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scientists who allow us to live in a world of magic through their wonderful
innovations have always been my ‘Superheroes’ and I also wanted to be one of
them. My undergraduate study in Bangladesh at University of Dhaka (DU), in the
department of computer science and engineering introduced me to the true
expanse of computer science. My teaching career in Bangladesh at Daffodil
International University (DIU) refines my knowledge and skills in computer
science. The experiences I gathered from DU and DIU inspired me to pursue my
career as a researcher in computer science. I believe pursing PhD in computer
science will strengthen my journey towards becoming a successful researcher.


During my
undergraduate study, I developed a keen interest in the fields of artificial
intelligence, database, data mining and bioinformatics. In my senior year, my
department organized a research workshop on data mining and bioinformatics. I
found that these areas are expanding with numerous potential research
opportunities. The research aspect of data mining that attract me most was its
ability to predict future. On the other hand, I was amazed by the ability of
bioinformatics to unravel the mystery of life. 
Motivated by this workshop, I did my bachelor thesis on evolutionary
algorithm. I developed a tool using self-adaptive differential evolution
algorithm for economic load dispatch problem. Before my thesis work, I had very
little idea on evolutionary algorithms. To enhance my background, I went
through several books, articles, research papers, video lectures. With my
dedication and hard work, I successfully overcame the obstacles. Based on my
academic and research experience at university of Dhaka, I was convinced that I
should pursue my career in research.

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Currently I am
working as lecturer at department of computer science and engineering, Daffodil
International University, Bangladesh. During my 4 years of undergraduate teaching, I have instructed several
undergraduate courses including programming and problem solving, algorithms,
bioinformatics, data mining and artificial intelligence. Not being an expert in
bioinformatics and data mining, it was quite challenging for me to teach those
courses. However, my intense interest in data mining and bioinformatics
motivated me to overcome the challenge. I delved into various reading
materials including books, conference articles and journal papers. I attended
two free online courses offered by Coursera. I synthesized my understanding in
a survey paper titled “Data Mining Techniques for Informative Motif discovery”.
My hard work and dedication was reflected on my teaching evaluation, which was
ranked as “Excellent”. I also supervised some undergraduate projects including
library management system, interactive virtual classroom, and tourism
management system. Currently I am supervising a project named “A data mining
approach for economic call finder”. In Bangladesh, there are multiple mobile
phone companies with numerous prepaid packages for cell phone connection. This project
aims to suggest the most economic prepaid operator’s package to the customers
based on their characteristics of outgoing calls including call duration, call
time, calling operator etc. My teaching and supervising experiences have helped
me to develop a proper temperament, power of speech, in addition to a thorough
and extensive knowledge of my field.


Apart from my
teaching and research activities, I have strong aptitude for management and
organizing events, seminars and festivals. I am a member of event management
committee at department of computer science and engineering, DIU. The primary
responsibility of this committee is to organize various workshops, seminars,
talks etc. These activities helped me to develop my managerial and leadership
skills. In addition, in my bachelor study, I organized and anchored several
events, participated in many debating competition and won accolades. I was
three times champion in “Inter University Debating Competition” which is one of
the most prestigious debating competitions in Bangladesh held among fifty
different debating clubs. These experiences helped me to present my thoughts in
front of a responsive and critical audience. I acted as a president of Computer
Science & Engineering University of Dhaka (CSEDU) Debating Club. I was also
elected as a secretary of ‘Ruquayyah Debating Club’-one of the most successful
debating clubs in Bangladesh. These experiences helped to develop my ability to
handle responsibility and work under pressure.


However, ten
years from now, I want to see me in a position where I would be able to build
my research lab. I have a long held dream that the research works from my lab
will contribute to the society as well as my country. With this goal in mind, I
realized that I need to gain more expertise and exposure to an excellent
research environment. Therefore I decided to pursue my PhD degree in an
institution that has excellent research facilities, top class faculty and
magnificent infrastructure.


University of
Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) is an excellent university with vibrant
research activities. I visited the webpage of the Computer Science department and
thrilled with its Centre for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS) research
activities especially in the areas of Data Mining, Bioinformatics and
Intelligent Systems since they match with my interest. The research works from
Bioinformatics Laboratory, Biological Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (BAIL)
and Laboratory for Internet Computing (LINC) caught my eyes. It would be a
great opportunity for me to pursue my graduate study in this prestigious
institute. I am confident that I would be able to make positive contribution to
on-going research work at UL Lafayette. Financial assistantship from your
university will help me to achieve excellence in this long journey of graduate


I believe that I
posses required self confidence, motivation and intellectual ability to perform
well in a computer science graduate program. I am sure I would be able to make
proud both my country and UL Lafayette.


I am looking
forward to be a part of your esteemed graduate program.


Rashida Hasan

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