Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with 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 the graduate degree program listing 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. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Requirements" or on the program website.
- 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. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- 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.
- 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.
Active analysis and knowledge translation projects: qualitative and quantitative data generated by participatory maternity care research: Changing Childbirth in BC, Giving Voice to Mothers - US (participatory research on experiences of maternity care and disparities), Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping study (links between regulatory frameworks and disparities), Giving Voice to Mothers - Canada (measuring respectful maternity care - CIHR funded 5 year project)
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- The Mothers on Respect (MOR) index: measuring quality, safety, and human rights in childbirth (2017)
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- Is model of care associated with infant birth outcomes among vulnerable women? A scoping review of midwifery-led versus physician-led care (2016)
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- A Crusade Against Home Birth (2014)
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- Development and validation of a national data registry for midwife-led births: The midwives alliance of North America statistics project 2.0 dataset (2014)
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- Home birth in north America: Attitudes and practice of US certified nurse-midwives and Canadian registered midwives (2014)
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- Outcomes of care for 16,924 planned home births in the United States: The midwives alliance of North America statistics project, 2004 to 2009 (2014)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 59 (1), 17-27
- The Canadian birth place study: Examining maternity care provider attitudes and interprofessional conflict around planned home birth (2014)
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14 (1)
- Transfer from planned home birth to hospital: Improving interprofessional collaboration (2014)
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- Moral science: Ethical argument and the production of knowledge about place of birth (2013)
Journal of Clinical Ethics, 24 (3), 225-238
- The Canadian Birth Place Study: Describing maternity practice and providers' exposure to home birth (2012)
Midwifery, 28 (5), 600-608
- Assessing Certified Nurse-Midwives' Attitudes Towards Planned Home Birth (2010)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 55 (2), 133-142
- Roundtable discussion: "No one can condemn you to a C-section!" (2010)
Birth, 37 (3), 245-251
- Nurse-midwives' experiences with planned home birth: Impact on attitudes and practice (2009)
Birth, 36 (4), 274-282
- The experience of planned home birth: Views of the first 500 women (2009)
Birth, 36 (4), 297-304
- What do Certified Nurse-Midwives Believe? Measuring CNM Attitudes Towards Planned Home Birth (2009)
Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 54 (5), 425--425
- Closing the Theory-Practice Gap: Intrapartum Midwifery Management of Planned Homebirths (2007)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 52 (3), 291-300
- Home birth versus hospital birth: Questioning the quality of the evidence on safety (2003)
Birth, 30 (1), 57-63
- Guidelines for client selection in the home birth midwifery practice (1995)
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 40 (6), 508-521
- The Squatting Position for the Second Stage of labor: Effects on labor and on Maternal and Fetal Well‐Being (1993)
Birth, 20 (2), 73-78