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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stamp, Philip C Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Algar, Russ Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ameli, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Korthauer, Keegan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wang, Daochen Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dipple, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Russell, Kelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hirst, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Sigal, Leonid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Michaletz, Sean Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Park, Mi Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wei, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
O'Connor, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Pauly, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Eltis, Lindsay Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Mizumoto, Kota Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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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.