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Tips for Admission in National University of Singapore
#31
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Hi Sunil,

I should really appreciate the awesome work done by you so far in guiding the students for the application process!
I have applied for the PhD program at NUS and my only concern is my low GRE score of 315 (exam jitters got better of me!) My
UG percentage is also a factor( though Calcutta University is notorious for the low marks). I hope to get a call from them !
I have decent LOR (from my guide at IIT B and the professor from my foreign internship). Would I be eligible for the A Star scholarship?

I think I have a decent enough profile for NUS (which going seems a bit liberal)!

Please find copy pasted my CV for the applications.(it might be tad too long) I did not want to hide any information

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Examination University Specialisation Year CPI / %

Post Graduation IIT Bombay Molecular Parasitology 2015 9.34

Under Graduation University of Calcutta Biochemistry Honours 2013 72.5

Higher Secondary ISC Science 2010 90.5

Secondary ICSE Additional :Computer Applications 2008 95

SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENTS  

 Recipient of Fellowship by DBT, Govt. of India for a period of two years                                                   [2013-15]  

 Recipient of  INSPIRE fellowship, Government of India                                                                          [2010-15]

Recipient of Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search                                                                     [2010-15]

Secured All India Rank 51, in the UGC- JRF National Eligibility Test Exam                                                           [2014]

Secured All India Rank 45 in Biological Sciences, IISc                                                                                             [2013]

Secured All India Rank 22 in Biotechnology, Joint Admission Test, IIT JAM                                                             [2013]  

Secured All India Rank 17 in Combined Biotechnology Entrance Exam, JNU                                                         [2013]  

Secured All India Rank 1   in Entrance Exam to Hyderabad Central University                        [2013]

ACADEMIC PROJECTS  

 M.Sc Academic Project              Characterization of biomarkers for severe malaria                                       [2014-15]  

Cloning and Expression of a novel protein and subsequent Analysis of the Blood Samples of patients.

Devising new clinical tests for better analysis of the severity in Malarial patients

 

Genetic Engineering                   Over expression of a regulatory protein, ScoC from E.coli                              [2014]  

Cloning, expression and purification of ScoC gene using  pET 28a from E.coli, DH5α  

 

Microbiology Project                  Isolation and Characterization of microorganisms in Powai lake water         [2014]  

Identification of isolated microorganisms on the basis of microscopic  and biochemical characteristics  

Biophysics Project              Comparative analysis of BSA and HSA spectrophotometrically                        [2014]

Comparative analysis of common proteins using UV-Vis, Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Circular Dichroism

Biochemistry Project                 Purification and Assay of enzyme catechol 2,3 dioxygenase                               [2013]

Purification of enzyme by precipitation  

Estimation of enzyme’s activity, yield and purification fold  

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

Characterisation of Novel Malarial Bio markers                                                                                      [Summer 2014]

• Designing new novel protein and expression in BL21

• Standardisation ELISA

• Performed under Prof. Kasturi Haldar,C.S.C Professor of Biological Sciences & Director, Centre for Rare and

Neglected Diseases, University of Notre Dame  

Study of Regenerative techniques for burn patients- Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine                    [2013]

• Created Database of more than 150 patients using different parameters of disease and recovery.

• Observed and taken part in the medical procedure in which Fetal tissue transplants helped in recovery of wounds.

 Biofilter: An effective  treatment  of  arsenic  contaminated  water using micro-organisms                     [2011]

• Characterisation of Novel Bacterial Species capable of reducing Arsenic Content

• Determined the capability to reduce Arsenic by 43%.  

LABORATORY & COMPUTER SKILLS  

 

ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY BIOPHYSICAL TECHNIQUES  

Quantification of macromolecules, Assaying enzyme, Purification of enzymes using chromatographic    techniques,

Agarose gel electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE and Native PAGE, Receptor-ligand studies; UV-visible    spectroscopy,

Fluorescence spectroscopy, Circular dichroism  

 

MICROBIOLOGICAL-IMMUNOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES  

Isolation, Cultivation, Identification and Quantification of bacteria and fungus, Viable cell count by Haemocytometer,

Growth curve, Antibiotic sensitivity test, Antibiotic bioassay, Replica plating, Ouchterlony double immunodiffusion,  

Blood grouping  

 

GENETIC ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES  

Plasmid isolation, Polymerase chain reaction, Competent cell preparation by calcium chloride method,    Cloning

of gene, Expression and Purification of protein , Western Blot, ELISA  

COMPUTER PROFICIENCY:

    C programming and JAVA programming, LATEX , MATLAB ,PYTHON, R, MS-Office and LibreOffice,

Basic Bio-informatics tools (BLAST, FASTA,CLUSTALW,RASMOL,GENSCAN), Basic web designing  

ACHIEVEMENTS

• 2012:Winners of State Level “Undergraduate Science Quiz” organised by Bose Institute,Kolkata  

• 2011:Winners of  Jagadish Bose National Science for Best Undergraduate Student Research  

• 2011:Winner of the Best Speaker on “Modern Trends in MicroBiology” ,St. Xavier’s College  

• 2010:Merit Certificate for being among the highest scorers in South Kolkata in Board exam  

• 2010: Awarded Merit Certificate the First Stage of Indian Biological Olympiad (Among Top 3%)

•  2009: Awarded Merit Certificate for being among the Top 10% of Students in the Indian Biological Olympiad  

•  2008:  Merit Certificate for being among the highest scorers in South Kolkata in Boards exam  

PRESENTATION/PUBLICATIONS  

• Working Project was selected for Presentation at the 99 th Indian Science Congress " Biofilter: An effective treatment of

arsenic contaminated water using micro-organisms".

       Publication: Proceedings of 99 th Session of Indian Science Congress, Pages 117-118.

• Winners of "UCO Bank Medha Samman" for Best Undergraduate Student Research on the project " Biofilter: An effective

treatment of arsenic contaminated water using micro-organisms".

• 2011-Winner of the Best Speaker on “Modern Trends in MicroBiology”,St. Xavier’s College .

• Poster Presentation at National Seminar on Biotechnology for Sustainable Development, HIT- Kolkata

Articles for VOICE magazine (global bi-monthly magazine accredited by United Nations Alliance of Civilizations)

• Prometheus: From a legend to a reality, VOICE,Issue 4, Pages 52-57( http://www.voicefortheyouth.com )

• SyNAPSE- Linking the real with the Virtual, VOICE, Issue 5, Pages 62- 68

POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY  

•Council Member (Masters Representative), BSBE, IIT Bombay                                                [2014]

Selected as Masters Representative in the Department Student Council overseeing Activities involving ~60 Students

•Event Manager and Coordinator for the Generations 2014 (Dept Fest of BSBE, IITB)                [2014]

Coordinated between students of various parts of the country for the publicity of the fest Event Manager for

the poster presentation academic event.

•Coordinator, Department Alumni Meet , IIT Bombay                                                                        [2014]

Working as a coordinator for Alumni meet for more than 500+ alumi.

• Coordinator for the Creatives department of Techfest-                                                                    [2014]

One of the coordinators of the Largest techfest in Asia and looked after foreign delegates.



Thanks
Som
 
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#32
This is post no. 32 under the main topic.
(11-10-2014, 09:47 PM)som92 Wrote: Hi Sunil,

I should really appreciate the awesome work done by you so far in guiding the students for the application process!
I have applied for the PhD program at NUS and my only concern is my low GRE score of 315 (exam jitters got better of me!) My
UG percentage is also a factor( though Calcutta University is notorious for the low marks). I hope to get a call from them !
I have decent LOR (from my guide at IIT B and the professor from my foreign internship). Would I be eligible for the A Star scholarship?
..........

Thanks
Som

Hi Som,

Thanks for the appreciation :-) Having gone through your profile, I'm without any doubt that you'll grab the interview opportunity! I hope you have contacted some prof. there at NUS? He should be impressed by your profile. And, you should apply through the general application process too (apart from the ASTAR, for which your profile is indeed a perfect match!).

All the best!

Sunil
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (BiotechStudents.com)
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC


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#33
This is post no. 33 under the main topic.
Hi Sunil ,

Thank you so much for your prompt reply!
I have not contacted any professor at NUS since I applied through the general admission application system. Is it recommended to contact the Professors before the final decision?

I will keep you updated regarding the process.

Thank you once again for your help!

Thanks
Som
 
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#34
This is post no. 34 under the main topic.
(11-11-2014, 05:30 PM)som92 Wrote: Hi Sunil ,

Thank you so much for your prompt reply!
I have not contacted any professor at NUS since I applied through the general admission application system.  Is it recommended to contact the Professors before the final decision?

I will keep you updated regarding the process.

Thank you once again for your help!

Thanks
Som

Hello Som,

You may write a mail quoting that "you have already applied for PhD at NUS; and are really keen to pursue research on 'xyz' topic under the professor you find apt to your profile and interest. It would be a privilege working under xyz and you sincerely wish to be able to work under him/her. You would be highly obliged if xyz could usher hands of guidance and words of advice for your aspiration."

Contacting a scientist is always an adage to your profile, and I'm sure it would help you.

All the best!

Sunil
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (BiotechStudents.com)
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC


Suggested Reads:
Top Biotech Companies | Top places to work
Indian Biotech Companies and Job Openings
Aiming a PhD in Top Grad School? | These are the Important Points to Consider
Careers in Biotechnology | A list of various Options
Biotechnology Competitive Exams in India
 
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#35
This is post no. 35 under the main topic.
Dear Sunil ,
I am a working professional( 4 years ) in IT , & planning to pursue higher studies.
I completed B.tech in 2010 ( Computer Science ) with 69% , will be writing the GATE 2015.
Basically I am working in SAP technology & wish to have admission in PhD program offered by
NTU ,NUS.
Can we get get admission on basis of gate score only.
What are changes of getting admission in MS coure by research
Thanks in advance
Abhinav
 
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#36
This is post no. 36 under the main topic.
(11-12-2014, 11:59 PM)abhinavtyagi17 Wrote: Dear Sunil ,
I am a working professional( 4 years ) in IT , & planning to pursue higher studies.
I completed B.tech in 2010 ( Computer Science ) with 69% ,  will be writing the GATE 2015.
Basically I am working in SAP technology & wish to have admission in PhD program offered by
NTU ,NUS.
Can we get get admission on basis of gate score only.
What are changes of getting admission in MS coure by research
Thanks in advance
Abhinav

Hi Abhinav

Yes one can get admission on basis of GATE score (refer this link for clarity: http://www.dbs.nus.edu.sg/education/graduates/faq.htm). And NUS always prefers to offer scholarship assistance to PhD candidates than MS® candidates. The chances of grabbing MS® are always good compared to PhD, but I would recommend going for PhD because of the TAship factor, quick progression of PhD at NUS, great job prospects etc.

Hope it helped.

Best Wishes

Sunil
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (BiotechStudents.com)
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC


Suggested Reads:
Top Biotech Companies | Top places to work
Indian Biotech Companies and Job Openings
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Careers in Biotechnology | A list of various Options
Biotechnology Competitive Exams in India
 
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#37
This is post no. 37 under the main topic.
Dear Sunil,
You are doing great job especially for the upcoming researcher by directing them at the right phase of their life to
right place i.e.NUS

I did my BSc Biotechnology:-University of Mumbai :- 63%-2012.
MSc Biotechnology-Fergusson College Pune(University of PUNE) 67%.-2014.

I did my dissertation work(6 months) at Premium Serums PUNE-one of the anti-snake venom serum producing industry. Title:- The Development of ELISA for determination of anti-cobra venom antibodies in Equines. no publication.
During my project i met Prof.R.M.Kini(Protein science Lab NUS). He helped me in development of scientific insight
while modifying cobra venom.in short i know him.  

I always wanted to work with such Profesor. The work is still going on in industry. I left it for joining GRE Coaching because the industry is 80 km away from PUNE with very bad public transport.

what do you suggest in this situation. My parent don't know anything about NUS. so they are not agree with this idea. They asked me to perform well in CSIR/ DBT JRF.  How to handle this situation?
GRE/ TOEFL requirement?
What will the benefits of giving subject GRE(Biochem,Cell bio, genetics) for fellowship / assistantship   ?
Can this idea
 
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#38
This is post no. 38 under the main topic.
Hello Sunil,
 I completed my bachelors in ECE from PUNE UNIVERSITY with 1st Class with Distinction in 2014, I have topped in my Dept of ECE. I have done 2 National Level Paper Presentation & have won a National Level Poster Competition. have actively participated in extra-curriculars like College Magazine and Debates. have 1) 3-month Internship at Abhiyanta Solns 2)1-month training at Doordarshan 3)Internship with Monk Automation. Was a topper at district level in C programming at NIIT.

I will be appearing 4 gate 2015 n hope to secure a good score.

I am interested in applying for NTU phd/meng prog. What are my chances of  getting through with present credentials?
I am not aware of any formalities please do guide me.
 
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#39
This is post no. 39 under the main topic.
Hi Sunil,

I am an Mtech Student of IIT Madras. I am going for Mtech project to South Korea from Jan- Mar end, I have applied for NUS (Aug intake), the shortlisted students will have interview in March during which I will be in Korea.

I wanted to ask if the Interview can be postponed OR will they conduct interview through skype/ online?

In the application, they have mentioned : "For foreign applicants who are not residing in P. R. China or India Where possible, the University may arrange an interview for you at the Singapore Embassy of the country in which you are residing. "

So If I want to give interview in South Korea during this time, will it be allowed with help of Singapore embassy there?

Hope the question is clear.

Thank you.
 
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#40
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(12-07-2014, 02:12 AM)deepak2307 Wrote: Hi Sunil,

I am an Mtech Student of IIT Madras. I am going for Mtech project to South Korea from Jan- Mar end, I have applied for NUS (Aug intake), the shortlisted students will have interview in March during which I will be in Korea.

I wanted to ask if the Interview can be postponed OR will they conduct interview through skype/ online?

In the application, they have mentioned : "For foreign applicants who are not residing in P. R. China or India Where possible, the University may arrange an interview for you at the Singapore Embassy of the country in which you are residing. "

So If I want to give interview in South Korea during this time, will it be allowed with help of Singapore embassy there?

Hope the question is clear.

Thank you.

Hi Deepak,

Not sure about postponing, but YES there's a provision for the interview through Skype (telling by experience). You just need to raise a request for the same with admission cell. And most probably they may conduct interview at embassy as well  (provided they have the officials to conduct the same in the country). For both options you'll have to raise a request in prior.

Hope it helps

Best Wishes

Sunil
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (BiotechStudents.com)
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC


Suggested Reads:
Top Biotech Companies | Top places to work
Indian Biotech Companies and Job Openings
Aiming a PhD in Top Grad School? | These are the Important Points to Consider
Careers in Biotechnology | A list of various Options
Biotechnology Competitive Exams in India
 
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