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.
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating neurological condition for which there is not yet a cure. In the SCI population, the sex distribution is disproportional with a male-to-female ratio of approximately 3:1. In addition to motor paralysis and sensory dysfunction, SCI causes significant autonomic dysregulation of the heart and vasculature. There is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among individuals with SCI compared with the general population, though there is a paucity of evidence on sex differences. Utilizing three databases, this thesis contributes to the field of knowledge by examining sex differences in the risk of heart disease among individuals with SCI and examining if sex differences are amplified by SCI, lesion level, or completeness of injury. First, population-level data from the cross-sectional Canadian Community Health Survey were examined through multivariable logistic regression models. Among the SCI population, male sex conferred a significantly increased odds of heart disease than female sex. Relative to the general population, SCI significantly amplified the sex-related differences in heart disease. Second, sex differences in the prevalence of recent heart disease among individuals with SCI, and its association with lesion level and completeness, were examined, utilizing the cross-sectional SCI Community Survey. Among this SCI population, male sex conferred a significantly increased odds of heart disease than female sex, though the association was not significant. Further, no significant sex-by-lesion level or sex-by-completeness interactions were found. Third, inpatient readmissions data from the Nationwide Readmissions Database with a prospective 1-year follow-up period were examined through survival analysis. Among patients admitted for SCI, male sex conferred an increased risk of ischemic heart disease readmission after adjusting for age and potential confounders, though the difference was not significant. Overall, there appears to be an association between sex and heart disease among individuals with SCI. These findings offer insight into the knowledge gap concerning sex-specific risk estimates of heart disease among individuals with SCI. Specifically, these results may reveal the need for sex-specific targeted CVD prevention strategies and may also inform a better understanding of CVD progression in both individuals with SCI and the general population.