Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs
Geographic access to gender-affirming care (in multiple countries) through surveys, quantiative analysis and GIS
Applying intersectionality theories to empirical social scientific and health sciences research
Medical geography involving field work and community-based participatory or participatory action research
If you are interested in working with me, please contact me directly. Be advised I will expect you to have clear alignment with my research areas.
At this time, I am only interested in and have capacity for students who either a) have experience (including personal lived experience) in working with transgender, two-spirit, and gender diverse communities b) have a background in feminist theory and are interested in critical data studies and/or critical GIS or c) have a well-defined project for a doctoral thesis on which I could advise that involves bridging theory (critical race, feminist, queer, trans, etc.) with social scientific, empirical research.
Students who come from physical geography, geomatics, environmental research, or a more positivist GIS background should only approach me for supervision if they are looking to incorporate critical theory and participatory approaches to their work. I am not the supervisor for students who are looking to do physical geographical fieldwork, or spatial modeling work without a critical human component.
Due to volume of inquiries, I will only reply if there is strong overlap in your background/interests and my own.
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.
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- Ethnoracial inequities in access to gender-affirming mental health care and psychological distress among transgender adults (2022)
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- "In transition: ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of transgender populations." A roundtable discussion (2018)
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