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
Casas Aguilar, Anna Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Noack, Frederik Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Vujosevic, Tijana Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Piechocki, Katharina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Karki, Karun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Elfring, Gwynn Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Howe, Tami Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ramer, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Bushe, William Kendal Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Daley, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kolind, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kassan, Anusha Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Hieawy, Ahmed Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Brigham, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hawkes, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Routh, Supriya Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Currie, Leanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Iurascu, Ilinca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gornall, Will Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Kim, Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Rysanek, Adam Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Milloy, Michael-John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Donaldson, R Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Arbel, Efrat Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Wu, Chunhua Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lee, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Wang, Tongli Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Antwi, Phanuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McDougall, Scott Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Doan, Quynh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Rullmann, Hotze Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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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