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
Kroc, Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Joshi, Yuvraj Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Shaffer, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Atleo, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Quandt, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Jurkevics, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kikkawa, Ayumu Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Moon, Seok Min Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ciernia, Annie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Forbes, Connor Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wang, Daochen Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sirwani, Deepak Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Clough, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Ghebremusse, Sara Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Loss, Cristiano Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Tenenboim, Ori Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Shahrad, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wiens, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Im, Hee Yeon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Clark, Drew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Hariri, Amani Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Achermann, Reto Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Havaei, Farinaz Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Abdin, Yasmine Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Park, Mi Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Liao, Renjie Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kim, Kwang Ho Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
McCracken, Rita Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
McCormick, Kelly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Zou, Zhengbo Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Zhu, Jian Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Barudin, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Catungal, John Paul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice

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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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