If you are interested in working with Ivan on research, then you are on the right page. Please read this page carefully.
You are an undergraduate student at UBC
Most of the students I work with have taken the basic UBC systems and software engineering courses (210/310, 213/313, 317) and have done well in those courses (have scored B+ or better). I do make exceptions to this, particularly if you have outstanding marks in 1st/2nd year CPSC courses or if you can demonstrate relevant work or personal project experience. There are several ways to get involved:
Directed studies. I host several students each term for directed studies courses, CPSC 448. This is the best way to get started with me on research. If you are interested, you should send me an email with (1) your transcript, (2) your resume/CV, and (3) links to any of your projects that are available online (code repositories or deployments). You should also peruse some of my publications/projects to get a sense for the kind of work that I do. It is especially important for me to know your interests and what you want to get out of a research experience. Make sure to note this in your email to me.
I typically have directed studies students join an existing project -- this gets you quickly bootstrapped on research since coming up with a new research projects is non-trivial!
USRA summer positions. I am always interested in strong USRA candidates. A USRA position is a 16 weeks, 40hrs/week, serious research commitment that cannot be mixed with TAing, course work, or other work. Application deadline is usually around the end of January. You should email me early. Note that this is a competitive process: we apply together and you compete against other students in the UBC Faculty of Science for the USRA grant.
Volunteer positions. I rarely take on student volunteers. I prefer that you do a directed studies course instead.
You are a graduate student at UBC
You should send me an email and set up a time to chat with me. I usually recruit graduate students during the grad application process and have no capacity to accept other students during the year. But, I make exceptions for strong students, particularly students who have taken my/other graduate systems courses and have done well in these courses.
You are a non-UBC undergraduate student
My primary means of hosting international undergraduate students is through the MITACS Globalink program.
I do not host students for other visits/internships unless (1) they come with their own funding, and (2) have relevant prior research experience.
You are a prospective graduate student
You should apply to our program! I recruit students annually. The number of positions varies, but I encourage strong students with research experience to apply. Please do not contact me before you have applied.
Here is what I look for in graduate (MSc/PhD) applicants:
Note that the above is my personal perspective on the grad application process. Other professors will most definitely have a different take on this.
I receive a substantial amount of email from prospective students, particularly prospective graduate student. I have limited capacity to reply to these emails and will usually not reply unless you have (1) applied to our program, and (2) have a profile that fits the above bullet points.