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
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Watson, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Whittaker, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Patterson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Adriasola Munoz, Ignacio Alberto Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Yoon, Florence Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kolind, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kim, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Poon, Brenda Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Mawson, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Yu, Lingtao Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Gibson, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Sam, Johanna Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Joshi, Yuvraj Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hilton, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Fewster, Kayla Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Kim, Hyosub Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Pareles, Mo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Wu, Lyndia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Evgin, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
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
Gao, Lucy Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Yoon, Liv Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Oya, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vila-Rodriguez, Fidel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Huot, Suzanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Shadgan, Babak Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bian, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Zou, Zhengbo Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Jun, Hyejung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Huemoeller, Katharine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Wong, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Blakney, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical 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

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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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