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
Liston, Mary Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Matsui, Shigenori Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Beswick, Samuel Peter Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Arbel, Efrat Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Etxabe, Julen Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Clifford, Robert Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Young, Margot Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lin, Li-Wen Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
LeBaron, Michelle Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Parkes, Debra Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Goldbach, Toby Susan Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cheng, Jie Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Harris, Douglas Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tremblay, Regine Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Peihani, Maziar Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
MacDougall, Bruce Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wood, Stepan Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Aloni, Erez Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hilland, Andrea Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Franks, Scott Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hastie, Bethany Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Joshi, Yuvraj Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Duff, David Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Stirling, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Sadarangani, Manish Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lansdorp, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Penninger, Josef Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ciernia, Annie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Elliott, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Leung, Janice Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Wiens, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Blanke, Philipp Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Glegg, Stephanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Atiquzzaman, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lorincz, Matthew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kopp, Janel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Cundiff, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Geoffrion, Roxana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health

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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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