Specific SOPs: Master’s/Ph.D in Biotechnology
Biotechnology is a very niche field that combines biology, technology and pharmaceuticals. Hence the SOP written for a Master’s/Ph.Dprogam needs to be forthright about stating your specific area of interest.
Biotechnology background : Most master’s programs in the USA require the study of biology especially organic/physical chemistry and/or subjects in molecular biology and/or pharmaceuticals. Thus, for the SOP, it is imperative that you include the specific subjects that you studied in your graduation/post graduation. Lay good emphasis on your areas of interest that are related to biotechnology.
Make the connection : You may also state what exactly got you interested in biotechnology in the first place. It may be someone who influenced you or simply how you got inspired from Kiran Shaw Majumdar or the things you read about the field or how you were always very curious about molecular biology as a kid. It could be anything credible that would make you look like a candidate who is very sure of pursuing the course.
Quote examples : For a field such as biotechnology, you must not miss exemplifying your interest. Quote any seminar that you attended naming the subject, or a documentary that you watched on Discovery channel. Examples will make your SOP stronger.
Quote project/research : If you are applying for a Master’s program, talk about a biotechnology project you did in college and the lessons/learning thereof. Similarly, a Ph.D student has to quote about the research he/she conducted in his post graduation and under who. Detailing of this particular aspect will increase your chances of selection.
Work experience : Nothing like talking about a related work experience. If you have, give details. Keep it crisp but include significant details of your role, position and projects.
Why this program : Do a thorough study of the university you are applying. If you are opting for an MBA in Biotechnology management, you ought to talk about how getting into that kind of business industry is important for you. For instance, University of Pennsylvania has a dual-degree option in collaboration with Wharton Business School or John Hopkins University is a world leader in biotechnology offerings. These facts must be emphasized when you state how the program is going to further your career goals.
Awards, achievements and goals : Don’t forget to mention your varied interests through stating any awards or achievements you have even if not related to biotechnology. Similarly, do quote your long-term career goals.
A master’s or a Ph.D in biotechnology would require a very balanced statement of purpose.
The Master of Biotechnology Program prepares students, both full- and part-time, for leadership in the critically important and dynamic industries of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Strongly interdisciplinary, this innovative professional master's program draws its faculty and courses from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Penn's world-class biomedical research centers, renowned science departments and position at the hub of the largest pharmaceutical/biotechnology corridor in the United States, place this program at the vanguard of biotechnology education.
Three parallel curriculum tracks: 1) molecular biotechnology, 2) biopharmaceutical/engineering biotechnology, 3) biomedical technologies give students flexibility to tailor their degree to their background, interests and current career or career goals. These tracks, in combination with core courses, insure that students get a uniquely broad exposure to the entire field of biotechnology. Our dual-degree option, Wharton MBA/Master of Biotechnology, is offered in cooperation with The Wharton School.
Johns Hopkins is a world leader in biological research and the global biotechnology industry. We challenge students with a rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum that fully prepares them to advance their careers and pursue their academic ambitions in the biotechnology field.
Washington university has molecular biotechnology
Our Master of Professional Studies in Molecular Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary science degree and one of only a handful of biotechnology graduate programs of its kind. An advisory board composed of Washington, D.C.-area biotech leaders from industry, government and education works with GW faculty to develop and maintain the curriculum and other program elements.
Thanks to its location in Washington, D.C.—the heart of one of the nation's most dynamic science and technology regions—GW is well positioned to prepare its students for rewarding careers in small ventures, major corporations, state and federal agencies and research institutions. Challenging coursework joins practical experience through internships with local industry, government and nonprofit entities. Graduates receive a solid foundation for success in the field of biotechnology and an awareness of its ethical, policy and management issues.
- University of California - San Francisco
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of California - San Diego
- Johns Hopkins University
- Washington University - St. Louis
- University of Washington
- University of California - Los Angeles
- Yale University
- Stanford University
- Rockefeller University
- University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Purdue - West Lafayette, Indiana.
- Oregon State University - Corvallis
- Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
- MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Master of Science in Biotechnology admission requirements emphasize strong quantitative skills and knowledge of molecular sciences. Prerequisite coursework includes at least one year of calculus, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physical chemistry (or general chemistry), a sophomore-level cell/molecular biology course, and research experience in either an academic or industrial setting.
Biotechnology is the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products, or "any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use" (UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Art. 2). Depending on the tools and applications, it often overlaps with the (related) fields of bioengineering and biomedical engineering.
For thousands of years, humankind has used biotechnology in agriculture, food production, and medicine. The term itself is largely believed to have been coined in 1919 by Hungarian engineer KárolyEreky. In the late 20th and early 21st century, biotechnology has expanded to include new and diverse sciences such as genomics, recombinant gene technologies, applied immunology, and development of pharmaceutical therapies and diagnostic tests.
Doctorial study is a significant milestone in the perpetual journey to education and the best exposure to this would be an eligible platform to prove the skills and knowledge that I have learnt. With due reverence to the department and the university, I pen down a "statement of purpose". This statement is an attempt to project my credentials as an aspiring researcher, my achievements as a biotechnology/biology graduate, my interest in this doctoral program and my ambitions.
My schooling and college education played a pivotal role in shaping my future. I had excellent facilities and faculty, which laid emphasis on fundamentals. This fired my interest in academics and research. I was good in my academics by being in top 5% of the school by scoring 80% in my 10th grade and 86% in my 12th grade and have also maintained in the top 5% at my undergraduate.
I am currently pursuing third semester of my Masters in biology at Western Illinois University under Dr. Richard Musser’s Lab. I have done my undergraduate from Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology (SNIST) affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, an institution aided with World Bank assistance under TEQIP scheme. Having good teaching and laboratory facilities, my undergraduate college has laid primary emphasis to fundamentals both theoretical and practical on a wide range of subjects, which gave me a thorough understanding of essential features of the subjects and substantial motivations for research.
To lay down my foundation in various fields of biotechnology, I have tried to learn more by participating in various national level technical symposiums on the topics which includes “Coffee as Biofuel: good till the last drop”, “Preventing the growth of brain tumor by creating a zone of resistance”, “Plastics to Bio-plastics”, “Viral oncogenesis”, “Metastasis”.
I have worked on a two month project in the college related to Plant tissue i.e. “Callus induction, shoot regeneration and root initiation in AndrographisPaniculata and Cassia Angustifolia” (Medicinal plants), the work is in progress for identifying secondary metabolites in them, I had a good experience in learning the concepts of plant tissue culture and the patience required for doing a research. I have undergone a 10 day training program in Andhra Pradesh Foods (A government of Andhra Pradesh enterprise) An ISO 9001:2000 Certified Company where in qualitative and quantitative analysis of food samples are done. I stood 57th in “A National Level Biotechnology Talent Search Examination” organized by Biotech Helpline Foundation a division of PHARMA HELPLINE SOCIETY, JAIPUR, INDIA”.
As a part of my undergraduate final semester thesis, I worked on Standardization of arginase enzyme and the role in various COPD’s. Under this study I worked on standardizing arginase enzyme and comparing the amount of arginase present in normal to that of diseased patients. I observed the concentration of arginase in normal individual is negligible to that of an asthma patient. So there may be some kind of an effect by Arginase on pulmonary respiratory diseases .After this study I could realize that arginase does worsen the pathogenic conditions. The work is still under progress. I am expecting publication probably in 2-3 months.
As a part of my interest I have always been involved in various lab and research activity, one of which incldes working on docking studies on a potassium channel protein which is observed to be linked to many autoimmune disorders,. I am looking forward to publish my work.
My Masters’ research focuses on gene expression levels of caterpillar and their defense mechanism when fed on soybean plants. The work is in progress to study various defense gene expressions by running micro array analysis and qRTpcr analysis. I have been a Research Assistant for a year and presently working as a teacher assistant and teach microbiology laboratory for undergraduate students.
In the summer 2011, I worked as a Process optimization Intern at Monsanto Company which gave me an exposure about working in an industry. My work was mainly focused on answering two issues with the regulators about a product. This helped me to understand research challenges and problems and how to overcome them, which is a very important quality required by every aspiring PhD candidature.
Apart from technical skills, I have always been an active student and organizer and I have been a member in conducting various National level technical symposiums in the institution. I am one of the chief Executive members of NIDHI-QUIZ CLUB (SNIST), a student organized club, which initiates programs related to aptitude and other competitive examinations. As an active member of Technical Association of Biotechnology (TAB, SNIST), we organize guest lectures by eminent scientists.
All throughout my undergraduate and graduate career, I have equipped myself with participation in various technical symposiums attended seminars and have done projects across a spectrum of fields. I believe that an interdisciplinary learning that I have strived to acquire, has taught me to look for answers and overcome challenges. Having knowledge in various fields certainly makes that job easier, as we know which field can cater to what part of the solution. This approach has really helped me in working in collaborative research initiatives and I wish to be a part of similar initiatives in future. I have always shown keen interest in Molecular biology and Immunology especially cancer studies as my research interests, hoping to work under such works in the near future.
I have been looking for various schools, but my search stopped when I spoke to DrNarendra Kumar, from ILR College of Pharmacy. I was interested to work in the similar lines of cancer research, and could understand that he is the right person to guide me for my doctoral studies. I am looking forward to be working under him if I get an admission.
Being a hardworking and committed student, I am certain that I will be able to cope with the rigors of an International curriculum with ease. My determination to succeed and do well will enable me to be among the better students of your college. I would therefore be grateful if I am given the opportunity to be a part of this internship program. I am confident that this exposure will help me to gain a lot of knowledge not only subjective but also help me in thinking analytically in identifying a problem and trying to come out with different approaches to solve it.
Hoping for a positive response.