SOP FOR IMMUNOLOGY
| Sample SOP for Immunology- This a Statement of Purpose of a student who got admitted to Harvard for the Masters in Immunology program. |
Sample SOP for Immunology
FIRST DRAFT of the SOP given by the Student:Sample SOP for Immunology
I was just 5 years old when my school taught us about sharing and how it made everyone happy. I decided to put it to use immediately and went to my grandmother with a chocolate. I offered her half the chocolate but to my surprise she turned it down. As a child, the fact that someone could refuse chocolate was enough to drive me crazy. But then she explained to me that she had an illness called diabetes and because of this she could not eat any sweets. This is when I began to notice that she did some very strange things. While the very thought of needles and injections would fill me with dread, she would prick her finger on a “machine” and often go to the hospital to take injections of “medicine”. This made me feel very sorry for her and made me think that maybe such medications could be given in different ways without causing so much discomfort to the patients. Although I did not know it, this would be the main reason for me to enter into the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Sample SOP for Immunology
The fact that my grandmother was a doctor, my aunt a microbiologist and my uncle a pathologist, meant that I would constantly hear some or the other discussion about biology and chemicals. The jargon usually made no sense to me and drove me to my books for answers. Besides biology, I quickly developed an interest in chemistry. So, as a student in standard 10, I had already decided that I wished to pursue a career in pharmacy. Without further ado, I began my Bachelors in Pharmacy from Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Pharmacy (BNCP), one of the top institutes for Pharmacy in India. As a student I have been consistently getting an A grade in every semester. The syllabus compiled by the Mumbai University includes a thorough study of a variety of topics. In my time as a pharmacy student, I have studied about different routes of administration and formulations like tablets, emulsions, suspensions; the pharmacology of a number of drugs and the pharmacotherapy of different diseases; procedures for analysis of a myriad of formulations and medicaments; chemistry of drugs used in different diseases; microbiology; biochemistry and even the aspects of pharmaceutical jurisprudence in India. I learnt about the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, about various formulation aspects to be considered, structure activity relationships in drugs and so on.
The practical aspect especially interested me, and I have always excelled at practical work in every subject, be it pharmaceutics, cosmetics, pharmacology, pharmaceutical analysis, microbiology or any other subject. I take every precaution necessary and make sure that I am accurate when carrying out laboratory work. To further my interest in the practical aspects of the field, I interned at Sunsheen Cosmetics, a company near Mumbai which specialises in the preparation of creams and lotions, where I had a myriad of duties. I was placed in the packaging department at first. Here I got to monitor the packaging line and make sure that none of the containers was left unsealed and that nothing was damaged in the process. Then I got the opportunity to work in the research department. This is where I saw the amount of thought that goes into the formulation of a single product. Due to a problem that was presenting itself, I also learned the valuable lesson that everything that works on a small scale need not necessarily work on a large scale. I too participated in the discussion that ensued on this topic and made a few suggestions, which although not fruitful, did give me valuable experience. I also went on a number of Industrial Visits organised by the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) to Goa and visited the plants of companies like Unichem and Merck. I am also working under a Ph.D student who is guided by Dr. Lokesh Bhatt, in order to gain experience in animal handling and analytics. I, along with a classmate, have also conducted a comparative study on mouthwashes for their action on 2 microorganisms commonly found in the mouth. During this study, we faced a number of problems due to the unavailability of the nutrient mediums and the microorganisms. However, I made sure that we wrote all the applications to the different institutes that could provide us with these and made sure the study was completed. Besides this, I have presented a review paper on Adeno-Associated Viruses at the Paper presentation competition in the festival organised by the IPA and secured second position in the same.
Although the syllabus is very important, I believe in learning about the field in a broader aspect. So, I also took courses on Coursera on “Introduction to Pharmacy” by the University of Ohio and “Clinical Terminology for International and U.S. students” provided by the University of Pittsburgh. I received Statements of Accomplishment with distinction in both. I am also pursuing a 10 hour certificate course on Pharmacovigilance to broaden my horizons. Also, a course on Soft Skills provided by my college has helped me improve my communication, presentation and overall personality I am also well versed in Microsoft office, basic Java and C++ programming. I also am fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi, and am learning Spanish in order to be able to interact with people of different countries and cultures. Sample SOP for Immunology
The philosopher Aristotle had said- “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. I have received this “education of the heart” through my family. My family has supported everything I have done and motivated me to work with diligence and persevere in everything I do. Whether it was providing me with the appropriate environment to study, by reinforcing my desire to work hard by taking me to see Stanford University or encouraging my participation in extracurricular activities, my parents have been the greatest support in my life. This support has helped me excel in sports too. I represented my school at state level and my junior college at district level in swimming and have won a number of accolades. I have also represented my current college in the aquatic meet organised by the Mumbai University and secured second position in backstroke. I am also training in Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu and Eskrima under Shihan Hemal Sheth and Shihan Sanjay Patel at Fighting Fit, India. I am a member of the Editorial Committee of my College and have participated in intercollege football and the fashion show in the intercollege festival organised by IPA. All of these activities have helped me learn how to manage my time and have made me a better team player.
Becoming an exceptional pharmacist and a well-rounded individual is my most important career goal. The University of Pittsburgh will give me the opportunity to work in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences with exceptional professors like Dr. Sant, who is doing ground-breaking work in nanotechnology as a novel drug delivery system, and Dr. Lisa Rohan, who is working on an extremely enticing topical drug delivery using microbicides. On my part, I will definitely work to the best of my capabilities to give back to the college more than what I receive. I will not only work hard in my academics but will also participate in the community programs of the college. I am also interested in working on the college magazine as I have gained some experience from being on the Editorial Committee of BNCP. So, I believe that my admission to the University of Pittsburgh for the Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences will be mutually beneficial. Sample SOP for Immunology
FINAL DRAFT of the SOP created by the Counsellor:Sample SOP for Immunology
As I listlessly laid down on the hospital bed after being diagnosed with dengue, my mind was plagued with defeating thoughts of no treatment for this illness. The death toll due to dengue in Mumbai was on the rise as this deadly disease was caused by not one but four individual viruses that made the development of vaccines and medicines a herculean task. As my platelet count dropped to life-threateningly low of 30 thousand, I resolved in my heart to fight back to life and find fundamental solutions for terminal diseases such as this. My career goal is to use my knowledge and expertise to improve treatment for epidemics like dengue, Ebola and diseases like AIDS that cause the entire world to panic. To this end, I wish to pursue Masters in Microbiology and Immunology from prestigious Johns Hopkins University. Sample SOP for Immunology
My undergrad education in Pharmacy from Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Pharmacy successfully introduced me to the realm of microbiology and biotechnology. During my entire undergrad program, I consistently ranked in the top 5% of my class in these subjects both in theory as well as laboratory sessions. My coursework also enhanced my understanding on subjects such as pharmaceutics, microbiology, biotechnology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical analysis, etc. While the undergraduate coursework has been highly enriching, I believe that to achieve the aforementioned goal, a concentrated Masters program in Microbiology and Immunology is the next best logical step. Sample SOP for Immunology
To develop germane skillsets and garner relevant experience, I interned at Sunsheen Cosmetics, a company near Mumbai, which specialises in the preparation of creams and lotions. This assignment necessitated me to work in the production department, where I was in charge of monitoring and helping solve any problems during the production process. Here I gained first-hand experience of witnessing the amount of efforts that goes into the formulation of a single product. I also went on Industrial Visits organised by the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) to Goa and visited the plants of companies like Unichem and Merck.
In addition to this internship, I began working alongside a Ph.D. student guided by Dr. Lokesh Bhatt and gained pertinent experience in animal handling and analytics. I undertook a project to study the action of three different types of mouthwash on Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans. This project helped me learn about the different spreading techniques, different ways to obtain a zone of inhibition and use of machines like the laminar air flow chamber. I used a method called agar well diffusion method to obtain the zone of inhibition of the mouthwashes and found which mouthwash was most effective. I have also presented a review paper on Adeno-Associated Viruses in the paper presentation competition organised by the Indian Pharmaceutical Association and won the second position in the same. While executing these projects, I learned to manage my time and balance work and academics effectively.
To fortify my understanding of pharmacy, I completed courses from Coursera on “Introduction to Pharmacy” conducted by the University of Ohio and on “Clinical Terminology for International and U.S. students” conducted by the University of Pittsburgh. While I earned Statements of Accomplishment with Distinction, I am also pursuing a 10-hour certificate course on Pharmacovigilance and an online course on “Tropical Parasitology: Protozoans, worms, vectors and human diseases” by Duke University to broaden my horizons. Also, a course on soft skills by my college has helped me improve my communication, presentation and overall personality.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” – Aristotle Sample SOP for Immunology
I have received this “education of the heart” through the value system inculcated by my family. My parents, my aunt, a microbiologist, who has authored many books on microbiology and my uncle, a pathologist, have always served as a source of inspiration to enter the field of microbiology. Spreading my vistas beyond academia, I represented my school at the state level and my junior college at the district level in swimming and have won a number of accolades. I have also represented BNCP in the aquatic meet organised by the Mumbai University and secured the second position in the backstroke. I am also a green belt holder in kickboxing and jiu-jitsu under Shihan Hemal Sheth at Fighting Fit, India. In addition, I am a member of the Editorial Committee of my College and have participated in intercollegiate football and the fashion show organised by IPA. I have also participated in blood donation camps and rallies to spread awareness about diseases. All these activities have instilled qualities of time management and made me a conscientious citizen. As a sportsman, dealing with asthma, I indulged in effective practices such as meditation and breathing techniques that empowered me to overcome my bodily limitations. Sample SOP for Immunology
Given my career aspirations, pursuing Masters of Microbiology from the Johns Hopkins University would be the ideal stepping stone. The pioneering work of Dr. George Dimopoulos, whose team is working on the genetical modification of mosquitoes to make them immune to the malarial parasite, is intriguing to say the least. The research of Dr. Alan Scott, who is working on defining genes that affect pulmonary inflammation that can help treat asthma, a problem I suffered from, completely resonates with my interest. Also, Dr. Gary Ketner’s work on adenoviruses that I came across while preparing for my review paper has the potential to help solve a number of serious diseases like breast cancer, and I would like to be associated with the same. The rich curriculum will deepen my knowledge on virology, immunology and practical techniques and fully equip me with the necessary tools to make my mark in the industry. The university life will also allow me to grow beyond academics. I intend to participate in community events, work for the John Hopkins Public Health Magazine and be aligned with the J.B. Grant Society and SOURCE, so as to exchange rich insights with the international community.
I will work assiduously to carve a niche for myself in the field of Pharmacy and strive tirelessly to uphold the reputation of the University. I look forward to being a member of the Fall 2016 incoming class.
Sample SOP for Immunology
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