Program Requirements

Graduate students in the program have the following academic requirements in addition to those required by their respective programs. The thesis supervisor must be a UBC CREATE–AAP faculty mentor and the student’s thesis committee must include at least two UBC CREATE–AAP faculty mentors. CREATE–AAP fellows must invite CREATE–AAP mentors and other  CREATE–AAP fellows to their thesis defense. The additional requirements for CREATE–AAP fellows are described in the following table.

Category Components Requirement Note
Courses 3-credit course on atmospheric aerosols Mandatory 1
  1-credit research seminar course on atmospheric aerosols Encouraged 2
Seminars, Journal Clubs, Symposia Give Presentation in Student Seminar Series Mandatory 3
  Attend CREATE–AAP sponsored seminars Encouraged 4
  Present a paper in the Journal Club Encouraged 5
  Attend annual symposium Encouraged 6
  Give seminar or poster at annual symposium Encouraged 7
Internships Hold an internal internship Mandatory 8
  Hold an external internship Encouraged 9
Professional Skills Development Take part in a media communications course Mandatory 10
  Take part in a presentation skills course Mandatory 11
  Take part in a project management course Mandatory 12
  Take part in a 3 day instructional skills workshop Mandatory

13

Annual Progress Report
Complete an annual progress report
Mandatory

14

Skill assessments
Complete the entry skills and knowledge assessment upon beginning the program
Mandatory 15

Complete the exit skills and knowledge assessment upon program completion
Mandatory

 

 Notes:

  1. A 3-credit graduate course on atmospheric aerosols (CHEM 535 A) will be offered annually through UBC. Students must either take the course for credit or officially audit the course.
  2. A 1-credit graduate research seminar course on atmospheric aerosols (CHEM 540 D) will be offered through UBC. The research seminar course will provide training on communicating and teaching to an interdisciplinary audience. In addition, the course will provide the students with exposure to recent topics in the atmospheric aerosol literature.
  3. A CREATE–AAP Student Seminar Series is only open to CREATE–AAP funded students and mentors. All students funded through CREATE–AAP will give a presentation annually in this series (during the years the student is funded by CREATE–AAP). Students are welcome to present on their main research project and their internship project. 
  4. CREATE–AAP will sponsor approximately 5 seminars a year at UBC to be given by external speakers. Further details can be found here.
  5. A biweekly journal club has been established as part of CREATE-AAP. Further details and updates on topics can be found on the journal club website here.
  6. The annual symposium on atmospheric aerosols includes seminars by CREATE–AAP faculty and students, and, a poster session. This symposium is also open to the broader community in BC, to encourage collaborations with other universities, government agencies and the private. This symposium is also a chance to promote the CREATE–AAP program to a wider audience and recruit partners for the program. Further details will be provided on the CREATE-AAP website.
  7. See Note 6 for details on the symposium.
  8. As an extension to the course offerings and seminar series, each graduate student in the CREATE–AAP will spend several weeks in the labs of other aerosol research groups at UBC to broaden their practical skill sets beyond their own disciplines. Each student is required to spend at least one internship in another research group. For MSc. and PhD. students the length of the internships must be a minimum of 3 and 4 weeks, respectively. Typically students will spend approximately half their time focusing on the internship and the other half of their time on their own research. This will ensure that the student’s research is progressing, while still gaining exposure in another research environment. After the internship, the student will compose a report and deliver a short talk in the seminar series. This requirement must be completed by the end of the 2-year student funding.
  9. A very important component of our training program will involve an external internship. Each student will be offered a several-month rotation with national or international partners. These partners will include government agencies, environmental consulting companies, and large international research facilities. The responsibilities of the students are to carry out an internship project, contribute as a team member in the host organization, write a project report and give a seminar to the CREATE–AAP Student Seminar Series. External Internships must be completed by the end of the 2-year student funding. More details will follow.
  10. CREATE-AAP will arrange a media communications workshop of approximately 1 day length. Further details will follow. Students are responsible for registration and attendance. This requirement must be completed by the end of the 2-year student funding.
  11. CREATE-AAP will arrange a presentation skills workshop of approximately 1-2 day length. This requirement must be completed by the end of the 2-year student funding. 
  12. CREATE-AAP will arrange a project management workshop of approximately 1 day length. Further details will follow. Students are responsible for registration and attendance. This requirement must be completed by the end of the 2-year student funding. Some GPS workshops through Mitacs Step are also eligible - please contact the program for approval. 
  13. This course will be given by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). For availability, times, and other details, visit this CTLT webpage. Students are responsible for registration and attendance. This requirement must be completed by the end of the 2-year student funding.
  14. The annual progress report is a tool used to determine both the student's progress and the success of CREATE–AAP. Details and forms can be found here.
  15. Students will be contacted by the Program Evaluation team to participate in skills and knowledge assessment activities.