PHD Statistics, Earth Sciences, Thailand

November 9, 2013

I am a young woman from Bangkok, Thailand who very much loves the earth, our planetary home, and the study of everything having to do with protecting our environment. I have always been good at math and statistics; so this is the area in which I want to make my contribution. The material that I especially look forward to working with for my doctoral studies in statistics is Earth Sciences, Atmospheric Studies, and Environmental Science.

 I am currently studying towards the M.S. Degree in Applied Statistics at XXXX University and I will be graduating as soon as I defend my thesis. I want to pursue a doctorate because I am especially interested in doing research in the areas of environmental and atmospheric science, applying what I have learned and hope to continue to learn in your program to solving problems in these areas. My Master's Thesis has been concerned with air quality using the categorical time series and generalized linear model theory to categorize the Air quality Index without knowing the ozone concentrations. I look forward to continuing to do research in the area of air quality.

 My long term goal after earning the PHD Degree is to do research and teach in my native Thailand. The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadei, has long been a powerful inspiration to me because of his tireless defense of the environment in addition to his concern for the common man. I want to help my country to develop economically in a way that protects our environment. My country is very much in need of good statisticians since there are very few. There are also few PHDs trained in the area of environmental science. I want to spend my life using my knowledge and experiences to contribute to the struggle to save our environment. I am especially concerned with global warming and hope to be at the forefront of preparations to confront this challenge in Thailand.

 For me, mathematics and statistics are the central keys to scientific progress. This is why I fell in love with these subjects and never tire of studying them. I keenly look forward to doing computations for the rest of my professional life. I am especially concerned by the fact that research suggests that there have been and continue to be frequent miscalculations concerning the precise level of pollutants in our environment. And if this is true in the Developed World, then it is even more so the case in a developing country like Thailand. Thus, we need to begin almost from scratch, developing the correct tools and resources to measure pollutants if we are ever going to be successful at combating pollution and cleaning up our world.  This is why I want to continue my study of advanced statistics, so that I can apply state-of-the-art techniques to the development of solutions for our environmental problems and challenges. I want very much to build upon the research represented in my Master’s Thesis by using advance techniques in order to come up with more accurate in forecasting. I am especially good at using statistical programs such as Matlab, SAS, Minitab, Eview, and Stata9.

 I assure you that, if accepted to your program, I will give my all to my studies so that I excel, for the planet, my country, my family, and the sheer joy that I find doing research. I thank you for considering my application to your program.

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