I write to you with the intention of showing myinterest and motivation in becoming part of the M.
S program in the CoastalScience and Policy Program at the University of California, I respectfully submit this letter ofapplication, for I believe my academic background and experiences are wellqualified to meet the needs of the program.It is the experience of immense possibilities, thesheer number of ways in which I feel that I can make a difference in thequality of life of individuals, societies, and world at large and draws me to anew depth of the topic every time I pick up a book or undertake research. As aresult, I passionately look to undertake further studies in the CoastalScience. I will initially understand and ultimately master the subject with along-term goal of undertaking research and developmental work to fully use thisknowledge.Today India is at the forefront ofindustrialization. Large corporations and small businesses are involved incontinued activities of manufacturing where environmental protection andconservation takes a back seat. This is particularly true for a country such asIndia which sees rapid industrialization as a sole method for material wealthand poverty alleviation. I hope to develop skills and knowledge that cancontrol and possibly reverse environmental degradation.
I was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, which is ametropolitan city. I finished my schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya School,Ahmedabad, one of the elite schools in India accredited to Central Board ofSecondary Education (CBSE). Right from the beginning of my studies, English wasthe medium of instruction and this has added to my English languageproficiency. During school day I was fascinated by nature, biodiversity, and interaction of biotic and abioticcomponent.
At the same time, it bothers me how natural resources are degradingat the rapid rate and something should be done even at an individual level. Andthis motivates me to take the ecology-based subject.I have so far completed Master’s program in Climatechange with distinction. Throughout my studies, I have been exposed todifferent aspects of scientific and analytical disciplines of science. Being aclimatologist, I am hoping to work on projects related to impacts on MarineBiodiversity due to climate change.After completing my studies I was associated with anenvironment consultancy- Climate Care, where I was benefited of practical andfield-based knowledge.
I came across various aspects of environmentalconservation at the local level.After that, I was associated as Junior ResearchFellow with Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation. (It isan autonomous body under the Gujarat forest department, India) where my lovefor ecology and biodiversity got deepened.
In GEER Foundation I was involved inthe collaborative study with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), New Delhi titled”Renewable energy mapping and zoning assessment for Gujarat state withrespect to Ecosystems and Biodiversity”. Along with that, I was also apart of a technical team of the project titled “Regional ClimateVariability and Disaster Patterns in the Wake of Climate Change: Case ofGujarat State” (ISBN: 978-93-82799-05-4). I have loved every minute of my work: especially the opportunity toparticipate in cutting-edge projects and discuss ideas with senior biologists.
Here I got a chance to meet and learn from various researchers and scientistsworking on different aspects of ecology.Currently, I am working as Junior Research Fellow ofM.G. Science Institute and Space Application Centre – Indian Space ResearchOrganization (SAC-ISRO) on a project titled “Desertification and LandDegradation: Monitoring, Vulnerability Assessment and Combating Plans”.
I figured out that I need experts to guide me andacademicians with knowledge, experience, and research under their belt to takeme under their wings. It is then that I will reach my true potential andsucceed as I see myself in my dreams. I have realized that Coastal Science andPolicy Program at the University of California have one of the best programsfor understanding the Ecological and Marine Science, its conservation, andmanagement. I am also excited tointeract with Professors and students whose work is closest to what I want topursue the original research component of the MS degree. Today, human society is facing a universalchallenge-Climate change. As the developing country with an enormouspopulation, India is more vulnerable to the adverse effect of climate changeand disasters. With the complex and diverse terrain, it is more challenging totackle the impacts and effects.
With a long-term goal of establishing my ownresearch and conservation-driven company in India, I now aim to complement myeducation so far with study and knowledge on the latest developments in myfield of future operations.Given my record of good academic achievement and thestrong interest in your research program, I am certain that, if given theopportunity, I will enjoy working on the topics that ignite my curiosity themost. In addition to my academic qualifications, I am confident that myinterdisciplinary background will meet your research school expectations.