reading Philosophers such as Plato, Arthur Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Heidegger. I have carefully read the text of the lecture “Science as a Vocation” by Max Weber several times and each time I read it my purpose in life becomes clearer; and I gain confidence in my capacity to ultimately contribute to making the world a better place to live.

I currently serve as an Assistant Editor for an international, scholarly, publishing company, I enjoy very much communicating with researchers from all over the world, constantly broadening my horizons in terms of scientific research, particularly with respect to material science and nanotechnology and their applications.

After finishing my Master’s Degree at XXXX University of Hong Kong, I look forward at some point to continuing on and earning the PHD. I live to learn and learn to live.

Thank you for considering my application.

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MS Chemistry Statement of Purpose, Saudi Woman Applicant, Chemistry Teacher

XXXX University is my first choice for graduate school for a variety of reasons, in addition to the location in the nation’s capital. The wife of a Saudi diplomat, I have gradually been getting to know Washington DC and have admired your campus and the diversity of your intellectual and academic community for some time. I especially admire XXXX’s long history of more than 150 years standing up for social justice as well as academic excellence.

Becoming a professional scientist by earning my Master’s Degree in Chemistry will enable me to make my most important contributions to my society, Saudi Arabia, in the future, as well as my profession and academic community.  At the center of my intellectual interests stand drug synthesis and design and I look forward to many decades of professional contributions in this area; and to the development of our pharmaceutical industry in Saudi Arabia. Much of my interest in medicine is geared not only towards saving lives, but also reducing the cost of medicine. I approach the issue of healthcare with the same pragmatic fervor with which I tackle complex issues of industrialization in Saudi Arabia and the need to step up our transition to cleaner forms of energy. As an academic and a chemistry professional, I plan to stay engaged in both of these critical areas of development in Saudi Arabia, in human as well as financial terms.

I am very pleased that issues of drug synthesis and design are also among the varied interests of the faculty in Chemistry at Harvard University. I admire the research undertaken by all of the faculty and I feel especially drawn to the work of Dr. XXXX in the area of organic synthesis. It would be a special honor to participate in and contribute to research in organic synthesis as a graduate student in Chemistry at XXXX. Pharmaceutical, medical supply, and bioengineering are among Saudi Arabia’s fastest growing industries and this will enable me to participate in a timely and current way to help my country develop and successfully compete in the global economy.

I very much look forward to a full participation at XXXX University, especially with the academic community in Chemistry, learning many things of value from my peers from all over the world as well as my professors. This is my opportunity to prove myself, and thus lay a foundation upon which I might also undertake academic work at the doctoral level so that I could earn the PHD as well. This would be especially appropriate since my central long term goal is a career in academia.

Woman in Saudi Arabia have been steadily gaining greater levels of freedom but we still have a long way to go. In Chemistry, as in the Physical Sciences more generally speaking, there are more and more female faces in the classroom. Hopefully, we will continue to make progress in this regard until we achieve equality or near-equality in every area. Thus, I look forward to serving as a role model of a successful Saudi woman both in Chemistry and in the University, encouraging new generations of Saudi women to continue to make progress in fields and positions that were reserved for men in the past. 

I thank you for your consideration of my application to Chemistry at XXXX University.

Heroines of Chemistry

Ask anyone to name some famous scientists and I bet you anything that at least the first five names they come up with are men. So to balance things out a bit, here are some great women scientists for you!

Cleopatra the Alchemist

No, not that Cleopatra (Cleopatra VII)! This one lived (well, we really aren´t too sure exactly when, but) in the 3rd or 4th century.

The title Cleopatra the Alchemist is a pseudonym, because her real name has been lost. She was thought to be one of only four women who knew how to make the mythical philosopher’s stone, and her work also contained several descriptions and drawings of the technical process of furnaces.

Cleopatra the Alchemist is also sometimes credited with the invention of an early type of distillation apparatus. Without this useful chemical technique, we wouldn’t have petrol, plastics or, indeed, vodka!

Marie Curie (1867-1934)

Madame Marie Curie is most famous for her work on radioactivity and is often thought of as more of a physicist. But she definitely earned her chemical chops for discovering two whole new elements—polonium (Po) and radium (Ra). Curie painstakingly managed to isolate about 0.1 g of radium chloride from 1 ton (907185 g) of the mineral pitchblende. That’s patience! In 1948, the element curium (Cm) was named in her (and her husband Pierre’s) honour.

Elizabeth Arden (1884-1966)

A famous name, if not one we necessarily associate with science! Elizabeth Arden was born Florence Nightingale Graham and changed her name in 1909. Although not formally educated as such, she counts as a chemist for formulating, as well as manufacturing and marketing, cosmetic products.

She pioneered the idea that cosmetics could and should be scientifically formulated. This was a new concept at that time, whcih many other companies subsequently copied.

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)

Who discovered the structure of DNA? It was x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin! Well, she produced the first images of deoxyribonucleic acid. Watson and Crick even publicly admitted to using her data to develop their hypothesis.

Sadly, though, Franklin was a cautious scientist and her work, based on experimental results, was published after their theoretical paper. So she’s often forgotten about, particularly because, as she died in 1958 and the rules forbid posthumous nominations, she was never included in the Nobel Prize awarded to Crick, Watson and Wilkins in 1962.

Anna Jane Harrison (1912-1998)

Harrison, who—unlike many historical chemists—managed to live until the ripe old age of 86, was an American organic chemist and the first female president of the American Chemical Society.

She was also the recipient of twenty honorary degrees. She worked on toxic smoke during the Second World War, and contributed to research on ultraviolet light. Fab lady!