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
Guerin, Ayasha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Potter, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Smilges, Logan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Grazziotin Soares, Renata Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Byrne, Fionn Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Ranger, Manon Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Reid, Jolene Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Rosin, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Sherpa, Pasang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Asian Studies
McEwan, Desmond Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Dadugblor, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Sultan, Nazmul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Marzano-Lesnevich, Alex Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Nair, Prashant Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kia, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Yi, Kwang Moo Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Haji, Faizal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lunken, Genelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Schrewe, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Bacca, Mattia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zimmerman, Naomi Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
D Adduzio, Jenna Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Black, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Lan, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Orsi, Anais Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ignace, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Swanson, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Shaffer, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Saggio, Raffaele Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Parker, Seth Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Leavitt, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Karimi, Aryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Forbes, Connor Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Park, CJ Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Jelovica, Jasmin Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Cornelis, Jean Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Khmelnitskaya, Ekaterina Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Lemieux, Caroline Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Peihani, Maziar Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Clifford, Robert Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Paat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics

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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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