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Ph.D., Doctorate, Chemistry, Vietnamese Applicant

Updated: Jan 26


I have maintained a decade of conceptual continuity in my academic and professional careers. Progressing logically and naturally into increasingly challenging research, I have been left all the more eager to perform at the Ph.D. level. Earning the doctorate will enable and inspire me to grow in my current position with Tandem Labs. I look forward to contributing to research in the area of high-energy batteries, I will be improving not only myself personally and professionally, but also aiding Tandem Labs to maintain its industrial status as one of the finest bioanalytical and immunoanalytical CROs. Being proactive, taking the initiative, and confidently leading and motivating the people around me through established positive working culture, I enjoyed a good level of success, bolstering my self-efficacy and confidence for my next career move: further development and education.


By earning my Ph.D., I will be on course to fulfill my ultimate goals and ambitions, becoming a university research professor and owning and or operating a pharmaceutical company. I want to devote as much of my time as possible to research that will aid in making society work much better, ameliorating suffering through practical, sustainable solutions to the problems we face every day. We all have a conscious responsibility to create the kind of world we want to live in. By establishing a profitable company, we have a social responsibility to help others, hire the right people with the proper education and experiences, and help them achieve their potential.


I hope to someday return to the classroom as a professor and researcher attached to a university with ample opportunities for ongoing research. It would be an excellent opportunity to expose students to relevant, current research with real-world applications since I always search for ways to gather invaluable information and handle large-scale data. Given my professional and research experiences, I feel that I have what it takes to become an influential professor. Furthermore, given my experience in Tandem labs, utilizing advanced mass spectrometry, immunoanalytical support, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics, I will be able to bring the latest industrial processes such as preclinical and clinical development program knowledge to bear on bringing my pharma company to fruition. In addition to my two years with XXXX, I have a total of six months of experience conducting both quality control and serving as a senior lab associate for two major pharma research companies.


I believe I have a high level of cultural competency, which will work well for me in the classroom with international students. I celebrate how America’s classrooms are becoming increasingly culturally diverse. Having been born and raised in Vietnam, and speaking two languages competently, I have a worldview that is different from my colleagues from other cultures, which lends itself to communicating effectively with people of differing backgrounds. I feel that this will aid me tremendously as I work with diverse students, professors, and researchers. In the most practical terms, as a part of my regular duties with XXXX, I have acted as a trainer for all new chemists in the use of LC/MS/MS (API4000, API5000, & Q-Trap) and Infusion (Tune), an extension of my previous experiences with Boston Analytical in which I trained new chemists in the use of HPLC, TLC, UV/spec, Karl Fisher, Dissolution, and pH meter to analyze all small molecules.


I bring to the research program an academic foundation that only UXXX could provide, and have excelled, maintaining a near-perfect GPA throughout my time with UXXX. While completing my graduate research project, I won a US Army contract to conduct further research into high-energy batteries. I am well prepared for and expect an intense learning environment. What many call “the pressures of the job”, I find exhilarating and ideal.


I see myself contributing to the learning environment in three ways: my cultural competency, a skill I have developed from having been immersed in the cultures of two countries, educated in Vietnam and the US, traveling around America, with a well-rounded worldview that has been permanently altered by these experiences. Secondly, with my solid academic foundation in the sciences, as well as professional research exposure, I feel that my ability to apply scientific analysis to classroom situations will help my fellow students in the development of their methodologies, as I learn from theirs. Thirdly, through my professional experiences, leading projects, largely autonomously from concept to fruition, I bring practical experience and exposure in the field and the sets of lessons learned through doing.


I am applying only to UXX to further my education in an ideal learning and research environment. I have built a rapport with the Chemistry department and feel that I have developed a personal and professional niche. The work of Dr. XXXX in fuel cells and batteries, specifically high discharge rate alkaline batteries, will aid my research invaluably.


To date, the UXX classroom has impressed me, filled with experienced faculty and an accomplished student body, and an environment. I have been able to share my own analyses, test the hypotheses of others, and frequently come to unexpected conclusions, learning much through the joint efforts of ambitious minds. It is in the classroom where our missteps can be turned into learning experiences, and in study time, we can reflect on our interactions, integrating them into our distinctive paths.


I look forward to an extended relationship with UXX with great eagerness. Thank you for your time and consideration.


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