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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Affolder, Natasha Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Scoates, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Campbell, Kristin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
MacDonald, David Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Wiseman, Sam Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Collier, Abby Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
MacFarlane, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Wright, David Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Pottinger, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Taylor, Alison Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Zhang, Anming Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Zebehazy, Kim Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rogak, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Maxwell, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Montgomerie, Johnna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Krishnan, Harish Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Salcudean, Tim Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Dutz, Jan Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Jaeger, Nicolas A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
de Silva, Clarence Wilfred Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Mohn, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Aquino, Karl Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural 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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.