Sample Statement of Purpose for Food Chemistry & Engineering
“It is never too much to make the food delicious to eat and to
mince the meat in a most exquisite manner.” This is what China’s
ancient philosopher Confucius had to comment 2000 years ago on the
pristine form of food engineering. In the recorded history of two to
three thousand years, China developed the world’s most comprehensive
and most fascinating culinary legacy. However, in the modern period,
on account of China’s limited research capacity in food chemistry and
biochemistry, the level of food processing has obviously lagged behind
that of western countries. As a Bachelor of Engineering from the
Department of Food Science and Engineering of XX University, I would
frequently feel a strong sense of responsibility whenever I hear of
the aborted exportation of China’s agricultural and sideline products
due to quarantine problems, or the incredible discrepancy between
China’s huge food productivity and its international market share.
With the lapse of time, this sense of responsibility has evolved into
a determination to pursue a Master’s program in a prestigious overseas
university where I can acquire high-level knowledge, both theoretical
and technological, of food chemistry and biochemistry.
A careful comparative study of many universities that offer programs
in my proposed field has brought me to prioritize on your esteemed
university, which fascinates me with its outstanding research
strengths and its high-quality education by accomplished professors.
By consulting relevant technical literature in food science and
soliciting opinions from food chemists in my own country who are
well-informed of international academia, I have decided to make your
university my sole choice. Of course, I am well aware that, to be
admitted into such a renowned university as yours, I am bound to face
fierce competitions. Yet, my sound and comprehensive academic
background in my chosen field, my dexterous chemical experimental
skills, and independent research capacity endows me with full
confidence to stand up to those competitions.
Academically, the College of Economic Technology, XX University,
enjoys considerable reputation in China’s tobacco industry and its
curriculum features comprehensive professional training in food
chemistry. The curriculum lays special emphasis on the establishment
of a solid groundwork across diverse fields, ranging from food
chemistry, food processing, food bioengineering, to food quality
analysis. Whether in classroom instructions or in trainings of
experimental skills, our teachers all endeavored to cultivate in us a
deep understanding of the knowledge of food chemistry through the
analysis and elaborations on tobacco as a special food. Meanwhile, our
college exposed us to various practical opportunities to participate
in the research, production and inspection of various types of foods.
Thus, the graduates in tobacco specialty can not only find employment
with major tobacco manufacturers across the country, but also with
general food science and research institutes as well as with
enterprises engaged in fine chemical engineering production.
While paying special attention to developing students’ specialized
knowledge, our College also requires students to be academically
rigorous and competition-conscious. Under the stringent grading system
of our university, it was not easy to achieve high scores unless one
works hard. Therefore I was always the last to leave library every
evening and for four years of my undergraduate program I ranked among
the top few in my class (my overall average score is 81/100), winning
scholarship at departmental level each year, including one scholarship
for “Outstanding Score”. It is safe for me to say that I have laid a
sound theoretical foundation in food chemistry.
If coursework required me of tremendous efforts, chemical experiments
was a constant source of joy for me. In connection with my coursework
in Tobacco Raw Material, Tobacco Smoke Chemistry, and Surface Active
Agents, I not only completed all the required subjects of experiment
but also took an active part in relevant research programs of the
university by undertaking some experiment operations. Although I was
paid very little for the limited funding of those programs, it was a
great satisfaction to observe the magic processes of chemical
reactions and I was able to accumulate considerable practical
experience in the selection of chemicals for experiments and in the
control of experiment conditions. My significant improvement in
hands-on abilities helped me excel most of my classmates.
Due to my distinguished academic and experimental performance, I came
to the attention of our College’s food chemist and when I started to
do my graduation project I was admitted into a research project
undertaken by our university “The Reduction of Overall Volatilizable
Aldehyde in Main Smoke”, which was the first of its kind in our
country. By consulting a considerable amount of technical literature
by international research institutes and universities, we applied
different kinds of derivative chitosan and other new types of
additives to add into the filter. We also adopted colotimetry to
determine the concentration of the overall volatilizable aldehyde in
the smoke and proved by large amount of data that chitosan can play
important effect in reducing the aldehydes. Based on those research
findings, I completed my thesis entitled Decreasing Overall
Volatilizable Aldehyde (Acetaldehydes) by Adding New Types of
Additives, winning positive comments from the Academic Evaluation
Panel of the College. With its original concepts, substantial data and
rigorous elaboration, my graduation project was rated “Excellent”.
My important performance in the research project impressed my advisor,
who considered me to be of sound potential in food chemistry.
Considering the inadequate research conditions and limited research
level, my advisor strongly urges me to pursue much advanced education
abroad and has warmly recommended your university.
I understand that applying for your Master’s program is both an
important challenge and an important opportunity. I will be exposed to
many world-renowned scholars and to the most updated knowledge and
technology. I will be able to assimilate those concepts and
methodologies different from those of my own country. I plan to attend
a variety of taught courses to enrich my theoretical buildup.
Meanwhile, I will avail myself of your rich educational and research
resources, including reading much technical literature and extensively
attending academic conferences. I will also continue to improve my
experimental skills. Finally, by combining theory with practice, I
will choose a meaningful project to work on to achieve some possible
academic breakthroughs. It is my conviction that your program will
develop me into a successful food engineer.