How did you hear about NDSU (North Dakota State University)?

Through friends from Moorhead and an online search for graduate schools.

How long have you been at NDSU? What did you study earlier?

Two years. I did my bachelor’s in Microbiology from Minnesota State University, Mankato

Original Link:

https://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/about_the_graduate_school/graduate_student_ambassadors/manoj_shah/

 How long have you lived in the Fargo-Moorhead area?

Two years

Why did you choose to attend NDSU for your program?

NDSU is one of the top research universities. My research program was appealing to me and best fits my interests.

What sparked your interest in this field? How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and interesting career?

Microorganisms are beautiful. It is said there would be no beer or bread without these little friends. Studying microbiology helps us eat safe foods, prevents us from sickness, and helps cure disease. Many such interesting scopes fueled my ambition to be a microbiologist.

What research and teaching opportunities have you had at NDSU?

My research is an assessment of vacuum steam pasteurization to maintain safety and quality of low moisture foods. This project will determine inactivation of food-borne pathogens Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 using vacuum steam pasteurization and will also determine the impact of this technology on the product shelf life.

What do you enjoy or appreciate most about NDSU?

I most appreciate the hands-on opportunities to perform research experiments on real life issues. Besides that, the faculty members are supportive and encouraging.

What do you enjoy or appreciate most about the F-M area?

It is a great place with a welcoming community. I enjoy several activities, such as skiing, fishing, camping and hiking in and around these cities.

What is the best thing about your program at NDSU?

My program focuses on research that aims to solve food safety issues pertaining to pathogenic microorganisms. In addition, it allows me to attend conferences and workshops to learn and share my research knowledge.

What is your best story or memory so far from your time at NDSU?

There are several events organized at NDSU throughout the year. My best memory is being a participant in the 3-Minute Thesis competition. It was a great experience to be able to deliver the entire research work in three minute’s time.

What are your interests and hobbies?

RESEARCH!! That might sounds nerdy, but I love working on research projects. Besides that, I find myself fishing and camping a lot. In winter months, skiing is fun.

Why should someone consider graduate school at NDSU?

CHALLENGE! PRACTICALITY! These are two things that I would say a graduate student can experience at NDSU. If one wants to build their professional or scientific career, NDSU is one of the best institutions.

How will your program benefit you in your career?

I am optimistic that this program will lead me to complete my Ph.D. Finally, my aim is to work in the industry or institutions where I can continue research work and training.

What is your biggest academic accomplishment so far?

I am soon to finish my master’s degree, and I have been accepted to continue my Ph.D. at NDSU.

What piece of advice would you have for graduate school applicants?

Find the program of your best interest and learn about your probable research advisor more than the institution itself. If you are the right person, you won’t get rejected. There are always more opportunities; move on and keep your hopes alive.