Concurrently, I have been shepherding three of my through the final two months to submission. These concluding weeks are an emotional cocktail of exhaustion, frustration, fright and exhilaration. Supervisors correct errors we thought had been removed a year ago. The paragraph that seemed good enough in the first draft now seems to drag down a chapter. My postgraduates cannot understand why I am so picky. They want to submit and move on with the rest of their lives.
If no outside funding is available to the applicant, financial aid in the form of scholarships, research assistantships, and teaching fellowships is available.
Invariably there is a link between a thin bibliography and a high number of generalisations. If a student has not read widely, then the scholars they have referenced become far more important and representative than they actually are.
This web site aims to provide an overview of resourcesconcerned with probabilistic modeling, inference and learning based on Gaussianprocesses. Although Gaussian processes have a long history in the field ofstatistics, they seem to have been employed extensively only in nicheareas. With the advent of kernel machines in the machine learning community,models based on Gaussian processes have become commonplace for problems ofregression (kriging) and classification as well as a host of more specializedapplications.
This task serves to determine to which selection committee your application will be assigned. Applications related to health research will be channeled to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) selection committee, those related to natural sciences and/or engineering to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) selection committee, and those related to social sciences and/or humanities will go to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) selection committee. For more information, please refer to . When applying to the SSHRC area of research, please also consider the information found on .
The nightmare PhD for examiners is the candidate who tries to compress a life’s work into 100,000 words. They take on the history of Marxism, or more commonly these days, feminism. They attempt to distil 100 years of history, theory, dissent and debate into a literature review and end up applying these complex ideas to Beyoncé’s video for Single Ladies.
The best PhDs are small. They investigate a circumscribed area, rather than over-egging the originality or expertise. The most satisfying theses – and they are rare – emerge when students find small gaps in saturated research areas and offer innovative interpretations or new applications of old ideas.
Spelling mistakes horrify students. They render supervisors in need of oxygen. Postgraduates may not fail doctorates because of them, but such errors end any chance of passing quickly and without corrections. These simple mistakes also create doubt in the examiner’s mind. If superficial errors exist, it may be necessary to drill more deeply into the interpretation, methods or structure chosen to present the findings.
There are no other restrictions on who can serve as a referee but applicants are encouraged to consider the full range of potential referees (e.g. from different institutions, with varied research expertise for multi-disciplinary applications etc.). Referees should be chosen from individuals best able to provide relevant evidence, perspectives and insight to support the review of the application in light of the selection criteria.
Thereis no stigma attached to taking the exam several times, butstudents are expected to pass the examination by the secondyear in residence in order to begin more specialized study leading toresearch work.
While some students are able to pass the qualifying exam in one try, passing the exam early is mainly an indicationthat a student has attended an undergraduate university with a broadundergraduate program in mathematics.
Most examiners will accept a few spelling or typographical mistakes, but in a word-processing age, this tolerance is receding. I know plenty of examiners who gain great pleasure in constructing a table and listing all the typographical and spelling errors in a script. Occasionally I do it and then I know I need to get out more.
The Title of Research Proposal is used by the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program to identify your research project (maximum of 640 characters).
The ideal attitude is: (1) a love of the subject for its own sake, accompanied by inquisitiveness about things which aren't known; and (2) a somewhat fatalistic attitude concerning "creative ability" and recognition that hard work is, in the end, much more important.