Meet our Students

UBC has more than 10,000 graduate students including more than 2500 international graduate students from all over the world. Some of our students provided profiles about their research which we would like to share with you. This list is by no means complete and we do not have a profile for each country we have international students from, but these profiles will give you an idea why students chose to come to UBC, what they like about Vancouver and what their career goals are.

Mirza Sarwar

Bangladesh
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Transparent and Flexible Tactile Interface for Human Computer Interaction

Heather Burge

United States
Master of Arts in Linguistics (MA)
Prospective Aspect in Tlingit

Caitlin Pritchard

Canada
Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology (MSc)
The role of cytoskeletal dynamics and organization in mast cell activation

Ross Swanson

Canada
Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies (MA)
The relationship between environmental destruction, displacement and violence in contemporary Colombian comic books.

Jolan Thériault

Canada
Master of Science in Zoology (MSc)
The functional role of the intrinsic wing muscles and tendons of the pigeon in dynamic wing morphing performed during flapping flight

Emily Gray

Canada
Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)
Finding Safer Places: Building Natural Disaster Resilience through Open Spaces

Laurier Collette

Canada
Master of Applied Science in Geological Engineering (MASc)
Cryohydrogeology - Modeling unsaturated water flow through heterogeneous waste rock under freezing conditions

Brittany Epple

Canada
Master of Arts in Kinesiology (MA)
Coping with Emotions related to Multiple Concussions in Varsity Sport

Lareina Abbott

Canada
Master of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences (MSc)
Wideband Absorbance as a more sensitive screening tool to determine the prevalence of Otitis Media in Canadian First Nations and Caucasian neonates

Tugce Conger

Turkey
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Green Infrastructure as a Resilience Building Tool to Reduce Coastal Flooding Risk

Jules Koostachin

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD)
Indigenous women in Documentary Film: Women Creating Echoes from the center InNiNiNew IsKweWak KaKioChiTat KaPaSwePaNik AnTa TeTaWitCh

Leah Grantham

United States
Master of Arts in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (MA)
Eugenics, Settler Colonialism, and Public Space: The Sexual Sterilization Act of Alberta and Indigenous People

Valerie Berseth

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Reconcilable differences? Integrating Indigenous and Western knowledge

Sheila Giffen

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Community Mobilization and the Biopolitics of Race in AIDS Writing and Activism

J Andrew Alexander

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
Understanding and combating antibiotic resistance

Belle Cheung

Canada
Master of Arts in Geography (MA)
Canadian arts and culture funding priorities and their relationship to articulations of race, diversity, and representation in theatre

Kyle Loewen

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
To Market: Experimentation, Labor, and the Re-structuring of Last Mile Logistics

Bei Jiang

China
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Generating innovation in urban planning: Applying the Ecosystem Service assessment to planning projects

Zhongshou Wu

China
Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)
Identification and Analysis of Immune Regulating E3 Ligases and Their Ubiquitination Substrates

Bingyu (Gloria) Liu

China
Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
The China Problem in Africa’s Environmental Governance: A Multi-Level Regulatory Analysis of Chinese Multinationals’ Behaviour and Motivation

Liang Zou

China
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Underdetermined Blind Source Separation: Theory, Methods and Applications

Ling Guan

China
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
Neuropsychology: Stress and the Autonomic Nervous System

Xiuhua Li

China
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Resource Allocation and Content Caching In 5G Mobile Networks

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Learning the Ancestral Language of My Children: Charting a Course to Fluency in Xaayda Kil

Celestin Hategeka

Rwanda
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Improving Access and Quality of Emergency Care for Newborns and Children in Rwanda

Ashli Akins

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Dismantling Voicelessness: Culturally Significant Art as a Tool to Deconstruct Embedded Racism, Inequity, and Poverty

Laura Yvonne Bulk

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Being Blind in a Sighted World

Maggie Low

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Indigenous Rights and Environmental Governance: Implications of the Reconciliation Protocol Agreement for Heiltsuk Nation

Lily Ivanova

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Institutionalizing empathy: The Role of Culture in the Representation and Interpretation of Genocide

Natalia Balyasnikova

Russian Federation
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Culture, identity, and belonging of senior ESL learners: A case study at a community-based program

Thompson Mumuni

Ghana
Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
Teachers' Practices in Kindergarten Classrooms within the Cape Coast Metropolis, Ghana

Jessica Hayes

Canada
Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)
Social Planning and Community Development

Nahannee Schuitemaker

Canada
Master of Arts in Curriculum Studies (MA)
Place-based Learning: Identity, Language, and Land

Ali Sutherland

Canada
Master of Arts in Educational Studies (MA)
Relational Service Learning: An Alternative Approach to Transformation

Anna Ringsred

United States
Master of Applied Science in Forestry (MASc)
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential of Biojet Fuel using Lifecycle Assessment

Evan Taylor

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Doing Cancer While Trans*: Biopolitical Intersections of Gendered Embodiment and Cancer Regimes

Francois Lachapelle

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Two Case-Studies in the Sociology of Global Scientific Field

Chantelle Recsky

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Developing a Taxonomy of Technology-Mediated Adverse Events

Mollie Chapman

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Agr-'culture' and Biodiversity: Rethinking Payments for Ecosystem Services in Light of Agrarian Values

Laura Melissa Guzman

Colombia
Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
Improving R Instruction in Undergraduate Statistics Courses Using Educational Theories

Evan Bowness

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Transformative Food Activism: Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture

Teilhard Paradela

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)
Audiences Exposed: Communication and Discipline in the Philippines in the late 20th Century

Claire Fogal

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre (PhD)
Western Canadian Evolutions of Decroux and Grotowski in Theatre Pedagogy, Practice and Performance

Emma Feltes

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
The Constitution Express and the Making of Indigenous Rights in Canada

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