Throughout my time at school and college-undergraduate and graduate

level, mathematics has been the subject whose lessons I have relished. Studying

the subject at university level had served only to increase my enjoyment of it,

owing to the great depths to which it can be explored and the satisfaction that

solving a difficult problem can give. Some of my most enjoyable lessons have

been the ones where I have been allowed to simply open a textbook and work

independently through some enjoyable problems. What I find most fascinating

about Mathematics is the application of logic and analysis it allows, as well

as the intellectual stimulation it provides.

I consider Mathematics to be as rewarding as it is captivating.

I find with Mathematics that the harder and more challenging it gets, the more

I seem to enjoy it, which is one of the reasons I am so keen to study it at PhD

level. Other reasons for embarking on a Mathematics degree include my hope that

it will show me new ways to apply Mathematical thinking whilst satiating my

Mathematical appetite. Although I am fascinated with every area of Mathematics,

I have fondness for Computer Science; this is because it is a discipline that

allows for extensive interpretation of data, forecasting outcomes, as well as

acute mathematical modelling. I am also excited by the application to real life

situations it allows. Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Applications, Algorithms

Analysis & Complexity, Probability are few of my favorite topics.

I come from a lower middle-class

family in rural India, where basic amenities like electricity and schools are

scarce. In a village with a single high school and no consistent teaching

staff, I have come a long way only due to strong determination to pursue my

dream of becoming a mathematics lecturer. My performance in academia and

co-curricular activities has been consistently good. I have been a top ranker

at both bachelors and masters level.

During my High School and college years, I gave private tuition

to underprivileged students from my neighborhood. That made me realize how much

I wanted to become a mathematics teacher. I have Bachelor of Science degree

from Miranda House, University of Delhi, India in majors- Mathematics, Computer

Science and Physics. During college, my mathematics teacher of “Group Theory”

used to be so impressed with my performance that I was given the responsibility

of helping the juniors as well as other students of my class by addressing

their queries about the subject, this only made my desire to teach mathematics as

a profession stronger. Because of my outstanding academic track record and

distinct performance in Mathematics, University of Delhi awarded me with the

“Kasturi Memorial Prize” (Award Criteria: Highest marks in Mathematics at the

end of III year) on completion of my undergraduate degree program.

At undergraduate level, I also

got the basic learnings of Computer Science. During my last year in B.Sc.

program, I was selected by Wipro Technologies for a position of Software

Engineer. After completion of the program, I started working for Wipro Technologies

to overcome financial challenges in my family. However, this put off my plans

to pursue Mathematics temporarily.

I was part of work integrated

learning program in Wipro Technologies. While pursuing MS from one of the most

prestigious graduate schools in India- Birla Institute of Technology and

Science, Pilani, I got the opportunity to study the entire spectrum of computer

science along with Mathematics and at the same time, implement those concepts

in software projects. I got to work in an environment that was intensely

competitive, and where working on real time projects went together with

theoretical learning, thus laying a sound foundation for advanced research

based study.

I have over 4.5 years of work

experience with Wipro Technologies as Senior Project Engineer and 2 years of

work experience with JP Morgan & Chase as Quality Assurance Analyst.

It is my personal choice to pick the USA as the country I wish

to study in. I believe USA universities will provide me with the solid

mathematical foundation required for me to pursue further studies in future and

propel me towards my dream career of becoming a mathematician and a university

lecturer. Besides, I am keen to learn from a different education system as well

as meet up with people from all over the world. I am confident that Illinois

Institute of Technology will provide me a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a

world-class education.

Overall, I feel that I am a hard-working and self-motivated

student, and I look forward to harnessing this to further improve my

understanding of Mathematics. I am looking forward to all the academic

challenges at university, and know that I will make the most of my university

life to pursue Mathematics in the greatest depth possible as my passion for the

Mathematics is absolute.