My love of Science
started in high school where Miss Nwabufo, my Chemistry Teacher, did not only
teach us chemistry but also linked the knowledge to vast careers in Science. Thereafter,
I applied for admission at the prestigious University of Benin, Nigeria, and
was admitted to study Industrial chemistry sequel to a satisfactory outcome of
the entrance examination.
At the undergraduate
level, my interest in Science became focused after taking an environmental
chemistry course where my lecturer, Professor Ukpebor, explained to us the
environmental impact of global warming caused by greenhouse gases mostly via
combustion of fossil fuels. This aroused my interest, so I did personal research
on energy and found out that in today’s complex and dynamic world with
increasing demand for renewable energy, chemical sciences are essential in transforming
the future. Hence I have decided to further my studies in the field of
renewable and clean energy.
The search for a
reputable institution, where I would have the privilege to acquire my desired
knowledge, led me to the work of Dr. Marek Majewski’s, on developing inorganic
materials for catalyzing light-driven processes, -who coincidentally is looking
for an MSc student to work on evolving new molecular materials for solar fuels
generation and photocatalytic surface functionalization-. Thus, I have chosen
MSc in Chemistry at the University of Concordia, so as to have the opportunity
to be part of his research team.
I am confident that I am
the type of student he wants, having barged the best graduating student in my
set (class of 2015), with a total CGPA of 4.68/5.0. Being able to top the
entire department from Industrial
chemistry major, is a proof that I have a strong bedrock in inorganic chemistry
and photochemistry, with an understanding of ground and excited state
spectroscopies, catalysis, and inorganic/organic synthesis.
I have also worked briefly
(11 months) at Petroleum Chemistry Laboratory of American University of Nigeria
(AUN), where I worked as a research assistant. At AUN, I learned how to use
some chromatographic and spectroscopic machines to carry out research and
laboratory works on inorganic, analytical, organic, physical and polymer aspects
of chemistry. These also propelled my interest in renewable and clean energy
and I believe I can make a great impact in this field.
My motivation and
enthusiasm for research; and to make an impact in my chosen career, coupled
with my excellent academic performance and work experience made me join
American Chemical Society (ACS) as Regular Member.
In addition to Dr. Marek
Majewski’s work, I strongly want to study at Concordia because of the following
reasons: the occasions to work with internationally renowned faculty; access to
specialized research centers and state-of-the-art instrumentation; the department’s
knowledge in areas of growing significance; and the financial support. I will
also like to embark on a Co-op MSc program, if approved, to experience the
immediate impact of my research.
After my master’s program, I will like to continue my Ph.D.
training in Chemistry, if approved by the University. I am a Research
Scientist, with a strong interest in meeting the energy demand of the world and
I believe that Master of Science (Chemistry) in your university will help me
make an impact. The reason is that the program is designed to advance my analytical
and experimental knowledge in chemistry through a combination of specialized courses,
seminars and a supervised original research project culminating in a thesis. Another
reason being that in addition to departmental course offerings, I can take advantage
of crossover teaching with other science departments, and workshops offered
through Concordia’s Graduate & Professional Skills program to perfect my skills.