Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters
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 "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" 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 pique 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.
Graduate Student Supervision
Doctoral Student Supervision (Jan 2008 - Nov 2020)
There is increasing interest in medical education in the use of assessments to enhance student learning. However, there remains limited understanding of the range of factors that influence student learning before, during, and after assessments. Current research has mainly focused on learning after an assessment and focused on providing feedback as a form of support. A Self-Regulated Learning perspective prompts consideration of a wider range of potential factors and suggests that students’ personal objectives drive learning in educational tasks with students navigating the learning environment in ways they think will most help them work towards their objectives. Using principles of Constructivist Grounded Theory, first-year medical students attending a Canadian university were interviewed about their experience learning through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) that were presented by their training program as needing to be completed for formative (21 students) and summative (15 students) purposes. Each OSCE consisted of a series of brief simulated patient encounters.This research demonstrated that students’ learning through OSCEs was a complex process influenced by interactions between factors related to the student, assessment design and the broader environment.