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[Personal Statement: Graduate Studies in Regulatory Affairs]

The focus of modern business and health care is growing more global each day. At the same time, growth has come hand in hand with increased regulation. In my current position as an Export Compliance Manager in the biotech field, I feel it is especially critical for me to gain a more profound knowledge of the regulations and regulatory agencies that have become so important in the industry. As a candidate for graduate study in Regulatory Affairs at Northwestern University, I am eager to expand my knowledge, and excited about the mission of making people healthier and happier using these emerging technologies.

Over the past several years, my career goals have aimed squarely in the pharmaceutical field. Most recently, I have completed certificate courses in Biotechnology Business & Marketing, and Bioscience Essentials for Industry Professionals at Stanford University Extension. These classes were created to help professionals, both within and outside the biotechnology sector, to rapidly develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and work effectively in the global biotech industry. Because my university degree from Italy is in Marketing, I felt it was crucial for me to gain a solid understanding of the scientific foundations underlying the industry's activities. Encouragingly, I have been able to apply the knowledge I gained in these courses in my current position at Genex Laboratories.

My experience working as an Export Compliance Manager at Genex has vastly increased my familiarity with the pharmaceutical industry and allowed me to challenge my academic education in a real-world, professional environment. My duties include coordination between manufacturing facilities and integration of information from worldwide subsidiaries. This comprises such things as product labeling, product codes, export restrictions, and new compliance under the China RoHS, REACH & the WEEE European Program. My position is therefore geared towards a global environment in which products are becoming more and more regulated. I rely on my fluency in several languages to interact, communicate and coordinate, not only with company branches worldwide, but also local and international regulatory agencies.

I believe that the program at Northwestern University will help me advance my career with a broader regulatory foundation. I aim to play a critical role within my organization, providing operational and tactical support to expedite the development and delivery of safe and effective healthcare products to people around the world. As a highly motivated professional, I plan to bring to the classroom environment my perseverance, discipline, and dedication. I enjoy the challenge of complex and often demanding work environments and I am confident that this graduate course will provide me with a firm foundation for future work as a Global Regulatory Affairs Coordinator. But it is my sincere interest in helping others that has driven me to the health industry, and my curiosity and affinity for science that truly fuels my passion for the field.

My time at Genex has also cemented my commitment to a “safety comes first” development environment. Regulatory Affairs is a crucial department in the approval and compliance process and, ultimately, in a product’s success. It therefore has a profound impact both on the company’s bottom line and for patients’ health. I believe that a deeper understanding and interaction with regulators will be tremendously important for me to continue providing patients with safe products that comply or exceed worldwide standards.

In the ever-changing field of biotech, an up-to-date education and continually expanding knowledge base is necessary in order to coordinate international projects with diverse companies, cultures and regulatory agencies. Of all the graduate studies in the field of Regulatory Affairs, only Northwestern meets my current needs in terms of flexibility, duration and reputation. The ability to apply new information and adapt to greater change is quickly becoming essential for anyone working in the biotech field. I am therefore certain that graduate study at Northwestern University will be an invaluable extension of my academic pursuits, and a major step towards achieving my career objectives.

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  • It explains how past experiences have shaped the applicant's career goals.
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Statement #1

My interest in science dates back to my years in high school, where I excelled in physics, chemistry, and math. When I was a senior, I took a first-year calculus course at a local college (such an advanced-level class was not available in high school) and earned an A. It seemed only logical that I pursue a career in electrical engineering.

When I began my undergraduate career, I had the opportunity to be exposed to the full range of engineering courses, all of which tended to reinforce and solidify my intense interest in engineering. I've also had the opportunity to study a number of subjects in the humanities and they have been both enjoyable and enlightening, providing me with a new and different perspective on the world in which we live.

In the realm of engineering, I have developed a special interest in the field of laser technology and have even been taking a graduate course in quantum electronics. Among the 25 or so students in the course, I am the sole undergraduate. Another particular interest of mine is electromagnetics, and last summer, when I was a technical assistant at a world-famous local lab, I learned about its many practical applications, especially in relation to microstrip and antenna design. Management at this lab was sufficiently impressed with my work to ask that I return when I graduate. Of course, my plans following completion of my current studies are to move directly into graduate work toward my master's in science. After I earn my master's degree, I intend to start work on my Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Later I would like to work in the area of research and development for private industry. It is in R & D that I believe I can make the greatest contribution, utilizing my theoretical background and creativity as a scientist.

I am highly aware of the superb reputation of your school, and my conversations with several of your alumni have served to deepen my interest in attending. I know that, in addition to your excellent faculty, your computer facilities are among the best in the state. I hope you will give me the privilege of continuing my studies at your fine institution.

(Stelzer pp. 38-39)

Statement #2

Having majored in literary studies (world literature) as an undergraduate, I would now like to concentrate on English and American literature.

I am especially interested in nineteenth-century literature, women's literature, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and folklore and folk literature. My personal literary projects have involved some combination of these subjects. For the oral section of my comprehensive exams, I specialized in nineteenth century novels by and about women. The relationship between "high" and folk literature became the subject for my honors essay, which examined Toni Morrison's use of classical, biblical, African, and Afro-American folk tradition in her novel. I plan to work further on this essay, treating Morrison's other novels and perhaps preparing a paper suitable for publication.

In my studies toward a doctoral degree, I hope to examine more closely the relationship between high and folk literature. My junior year and private studies of Anglo-Saxon language and literature have caused me to consider the question of where the divisions between folklore, folk literature, and high literature lie. Should I attend your school, I would like to resume my studies of Anglo-Saxon poetry, with special attention to its folk elements.

Writing poetry also figures prominently in my academic and professional goals. I have just begun submitting to the smaller journals with some success and am gradually building a working manuscript for a collection. The dominant theme of this collection relies on poems that draw from classical, biblical, and folk traditions, as well as everyday experience, in order to celebrate the process of giving and taking life, whether literal or figurative. My poetry draws from and influences my academic studies. Much of what I read and study finds a place in my creative work as subject. At the same time, I study the art of literature by taking part in the creative process, experimenting with the tools used by other authors in the past.

In terms of a career, I see myself teaching literature, writing criticism, and going into editing or publishing poetry. Doctoral studies would be valuable to me in several ways. First, your teaching assistant ship program would provide me with the practical teaching experience I am eager to acquire. Further, earning a Ph.D. in English and American literature would advance my other two career goals by adding to my skills, both critical and creative, in working with language. Ultimately, however, I see the Ph.D. as an end in itself, as well as a professional stepping stone; I enjoy studying literature for its own sake and would like to continue my studies on the level demanded by the Ph.D. program.

(Stelzer pp. 40-41)

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