Seyed Amirhossein Nasseri
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
That was not a hard decision. I enjoy learning and thinking and solving puzzles. I am also quite interested in universities in general as an interesting place to be in. So it wasn't hard to commit that I want to keep learning and thinking and solving puzzles in an interesting place for a few years.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
The first time I heard about UBC was before I started my undergraduate degree and it was when someone showed me a photo of Nitobe Memorial Garden. It really caught my eyes! Despite that, I did have a hard time choosing between schools for my graduate studies. In the end, what compelled me to choose UBC was how much I liked my Ph.D. project, my supervisor and my lab-mates.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Apart from the research opportunities, what I like about my program is the opportunity of teaching. I am quite fond of teaching and doing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at UBC, you are encouraged (the more accurate word is “required”) to teach in undergraduate labs and courses.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
My first spring here was the best surprise that Vancouver had in store for me.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I think undergraduate research experience is a unique opportunity that can give students an idea of and prepare them for being a graduate student.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Apart from biking and hiking which are the natural things to do in Vancouver, I like to read the classics in my spare time.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
It seems to me that as a graduate student, the questions you are trying to answer through your research will inevitably become a big part of your life. I think it is really important for prospective graduate students to try to know about their research questions before committing to thinking about the answers for a few years.