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
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Yachie, Nozomu Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wang, Rizhi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Chua, Romeo Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Fels, S Sidney Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Rechnitzer, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cytrynbaum, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Department of Wood Science
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Grayston, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Christie, Gordon Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Campbell, Kristin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
O'Brien, Heather Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Rohling, Robert Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Michal, Carl Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Crowston, Clare Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Guan, Leluo Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Milstein, Sara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Cockcroft, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
MacDougall, Bruce Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Robertson, Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Traboulsee, Tony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Oxland, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Norton, Bonny Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education

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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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