Testimonials

Shujaut H. Bader

Masters in Thermo-Fluids Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Throughout my journey to get an admit in one of the best american universities and that too with an assistantship- about which I had never thought, my trust in Opportunity as well as in Destiny has been increasing to unimaginable levels. I just don't find enough words to express my gratitude to Almighty God for whatever He has bestowed upon me. And I also believe in all those hands(of God) here on earth which have steered me throughout this strenuous journey. I have no doubt when I say that SSGSA was one of those hands apart from many others including the family I was born into.
Opportunity is what shapes our lives, something which dictates the path of our destiny and SSGSA is doing a wonderful job of providing the opportunity to young aspiring students when the dream of higher studies in USA seems a distant dream at beginning. As it is said that the first step takes all the courage, mentoring and guidance by SSGSA in the beginning matters a lot when people don't even know an iota of the application process.
I would like to be a part of SSGSA family to help and mentor new students as a sort of payback to whatever it (SSGSA) has done for me and as a human who takes pride in helping others out.

Wasikul Islam

PhD, Oklahoma State University,USA

Being a SSGSA awardee and a proud member of the family, I feel very much privileged. SSGSA not only made me dream big but also helped me to attain success. I am really amazed to observe the working style of this family and the extent to which they cooperate with the students.
The struggles of these seniors from the Aligarh fraternity were a great source of inspiration to me and as a result of this motivation, I got selected for an internship at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland which, I believe, is the best thing to have happened to me so far. CERN is not only the world�s largest Physics laboratory but also one of the most prestigious research institutes of the world.
Had I not got the SSGSA award, I probably wouldn�t have got the motivation to apply there (in CERN) too. So, all credit goes to SSGSA, which changed my perceptions, dreams and motivations of life

Dr. Rahat Abrar

Public Relations Officer, Aligarh Muslim University

Two students of the Aligarh Muslim University, SK Abdus Sayeed, M.Sc. Botany and M. Rafiq Wani, M.Sc. Zoology, who went to the University of Houston, Texas and University of Alabama, United States of America, respectively, as International Summer Research Award (ISRA) interns for a period of three months have returned back to India after completing the summer research programme.
In 2014, first ISRA scholar, Mr. Sabahuddin Ahmad, B.Sc. (Hons) Botany had successfully completed a fully funded summer research programme at the Loyola Medical School, Chicago (USA).
Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, Chairman of the Sir Syed Global Scholar Award (SSGSA), USA and a past SSGSA awardee, said, �SSGSA is thankful to the AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.) for extending much needed help to encourage students and benefit by ISRA internship program".
SK Abdus Sayeed and M. Rafiq Wani, who have just returned to AMU, are engaged in preparing for GRE/TOEFL test to pursue higher education in US. Both Sayeed and Wani have appreciated the help and guidance extended to them by the SSGSA mentors, Dr. Saif Sheikh, Dr. Rehan Baqri, Mr. Syed Ali Rizvi and Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan. �They guided us in everything like our elders and we learnt a lot during the period when we had the opportunity to work alongside brilliant scholars and imbibed new methods and techniques in a very academic atmosphere�, said the scholars.
The Sir Syed Education Society of North America, a non-profit organization, has been mentoring students and alumni of the Aligarh Muslim University who wish to pursue higher education in North America. The SSGSA team and AMU together realized that AMU students needed assistance with their goal of pursuing higher education in the United States graduate schools and get first-hand research exposure to United States research laboratories.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.) visited the United States in 2013 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sir Syed Education Society of North America ensuring summer research opportunities for AMU students in prestigious universities of the United States. Under the MoU, five students selected through a rigorous and transparent merit based screening system would be supported each year for the summer programme.

Scholar's Other experiences

My beautiful days at CERN

-Wasikul Islam (SSGSA Scholar)

     Once the former President of my country India and a noted scientist, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was asked by a reporter “what would be called the national sin ?” according to him. In his reply he said : “Small dreams are the biggest crime for a nation”! Being one of the biggest fans of our late President APJ Abdul Kalam, I was greatly fascinated by his words like millions of other children of my country. Specially the phrase :“Small dreams are the biggest crime” motivated me all the time not to dream a single trivial dream from my very childhood!

     Hence, I am a dreamy student of Physics from West Bengal, India. When I was at school, at that time collisions started at LHC for the first time. I used to read all the news articles of different newspapers with lots of excitement and I used to convey all the updates to my friends and family. In my school days, for the first time I met an Indian Physicist from Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics who works for CERN. And after attending his lecture at my school, I was so excited that I used to take pride in conveying the news of my introduction to a CERN guy! And after that day, my interest in CERN increased a million times and I dreamt to reach CERN once in my life to see what is going on there with my own eyes!

     During my 5 years study (Bachelors and Master degree of Physics) at Aligarh Muslim University, India, I got motivated immensely by the Professors of Physics, specially by the Experimental Particle Physics group. They are working in the ALICE experiment at CERN since 15 years and they have significant contribution in the ALICE Di-muon spectrometer. During my MSc. Physics, I took Particle Physics as my specialization and studied lots of aspects of Particle physics, its issues and how CERN is trying to address them! That theoretical knowledge made me more excited about CERN. With the encouragement of my Professors (Specially Prof. Muhammad Irfan Sir) at Aligarh Muslim University, I applied for the Summer Students Programme for 2015 and I was fortunate enough to be selected. Me along with my Professors were very happy mainly for two reasons: 1. Only 4 Physics students were selected out of more than 700 applications from India this year, and I was one of those four students. 2. I am the first student from my Univercity to be selected for the Summer Student Programme at CERN!

     This summer programme at CERN gave me unique opportunities to observe and to work for the world’s greatest scientific project, an amazing experience for me. I attended lecture classes from the world experts and also had the opportunity to interact with some of the greatest scientific minds of the Physics Community (Especially Prof. John Ellis). There was a time when I used to watch video lectures of John Ellis at Aligarh. So, when I met him in his office, gossiped a lot, exchanged many emails, I was feeling blessed.

     I was allotted my project under ALICE secretariat and my supervisor was Yiota Foka, who is now working for GSI, Darmstadt. I was very excited to work in the ALICE experiment, specially because of the physics goals of ALICE. I felt immense happiness to feel that our ALICE experiment is trying to solve the mysteries regarding the origin of our universe! My project was on Accelerators. Our target was to assemble all the materials for "Understanding Accelerators" and create a common platform for all the useful materials in a webpage; also to classify those materials for people of different age groups.

     Hence, for three different categories i.e; 1. for school students 2. for school teachers 3. for University beginners, I have separately prepared different presentations and collected all the useful web links, videos, animations, games etc. related to accelerators to be uploaded to a single webpage. I hope this work of mine will be useful for making people understand about accelerators and their importance and applications, which is the need of the hour!

     I participated in several workshops, such as: CERN LHeC Workshop 2015; Workshop on Characterisation of Scintillating Fibres; ROOT Tutorial Workshop; Cloud Chamber Workshop. I had official visits to: the Synchrocyclotron (CERN’s first accelerator) and ATLAS; the Data Centre & the Antiproton Decelerator (AD); the SM18 & CERN Control Centre (CCC); The Point 2 of LHC where the ALICE detector is installed.

     Among innumerable special memories at CERN, I would like to specify some. During my stay at CERN, I had a golden opportunity to participate in a documentary made by CERN on the summer students, where few selected students including me were asked about our journey to CERN, our childhood dreams and future goals, and the impact of the internship. On the other hand, I have myself taken an initiative to make a documentary on my “Aligarh Muslim University and CERN”, which I hope will popularize the activities of CERN more at least to the people of my country India.

     Besides that I got great exposure and lots of physicist friends from almost every corner of the globe. I hope the relations with them, the exposure, the wonderful CERN experience will be benefitting me forever in my career. My two months experience at this greatest scientific environment of the world will motivate me more for research in Particle Physics, for which I am going to start my PhD at Oklahoma State University, USA, just after the completion of this programme. For the rest of my life, this summer experience of CERN will always inspire me to work hard and to prosper in life, to think internationally, to work for all the people of the globe ! Heartfelt thanks to CERN for giving me this golden opportunity once again!

(This article was published in one of the official newsletters of CERN i.e; ALICE MATTERS in 2015.)