Relevant Degree Programs
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.
Great Supervisor Week Mentions
Could not agree more @dean_nikolaus! Thanks @ultreia1x for being an outstanding mentor. You push my thinking, always create a space where I feel heard, valued, and where can try out my ideas. Thank you also for always providing balanced, thoughtful, and selfless advice.
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Recent Tri-Agency Grants
The following is a selection of grants for which the faculty member was principal investigator or co-investigator. Currently, the list only covers Canadian Tri-Agency grants from years 2013/14-2016/17 and excludes grants from any other agencies.
- Level the field: disability inclusion in sport - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) - Partnership Development Grants (2016/2017)
- Invisible Me: A socio-cultural exploration of women in paralympic sport, past and present - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) - Insight Development Grants (2016/2017)
- Elite handcycling: a qualitative analysis of recumbent handbike configuration for optimal sports performance (2019)
Ergonomics, , 1--10
- Disability Models: Explaining and Understanding Disability Sport in Different Ways (2018)
The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies, , 15--34
- Struggling to stay and struggling to leave: The experiences of elite para-athletes at the end of their sport careers (2018)
Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 37, 296--305
- Blogging and Feminist Participatory Research Online (2017)
The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education, , 275--292
- Digital Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity (2017)
- Expert Users’ Perceptions of Racing Wheelchair Design and Setup: The Knowns, Unknowns, and Next Steps (2017)
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 34 (2), 141--161
- Introduction (2017)
Digital Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity, , 1--12
- Disability sport and activist identities: A qualitative study of narratives of activism among elite athletes’ with impairment (2016)
Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 26, 139--148
- Honey or Vinegar? Athletes With Disabilities Discuss Strategies for Advocacy Within the Paralympic Movement (2014)
Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 39 (5), 351--370
- Unless you go online you are on your own: blogging as a bridge in para-sport (2014)
Disability & Society, 30 (2), 185--198
- ‘Keeping us from breaking’: elite athletes' access to and use of complementary and alternative medicine (2012)
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6 (1), 121--138
- ‘The calendar is just about up’: older adults with multiple chronic conditions reflect on death and dying (2011)
Ageing and Society, 32 (08), 1399--1417
- Frail older adults and patterns of exercise engagement: understanding exercise behaviours as a means of maintaining continuity of self (2011)
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 3 (1), 33--47
- From ‘The Thing to Do’ to ‘Defying the Ravages of Age’: Older Women Reflect on the Use of Lipstick (2009)
Journal of Women & Aging, 21 (3), 198--212