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Student Profile: Parsa Sojoudi

August 18, 2021
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Chemistry master's student in the Faculty of Science

I am an MSc student in Chemistry, and as one of the Chemistry Master's Students at Simon Fraser University, I am passionate to research about biopolymers and their applications in the biomedical industry. I am highly interested in the science of Chemistry and Mathematics since my childhood. That is why I admitted to the Polymer Engineering as my Bachelor's in the University of Tehran in 2016. This passion makes me decide to continue my research in the Chemistry field as my future academic pathway.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

At the end of my undergraduate journey, I felt a gap in my country's educational facilities for conducting cutting-edge research. I am assured that learning in a diverse atmosphere with various viewpoints will broaden my horizons to build a flourishing future. SFU is one of the best universities in Canada as it has top-notch professors and high-quality facilities for doing research. Also, having the opportunity to pursue my graduate study at Simon Fraser University will benefit me with a more in-depth understanding of my subjects of interest in science.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

I am working on the DNA sequence detection of two different Ginseng species achieved by a nucleic acid amplification test conducted in a microfluidic chip. This research will help the companies to make low-cost, simple, rapid, and portable detection devices popular in biomedicine, agriculture, food, and environmental sciences.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I am highly excited about in-person classes and doing my research on campus as of Fall 2021. Meeting my supervisor and colleagues face-to-face will help me to interact with the community in more depth and this makes me enjoy the process.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I am a scholarship recipient of a total of $47,000 CAD for two years of my Master's study at SFU. I am also awarded the Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship (SGES) in an amount of $4000. 

 

Contact Parsa: parsa_sojoudi@sfu.ca