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.
Graduate Student Supervision
Master's Student Supervision
Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.
Mycobacteria, including the pathogenic species Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), possess a unique cell envelope structure that confers resistance to environmental stresses and antimicrobial agents. Mtb, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), is a global health concern with increasing drug resistance. The ESX-3 secretion system found in Mtb and other mycobacteria plays a crucial role in the secretion of effector proteins that confer pathogenicity. This thesis focuses on studying the ESX-3 secretion system in mycobacteria by: 1) determining the localization of the secreted substrates PE5-PPE4 in M. smegmatis, and 2) characterizing the in vivo structure of the ESX-3 from Mtb. Briefly, the ESX-3 substrate PPE4 was found localized to the MOM of M. smegmatis, and ESX-3 from Mtb was found to localize to the poles of M. marinum forming a putative trans envelope structure. Together, this research contributes to our understanding of the role of ESX-3 in pathogenicity of mycobacteria and may inform the development of novel TB treatments that inhibit secretion via the ESX-3.