These are just some of the questions researchers ask every day at the University of Lethbridge.
What is your passion? What will you discover?
Begin your journey to find the answers.
As a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge, you’ll find yourself at the centre of a student-focused environment that nurtures innovation, critical thinking and creativity.
At the foundation of our graduate programs is a multidisciplinary and personalized experience. A collaborative relationship is encouraged between faculty and students. This means you have flexibility in decisions regarding the research and learning path you take. At the U of L, we are committed to helping every one of our students thrive. From aiding with financial support to one-on-one mentorship to individualized career advice, you’ll find support every step of the way. When you reach graduation, you will have the confidence you need to succeed in whatever you do, whether that means pursuing further education, teaching in an academic setting or establishing a professional career. We’re here to help as you find the answers to your questions. As Alberta’s Destination University, the University of Lethbridge gives you room to think, create and explore, providing a university experience unlike any other.
Our faculty members are world-renowned researchers. Theyâ€™re also your supervisors. 4
Who you learn from shapes how you learn. At the U of L, youâ€™ll work side-by-side with some of the best minds from around the globe. Our experts and researchers are working to find answers that are applicable and relevant to our world. As a student at the U of L, you are viewed as a partner and a colleague. Youâ€™ll be given opportunities to collaborate and share your unique ideas, ask questions and find answers. By convocation, the majority of our graduate students have either presented or published their findings, with more than 50 per cent publishing as the first author.
Dr. Bruce McNaughton (pictured left) is a principal investigator at the University of Lethbridge Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience and the only recipient of the $10-million Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Polaris Award. His research focuses on how brain cells process information and form memories. 5
“The supportive relationship with my supervisor gave me the confidence to present my research at conferences both nationally and internationally. I was honoured to present my master’s research at the International Journal for Arts and Sciences (IJAS) conference in Provence, France.” Brittany Thompson, MA ’12 6
Funded by organizations like the Canada Research Council, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, U of L researchers across disciplines are working to address relevant issues that affect us all. • The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy is a multidisciplinary, crossfaculty institute dedicated to researching the longterm global impacts of demographic, economic and social issues related to changes in world population patterns. • The Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience houses 16 principal investigators and their research students who together study the mysteries of the mind.
“Over the course of my time at the U of L, I have had the chance to learn from some of the most innovative minds in my field. As a result, my focus shifted from simply learning to creating new knowledge.” Preston Lennox, BSc ’10, MSc candidate
• With implications for diseases, biotechnology and our understanding of evolution, the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute is dedicated to RNA research and training excellence in one of the fastest growing fields in the life sciences. • At the Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre, researchers are taking a decidedly bigpicture view of the planet – one that can be seen from space. The Centre focuses on remote sensing and imaging spectroscopy, applying their research to monitoring natural resources and the environment.
• The Centre for Socially Responsible Marketing aims to educate students and empower non-profit personnel in areas of social marketing, sustainability and social responsibility, and non-profit marketing and management. • The Institute for Space Imaging Science explores our relationship with our own planet and our place in the universe using space imaging technology. This innovative approach allows us to see space and the cosmos in new ways, and discover answers to questions that push the boundaries of human understanding. • Focusing on privately-held small businesses, the Small Business Institute helps bridge connections between researchers and the business community. • Researchers at the Water Institute for Sustainable Environments are analyzing water resources, including natural science analyses of watersheds, and water quantity and quality, while also considering aspects such as water policy and economics.
Curiosity is what drives Kristy Kutanzi. As an undergraduate student at the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Kristy Kutanzi (BSc ‘06, PhD ‘11) worked with Dr. Olga Kolvalchuk, a nationally recognized researcher known for her work in radiation and epigenetics. Kristy’s experience inspired her to pursue her own research into genetic influences of cancer as a PhD student. As a graduate student, Kristy received funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Alberta Cancer Research Institute. She also became a Medical Research Scholar for the Alberta Heritage Foundation and earned the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, valued at $150,000.
Kutanzi credits the support she received at the U of L for helping her discover her passion for research. “The practical training that I received in labs during my undergrad was a turning point for me,” says Kristy. “Dr. Kovalchuk fostered my interest in science and encouraged me to pursue a higher level of education in the field. Undoubtedly, she has provided me with invaluable tools and advice to succeed in my research career.”
“Dr. Kovalchuk fostered my interest in science and encouraged me to pursue a higher level of education. Undoubtedly, she has provided and continues to provide me with valuable tools and advice to succeed in my research career.” Dr. Kristy Kutanzi BSc ‘06, PhD ‘11
For Marta Blicharz, photographs are anything but black and white. It was on the recommendation of her college instructor that Marta Blicharz (MFA ’12) started thinking about graduate studies at the University of Lethbridge. “The Master of Fine Arts in new media was just being developed as I was finishing a multimedia production diploma at Lethbridge College,” explains Marta, who also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Calgary. Looking for a new challenge, Marta applied and became the first student enrolled in the U of L’s new program. “I had the freedom to follow my own interests but still felt very supported,” says Marta, who was grateful for the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of such an innovative program. “The faculty members I worked with were flexible and understanding but always made sure I was on the right track.” Marta worked closely with acclaimed visual artist Emily Luce from the Department of New Media on a
project that incorporated photography, design, glitch techniques and some interactive programming. “My graduate work focused on disruption,” explains Marta, who investigated how incidental or intentional changes to digital coding affects the message, image or visual impact of photos. “The result of purposely corrupting a file is never predictable. Everyone who engages in this technique knows that this process is finicky, timeconsuming, unconventional and exciting.” Marta’s final project, an exhibition entitled Designing the Corrosive Moment, was well-received but she maintains that the process was just as rewarding as the final product. “I truly value the input and advice I received from my supervisor, my committee and the entire new media department,” says Marta, who plans to eventually become an educator in the field of new media and design. “My work is stronger as a result.”
“I truly value the input and advice I received from my supervisor, my committee and the entire new media department. My work is stronger as a result.” Marta Blicharz MFA ’12
A place where you can thrive.
The University of Lethbridge was built on a commitment to students and the student experience, small classes and the liberal arts. Those founding principles are still at the forefront of what we do and today the U of L is respected around the globe as a research-intensive, comprehensive university. A collaborative environment between faculty and students is encouraged to allow for flexibility in decisions regarding research projects and learning directions. We want you to study what you’re passionate about because after all, it’s your education. Our size and approach also gives students an advantage as they network, interact and learn from experts across all fields. You’ll have the opportunity to work in classrooms and labs with bright minds from a variety of disciplines. As one of nearly 600 graduate students you won’t get lost in the crowd.
to learning through cohort classes. Some programs also offer part-time options or weekend courses. As a graduate student at the U of L, you’ll be part of a unique community. Our graduate students come from all walks of life with diverse backgrounds. They share regularly in intellectual debate and dialogue, both in and outside of the classroom. There is a vibrant culture that respects differing opinions while forming new insights. Through opportunities like speaker series events, conferences and social gatherings, you can share, exchange and develop ideas with others along your journey.
When it comes to how you learn, you can choose from a variety of programs that range in their approach from working one-on-one with a professor
Dr. Hester Jiskoot (pictured left) is a University of Lethbridge geography professor and a leading glaciologist working to better understand what’s happening to Earth’s ice masses. She is just one of the experts housed in the U of L’s Alberta Water and Environmental Science Building.
â€œMy research program explores epigenetic responses to x-ray and aging in eukaryotic cells and is greatly facilitated by access to modern equipment in the lab.â€? Corinne Sidler, MSc candidate
U of L graduate students have access to lab space, study carrels, student lounges, as well as state-of-the art resources and infrastructure. • The Alberta Water and Environmental Science Building, brings like-minded experts together to advance understanding of environmental issues. • The only facility of its kind in Western Canada, the Centre for Financial Market Research and Teaching is equipped with software and interactive market systems used by major investment, banking and commodity trading firms, simulating financial markets with live data feeds, market information and continuous financial news. • The new Simulation Health Centre provides students with the opportunity to practise nursing skills and critical decisionmaking in a safe and interactive way, and the new Addictions Counselling Lab provides students with hands-on experience, helping meet the complex challenges of today’s health-care systems. • The U of L Art Collection is one of the most significant in Canada. Artworks are available online, which in addition to providing the public with access to the gallery, serves as an important teaching and research tool. • The University Library is a 201,922 square-foot facility that gives students a place to study with many private breakout rooms. • Located in the U of L Library, the Faculty of Education Curriculum Laboratory has more than 48,000 learning resources that describe and support the early childhood to Grade 12 Alberta school curriculum.
Auburn Phillips was looking for something different in a graduate program. She found it at the U of L. Given the opportunity to have your student experience defined for you or to have the ability to create a custom educational plan tailored to your interests, the choice is obvious, particularly when it comes to undertaking graduate studies. After completing her undergraduate degree, Auburn Phillips (MA ’12) was looking for a graduate program she could customize to meet her individual needs. The U of L’s Individualized Multidisciplinary Master of Arts was the perfect fit because it is designed specifically for students seeking a customized approach to their graduate studies. In addition to an attractive funding package available for graduate
students, Auburn connected with faculty interested in supporting her work. “My supervisors were very supportive and helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed,” explains Auburn, who specialized in women and gender studies while also working with experts in education, sociology and anthropology. This diversity allowed her to take a multidisciplinary approach to her research. “With the flexibility to study and conduct research across disciplines, the individualized multidisciplinary major in the MA program provided a customized degree opportunity.”
“With the flexibility to study and conduct research across disciplines, the individualized multidisciplinary major in the MA program provided a customized degree opportunity.” Auburn Phillips MA ’12
At 48-years old, Saturday Okeh decided to get the graduate degree he always wanted. Returning to university after a 20-year absence is hard enough. Doing it as an international student would seem impossible to many. For Saturday Okeh, it’s all just part of achieving a lifelong dream. “I always wanted to further my education,” says Saturday, who is originally from Nigeria and came to the University of Lethbridge to study chemistry in 2011. “I knew that getting a master’s degree would open the door to new possibilities.” Having previously completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Edo State University in Ekpoma, Nigeria, Saturday is grateful for the opportunity to study something he loves and recognizes that much of his success is dependent on the U of L’s supportive environment.
“Everyone I’ve met here, from the first person I talked to in the International Centre for Students to my graduate supervisor, has been incredibly helpful and supportive,” says Saturday, emphasizing the increased importance of these services for international students like himself. “Regardless of the issue I’m facing, I always find the encouragement I need to continue.” His program is challenging but Saturday is getting the education and the experience he’s been looking for. “The U of L is a small university but there is lots of research taking place here,” says Saturday, who works in Dr. René Boere’s lab. “The facilities are incredible and I get hands-on experience with the research equipment.”
â€œThe U of L is a small university but there is lots of research taking place here. The facilities are incredible and I get hands-on experience with the research equipment.â€? Saturday Okeh MSc candidate
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Starting graduate studies is just the beginning of a journey that can take you anywhere. Compared to other graduate programs, the University of Lethbridge has strong success rates with more than 80 per cent of our graduate students convocating. Moreover, when our students walk across the stage in cap and gown, they do so with confidence, not only in their education but in their ability to succeed in their careers. With opportunities to publish papers, network with leading researchers and attend off-campus conferences, U of L students develop skill sets that prepare them for both academic and professional careers. In a recent survey, nearly half of all U of L graduate students went on to further graduate or postdoctoral positions and the remainder reported that they were working in their field. We live in a world where knowledge is constantly changing and new ideas are forming. How will you make a difference? What’s your next step? It’s time to start dreaming big.
Ryan Johnson (BSc ’98, MSc ’00) (pictured left) is the president and CEO of Lethbridge-based satellite imaging company BlackBridge. He was recognized as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people of 2012 by Alberta Venture Magazine. 21
Logan Pryor is looking at the bigger picture. In imaging science, it’s all about seeing the big picture and the fine details. As part of the Advanced Methods, Education and Training in Hyperspectral Science and Technology (AMETHYST) program, graduate student Logan Pryor (BSc ’09) is one of 14 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students doing just that. Helping expose students to imaging science and technology research in a variety of areas, AMETHYST encourages students to explore potential careers and acquire the skills they need to be successful in the future. “I’ve learned to ask good questions and think scientifically,” says Logan, who also completed an undergraduate degree in geography at the U of L. “More importantly, I’ve learned to communicate my ideas more effectively.”
As part of AMETHYST, students conduct research on campus and then undertake internships in academic, government or industry laboratories. Students also participate in workshops to enhance their knowledge of their chosen field and prepare them for the workforce. Logan recently spent time in Italy working at a European Space Agency lab that tests satellite components prior to their launch into space. He knows these experiences will be invaluable. “The training that’s involved with the AMETHYST program bridges the gap between university and the workforce. Having the opportunity to gain real experience with an international organization has definitely shaped my path, if not defined it.”
“The training that’s involved with the AMETHYST program bridges the gap between university and the workforce. Having the opportunity to gain real experience with an international organization has definitely shaped my path, if not defined it.” Logan Pryor BSc ‘09, MSc candidate
Finding a subject matter she was passionate about was a turning point for Rachel Shields. It was while completing a Bachelor of
With her sights set on research and
Science in neuroscience that Rachel Shields (BSc ’11, MA ’12) uncovered her passion for sociology. Suffice it to say that since that point she’s been a strong advocate for an interdisciplinary approach to education and research.
academia, Rachel enrolled in the U of L’s Master of Arts program with a major in sociology. She recently defended her thesis and has been accepted into the multidisciplinary PhD program at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida. In addition to preparing her for further academic studies, her multidisciplinary background made Rachel uniquely qualified to receive the FSU Fellows Society Adelaide Wilson Fellowship valued at $30,000 per year for five years.
“My first sociology class made me rethink all of my educational and career goals,” says Rachel, who originally intended on practicing medicine. Although she did complete an undergraduate degree in neuroscience, she included a heavy concentration of sociology courses. Rachel maintains that the variety of perspectives has been an asset. “People from different disciplines tackle problems differently,” says Rachel simply. “Ideas can be explored through science, art and human interactions, and connections are often made in non-linear ways.”
“The fellowship promotes interdisciplinary engagement and discussion,” says Rachel, who is excited about the opportunities to work collaboratively with researchers from across disciplines. “My time at the U of L has taught me the value of different perspectives and given me the tools and the confidence I need to effectively communicate my ideas to people from different backgrounds.”
“My time at the U of L has taught me the value of different perspectives and given me the tools and the confidence I need to effectively communicate my ideas to people from different backgrounds.” Rachel Sheilds BSc ‘11, MA ’12
Choice Matters. Our programs.
With graduate programs in more than 60 disciplines, the University of Lethbridge School of Graduate Studies delivers both academic quality and diversity. Our graduate programs speak to our strengths including environmental science, performing arts, neuroscience and education. In addition, our new graduate offerings reflect relevant areas of emerging interest, including mental health and addictions counselling. Whether you’re looking to further a professional career or want to advance research in your field, the following degree options will help you meet your personal and academic goals: • Master of Arts • Master of Counselling • Master of Education • Master of Fine Arts • Master of Music • Master of Science • Master of Science (Management) • Doctor of Philosophy
“The U of L master of music program has such a great balance between academics and performance. Although it was busy at times, I was able to do so much and gained so much experience.” Acacia Doktorchik (BMus ’09, MMus ’11)
Committed to our foundation as a liberal arts university, the U of L encourages a crossdisciplinary approach to research and learning. • The Faculties of Education and Health Sciences are collaborating to offer a Master of Education in Addictions and Mental Health Counselling program. The program has a strong clinical focus and incorporates evidence informed theoretical perspectives and interventions. • The Faculty of Education is currently developing the recently approved PhD in education with a proposed start date of 2014. Graduate students in this new program will study educational theory and research questions related to education, leadership, and counselling theory and practice.
“It’s one thing to invest in yourself and your education, but it’s a rare thing to find a program that is devoted to investing in you and your intellectual growth. In the MSc (Management) program at the U of L, YOU matter.” Michelle Wehb, MSc (Mgt) candidate
• Starting in September 2012, the Master of Arts and the Master of Science programs will offer a co-operative education/ internship option that integrates academic study with relevant work experience in employment areas such as government, institutions and industry. • The Doctor of Philosophy program is researchoriented and offers unique opportunities for doctoral students registered in six multidisciplinary areas of study in the sciences.
Some graduate students, at both the master’s level and doctoral level, join the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) team and compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition, a premiere synthetic biology competition. Other graduate students receive multidisciplinary research training by internationally renowned researchers associated with, for example, the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI) and focused laboratories. • Graduate students may complete a Master of Fine Arts with a major in art, new media, or theatre and dramatic arts by completing a thesis project that culminates in an exhibition, performance or presentation, or they can complete a Master of Music in a dynamic community of experienced and active scholars and musicians. • The recently implemented part-time option within the Master of Science (Management) program provides intensive research training at the U of L’s three campuses – Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton.
Anyone who has seen Erin Hurkett at the front of a classroom knows her students are in good hands. For the past nine years Erin Hurkett (MEd ’11) has shared her enthusiasm with students in the Horizon School Division. Her resumé includes stints teaching elementary and junior high school, as well as four years as vice-principal. Today, Erin is bringing that boundless energy to the role of principal at Chamberlain School in Grassy Lake, Alta. “As a teacher, I realized that a positive learning environment in my own classroom was dependent on the entire school community,” says Erin, who came to the University of Lethbridge in 2009 to pursue a Master of Education in educational leadership. “I wanted to help move the whole school forward in a positive, learning-centred direction, and knew I needed more expertise to do so.” Designed to provide the training and knowledge needed to successfully lead a school or school district, the Faculty of Education’s leadership program blends theory and practice to provide educators with the skills and experience they need to be successful.
“Understanding the role of research was critical in my own professional development and also helped me better support the teachers I work with,” says Erin. “With research as my foundation, I can strategically help improve student learning, and can set up structures that enable other teachers to collaborate and focus on best practices.” She’s proud of her success, but is quick to point out that the leadership program helped make the move from teacher to school leader possible. “The enthusiasm the instructors have for educational leadership ignited my passion to become an effective school leader,” says Erin, who is putting her degree to practice every day. “Their insightful advice was always appreciated, and helped me understand and reflect upon my own practice.”
“The enthusiasm the instructors have for educational leadership ignited my passion to become an effective school leader. Their insightful advice was always appreciated, and helped me understand and reflect upon my own practice.” Erin Hurkett MEd ‘11
Because we know you still have a life. Our campus and city.
Lethbridge is a place where ideas and people grow and that’s not something that can be said about every city. Things happen here for a reason. Nestled in southern Alberta, Lethbridge is one hour north of the US border, two hours from the provincial borders of British Columbia and Saskatchewan and two hours south of Calgary. Moreover, with only an hour drive separating you from the mountains, your escape from the city is closer than you might think. In winter months, students enjoy sports such as snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. In the summer, the Rocky Mountains and beautiful lakes at Waterton Lakes National Park draw in hikers and outdoor enthusiast. Lethbridge itself, offers everything you need including short commute times, transportation systems, health services, schools and one of the lowest costs of living in Western Canada. With a population nearing 90,000, it is the perfect size, blending the energy of an emerging city while holding on to smalltown friendliness.
You’ll never find a shortage of things to do. Although a smaller centre, Lethbridge has a rich cultural diversity reflected in everything from its range of restaurants to ethnic groups and clubs. The city’s vibrant art scene has a symphony, several art galleries and regular theatre performances. Lethbridge also has many recreational outlets including pools, golf courses, sports fields and more than 100 parks including a unique river valley that runs through the city and is one of the largest protected urban parks in North America. When it comes to campus life, you can choose from Pronghorn sporting events and performances at the Centre for the Arts to intramurals sports and more than 80 student clubs, including the Graduate Students’ Association.
Lethbridge is a vibrant city of nearly 90,000 in southern Alberta. Boasting a symphony, several art galleries and regular theatre performances, as well as pools, golf courses, athletic fields and more than 100 parks, Lethbridge is home to the University of Lethbridge – Alberta’s Destination University. 33
From the vibrant energy of campus to the laidback streets of downtown, life in Lethbridge never fails to fascinate. The best part? Because of the city’s size, you’re never more than 15 minutes from anything. • The 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness, as well as the Community Sports Stadium provide students and the community alike with recreational and fitness facilities. • Lethbridge is one of Canada’s sunniest cities. Average temperatures range from -10 degrees in winter months to 25 degrees in the summer. • There are over 80 student clubs on campus that provide social experiences, cultural support, athletic outlets, volunteer opportunities and travel options. • Skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports are available in the mountains just an hour’s drive from the city. • Waterton Lakes National Park draws hikers and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year. • With outstanding recreational and cultural facilities, Lethbridge often hosts athletic and cultural events, such as the 2012 Alberta Summer Games and the annual Lethbridge Jazz Festival. • We understand that fit is important. That’s why we offer programming in Calgary and Edmonton too. Our urban campuses give you the opportunity to complete your Master of Science (Management) degree. Cohorts for other graduate programs may also be available.
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While the cost of pursuing further education may seem daunting, there are many resources available. Financial support may consist of: • Graduate teaching assistantships • Research assistantships • Scholarships and fellowships • External research support Funding for Canadian graduate students is also available in the form of student loans and grants. Both the federal and provincial governments offer financial aid to students who qualify. Your government loan remains interest-free as long as you remain a full-time student. Last year, the University gave out more than $3.5 million to students. There are many different awards and scholarships available based on specific areas of research, as well as financial need.
Money worth mentioning: • Graduate Teaching Assistantship | Available to most graduate students | Up to $7,000 per year • School of Graduate Studies Fellowship | Open to all entering MA, MSc and PhD students | Up to $15,000 per year • Faculty Entrance Awards | Up to $3,000 depending on your Faculty • Travel Awards | Available to help disseminate student research | Up to $1,500
Weâ€™ve got you Covered. Student support services.
Take advantage of the professional skills workshops offered, visit our health centre or make use of the University librarian dedicated to graduate students. For a full list of services, visit www.uleth.ca/graduatestudies. Academic Advising | Get help planning your program and choosing your courses. Contact the Graduate Studies Office for information about appointments and advising sessions.
Graduate Studentsâ€™ Association (GSA) | The GSA represents graduate students across campus and helps ensure their needs are being met by the University.
Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CAETL) | CAETL offers workshops for graduate students on topics such as lesson planning, assessment of student learning, learning styles, classroom management, questioning strategies, professional relations with students and selfassessment.
Housing | The University of Lethbridge offers a wide range of on-campus living options, from single rooms to family accommodations. Demand is high for residence and applications are accepted online starting September 15 for the following fall semester. Apply early at www.uleth.ca/housing/onlineservices.
Counselling Services | Counselling Services focuses on improving your total well-being. Our counsellors are mental health professionals who can help to facilitate your personal growth, academic skills development and career decision making while you are attending the University of Lethbridge.
Support Services, for Aboriginal Students | Oki! If you are of First Nations, MĂŠtis or Inuit descent, we encourage you to take advantage of services designed to meet your specific needs. An office dedicated entirely to advising Aboriginal students is currently located in the Registrarâ€™s Office and Student Services (ROSS).
Disabilities Resource Centre The Disabilities Resource Centre is here to help students with a wide range of needs. By providing learning strategies, technological support, and exam accommodations, we create a supportive learning environment for every student.
Donâ€™t take our word for it. The best way to get a feel for the University of Lethbridge is to come for a visit. Weâ€™d love to meet you in person, introduce you to current faculty and students and show you around campus. To arrange a tour, please contact us.
For deadlines, program requirements and specific details, visit:
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