How to prepare a great university application

How to prepare a great university application

Here are some important tips to help you prepare great application for university applications that will grab the attention admission committee and potential prospective supervisors.These tips are from the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and are based on the survey questions from the researchers that what kinds of qualities they look for in new graduate students.What research area are you passionate about?Communicate this to a potential supervisor(s)/admission committee by showing them that you are familiar with their/their participating faculty research work. Start by reading their profile and their graduate students profiles. Look up one or two papers they have published in an area that interests you.Tell a potential supervisor why you want to study in their lab.Be specific – why do you want to study in their lab instead of another researcher who works in a similar area?  If you are interested in more than one research area or more than one researcher, tailor specific reasons for each...
Read More
Dos and Don'ts when applying for a PhD position or contacting the professor

Dos and Don'ts when applying for a PhD position or contacting the professor

Dos and Don'ts when applying for a Student position or contacting the professor Please keep in mind that most professors literally receive dozens of application e-mails per week. You therefore want to make sure that your application does not get deleted immediately and that the professor is positively impressed by a well-prepared application, wishing to learn more about you. Dos: Prepare well. - Think about where your specific scientific expertise lies. - Think about what your scientific interests are. - Go to the open positions/vacancies webpage and check whether one of the positions listed would be interesting for you. - Go to the faculty webpage and search the faculty members for those research fields best matching your interests and expertise. - Read publications of the labs you'd be interested in joining. - Brush up your CV. Format it as a pdf. Contact wisely. - Send a personalized e-mail to the lab(s) you'd like to join. - Address the faculty member with their status and surname, e.g. "Dear Professor Miller" (for professors) or "Dear Dr. Miller"...
Read More
Motivation letter (Statement of Purpose) is the reflection of you and your goals in life

Motivation letter (Statement of Purpose) is the reflection of you and your goals in life

Motivation Letter....The reflection of you Well, those who are pursuing higher education and those planning for, would be quite familiar with this term as it plays a crucial role in the selection process. Basically, it is essential, if one wants to apply for scholarship programs. Motivation letter, as it sounds, speaks about the enacting force behind your decision to choose a respective field, program. Motivation letter is regarded very important in determining the applicant’s candidature. Considering its decisive role, one has to keep some basic points in writing the motivation letter. You can say, that it’s more like your presentation in front of the admission committee. As like in the interview, everything is taken into consideration and in this case along with your application form, motivation letter portraits you, your cognizance, your determination, just everything which made you apply for the same. So in few words, you are supposed to represent your candidature, your inspiration behind your program selection. Before you start, you...
Read More
Five important points for a good Curriculum Vitae

Five important points for a good Curriculum Vitae

1. Concentrate on the essentialsEmployers generally spend less than 30 seconds reading a CV before deciding it consider further or reject it. If applying for an advertised academic course or position especially funded one, always ensure that you comply with any application requirement entirely. Carefully check whether your profile suits the focus of the program. Be brief: two A4 pages are usually more than enough, irrespective of your education or experience. Is your research or professional experience limited? Describe your education and training first; highlight volunteering activities and placements or traineeships.2. Be clear and conciseUse short sentences. Avoid clichés. Concentrate on the relevant aspects of your training and work experience. Give specific examples. Quantify your achievements. Update your CV as your experience develops.3. Always adapt your CV to suit the post you are applying forHighlight your strengths according to the needs of the employer and focus on the skills that match the job. Explain any breaks in...
Read More
Packing list for Study Abroad Students

Packing list for Study Abroad Students

Some of you would definitely need a detailed Packing List.Well, Packing everything you need to live in your new home in one suitcase is definitely a difficult task. You may freak out a bit figuring out what to pack, what to leave and what’s actually needed. So just, Take a deep breath, because we’re here to help! Before you're off to the airport,  use this checklist to ensure that you got everything you need to have in your new home. Below are the few recommendations from the Students who have studied abroad of what to pack while going abroad :-ClothingSocks (three week’s worth plus a pair or two of wool socks) Undershirts Long sleeve shirts(as required) Short sleeve shirts(as required) Sweatshirt & hoodie (3-4) Sweaters Jeans/ Khakis (2-3 pair) Shorts Underwear (three week’s worth,  you may not do laundry often.) A belt Skirts (for the girls) A set or two of workout clothes Pajamas Coat/Jacket (at least 2 – one for cold...
Read More