Alan Knee

Gravitational waves from eccentric binaries with LIGO and LISA
Jess McIver
Killam Doctoral Scholarships
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I think it's very exciting to be able to work on the frontier of human knowledge, and pursuing graduate research gives me an opportunity to contribute to our understanding of the natural world.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC engages in a very wide range of research and is home to several incredible facilities and world-renowned researchers, so I knew I'd find something that interested me.

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

There is a lot of flexibility in terms of pursuing the research that interests you most, and you are really encouraged to talk to everyone to figure out which topic/group is the best fit for you. UBC researchers are also involved in many international scientific collaborations, which will me to build connections with other researchers around the world.

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

I really enjoy the range of environments Vancouver has to offer: vibrant urban areas, quieter small-scale neighbourhoods, and lots of fantastic nature/scenery. All located within a relatively small and well-connected area.

UBC engages in a very wide range of research and is home to several incredible facilities and world-renowned researchers.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

Undergraduate research projects definitely solidified my desire to continue on with graduate studies. These projects give you a glimpse of how science is done in a professional setting that is harder to get from just taking undergraduate courses. Plus, having prior research experience can really make your applications stand out.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Sometimes I wonder whether such a thing really exists in grad school. Regardless, I enjoy reading and keeping myself informed on current events and politics, as well as the occasional swim at the Aquatic Centre.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Keep an open mind about what research you want to get involved with! Don't hyper-focus on one particular topic that you did research on during your undergrad, and consider all the options available to you.


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