Prospective Students

Note To Prospective Students

It is my philosophy to provide students with maximum freedom to develop their own research projects in one or more of (but not limited to) the following areas (consider these as broad intersecting research themes)
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Tactile map design
  • Accessibility
  • Disability
  • Haptic Display
  • Auditory Display
  • Spatial Language and ontology
  • Multimodal interfaces
  • Spatial Cognition
  • Cognitive Mapping
  • Cognitive issues in map design and use
  •  Wayfinding and navigation strategies for vision impaired individuals
  • Portable navigation devices

Students seeking to join the research group must possess the following qualities:
  • be committed wholeheartedly to their graduate program,
  • not be turned off by the hard work and dedication required to become a successful graduate student and productive scientist,
  • be self-motivated, and
  • be able to work independently
If your interests coincide with those of ours, and if you are convinced that you wish to pursue a graduate degree (or post-doctoral research) in one of our research teams, please consider the following items before you contact us:
  • Special consideration will be given to individuals that (i) have their own funding i.e., scholarships, fellowships, grants, industry related funding etc; (ii) have a record of publications and or conference presentations; and (iii) possess excellent English communication skills (written and verbal). 
  • When to apply: I typically evaluate potential PhD and M.Sc applicants around October-November of each year, as funding deadlines are often in October, and graduate school application deadlines are in December-January of the following year. Unless you have an amazing self-funded project, please do not apply in late December or January to work with us the following year. It is simply too late. 
  • If you plan to contact me:  Please ensure you provide  Dr. Jacobson (by email) with the following information:
  1. A brief project summary with title: This should be 2-3 paragraphs (min) of what it is that you would like to do. Do not worry if it does not appear to be exactly what we are doing, I have numerous projects on the go that they do not publicly advertise . More importantly, I am interested in knowing (i) that you are able to simply and succinctly write a project description, (ii) that you have a research topic and scientific questions that you are interested in pursuing, (iii) that you have an understanding of why your topic is important and where it fits within a larger scope and (iv) an idea of how you plan to achieve this.It does not need to be perfect, but it needs to make sense and show that you have thought about what you want to do.
  2. A copy of your latest grades:  A digital copy of your latest online transcripts will suffice for now.
  3. An updated copy of your CV:  Please ensure that you include any and all the conference presentations and papers you have submitted or given along with any peer review journal articles, commissioned reports etc... and the names and current contact information of at least 2 people we can contact.
  • Funding Opportunities: If you are currently a student at UofC, please search this database to determine your eligibility for Graduate Studies Awards. If you are from outside the University of Calgary please check this site. Please also be aware of funding opportunities from Alberta Ingenuity, NSERC and SSHRC and that each agency has different funding deadlines.

Guides for Graduate Students

We recommend you look over the following literature before considering your graduate career.Make an appointment to visit (if possible) me as your potential adviser in person. Remember, advisor's and students each choose the other.
Additional resources and guides


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