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
Palombo, Daniela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Hein, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Conklin, Annalijn Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hawkes, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Thauberger, Althea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Blanke, Philipp Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Chen, Yu Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Smit, Matthijs Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Jankowski, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lee, Jongho Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Hardisty, David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Iurascu, Ilinca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Schleich, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Mahtani, Minelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Kaigala, Govind Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Chew, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hudson, Zachary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Maraj, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Farinha Luz, Vitor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Pliska, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Kalia, Sunil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hanser, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bhandar, Brenna Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany

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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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