PhD in Biology – Dalhousie University
1. What did you study?
I obtained a bachelor‘s degree in biology from a Peruvian university (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia), then I got a master‘s from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, and now I am doing a PhD in Biology at Dalhousie University.
2. Why Canada?
Because Canada is well known for the quality of its education, its support for science, and by having a high quality of life and inclusive environment.
3. Why did you choose Dalhousie University?
I was interested in the research that the lab I joined in works on and I was excited to learn and apply the newest technologies in my field. Also, the university is situated within the city of Halifax and nearby the ocean, allowing for easy access to from off campus living to the campus and to downtown.
4. Did you receive any scholarships to help fund your studies?
Yes, I have been funded by the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, which has supported me for 3 and a half years. I have also received funding from grants awarded to my supervisor.
5. What are your favourite things about the University?
I like the sense of community and the diverse clubs the university has. I particularly have appreciated the graduate student organization of the biology department which makes an effort to organize events and activities to integrate graduate students.
6. Tell us about some of the positive aspects of your experience as an international student in Halifax.
Halifax is a diverse city that welcomes international students, people are respectful and interested in learning about other people‘s culture.
7. What do you enjoy about your life on and off campus?
As I come from a big busy city, Halifax is a nice and secure city that also has many natural landscapes one can enjoy, particularly in the summer.
8. Any advice for future candidates that would like to come to Canada to do their graduate studies?
If you are from a Latin American country, particularly if you are not used to the cold weather, try to enjoy it and participate in winter activities as you will create unforgettable memories and experiences.