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
Lam, Tzeng Yih Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Deering, Kathleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Wytenbroek, Lydia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Afsahi, Afsoun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Peck, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Huberman, Isabella Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Mitchell, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Belcourt, Billy-Ray Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Irani, Anosh Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Wang, Lele Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Moe, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Morris, Leora Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Loucks, Catrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Thompson, Wade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Kim, Hyosub Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Klein Geltink, Ramon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Goetz, Friedrich Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bostanci, Gorkem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hilton, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Page, Brent Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Murugan, Mathav Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ziethen, Antje Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Scholes, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Jun, Hyejung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Petherick, Leanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Paluch, Rebecca Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Siddiqui, Hasan Zahid Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Frommel, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Gao, Lucy Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Yoon, Liv Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Oya, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tamber, Mandeep Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Low, Margaret Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Tong, Nicholas Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Thrampoulidis, Christos Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nikolakis, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Purcell, Sarah Assistant Professor Department of Medicine
Gebril, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Bryant, Ross Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Pollock, Courtney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Mitchell, Cameron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Prueitt, Cat Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ti, Lianping Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine

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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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