Dear members of the committee,
I am writing this letter to apply for the Ph.D. scholarship at plant physiology in the University of Adelaide, which has been ranked among the top 1% of Universities in the world. I am eager to continue my education in your University, which I see as a leading scientific institution in the world in the field of agriculture, food, and wine. As you have seen in the application form, I have completed Master of Science, with specialization in Microbiology from the University of Mysore. During my tenure, I have studied various areas of microbiology with hands-on experience in the cell wall and molecular biology, agricultural, food, dairy and medical microbiology. I am always known for powerful seminar presentations. I got admitted to BSc program in Botany, Biochemistry, and Microbiology as major subjects. I particularly enjoyed studying applied botany and advanced biochemistry. During initial years of my Pre University, I have completed a Diploma in Computer Application with Programming in iTryst Technologies, Mysore.
Thanks to my education and extensive research, I started to work as a research fellow and project assistant in FRLHT (Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions) and CSIR-CFTRI (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Central Food Technological Research Institute) respectively. My success in this challenging project increased as I was sent to R L Jalappa hospital and research center for training on working with various pathogens in a duration of two months. As a direct follow up from the training, I have tried to apply the expertise I gained and implemented few laboratory methods for identifying microorganisms. I even had a great opportunity to work on brine shrimp bioassay to check the bioactivity of pasteurized and unpasteurized cow’s urine, kshaaram samples used as a biofertilizers/biopesticides to increase the yield. During my research tenure, I have published 6 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 5 conference papers presented at various national and international conferences, which is mentioned in my application. I have been an active member of the organization committee of several conferences. I have developed standard operating procedures for various NGO’s in relation to traditional agricultural practice. The technologies of various healthful products developed through research have been transferred to entrepreneurs gives a sense of accomplishment.
Apart from research, I had the privilege of working as quality control officer in a pharmaceutical company. My responsibilities as a QC officer were implementation, resolution of technical failures, developing a laboratory test for method validation, improvement of management guidelines and practices that ensure the accuracy of lab testing, inspection of the laboratory quality assurance. I have developed strong leadership skills and know-how to manage diverse team members. I had an opportunity to have kinesthetic experience in one of the workshops on advanced molecular biology techniques. I enjoy imparting knowledge and my experience as a guest lecturer of microbiology encourages me to believe that I am a good teacher. What is especially important to add, I have worked in the banking sector for some time now. I have qualified a few highly competitive national level exams like IBPS and JAIIB. Through the banking experience, I have acquired excellent communication skills, better work management, allocation of funds and high-stress tolerance which are essential for the Ph.D. course I wish to apply for.
I am a well-trained researcher and I give credence to my outstanding motivation and keen intellection will make a positive contribution to the research concerning the elucidation of characterizing the function of water channels that sense and respond to changes in osmotic pressure. To my knowledge, this program is very competitive, so I am sure that my academic record, experience, professional goals and my enthusiasm will make me a strong candidate for this course. I would be honoured if I am provided with the Ph.D. scholarship in your prestigious University.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
Deepthi P Pawar