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
Ba, Wenjia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Akinwole, Tolulope Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
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
Mannas, Miles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
An, Ji-yoon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
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
Glegg, Stephanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Proctor, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
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
Krentz, Nicole Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Atiquzzaman, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
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
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Yip, Calvin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Nagamune, Ryozo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lam, Frank Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Taghipour, Fariborz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Clare, Adam Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hubley, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Jean, Francois Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
White, Katherine Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Arbour, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hodges, Nicola Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Jenson, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Black, Charlyn 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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