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
Lee, Barbara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Valencia Caicedo, Felipe Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dennis, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
de Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Mehta, Aastha Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Barbeito Sanchez, Ignacio Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Gutierrez Monroy, Tania Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Boerner, Katelynn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sajjadiani, Sima Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Jessri, Mahsa Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Gibson, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bennett, Erica Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Oldani, Graziano Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Booker, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Khan, Rabia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Shwartz, Vered Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gao, Lucy Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Koncan, Frances Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Brumme, Chanson Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Bryant, Ross Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Earle, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Grenz, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Wei, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hilland, Andrea Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hummel, Calla Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Anglesio, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Roth, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Computer Science
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lallous, Nada Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Voss, Christine Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Vijayaraghavan, Rajesh Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Afsahi, Afsoun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Devisscher, Tahia Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
McConnell, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Bostanci, Gorkem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Valadares, Desiree Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Zeweri, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Gantois, Joséphine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Yu, Lingtao Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

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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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