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Master’s Degree in Engineering (research profile)
Three tips for preparing for graduate studies
Are you an undergraduate student who is planning to move on to a Master’s program? Are you having a hard time deciding between a Master’s with Project and a Master’s with Thesis? There are some important questions to consider. For example, you may be daunted by the prospect of having to find a Research Director for your thesis, and you may be wondering whether research is really right for you. Rest assured that many students have asked themselves these same questions. Antoine Langevin, a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering, offers three tips to help you make a more informed decision.
1. Do a research-based work-term before making a long-term commitment
“When I was an undergraduate student in Electrical Engineering, I decided that my third work-term would be research-based. This helped me to really experience what it was like to be involved in research. It was also a good way to immerse myself in research work without making a long-term commitment. Four months is long enough to determine whether you enjoy research or not.”
2. Choose a project that you find interesting
“Take a look at the list of professors and their research projects. This will allow you to choose a professor who shares your interests. It’s much more fulfilling to do your Master’s project on a subject that you are passionate about, rather than a subject that is mostly of interest to your professor.”
3. Discuss the options with your professors
“Don’t be afraid to discuss your options with professors who share your interests. You may be surprised at how accessible they are, especially when you are discussing projects close to their hearts, like their own research. Remember that they were once undergraduate students too. They don’t expect you to have the same level of understanding as them.”
Ghyslain Gagnon, a professor at LACIME who was Antoine’s Project Director at the Master’s level and is currently his Co-Director at the Ph.D. level, is in full agreement! “Right from the very beginning of his undergraduate studies, Antoine took the time to discuss elements of the material that he was interested in with his professor. He also carried out a number of personal projects in his free time in order to gain a deeper understanding of certain subjects. He really enjoyed what he was doing, and he was very curious and passionate about it. That is very appealing to a professor who is looking to recruit students”.
Ready to get started? Here is your first mission!
Attend the LACIME congress, which will be held at Student House from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on February 21, 2019. You will have an opportunity to meet with professors and learn more about their research projects, and you can put Antoine’s tips to the test. LACIME Congress
Who is Antoine Langevin?
Antoine Langevin holds a DCS in Computer Systems Technology from Gérald-Godin CEGEP, and was poised to join the labour market in 2012 after completing his collegiate studies. However, he decided to pursue a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering at ÉTS instead. This decision had a major impact on his subsequent studies. It was at ÉTS where Antoine discovered a passion for artificial intelligence, which led him to carry out research work with Ghyslain Gagnon and Mohamed Cheriet, two of the leading researchers at ÉTS.