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
Plan, Yaniv Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bushe, William Kendal Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Austin, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Conklin, Annalijn Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bhandar, Brenna Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Miller, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Gordon, Sara Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Stack, Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Cole, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Weijs, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lee, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Ortiz Molina, Hernan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Yeung, Sonia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sin, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Palombo, Daniela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Stringhini, Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Daley, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hein, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Thauberger, Althea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Nan, Ning Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Murphy, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lee, Jongho Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ho, Janice Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Karczmarek, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Mahtani, Minelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hieawy, Ahmed Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Childress, Clayton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Reynolds, Graham Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

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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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