EEE Graduate going for PhD at Montana State University
Nishat Sultana, a graduate of Electrical and Electronic Engineering department of Independent University, Bangladesh is joining the PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering program at Montana State University, USA in fall 2017 semester. She has been offered a full tuition waiver, Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) and a scholarship to cover her health insurance in the US.
Nishat graduated from EEE department of IUB in 2013 with a CGPA of 3.88. She received full tuition waiver as well as several academic awards for her academic excellence during her studies at IUB. Shortly after graduation, she was awarded the Korean Government Scholarship (KGSP) in 2013 and went to pursue her masters at Chosun University, South Korea as a research scholar of the KGSP program. She had an amazing experience learning Korean Language and Culture for a year at Inha University, South Korea. She passed Level 4 of Test of Proficiency in Korean Language (TOPIK) during her language course. She then joined as a Research Assistant in the 3D Image Processing Systems Laboratory at Chosun University, South Korea in 2014 and completed her Masters in Computer Engineering with a CGPA of 4.39 out of 4.5 in 2016. During her master’s studies, she published two conference papers and submitted her thesis outcome in the Journal of Optics. In addition, she received ‘Certificate of Recognition for Exemplary Activities as a KGSP Student’ from the Ministry of Education, South Korea.
Nishat believes it could have never been possible without the encouragement and continuous support of the faculty members of EEE department of IUB and her masters supervisor from Chosun University. She is also grateful to the honorable Vice chancellor of IUB, Professor M. Omar Rahman. Nishat still remembered that during the academic award ceremony of IUB Professor Rahman mentioned in his speech: “Aim for the moon, if you miss, you may hit a star”. This inspiring quotation motivated her greatly to chase her dreams to study abroad.
Nishat advises IUB graduates to find their research interests early if they are interested in pursuing higher studies abroad with a scholarship. She puts emphasis on getting involved in research activities from undergraduate level which is very possible with the great research facilities that IUB offers. It helps IUB graduates prepare for a research oriented career. She also advises to find a potential research advisor with whom they find compatibility between their research interests in their time at IUB because it helps secure positions of RA in research labs. A good CGPA, research experience and good scores in the standardized tests such as GRE and TOEFL are the main stepping stones for getting into a good university for higher studies. In addition, extracurricular activities add special value to the profile of a graduate. It improves the interpersonal communication skills which are valuable assets during professional interviews. She wishes all the graduates good luck on their future endeavors and to remember that anything is possible with hard work.