GradProspect, March 2024

Welcome to the March issue of GradProspect, the newsletter for prospective students on UBC’s graduate programs. This month, we hear from UBC Professor Molly Babel who provides advice on deciding if grad school is right for you and how to put together a strong application.

We celebrate International Women's Day and the difference women at UBC are making in the lives of others. Plus, we invite you to our upcoming online applicant advice sessions and hear the latest news from across campus. 

Faculty advice 

Dr. Molly Babel, Associate Professor in Linguistics at UBC's Faculty of Arts provides advice on applying to grad school. Dr. Babel covers a wide range of topics including:

  • How to decide if grad school is right for you.
  • Advice on writing a strong statement of interest.
  • How to obtain strong references and their importance in a grad school application.
  • The importance of having the right supervisor.
  • Tips on reaching out to a prospective supervisor. 

International Women's Day at UBC

International Women’s Day takes place annually on March 8 to recognize and celebrate women’s achievements, challenge biases, and reflect on and advance efforts toward greater gender equality. UBC is committed to gender equity and inclusion of all women. By challenging and calling out gender bias and inequality, we can all help create a more inclusive UBC.

Across research, education, university services and student life, women at UBC are making a difference in the lives of others every day. Read their stories below and see what's happening at UBC to celebrate International Women's Day. 

Program Spotlight – Master of Global Surgical Care

The Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) is an online two-year, 30-credit specialized program consisting of 8 courses designed to prepare surgical care professionals from many disciplines to address surgical challenges and contribute to solutions in low-resource settings globally. The MGSC includes the option to complete a specialized stream in Canadian Low Resource Settings, focusing on the unique issues affecting surgical care in rural and remote low-resource settings in Canada.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Analyze global barriers to surgical care in underserved populations to foster solutions.
  • Critique programs of disaster mitigation and contribute to disaster readiness.
  • Provide leadership in global surgical care, including in areas of care delivery, education, infrastructure development, and research
  • Deadline for September 2024 start for all applicants: April 1, 2024

Read more

Upcoming applicant advice sessions

Connect with us online at one of our upcoming sessions taking place on Instagram, LinkedIn and Zoom. 

French, Hispanic and Italian Studies Online Information Session 
March 21 at 10 AM (Zoom)

This faculty led session will provide information about our graduate programs, including course offerings, research opportunities, career outcomes, financial aid, and the admissions process. Two current graduate students will also share their experiences at UBC. Join us to learn more about our MA and PhD programs in French and Hispanic Studies and to have your questions answered live. Register

Applying to grad school at UBC
March 22 at 10 AM (LinkedIn and Zoom)

In this session, we’ll break down the graduate school application at UBC. Explain the process, key application elements and provide some tips on strengthening your application. Plus we'll answer your questions.  Register

Latest graduate community news

This month we hear how UBC researchers are using chicken eggs to fight childhood cancers. We learn how online dating changes our partner selection and UBC Professor Samantha Dawson breaks down TikTok’s ‘orange peel theory.' Read more

Research projects, programs, and supervisors recruiting students 

Visit our research projects page to review open research projects and faculty recruiting students. Below is a selection of projects and programs actively recruiting.