Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs
Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters
Latin American history
History of migration
History of Argentina
Language abilities relevant for the project
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.
This thesis examines Canadian internment authorities’ actions surrounding operations at Amherst camp, Nova Scotia, during the First World War. Early in the conflict, as part of a broader imperial internment order, British colonial officials arrested and interned over 800 German sailors and merchant seamen in Atlantic waters and subsequently transported them to Amherst for the remainder of the war. While the order affected approximately 7,500 German and Austro-Hungarian immigrants already in Canada by 1914, it also brought these transferred men into the same story. Authorities’ actions regarding Amherst camp operations illustrate the transnational nature of Canadian internment processes. By analysing Amherst camp operations using Canadian, British, and German archival sources, this thesis argues that Canadian internment authorities’ concerns surrounding international and intra-imperial norms shaped Amherst camp operations. In particular, British imperial requests and internment authorities’ concerns over Canadian POWs’ welfare in Germany influenced Amherst camp practices. First, this thesis examines how Canada’s close relationship with Britain during the war guided Amherst camp operations. Next, it explores how internment authorities tried to persuade neutral camp inspectors of Amherst prisoners’ good treatment to prevent reprisals being enacted upon Canadian POWs in Germany. Then, it examines how Amherst POWs’ complaint correspondence negatively affected German perceptions of the internment site which prompted reprisal threats against Canadian POWs in Germany. In response, Canadian internment authorities took measures to improve the image of Amherst camp operations, including the welfare of POWs held within the site.