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Research opportunity brought student to Marshall

May. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of stories getting to know some of the international students at Marshall University.

In August, between 150 and 200 international students are expected to arrive on Marshall's campus, most to begin their undergraduate degrees.

They are being recruited by INTO University Partners, a London-based company that reached an agreement with Marshall last year to help grow the international student base.

There were about 450 international students in both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs this past semester who have a lot of positive things to say about their experience at Marshall and in Huntington.

Masudur Rahman

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Family: Lives in Huntington with wife and two children.

Education: Post-Doctorate degree in nanobiotechnology, Marshall 2010; Ph.D. and master's degree from Toyohashi University, Japan; and bachelor's degree in chemistry from National University in Bangladesh.

Studying abroad: During my undergraduate, I intend to study and research more on biochemistry. However for limited resource of chemicals and equipment, I was not able to continue my research in a same field. This led me to study abroad.

Marshall University is a brand name of West Virginia and fast growing university in nanotechnology and cancer research. After graduation I was looking for the researcher position to utilize my skills and knowledge and keep continuing my growth in the nanobiotechnology, nano-architecture profession and Marshall University was a good fit for this area.

Experience at Marshall: Before arriving, I couldn't imagine that Marshall had this many diverse students, faculty and community with many great activities to choose from. Now I have a lot of friends from different countries.

Huntington: Though I didn't live on campus, I enjoy my life as a resident of Huntington. With a year-round schedule of things to do, including open-air country music concerts and performances from nationally touring acts, film festivals in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center and outdoor festivals.

Message for new INTO students: Marshall has a nice and lively campus, which attracts any foreign student. Life as resident of Huntington, with a year-round schedule of things to do ... this is a great place to live and learn as a foreign student.