Thank you for your interest in working with me at the University of Victoria. I receive many requests from students looking for potential graduate programs. I put this web page together to help those students who are truly interested in studying in my lab. If you’re reading this, you’re already a step ahead of the game!
Note: If you use tracking pixels or tracking links, I will ignore your email without reading or responding. I find these services to be intrusive and disrespectful.
In Canada, students typically do a Master’s degree before their PhD. A Master’s degree takes about 2 years, and a PhD takes 3-4 years.
Potential MSc Students
If you would like to do a Master’s with me, please include the phrase “Potential Master’s Student” in the subject of your email, and include the following information:
- Your previous education, including GPA. If your previous degrees are from an institution outside of North America, you must meet the minimum GPAs requirements on this page (https://www.uvic.ca/graduatestudies/admissions/admissions/beforeapplying/international/index.php under Minimums for Other Countries)
- If your previous degrees are from a school outside of North America and that school is not ranked in the top 500 schools internationally, I highly recommend you take the GRE and send me those scores. In particular, a high quant score is very important, as my research area requires a strong math background.
- If taking the GRE is burdensome, as I know it can be in many parts of the world, please send me some information to help me understand both the caliber of your institution, and your standing in your graduating class.
- If English is not your first language, please provide me with English proficiency scores.
If you acquired some research experience during your undergraduate degree, that makes you a stronger candidate. Please let me know if you have any of the following:
- A publication in a respected conference in any sub-field of CS (publications in machine learning or natural language processing conferences are preferred, but any area shows research experience)
- A publication in an international journal
- An undergraduate thesis or capstone project. (Please send me the title and description)
- A position in a research lab, for a summer or as part of a directed studies project. Please tell me what you worked on, the name of your advisor in that position, and if I may contact them.
Potential PhD Students
If you would like to do a PhD with me, please include the information from above (but instead include the phrase “Potential PhD Candidate” in the subject of your email), as well as information about your MSc degree, thesis title and previous advisor. A successful PhD candidate will contribute new knowledge to computer science research. Thus, I require evidence of success in research for those entering the PhD program. This would include one or more of the following:
- a publication in either a fairly well known machine learning/natural language processing conference
- a publication in an international journal.
Please include information about your previous publications when emailing me.
In addition, please don’t send me zip/rar files, and I prefer pdfs to word documents.
Good luck in your search for a graduate school!