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
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
LeMoult, Joelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Aloni, Erez Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Gladwin, Derek Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Morzycki, Marcin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Bryce, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Zhao, Jiaying Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Psychology
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Dahinten, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Towle, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Hieawy, Ahmed Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ong, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Lo, Owen Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Meyboom, Annalisa Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Measday, Vivien Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Barbic, Skye Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lee, Gene Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Liu, Wenying Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Goble, J. Scott Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ho, Janice Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Stringhini, Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Fujita, Mari Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Marshall, Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Childress, Clayton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Reilly, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Douglas, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Silverberg, Noah Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Zappa, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Riseman, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Haverkamp, Beth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Nygaard, Haakon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hawkes, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Black, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Liao, Carol Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law

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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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