SoundofSilence Posted December 15, 2021 Share Posted December 15, 2021 17 hours ago, pochita said: Hi Everyone, This is my second time applying this year. I got an interview at queens last year but I think I bombed the interview because one question threw me off guard. The supervisor asked what I wanted to do for my masters thesis. I have lots of research experience (worked for 3 profs as a research assistant, undergraduate supervisor, nserc ursa, honours thesis, research ambassador) but I've always been the style where I get to know the lab first and then come up with a project. So I had no idea that question was coming so early, specially just for the first round quick 30 minute interview. Does anyone have experience with this? How much detail are we supposed to provide? I didn't apply for u of calgary this year cause I was taken aback that they added a research proposal to the application process when i'm suggesting around 3 profs to work with but none of them are willing to chat much before so I only have a loose idea of the next projects they want to do in their lab. I have an interview with UBC coming up this week so any advice is very welcomed. Thank you! The fact that you are getting interviews means you are definitely doing something right Calgary has had the proposal for the application process for quite some time. The thing is, most research heavy programs would like you to be able to formulate proposals and bring some ideas and I think you also need a proposed research project to apply for funding. It doesn't mean you're only limited to that topic/methodology for your entire grad school, but I think most POIs do expect some initiative here. Maybe as a RA it's not as expected, but you still need to have some more specific ideas of what you'd like to study and how you'd (ideally) go about it. Most POIs that I've talked to want someone who can come up with their own original topics, even if they are still connected to the bigger work done in the lab. And it also shows your compatibility to what they want, or helps them see how you could take the lab work in a different direction and thus how you'd bring a lot of value that way. Also, if it's not too much trouble, would you be willing to share the UBC POI initials? Maybe by personal message if you don't want it public? Thanks so much! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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