Relevant Degree Programs
Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with the program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit our graduate degree program listings and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to peek someone’s interest.
- Provide documents that can help the faculty member gauge interest in you as a potential student. This could be a Statement of Intent, a Writing Sample, a list of publications or research endeavors.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
Great Supervisor Week Mentions
Allan is an incredibly supportive supervisor. He never makes you feel like you are not smart (even if you ask silly questions!) and always keeps you optimistic about your project when you have doubts about whether things will work out or not. We are very lucky to have him as a supervisor!
Graduate Student Supervision
Doctoral Student Supervision (2008-2018)
- Water at the silica surface : effect of ions and temperature (2018)
- Measurements of ice nucleating particles in the atmosphere : method development and results from field campaigns in North America and Europe (2016)
- Molecular dynamics simulations of heterogeneous ice nucleation by atmospheric aerosols (2016)
- Viscosity of secondary organic material and related atmospheric implications (2016)
- Heterogeneous ice nucleation : laboratory freezing results and testing different schemes to describe ice nucleation in atmospheric models (2015)
- Measurements of black carbon properties during cloud, biomass burning, and free tropospheric conditions at a marine boundary layer site and high elevation mountain site (2015)
- Liquid-liquid phase separation in atmospherically relevant particles (2014)
- Ice nucleation by mineral dusts, fungal spores, and bacteria : implications for climate and the long-distance transport of these aerosols in the atmosphere (2013)
- Development and characterization of two versions of a new single particle mass spectrometer for organic aerosol analysis that incorporate a 3D ion trap (2010)
- Simulations of water adsorption and structure on kaolinite surfaces (2010)
- Development and characterization of a single particle mass spectrometer with soft photoionization for organic aerosol studies (2009)
- Reactive uptake of O₃ and N₂O₅ on organic mixtures and inorganic solutions coated with organic monolayers (2008)
Master's Student Supervision (2010-2017)
- Measurements of diffusion coefficients of organic dyes in proxies of atmospheric particles (2017)
- Are diffusion coefficients calculated using the Stokes-Einstein equation combined with viscosities consistent with measured diffusion coefficients of tracer organics within organics-water mediums? (2015)
- Heterogeneous reactions of NO₃ and N₂O₅ with organic substrates of atmospheric relevance (2011)