Statementof PurposeMy love of Sciencestarted in high school where Miss Nwabufo, my Chemistry Teacher, did not onlyteach us chemistry but also linked the knowledge to vast careers in Science. Thereafter,I applied for admission at the prestigious University of Benin, Nigeria, andwas admitted to study Industrial chemistry sequel to a satisfactory outcome ofthe entrance examination. At the undergraduatelevel, my interest in Science became focused after taking an environmentalchemistry course where my lecturer, Professor Ukpebor, explained to us theenvironmental impact of global warming caused by greenhouse gases mostly viacombustion of fossil fuels. This aroused my interest, so I did personal researchon energy and found out that in today’s complex and dynamic world withincreasing demand for renewable energy, chemical sciences are essential in transformingthe future.
Hence I have decided to further my studies in the field ofrenewable and clean energy. The search for areputable institution, where I would have the privilege to acquire my desiredknowledge, led me to the work of Dr. Marek Majewski’s, on developing inorganicmaterials for catalyzing light-driven processes, -who coincidentally is lookingfor an MSc student to work on evolving new molecular materials for solar fuelsgeneration and photocatalytic surface functionalization-. Thus, I have chosenMSc in Chemistry at the University of Concordia, so as to have the opportunityto be part of his research team. I am confident that I amthe type of student he wants, having barged the best graduating student in myset (class of 2015), with a total CGPA of 4.68/5.
0. Being able to top theentire department from Industrialchemistry major, is a proof that I have a strong bedrock in inorganic chemistryand photochemistry, with an understanding of ground and excited statespectroscopies, 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 usesome chromatographic and spectroscopic machines to carry out research andlaboratory works on inorganic, analytical, organic, physical and polymer aspectsof chemistry. These also propelled my interest in renewable and clean energyand I believe I can make a great impact in this field.
My motivation andenthusiasm for research; and to make an impact in my chosen career, coupledwith my excellent academic performance and work experience made me joinAmerican Chemical Society (ACS) as Regular Member.In addition to Dr. MarekMajewski’s work, I strongly want to study at Concordia because of the followingreasons: the occasions to work with internationally renowned faculty; access tospecialized research centers and state-of-the-art instrumentation; the department’sknowledge in areas of growing significance; and the financial support. I willalso like to embark on a Co-op MSc program, if approved, to experience theimmediate 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 ResearchScientist, with a strong interest in meeting the energy demand of the world andI believe that Master of Science (Chemistry) in your university will help memake an impact. The reason is that the program is designed to advance my analyticaland experimental knowledge in chemistry through a combination of specialized courses,seminars and a supervised original research project culminating in a thesis. Anotherreason being that in addition to departmental course offerings, I can take advantageof crossover teaching with other science departments, and workshops offeredthrough Concordia’s Graduate & Professional Skills program to perfect my skills.