Ethan White

Framework rigidity
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Problem solving and learning are two of my favourite pursuits, and both are central to mathematics research. A graduate degree is the next step in an academic career in mathematics. But simply, I love math.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

The reputation of the university and mathematics department, the alignment of my research interests with my advisor’s expertise, and my love for Canada!

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

I really enjoyed my master’s degree here, in large part because of my advisors Dr. Anstee and Dr. Solymosi. I am confident my doctorate research will benefit greatly from their continued guidance.

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

City transit can take you from campus to the mountains in 80 minutes!

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

Throughout my undergraduate and master degrees I have engaged in a variety of research projects. Drawing connections between disparate ideas in mathematics can often lead to useful insights; the breadth in my previous work may be useful to this end.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

If I’m not tired, I like to swim, bike, run, hike, boulder, or sail. If I’m tired, I’ll play the piano.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Get to know others in your department. It can be helpful to discuss research or coursework with peers. Plus, friends remind friends that taking the occasional break can ultimately be productive.


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