Miscellaneous thesis advice:


Some advice on how to organize your thesis (from Prof. John Chinneck, SCE, Carleton)
Some guidelines on PhD thesis scope and structure (from UBC faculty of grad studies)
Thesis elements that may be expected by PhD external examiners (from UBC also)
On theory vs. building real things (engineering), and persevering when your papers are rejected (Feng Hao)

New Students Looking for a Supervisor (advice from professor Van Oorschot):


Domestic grad students: I am always interested to receive email from prospective students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. I suggest that you read my advice page that answers questions such as: "Will you be my Master's/PhD supervisor or post-doctoral host?" and related questions. To reduce the chance that I lose track of your email and associated documents (cv, transcripts), and avoid wasting the time of me requesting the same information over several emails, it is preferable to also complete this information form.

International grad students: If you are neither a Canadian citizen nor permanent resident of Canada, then due to the enormous volume of requests it is unlikely that I will be able to give you a personal response. Prospective international Master's (but not PhD) students also face international tuition fees---which present an insurmountable barrier to most non-residents, and which unfortunately I am unable to fully offset with research funding. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to partially fund your own significant expenses, and have read my advice page ("Will you be my Master's/PhD supervisor or post-doctoral host?" and related questions), then please fill out this information form. The information that it requests, and the instructions on the advice page, serve as a first filter to test whether you are a serious candidate. Prospective international students hoping to begin a PhD under me should also send a preliminary PhD research proposal, to signal that you are serious and increase your chances of a response.

Current PhD students (supervised and *co-supervised):


Christopher Bellman, *Julian Chukwu, *Hemant Gupta, *Srivathsan (Vathsan) Morkonda Gnanasekaran
I also follow the work of PhD student Ali Jahromi (supervisor A. Abdou).

Past students, graduated (*co-supervised):

Mathematics Genealogy Project

Masters: Cheldon Mahon (Apr'21), Christopher Bennett* (Jan'21), Reza Samanfar (Jun.'20), Hemant Gupta (Aug.'19), Daniel McCarney (Aug.'13), Carson Brown (Dec.'10)*, David Barrera (Aug.'09), Jennifer Sobey (Sept.'08)*, Tim Furlong (Apr.'07), James Kelly (Aug.'06), M. Mannan (Aug.'05), Glenn Wurster (Apr.'05), Vashek Matyas (Dec.'94)

PhD: Furkan Alaca (May'18) AbdelRahman M. Abdou* (Aug.'15), Gerardo Reynaga* (Aug.'15), David Barrera (Aug.'14), Mansour Alsaleh (Dec.'11), Glenn Wurster (Apr.'10) M. Mannan (Apr.'09), Sonia Chiasson* (Jan.'09), David Whyte* (Sept.'08), Julie Thorpe (Jan.'08), Tao Wan* (Jan.'06), Mike Just* (Dec.'98)

Post-doc: Xavier de Carné de Carnavalet (2019-2020) A.M. Abdou (2015-2017), Jeremy Clark (2011-2013), Glenn Wurster (2010), Sonia Chiasson (2009), Tara Whalen (2009), James Muir (2005-2007), Deholo Nali (2005-2007), Hajime (Jim) Inoue* (2005-2007), M. Vargas Martin (Jan.'03-Aug.'04)

Last updated: 9 Sept 2021