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
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lunken, Genelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Catungal, John Paul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Havaei, Farinaz Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Kroc, Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hirani, Saima Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
White, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Norris, Samuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ding, Jiarui Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Marzano-Lesnevich, Alex Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Karim, Ehsan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sugioka, Kenji Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
McCracken, Rita Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Cohen-Hillel, Tamar Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Karimi, Aryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Forbes, Connor Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Schrewe, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Huan, Tao Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Germain, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Shakiba, Nika Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Di Matteo, Olivia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Shaffer, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Greidanus, Nelson Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Chakrabarty, Trisha Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Robeva, Elina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Maharaj, Anil Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Harten, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Juhasz, Reka Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hariri, Amani Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Park, CJ Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Fang, Limin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Orr, Patrick Scott Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Greyson, Devon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Wiesner, Felix Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Benson-Amram, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Department of Zoology
Lee, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Zhu, Jian Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Yan, Han Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Mack, Johnny Assistant 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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