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
Kravchenko, Sergii Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Voss, Christine Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Koncan, Frances Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Corella Morales, Meghan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Gerrie, Alina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Carey, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Cooke, Ilsa Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Clark, Drew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Joshi, Jaya Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Booker, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Makris, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Hung, Lillian Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Reid, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Ayars, Alisabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zeweri, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Bingham, Brittany Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Byrne, Fionn Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Montwe, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Raker, Ethan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Munoz, Joaquin Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Hilland, Andrea Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Giang, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Matthews, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Weber, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Chritz, Kendra Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Gantois, Joséphine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Boerner, Katelynn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Binet, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ranger, Manon Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Duffy, Kay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Nichols, Eva Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Paradis, Gregory Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Yang, Tianxi Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
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
Etxabe, Julen Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bashashati Saghezchi, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Fischer, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Hammerly, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Ahmad, Hassan Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ahmed, Anwar Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education

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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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