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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.
Focus your search
- 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.
Make a good impression
- 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.
Attend an information session
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
This list shows a selection of news releases by UBC Media Relations over the last 5 years.
- Generation, education, and intermarriage of Asian Americans (2019)
- Hukou, marriage, and access to wealth in Shanghai (2019)
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,
- Men and Women at Work: Occupational Gender Composition and Affective Well-Being in the United States (2019)
Journal of Happiness Studies, 20 (7), 2077--2099
- Rising educational gradients in mortality among U.S. whites: What are the roles of marital status and educational homogamy? (2019)
Social Science & Medicine, 235, 112365
- Women in the One Percent: Gender Dynamics in Top Income Positions (2019)
- Educational Assortative Mating and Income Dynamics in Couples: A Longitudinal Dyadic Perspective (2018)
Journal of Marriage and Family,
- Gender differences in educational adaptation of immigrant-origin youth in the United States (2018)
Demographic Research, 38, 1155--1188
- Hukou Locality and Intermarriages in Two Chinese Cities: Shanghai and Shenzhen (2018)
Research in Social Stratification and Mobility,
- The Impact of Educational Pairing and Urban Residency on Household Financial Investments in Urban China (2018)
Journal of Family and Economic Issues,
- Women’s Fertility Autonomy in Urban China: The Role of Couple Dynamics Under the Universal Two-Child Policy (2018)
Chinese Sociological Review, , 1--35
- Assortative Mating by Education and Hukou in Shanghai (2017)
Chinese Sociological Review, 49 (3), 239-262
- Educational assortative mating and female breadwinning trajectories: A group-based trajectory analysis (2017)
Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, 11, 95-123
- Gender Asymmetry in Educational and Income Assortative Marriage (2017)
Journal of Marriage and Family, 79 (2), 318-336
- Native-immigrant occupational segregation and worker health in the United States, 2004–2014 (2017)
Social Science and Medicine, 183, 130-141
- Division of Labor, Gender Ideology, and Marital Satisfaction in East Asia (2016)
Journal of Marriage and Family, 78 (2), 383-400
- Man Up, Man Down: Race–Ethnicity and the Hierarchy of Men in Female-Dominated Work (2016)
Sociological Quarterly, 57 (4), 733-758
- Long-term health and socioeconomic consequences of early-life exposure to the 1959-1961 Chinese Famine (2015)
Social Science Research, 49, 53-69
- Parental Status and Subjective Well-Being Among Currently Married Individuals in China (2015)
Journal of Family Issues, 36 (10), 1351-1376
- Work, Family, and Gendered Happiness Among Married People in Urban China (2015)
Social Indicators Research, 121 (1), 61-74
- The gender divide in urban China: Singlehood and assortative mating by age and education (2014)
Demographic Research, 31 (1), 1337-1364