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
Brown, Helen Jean Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Liston, Mary Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Early, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Shakya, Tsering Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Asian Studies
Qian, Yue Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Bryce, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Reynolds, Graham Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Marshall, Hallie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Zhang, Hao Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Camp, Pat Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Ford, Laurie Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Mui, Alice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Conklin, Annalijn Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Eryigit Madzwamuse, Suna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Cornelis, Jean Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Kontogiorgos, Vasileios Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Sarsons, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hanley, Gillian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Yoon, Florence Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Sin, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Palombo, Daniela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Chew, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Thauberger, Althea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Connolly, James John Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Qian, Yi Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lee, Jongho Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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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