Research Supervisors

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
Hayat, Zahra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Todesco, Marco Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Devisscher, Tahia Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Knipfer, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Frommel, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Hacihaliloglu, Ilker Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Miskovic, Ilija Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Ahmed, Anwar Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Wernicke, Meike Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Binet, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Thrampoulidis, Christos Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Scholes, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Cardinal-McTeague, Warren Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Michaletz, Sean Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Finbloom, Joel Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Lam, Tzeng Yih Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Agarwal, Isha Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
d'Arcy, Mitch Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Evans, Jonathan Blair Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Lecuyer, Mathias Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Nakamura, Fuyubi Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Lange, Philipp Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Matthew, Ian Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Parra Martinez, Julio Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Nesbitt, Lorien Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Rhodin, Helge Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Daniels, Megan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Sriram, Veena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, School of Population and Public Health
Nikolakis, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Boyd, Jade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Miskovic, Sanja Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Irani, Anosh Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Salfi, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Logan, Tricia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Munro, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Starling, Dan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Grenz, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Peck, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Huberman, Isabella Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Harriman, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Korthauer, Keegan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Turner, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Vigo, Daniel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, School of Population and Public Health
Jacobs, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
van der Ven, Hamish Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science

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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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