For prospective graduate (Masters and PhD) students

I am working on RL theory and I am looking for students with relevant background and experience only. I will not accept students who fail to demonstrate this. You may be a straight A+ student at a good university, but, sadly, this is not sufficient for me to be interested in working with you. How can you start working with me?

Option 1: Through a Masters program


  • Get accepted into our thesis based Masters program

  • Take a graduate course with me and be on the top of the class

  • Join our research group's team meetings, read and present relevant research papers

  • Ask (even better, answer) good questions (we have a discussion forum on slack)

  • Read my papers; learn what I am interested in

Option 2: Through the PhD program

I only accept PhD students who did not work with me before (as part of their Masters) if one or more of the following conditions is satisfied:

  • You wrote one ore more (theory) papers I like

  • You come with the recommendation of someone (usually, prof) whom I trust

Should you write an email to me?

I welcome emails of students accepted to the UofA if the email pertains research, especially if they propose a research topic (relevant to my research focus). Regarding remote supervision: The same rules apply as above. I don't have unlimited time, so sadly, I cannot just accept all opportunities to work together. I would only do this if I am convinced that the cooperation is mutually beneficial (i.e., I also gain something). Again, for this, you would need to have evidence (see above) that proves your ability to work on theory. I will only care about the email of an incoming grad student if the email explicitly mentions how the student qualifies per the two “options” mentioned above. Finally, I am not an expert on legal topics (e.g., immigration) or financial support, so don't ask me about these (hint on financial support: Canadian grad students get enough support to survive with no external loans). There is good information about these on the official websites.