GeophysicsDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
After my graduate program finished, I worked in the semiconductor industry for several years, but I still missed Western, so I applied for the PhD program in Geophysics.
Where is “home” for you?
I am originally from Taiwan, but my family lives in London right now. Where my family is, that is my home.
Describe your research.
My research attempts to figure out volatile elements in the deep earth by using high-pressure and high-temperature(HPHT) methods. Compared with the amounts in other planets, it is believed that most light volatile elements are stored in the earth’s interior. However, budget and storage reservoirs are still unclear. By using HPHT experiments with diamond anvil cell and laser heating systems, I can reach the pressure and temperature to lower mantle or outer core conditions to try and understand the geological cycles and reservoirs within the earth.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
HPHT research is not only useful in geophysics, but also highly relative to other research fields, such as, physics, chemistry, material sciences. Through my grad program, I have many chances to collaborate with people in different research fields, which has allowed me to thrive and be successful.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
Yes, I worked as a TA and RA. As an international student, TA experiences are useful in order to learn how to communicate with students from different countries and how to present in Canadian classes. RA experiences provide many opportunities to work with people in different fields.
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Academic Program Coordinator
Department of Earth SciencesWestern University
Biological & Geological Sciences Building Rm 1026
London, Ontario N6A 5B7
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 84523
The objective of the Ph.D. program is to provide the supervision, intellectual environment and resources to permit an aspiring scientist to develop and complete a thesis, involving a significant contribution to knowledge, on a specific project in Geophysics, or in a collaborative project involving one or more related disciplines. The scope of these research projects represents an enormous range of interests, from purely 'academic' to strongly 'applied' industrial and environmental topics.
The strength and reputation of our PhD program is a result of our internationally renowned faculty, world-class facilities, and the students who thrive in an intellectually stimulating environment. Western is pleased to offer Own Your Future, a unique Doctoral professional development program that supports students in their academic studies and career engagement. Through Own Your Future, students will develop insight into their current and evolving skill set. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.
- 12 Terms (4 years)
- Full-time study
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - PGS and IPS
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
- Master's degree or equivalent from a university, college or institute, and provide evidence of research potential.
- Achieved at least a 70% average in the Master's degree. An average of 78% in the Master's degree is necessary to be eligible to receive departmental funding.
- Scans of transcripts from all post-secondary study completed.
- A CV or resume.
- Statement of Intent for graduate study.
- Contact information for three referees, who will be asked to complete confidential letters of reference online.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 92 for the internet version with no individual score below 20 and a minimum of 23 in the speaking component. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9 with no individual score falling below 6.
We can offer a waiver of the English proficiency test when the applicant has completed at least one year of study at an accredited university where English is the medium of instruction. Waivers are not guaranteed and are judged on a case-by-case basis.
Domestic and International Applicants:
- Deadline is January 24 for the May 1 or September 1 start date.
Students can be accepted who apply after the January 24 deadline in exceptional circumstances. Please visit the department website for more information.
Fields of Research
- Earth and Planetary Systems
- Earth Evolution: Surface, Life and Climate
- Resource Geoscience
- Tectonic Processes and Crustal Dynamics