Please feel free to contact me anytime.
Be sure to include:
Your academic transcripts (unofficial is fine)
A brief overview of the kind of research questions you wish to pursue – “I am passionate about conservation" is laudable but not helpful in determining if this lab is likely to be a good venue for your graduate degree.
The main intake of MSc / MA and PhD students occurs each September with the application deadline being the previous January 15 (e.g. to begin in Sept 2023 the application deadline is nine months earlier – January 15 2023.
For numerous reasons the preferred start for graduate students is September each year, however under certain circumstances a January or April start is possible.
I do not accept graduate students without any personal contact.
It's important for both of us to make sure joining our group is a good fit. For this reason I do not take on students with no prior contact. Please reach out to me directly to discuss options. If we find there is a potential fit for you in our group, I will recommend you contact current and past grad students to learn more (a good idea no matter where you might apply).
I expect graduate students to be self-motivated and independent thinkers. I don't assign research projects; instead, students are encouraged to develop their own in collaboration with me and others. This approach has two benefits. Firstly, it prepares you for the challenging and rewarding nature of graduate work. Secondly, it allows you to take ownership of your project, leading to a more fulfilling and valuable experience. Therefore, it's important for potential students to have a rough idea of the research they want to pursue prior to contact.
My mentoring style is "hands off" and I provide support as needed. We thrive in an environment that values exploration and independence, rather than structure and predictability.
There are several unique opportunities available to undergraduate students who are passionate about ecogastronomy and the work of our research group. Those interested in getting involved are encouraged to explore the following programs:
Valerie Kuehne Undergraduate Research Awards (for 1st and 2nd year students)
Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (for 3rd and 4th year students)
To determine your eligibility and get started, contact Dr. John Volpe.
Our graduate students and research collaborators are always in need of extra hands. See a project that interests you in Soil Ecology & Conservation or Food & Wine Identity? Contact the student lead to learn more about volunteer opportunities or Dr. Volpe for other opportunities.
I and my students use quantitative analyses of food and wine production systems to reveal linkages between ecological and social sustainability, “quality”, and the primacy of place … “Ecogastronomy”
Dr. John Volpe