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
Rideout, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Robillard, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Eskelson, Bianca Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Lin, Li-Wen Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wang Kazun, Siyun Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Regier, Dean Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Walker, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Ducharme, Michel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Maxwell, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Campbell, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Gilbert, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Plan, Yaniv Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Nardizzi, Vin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hagerman, Shannon Marie Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Wu, Amery Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Vora, Siddharth Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Stack, Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Szkup, Michal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Wu, Chunhua Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Ollivier, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Jeong, Gyung-Ho Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Colozzo, Paola Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Vellutini, Claudio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Bhatti, Parveen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kim, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Smukler, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Yip, Stephen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Saylor, Joel Edward Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History

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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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