Research Supervisors

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
Kornelsen, Jude Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Vora, Siddharth Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Saylor, Joel Edward Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Routh, Supriya Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Brunham, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Powers, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Parfrey, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
Bredin, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Wang, Tongli Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
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
Accili, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Lucyshyn, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Loutzenheiser, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Yip, Stephen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Ryan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Garrett, Bernard Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Oruc, Ipek Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Woo, Carson C Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Carrillo, Juli Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Marshall, Katie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hanser, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Yip, Calvin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McElduff, Siobhan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Babel, Molly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
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
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Trajano, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Alvarez Moreno, Raul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Donnelly, Leeann Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Lo, Owen Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special 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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.