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
Petherick, Leanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
d'Arcy, Mitch Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Reilly, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Cooke, Ilsa Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Alford-Duguid, Dominic Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Rajagopal, Harini Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bingham, Brittany Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Schmidt, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Keenan, Harper Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Turgeon, Ricky Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Chritz, Kendra Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Kunimoto, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pollock, Courtney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Mitchell, Cameron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Loree, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Park, Yongjin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Statistics
Raker, Ethan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Munoz, Joaquin Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Dev, Rubee Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Gutierrez Monroy, Tania Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Boerner, Katelynn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Mokak Teguia, Alberto Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Cragg, Jacquelyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Reid, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Hammerly, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Smilges, Logan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Oldani, Graziano Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Booker, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Khan, Rabia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Moore, Marcus Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Grunau, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Paradis, Gregory Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Yang, Tianxi Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Wilson, Tina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Koncan, Frances Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Brumme, Chanson Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Korthauer, Keegan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Weber, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sultan, Nazmul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Poudrier, Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wei, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hilland, Andrea Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hummel, Calla Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Zheng, Xin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Agarwal, Isha Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Gerrie, Alina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Rosin, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences

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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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