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APPLYING FOR GRADUATE STUDIES IN THE NRES DEGREES. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in UNBC's NRES programs, the next stage in the
 

Summary: APPLYING FOR GRADUATE STUDIES IN THE NRES DEGREES.
If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in UNBC's NRES programs, the next stage in the
process is beginning an application. The following is advice from the NRES Graduate Committee to
prospective students who would like to move to this step.
1. Identify the degree that you are interested in, and then look through the list of faculty that accept
students in that degree (http://www.unbc.ca/nres/faculty.html). The biggest limitation to getting
accepted into the NRES graduate program - presuming you meet all the entrance requirements - is
whether a faculty member identifies that they agree to supervise your research. Contacting potential
supervisors before you apply will facilitate this introduction and increases the chances of your finding a
supervisor.
2. In your email to the faculty member, indicate your background and the particular interest you have in
the degree. It helps if you indicate that you understand that person's research and it matches your
own. Generic emails to faculty, when your background and interests clearly do not match the field they
are working in, are unlikely to elicit a response. If you take the time to look into a supervisor's
background, including taking time to look up their papers etc, you will narrow your search to
supervisors that you truly are interested in working with, and likely who will be interested in working
with you.
3. When you begin contacting supervisors, don't be surprised if they respond by wanting a Curriculum
Vitae (academic resume that highlights your educational and professional background) and copies of
unofficial transcripts. The former gives supervisors some idea of your background relative to their own,

  

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