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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Brown, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ning, Eddie Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Peck, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
French, Whitney Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Jurkevics, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kikkawa, Ayumu Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Moon, Seok Min Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Greenblatt, Ethan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Fewster, Kayla Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Wen, Kefei Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Irani, Anosh Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kroc, Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Joshi, Yuvraj Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Quandt, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Ongchoco, Joan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Ciernia, Annie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hilton, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Li, J. Frank Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Li, Jiajin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Clough, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Ghebremusse, Sara Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Loss, Cristiano Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Tenenboim, Ori Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Shahrad, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wiens, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jun, Hyejung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Fundelius, Erika Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Mitchell, Karice Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Clark, Drew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Yoon, Liv Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Nelson, Melanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lague, Marysa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Havaei, Farinaz Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Abdin, Yasmine Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Park, Mi Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Liao, Renjie Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Gebril, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Yavicoli, Alexia Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics
Tak, Thena Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

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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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