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.
In the face of the growing threat of the climate crisis, concerns have emerged around the notion of climate doomism. Doomism refers to the belief that it is now too late to take ameliorative action to avert catastrophic climate change. The end result of this view is comparable to the result of climate scepticism; doomism produces inaction. In this thesis, I investigate the possibility that common metaphors used to describe the climate crisis could inadvertently promote climate doomism. I hypothesise that metaphors which characterise climate change as a binary switch, from a non-impacted world to an impacted world (e.g., we are heading for a climate change cliff edge) are more likely to foster doomism than metaphors that characterise the crisis as an ongoing process (e.g., we are navigating the climate change minefield). Similarly, I hypothesise that metaphors which do not feature an active human agent are more likely to promote doomism than metaphors which foreground the role of human participants. I test these hypotheses using an empirical survey-based methodology. Participants read a brief paragraph which characterises the climate crisis as either a cliff edge or a minefield. The paragraphs are further manipulated to either foreground the role of a human agent or omit this agency. After reading the paragraphs, participants are asked three questions intended to assess feelings of urgency, agency, and feasibility in relation to the climate crisis. Doomism is defined as a high report of urgency, paired with a low report of feasibility and/or agency. I find no significant impact of the condition manipulations on urgency and agency scores. However, the minefield metaphor is seen to significantly increase the participants’ perception of feasibility as compared to the non-metaphorical control condition. That is, participants in this condition are significantly more likely to believe that the climate crisis can be successfully addressed. Similarly, participants who see human agency foregrounded are significantly more likely to report high feasibility scores than participants in the control condition. By increasing feasibility scores, these metaphorical presentations reduce feelings of climate doomism. I discuss the implications of these findings for climate change communicators.