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.
Background: Canada is currently facing an overdose epidemic primarily attributed to prescription and synthetic opioids. Previous work has revealed that individuals with a history of non-fatal overdose (NFO) are at a higher risk of mortality, but little is known about treatment outcomes among this population. The aim of this thesis was to characterize opioid agonist treatment (OAT) seeking individuals with prescription-type opioid use disorder (POUD) and a history of NFO, as well as their treatment outcomes. Methods: Data were drawn from OPTIMA, a multi-site, 24-week, pragmatic, randomized control trial evaluating the relative effectiveness of buprenorphine/naloxone and methadone models of care for adults with POUD. Multivariable logistic regression was used to determine correlates of NFO and to explore treatment retention among participants with a history of NFO. Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to examine the mean difference in opioid use between treatment arms. Finally, descriptive statistics were produced to determine the prevalence of overdose during treatment and investigate patterns of opioid use before and after overdose.Results: Among the 272 randomized participants, 159 (58%) had a lifetime history of NFO. Homelessness, receiving income assistance and positive urine drug screens (UDS) for fentanyl and methamphetamine were all independently associated with a history of NFO. Among participants with a history of NFO, retention was 17% for the buprenorphine/naloxone group and 18% for the methadone group and was not statistically different between the treatment arms (p = 0.54). Across the study period, there was an 11.9% adjusted mean difference in opioid-free UDS, favouring the buprenorphine/naloxone arm (95% CI= 3.5 to 20.3; p=0.0057). A total of 24 overdoses were reported during the study period (6 participants randomized to buprenorphine/naloxone; 12 randomized to methadone). All participants that initiated treatment continued to use opioids after overdose. Conclusions: Findings from this research indicate that a considerable proportion of OAT-seeking individuals have a history of NFO. Low retention rates and high opioid use in treatment highlight the importance of an individualized, multidimensional approach to treatment for this population. Timely initiation of low-barrier treatment and interventions to address socio-structural barriers could potentially mitigate future overdose and improve treatment outcomes.