Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in pursuing graduate studies under my supervision.  To determine if you are potential fit in my research program, please review the following information as a starting point:

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are specified by Ryerson University’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS). You must meet the minimum requirements to be considered for admission.  No exceptions to these minimum requirements are made.

Further details on admission requirements at Ryerson University are available online at http://www.ryerson.ca/graduate/admissions/index.html 

Tuition

All graduate students at Ryerson University must pay tuition.

Further details on current tuition fees are available online at http://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/fees_finances/detail/graduate/

Research Interests

Please review the description of my research interests I have posted on this website. I strongly prefer to supervise projects in those areas, though I may consider other topics.

Statement of Interest

Before I will accept you as a student, you must develop a brief statement of interest.  This is needed in order to address some basic questions as well as to assess your writing ability.  The statement of interest should address the following:

  • Basic Information: Please identify the program you are applying for (i.e., Environmental Applied Science and Management or Industrial Engineering), the degree you are interested in pursuing (i.e., MASc. or Ph.D.), and when you are hoping to start.
  • Potential Research Topic: Please provide a very brief description of the research you are interested in conducting.  You should briefly describe what you want to study and why. It is recognized that we will work together to refine the topic once you start your graduate program.
  • The potential research topic and basic information combined should be 1-page or less.

The statement of interest should be accompanied by a short CV listing your degrees, relevant courses, work experience, and publications (if any).

Funding

All full-time graduate students will be provided with financial support. This support will be established on a case-by-case basis. Typically, graduate student funding at Ryerson University comes from three sources: the supervisor, the program, and graduate teaching assistantships.  The specific amount from each source may vary. Students are also highly encouraged to pursue scholarships through NSERC, SSHRC, and OGS, among others.

Further information on graduate student funding at Ryerson University is available online at http://www.ryerson.ca/graduate/funding/index.html

Expectations

If I do accept you as a student, we will clarify expectations at the start of your studies.  However, to give you a preliminary indication of some of those expectations:

  • I generally do not require students to maintain “regular work hours”. It is up to you to manage your time.  However, you will be expected to meet agreed-upon deadlines and keep me up to date on your progress.  Generally, an update every couple of weeks is sufficient, but there will be times when more frequent updates are required.
  • When we need to meet all meetings will be held during the regular business day (i.e., between 8 am – 4 pm) and you will be expected to be available if necessary.  You will also be expected to attend all of your classes.
  • I expect your best work at all times. Unless specifically requested, please do not send me rough work in progress that is in need of heavy editing.

Thank you again for your interest. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by email to arrange for a telephone conversation or in-person meeting.

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