Mathematics - The True Universal Language

The true universal human language is not punctuated by accents or vowel intonations; it does not spring from any particular continent; it rises above ink on paper, scratches on the earth or daubs of paint on the wall of a cave. No, I am a firm believer that the true universal human language is composed of numbers. For while numerical characters may vary across the globe, the logic they convey transcends borders, localities, and customs.

The “language” of numbers flows from the inherent human capacity to reason. It is my love for the reach and power of numbers that started my career in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and has inspired me to pursue graduate work in Database Management Systems. In my native Hungary, I was the winner of the national mathematics competition award before going on to study Mathematics at MIT. My academic career at MIT was immensely enriching, and my hard work landed me at the top of my classes.

I was awarded the _____________ Scholarship and was on both the Computer Science National Dean’s List and the MIT University Dean’s List. But just as important as my awards and honors was the assistance and support I received from my professors, who not only taught but nurtured me. As an undergraduate Teaching Assistant under Dr. __________, I graded papers and worked with the students-an experience that encouraged me to think about a future teaching position.

And in my independent research study project in Complex Systems Theory, completed under the direction of Dr. _________________, I was able to learn in a creative, exploratory fashion. This project cemented my decision to venture into postgraduate studies. My past projects centered around analyzing, formulating and delivering solutions in every stage of providing Microsoft-format software for major Fortune500 companies.

I have also designed a database system (implemented in SQL Server) and developed front end applications in Visual C++ and Visual Basic that used ODBC and DAO to access the server. This work piqued my interest in doing research in the field of database systems, and I started to think more analytically about the limitations of relational databases. I became interested in object-oriented databases, particularly their flexibility and their ability to meet the requirements of more complex structures.

In my graduate studies, I plan to focus my research on optimizing queries and improving the performance of complex systems such as image, engineering, or scientific database systems. I would like my research to include, but not be limited to, developing more powerful query techniques (possibly visual) and finding query optimization algorithms. My strong math background will enhance my ability to perform this research, which will in turn provide me with the tools I need in a future position as a teacher or as a researcher.

I used my skills of logic to make a successful transition from one language and culture to another. I am confident that those same skills will allow me to translate the promise of visual query techniques to a working, practical reality. My academic background, my studies and work on database systems, and my firmly established research skills will enable me to succeed in the highly demanding program I have chosen. Finally, the excellence of your program, together with my abilities and motivation, will enable me to achieve my goals.


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