Zhaohua Cheng

 
Greening for Cooler Cities: Urban forest based solutions for optimal cooling and social (livability) co-benefits, in the context of densification and climate change
 
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I've always enjoyed research and learning. Prior to my PhD, I worked as a researcher at UBC, where I had the opportunity to learn more about various research projects going on at and outside of UBC. I was constantly amazed and inspired by the breadth and variety of innovative research in the fields that I'm passionate about - climate change and urban sustainability. I wanted to learn more and research more, therefore I applied for the PhD program.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I met and worked with my co-supervisors at UBC, prior to the start of my PhD program. They are both top experts in the fields that I want to explore more. I also love how open and supportive UBC is for students. So it is an obvious choice.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

I really enjoy the extensive resources and support available for students, and I really appreciate the opportunities and connections that my co-supervisors have provided me.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

The diversity of culture, people and research directions!

Prior to my PhD, I worked as a researcher at UBC, where I had the opportunity to learn more about various research projects going on at and outside of UBC. I was constantly amazed and inspired by the breadth and variety of innovative research in the fields that I'm passionate about - climate change and urban sustainability.
 
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

Conducting my research and meeting new people!

What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

I haven't really figured out what I want to do after my PhD. It is very competitive to stay in academia. It will take some time for me to figure it out.

How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?

My program has provided me with various resources for career advising, and my co-supervisors have been mentoring me in terms of possible career paths after PhD.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

My involvement in various UBC projects in my undergraduate and master's studies, and my professional experience at UBC as a program coordinator and researcher.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Hiking, playing piano, travelling, hanging out with friends.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Follow your heart - focus on what you are passionate about. Plan ahead - pace out your work, plan some breaks in between. Work hard - no matter what program you are in, it is not easy. Hard work is the key to success (graduation). Enjoy life - Vancouver is a beautiful place, make sure you take breaks from time to time to enjoy nature and city life here!

 
 
 

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