Research Supervisors

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
Reynolds, Graham Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Qian, Yi Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hutchison, Camden Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Boedhihartono, Agni Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Safieddine, Hicham Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Karczmarek, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lin, Li-Wen Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cavusoglu, Hasan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ponga de la Torre, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stacey, Jocelyn Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Stevens, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Whittaker, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Emberson, Lauren Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
James, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lynn, Francis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Yu, Henry Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Kim, Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Kuchenbauer, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Herdman, Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Laule, Cornelia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Khan, Samia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lazrak, Ali Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Antwi, Phanuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McDougall, Scott Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Watson, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Elliott, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Patterson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Roland, Elke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics

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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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.