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
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Luo, Honglin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Wilton, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kumpulainen, Kristiina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kelly, Deirdre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Brondani, Mario Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mansfield, Shawn Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Botany
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Crowston, Clare Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Guan, Leluo Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Rogers, Theresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Vertinsky, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Janssen, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Li, Kai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Riano-Alcala, Pilar Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Sayer, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.