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
Cox, Daniel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Schmidt, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hermida, Alfred Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Mirabbasi, Shahriar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Russell, Kelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Fisher, Alexander Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Clifton, Kelly Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Heinkel, Robert Lee Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Lee, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Lam, Raymond Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Brubacher, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Pauly, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
MacLachlan, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ayas, Najib Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Shepherd, Bruce Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Knight, Darryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Petrella, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Bi, Xiaotao Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Bizzotto, Dan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Gopaluni, Bhushan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Holsti, Liisa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Mancini, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Liu, Siyuan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sayed, Tarek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil 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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.