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
Elfring, Gwynn Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ponga de la Torre, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Laule, Cornelia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Wang Kazun, Siyun Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Smukler, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Yip, Stephen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
McDonald, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
McGowan, Sharon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Roland, Elke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sladen, Douglas Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Colozzo, Paola Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Norman, Moss Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Cavanaugh, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Moran, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bigazzi, Alex Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Howe, Tami Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Herdman, Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Eryigit Madzwamuse, Suna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Michelson, David Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Cibere, Jolanda Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Nimmon, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lima, Viviane Dias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Auger-Methe, Marie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Nolan, Seonaid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Taubert, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Marshall, Katie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Huyser, Kimberly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ellis, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Talmy, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Cavusoglu, Hasan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Ramer, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mui, Alice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Wong, Hubert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lockwood, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Blanke, Philipp Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Wang, Yan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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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