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
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
McEwan, Desmond Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Sam, Johanna Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Park, CJ Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
McKendry, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Ambasta, Anshula Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Karim, Ehsan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sugioka, Kenji Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Robeva, Elina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cohen, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Shaffer, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Tokuyama, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Atleo, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hayat, Zahra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Germain, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Lunken, Genelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Evgin, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Yan, Han Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Steif, Adi Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hoang, Nguyen Phong Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Martens, Tabitha Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Chakrabarty, Trisha Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Im, Hee Yeon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cardinal-McTeague, Warren Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Fang, Limin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Forbes, Connor Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Blakney, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical Engineering
Wang, Daochen Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bain, Kimberly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sirwani, Deepak Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Mack, Johnny Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lowe, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bian, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kim, Kwang Ho Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Yeung, Ira Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Orr, Patrick Scott Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Dee, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Hariri, Amani Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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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