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
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Fels, S Sidney Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Jelovica, Jasmin Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Vujosevic, Tijana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hill, Jane Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Clare, Adam Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Bigazzi, Alex Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ponga de la Torre, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Salcudean, Tim Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Stevens, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Dahinten, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Tang, Shuo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Taiebat, Mahdi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Rogak, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dumont, Guy A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Perla, Jesse Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kunz, Nadja Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Jurkevics, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Saggio, Raffaele Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lewis, Avi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Sherpa, Pasang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Asian Studies
Smilges, Logan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hayat, Zahra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Gu, Xiong Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Fisher, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Laroussi, Farid Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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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