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Expectations of Graduate Students

  1. Prospective students are advised to arrange a meeting with Drs. Bredin and Warburton to tour UBC the available facilities before applying to the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit.
  2. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree under Dr. Warburton or Dr. Bredin’s supervision are highly recommended to apply for graduate student funding (from agencies such as CIHR, MSFHR, SSHRC, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and NSERC) before commencing their graduate program (preferably a year in advance). If this is not feasible, students are required to apply for funding upon starting their program. Applications for national and provincial awards are generally due in September and October.
  3. Newly accepted graduate students are expected to be at UBC by the third or fourth week of August. This time is required to allow for familiarization with our facilities, our laboratory scheduling and for the completion of all necessary administrative tasks before commencing classes.
  4. Graduate students are expected to be on campus and working on their studies on a daily full-time basis. Students should expect to dedicate a minimum of 40 hours (with an average of 50 hours) per week to their studies. This will routinely require working on the weekends.
  5. The summer months are generally the most productive periods for research activities in our laboratory. Therefore, graduate students are required to conduct their studies throughout the year, including the summer months.
  6. Graduate students are expected to be involved in professional development events such as attending and/or presenting their research findings at local, national and/or international conferences.
  7. Masters students are expected to finish their MSc degree within a two year period. Doctorate students are expected to finish their degree within a three to four year period.
  8. During their graduate studies, MSc and PhD graduate students are expected to publish their research findings in peer-reviewed journals. A general guideline for recommended publications and presentations for MSc and PhD students is as follows: Presentations: MSc (2-3) & PhD (6-8); Publications: MSc (2-3) & PhD (6-8).
  9. Graduate students are expected to assist fellow graduate students and undergraduate students in their research projects.
  10. Students are encouraged to take advantage of Vancouver and its unique surroundings and to enjoy their time as a graduate student at UBC.