Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

My dad passing from stage 4 esophageal and brain cancer in my sophomore year of my undergraduate career became my motivation to deepen my understanding of materials and processes in the biotechnology industry. Due to our financial situation, my family and I had extreme difficulty paying for the best treatment for my dad’s cancer. My dad, who worked in biotechnology his whole life and devoted himself to helping others, is my role-model and now a catalyst to my pursue my passion in leading a better future in pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. A masters in Material Science and Engineering will provide me with the knowledge and resources to explore and receive a better understanding of processes and how various materials are utilized in therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. As a material scientist, I intend to seek out different materials that will be just as efficient, if not, better to lower the cost of manufacturing processes and, ultimately, have a more affordable product available for the patient-focusing on the cancer industry. I strongly believe that the technology and innovation in this industry is limited due to the materials available to us and nanotechnology will lead an innovative revolution in medical research. I will later discuss my research topic, that I believe, can be novel in the cancer therapeutics industry. For my research topic, I aspire to gain the knowledge on how nanomaterials can improve drug delivery for cancer patients and aid in seeking a better alternative to chemotherapy with nanomaterials replicating antibodies to fight the cancer cells. I hope I can leave an everlasting imprint on medical technology and produce more affordable therapies for low-income families who are suffering from cancer. My plan for joining this graduate program is that I am able to improve the lives of people in terms of medicine they need everyday; whether its for reducing chemotherapy symptoms or reengineering T-cells to fight off cancer cells.

Ron Kevin from Washington
University of Washington