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
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hatala, Rose Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
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
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Fisher, Alexander Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wright, David Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Plotkin, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Benedet, Janine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mayo, John Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Castellarin, Simone Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Daniels, Lori Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Shepherd, Bruce Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Grayston, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Christie, Gordon Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chaudhry, Ayesha Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Devlin, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Gustafson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
MacLure, Malcolm Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Dunbar, W Scott Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stuart, Gavin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Tsang, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery

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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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.