Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs
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.
ADVICE AND INSIGHTS FROM UBC FACULTY ON REACHING OUT TO SUPERVISORS
These videos contain some general advice from faculty across UBC on finding and reaching out to a potential thesis supervisor.
- Combinatorial Contact Cues Specify Cell Division Orientation by Directing Cortical Myosin Flows (2018)
- Tumor suppressor APC is an attenuator of spindle-pulling forces during C. elegans asymmetric cell division (2018)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
- Centriolar SAS-7 acts upstream of SPD-2 to regulate centriole assembly and pericentriolar material formation (2017)
- High-throughput cloning of temperature-sensitive Caenorhabditis elegans mutants with adult syncytial germline membrane architecture defects (2015)
G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 5 (11), 2241-2255
- KLP-7 acts through the Ndc80 complex to limit pole number in C. elegans oocyte meiotic spindle assembly (2015)
J Cell Biol, 210 (6), 917--932
- Formation and functions of asymmetric microtubule organization in polarized cells (2012)
Current Opinion in Cell Biology, 24 (4), 517--525
- Wnt Regulates Spindle Asymmetry to Generate Asymmetric Nuclear β-Catenin in C. elegans (2011)
Cell, 146 (6), 942--954
- Regulation of asymmetric positioning of nuclei by Wnt and Src signaling and its roles in POP-1/TCF nuclear asymmetry in Caenorhabditis elegans (2010)
Genes to Cells, 15 (4), 397--407