Colin Wierts

UBC graduate student Collin Wierts
 
Psychological need satisfaction in exercise
 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I decided to pursue a graduate degree because I wanted more education in sport and exercise psychology. During my master’s, I became more interested in the research process and how we generate knowledge in the social sciences more generally. With that said, I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. to get a better understating of different research methodologies, and the ways we should be interpreting research to make appropriate decisions in practice.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I wanted to study at UBC because of my supervisor's (Dr. Beauchamp) different research interests in psychology and physical activity, but more importantly, his philosophy for setting up a Ph.D. I was excited by the idea of formulating a research niche and developing a program of study that had a coherent and logical progression. I think this process will help me in pursuing a career in academics or industry in terms of developing well thought out ideas and projects.

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

I was attracted to the Kinesiology program because of its strong research focus and the many collaborations between faculty members in Kinesiology and other departments such as those in Psychology, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education.

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

There are always interesting people coming to talk at UBC whether it be researchers or public figures. There are also a lot of different professional development opportunities at UBC, and I have enjoyed taking advantage of those when I can. Vancouver, in general, was overwhelming at first coming from a smaller town, but once you figure out what you like and how to get around the city and other parts like North Vancouver, it is a great place to live.

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

I completed my master's at Brock University and was lucky to learn a lot from the supervision of Dr. Philip Wilson and Dr. Diane Mack. I tried to learn as much as I could about research and academics during my time at Brock, which I think has helped me take on new challenges at the Ph.D. level here at UBC.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I have enjoyed taking up snowboarding while being in Vancouver, given the many opportunities with the local mountains and whistler when possible. I also really enjoy running, golfing, and checking out different used book stores in Vancouver.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Talk to your supervisor as well as other faculty members and students about your research ideas and interests as much as you can. It helps with moving your ideas forward, creates potential opportunities for collaboration, and can be a great way to improve your research and perspectives.