Research Opportunities Available in my Research Group
Prospective postdoctoral candidates will have research interests that ideally overlap with mine and fit within my research programme. They should also seek to secure external sources of postdoctoral fellowship funding for personal living expenses the year prior to the anticipated start date of a postdoctoral tenure. I can assist with information on such funding sources nationally and internationally.
Students interested in pursuing a graduate research degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) under my supervision should contact me directly ideally at least eight months before the anticipated start date and before applying for admission to the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology. Your initial correspondence with me should include a statement of research and career interests, an up-to-date Résumé or Curriculum Vitae, unofficial transcripts of your undergraduate/graduate grades, and the names and contact information of three potential references. If I believe that you meet our graduate admission requirements, your research interests fall within my broad research programme, your university course grades will likely secure you at least an internal graduate scholarship, and you would fit well into my research group, then I will encourage you to apply for admission into our M.Sc. or Ph.D. programme (as applicable) through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology.
I expect that students interested in pursuing a graduate research degree under my supervision to have applied for provincial (Ontario Graduate Scholarship) and federal (NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, Canadian Graduate Scholarship) support, if they are eligible to do so. International students should likewise seek to secure international postgraduate scholarship support in advance. It is typically necessary to submit applications for postgraduate scholarship support during the academic year prior to the year in which you intend to begin your graduate studies; application deadlines vary depending on the scholarship. Although I do occasionally accept graduate students without external scholarships (depending on the availability of my research grant funding), preference is normally given to applicants who already hold an external scholarship.
Interested students should contact me directly well in advance of your anticipate research project start date, because space for undergraduate research is limited in my laboratory and the NSERC-USRA programme has an application deadline in the fall term of the year preceding the tenure of awards. Students inquiring about the possibility of pursuing either a BIOL 4901 or BIOL 4908 under my supervision should ideally do so in the spring or summer preceding the beginning of the academic year in which they wish to register for BIOL 4901 or BIOL 4908.