Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Norman, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Marmer, Vadim Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Haukaas, Terje Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Hubley, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ferreira da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Fisher, Alexander Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Forsyth, Janice Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Cheung, Wai Lung Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Benard, Francois Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Saewyc, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Biesanz, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Sammis, Glenn Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Takahata, Kenichi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
McGrail, Kimberlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Overall, Christopher Mark Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Li, Shyh-Dar Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kendrick, Maureen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Tsang, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Ryan, Katherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film

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Reaching Out Tips

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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