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
Dummer, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Jin, Xiaoliang Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hacihaliloglu, Ilker Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Burke, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lis, Mieszko Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cool, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Perla, Jesse Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sadarangani, Manish Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hudson, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Wagner, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Morton, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Chamberlain, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Robillard, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Matthews, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Doan, Quynh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sigurdson, Kris Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Renwick, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ford, Laurie Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Williams, Karla Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Drljaca, Igor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Holmes-Cerfon, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Quon, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Qian, Yi Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Rideout, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Ducharme, Michel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History

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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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