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
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stuart, Gavin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Pelech, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Conway, Edward Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Laurin, Kristin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Miller, Freda Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
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
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
Zeweri, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Bingham, Brittany Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
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
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Hilland, Andrea Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bacca, Mattia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zimmerman, Naomi Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Guerin, Ayasha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Potter, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Smilges, Logan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Gantois, Joséphine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Boerner, Katelynn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Nair, Prashant Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Reid, Jolene Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Rosin, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Sherpa, Pasang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Asian Studies
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
Pikulina, Elena Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Jelovica, Jasmin Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
D Adduzio, Jenna Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Dadugblor, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Sultan, Nazmul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Ahmed, Anwar Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Binet, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Kia, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Yi, Kwang Moo Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer 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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