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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Hare, Jan Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Meneilly, Graydon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Poursartip, Anoush Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Grecov, Dana Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ivanov, Andre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Kozlowski, Piotr Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Laher, Ismail Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Lauer, Sean Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
McGrail, Kimberlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Huebner, Kurt Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Cox, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
McKay, Heather Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Fisher, Alexander Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Day, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Hopkinson, Nalo Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Razack, Saleem Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Myers-Smith, Isla Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Bi, Xiaotao Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Ries, John Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Coulthard, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Plotkin, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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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.