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
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Thomasen, Kristen Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Reynolds, Graham Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Liston, Mary Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Moore, Marcus Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Routh, Supriya Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mack, Johnny Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Kaushal, Asha Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hutchison, Camden Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Kong, Hoi Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Flynn, Alexandra Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mickelson, Karin Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Arbel, Efrat Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Christie, Gordon Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Benedet, Janine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Joshi, Yuvraj Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Young, Margot Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Biukovic, Ljiljana Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Allan, Douglas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Lam, Raymond Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Leipsic, Jonathon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Campbell, Kristin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Money, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Illes, Judy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Ayas, Najib Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories
Jenstad, Lorienne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Kornelsen, Jude Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Hunt, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Nielsen, Torsten Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Munk, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Lynn, Francis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Dong, Xuesen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ryerson, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Knight, Darryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
de Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Gerrie, Alina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology

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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.