Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs
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.
- Letter from the Editors, Spring 2023 (2023)
Museum Anthropology, 46 (1), 3
- Absence and Presence in Museum Anthropology (2022)
Museum Anthropology, 45 (2), 93-95
- Bridging anthropology and its archives: an analysis from the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Archives (2021)
Anthropology Today, 37 (2), 19-22
- Editorial (2021)
Museum Anthropology, 44 (1-2), 3
- Participatory Design for the Anarchive: The Amagugu Ethu / Our Treasures Documentation Project (2021)
DIS 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere, 1783-1792
- Organizing Knowledge in Museums: A Review of Concepts and Concerns (2017)
Knowledge Organization, 44 (7), 472-484
- Using 3D Printing to Enhance Understanding and Engagement with Young Audiences: Lessons from Workshops in a Museum (2017)
Curator, 60 (3), 311-333
- Critical Histories of Museum Catalogues (2016)
Museum Anthropology, 39 (2), 102-110
- The Computerization Of Material Culture Catalogues: Objects and Infrastructure in the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Anthropology (2016)
Museum Anthropology, 39 (2), 163-177
- Decolonizing ethnographic documentation: A critical history of the early museum catalogs at the Smithsonian’s national museum of natural history (2015)
Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, 53 (5-6), 658-676